"or a pick a mystery choice"
First time I've seen an officially revealed card with a kindergarten-level grammar mistake, the hell is going on.
How does preordering $130 of pack bundles fall under the concept of "saving money?"
Further, how does preordering $130 of pack bundles + planning to buy 100 more packs with gold fall under the concept of "ALMOST ALL THE NEW CARDS ARE ....MEH filler for me...REALLY...I didn't liked any single one" ?
Yeah the winning strategy is to go Warrior and make a deck with only awesome 5+ mana minions. Hold the beginning with armor + most likely cheap minions from your opponent's deck, swap as early as possible, deal with the oncoming good cardthreat that your opponent drew during the first 4 turns thanks to Warrior spells (and the armor that you stacked) and on the long run you cannot lose if your opponent made a purposedly shit deck.
Someone didn't log onto the game since Raiding Party came into being, it seems.
Opened 120 packs this expansion, didn't spend a dime. And I don't even play HS that much, I just don't miss any quest.
I got 8 legendaries, many useful epics and enough dust to craft the few cards I'm really missing. Not every single legendary is needed to have fun.
You can get all your money back by selling the cards again though, can't you? In HS, your money is gone forever. In artifact and MTG, you just "lend" it to the company.
Not true. You can sell the cards in Artifact for Steam wallet money, not real money. Once you spend money on Artifact that cash is never leaving the Valve ecosystem.
Of course it can leave the Valve ecosystem. Just buy tf2 or csgo keys on the market, and then sell them to Paypal buyers. You wouldn't see as many csgo and, some years ago, tf2 traders, if the money was stuck in the valve system. There's actual money to be made here, and the same will go for Artifact.
No, because the pre-order this time is just terrible.
Witchwood gave you 70 packs. Boomsday was 50 with a golden legendary. Now that they've seen the complete flop of Artifact, they just chilled and just gave you 50 packs.
Jeez, how is this an argument people actually have? Of course the pre-order is worse than Witchwood, because this expansion has a far higher power level so it clearly won't be the same "value". It has nothing to do with that sleeper of a game you mentioned.
I think what actually happened is a midpoint between what you two said: it might not be so much because of Artifact, but it doesn't have to do with the power level of the expac, which is something Blizzard can't actually forecast super accurately.
What happened is that sales last year, for Kobolds and Catabombs, might have been poor for whatever reason, and giving the 20 bonus packs for Witchwood was a way to get back on track. Since this measure was apparently successful, but still needed to give some incentives, they added the gold legendary in Boomsday. Now, I guess their sales are alright, and don't see the immediate need of giving incentives other than cosmetic stuff. The cycle will continue and, if sales aren't good enough here with RR, you can expect an amazing pre-order deal next year. No game lives forever, and as Hearthstone's commited player base naturally dwindles (to what extent, that we do not know), we're gonna see more and more great deals anyway.
Blizzard is never gonna abandon one of their games overnight.
As for the matter of printing cards based on the same ideas, it's not new, far from it. The first example that comes to mind is how Princess Huhuran got her value completely denied by Terrorscale Stalker which was literally the same effect printed on a Rare, and then it became a common spell in Play Dead But that's just one of many.
Not all expansions have to bring many crazy ideas on the table: this one is clearly reinforcing existing archetypes, or ones that weren't as strong as they could be, and that's a good thing.
I mean, for the first few years of HS, that's exactly what they did. Only about 60 cards were already revealed, and half the legendary and epics weren't known yet, so the stream was super fun. This time around it was 1 legendary, 2 epics, and then a bunch of commons. Not sure why they're doing that, but it's a trend that's been going on for some time now, this one particular stream just happens to be the worst ever in that regard.