Last week we talked about the primary characteristic of gnomes in Hearthstone, drawing cards. There is another mechanic that gnomes have a lot of, buffing and debuffing. When I started reviewing the cards I was surprised by how many gnomes buff. I thought that buffing was just such a generic ability (a lot of these cards are pirates) that it wasn’t really a big deal, bug then, I compared them to goblins, and goblins almost NEVER buff. So what does this tell us about gnomes?
I think it ties back into gnomes being engineers. Drawing cards is analogous to inventing new devices. Buffing is improving and enhancing existing things (a very important and often overlooked aspect of engineering). There were 13 draw cards and now we have 11 buff/debuff cards.
The subtle and flexible theming in Hearthstone is great. It expands on the Warcraft lore in a freeform way that is really fun and interesting to see.