Now that I’ve established Sundays as the day I talk about a science fiction or fantasy television show, my next step is to establish Saturdays as another regular column. So, because my son and I are enjoying the great new Blizzard game Hearthstone so much I’ve decided to talk about the game on Saturdays unless something more important pops up that I need to talk about.
To start off I’d like to talk about one of my favorite cards so far in the games I’m playing, the Leper Gnome. At the moment I’ve been putting two of this card into every deck I construct as I try out different strategies and themes.
At a cost of a very cheap one mana, the Leper Gnome is available for play on the very first turn of the game if you can manage to draw them into your opening hand. I seem to have fairly decent luck in getting the card in my first one or two turns. You can play it immediately and if your opponent removes it immediately with a spell, you still get to nail them for two damage as a result. If you get lucky, your opponent might use their hero ability (particularly Rogues and Druids) to remove him and do some bonus damage to themselves by taking the two damage the care deals on a melee hit plus the two damage from the flavor text.
Some could argue that there are better cards available for the mana cost and they might be right. But, for me, I’ve been getting an awful lot of mileage from this card. In my opinion, if you manage to get your Leper Gnome out onto the board and your opponent doesn’t remove it immediately then any damage you get to deal with it to an opponent’s minion or to the opponent’s hero is bonus damage and you are way ahead of the curve.
There have even been a few times when I’ve used a Leper Gnome as part of a finishing move to get the last couple damage points I needed to win a game. I haven’t found any cards that synergize in an overly spectacular way with this card yet, but it can obviously benefit from the standard +2 attack type of buffs just like everything else can.
Leper Gnome Flavor Text: He really just wants to be your friend, but the constant rejection is starting to really get to him.