Hearthstone Expansion Blackrock Mountain Card Preview: Meet The Blackwing Corruptor, Your New Best Friend

By Steve Buja , Updated Mar 25, 2015 10:04 AM EDT

Each day, we creep closer and closer to the iron gates of Blackrock Mountain, the next expansion to Blizzard's stunningly wonderful CCG, Hearthstone. Along our way, the company is showing off several of the various minions and spells we can encounter once we reach the fiery dungeons.

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Several more cards were revealed in the latest blog post, pushing the percentage of known cards to 14. Blackrock Mountain will feature 31 new cards, collectible across the five wings of the dungeon.

The expansion, due out in April, has a big focus on dragons. One of the new mechanics in the game is that if you are holding a certain kind of card - in this case, a dragon - other cards will be affected.

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The Blackwing Technician is one such Dragon "booster" as it could be called. Though shown off before via Trump's always wonderful card breakdown, we can't emphasize enough the Arena and Constructed potential of this card. The metagame will favor dragons, at least for a little while, and this little goblin is case and point: if you're carrying enough dragons, you get a beefy 3/5 for 3 mana, tough enough to last a round or two or more if you play your cards right.

Hearthstone's power comes not in the bruisers, but in the little ways you can enhance and swarm your way to victory. The Blackwing Technician is one of our favorite cards shown off right now because its strength to cost ratio is damn near wonderful. Only works with a dragon deck, but why else would you be playing it?

Similarly, the Blackwing Corruptor comes raring to go with his Battlecry. In addition to getting a healthy but not too intimidating 5/4 minion for 5 mana, if you're carrying a dragon, it will deal 3 damage to a minion upon summoning. It plays similar to the Fire Elemental, but anyone can use this - not just Shamans. And you can bring it out a turn earlier, too. Could be a fairly powerful card, but woe to players who aren't on top of their meta.

You can bet there will be a glut of anti-dragon decks the minute the expansion hits.

Finally, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the dragon's lair. The Mage gets its second class specific card with Dragon's Breath, which is a focused blast of magic that gets a significant price reduction for each creature that died that turn. This is the kind of late game card that can help close out the deal, especially after you lay waste to the enemy's minions with a Flamestrike. The four damage (adding for a total of eight) can take down most other things, and even let you hit the face of your opponent if you need to whittle him down. Heck, if you kill enough, you essentially get four free damage to do with what you will.

Okay, so there aren't actually any real dragons in this quick look. You and all your BGHs are keeping them at bay, I think.

No date has been set for Blackrock Mountain, but keep an eye out. It should be here in April.

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