How odd and even decks will work in Hearthstone, along with the first details on new cards Black Cat, Gloom Stag, Murkspark Eel and Glitter Moth.
A new Hearthside Chat video has just been published and it stars designed Dean Ayala talking about some of the new Even and Odd decks that will be introduced to the game when The Witchwood goes live next month.
These two deck archetypes are enabled by new cards Baku the Mooneater and Genn Greymane. The former upgrades your hero power if you only have odd-Mana cost cards in your deck, while the latter reduces the cost of your hero power to one Mana if you only have even-cost cards.
A handful of new cards were also revealed. Here's the video that was published a little earlier on this evening. We've summarised the main points - and the new cards - for you below.
- Each time an expansion comes around, the team want to find ways of offering players fun and interesting new strategies to play with. That was when launch comes around it feels like there's a new world of decks to play, learn and tinker with.
- The team is always asking itself whether a card will add something exciting that players haven't seen before.
- If your deck is full of odd-cost cards you're not going to have a great Turn 2 play. You can use your improved hero power though! If your deck has been built around even-cost cards, Genn Greymane will allow you to use your one-Mana hero power to plug the gaps in your Mana usage.
- The Start of Game mechanic on both of these cards ensures the benefits of these special cards are felt right from the start of a match.
- It also provides intel about the other player. If you know your opponent is a Mage playing odd-cost cards, then you also know that they can't play cards like Meteor or Blizzard.
- Likewise, if you're playing against an even-cost Paladin, they won't be able to shut your minions down with Aldor Peacekeeper.
The team believes that decks like Taunt Warrior will suit Baku the Mooneater. The improved hero power helps the Warrior stay in the game, while cards like Stonehill Defender, Tar Creeper, Direhorn Hatchling are all odd-cost. The Un'Goro taunt quest is also odd!
Face Hunter will be another very viable deck. Consider how many good one-Mana drops there are for the class and you can do three damage with your upgraded hero power! Then there are cards like Wolfrider, Kill Command, Eaglehorn Bow and Animal Companionve.
Let's talk about some new cards that support these odd and even cost decks.
Odd deck cards
Black Cat - a 3 Mana 3 / 3. Spell Damage + 1. Battlecry: If your deck has only odd-cost cards, draw a card.
This Mage-only creature does a great job of refilling your hand while also playing a reasonable minion to contest the board with.
Gloom Stag. A 5 Mana 2 / 6. Taunt. Battlecry: If your deck has only odd-cost cards, gain +2 / +2.
A strong Druid card that puts up an incredible defensive wall.
Even deck cards
Murkspark Eel. 2 Mana 2 / 3. Battlecry: If your deck has only even-cost cards, deal 2 damage.
A great Shaman card for shooting down minions to protect your one-Mana hero power totems!
Glitter Moth. 5 Mana 4 / 4. Battlecry: If your deck has only odd-cost cards, double the Health of your other minions.
Goes well with high health minions and Priests will be able to heal them up easily thanks to the cheaper hero power.
That's it! If you'd like to find out more about the next expansion, make sure you have a look through our Witchwood guide. We've also got a Monster Hunt guide for you to chew over if you're curious to find out more about the new single-player content that's coming with the next update.