365 Days of Hearthstone | Week 1 Roundup

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

And just like that, the first week of this challenge is over!

Wait, Week 1 is over already? It's only been 5 days!

Yes, that is true, but in order to manage my time with these blog posts as best as possible, I have decided to end each week at the end of every Saturday so that I can make a weekly roundup post every Sunday. I also think a big part of designing these cards is iteration; if there's a good idea that isn't perfect yet, I want to try to re-make the card to hold its original idea while taking in feedback I got from my posts on r/CustomHearthstone.


Also, other members of the r/CustomHearthstone community have expressed interest in joining in on the challenge, so my friends and I decided to make a Discord server. Feel free to join, all we ask if you are engaged and excited to make cards every single day with us!


That being said, let's take a look at what happened this week!



Day 1 | Protect the Weak

A Rare card for Warrior

"Stay behind me!"

Creation

For this card, I wanted to play around with the theme seen in a lot of Warrior cards of damaging your own minions. I liked the idea of trying to protect the cards that are damaged, and thematically it made a lot of sense too. In practice, it would make sense for this card to see a lot of play in a value-oriented deck, where you damage high-value minions and then try to make them stick on the board with this card.


Feedback

The biggest complaint about this card was that the phrasing was sub-par. I would agree; I tried to make the phrasing consistent with other similar cards, but it came out as a garbled mess. And so, these are the changes I propose to this card:



Day 2 | Queen Vamat'lerah

A card for the Curse of Naxxramas Expansion

"All shall bow to my authority!"

Creation

Even though I have a horrible fear of bugs and insects, I love the Nerubians in Hearthstone. I don't know what it is about them, but I knew for this day I wanted to create something Nerubian themed. I eventually settled on Queen Vamat'lerah, which is a very nice tool for token decks! Huh.... not only do I not like insects, I also don't like token decks... how did I make this?


Feedback

There was little to no feedback on this card. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Day 3 | Stock Breaker

An Epic card for Rogue

"We're buying-" "No, we're selling!"

Creation

My absolute favorite thing about the Rogue class is the focus on the Coin, so when we pulled this theme for this day, I wanted to make something having to do with Coins. Then, even though I had no idea what a stock broker was (and I still don't know anything asides from what I learned on Wikipedia), I came up with the "Stock Breaker" name. After finding this artwork from the Mean Streets of Gadzetzan expansion, I knew I had to make this. Going off of how stock brokers buy/sell things (I think), I decided to have the card both give and get rid of a Coin. Not only that, but to both players! For this reason, this card creates a lot of interesting decisions: should you use your coin immediately? should you risk holding on to it for a turn? do you even want to give your opponent a coin in exchange for a 4/4 body for 3-mana?


Feedback

A lot of people loved the flavor of this card, which was great since that was the focus of what I was going for! But there was some debate about whether or not the card should be 4/4 as opposed to 3/4 or 4/3. I still stand by having it be a 4/4 since otherwise, there is little reason to play the card in any deck, but I do see the points being made by others, since with the use of the coin, this card can be seen as a 2-mana 4/4.



Day 4 | Thornbiter

A 1-Mana card for Druid

"Tree no spiky? Tree grow spiky!"

Creation

Originally, I was going to make a completely different card, but still around the theme of Treants, where it would change all your friendly minions on the board to be considered Treants without actually changing the minions. Due to the awkward phrasing and overall lack of impact I thought the card would have, I started leaning away from it. Thankfully, I stumbled across the art for Thornbiter, and developed the idea of the card from there: thorns hurt. And what hurts more in Hearthstone than poison?


Feedback

The biggest topic of debate for this card was whether or not the minion itself should have Poisonous. I like it in terms of the theme and flavor of the card, but one user brought up the excellent point that Druids typically struggle with hard removal. Giving Treant decks 2 sources of instant removal over 2 minion bodies may be a bit too powerful, but I'm not too sure. That being said, I would not be at all opposed to the following change:



Day 5 | Peaceful Guardian

Artwork found by Me #2

"All is fair in love and woods."

Creation

Ah, my favorite type of theme: drawing inspiration from Artwork. What I loved the most about this card was the fact that the birds were so friendly with this creature. Going off of that, I wanted this card to be a very peaceful presence in both gameplay and flavor, so I wanted it to basically "calm down" other beasts. Originally, all Beasts would have had 0 Attack, but that seemed too intrusive on the opponent's game plan and essentially made Beast temporarily useless. So, changing their attack to 1 seemed like the best option!


Feedback

The reception to this card was great! People agreed that it would be a very nice tech card against Beast decks, and with the dominating presence of Hunters in today's meta, this card may actually see some play.



Now, for each weekly post, I also want to highlight my favorite cards from my friends Josh Grazda, Dakota Williams, Joe Siehl, and Wes Weitzman for the week!



My favorite by Josh | Dense Forest

A 1-Mana card for Druid



My favorite by Dakota | Poisoned Chalice

An Epic card for Rogue



My favorite by Joe | Down with the Ship

An Epic card for Rogue



My favorite by Wes | Recycle Bot

A Rare card for Warrior



And that's all for the first week; I'll see you all in 7 days (not 5 this time)!

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