The way I heard it, it was going to be similar to the descent of dragons mini-adventure that came out mid expansion last year. As in, the cards weren't obtained from packs, but from a small pve addition to the game.
I hate playing the pve if I'm paying money I should get the cards without extra steps
I think that's what Shadowrisen was meaning to say. Instead of a stupid PVE adventure mid expansion, they're just gonna release the cards and ultimately it's not a big inflation of available cards compared to previous years.
I’m afraid that all in all (new rewards system, more cards per year, etc.), a complete collection will cost more to maintain. I hope I’m wrong.
I wish they'd reduce expansions to five cards a year. That way I'd only have to buy one pack every year to maintain a complete collection, because what's important about this game is that I MUST OWN EVERY CARD!
Well, to enjoy the game to its fullest - yes. Maybe not every card, but at least most of them. A huge part of fun in card games is building and playing different decks.
But if there's more cards, there are more potential decks to build and play, see? So more cards = more fun
Maybe, if they're any good. More likely though we just end up with more filler and unplayable cards. Moreover, the addon will probably have to have a bunch of super powerful cards for it to be attractive enough to drive real money pre-sales so I'd less expect it to offer you more playable decks and more likely it just invalidates a bunch of stuff you just got 2 months before.
To me, this was the biggest announcement. 35 more cards coming in the middle of the next expansion - a >25% increase in available cards per year; presumably to be the case for all expansions going forward (I couldn't find anything that spoke to it one way or the other as being a one time thing, but I'm assuming this is going to be every expansion from here forward). Do they plan to increase obtainable resources by 25%? They didn't do that last time when they increased the number of expansions per year. Another way to look at this, is they are nearly adding one extra expansion worth of cards every year! Unless a bunch of more viable archetypes come out of this, you're basically looking at a bunch of more junk unplayable cards standing in the way of getting what you actually need.