With Thursday's announcement of Knights of the Frozen Throne, Blizzard has suddenly found itself bombarded with question after question about the upcoming set. What will the single-player content be like? How are rewards going to be given out? How will these new cards interact with old cards? They go on and on seemingly forever.
Luckily, a few have been answered by various members of the development team including Game Designer Dave Kosak, Community Manager Keganbe, and Game Director Ben Brode.
Eloise Interviews Dave Kosak
While in Shanghai, Game Designer Dave Kosak sat down with Eloise from Tempo Storm to talk about the upcoming Knights of the Frozen Crown. In total it's about 30 minutes long so we've gone ahead and made some bullet points.
The Lich King will be Arthas, not Bolvar.
Each of the new Hero Cards will have a different mana cost, but all have a Battlecry, a new hero power, and will reward you with some armor.
As previously announced, beating the Prologue will earn you a random legendary Hero Card.
Each wing will reward you with one Frozen Throne pack.
Beating the Lich King with all 9 classes will earn you a special reward.
Despite being one of the major highlights of the new set, there aren't a ton of cards with Lifesteal, but there are some in classes that don't normally have a ton of healing.
Deathrattle is indeed one of the major mechanics of this set, but there won't be as abundant as it was in Naxxramas.
CM Daxxari: Not to worry. Non-pack rewards, such as those offered from the Welcome Bundle, Arena, or Heroic Tavern Brawl will follow the same duplication rules that will apply to opening card packs. The same will be true for the upcoming Prologue reward.
You won't need to obtain them in a specific order to avoid getting a duplicate Legendary."
CM Keganbe: We actually just discussed this. If we changed Hallazeal to say "Your spells have Lifesteal", it would not stack if you have two Hallazeal on the board. We're currently planning on leaving the text as-is, so if you happen to have two Hallazeal on the board, you will reap the benefits of his ability triggering twice.
CM Keganbe: If Build-a-Beast creates a Zombeast with a Deathrattle effect, the Zombeast will be resummoned with N'Zoth's ability.
Ben Brode: Depends on the mission. Should be more of a challenge than old normal.
As hard as Heroic?
Ben Brode: Not for most of the fights.