365 Days of Hearthstone | Week 49 Roundup

Updated: Dec 15, 2019

Same drill as always: post the card, talk about my thought process, and look at any feedback I received from my posts on r/CustomHearthstone. Oh, and if you would like to join in on the fun of this challenge or even just want to draw inspiration from our daily themes as they are happening, hop in our Discord server!


Now without further ado, let's take a look at my cards for this week!



Day 335 | Steamhammer

A card that buffs a Weapon

There's a reason why it's not an Epic card.

Creation

Weapon buffs are strange; they're typically buffing only the Attack of the Weapon, and there are rare times where their Durability is increased. On top of that, keywords like Poisonous from Envenom Weapon are harder to come across as Weapons scale really well with buffs. Instead of trying to make a card that gives your Weapon Windfury or Divine Shield (somehow) since that would be a nightmare to balance, I decided to go back to the simplicity of increasing your Weapon's Attack. I also tried to make a Weapon that would increase its own Attack given certain conditions, and originally I had the card just gain +2 Attack whenever your Hero attacked. While this worked, it just wasn't interesting enough to me. Now, you are able to increase your Weapon's Attack by a total of 7 at a time, given that you have 7 Mechs on the board!

Feedback

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



Day 336 | Duplihound

A 2-Mana card for Hunter

Play one, I double dog dare you!

Creation

Hunters like Beasts, and one of the Beasts that was released that I thought was really cool from a flavor and design standpoint was Hunting Mastiff. Duplihound is essentially a Hunting Mastiff but different in the sense that you don't need to spend 2-Mana for each Beast, but is less flexible since you need to Overkill something in order to more Duplihounds to spawn.

Feedback

People really liked this card! They noticed the synergy this has with the new Hunter Legendary, Veranus, which gives all enemy minions 1-Health, and they thought the balance and uses for this card were all very good.



Day 337 | Shadow Word: Descend

A 3-Mana card for Priest

There's the title-drop, everyone can go home now.

Creation

I've been having an itch to make a Spell for the past couple of days, and I haven't been able to think of anything to tickle that fancy up until today. I haven't been keeping up with a lot of the reveals for Descent of Dragons on my own, but I had a talk with my friend the other day about some of the cards, so I thought I would also make today's card themed around the new expansion. Then I had the funny idea of making a card that's literally a dragon descending, so I made Shadow Word: Descend. Since Priest has access to one of the Galakrond heroes, making this card thematically tied with a dragon descending and Invoking Galakrond made sense to me. As a baseline, this deals 1 damage to all minions, which is just a heavily expensive Whirlwind. But the more times you Invoke Galakrond, the bigger this can be, to even become something like a mini Dragonfire Potion or better!


Feedback

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



Day 338 | Warborn Axe

A 7-Mana card for Warrior

Blood? Rust? Ah, who cares, at least it looks cool!

Creation

Sadly, I had a different idea for today's theme that I liked better, but it revolved around the theme of a warhorn with the Weapon having 0 Attack. I couldn't find any good art of a warhorn that fit the card, so I pivoted to this idea, which is similar but different in some ways. Anyways, Warborn Axe gives more support to Rush Warrior but giving any minion Rush! It's also a slightly better statline than Arcanite Reaper, which has always been a pretty strong weapon, for just 2 more Mana on top of the text on the card.

Feedback

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



Day 339 | Love Bomber

Artwork found by Josh #8

"I ain't no cupid!"

Creation

I've been playing a lot of Pokemon recently, and in Pokemon there's a mechanic called infatuation, where an afflicted Pokemon has a chance to not attack since they are in love with the opposing Pokemon. I wanted to work this into this artwork, and so I combined the bomb-aspect of the art by having it deal 3-damage with the infatuation inspiration from Pokemon through the rest of the effect, where it can't attack since it's so in love! As far as balancing goes, I used Fire Plume Phoenix as a good baseline to determine what is too strong or too weak.

Feedback

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



Day 340 | Zapgrip

A 1-Mana card for Rogue

If a Hunter can have a lightning weapon, a Rogue can too!

Creation

I feel like I've been making a lot of Weapons recently, and today I guess I'm adding to that pile. Zapgrip is especially strong in the early game, essentially being a Backstab on a stick so long as the enemy minion isn't damaged. If you then buff this weapon with something like Deadly Poison, it becomes a lot stronger up against bigger minion! Maybe this could allow for a Control Rogue deck to finally break through?


Feedback

This card got a lot of attention and a lot of positive feedback! There was some concern about it being a bit too strong, but because Rogue usually wants to hit the enemy's face, having a Rogue hit your minion isn't really the end of the world. Many people thought that the card was powerful but not problematic, and I would have to agree.



Day 341 | Rainbow Drake

A card that costs over 10-Mana

There's no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Creation

Taking inspiration from the Giants that are in Hearthstone (and also Jumbo Imp), I made an 8/8 that's overpriced with an effect that reduces its cost. And seeing as how we're on the dawn of Descent of Dragons, I wanted to make a Dragon-based card. Rainbow Drake rewards players for holding onto Dragons since that's the original Dragon mechanic spawned from Blackrock Mountain. The only thing is, this card can't be played until you're holding at least other Dragons in your hand, but the amount of Dragons being added in the new expansion, that doesn't seem like too hard of a task.

Feedback

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



Sadly, because the amount of work my friends and I are doing for school, many of them are unable to create cards daily and I am unable to follow which ones are being made from them. Because of this, I will no longer be highlighting the cards they are making every week. But either way, I definitely think you should know who I am doing this challenge with: Josh Grazda, Dakota Williams, Joe Siehl, and Wes Weitzman.



And that's all for this week; I'll see you all in 7 days!

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