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Blizzard's cruelty knows no bounds as it continues shaming one of Hearthstone's worst cards

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Yesterday, an especially icy Blizzard revealed a new card from Hearthstone's upcoming Rastakhan’s Rumble expansion: Belligerent Gnome, a 2-mana Taunt minion with 1 attack, 4 health, and +1 to attack if your opponent has two or more minions on the board.

Belligerent Gnome

This is yet another slap in the face to the poor, maligned Silverback Patriarch (opens in new tab), a 3-mana Taunt beast with 1 attack and 4 health. Every time Blizzard expands Hearthstone it makes sure this once-respected jungle creature knows that its days are past, and Belligerent Gnome is one of the worst cases of Silverback Patriarch disrespect: not only does Silverback cost more than Belligerent Gnome for the same stats, it lacks the potential extra attack from the Battlecry. (But it does have the 'beast' tag, as someone will point out.)

The Hearthstone wiki's 'Cards better than Silverback Patriarch' page (opens in new tab) has been updated accordingly, and it's getting pretty long. Past hits include Bronze Gatekeeper (opens in new tab), a mech with the same cost and stats plus one more health, and Stonehill Defender (opens in new tab), which has the same cost and stats but also lets you discover a new taunt minion. 

Now that Silverback Patriarch has been dunked on by a gnome, I'd be astonished if he could be degraded any further, but Blizzard is merciless. This poor gorilla will likely be shoved to the ground yet again. Maybe by a really strong leaf or something.

My new goal is to deliver a winning blow with Silverback Patriarch. He deserves one last victory before this asshole gnome shows up with Rastakhan’s Rumble on December 4 and kicks more sand in his face. Be strong, gorilla. 


Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.