The WoW TCG has just finished up their year with the World Championships, but apparently they’re not sitting back on their laurels — they’ve just sent word that their Realm Championships will be going down November 14-15, 2009, in cities around the world like “San Diego, Philadelphia, Helsinki, Manchester (England), Singapore and Melbourne.” These are invite-only tournaments, but they’re always accompanied by events that are open to the public, including lots and lots of TCG playing, giveaways and door prizes, and sometimes even special realms of the online game set up for players to join. If you’ve never seen a TCG event and one is headed to your city, it’s worth checking out.
Additionally, the TCG folks have outlined their plans for 2010 over on their website, and it sounds like it’ll be a busy year. They’re kicking things off with the Scourgewar release, including the TCG loot of the mini-mounts (finally, a pony!), the Tuskarr Kite, and a Spectral Tiger Cub. And later in the year, you can look forward to a Naxxramas dungeon deck, another expansion called Wrathgate (with likely more in-game loot to go after), and finally, an Icecrown Citadel raid deck release. Should be an exciting 2010 for the trading card game — we’ll definitely be watching for that new expansion and the loot items due out with it.
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The World of Warcraft Trading Card game has released its latest expansion, but it’s a little bit different than what’s come before. It’s called Arena Grand Melee, and it actually changes the gameplay of the TCG just a little bit, including some very different mechanics than those players have seen before. For instance, there’s a card called “For the Fallen” that will grant additional cards to players when they act out their melee strikes in real-life. Another card called “Steamwheedle Casino” has players playing a quick game of Blackjack with their WoW TCG cards to win an extra card. Arena Grand Melee sounds it puts a very strange twist on the current TCG game.
The WoW TCG site has been highlighting some of the new cards in the game — there’s a new ability called Preparation, which allows you to use a card twice in quick succession, and there are cards that boost your hand size and beef up your allies, as well as cards that offer up some other new heroes and abilities. It sounds like an interesting addition to the game, but on the other hand, this doesn’t seem like a pack for newbies — experienced players will get the best thrill from these twists. Pick up the eighty card sets in either of the Horde or Alliance versions at your local gaming store.
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Upper Deck has officially released the latest expansion in the WoW Trading Card Game — the Blood of Gladiators is the game’s eighth expansion set (can you believe this game has been around for three years already?), and features new PvP action, including a new Duel Faction Ally card and a new Arena setting in the Gurubashi Arena. There are three new characters in the game as well, coming straight from the pages of the World of Warcraft comic, with art by none other than Jim Lee. And of course it’s got the loot cards we talked about earlier, including the Foam Swords rack and the Sandbox Tiger. Can’t wait to see those in the game.
Booster packs from the set run about $4 in most places, though demand for the game can actually drive the prices up at retail if store owners feel they’re running out too fast. Seems like, at this point, the WoW TCG has its fans, and the online game does as well, and sometimes the two are not the same people. Anyone been waiting for this release, or, eight times in, is yet another expansion set actually business as usual in the collectible card game?
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