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Goblins vs Gnomes Arrives At The Hearthstone Tavern

Hearthstone expands your hand options

Hearthstone's Goblins vs Gnomes expansion is finally out, meaning there are more than 120 new Warcrafty cards in the game with which to bolster your deck potential. Or, y'know, more cards which you think have bolstered your deck potential but it turns out you've accidentally done something which makes you explode yourself with the power of overthinking and hubris.

Here's what Blizzard say:

Goblins vs Gnomes throws players in the middle of the epic rivalry between Azeroth’s audacious goblin engineers and their equally “adventurous” gnomish counterparts—and these pint-sized tinkerers are ready to stir up trouble. Their incredible inventions and mechanical monstrosities are marvelous to behold . . . but when Hearthstone players deploy them in a duel, the results can be quite unpredictable.

I uninstalled Hearthstone a few months back as I'd simply stopped playing. I still have it on my iPad as a "just in case", but haven't touched it on that device in even longer. However, it's one of those games where I love hearing about it from other people who obsess over the meta or spend their idle moments dreaming up new card combinations and counter-combos. There's something glorious about the combination of passion and incredibly niche vocabulary which makes the conversations largely impenetrable but a joy to spectate.

That said, I've decided to boot the game back up to see what the new cards have to offer - logging in to Hearthstone between launch and 19th December means you get gifted three Gnomes vs Goblins card packs. I'm particularly curious about the new minion type, Mechs. Wish me luck!

Here's a sing-sing trailer that tells you absolutely nothing about any of that:

Further cards can be purchased for the same price as the original game's Expert card packs via the in-game shop (for gold or real currency), earned via Arena runs and crafted using Arcane Dust.

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Philippa Warr

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Pip wrote for Rock Paper Shotgun between 2014-2017, covering everything from MOBAs, hero brawlers and indie curios. She also had a keen interest in the artistry of video game creation, and was very partial to keeping us informed of the latest developments in British TV show Casualty.

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