In the world of competitive collectible card games, there aren't very many properties that can compete with the popularity of Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon. With the help of Blizzard's loyal fanbase and a long and effective beta, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has risen through the ranks and become one of the most exciting and popular online card games in the market. Many Magic pros now dedicate at least some portion of their Twitch streams to Hearthstone games and, starting next month, there will be a whole new batch of cards to draft and build decks around. Blizzcon 2014's opening ceremony has just wrapped up, but the powerhouse developer didn't waste any time making a few big announcements. Along with revealing the company's first new IP in 17 years, Overwatch, Blizzard also revealed the trailer for Hearthstone's first expansion, Goblins VS. Gnomes. The trailer for the game stays true to Hearthstone's less than serious tone and concentrates on the insane and explosive inventions that both races are famous for.
The expansion will include 120 of "the most dangerous cards you can imagine" according to the announcement. Gnomes VS. Goblins booster packs will be offered as prize support for future arena runs or players also will have the option to purchase them with in-game gold or real cash via the shop. The boosters will be priced the same as currently available packs.
A full list of spoilers is sure to arrive before the expansion's release next month, but for now Blizzard has only revealed a few preview cards. The Explosive Sheep is a 1/1 Minion with a Death Rattle trigger that deals two damage to all minions. There's also an Annoy-O-Tron minion with Divine Shield and Taunt. The 1/2 creature is sure to be a slow opponents down while annoying them, as the name suggests.
UPDATE: Here's a preview of every card that was spoiled at BlizzCon day one...
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Although it may seem strange to call Goblins VS. Gnomes the first Hearthstone expansion, last summer's Naxxramas wings were technically adventures, not expansions. There were still new cards, in-game purchases, and motivation to revisit the game; but according to Blizzard, Naxx wasn't a full expansion in the same way that Goblins VS. Gnomes will be.
BlizzCon attendees will be able to get hands-on with the new cards this weekend at the event, but the rest of us will have to wait until the packs arrive in the shop next month. More details about the new content will likely arrive during tomorrow evening's Hearthstone fireside chat. Check back this weekend for updates.
Are you looking forward to the Goblins VS. Gnomes content or would you have preferred a different theme for the first expansion? Let us know in the comments.
Hearthstone: Goblins VS. Gnomes releases in December 2014.
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