Hello, everyone! This has certainly been an interesting Season - we tried out a new schedule for our Big Competition which had upsides and downsides; a brand new Hearthstone Year came upon us, bringing with it a very lore-driven set and the start of a year long story, as well as quite possibly the best solo content we've seen thus far; we tried out a new method of displaying competitions on the front page, bring users directly to them and cutting out the awkward middleman of a newspost; and throughout it all, the elephant in the room for us mods that we couldn't relay to you until recently, Hearthpwn is shutting down.
It has been excruciating behind the scenes, knowing that the fate of the website was up-in-the-air but unable to give you all any information about it. Perhaps when Innkeeper stopped being supported some of you began to suspect something, or maybe when Rise of Shadows released without a compendium and without us updating our card gallery to have high quality art and golden cards. Maybe it was when Hearthstation appeared, with many of us on staff and completely unable to communicate to you as to why it existed. Even now, I don't know anywhere near all the details, and for all I know I shouldn't be telling you guys even this much, but I'm so tired of having had to run the WCDC and CCC like nothing was wrong when for all I knew we wouldn't even make it to the end.
But we did. We made it, and as much of a clusterfuck as it was behind the scenes, you guys went above and beyond as you always do in both coming up with some amazing themes and coming up with equally amazing cards to fulfill them. As is tradition, for the final time (on this site, anyway) it is time to select an overall winner for the Season.
As per usual, we will also have some mini-competitions running alongside this two-week long poll, to keep up some entertaining content as we wind down. I wish you the best of luck in them - remember, you have about a day to submit and a day to vote on a winner for each, so don't think too hard, just go for it!
This is normally the bit where I'd tell you when the next Season will start, but obviously that won't be the case anymore. Good luck to everyone one final time! You can check out the final poll for each winner's theme by clicking on their card below. Vote for your favourites, and I hope we'll see you all very soon.
Click on each winner to see the final poll they won. Make sure you check carefully which cards are by which person! We had some interesting themes this Season. Some winners may have token cards which will only be visible by visiting their final poll.
Thanks everyone who participated in our competitions over the years. I always loved looking at cards you made, even tho i was sometimes a heavy critic, i always meant well :) I hope we will meet again in the future :)
Big CG to all the finalists of this season, lets crown the king one last time!
We've had a lot of meme Ragers that made it to finals over the years, but i must say i rly love the flavor of Nix's The Rage Within. And then there is Lathy's Shipwrecked Buccaneer! These two cards are my personal favourites :)
Yes, certainly. Fan Creations exists over there now, and there some plans for custom tools for competition, a card creator, and even the ability to use custom cards in decks. It will be a little while, but it will be very epic.
I'm a bit surprised how many of these designs I *really really* dislike, either for being needlessly complex, introducing new keywords/mechanics or just pointlessness. My favourite by far is the shipwrecked buccaneer, which flawlessly combines flavour and functionality and even manages to incorporate an existing card.
For runners up I guess Cowardly Knight and Modgud come in at #2 and #3. Cowardly knight is a funny card, but it has some synergy with hand buffs and/or cards that care about playing cheap stuff, so I could see it being made in a set that encourages paladin weenies. Of course the downside to buffing it is that it loses the buffs whether it dies or gets bounced.
Modgud is sweet in that is pushes shadow mage, although it'd need support from other cards to make that as a viable strategy.
Honourable mentions go to Tentacle Hatch, which is another good example of combining old and new mechanics. The only problem I see with it is that it's underpowered, but hard to balance. At 1 mana, it might be too strong, if it made 2 mana 2/2 slimes you'd lose the C'thun flavour and if it gave +2/+2 then you'd lose the symmetry between the tentacles and the buffs.
I'm surprised CheeseEtc hasn't done his typical Season Finale review yet.
I've stopped doing them two seasons ago because they are super time-consuming and tend to cause controversy. If you wonder which cards I prefer - other than my own Spirit Cleanser and I'd Tap That obviously - then my favorites are Cowardly Knight (my bet for season winner, although it leans on OP), Romeo & Juliet, & Shouting Match. Honorable mention to Phoenix's rager card.