WoW TCG – War of the Ancients is here and have I got “Eyes” for you!

War of the Ancients Epic Collection and Booster Box

Finally went through my Epic Collection and booster boxes of the new WoW TCG expansion, Timewalkers: War of the Ancients and once again I must say, Cryptozoic did an excellent job putting out another great set!  With a huge set of hero cards from heroes and villains past and present, new abilities, allies and gear to choose from, this is turning out to be an awesome block.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next two sets.

Each booster box comes with 36 packs, with 15 game cards per pack.  I usually buy boxes through an online card gaming website, but you can find single packs at most Targets or Wal-Marts as well.  If you’re interested in getting the Epic Collection box, you can also find those at Target and Wal-Mart and you get the following goodies:

  • 1 Collector’s box
  • 6 Booster packs
  • 1 Playmat
  • 1 Deck box
  • 15 Card dividers
  • 1 Visual Spoiler (has images of every card in the set)
  • 5 Foil Hero cards
  • 1 Loot card (generally it’s the common loot card, i.e. pet, but you have a chance at getting the uncommon or rare loot cards too, it hasn’t happened to me yet, lol)

Just wanted to share with you a couple of my favorite cards from this set:

Arthas and his alter ego

The Brothers Stormrage and Illidan in his corrupted form

A longtime artist for the WoW TCG, Jonboy Meyers does the best work imo

This is an interesting card.  The card on the right is numbered as “EA”, which stands for Extended Art.  Extended Art cards are usually promo cards that are given out at events like Sneak Peaks, New Releases or Tournaments.  And they are usually “extended” versions of the original art pieces that are surrounded by the card text and borders.  This card is neither; it’s a new art piece, which I think looks better than the original.  I think it’s cool that Cryptozoic is now inserting these Extended Art cards in the packs.

Poor Rhonin.  Did he really perish at the Battle of Theramoore, or is he really just “lost in time”?  Only Blizz time will tell….

Hey, these guys look familiar, lol.

And what everyone’s been waiting for, the phat loot cards!  I’ve only redeemed the Eye of the Legion and the Demon Hunter’s Aspect loot cards, not sure what I want to do with the Feldrake, as I’m not really fond of the recolored drake mount.  I might try to sell it though, we’ll see.

Eye of the Legion

Arv doing his best Three Stooges impersonation…..nyuk, nyuk, nyuk

The Eye of Legion is a nice addition for any pet collectors out there.  It shares the same model as the upcoming Darkmoon Eye that’s going to be released with the new additions to the Faire.  It’s considered an Undead pet for you pet battlers, so if you’re missing this type of creature, here’s a good pick up for you.

Demon Hunter’s Aspect

The Demon Hunter’s Aspect is a fun on-use item that transforms you into a version of Illidan himself, complete with blindfold and tattoos.  The disguise lasts for 5 minutes, has a 30 minute cooldown and has unlimited uses.  Using this item also changed the color and style of my hair, Arv currently sports short dark hair.  I’m not sure how this item works for the other races or females, but it is a cool item regardless.  I only wished that it would also give me some temporary War Glaives to play with, lol.

I only have “eyes” for you

So do you want your own Eye of Legion to follow you around too?  Well, you’re in luck, I have two eyes to give away to two lucky readers, all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post.  You can comment as much as you would like, but I’ll only count your name once.  Your comment must be in by Saturday, October 26th at 12 am US-EST for you to be included in the drawing.  Once I have all the names, I’ll throw them into my opened Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron (aka hat) and draw out two random peeps.  I will update this post with the winners and email them with the codes to redeem from Landro Longshot.  Good luck to all!

UPDATE:  Congrats to Cymre and Khizzara, you guys are the brand new owners of some green eyeballs!

WoW TCG Sneak Peak – Timewalkers: War of the Ancients

War of the Ancients booster box image from Cryptozoic

On October 2, 2012, Cryptozoic will release the next expansion to the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game – Timewalkers: War of the Ancients.  This is going to be the first set out of three in the new Timewalkers Block and will feature 270 cards.  Here is a brief description of the new set:

Travel back in time to when the demonic Burning Legion first invaded Azeroth, with Timewalkers: War of the Ancients.

The seventh year of the World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game takes players back to a time before the Cataclysm. A group known as the Timewalkers go back in time to mend a damaged past in order to restore the present.

In War of the Ancients, demons are running amok, as the Burning Legion has been brought to Azeroth as a result of Queen Azshara and the magic of the Highborne. Play as one of thirty heroes, featuring iconic characters from Warcraft such as Broxigar the Red, Malfurion Stormrage, and Queen Azshara. Recruit powerful new allies from the Alliance, including the hasty Night Elves or the steadfast Humans. Or assist in the growth of the Horde by aiding the frenzy-driven Orcs or the tribal Tauren. Who will you support? The righteous warriors of the Alliance, the rough and tough Horde, or the nefarious Monsters?

Thirty hero cards is pretty massive for an expansion set.  I think the most I’ve seen was twenty.  But to finally play as Broxigar, Mal and Azshara?  Pretty freakin’ cool if you ask me.  One of the interesting things about this set is that it uses a name for a rumored raid in the MMO – War of the Ancients.  Could we finally see this Caverns of Time-esque raid happen in-game?  I hope so, I think it would be a blast.

One thing the website didn’t mention were the loot cards that are going to be included in the set.  From what I’ve gathered from Wowhead, here are the proposed loot cards:

Common Loot Card – Eye of the Legion

  • This looks to be the new companion pet.  Looks similar to the Eye of Kilrogg that warlocks can summon.

Eye of the Legion image from MMO Champion

Uncommon Loot Card – Demon Hunter’s Aspect

  • This looks to be a costume item with unlimited uses and a cooldown.  No word on what this looks like, but if we get to look like Illidan, blindfolded (with Glaives?!?) and all, you know I’ll be rockin’ this all day when I get it!

Rare Loot Card – Feldrake

  • Ah yes, the mount loot.  Not too excited about this mount, it looks just like a recolored drake like many others with a little bit of green to accentuate the “felness”.

Feldrake image from MMO Champion

And as with any great expansion set comes some awesome artwork.  Here are a couple of the images, I personally think the Baine art just screams epicness!

Azzinoth image from Cryptozoic

Baine, Son of Cairne image from Cryptozoic

Furious George image from Cryptozoic

Can’t wait to get this set!  With MoP coming out in late September, the wifey’s b-day and now this expansion set, the next couple of months are going to be pretty busy (and expensive!) for me, lol.