As I have mentioned, Flagsworth/Healblade finally found an exploit in the system to get me interested in the Warcraft Trading Card Game over Christmas. The details are what they are and despite the fact the game is discontinued we find ourselves expanding our collection on a weekly basis, if not almost daily. Keep in mind I’ve played less than twenty actual games, but did thoroughly enjoy myself -including three of us taking on the Deadmines Dungeon Deck this weekend. But while that holds some importance, I’m instead amazed by what I’ve discovered just indulging in the game to begin with.
It’s Still Relatively Expensive
Okay, if you live in the US it’s not so bad. A number of sites are reducing their prices, no doubt to clear the stock. However, living in Canada this means next to nothing. I’m still looking at over thirty dollars if I want to ship a box of cards to the house. Locally, despite the fact a dollar store chain has somehow started selling packs (huzzah!), the gaming stores that have had the same stock since Hallowe’en are content to leave their prices marked up. Of course part of this is observed under personal greed and is weighed against the fact people still want the loot cards.
I Miss Old Talents
In going through some of the early sets like The Dark Portal, there are abilities that have fallen by the wayside. Raptor Strike, for example, reminded me of the days of Melee Hunters. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that I can Green Arrow things right in front of me. It’s just I can’t help but think back when something would get past Liouxpold’s pet and the bow would disappear in exchange for two swords. Little things, you know?
I Miss Old Quests
I don’t remember which card tripped my memory (though it was probably Defias Brotherhood related), but I started to think about some of the quests pre-Wrath of the Lich King. Quests like The Missing Diplomat chain, and Orc Peons. Funny, yet story driven. More importantly with the story ones was the fact you often didn’t out level them (unless you just decided to do something else completely) before you were done. Heck, sometimes the next chapter required you to gain a level or two before you could even do them.
The Flavour Text Is Awesome
There are some amazingly funny cards out there. It could be a character name like Hugh Mann, or something more like the Hyjal Stag. “Fuzzy meat get suck in teeth but come with great toothpick” -Warchief Grok’thol
Warcraft Artists Are Phenomenal
I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I’m still trying to get my hands on the art books from the first two Collector’s Editions of the game just because of said artwork. In getting into the card game now, there are literally thousands of art images for me to now enjoy. Some I shrug at, but there are plenty more than I’m just in awe of. I can’t say enough good things about the artists.
The Game Isn’t Necessarily Like The Game
This one just amuses me, to be honest. It’s no secret my Priest and Paladin are the most active toons (despite my love for Druids). When it comes to the game, a Warlock intrigues me, and I found myself getting ideas for a Fury Warrior as well. It was definitely different for me in terms of class love (by the way I’ve played Warlock, Druid, Death Knight, Priest, and Mage decks thus far).
Evolution Is Inevitable
In looking at the TCG, particularly old cards versus new, you can definitely see a change. Change certainly is inevitable, and you’re definitely going to see it in a collectables game that lasts any amount of time. At the same time it evolved to a level that has seen an altered version gone digital (in Hearthstone). World of Warcraft itself is seemingly doing the same. Come Warlords of Draenor we are going to see updated character models, instant 90′s, and more…to the lengths of which, who knows?
I could also go on about the fact my financial self-control also goes out the window at times (the Mrs. too), but you get the picture. It’s just really interesting as I sit and go through the cards all of the different game-related thoughts and memories that pop up in my head. It’s nostalgia, but it’s also appreciation. It’s quite the myriad that the game has become as it hits the ten year mark this year (and twenty for the Warcraft franchise). Amazing that it can be captured so simply in a handful of cards. Okay many handfuls…but one will still give you an enjoyable trip.