The release hype train for Hearthstone: Journey to Un'goro continues on full steam ahead as four more elementals were revealed by Blizzard's Mike Donais.
"When you play an Elemental, their latent energy sticks around and other Elementals can make use of it on the following turn," Mike Donais said. "Many Elementals in Journey to Un’goro get a bonus effect if you played an Elemental on the previous turn. Elementals in your hand will light up with a unique glow when this bonus is active."
Donais goes on to explain why they wanted the elemental tribe to feel unique.
We want each minion type to have its own unique feel and gameplay. When working on the Blackrock Mountain adventure, we decided some cards should get a bonus while you’re holding a Dragon in your hand. This let Dragon decks focus on having large minions, and their mechanic mitigates the downside of holding onto an expensive Dragon while you wait to have enough mana. We knew we had to come up with something unique for Elemental decks that made them feel very different.
During the initial design phase of a set, we explore a lot of ideas—even ones we know won’t work in the end—because iterating on those ideas helps us learn what kinds of things are fun. Maybe we try one mechanic that turns out to be bad, but along the way we discover a certain element of it is entertaining. We can then make a new mechanic that gets right to the heart of the fun.
In Journey to Un’Goro, we knew we wanted to add Elementals, and we tried about 10 different mechanical designs. By playing with each design and discussing them, we narrowed in on the best ones. Eventually, we chose our favorite and adjusted all the Elementals to match the one we liked best.
Of course, not every elemental has this mechanic - but you won't see it on cards of other types.
Check out the cards that were revealed.
Ozruk, Elemental Legendary Minion
Stone Sentinel, Elemental Epic Shaman Minion
Fire Fly, Uncommon Elemental Minion
Flame Geyser, Mage spell
Cards updated as Elementals in Journey to Un'Goro
- Water Elemental
- Ragnaros Lightlord
- Dust Devil
- Unbound Elemental
- Fireguard Destroyer
- Rumbling Elemental
- Earth Elemental
- Fire Elemental
- Al’Akir the Windlord
- Ice Rager
- Magma Rager
- Frost Elemental
- Baron Geddon
- Ragnaros the Firelord
There's about 25 new elementals in Journey to Un'goro, so expect some unique tribal decks that'll crop up in Shaman and Mage. Those two classes are where most of them will appear, but there's also a few in other classes.
For a recap of the other Journey to Un'Goro cards announced, check out our YouTube channel: