…but it's time to turn out the lights.
Blizzard has announced that they are retiring the World of WarCraft Trading Card Game, no doubt in an effort to focus more exclusively on the next gen online version of the WoW TCG…“Hearthstone”.
While this may come as a blow to fans of the popular tabletop game, it will have little effect on World of WarCraft players who dabble in the WoW TCG strictly for the loot. All of the existing WoW TCG loot cards will still be redeemable, and it's no secret that Blizzard has been moving towards having future loot be acquired via their Battle.net online store. That's likely where you're going to find all of your new exclusive loot.
However, given the similarities between the WoW TCG and Hearthstone, I think it's safe to assume that there may be something in the works in terms of randomly inserted loot items acquired via Hearthstone. Hearthstone allows users to purchase packs with either in-game gold or a Battle.net account, meaning it's still possible that we may see a new digital version of WoW TCG loot, or…Hearthstone WoW loot as it were. There will likely be a lot of overlap in the player base, so it's likely that Blizzard will want to offer some additional incentive for Hearthstone players to want to purchase new packs.
I could definitely see this happening, and I'd be willing to bet the loot would come to the player in the form of a redeemable code that could either be redeemed or gifted. In fact, I hope they do end up doing this. I'm pretty sure I'll be playing Hearthstone, and if there's a chance I can grab some loot for my WoW characters, then I'd probably be more inclined to splurge a bit more on new packs. 🙂