Hearthstone's Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Cthun artwork

Unlike the previous few expansions that just added more of the same, Hearthstone's Madness at the Darkmoon Faire has decided to really shake things up. Besides the usual batch of new cards and mechanics, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire has brought in the brand new Duels game mode that is a remarkably fun cross between Dungeon Run and Constructed Play, as well as massively overhauled progression and achievement systems.

As for the cards themselves, the most exciting addition is the new Corrupt keyword. Corrupt essentially supercharges the card in question whenever you play a card with a higher mana cost, which as you might imagine, makes for some rather interesting decision-making throughout the match as you constantly have to weight current and future benefits. What exactly these Corrupt cards even do, however, that you can check out through the card list.

Unfortunately, this is where the good news stops. While the progression rework was something Hearthstone has been in dire need of for years at this point, I'm afraid Blizzard has committed the same mistake as Apex Legends - they have made things a bit too grindy. As such, instead of celebrating the new cards and mechanics, it seems like a good portion of the community is currently getting increasingly more angry.

And to be perfectly honest, it's hard to blame people as the experience requirements for some of the rewards are definitely a bit on the high side. After the initial honeymoon period that dishes out frequent rewards, you can end up in a situation where you go multiple days without getting anything substantial, which for a collectible card game that relies on chunky collection to keep things interesting, is certainly a bit of a problem.

I can only hope that, much like Apex legends, this whole mess will be sorted out in a week or two and everyone will go back to just having fun. After all, there is a brand new game mode to explore, and that certainly sounds a lot more exciting than calculating how much experience you'll need to grind up before the next pack!

Whatever Blizard does, I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, however, you can read more about Madness at the Darkmoon Faire over at the Hearthstone website.