It might be a new calendar year, but it's still the same good ol' Nozdormu the Eternal; here to anchor able players within the constant flow of time. As higher XP quests become seemingly harder to come across (at least if you have my kind of luck) while the pool of daily Hearthstone tasks expands, any small bonuses matter. Most of us still undoubtedly have a ways to go before reaching that level 100 on the Alterac Valley Rewards Track.
Currently active in all regions, the quest could result in a few quicker battles for Honor gains - the main portion of the event might be over now, but the Questline grind continues for many.
Get Moving, It's a Freshly Minted Year
Nozdormu the Eternal makes for an integral part of the Core set, always there when you need to practice your speed Hearthstone skills:
- As long as you have one quest slot open come server reset in your region on the 15th of each month, the Nozdormu quest will replace your regular quest of the day. It grants a lot more bonus XP, making it a worthwhile pursuit!
- This quest can also be rerolled away for a typical lesser one, if you really can't stand it. But Nozdormu will be very sad, and you will lose out on your precious Rewards Track XP.
- In order to be eligible, simply remove a non-crucial card from one of your favorite decks and replace it with Nozdormu the Eternal. It's not like anyone remembers to switch back after they're done.
- Queue up for a game with your 'new' deck in any relevant game mode of choice and hopefully encounter another player with Nozdormu in their deck, then have fun playing 'Speedstone'!
- You don't necessarily have to complete the quest as soon as you get it (it will actually remain in your log until refreshed), but there will likely be far fewer people trying to do the same later on.
- Winning or losing doesn't really matter for the quest completion, and opponents don't need to have Nozdormu the Eternal in their decks for it to count on your side - but just like with any other 'Play 3 games' quests, instant conceding won't progress it.
If you're trying to take your blitzing semi-seriously and not just queue up and go AFK for a while as the quest completes itself in a way, then as usual we recommend going for any decks that aren't reliant on long combos or multiple actions in a single turn. Simplicity is the key, so any flashy animations or Discover choices aren't particularly desirable (unless you happen to have lighting speed reflexes). 15 seconds is all you get here!
Finding somebody who also put Nozdormu the Eternal into their deck isn't such a common occurrence nowadays, especially on Ranked ladders (it's only 3 games per month for most players, after all). You can consider yourself quite lucky when you do, and should enjoy those turns storming by - at least it's possible to tell whether the effect is in play as soon as the mulligan phase wraps up.
The Current Honor Event & Tavern Brawl
Since many players may still need every bit of Honor they can get, it's worth pointing out again that Casual Mode doesn't count towards that goal. Perhaps no better time than to hope for some 'Speedstone' on Standard or Wild ladder. If you wish to stay relatively safe, pick the mode you don't usually play - there is nothing to lose (well, except some MMR) when at those Bronze ranks. Hovering near Ranked floors has more or less the same effect.
Nozdormu Day Decks for January 2022
Face Hunter might just be about as constant as Nozdormu the Eternal itself, but there are always more than a few suitable homes for our speedy dragon. Pick your flavor, we will focus on a few relevant Standard decks below (while also accepting fine naming suggestions):
Have any other favorite decks where Nozdormu the Eternal simply belongs? Do you just get your quest done as quickly as possible or dare to hunt for more speedy Honor matches alongside Noz? Let us know whether you've had any luck queuing into other Nozdormus in any game mode for the first time in 2022!