10/18/2013 08:28 PMI miss the old skill trees, where I could choose my OWN hunter setup. But that is a different game. I'm curious how hunters work in Hearthstone, as most of the let's players I watch seem to not play hunters.
Posted by Noor
I do miss old trees too, but the game has to evolve, and some things must be traded in the process, personally i don't mind it that much, since i do really like BM.
Well, to resume what the Hunter is like in hearthstone, it's the same as WoW, Your primary minions are all beasts, and some of them have abilities that reward you for playing even more beasts, so basically is a minion reliant class (beatdown, if we talk in magic's language). They have beasts of all variats, sizes, costs, abilities, and the like of stuff.
The hunter itself has abilities that also interact with beasts, and extremely good board control removals, however it lacks of direct damage abilities (their only one is kill command, a 3 damage for 3 that can do 5 if a beast is in your side of the board) but this is compensated by his "racial" ability (2 mana that does 2 damage ONLY to enemy hero, can't select another target like the mage one) and of course, by the minions themselves.
The other interesting Hunter mechanic is that of traps, ever saw trapcards in yugioh? Basically, it's the same deal (it's called secrets in this game), your enemy doesn't trigger them until he does the action that the card states in order to be triggered. Hunters are heavy on traps, which are often oriented to board control, and has a few cards that interact with these (they also have cards that interact with traps that are not hunter-exclusive, like secretkeeper)
Basically, Hunter is the classic "drop your creatures, smack your enemy" class, and is heavily countered by decks that specialize in controlling massive minion invasions (This sort of deck is called "control", the polar opposite of beatdown), but that doesnt stops the hunter from finding clever ways to get around these decks.
Hopefully you will find this explanation useful!