There’s big news in the draw pile for Hearthstone, apparently. The collectible card game’s three-a-year expansion cycle tends to run from April to April, and if last year’s timings are anything to go by, we can expect a reveal of the next year’s theme, plus an idea of upcoming content, in the next week or so. What’s making this a bigger deal than usual is the small army of streamers and the like Blizzard called to their big castle in Stormwind this week, for a “community summit” that left some big names – and some other chumps – tweeting serious hype. A certain amount of “this will blow your mind” is to expected from such events, but it certainly seems more intense than usual this time around.
Hearthstone’s Year Of The Dragon, currently coming to a close, was pretty good. Blizzard pulled off their plan to link together three updates in a narrative sequence, and in the process knocked out not just three card sets that dragged the meta away from the polarised monotony it had been stuck in, but three single player expansions that had a lot of sticking power (even if they still weren’t as good as the Kobolds & Catacombs dungeon run). There was a real sense – particularly by the time Descent of Dragons, the third expansion, dropped in December last year – that Blizzard’s Team 5 had really turned the game up to eleven for the Year Of The Dragon, from the power level of the cards, right through to the weird, Warcraft-but-it’s-a-Saturday-morning-cartoon vibe of the game’s lore. So where is there to go from here? Here are my predictions: