On Tuesday, July 14, Blizzard announced Hearthstone's newest expansion: Scholomance Academy. As the popular card game goes back to school, it carries in its backpack lots of new mechanics, including dual-class cards and the new Spellburst mechanic.
Despite that, from all 14 cards shown so far, the most interesting one was neither a dual-class card, nor one with the new keyword. Instead, it was Transfer Student — an epic-rarity 2/2 minion for 2 mana, which has different effects based on the game board you're playing on.
Now, there are 25 different game boards in Hearthstone right now. 10 of those, including the upcoming Scholomance board, are available in Standard. This means that even when playing Standard, there are near dozen variations of Transfer Student.
That said, it is unlikely for Transfer Student to become a top tier meta card. Unless all of its effects turn out to be a great value, there's too much volatility associated with the card. It doesn't feel that flashy for streamers' wacky decks either, but who knows — maybe the next batch of Scholomance cards unlocks some sweet synergies with Transfer Student.
Transfer Student list of effects (in Standard)
|Horde||Battlecry: Deal 2 damage.|
|Pandaria||Battlecry: Give a friendly minion +1/+2.|
|Rise of Shadows||Battlecry: Add a Lackey to your hand.|
|Uldum (Windmill)||Battlecry: Add an Uldum plague spell to your hand.|
|Descent||Battlecry: Discover a Dragon.|
|Outland||Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, deal 3 damage to two random enemy minions.|
|Scholomance||Battlecry: Add a Dual Class card to your hand.|
Transfer Student list of effects (in Wild)
|Naxxramas||Deathrattle: Add a random Deathrattle minion to your hand.|
|GVG||Battlecry and Deathrattle: Add a Spare Part to your hand.|
|Blackrock||At the end of your turn, reduce the Cost of a random card in your hand by (2).|
|TGT||Inspire: Draw a Card|
|LoE (Excavation)||Battlecry: Add a random weapon to your hand.|
|LoE (Museum)||Battlecry: Discover a new Basic Hero Power.|
|Old Gods||Battlecry: Spend all your mana, summon a minion of that cost.|
|Karazhan||Battlecry: Add a Karazhan portal spell to your hand.|
|Mean Streets||Battlecry: Give a random minion in your hand +2/+2.|
|Frozen Throne||Deathrattle: Add a random Death Knight card to your hand.|
|Kobolds||Battlecry: Recruit a minion that costs (2) or less.|
|Boomsday||Taunt. If you have 10 Mana Crystals, gain +5/+5.|
|Rastakhan||Rush, Overkill: Draw a card.|
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