Thu. Dec 8th, 2022

Hearthstone’s new addition, March of the Lich King, introduces a brand new class with the long-awaited introduction of the Death Knight. But as always, it gives the existing classes some new tools, including a set of cards that interact with the Shaman, having big, big, muscular minions to dominate the battlefield in the late game. GameSpot may reveal not one or two, but four of those cards that all look good to work together.

In the current meta, Shaman tends to focus on smaller minions like Murlocs or a mid deck. The class is familiar with large minions, but usually uses development tools to randomly borrow large minions from other classes. This new package gives Shaman a few more expensive tools to call their own, starting with foresight. This four-cost spell is designed to draw in your big minions, as well as give you the advantage of smaller provocateur minions to buy time until you can deploy powerful strikes.

Foresight (4) - draw 2 minions.  For each cost (5) or more, summon a 2/3 Spirit with Taunt.
Foresight (4) – draw 2 minions. For each cost (5) or more, summon a 2/3 Spirit with Taunt.

And what could catch such a spell? Two new large minions will debut in this release. Blood Berserker is a large provocateur minion that also possesses Reborn and Lifesteal, and every time he dies, he will damage the enemy minion, healing you in the process. This is a big effect on its own, and it also ties into the new Undead synergy. Then there is the new Shaman legendary, Lord Drakurua large minion with Charge and Windfury that summons any minions it attacks and kills. Yuch.

Blightblood Berserker (8) - Taunt, Lifesteal, Reborn, Deathrattle: Deal 3 damage to a random enemy.
Blightblood Berserker (8) – Taunt, Lifesteal, Reborn, Deathrattle: Deal 3 damage to a random enemy.
Lord Drakuru - Rush, Fury of the Wind.  After that attacks and kills the minion, resurrect him on your side.
Lord Drakuru – Rush, Fury of the Wind. After that attacks and kills the minion, resurrect him on your side.

This is a huge power contained in two cards. But if you want a serious one-two punch at a big combined discount, you can use the new spell. On the other hand. This 10 cost Shadow spell summons copies of each minion in your hand, causes each of them to attack the minion, and then dies. In the case of Blightblood Berserker, this means you instantly gain Lifesteal’s benefit from both his attack and Deathrattle, and you still stay with him as a revived minion with Taunt. For Lord Drakuru, this effect negates his Windfury, but still leaves you with a copy of what he killed. And since the spell calls copies minions in your hand, instead of having them completely removed from your hand, you still have the original minions that you can play from your hand whenever you want.

From De Other Side (10) - Summons a copy of each minion in your hand.  They attack random enemy minions and then die.
From De Other Side (10) – Summons a copy of each minion in your hand. They attack random enemy minions and then die.

The March of the Lich King expansion for Hearthstone releases on December 6th. It will be released alongside a new core set of 68 Death Knight cards that use a new rune system, as well as a new undead minion type. Pre-orders are now available for the Lich King Packs, and while you wait for the expansion, you can check out all of the March of the Lich King cards featured so far.

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