game news Hearthstone: best decks, new cards… Our research on the Murder at Castle Nathria expansion
Hearthstone’s new year kicked off on April 5 with the Voyage to the Heart of the Sunken City expansion. Unsurprisingly, the second set of the griffin year came on August 2 with Murder at Château Nathria. An expansion that revolves around the theme of the latest World of Warcraft expansion. Better decks, new mechanics… After three intense days of play, here are our impressions.
- Hearthstone: State of the Game to soak up the extension’s new mechanics
- Hearthstone: what decks are strong for this new extension?
It’s official, Hearthstone’s twenty-first expansion is out Tuesday night. A summer extension called Murder at Nathria Castle which turns the players’ vacation into a crime scene: Sir Denathrius, owner of the palace, has been assassinated. There’s no survey to take, but there are 135 new cards related to Shadowlands, the latest World of Warcraft expansion. The Shadowlands, the realm of the dead that adventurers enter, is made up of an area called Revendreth. It is led by Denathrius, the expansion’s first major villain, who kidnaps the anime : is the spiritual energy of newcomers to the Shadowlands. Therefore, it is around these themes that Blizzard has decided to print these new cards. the key word Impregnationto them Installations as well as the point about the best decks: we play the spread and give you our opinion.
Hearthstone: State of the Game to soak up the extension’s new mechanics
From August 2, therefore, it is possible to enjoy what constitutes one of the great qualities of Hearthstone and of card games in general: the opening of packs containing new cards. It immediately brings kid-like excitement to Christmas Day, while delivering on the promise of a whole new game. Is this the case with murder in the castle of Natra? During our preview of the expansion, we bet it was: Installations then they seemed mostly very good cards, even if the mechanics ‘Impregnation left us hungry. What happens in a context where these 135 new cards are accessible to everyone? We must recognize that our instinct was not wrong.
First of all, letters of the type Event. There are 10 (1 for each class), each of which occupies a typical Revendreth area. They land on the game board as a servant. They have an effect that can be activated every two turns, an effect that can be activated as soon as the card is placed. For example, the priest one gives 2 health and 1 attack point to a minion and allows the player to draw a card. In general, the installations they’re excellent cards (except for the fighter and hunter cards, for now) and offer everything you’d expect from the new mechanics: entertainment, power, and a light layer of thought.
Side Impregnation, the mechanics seem to be less imposing. Aside from Denathrius (which we’ll come back to later) who mobilized player creativity in these early days, few cards Impregnation to dominate. Possibly we can consider zone attack net place of the priest and the convincing disguise Shamans like good cards, but that’s it. That said, this keyword also brings a layer of reflection to the players who play it: depending on their opponents and the decks they’re up against, they’ll need to know if it’s important to play the base card or its imbued version.
All cards edited with this word have their power enhanced with one condition: the sacrifice of our allied creatures. They buff in hand after X allied minions die.
Hearthstone: what decks are strong for this new extension?
Before enlightening readers on the best decks of the moment, it is good to remember the definition of the word meta. It is an acronym in English, which means the most efficient technique available. In the context of Hearthstone, these are therefore the most effective decks: Gold, those that show a win/loss ratio greater than or equal to 50% are considered effective. The meta is therefore a set of these decks.
Obviously, who says new cards also says new ready to play. While it’s hard to say what the best decks are right now just three days after the release of the new cards, some are already wildly popular. On this subject, it is clear that there is something for everyone: updated previous archetypes, aggressive list or even the new skeleton mechanics in mage, here are four lists that seem to emerge these first few days:
- Druid Denathrius: As expected, Malfurion should remain at the top of the rankings with Murder at Nathria Castle. In doubt, his ability to earn mana crystals (resource for playing cards) and exceed the 10-crystal limit thanks to guff. A spec that allows you to play large creatures very quickly. And it’s a delight with the arrival of Denathrius: the latter deals 5 damage spread across all opponents when played, an amount of damage that increases with allied creatures that die during the game. This makes it possible to make very strong card combinations (see video below).
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- Imp Warlock: Very aggressive decks, known as row, are usually a safe bet in the days after an expansion is released. With Murder at Nathria Castle, is the sorcerer who best embodies this violence with a model based on imps. As mentioned above, this is the location of the warlock, as well as the card imminent evil (draw 1 card, start over for each imp controlled by the player) which puts a lot of pressure on the opposing player. Beyond the immediate grip and fun the deck provides, it’s also inexpensive in powder form and perfect for short-handed players.
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- Skeleton Mage: This is one of the big news and probably the biggest surprise of this early expansion. Jaina’s class, often based on spells (reduction, damage…) returns to the origin of Hearthstone with a list more focused on minions and especially skeletons: new expansion card, it is a 2/2 that deals two points of damage to a random opponent. The cards printed with this new expansion allow you to temporize while summoning skeletons, before killing the opponent with your boosted hero power.
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- Quest Priest – Strong roster before the new meta, Quest Priest continues to be stable without being unbeatable. However, he does have new cards that allow him to kill a lot of minions early in the game – he’s particularly effective against the warlock imp seen above. She doesn’t particularly have the advantage against slower decks, but she can expect to get away with Theotar and her quest reward giving her an instant win.
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Although he makes less of an impression than the Druid Denathrius, some classes still seem to be doing well in these early days. We think in particular of the Shaman Evolvethat manages to exert a lot of pressure by summoning higher cost creatures (convincing disguise and location). Likewise, the Hunter and its dormant seeds can generate a lot of creatures and a lot of damage (Ara’lon‘ Y wild spirits notably). On the other hand, some classes perform worse. The first that comes to mind being a warrior: since the last patch and the reduction of the power of some of his classes, he is not used much by players and it is not the new cards that have solved this problem. For its part, thief seems to be unable to find a stable archetype (although the new list is funny) and falls to the bottom of the ranking. The same goes for Paladin and Demon Hunter, who have yet to find optimized decks.
Bulk Deck List
- Seed Hunter (medium):
- Demon Hunter Relics and Deathrattle (medium):
- Evolution Shaman (medium):
- Shaman Totem (aggressive):
- Naga/Pelagos Priest (aggressive):
- Coin Thief (the deck goes away or bends!):
Like its older sisters, the extension Murder at Nathria Castle manages to effectively update Hearthstone by offering powerful new rosters with different game modes. A welcome update, as the meta has seen some replay these days, despite the welcome arrival of Renathal. Place type cards are usually strong enough to be played in most decks and allow for an extra layer of thought, especially with the ability to trigger their power every other turn. If we can consider that the mechanics impregnate, impregnate had more mixed success, suffice it to note that both decks that emerged in these early days have cards that use this mechanic. However, it will be recognized that it will not remain in the annals, unlike keywords such as dredging, Discovery or even the Changeable. Finally, we will also note the absence of a possible solo adventure around the murder of Denathrius: nothing shocking that is not there, but nonetheless it is the kind of theme that Blizzard dominates to offer something fun and entertaining. In any case, players can always turn to the achievements from the beginning of the week to find another way to play. All while waiting for the Master Tour, a great international tournament, where the best players will surely put their best cards on the table.
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