With another day comes another Blizzard expansion! Kobolds and Catacombs released on December 7th, 2017 and hearkens back to the roots of classic fantasy and dungeon crawlers. This new expansion adds 135 new collectible cards to add to your ever growing collection. If you like to play multiple classes, Neutral cards will give you the most bang for your buck, and could have a huge impact on the Hearthstone meta. Here are the Top 5 cards that you should craft with all that extra Arcane Dust.
If you are not using a low cost aggro deck, Spiteful Summoner could provide a lot of bang for your buck. This card promises to summon a random minion for the same Cost as any revealed card from your deck. If you have a number of high cost cards left in your deck, it might be a good time to play this one. It adds a lot of randomness to the game, but should make for some epic plays that can really swing the tide of a match. It might even be able to catch an opponent off guard and give you an advantage. At the very least you are getting two minions for only 6 mana, which is a pretty good deal.
Finally something for the aggro players. Fast decks usually do very well in Hearthstone and getting an early lead can help you avoid some of the other dangers that I mention above and below. Feral Gibberer will keep coming as long as you have control of the board. Played early, this card can have a huge impact. Drop a Feral Gibberer on turn one, attack the enemy on turn two, play a second Feral Gibberer also on turn two, and then turn three will net you two more Feral Gibberers with which you can repeat the process. If your opponent is smart, they will likely burn the card as soon as it’s played, but the potential for a fast early game push is there.
Blizzard continues to provide great common cards with every expansion and Kobolds and Catacombs is no exception. Toothy Chest provides great value for just three mana. If played during the early game, this card will likely survive until the start of your turn at which point you are left with a 4/4 for cheap. Late game, this card is too slow to have much of an impact, but this card will net you some early damage against an enemy hero or can keep weaker minions at bay. The card’s four health points add a lot of survivability during the early game, not many cards will be able to take it out during the first few turns.
Because Monk is my favorite class in World of Warcraft, I had to include this one on my list. The Kobold Monk adds a lot of situational protection and good board management. This is probably most useful against a hyper aggressive Mage or Hunter deck, which have been popular recently, but can be useful against any deck looking to Fireball your hero for some extra damage. The Kobold Monk has enough health to survive a couple of rounds and enough attack power to take one or two enemy minions with it. Solely looking at the three attack and six health for four mana, the value of this card is already high.
Along with a great name, this card looks like it could bring a lot of excitement to every card draw. The Darkness could have great late game impact on any draw heavy deck. Wait until you have drawn at least half of your deck, then play this card. At this point you should also save most of your draw cards so that you can pull a few extra cards every turn. This will give you the greatest chance at getting one of the three candles that will awaken this behemoth. It is okay if you take some damage while setting up for this win condition, The Darkness can win a game by itself, all you need to do is stay alive until you can use it!
Kobolds and Catacombs also offers a unique single player experience, Dungeon Run, where players must defeat increasingly difficult bosses using a deck of cards that you acquire along the way. Because the bosses are randomly selected and the cards that you use to create your deck are also random, the experience has a lot of replayability. You can also log in now for three free packs from this newest expansion.
Is this enough to make you start your Hearthstone adventure or are you waiting for another single-player adventure like me?
Jake “prettyboyplaid” Fredericks