I created this class for the 5th Class Creation competition, placing 3rd place. I went much further than I ever anticipated with the support of the Hearthpwn community. Now I'm posting and updating this class as a project since I particularly like the theme and the mechanic I have created for it.
When the people of Azeroth are sleeping or fighting, astronomers study the stars, the sun, the moon and the planets surrounding their sky. With this knowledge, astromancers try their best to make prediction to the future based on the pattern. Unfortunately, their prediction backfires to the people of Azeroth as often as it helps them.
That isn't to say that astromancers are completely wrong. With a little more patient, set up and studying intensely, their prediction have more chance of being useful!
Rishi Sterling has always a big believer that only she can control her own destiny. This the reason why she took a career paths few would choose, became a Blood Elf after the fall of Quel'thalas, studying the forbidden Void magic in order to understand better the infinite blackness between the stars that lead to her banishment and is the reason why she now rejoined the world of Azeroth as a member of the Alliance Void Elves to spread the long lost whisper of the stars far and wide. She is the basic hero that represent the class that all players receive when they create their account.
Eldrond Luxos is the second alternative hero for the Astromancers. He is also the player character for the Tombs of Terror adventure, taking up the Astromancer / Warlock hybrid class and is obtained by defeating Heroic Tekahn.
Starcaller Rishi is the third alternative hero for the class. She is the hero the player will receive after 1000 wins with this class
Celestial Burst is the class's Basic Hero Power. A pretty straight forward hero power, it also represent the class's high RNG nature but can improved or manipulated through careful board manipulation or using the class's Keyword.
Cosmic Burst is the class's upgraded Hero Power, generated by Justicar Trueheart, Baku, the Mooneater and Sir Finley of the Sands. It's an extremely potent Hero Power, being basically a Ballista Shot that can hit minions.
Astromancer is a high RNG class that this keyword allows them to reduce the RNG (atleast temporarily) and plan their turn as well as considering their risk / reward ratio accordingly when they don't draw or can't afford to play the Gaze cards.
Gaze not only allows the class to play offensively by allow their damage to reliable hit the desirable target, they allow the class to play defensively as well since their card draw, minion buffs and healing are also pretty random.
Gaze effects not only activate with your own random effect but also your opponent's random effect as well. This mean that you can protect your minions from devastating effects like Deadly Shot or from DIE, INSECT! mowing your important minions or life down too quickly.
Gaze only activate and disappear on ELIGIBLE targets only. If there is no eligible target, the random effect will proceed with the target selection like normal. If minions with Gaze died from effect like Arcane Missiles mid-casting, the target selection will continue on as normal. If two or more target are Gazed , the target that were Gazed first will be the target for the random effect. If they are Gazed at the same time, the effect will randomly pick among the Gazed targets. This is especially important to remember because Gaze also stacks on a character until the previous one disappear, which mean that timing and anticipating the opponent's play is key for your random effect to have the most value.
Also of note is that minions with natural Gaze in their card text (like Celestial Drake in my Classic set) will have Gaze anywhere , meaning that tutoring draw effects like The Curator, discard from hand or deck effects like Soulfire as well as other hand target effects like Dirty Rat or Recruit effect will target that card instead of your other cards. If that happens, the minion will enter the battlefield or drawn with the Gaze removed. Discover effects do not interact with this keyword since the card technically is not created yet and thus is still subjected to the wide Discovery pool (also it will be a nightmare otherwise balancing every card generation effect with a card with Gaze ).
List of available cards in the Basic and Classic set that will be effected by this keyword: Arcane Missiles, Cleave, Mind Vision, Multi-Shot, Any effect that says "Discard a random card": Soulfire, Felstalker, Doomguard, Deadly Shot, Mad Bomber, Thoughtsteal, Forked Lightning, Blood Imp, Alarm-o-Bot, Young Priestess, Demolisher, Knife Juggler, Lightwell, Master Swordsmith, Mind Control Tech, Stampeding Kodo, Young Priestess, Avenging Wrath, Brawl, Mindgames, Tinkmaster Overspark, Sylvanas Windrunner (before Hall of Fame), Ragnaros the Firelord (before Hall of Fame).
How do you know and keep track of which characters are Gazed ? Any character that is Gazed will have an eye symbol with blue aura surrounding them when you hover over. Here's an example (thanks to the brilliant NoahMcGrath):
Astromancer is a high RNG versatile class that has the cards to support multiple playstyle. From swarming tokens and then finishing off your opponent with burst damage, spell-based decks that burn out your opponent, to mid-range decks that drop well stated minions turn after turns, a grindy control deck with powerful late game win condition or some hybrid of all the above. The class has the tools to support them all!
Things the class is good with:
Thing the class is average or decent at:
Thing the class is bad at:
Their Basic cards aim to establish the mechanic, flavor, strength and weakness of the class while also provide tools for them to play a variety of playstyle: Aggressive, Token based, Mid-range or Control
Similar to Basic, the Classic set provides the class with their iconic keyword Gaze as well as tools to support a variety of decks. The Classic set also give them Elementals and Dragons minions that can be utilized in later sets.
The one card the class receive from this adventure play into the Deathrattle theme and the Constellation mark prominent in the class
Goblin vs Gnome can be said to be right in this class's wheelhouse: A lot of random effects, aggressive mechs with powerful tribal synergy and reward vomit your hand onto the battlefield. The aggressive mech side of the class is covered with low cost Mech like Watch Bird, Astral Blast and Gnomish Satelite. The more combo oriented side of the class has Gnomageddon and Silas Darkmoon to support them. The rest of the set are cards that can be used in both archetypes. Mechanical Uprising is the class's flavor of hard countering the mech meta.
The two cards in this expansion introduce Dragons synergy for the class that will be a permanent feature for it. Both Twilight Apprentice and Untamed Egghatcher are solid cards that carry the disruption effect, one for board clear and the other for swarm decks that mid-range decks usually weak to.
For this expansion, the class will join the Kabal faction.
In Journey to Un'Goro, Rishi stumbles upon the Draconic inhabitants whose knowledge of the stars and sky rival her own. Together, they unite their intellect in order to learn and performing the forgotten ritual made by the Titans in effort to fight the Old Gods. The Quest and card set will give the class a new way to synergize with the copious amount of Gaze in its Classic set while the rest of the set will give the Astromancer Elemental synergy attached to Dragon minions.
Follow her death and return as a Death Knight in Knight of the Frozen Throne, Rishi's ruthlessness that served her well in forging her own fate now allows her to become one of the most dangerous of the Lich King's servant. While Gul'dan steals a person's blood and body, Rishi's specialty is stealing and bounding their souls to serve her, translating to a set of cards that specialize in taking away a minion's effect and replacing them with an identical Astral Servant.
Lich King card:
The Lich King card is especially potent against the class due their token swarming strategy not only offer board presence also healing and Gaze utility.
Rishi's venture into the Catacomb force her to confront an aspect long-lost to the Astromancers: The cold, devouring and uncaring emptiness of the Darkness and the Void that lies between the stars. Secrets and artifacts that were long-lost to Astromancers came to light. The class now also has incredibly well-rounded Dragon deck inspired by the encounter with Seriona.
In the Witchwood, Astromancer's connection with the stars allow them to contact the Wild God whose power originate the Worgen curse Goldrinn, allow him to arrive and bring with him the power to convert willing Gilnean who wants the power to fight against Hagatha, resulting in a set with extensive use of the swapping Attack and Health mechanic. Astromancer also have the theme of hanging on to the past, which symbolize by their card set's use of the Echo mechanic as well as reward for playing multiple copies of a card in your game
Before you read any further, here's some trigger warning:
The next set will depict and use imagery of serious mental health issues including: collective trauma, schizophrenia, the grieving process, toxic relationships, multiple personality disorder and depression. If any of them upset you, I understand if you skip the cards or just glossing them over. I tried to be as respectful and as accurate as possible to depict the mental health conditions. However, because I do not suffer from mental illness myself, as well as being bounded by the fantasy/sci fi setting of the expansion and generally "dumbing down" of the condition to fit in with the card effects, there's bound to be some mistakes and inaccuracy. I hope you can forgive me for that. If you can think of any ways to improve the cards depiction of mental health issues, I'm ready to listen.
One of the lab of Dr. Boom is preserved for counseling the traumatized interns and scientists. Of course, given that the lead psychiatrist Sigmund Parlov is part of the Boom lab, he also attempts the morally dubious method of opening a portal to the Emerald Dream / Emerald Nightmare to seek out new magic to treat his patient.
The Stages of Grief:
For the Rumble, the class will follow the recently return from the death the Sky Serpent Loa Quetz'lun. He bring along with him a hoard of champions and will take people who were cast aside in order to convert and train them to become the best they can be. His most prized champion Al'Zatar is such example, who specializes in manipulate the odd to his favor.
For Rise of Shadows, the class will join force to defend Dalaran, therefore balance out the number of Hero Class compare to the Villain classes. Their card set will mainly focus on building a combo deck that generate a huge amount of cheap spells to burst down the enemy. In Wild, this combo is even more prevalent since the class has access to the spell Astral Explosion combine with Violet Illusionist.
Secrets of the Void unlock: Cast 50 spells
Celestial Call Requirement: Summon 200 minions
Hawken Kipler is a former highly respected Astromancer of Dalaran. He harbors a grudge against the Citadel because Eldrond Luxos, his friend and former lover, was expelled from the city because of Luxos's newfound interest in Necromancy and Void magic. This grudge simmer for years before exploding when Eldrond's sister Tolyria Luxos was killed during the Purge of Dalaran and the city didn't even bother to send a messenger to Eldrond about her death, considering Eldrond no longer part of Dalaran. Since then, he has been quietly plotting against the city from the inside out, culminating him helping the League of EVIL.
If you played as Astromancer, Eldron Luxos has a small chance to be encountered as a boss in any chapters. He will be encountered only as a 7th boss in chapter 1-4, or from 7th to 11th boss in chapter 5. Playing against him will have special dialogue that detailed their friendship / romance and Kipler breaking the news to him about Tolyria's death.
(The Hero Power is coded to only hit the Astral Spirits if Eldrond or the player is at 1 Health. Celestial Helpers is coded to be in his opening hand and cast on turn 1.)
He will use a self-harming Warlock / Astromancer deck (symbolizing Eldrond being suicidal after Kipler breaking him the news about Tolyria's death). If both sides are alive for 10 turn, the player'll receive a win and a special Treasure:
Doom in the Tombs cards:
After his encounter with his ex-lover, Eldrond continues on his own path. One night, he found the floating city of Dalaran strapped with rockets. Surprised and confused, he used his magic to track the city down to Uldum. Learning that his help to Kipler has led to the event that can end the world, he joined force with the League of Explorers to put an end to this madness by uniting the scared local citizen to lend the League their aid.
Study the Stars: Starting Hero Power
Unlimited Power unlock: Gaze 100 characters
Call of the Void unlock: Take 40 damage during your turn
And don't forget to check out Eldrond's Tombs of Terror guide.
Descent of Dragons
Goblins vs Gnome, The Grand Tournament, Blackrock Mountain, One Night In Karazhan, Naxxramas and League of Explorers set are finished.
Looking good! Keep it up!
Tho i have a note about formating. You should probably use headers (h3 or h4) to separate the expansions. In the sea of images, the xpac banners are kinda lost. Id say use both banners+headers or just headers imho.
Also, horizontal rules (lines). Ideally before each header. They help with readability, especially on mobile ;-)
Also also, our implementation of tables is pretty bad so far, absolutely horrible readability on mobile for now, try to avoid them if possible. We do have lot of ppl who access the site via mobile only, so thats why im saying this, trying to get you views :))
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Whispers of the Old Gods and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan sets are up. Although I seriously need help with the wording on Magic Suppressing Potion.
Rise of Shadows, Savior of Uldum and Dungeon Run Guide is finished.
Wow! I've seen your work in the same competition I joined. Keep up the good work for this class <333
I feel like Quetz'lun's Pact should say "another" so it doesn't transform itself.
Or, at the very least, the text would probably read cleaner that way.
I tried to put "another" in the text but it ended up having 5 lines. It's the intention that it doesn't transform itself. I'll try to replace random with another to see if it can fit.
Dalaran Heist and Tombs of Terror guide is finished!
Descent of Dragons and Galakrond's Awakening set is completed!
Looking good, tho Cosmic Breath = Avenging Wrath for 2 mana. And 2 Sidequests?:o
Paladin is supposed to have bad burst damage though, compare to this class with has good burst random damage. There's also the fact that the Descent of Dragons set cards are supposed to have a higher power level compare to the rest of the 2 other sets.
I'm not sure why are you surprised the class have 2 Side Quests lol. Each of the "Hero" class have 2 Side Quests in place of the 2 Invoke cards for the Villain classes.
Well, about the two quests ... that was a brain fart on my part :)
It looks like we both had the same condition idea. It's fine though, don't feel like you need to change it.
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