Demon Hunters Headline Hearthstone’s Ashes of Outlands Expansion
This article was written by Amir “Amirrorimage” Chambers
Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Ashes of Outlands, is perhaps one of the best expansions to start off the yearly rotation with. It brings a reworked ranked system, new mechanics and dozens of brand new cards to the fray that old veterans and new players can experiment with. The cherry on top for this expansion is that Hearthstone is finally introducing its first new playable class since launch, the Demon Hunter.
Demon Hunter is a class with a focus on attacking foes head on, swarming enemies with small impactful minions and finishing games off with powerful demons that can swing the game in one’s favor. It introduces a new mechanic called “Outcast”, in which a player’s cards become stronger based on their position when played. The class is free to unlock; just by playing the prologue, players will be be able to add the hero and 30 cards to their arsenal.
As with any major Hearthstone expansion, Ashes of Outlands includes 135 new cards to play with. While that number may be daunting for most to collect, the Hearthstone team have been kind enough to create a duplicate prevention system that ensures players don’t receive any duplicates of a card that they already have. Now players can finally open their packs without having to worry about getting the same card repeatedly. This system has been requested by fans for quite a while, and it’s nice to see it finally being implemented into the game.
Author’s Note: What’s intriguing is this year’s standard rotation, the year of the Phoenix. Every year Hearthstone rotates out 3 expansions to prepare for the upcoming ones in order to keep the meta exciting. We’ll be missing a lot of fan favorite cards this year such as Zilliax, Snip-Snap, and Shudderwock (maybe).
It saddens me to see them go, but I’m more pumped to see what kind of concepts that the Hearthstone team are cooking up for this year’s rotation. We’re already seeing some returning archetypes with secret Rogue and discard Warlock, but they’re also trying out new ideas with no-minion Mage and libram Paladin. All in all, this is shaping up to be one most content packed years we’ve ever seen.
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