Reno Jackson was something entirely new for Hearthstone when he released late last year. However, with the Kabal, Blizzard is further exploring the idea of effects that activate when your deck has no duplicates in it. This is likely because Reno himself rotates out in Spring 2017, meaning if these decks turn out to be really strong, they won't be too much of a problem for long.
And that's not to mention the strength of archetypes in Wild which continue to get more and more tools at their disposal. Some in the community immediately thought of the strength of decks like N'Zoth Control Priest which now have even more removal tools like Dragonfire Potion to utilize.
But even if Reno decks aren't problematic in Standard, it's easily feasible that they do become a problem in the future right? What will Blizzard do to address this?
That's exactly what we asked Senior Game Producer Yong Woo and Game Designer Dean Ayala at BlizzCon.
With all the Priest cards we've seen so far, obviously there's more to go, but I think some people are starting to get a bit worried about Wild with things like N'Zoth Control Priest. Is that at all a concern for you?
Dean: It's not really a concern, I don't think.
There are so many counter decks and there's going to be tons of things that are good against N'Zoth, the Corruptor. In Wild, there are so many tools available that it's much, much harder for one deck to dominate. So it doesn't really worry me too much, especially since N'Zoth Priest in Wild [is only] moderate in terms of power level. And more importantly in terms of variety, there's not actually that many players playing N'Zoth Control Priest.
We'll see. We're going to monitor it. We have statistics and I think when any one deck starts to see a huge amount of play rate and the experience when you're playing whatever mode is this deck, this deck, this deck.
In Wild, it's been really, really awesome. Nothing is really eclipsing more than ten percent at any given time.
That's good because the community would have you believe otherwise.
Yong: Well perception is important so we should probably keep an eye on it.
It's just exciting when we release a new set like Mean Streets of Gadgetzan [since] we wanted to make a lot of change. People do experiment with decks like N'Zoth Priest in Wild and all sorts of other things in Standard. I think that's awesome.
Like Dean was saying earlier that's exactly what we're doing so that we can give players more options and more room to explore.
You guys were talking about how the power of "Reno" effects needs to be closely monitored in Standard, but eventually, all of those are going to be in Wild at the same time. Is that something you can see yourself taking action against?
Dean: The situation where we take action is if there is no variety and one or two things are dominating. The future of that does sound like, "Oh [this could be very powerful]."
But at the same time, there's going to be so many cards in the card pool. The kind of decks that worry [since] you have so many tools available [are] the kind of decks that are going to be around ten years from now if nothing changes. [Which] is 30 damage combos on turn five.
I'm not worried at all about the decks that are playing until turn ten doing a big board swing. I don't think that's what the future of Wild is.
Yong: And obviously that's something we're going to keep taking a close look at if it gets degenerate.
More From Our Interview
Want to read more about Mean Streets of Gadgetzan and Hearthstone in general? Check out our previously published snippets.
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- Tri-Class Cards And The Case For Less Of Them
- BlizzCon Interview: Legendaries, Twitch Integration, And Tavern Brawls
- Iksar: Patches Deck Is "Maybe The Single Hardest Deck To Play"
- Blizzard Talks RNG, Curvestone, & HCT 2017
- Addressing The Size Of Hearthstone On Mobile, Localization Process
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Guide
We're nearing the conclusion of our BlizzCon interview but we still have a few topics left to touch on. In the meantime, you can head on over to our official guide for more information on Mean Streets including all of the revealed cards, gameplay, trailers, and more!