A year ago, Blizzard added Diamond Cards to Hearthstone. Diamond cards higher in rarity than Gold are animated, although otherwise identical to the regular versions of the same cards. They are cosmetic items, and when they first launched, you could get them by purchasing expansion packs or collecting legendary cards from all collections. The newest Diamond Card is from the Orc Shaman Drek’Thar and can only be purchased from the in-game store for 3,000 Gold or $25.
Diamond Drek’Thar should summon 10 drops as it definitely costs more than every minion in my deck. pic.twitter.com/CwX7KvhRHuApril 5, 2022
“I’m a whale as much as anyone, but I can’t fucking spend $35 on a card. It’s ridiculous”, Hearthstone Zadi (opens in new tab) Tweet.a post on Hearthstone section (opens in new tab) Attracted responses like “Hey Blizzard, your greed is back”, “Is this an outdated April Fool’s joke?” “It’s like Blizzard thinks these are real trading cards.”
Many other players didn’t make a fuss about the fact that for the first time Blizzard was selling personal cards that couldn’t be obtained any other way. As they point out, this is purely a cosmetic enhancement to the cards that were previously given away for free. The regular Gold Rare version of Drek-Thar was made available during the pre-release of the Shattered Expansion in Alterac Valley.
Players choose to obtain either the Horde Card (Drek-Thar) or the Alliance Card (Vanndar Stormpike) and then complete the quest for that faction. The Diamond Edition cards of the winning faction are given to everyone, and when the Alliance wins, everyone gets a Diamond Fandral Spear. If you want a diamond Drek-Thar, well, you have to cough up the dough.
While 25 simoleons is a lot of money for a card, it could be worse. I mean, at least it’s not an NFT.