Who knew a random Tuesday in July would mark one of the biggest Hearthstone announcements to date, and who could have guess how cool The Grand Tournament reveal was going to be? It’s hard to narrow down my favorite elements of The Grand Tournament’s debut, but I’ve thought long and hard, selecting seven things that have me more excited about Hearthstone than I’ve ever been before.
If you’re not excited about Hearthstone’s upcoming expansion yet, just keep reading. These are the very best things about The Grand Tournament, in no particular order.
The Blizzard team has been knocking it out of the park when it comes to trailers. Every single one is a visual spectacle, but somehow they topped them all with this one. Its artwork is so vibrant and alive, the animations are fun and energetic, and the charming aesthetic is absolutely perfect. The production values on this trailer are so high, that you could almost envision The Grand Tournament as its own unique game with specific characters and finely-crafted designs. But it’s not! It’s just an expansion with a random assortment of characters that happen to look unbelievably good.
There are 132 brand new cards being added to the game with this expansion, making it the largest influx of new cards to date. The initial set of cards that were teased look fantastic. They have unique new effects, wonderful art, and seem to be highly competitive. There’s no doubt Blizzard spent a lot of time and love when crafting this new set, so players are in store for some amazing new combos, deck types, and a big change to the meta game.
New game boards have become an expectation with each new content release, but that doesn’t make them any less cool. The Grand Tournament’s board has a lively color scheme and countless new clickables to keep you entertained while waiting on slow opponents.
It’s nice to know that Blizzard won’t be holding back when it comes to the new legendary cards being added into the game. The first few that were teased all have powerful unique effects that will undoubtedly find homes in current deck lists, or maybe even spawn new archetypes altogether. Instead of playing it safe with the new legendary cards, it’s clear there was a lot of design effort that went into their creation. I can’t wait to see what the other oranges hold in store!
There are only a handful of keywords in Hearthstone, and up until now there’s never been a new one. That’s a huge deal, and makes this expansion more game-changing than any before it. Inspire effects activate any time a hero power is used, adding an extra level of depth and strategy to the game. Cards are clearly being designed to synergize more closely to hero powers, and that’s going to be very interesting to watch as the meta game shifts around it. This keyword basically gives players more ways to build decks and play the game, an undeniably good thing.
Many Hearthstone players are frustrated that they’ve only been able to earn Goblins vs. Gnomes card packs from Arena for a very long time. With The Grand Tournament’s release, card packs will be awarded randomly between Classic, GVG, and TGT packs. That’s exactly the kind of reward diversity that’s needed to keep Arena engaging and fun.
Yeah I’m posting the trailer twice! Get over it! It’s so unreasonably and amazingly good that the song itself deserves a spot on this list. Whoever is writing and composing the songs for these trailers deserves a hefty pay raise, so go out and buy more packs to keep funding these splendid songs.
We just covered seven incredibly good reasons to get pumped for the release of The Grand Tournament, so if you aren’t sweating with anxious anticipation, you haven’t watched the trailer enough times just yet.