Tomorrow, 135 new cards come in Fireplace from the new set, Forged in the Barrens. This Barren-centric getaway focuses on the titular World of Warcraft area full of animals, raptors, and, of course, Mankrik’s wife. Yes, players can now experience the meme in Hearthstone by actually finding Mankrik’s wife in the Barrens. Finally!
The Barrens is only the start of this year of Hearthstone as the next sets will sort of follow the World of Warcraft leveling experience as players and characters “level up” from the Barrens to an area of. intermediate level, then to a high level level one. Hope the final path takes us to a cool place with some raid stuff in it. We never know! I’m also really, really interested in the Mercenaries game mode coming later this year. But for now, let’s focus on the Barrens. There are some key new mechanics in the game, and some of them you can even try out before tomorrow if you’re going to play a few rounds in Duels now.
“Scaling spells” change their functionality and power over the course of the game. They can do something small at the start of the game, but change their range halfway through and when you have maximum mana crystals. These will allow players to make important decisions about when to play spells or simply cast them “on the curve” when the situation calls for it. Frenzy effects trigger when a unit first survives damage, making those whirlwinds and other damage point effects more interesting and valuable even when you’re not removing small threats.
Other big changes include cards that work with specific spell schools, impacting both Forged in the Barrens and Greater Hearthstone in the future. The ancient spells have been grouped into their appropriate spell schools such as nature, shadow, sacred, etc. and can now be affected by a variety of cards and effects, including spell power bonuses that only work on certain schools.
Of course there are a variety of fun unique games to enjoy as well, I can’t wait to DIY golems with Kazakus.
Are you looking forward to Forged in the Barrens? Do you play digital card games? Let us know in the comments!