Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Overview

Recently at Blizzcon, Blizzard announced the new huge Hearthstone expansion!

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

Let’s take a look at just a few of the things this new expansion will bring to the game!




All in the Family: Each class belongs to one of the city’s three factions. Your class cards and neutral minions all fall into that faction’s theme. The affiliations are:

  • Grimy Goons: Hunter, Paladin, Warrior
  • Kabal: Mage, Priest, Warlock
  • Jade Lotus: Druid, Rogue, Shaman

This is the first time ever non-neutral cards will be available to more than one class, and this can result in some crazy decks. The possibilities are endless, and with not much information about specific cards released, it’s up to our imagination to think up crazy combination of cards. I believe you will see multiple ways to pull class cards from any of the factions, for example, a Kabal card that lets you discover a card from Mage, Priest, or Warlock. This combo could potentially devastating and lead to absurd card combos.

Faction Specials: Aside from class affiliations, the three factions each have their own unique twist.

  • Know when to hold ’em: Many Grimy Goons cards will buff minions in your hand.

We only know of the Goons Faction Special, but the other two faction will certainly have interesting and unique specials that benefit the classes they pertain to greatly. Jade Lotus classes could have a special heavily focused on tempo and board control, as all three of the classes in Jade Lotus have a list, or multiple lists that are tempo oriented.

Multi-Class Cards: Some neutral minions are only available to members of their faction; for example, a Grimestreet Informant (a member of the Grimy Goons) can only be in Hunter, Paladin, or Warrior decks.


This solidifies that minions will be specific to faction, and the classes that apply to said faction. What a lot of these cards will do, we have yet to find out. Now class specific cards will still exist, and tons of them will be released with this expansion, hopefully balancing out the current state of the game (Looking at you Priest, it’s your time) and neutral cards that can be played in all classes, just your typical neutrals, will also be released. I do think the new multi-class mechanic, however, will be taking center stage with this expansion.

This is just an overview of what Blizzard has released so far, and lots more information will be available soon, so be sure to check back here regularly to keep up with the new cards and info!

Brayden Sunseri

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