[Review] Hearthstone League of Explorers Week 3: The Ruined City

League of Explorers Brann Bronzebeard, Elise Starseeker, Reno Jackson, Sir Finley Mrrgglton

This week we travel to the Ruined City to meet Sir Finley Mrrgglton, the newest member of our expedition for the Staff of Origination.

TL;DR

RNG is in, and it is fun. I never thought I would actually utter those words in my lifetime. While not particularly difficult still (League of Explorers has been consistently easier than both previous adventures, Curse of Naxxramas and Black Rock Mountain), the final boss mechanic was a blast, giving you the ability to overrun the board quickly.

Let's get into it.

Lord Slitherspear

Hero Power: Summon a hungry Naga.

This wasn't a problem as the nagas were all 1/1 or 2/1 in Normal and could easily be run over after Sir Finley Mrrgglton is freed and at a 0/5, this doesn't take long. Easiest way through is with either an Egg Druid of another spammy class, though anything will do honestly.

Rewards Normal: Gorillabot A-3 Huge Toad Hunter Class Challenge: Dart Trap

Giantfin

Hero Power: Draw 2 cards.

Giantfin is the most difficult battle with its ability to replenish its hand quickly and continue to spam the board. Normal is really not too difficult, with large board control abilities are your friend in this case (e.g. Mage with Flamestrike and Arcane Explosion would be more than sufficient). Alternatively you can just roll up face hunter and hammer out damage faster than your opponent. The class challenge is another story and is particularly obnoxious (Shaman is also my worst class admittedly, so I might be a bit biased). A great ramp in your opening hand after the mulligan is a must.

Rewards Normal: Anyfin Can Happen Murloc Tinyfin Shaman Class Challenge: Everyfin is Awesome

Lady Naz'jar

Hero Power: At the end of the turn, replace all minions with new ones. Yours cost (1) more.

For the final boss of this week it is a cool mechanic but the normal battle and the class challenge were both a breeze. It gives you plenty of ability to hammer away with charge minions and then get full board back on your turn with full health. A vast majority of the replacement creatures that I was given were also significant upgrades from what I originally had on the board. The same strategy as Slitherspear applies here in that the main goal is to just maintain a full board and the battle will easily be over inside of 5 turns.

Rewards Normal: Pit Snake , Naga Sea Witch , Jungle Moonkin Priest Class Challenge: Entomb

This week's legendary card is Sir Finley Mrrgglton . Already, even before the day is over we are already seeing play of this is Murloc Paladin variants as a turn 1 option to go into a Hunter or Warlock Hero Power. As a 1 mana cost card, I expect we will be seeing quite a bit of him during the December meta.

 

So what do we give it?

On a scale of 1 to 5, I would have to give it

MurlocMurlocMurloc (3) Murlocs out of 5.

The final battle was a ton of fun but it was over too quickly. Giantfin was a satisfyingly difficult class challenge, but mechanically unexciting. Lord Slitherspear was all around fairly bland. And last but certainly not least, Sir Finley Mrrgglton, is already seeing play so he deserves credit for a full Murloc all his own.

 

What did you think of this week's adventure to the Ruined City? Did you find treasures untold or was it mainly just a pile of rubble? Let us know in the doobly do below.

 

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