Well, college life and laziness screwed me over again, but here I go as I review the 2 wings of Blackrock Mountain: A Hearthstone Adventure, released on two succeeding weeks.
During the initial hype of Blackrock Mountain, I was in my aunts’ place, coming home after a Good Friday tradition called visita iglesia. The Internet was crappy, but it’s alright since I just need to buy the first wing and play the bosses. The adventures had no timers, so I didn’t have to worry about roping. XD
And so, here is the first wing: Blackrock Depths!
Again, credits to hearthpwn.com for the pics. XD
I’m just gonna go through the normal modes as this is basically a run-through of the bosses.
Hero Power: Pile On! (0 Mana, AUTO-CAST)
Put a minion from each deck into the battlefield.
Pretty straightforward. And the tip here is to have a lot of huge minions in your deck. And by huge, I mean those costing over 6 mana and stats over 4/4, or something like that.
He also plays a lot of huge minions, so during the Mulligan, keep any hard removal. Coren’s removals are that of Warriors. Whirlwind/Execute combo, and the never-absent Inner Rage kill when any of your minions is at 1 health.
Reward: Grim Patron
Hero Power: Jeering Crowd (1 Mana)
Summon a 1/1 Spectator with Taunt.
This one is tons of fun! His deck is composed of 30 Legendary minions. Yes, you heard that right! 30 of them. And you basically beat him by rushing him down, not letting any of the heavy Legendaries to come into play. XD In case you do, well, good luck. Actually, you don’t need good luck. Since his deck is just composed of minions, you don’t need to worry about any sort of removal. And most of the time, he only drops one minion at a time, giving you a lot of time to set up.
Hero Power: Power of the Firelord (2 Mana)
Deal 30 damage.
Kneel before the summoner of Ragnaros! His hero power is Insta-kill! But a man has his limits, and one of those is his wife. Moira Bronzebeard appears in play at the very start of the match, and she disables Thaurissan’s hero power. She only attacks minions with Taunt, so don’t even dare to play Taunt minions unless you’re gonna kill it off immediately.
Reward: Gang Up (On beating the wing, Emperor Thaurissan)
Hunter vs Coren Direbrew: Beast Boys
Your deck consists of most of the Beasts in the game, along with necessary spells like Unleash the Hounds, Arcane Shot, and Quick Shot. Your Pile On! RNG should be nice in order to win this match. To note, Gahz’rilla is also in your deck, so if you get him, you can actually OTK him.
Reward: Quick Shot
Mage vs High Justice Grimstone: The Unstable Portal Challenge
From the people who brought you the Webspinner Challenge, here is the Unstable Portal Challenge!
Your turn 1 is dead, but every other turn is fun non-stop! If Grimstone summons Millhouse Manastorm, you’re in for a hell lot of fun! More often than not, you win this easily from RNG. ’nuff said.
Reward: Dragon’s Breath
And, inspired by my recent endeavor on 11-winstreak Hunter, I present to you, The Molten Core!
Hero Power: Magma Pulse (1 Mana, AUTO-CAST)
Deal 1 damage to all minions.
Don’t underestimate his Hero Power. He starts the game with 7 0/5 Firesworn that have a deathrattle that deals 1*X damage to the enemy hero, where X is the number of Firesworn that died on that turn. If they all die on the same turn at the same time, they deal 7 damage to you 7 times. Instakill… Luckily, there’s a Priest card for that, and that’s Mass Dispel! If you’re not playing Priest, then kill the Firesworn one-by-one, ideally one per turn. He restocks Firesworn every once in a while with a card of the same name, so be wary of that.
Reward: Druid of the Flame
Hero Power: Ignite Mana (0 Mana)
Deal 5 damage to the enemy Hero if they have unspent Mana.
I first thought it was deal 5 per unspent Mana. GG if that was the case. Obviously, you make a deck containing cards of almost all the mana numbers, from 1-9, ideally. Usually, though, 5 damage to the face is tolerable, and a fair warning, if you plan to rush him down, do it sparingly. He has a handful of Molten Giants in his hand for some crazy reason. Baron also has some crazy removal, so be wary of that.
Reward: Imp Gang Boss
Majordomo Executus/Ragnaros the Firelord
Hero Power: Executus: (The Majordomo -(2) Summon a 1/3 Flamewalker Acolyte.)
Hero Power: Ragnaros: (DIE, INSECT – (2) Deal 8 damage to a random enemy.)
Executus is pretty easy to beat, because his freakin’ hand is filled with Molten Giants!!!!
You read it right! Molten Giants! If there is anything else he has, well, they’re easy to deal with.
Pro-tip: Don’t rush him down aggro-style. Kill him slowly like how you play against Handlock. Put him at 20 minus his mana count. Then, after you kill Executus, Ragnaros shows up with 16 health (8+8 armor) and an oddly familiar Hero Power. By this time, you will have prepared for him, unless you have enough means to kill Ragnaros at that.
Executus Heroic spoiler pro-tip: Kel’Thuzad.
KT behind a Taunt is pretty game-breaking for the AI. I’ll just leave it at that.
Reward: Blackwing Technician (On beating the wing, Majordomo Executus)
Warrior vs Garr: Garr vs Garrosh
The deck is filled with early-game cards, something you’ll really need to pull off the same strategy with the normal version. This should be simple if you followed the strategy with Garr above.
Reward: Axe Flinger
Shaman vs Baron Geddon: Overload vs Overheat
If you didn’t get what that means, well, you haven’t played that much Shaman yet. Overload is the mana-locking mechanism in Hearthstone. With the new card Lava Shock, this allows you to cancel the mana-lock altogether! The deck is filled with cards that either feed on Overload or use so much absurd Overload that they don’t see play in Constructed anymore. Also, with Overload, this teaches you how to play around your mana so you don’t get hit by Baron’s Ignite Mana. For experienced players, this should be an easy challenge.
Reward: Lava Shock
And that’s it for this wordy edition of BRM.
Until the next half! XD