Hearthstone’s new expansion, March of the Lich King, introduces an all-new class with the long-awaited appearance of the Death Knight. But as always, it gives the existing classes some new tools, including a set of cards that team up around Shaman with big, meaty minions to dominate the battlefield well into the late game. GameSpot can reveal not one or two but four of those cards, which all seem to fit together nicely.
In the current meta, the shaman usually targets smaller minions like Murlocs or a midrange deck. The class is no stranger to large followers, but it has typically used Evolve tools to arbitrarily borrow large followers from other classes. This new package gives Shaman some more expensive tools to start with foreknowledge. This four-cost spell is made to fetch your large minions while giving you the benefit of smaller Taunt minions to buy your time until you can roll out the power hitters.
And what could seize such a spell? Two new large minions make their debut in this set. Blightblood Berserker is a large Taunt minion that also comes with Reborn and Lifesteal, and both times he dies deals damage to an enemy minion, healing you. That’s a great effect in itself, and it also comes with the new Undead synergy. Then there’s the new legendary shaman, Overlord Drakurua large minion with Rush and Windfury that has the effect of summoning all the minions it attacks and kills. you.
That’s a lot of power packed into two maps. But if you want a serious one-two punch with a big combined discount, you can use the new spell From the other side. This 10 cost shadow spell summons copies of every minion in your hand, has them each attack a minion and then die. In the case of Blightblood Berserker, this means you immediately gain the Lifesteal perk from both his attack and Deathrattle, and you’re still left with it as a Reborn minion with Taunt. For Overlord Drakuru, this effect negates his Windfury, but still leaves you with a copy of whatever he killed. And since the spell summons copies of minions in your hand, instead of pulling them completely out of your hand, you still have the original minions to play out of hand whenever you want.
Hearthstone’s March of the Lich King expansion launches on December 6. It launches alongside a new Core set of 68 Death Knight cards, which uses a new Rune system, along with the introduction of the new Undead minion type. Pre-orders are now available for Lich King bundles, and while you wait for the expansion, you can check out all the March of the Lich King cards revealed so far.
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