You certainly made it clear that the final boss wasn’t going to play by the rules.
Brode: Something I wanted to try with Kel’Thuzad was breaking the rules a little more. I mean, already the bosses of Naxxramas break the rules. They have
hero powers that are just not fair. They’re playing with more than two copies of some cards in their decks and they’re playing with cards from multiple
classes. With Kel’Thuzad I thought “What if we just ramp this up even more? What if he doesn’t even play within the space of Hearthstone? What if he takes
over your turn while you’re playing it?” I think that all helped to make Kel’Thuzad have that next level of uniqueness.
In some ways the solo adventures felt less like Hearthstone the ‘card game’ and more like Hearthstone the series of chess puzzles.
Thompson: For sure, that was a big part of all of these encounters in Naxx. The opportunity to not just get you some new content in an exciting way, but so
you felt like you’d earned it. Not just buying the wing, getting your cards, and moving onto the game. But, you know, really earning them. Something you feel
like you came by in an adventuresome way.
At the same time, also just doing so in such a way that you got to play smartly and come up with good ideas or clever tricks and play against the bosses’
jerkiness. And while doing so, maybe learn to play certain cards you wouldn’t normally put into a deck or to approach a class in a new way or maybe play a
class you wouldn’t normally play at all. That’s where the class challenges came in. We really wanted you to discover new parts of Hearthstone that maybe you
knew about and maybe you were aware of but you’d never really had the opportunity or the excuse to play with.
“Players will encounter an epic cast of legendary characters and a huge amount of content to explore in Warlords of Draenor,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and
cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “The countdown to the arrival of one of the greatest threats in Warcraft history has begun. We can’t wait to send
everyone through the Dark Portal this November.”
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About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft? and the Warcraft?, StarCraft?, and Diablo? franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
(www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes eighteen #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The
company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net?, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
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