Earlier this week, the official @PlayHearthstone Twitter account tweeted an image that garnered quite the fanfare. Given that BlizzCon 2016 kicks off next week, one could assume this image is the first sneak peek at what the new card expansion is. Lo and behold:
The Hearthstone player who knows nothing about Warcraft of Warcraft lore will automatically connect this name with the Gadgetzan Auctioneer, the notorious draw engine for Miracle Rogue.
In a nutshell, Gadgetzan is a goblin-run city located in a desert. Unlike the Horde-allied goblins you get to control in World of Warcraft, the goblins that run Gadgetzan are neutral, meaning that Horde and Alliance players get to run around town without fighting. Further, as goblins are heavily tied to business and hard work, Gadgetzan is a very well-furnished city with lots of facilities for the Warcraft player.
Implications For The Card Game
It's pretty crazy that one teaser postcard image could spawn so many theories about the upcoming card set. This is what you get with such a passionate fanbase. What follows is a list of ideas about what this Gadgetzan postcard means for Hearthstone.
Before we proceed, check out the trailer below for Hearthstone's fourth adventure, One Night in Karazhan.
1. More Goblin Creations
The most logical conclusion from the postcard is that the expansion has to do with Gadgetzan and goblins. Given the influx of goblin-themed cards in the Goblins vs. Gnomes card set, we know that goblins are great at building machines and love explosives. Unfortunately, goblins are often associated with randomness. Mad Bomber is likely the best-known goblin in Hearthstone, and his love of firepower precedes him. Goblins are also known for Mech, like Piloted Shredder. Overall, this approach seems a bit too derivative for Goblins vs. Gnomes.
2. More Pirates
Gadgetzan is a port city, apparently surrounded by Pirates; there are the Southsea Pirates and Wastewaster Nomads who appear to be enemies of Gadgetzan. Given we are closing out the Year of the Kraken, it would make sense to have a bit of a nautical theme. This also begs the question of whether a true pirate deck will ever stand alone in competitive Hearthstone. Pirate Warrior, a recent creation, utilizes three Pirates and has been the most effective type of Pirate deck. Pirate Rogue decks have always been a bit of a joke and never congealed as a solid deck. Could this expansion finally bring Pirates to glory?
3. More Area-of-Effect Spells
Around the postcard is some tiny hidden script, as seen below:
As one can see, there is a lot of Hearthstone lingo being thrown around. Notably, a whole lot of spells, namely area-of-effect spells. This is a bit of a stretch, but all of these AoE mentions could be a portent for more.
4. New Field Cards (Now Unlikely)
Some are expecting the Gadgetzan postcard to be the first of a series showing different locations in Azeroth. This alludes to the introduction of the permanent effect cards in Hearthstone, like Field cards in Yugi-Oh and Enchantments in Magic the Gathering. I have been a fan of this idea for a while, given the majestic qualities of big cities in World of Warcraft.
However, this seems unlikely now, given a newer post featuring more snippets of Gadgetzan.
While there are many jokes that "Goblins vs Gnomes 2" is going to be announced, there is genuine belief that reprinted cards are coming to Hearthstone. The concept refers to certain older cards dropping out and being reintroduced into the Hearthstone Standard card pool. The goblin association sparked the recollection of popular cards like Piloted Shredder and Dr. Boom being brought back into Standard.
What do you think this teaser signifies? Answers in the comments section below.