Hearthstone interview: "We're not against combo decks"

League of Explorers art

Tomorrow sees the release of Hearthstone’s next adventure expansion, The League of Explorers, and with it 45 news cards to unlock over the course of four wing’s of AI challenges. At BlizzCon this weekend I sat down senior game designer Mike Donais and production director Jason Chayes to chat about the new ‘discover’ keyword, whether they can tell which players are skillful by looking at data, Secret Paladin being the dumbest OP deck yet, and if Hearthstone is about to be overrun by fish people.

Tim Clark

With over two decades covering videogames, Tim has been there from the beginning. In his case, that meant playing Elite in 'co-op' on a BBC Micro (one player uses the movement keys, the other shoots) until his parents finally caved and bought an Amstrad CPC 6128. These days, when not steering the good ship PC Gamer, Tim spends his time complaining that all Priest mains in Hearthstone are degenerates and raiding in Destiny 2. He's almost certainly doing one of these right now.