It begins! The Blackrock Mountain campaign for Hearthstone is underway! I am here to give you a step by step preview of what this Hearthstone adventure has to offer. Slight spoilers, but no real strategy will be discussed. That is for you to figure out or seek elsewhere!
Just like with Naxxramas, you click on “solo adventures” to get started. You will have to pay either $6.99 real money or 700 gold to access this adventure.
Once it gets authorized, you are good to go. Your next step will be selecting which deck you will use.
Coren Direbrew is first up.
Coren Direbrew arrives with bad intentions. Unlike Naxxramas, this board is bright and vivid with color. Mostly molten hot magma! Coren has an interesting hero power. Every turn he puts a minion from either side into the playing field.
Coren didn’t put up too much of a fight. Such a gracious host!
The Grim Patron card is a 3/3 minion that summons another grim patron if it survives damage. An interesting card for sure!
High Justice Grimstone was pretty straight forward. His hero power adds a 1/1 minion with taunt for 1 mana.
As you can see, I only took 1 damage (no healing). The Justice was most accommodating.
Gang Up is your reward for defeating the High Justice Grimstone. It is a nifty spell that lets you select a minion and shuffle 3 copies of it into your deck. This is quite possibly one of the most powerful cards in this expansion.
Thaurissan has an interesting hero power: Do 30 damage for 2 mana. Caveat: He won’t use it if Moira is on the board. Moira is interesting too. She will only attack minions with taunt. Tip: Don’t kill her.
After my hunter failed to get the job done, I switched to my spell-based mage deck to take Thaurissan down.
Resurrect is a priest spell, for 2 mana summon a random friendly minion that died in this game. I could only see using this in two situations: The first minion that died was a really good one or you are playing a deck with lots of legendary cards.
Emperor Thaurissan is a 5/5 legendary card that lowers the cost of cards in your hand by (1) at the end of your turn.
Defeating all three bosses unlocks the Hunter and Mage class challenges. Take a premade deck and go up vs one of the bosses from Blackrock Depths.
Coren was nice enough to put Gahz’rilla on the board so I did 2 damage with an arcane shot and hit him really, really hard.
Quick Shot is your hunter reward. A nice spell that does 3 damage for 2 mana. If your hand is empty, draw a card. Seems like a winner to me!
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Dragon’s Breath is your reward for completing the mage challenge. It is a 5 mana spell that costs (1) less for each minion that died this turn. I’m all for spells that can be used on any target. Not as excited about this one as I was with Duplicate from Naxx.
This concludes our look at the first wing of Blackrock Mountain! Stay tuned for next week’s installment as we take on the Molten Core!