Hearthstone’s 28th expansion, Festival of Legends, is a fully-realized music festival theme that surpasses any other card game out there. From the artwork on the cards to the new keyword and harmonic spells, to even the board design and audio effects, every element works together to create a story and experience that reminds players why they fell in love with Blizzard’s games in the first place. The 145 cards in the set perfectly fit the theme and boast silly puns, musical reimaginings, and some Far Side humor that will make players groan just to hide their amusement.
Compared to other trading card games, Pokemon lacks the cohesive setting, genre, and stylistic direction that every Hearthstone expansion has. With Festival of Legends, every card is a person, object, or event you would find at a World of Warcraft music festival. The Hearthstone team got to let loose while coming up with card designs this time, creating famous Warcraft characters turned music artists like DJ Manastorm, MC Blingstron, and Rock Master Voone, as well as clever combat-themed musical minions like the boxing gloves Beatboxer and the Metrognome.
Festival of Legends does a lot to address the disconnect between the mechanics of the cards and the art. Cards like Drum Soloist get bonus stats and abilities if they’re the only card you control, and there are harmonic spells that change their ability every turn. The battle arena is a recording studio full of drums to bang on, pianos to tap, and DJ equipment to scratch. Practically every card has its own little guitar riff or musical motif to go along with it, making it a uniquely digital CCG experience. Festival of Legends cements seasons in Hearthstone history, just as C’thun and Whispers of the Old Gods did in 2016, and its memorable themes are sure to stick with players for years to come.