Set 21, Timewalkers: Reign of Fire will be the final expansion pack for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.
The World of Warcraft trading card game was first unleashed on the gaming masses back in 2006, as a fiendish way for Blizzard to get its grips into its subscribers in the time they spent AFK. But it now looks like the end of the road for physical trading cards, with Blizzard announcing that Set 21, Timewalkers: Reign of Fire will be the final expansion pack for the game, marking the end of the TCG’s seven-year run.
“We are grateful for being able to collaborate with the artists and everyone else who helped make this game a reality all these years. We’re also thankful for all the players and retailers who’ve participated in the community globally. You made ripping open booster packs, discovering the wonders they held, and then building decks and taking them into battle a truly awesome experience.”
As an epic send-off to the TCG, Timewalkers: Reign of Fire will contain every single loot card in the TCG’s history. This is a unique opportunity for hardcore WoW fans to get their hands on some of the rarest WoW items of all time, including the mythical Spectral Tiger mount.
Other than that, a short F.A.Q on Blizzard’s official World of Warcraft website reveals that players will still be able to redeem any loot cards they haven’t yet redeemed, and while Blizzard will no longer be hosting any official tournaments, fans are free to continue to host their own.
This seems like a direct result of Hearthstone, Blizzard’s own free-to-play MMOTCG announced a while ago. Obviously, they don’t want to cannibalize their own product, though it is a bit sad to see the physical version sacrificed in favor of the digital version. Trading card games, for me, are something that just have to be physical. How about you guys?