Hearthstone's Kobolds and Catacombs Expansion Was Originally "Blingtron's Lootapolooza"

Hearthstone's Kobolds and Catacombs Expansion Was Originally "Blingtron's Lootapolooza"

Which one would you have preferred?

We'll soon be dungeon crawling with Kobolds in the upcoming Hearthstone expansion. But from the sound of it, Blizzard's original concept was very different.

Blingtron.

In an interview with our sister site Eurogamer, Blizzard senior designer Peter Whalen revealed that Kobolds and Catacombs was originally known as "Blingtron's Lootapolooza."

Like Kobolds and Catacombs, Blingtron's Lootapolooza would have revolved around loot—the main theme that Blizzard wanted to explore for the set. But instead of Kobolds, the main star would have been Goblin-made Blingtron robots that first debuted in World of WarCraft.

As the expansion's mechanics evolved, though, Blizzard moved away from the Blingtron concept.

"It could have remained a fun set as Blingtron's Lootapolooza, but with the Kobolds, and the things which the Kobolds find while digging, those sorts of things wouldn't have been there," Whalen said. "So we might have always had a giant enemy doing X or Y, but now it's a Kobold riding a giant mole. It provides flavor when we're doing the art and text, for sure."

The finished expansion, which is due next week, will include legendary weapons, as well as Spellstone cards that can be buffed as the match progresses. It will also include solo Dungeon Runs in which you start with a novice deck and try to beat a succession of randomized enemies.

From the sound of it, the expansion would have been more or less the same whether Blizzard had gone with Kobolds or robots; but you have to admit, the Blingtrons would have been pretty fun.

Kobolds and Catacombs will be out December 7. You can read about all the new mechanics and cards here.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

Read this next

Starting Screen | Blizzard's Troubled 2019 Finds the Once Invincible Studio at a Crossroads

This past year has found Blizzard embroiled in one controversy after another. What does it say about its future?

Suspended Hearthstone Player Says He Accepts Blizzard's New Ruling

Blitzchung does wish Blizzard would reconsider its position on the casters, however.

Blizzard Reduces Suspension of Hearthstone Player and Casters Following Community Outcry

Both Blitzchung and the two commentators have had their suspension halved.

"It's Hypocritical for Blizzard to Punish Blitzchung but Not Us"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Activision Blizzard has always been a vigorous advocate for freedom of expression.

On Chinese Social Media, Blizzard Said it Would Protect China's "National Dignity"

The statement goes a step further than saying Hong Kong's "Blitzchung" violated a rule.

Blizzard "Assessing the Situation" Amid Fracas Over Hearthstone Suspension

Protests against Blizzard's ruling might have the company rethinking its stance.

Overwatch's Mei Becomes Symbol of Protest Following Hearthstone Player's Suspension

Supporters are making fan art of Mei supporting the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

More News

League of Legends is Coming to Mobile and Consoles Next Year

League is going mobile over the next year with the slightly different League of Legends: Wild Rift.

G2A Representative: "Do You Really Think You Could Illegally Obtain 100,000 Keys?"

Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, G2A's head of communication Maciej Kuc fires back at critics of the key selling marketplace.