For someone who doesn’t have much luck in Arena Play, I’ve amassed a bit of gold now. Heck, I think I’ve played 1-2 Arena games since the beginning of April in an effort to stockpile the surefire amount of gold. Do I miss out on cards as a result? Of course. But my current decks are doing alright on their own. I honestly wanted to make certain I had enough gold for the launch of Adventure Mode. Not because I want to get the new cards immediately, but because I want to be able to access Naxxramas right away.
Blizzard announced the solo game earlier this spring and, while they haven’t announced a release date for it, I suspect the July or maybe August season. The idea is something for casual players to indulge in. Yes, there is a Casual Mode but if you’ve played it…it tends to be anything but. I find I either lose to a 4+ Legendaries deck, or beat someone in 7 rounds. There’s literally no control over the balance, and it worsens when players of high rank hit a cap because they then take their decks into Casual and just stomp anyone and everyone. Why? I have no idea. I don’t have that kind of complex.
So Naxx is on the way and will solve that, to some degree. I expect it to be difficult, more so than the computer mode now. We’ve also seen a few previews of the card rewards and that’s going to make it even more appealing to all types of players. The plan is Blizzard will release the first wing free of charge. After that, they will release one wing per week, at a cost. You can pay either real money or you can pay with gold. Clearly the latter is the route I plan to take and that’s where it becomes a guessing game. Just how much will it cost? That depends on the approach taken.
My original theory was 150-250 gold. That’s just above the cost of Arena, which means it isn’t terribly out of reach for the average player. If you only manage to complete 1-2 quests a week and win 3 or 6 games in a week, that would get you 100 gold or more, depending on the quests. So every couple of weeks even a weaker player would have a fair chance to play the new wings. But is that what Blizzard is aiming at, or will it be a high end investment reward that nudges impatient players towards buying? If that’s the case, 250g won’t be nearly enough. In that situation, I see 400 gold being a more realistic amount. Possibly even a bit more. With an amount like that, good players will have no problem getting that much gold together and players who don’t want to wait to do so will just choose to spend the money and buy it right away. Given a company that still charges 15 dollars a month for their million dollar MMO, I can’t put a financial grab past them.
Regardless of what the decision ends up being, I honestly think I’m now set. Come whatever may, my decks are ready (as they’re going to be) for Kel’Thuzad and the rest. I’m looking forward to it. If nothing else, it will be something different and the end result will determine whether or not we see future “expansion” adventures down the road.