Gamescom 2015: Hearthstone adds five new cards to The Grand Tournament

    
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You might have noticed a smidgen of news coming out of this year’s Gamescom, and Hearthstone has got a bit more to add to its previous jousting announcement. Five new cards are joining The Grand Tournament expansion: Fist of Jaraxxus (Warlock), Warhorse Trainer (Paladin), Flash Heal (Priest), Living Roots (Druid), and Charged Hammer (Shaman).

Fist of Jaraxxus has the interesting effect of dealing damage when it is played or discarded. Both Warhorse Trainer and Flash Heal, however, offer more standard fare; the former grants a +1 attack buff to Silver Hand Recruits and the latter heals five health for the cost of a single mana point. Living Roots gives the choice of calling forth either two 1/1 Saplings or dealing instant direct damage. The final card, Charge Hammer, changes the Shaman’s hero power to a damage dealer when his weapon is used up.

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Pitalinda
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Pitalinda

Full card list http://hearthstonelegend.com/grand-tournament-card-list/

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

BhimaJenkins Jousting seems to be anti aggro, because the effects proc based on higher cost cards.   If it is a rush deck a couple of the joust casts should slow the game down.

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BhimaJenkins

Satanixx
Not sure there is THAT much Shaman love here. That 2/4 weapon is meh at best.

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So far, this xpac has alot of interesting mechanics, but its really hard to tell if those mechanics will translate into a new meta. I’m not seeing answers to tempo/aggro in this xpac at all… everything looks too slow to play. Still, I like that they are trying to give midrange/control more options, but I’m not sure this will increase the effective variety of that type of play. Patron Warrior and Control Warrior will continue to be amazing, as will face hunter. I’m not seeing enough love for midrange for the other classes, but time will tell. I am excited to play these cards in arena though!

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Janio2 That is the nature of these games.  But you can always get around that by  playing Arena.

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Damonvile Akami I wouldn’t call Hearthstone shallow by any means.  It is a classic Blizzard game.  Easy to play, hard to master.  There is a lot of depth to the game.

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Damonvile Akami I would agree with that if it wasn’t for the fact that Hearthstone is basically a casual CCG that doesn’t have a casual play mode :P

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dewdodu

Damonvile Akami As a person who quite Hex and DoC, yeah they are deeper but I can’t afford a serious deck in them, HS arena plus dallies mean I never have to build a competitive deck to have a chance at the game.

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Akami I really don’t think it’s that they don’t know any better, I think it’s because people actually like the easy shallow game Blizzard makes. Not everyone is looking for their game to be deep as the ocean where it takes months or years to master it. Blizzards market is fun now and hearthstone does deliver that. It does have a level of complexity that requires you to know what you’re doing, it just doesn’t force you to know it to have fun.

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Really digging the Shaman love in this xpac.