Rise of Shadows The latest expansion to hit Blizzard's Hearthstone is full of killed evil and heroes to counter them. The 135-card set brings faces old and new, hoping to shape the meta into something completely different. The latest map revealed (a Newsweek exclusive) is Lucentbark . This Druid Legendary is the first in a series of cards from Rise of Shadows attempting to establish Restoration Druid as a cover sheet type.
"Healing is a core theme of Druids in World of Warcraft and we had Always thinking of being something that Druids in Hearthstone could do, but never really so much game, "designer Chadd Nervigg told Newsweek . Currently, Druid only has access to two healing cards: Ancient of Lore and Healing Touch both of which are not really used in competitive games. Nervigg said that several cards "synergizing with healing" in both Druid and Neutral will be added in Rise of Shadows expansion, such as Crystal Power and Crystal Stag (and there will be more to come.) Druid has struggled to find an identity after a series of nerfs to Nourish, Wild Growth and Innervate . The class dominates either the game, as with Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Jades, or disappears entirely from meta & # 39; one as with Rastakhan's Rumble. This step looks like an attempt to breathe back into Malfurion without giving him another overpowered card (I look at you Ultimate Infestation) .
"Restoration Druid archetypes is one of those I personally most fond of Rise of Shadows, and we think it's fun to play and fun to play against," Nervigg said.
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Who is Lucentbark?
Lucentbark is a brand new character created for Hearthstone . "He may look grumpy, but the little forest that inhabits his forest (and even his own branches at times) always brings a smile to his face," Nervigg said. "He is kind to Dalaran, and then it came to his aid immediately to drive out the attackers."
Hearthstone Team 5 development team should find out how to make Lucentbark fits into the expansion. It started as a card titled "Tree" that goes to sleep (like Sherazin Corpse Flower ) and comes back to life after healing a certain amount. Applebough is a trainer in the Doloran streets selling apples that the developers thought would be a perfect identity for "Tree". That design didn't last long and adding Treant synergy to the card set can lead to unexpected problems. [19659006Team5thereverwhennewsoftheappearantbytheDalaranDaAppleboughvardenestoneWarrioradjoiningcharacter World of Warcraft's zone, they had to become creative. "We asked ourselves how Druids would help Dalaran," Nervigg said. "The answer we came to is that the Crystalsong Forest (which Dalaran spent much of its time fluently) is a beautiful and unique blend of nature and magic, and then Druids would pull from there to help the Dalaran." It is then the idea of Lucentbark an old who has grown in the Crystalsong Forest, began to take shape.
Hearthstone Rise of Shadows launches on April 9 on PC and mobile.