As part of its upcoming Kobolds & Catacombs expansion, Hearthstone is adding an interesting new mechanic that takes weaponry to a (literal) new level. Legendary weapons are now a part of the game, giving each of the game's nine classes a Legendary weapon to wield. Each of these weapons has the potential to impact the game in various ways and Shacknews is going to break each of these arms down one-by-one.
Today, we take a look at the Druid, a third class that isn't usually seen wielding weaponry, unless it's from Medivh, the Guardian. But this weapon is about helping Druid do what it does best.
(4) Twig of the World Tree (1/5)
Deathrattle: Gain 10 Mana Crystals.
Twig of the World Tree At A Glance
Most Druid players know how to do one thing above all else: Ramp up before the opponent. That's what Twig of the World Tree does... on paper. But that 5 durability seems like a bit of a sticking point. By the time it runs out, the Druid will usually have 10 mana crystals anyway. But that's the beauty of the Deathrattle. Unlike Innervate, these are not empty Mana Crystals.
So that makes this less Innervate and more Kun the Forgotten King. And that makes the possibilities with this weapon very interesting.
Twig of the World Tree Synergies
As mentioned, the idea isn't so much to get to 10 mana quickly, as much as it is to refresh those 10 mana. That makes Ramp Druid/Jade Druid a particularly attractive deck to slot this Twig of the World Tree into.
The easiest combination for this weapon is to just use Medivh, the Guardian on Turn 8. With the weapon Deathrattle giving the Druid player 10 fresh mana crystals, Medivh essentially becomes a free play. And on top of that, with Atiesh now equipped, players can then proceed to drop Ultimate Infestation to get its insane rewards and a random 10-mana minion. All of this, mind you, can come in one single turn! And that's not even raising the possibility of playing Kun the Forgotten King, too! That is just plain disgusting!
Assuming that's not the Druid player's route, there are a multitude of decks that can utilize Twig of the World Tree. Jade Druids can use something like Gadgetzan Auctioneer to cycle through their cards before deploying the weapon Deathrattle to get another shot at cycling through cards and deploying Jade Golems.
If you're ramping up, Twig of the World Tree will be a must-have. However, if you're the type of Druid player that likes to move fast, the weapon might be a little too slow. Aggro Druids will likely stick to their current lane, using low costs minions with stat-boosting spells. Quest Druids, similarly, won't have much use for the 10 mana boost when the idea is to discount their minions. Twig of the World Tree won't be for everyone, but it's certain to make a lot of Druid players very happy.
There are still six more weapons to break down and Shacknews will be here to analyze them over the coming weeks. Kobolds & Catacombs is set to hit Hearthstone on December 7.