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New 'Hearthstone' Expansion Plays With Concept of Class
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'The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan,' the upcoming expansion for 'Hearthstone.' Blizzard Entertainment4/6

New 'Hearthstone' Expansion Plays With Concept of Class

The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan is the new Hearthstone expansion, and it's the big kind that's sold in individual packs. Like Hearthstone at its best, it has fun with Warcraft lore, reimagining the backwater goblin town of Gadgetzan – which dates back to WoW's original 2004 release – as a high-fantasy prohibition-era gangster metropolis. The Hearthstone intelligentsia has already begun a thorough analysis of the cards so far revealed (spoiler alert: a reversal of fortune appears in the offing for the downtrodden Priest class), and the ones making the most waves are among a new category of cards that are designed to be useful for multiple classes. These "tri-class" cards, designed around the fictional gangs that inhabit Gadgetzan, are aiming to shore up one of Hearthstone's biggest design challenges – the inability to strategically provide tools that benefit multiple classes at once. Based on what's been revealed so far, Blizzard also seems to be backing away from cards that go whole-hog on the unpredictable effects, and that's something Hearthstone's most devoted players look to be getting behind.

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