When Forged in the Barrens launched, Blizzard told Hearthstone fans that additional “mini-sets” would be coming down the line adding new cards in a one-package sale. The first such add-on was officially announced today, and it arrives one week from now:

As the follow-up tweet says, the set will contain 66 cards and be available for a one-time purchase of $15 or 2000 Gold. 35 of the cards will also be available from Forged in the Barrens packs. It’s the first time Hearthstone has offered this many cards for a single purchase and without any gameplay strings attached. It’s cheaper than the play-to-unlock-cards approach of the game’s earliest “bonus” sets, and also contains more cards, so it’s a great deal, right?

Surprisingly, reaction to the set seems to be positive. I say “surprisingly” only because any variation from how a game sells its product is typically met with disdain and skepticism, but in this case, players’ wishes for less randomization in card packs — or at least a hybrid model — seem to be fulfilled. It will be interesting to see if Blizzard keeps this model going forward, seeing as how it leans away from the “loot box” paradigm that’s served it so well for so long.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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