On Twitter this evening, Dean Ayala, Game Designer and Cool Hearthstone Dad, asked the community to send him in questions. One of those questions prompted a great response on dual-class.
Dean was asked about which keyword he'd like to revisit in the future. Although not a keyword, Dean said that there's a good chance Hearthstone will revisit the dual-class card mechanic.
We first saw cards with multiple classes associated with them in the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan set. It was in that set where we had three different crime families, each with their own three classes, lending their hand to shared synergies.
- The Grimy Goons - Hunter, Paladin, and Warrior. Responsible for the Handbuff package.
- The Jade Lotus - Druid, Rogue, and Shaman. Responsible for those pesky Jade Golems.
- The Kabal - Mage, Priest, and Warlock. Unique potion cards and custom spells through Kazakus.
When Scholomance Academy hit in the middle of 2020, Hearthstone went a different approach with multiclass cards instead of opting to go with a simpler dual-class instead of the tri-class of old. Though with Demon Hunter, they couldn't really do tri-class cards. Each class was paired with two different classes and they received some overlapping mechanics.
With the news this evening that Dean thinks Hearthstone will revisit dual-class in the future, provided they revisited some balance, it makes us ask: Do you think the current Scholomance combinations are good? Would you like to see the mechanic come back?
Additionally, Dean also put it out there that he wondered if the game would overall be more fun if it was permanently dual-class. What do you think? Would you like to be able to build decks using cards from a couple of different classes? Or would you rather only see cards being added regularly that incorporated the mechanic? Let us know your answers in the comments below.
What’s your favorite keyword that you’d like to potentially revisit in the future?
good chance we'll revisit duel-class, I honestly wonder if Hearthstone would be more fun if it was permanently duel-class. Would have to revisit some balance to do it, but it's a great mechanic. Very unlikely this will happen, just a curiosity I have.