WoW TCG: Throne of the Tides monster preview

The World of Warcraft Trading Card Game is getting a monstrous new expansion set on Oct. 11, bringing new creatures such as the ogres, murlocs, and naga into the game as playable characters. Aftermath: Throne of the Tides is the first set in the Aftermath series, set after the Cataclysm and Deathwing's rage-fueled destruction across Azeroth. Matt Place, the head designer of WoW TCG and lead designer on Aftermath: Throne of the Tides, wrote up a comprehensive preview of the new mechanics and many new heroes coming with the newest set.

New monster heroes and allies will be given brand new rule sets that make them unique and fun, providing lots of flexibility for deck builders and new game play experiences. Monster allies, for instance, have no restrictions based on the hero that the deck is built around, giving them added flexibility. On the flipside, a monster hero deck featuring only monsters gets some cool benefits as well. Monster heroes each have a permanent power on the back of their cards.

The murlocs run in packs, granting each other bonuses that the others possess. I immediately thought back to my Magic: The Gathering days with the Slivers and was instantly excited, since the Slivers were some of the coolest creations in TCG history. The murlocs sound like they are going to be a numerous force at all times, swarming your opponent and building up lots of cool bonuses.

There are new mechanics and keywords as well, including Empower, which gives bonus powers to a player if they control other allies or heroes of the same classification, and Eternal, which allows a card to go back into your deck from the graveyard, making it more powerful over time. It just won't stay dead!

Monsters are not the only factions to get new allies. Alliance and Horde mainstays will also be getting new allies, including Mazu'kon the Troll shaman who can reincarnate himself, and Dulvar the paladin, who can bubble his way out of some damage.

All in all, Aftermath: Throne of the Tides looks like it is going to be one of the most original and expansive sets the WoW TCG and Cryptozoic have offered up yet. Loads of new abilities, great card artwork, and a host of new heroes and allies are coming with the first of the new block of cards. Check out this preview gallery of many of the new cards coming this October.



Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Look at what's ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing -- from astride his back!