Batch number three is out of the oven; get your spicy reviews right here! Secret family recipe these, guaranteed to be accurate even if you think they aren't. Does contain some eggs.

I think reveal season may be rotting my brain a little.

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If you can't find your own sacrifices, store-bought is fine.

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Here’s a common Hearthstone trope that a lot of us are familiar with at this point. Overstatted Taunt minions that summon things for the opponent. This particular card is overstatted in the right way with more Health where 1-drops won’t have more than 3 Health anyway (with very few exceptions). Historically, most of these cards that summon things for the opponent haven't seen much play, so I’d suspect that this will follow the same path, but it might be pretty good as a tech card against Resurrect Priest decks by diluting their pool with useless junk. Cornered Sentry saw successful use as a tech card, and this does a similar thing.

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No joke here, just enjoy this smug grin.

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This is one of those cards that looks really good initially, then less and less the more you think about it. If you get this in your opening hand, with The Coin, then it's probably gonna be huge. Otherwise, you have to count on your opponent missing their 2-drop if you expect to meet the "take no damage" requirement and trigger this Sidequest early. You can still give yourself pretty good odds if you're running a lot of Taunts or Time Out! if you end up drawing it late-game. Overall, I think the card is okay, but you either have to draw it in your opening hand or run secondary cards that will allow you to benefit from it. With Secret Highlander Paladin being so popular right now, there's definitely a chance this could make an appearance.

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You get to die, and you get to die... everybody gets to die!

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She's a strong one, alright. Ignoring the additional effect for now, Assassinate and a 1 mana 4/4 seems like a pretty good deal to me. Vilespine Slayer saw a lot of play, and this is a very similar card in many ways; similar body and similar cost, especially when you consider that you often had to spend a little extra mana to activate Vilespine's Combo.

Now, that additional effect. In some games, it does nothing. In some games, it'll hit an extra minion in your opponent's hand or deck; if you're really lucky, you'll take out something they had multiples of on the board. The truly interesting aspect of this card though is in its potential for combo disruption.

Whether it be simply taking out a million buffed up Pogo-Hoppers or six 6/6 Chef Nomi Elementals, or taking it a step further and accurately sniping out part of someone's combo which you pulled from their hand or deck somehow, there's a lot of really fun sounding uses for this card. Take out the Baleful Bankers or Shirvallah, the Tiger herself; knock out a Sorcerer's Apprentice; stab a Lucentbark and watch the rest of the forest fall too.

Hell, you can even get cute and run some common combo pieces yourself; Baleful Banker doesn't sound too bad as an extra way of recycling Flik, and you get the bonus of sometimes ruining a Paladin's day with a small sacrifice!

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Eat too much and you'll turn green, Fel is pretty rich.

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I think increasing the player’s hand size might be the most created mechanic ever on HearthCards, which makes it super exciting to me that this card is actually real. I love how the team is making more creative cards every set, and this seems to be at the top of the bunch so far.

Fan-flair aside, this card is pretty fucking awesome! Mechanically, the effect is something we’ve all wanted for a really long time, and the card it was printed on delivers. Not only does it increase your hand size, but it’s also a Sprint on a free 4/4, and in a class that can utilize the effect best. This is an amazing tool for Handlock, allowing more hand space (and possibly a 1-Cost Mountain Giant), while also giving you a draw if you need it. It’s also quite useful for Plot Twist strategies. More cards to shuffle and draw. Yes please!

Even in the event that the card somehow doesn’t end up seeing play, the effect alone makes me really happy that this card is in the game. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised for this to solidly find a home. It also synergizes quite well with our next card, that being…

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Professional Abyssal Handler

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I'm not sure how Blizzard plans on validating the size of everyone's hands.

Could this, alongside Valdris Felgorge, give us the return of Handlock? This is a really cool, though a bit of an odd card to see added to the game because I don't see it being that useful as early as it could be played. Handlock being a deck that could use some extra mid-survival, doesn't really get this out of the card.

At its core, we've got a 6-cost 2/2, which when ignoring any text, is worth 1 mana so let us evaluate this card as a 5-drop. What kind of stats do we need to get to break-even with 5 mana? If Booty Bay Bodyguard has anything to add to the conversation, we only need 6 cards in our hand (including Abyssal Summoner) to break-even on the play. Basic minions are trash-tier though with limited use and should never be used for the sake of comparison, unfortunately, we don't have any other 5-cost, taunt-only minions. The token spawn being a Demon does at least provide some additional value assuming a deck will actually make use of the tag.

We're most likely looking at needing 7-8 cards in-hand to create that 6/6 or 7/7 taunt minion to consider this a worthy inclusion, which isn't too crazy for a handlock-focused deck to have, but it also makes the card slow to respond to aggro! I really think Valdris Felgorge is the only card that will really save Abyssal Summoner since it has immense draw-power and will quickly add stats to the minion if we follow up the Valdris play with Abyssal Summoner on turn 8.

On a more positive note, what does make this cool though is we're seeing more interaction with the size of your hand without cheating mana. You're going to need to hold onto a lot of resources to get really crazy value, which can slow the entire deck down if it sees play. There is too much mana cheating in Hearthstone and honestly has always felt like lazy design so this effect is certainly a welcome addition. It does make me question though, are we going to see Mountain Giant Hall of Famed?

Until we see the rest of the Warlock options for Descent of Dragons, we won't know the exact state handlock is going to be in so giving the card an initial overall rating that isn't bad is tough. As things look right now, I'd rather just play Plot Twist Warlock alongside a kickass 6-drop, Aranasi Broodmother.

Now, if we want to talk about Battlegrounds… I really hope this card makes it into the rotation at some point. It adds an interesting new playstyle of hoarding cards which may mean we need to see the rotation of Dancin' Deryl.

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Trying to think of a yolk, but I just can't crack it.

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Eggs marks the spot for our Bingo!

Blizzard has done it again and laid us more ingredients for some tasty scrambled eggs. Unlike most of the other eggs though, we've got a Battlecry AND a Deathrattle on this one. This is also the second time we're seeing a secretly chosen Deathrattle, the first being back in the Knights of the Frozen Throne through Fatespinner.

Unfortunately, as interesting as this card may be to get a terrifying body like Eggwing out in the mid-game, you need the stars to align in your favor which means that Chromatic Egg is already relegated to meme status. The biggest issue I see with the card is that it is going to be tough to crack. Even if you can remove the shell, many of the Dragons you'll get to choose from in the pool have Battlecry effects that won't trigger since the hatchling is played onto the field immediately.

I give it an initial rating of 4/5 stars only because I love seeing the impossible happen and this card has the potential for it. In all likelihood, it is going to be much lower than that though from a competitive standpoint, completely egg-nored, unless we see some very strong, non-Battlecry Dragons. We haven't even seen half the set though, so there always is a chance. It will be interesting to take a look at the card again before the expansion goes live.

As Battlegrounds has shown us though of the past few weeks, Hearthstone should be taken more fun, so don't be a chicken, give the card a try when the egg-spansion launches and you inevitably whisk up 6 of them from your pre-order cartons.

Also, the Hatch flavor is egg-mazing - it'll be hard to beat! They should consider reworking all the eggs.

I'm sorry-not-sorry.

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This is Dragonblight. It's 12 days north of Pandaria and a few degrees south of Ice Crown.

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My immediate point of comparison for this card was Netherspite Historian. They're both 2 mana, and they both serve a similar function of getting you extra Dragons.

Historian is almost always a better early play than Dragon Breeder; in the instance where neither of them nets you a Dragon, she only loses 1 Attack against him, but the potential upside from her is far higher, since you're able to get that additional Dragon without first playing one yourself, which is pretty tricky early on. Even better, you can get a massive Dragon if you want one, where Breeder would be Dittoing up some Faerie Dragons or similar low-impact cards.

Lategame they're actually trickier to compare; we can assume that both of them will almost always be active, as it's reasonable that you'll have drawn plenty of Dragons for Historian and played plenty of Dragons for Breeder (or be able to play one in the same turn, at least). You could argue that the potential upside of being able to adapt to the situation at hand with the Discover makes it the better card, but equally the cards in your deck are in it for a reason, so getting an extra copy of one of them will always be good. With the influx of new Dragons in this expansion, we could see an abundance of new effects that would make a Discover more versatile, but at the same time less consistently good.

This is a good card. Dragon decks will likely run this simply to bolster their earlygame; even the ones with ridiculous earlygame already, like Warlock and Nether Breath. One thing I do know is I'm not looking forward to facing this in Arena, because that's a hell of a lot of value.

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In such a Rush that she got here early.

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I'm really gonna be sad when we get the official name for this one, I do love a good Fluffy card.

Rabid Worgen saw some play in Warrior decks; this is Rabid Worgen but you can bring your friends along with very little effort. Easy staple in Galakrond Warrior decks. What makes it especially fun is that it summons copies; just like Saronite Chain Gang before its untimely demise, you buff this Dragon up a bit and you're looking at a terrifying force of nature. Draw this with Galakrond, the Unbreakable and you've got a cheaper, stronger Oasis Surger that gives you an additional body to boot, all without wasting mana in your early turns.

This is another one of those "incredibly strong (assuming the deck it goes in is strong)" cards, like Nether Breath. The kind of card that Trump gives one star or five stars, and then gets mocked endlessly for predicting the meta wrong. I'll throw my hat in the ring and say you're going to hate playing against this card, that it'll be the strongest part of the deck it's in, but also that as it stands, I don't think the deck is going to be that strong. Solid Tier 2 material, maybe.