I admit that the last article wrote much easier than the previous article. Hopefully, this one follows suit. Next week, I scheduled the new MTG set review, so more easy pickings to keep ramping into our summer schedule. Though, admittedly, the end of June and beginning of July bring the Germany trip, so not much in the way of updates for about a month there. But, that’s a couple of months off. Maybe I’ll figure out a way to schedule updates for that time. Right now, I need to discuss Hearthstone Festival part 3; priest, rogue, and shaman.
I play a lot of priest and shaman in wild. Usually, I play Galakrond priest (yes, still) and Highlander Shaman. For a while there, rogue was public enemy number one again. I saw some of those decks, but mostly I just autoconcede when faced with something like that. I have no interest in climbing the ranks. I simply want to finish quests and get as many collectibles as possible in the game.
Decent: The legendary spell might just be great and find its way into numerous standard and wild decks. Saving two mana is a big deal. However, as I’ve hopefully expressed over the years, I am not about great decks. I’m about jank and just plain bad decks. So, you want to min/max? There are plenty of other web pages for that. Here, I’m all about “Love Everlasting” into Power Chord: Synchronize.
Good: Definite removal vibe in these cards. When I play priest, usually I play for removal. So, more likely than not, all of these cards will be included into my next priest Wild deck. I especially like the idea of the fight card. Not only is it removal, but it gives card advantage, too. The budget dismember seems fun, too.
Great: These cards pushed for heal and overheal, which makes sense. They introduced the mechanic in this set and added it to some of the cards from the new “core set” available to Standard players. Overall, these cards underwhelm me more than any of the other cards in the set. I often say that I don’t care about good decks, just fun decks. But, this one feels like neither. Who knows? Maybe it will surprise me.
Decent: Remember, just a paragraph ago, when I said how underwhelmed I was by those priest cards and deck? Well, apparently, that’s going to be a theme in this article. Because these cards stink on ice. Sure, deal damage and buff your weapon has utility. But, how many times do I have to say it? We aren’t looking for utility here. We want jank!
Good: Rogue bounce card annoy the hell out of me. These ones seem less annoying, other than maybe the one that makes them all cost 1. I’m sure somebody somewhere already came up with a way to exploit that card along with all of the other mana reducers available to rogue. But, I have no interest in that, so into the good bucket it goes.
Great: Ever since the beginning of Hearthstone, Combo defined rogue cards. Hell, one of those cards launched the career of one of the most famous streamers of all time. At the very least, it gave him a clever name to call himself. So, why not try to piggy back off that success and jam all of the new combo cards into a deck?
Decent: As with most of the cards in this set, these are decent but not great. Both are costed okay with upside depending on the finale or overloaded clause. But, they just don’t “WOW” me, you know what I mean? And, so, I deem them decent.
Good; This is the part in the review where I start to feel like I repeat myself. Because after just repeating myself above, I’m going to repeat myself about repeating myself. Or, I can just wrap this thing up, walk away for a little bit, and come back to it tomorrow.
Great: Like rogue, Blizzard focused on an oldie but a goodie…hey, wait a minute. Was this music themed expansion just a long con by Blizzard to get people to say that phrase? If so, well played. In any case, they focused on an oldie but goodie Shaman keyword. Quite possibly the most maligned and misunderstood evergreen of the entire game; overload.
Hearthstone Festival Part 3 contains possibly the most underwhelming collection of cards so far. None of these cards made me interested in playing the game other than maybe “Jive, Insect.” And I just like that one for the stupid fun potentially involved. Other than that, I’d rather just forget that Hearthstone Festival Part 3 never happened.
Decks created with Hearthstone Top Decks. I know it isn’t the best builder, but it works and I like the screen shots for aesthetic reasons.