Today is the final Sunday of the year, which means it's time for the fourth edition of the Fan Community Spotlight yearly retrospective where I go back to look throughout the year at what happened in the world of Hearthstone fan creations.
This year was definitely the biggest year for both the series and the FC community as a whole, both figuratively and literally. Among this year was when HearthCards updated after several years, Death Knight was revealed as the game's 11th class, and I reached 100 iterations of Fan Community Spotlight this year, and we're still climbing all this time later.
Fan Community Spotlight #82 - Mr.Stupid's Custom Artificer Class
The first FCS of the year took a look at a custom Artificer class made by Mr.Stupid, a colleague of mine in the realm of card creation. The class is a take on the Tinker formula and utilizes a new Upgrade keyword in which cards with Upgrade can be dragged to your hero to pay X mana and give a bonus to the card (or yes, upgrade it, if you must).
Fan Community Spotlight #83 - Cydonianknight's Overwatch Mercenaries
This project made by Cydonianknight is one that implements a few of the heroes from Overwatch as Mercenaries into Hearthstone back when the month was still only a few months old. With Diablo and Tyrael from the Diablo series available in Mercenaries mode, such an addition may not be as far-fetched as we may have used to think.
Fan Community Spotlight #84 - Pokeniner's Custom Monk Class
This installment looks at a custom Monk class made by Pokeniner, which notably does not feature its own class-exclusive keyword as many custom classes tend to do, instead solely relying on what's already there to make interesting cards. If you don't want to give your class its own mechanic, it's more than valid to do something like this, and this class definitely shows.
Fan Community Spotlight #85 - Machadogps's Custom Puppetmaster Lazul Hero for Duels
This installment was the very first one on the series to cover a piece of content for the Duels mode (which is something that would launch into a trend). In this particular case, we looked at a fan-made implementation of Lazul as a Duels hero (in her "Puppetmaster Lazul" form) as a dual-class Priest/Warlock hero.
Fan Community Spotlight #86 - Dank's Custom Death Knight Class
Prior to Death Knight being added to the game in March of the Lich King, the class was a very popular one to make fan-made classes for, and here we have one of them. They predictably are very different to the real Death Knight with no Rune mechanic and no Corpses, fitting into the more typical design of how the other 11 classes in Hearthstone work. While these classes may now seem like relics of a previous time in the world of the FC community, it's still interesting to look at these classes and think what could've been the real Death Knight class.
Fan Community Spotlight #87 - Neoguli's Custom Kazakusan Hero for Duels
WCDC Season 4 Ends!/Fan Community Spotlight #88 - Hearthstone Card Design Competition Season 4 Recap
Running from October 4th 2021 to February 21st 2022 was the fourth season of our Weekly Card Design Competitions.
Fan Community Spotlight #89 - Shatterstar1998's "Love is in the Air" Custom Set
Shatterstar1998's "Love is in the Air" is a custom expansion that uses love is a pivotal theme, which is represented by the Devote mechanic in which you target a character and then when it's damaged, you trigger an effect. Additionally, Magnetic from The Boomsday Project comes back in this set. Given how Reborn was brought back with Death Knights in March of the Lich King, could we possibly bring another expansion-exclusive mechanic from a past set back?
Fan Community Spotlight #90 - Fan Community Spotlight Word Search
March 6th of this year was a two-fer week as you get a regular FCS in addition to this bonus word search encapsulating all of the custom classes that have been featured on the series up until that point.
Fan Community Spotlight #91 - Wailor's Custom Anub'arak Mercenary
Fan Community Spotlight #92 - Shatterstar1998's Custom Twisted Cornelius Hero for Duels
Fan Community Spotlight #93 - Frostivus' "Around the World in 80 Meals" Custom Set
This installment is the first of a two-parter focusing on two sets by Frostivus, a rather legendary name in the FC community, covering the same themes and the latter set being a continuation of this set. The first set is from 2018 called Around the World in 80 Meals and introduces the Mix keyword in which you shuffle a card into its owner's deck and then that player draws a card in a way that's quite similar to the Tradeable mechanic.
Fan Community Spotlight #94 - Frostivus' "Aletta's Kitchen" Custom Set
Continuing from the previous week is Aletta's Kitchen which is a spiritual successor to Around the World in 80 Meals made 4 years later. In addition to keeping the Mix mechanic from the aforementioned set, this one also introduces the Recipe mechanic where these cards have multiple options and after you pick one, it will return to your hand with that option removed.
Fan Community Spotlight #95 - MrRhapsody's Custom Elden Ring Heroes for Duels
Our fourth installment of fan-made Duels content looked at not one, but three heroes for the mode, all of them being implementations of characters from Elden Ring into the mode. It's no secret that Elden Ring is a massively successful game, and if you're a fan of it, then you may crack a smile at how these bosses are designed to represent them as they are in the game.
Fan Community Spotlight #96 - VexMagic's "The Alchemy Symposium" Custom Set
It's time to make some concoctions (no, not those kind) on this installment as we look at an alchemy-themed set by colleague VexMagic known as "The Alchemy Symposium". In this set is the Elixir mechanic which lasts for X number of turns or until another Elixir is played. Additionally, it also introduces Red Mana Crystals which can be paid like normal Mana Crystals and they deal 1 damage to you when used (and then they disappear).
Fan Community Spotlight #97 - AgentCroque's Custom Duels Expansion
This installment looks one of the most unique projects I've ever laid my eyes on, and it's not just new cards for a game mode, but an entire new game-warping mechanic for Duels made by AgentCroque. There is a lot to cover to the point where I can't really explain it in this short little blurb. It's better to just look at the article if you want a full explanation as to what all of this entails.
Fan Community Spotlight #98 - VexMagic's Custom Soul Warden Class
WCDC Season 5 Begins!
April 25th wasn't just the Soul Warden class though, but it was also the day that started the fifth season of our Hearthstone Weekly Card Design Competitions, starting with "Bottoms Up" which tasked us to make a card using the Dredge keyword. The mechanic was won by MrRhapsody with Clutches of the Deep.
Fan Community Spotlight #99 - KingKuba's Custom Remastered Rastakhan's Rumble Set
Rastakhan's Rumble is regarded by many players as one of the worst sets in the entire game, if not the absolute worst. But that didn't stop KingKuba from attempting a take at making the set better by changing the existing cards up and adding some new ones for Demon Hunter and even some new PvE content.
Fan Community Spotlight #100 - Demonxz95's Custom Unfinished Card Game
This day marked a very monumental occasion for the series as I reached the 100th installment. My method of celebrating this milestone was showing off an unfinished card game of mine that I made entirely with MS Paint and Photopea that, despite never quite reaching the testing phase, and obviously needing quite a bit of retooling, was also a project that I'm quite proud of and of all my attempts to make a card game, this is by far the one I got the most progress in and most support from. Every once in a while, I even still think of going back to it.
Fan Community Spotlight #101 - Beat's Custom "Communion of Ahn'qiraj" Mini-Set for Whispers of the Old Gods
This installment looks at a custom project by Beat (the creator of the Dragoon class), and this time, it's a custom mini-set for Whispers of the Old Gods titled "Communion of Ahn'qiraj" which features a bunch of new card designs for the set designed with a more modern power-level in mind (although mechanically, the set is still chronologically accurate).
Fan Community Spotlight #102 - Mr.Stupid's "Food Fight at the Feastutorum" Custom Set
Order up! On this week's Fan Community Spotlight, we traveled to the Boomsday Labs where Whizbang has transformed the laboratory complex into a place holding many different food shops. Food and everything thereof is the theme here, and the new Bake mechanic allows you to pay a cheaper cost for a card and wait two turns to play it.
Fan Community Spotlight #103 - TheFriendlyEnemy's "The Arcane Arcade Remastered" Custom Set
This installment featured the return of TheFriendlyEnemy's set "The Arcane Arcade" from 2 years prior, this time with a new mini-set and some changes to some old cards. The Streak mechanic returns where cards cast themselves again next turn if you fulfill a certain objective.
Fan Community Spotlight #104 - LarryMoments' "The Dawning Cataclysms" Custom Set
This set features a clash of two groups of classes known as Tomorrow's Rise who plans to take the Violet Rune and being an invasion and The Crystal Circle who intends to protect the Rune from them at all costs. Some cards have the Prophecy mechanic, and after you play 3 of them, you add a 2-Cost spell to your hand that plays all the Prophecy cards.
Fan Community Spotlight #105 - KingKuba's "Bringers of Doom" Custom Set: Part 1 (Main Set)
This is the first part of a four-part installment of KingKuba's "Bringers of Doom" Custom Set themed around the end of the world and the effect its imminence has, which is notable with the Doom Clock mechanic. When you activate your Doom Clock, you'll be able to reap some benefits of cards, but if it ticks too much, then you automatically lose the game!
The first part focuses on the main set with later installments focusing on some extra content.
Fan Community Spotlight #106 - Hii's Custom "The Dalaran Heist" Mini-Set for Rise of Shadows
Fan Community Spotlight #107 - KingKuba's "Bringers of Doom" Custom Set: Part 2 (Battlegrounds)
Fan Community Spotlight #108 - MrRhapsody's Custom Elden Ring Heroes for Duels II
Fan Community Spotlight #109 - LarryMoments' Custom "Conspiracy Under the Cracks" Mini-Set for "The Dawning Cataclysms"
Fan Community Spotlight #110 - KingKuba's "Bringers of Doom" Custom Set: Part 3 (Duels and Mercenaries)
Fan Community Spotlight #111 - RenoLord's "Battle of Time Valley" Custom Set
Fan Community Spotlight #112 - Rastakhan's Afterparty
Fan Community Spotlight #113 - KingKuba's "Bringers of Doom" Custom Set: Part 4 ("Doom of Stratholme" Mini-Set)
Fan Community Spotlight #114 - Wailor's Custom "Boom Labs I.T. Division" Mini-Set for The Boomsday Project
Fan Community Spotlight #115 - Moondreamer's Custom "Holidays at Un'Gol Island" Custom Set
All the heroes and villains of Hearthstone have worked tirelessly and they could all use a break. That's why they take a vacation to Un'Gol Island, where many familiar faces will appear, as well as the Recoverable keyword which allows you to pay 1 mana to add a card back to your hand at the start of your turn.
Fan Community Spotlight #116 - Beat's Custom Dragoon Class III
Beat's custom Dragoon class makes its third appearance on the series after being updated with several new expansions and hundreds of new cards. It's been one of my favorite classes to watch get updated over the years, and I will certainly be covering it more on this series as time goes on.
Fan Community Spotlight #117 - MenacingBagel's "The BEHSU" Custom Set
This installment covers a custom expansion with one of the most unique themes I've seen to date, that being the world of various card creators. Additionally, the set comes with not one, but two new keywords. Cards with Shatter break themselves into multiple pieces and become playable once all the pieces are played (ala C'Thun, the Shattered), and cards with Behold activate an effect when a condition is met regardless of where the card happens to be.
WCDC Season 5 Ends!/Fan Community Spotlight #118 - Hearthstone Card Design Competition Season 5 Recap
Running from April 25th to September 12th of this year, WCDC Season 5 consisted of another 20 weeks of friendly competition for people to design the best cards for various parameters.
Fan Community Spotlight #119 - Art's "Trouble at Thunder Bluff" Custom Set
This installment looks an expansion set in Thunder Bluff, the homeland of the Tauren race. But not the normal Thunder Bluff we know in Warcraft, but rather in Toki's own little RPG campaign that she has prepared for everyone and dozens are in it. In the expansion, characters have Abilities which are represented as a new keyword where you add an Ability card to your minion while its corresponding minion is on the Battlefield and you can play it like a spell.
HearthCards is Updated!
HearthCards, the site we all know and live (next to Out of Cards of course!), comes out with its absolute biggest updated, completely overhauling the systems entirely and improving the framework. It comes equipped with automatic updating and a whole slew of new features to use.
Fan Community Spotlight #120 - Luke_Wait's "Delve into the Heart of Azeroth" Custom Set
Azeroth is a place we all know, even if we're not particularly versed with Warcraft lore. And in this set, we're going to go deep into the center of it. One may even say that we're Descending into it, which is the new keyword of the set. Descending cards reduce their Cost by 1 if your mana is greater than or equal to it at the end of your turn while it's in your hand.
Fan Community Spotlight #121 - FrIkY's Custom Death Knight Class
This installment looked at yet another Death Knight from before the actual class would be implemented with Arthas back in the driver's seat again. The three Runes we all are familiar with are implemented via the Empower keyword where you can spend some extra mana to give cards a bonus effect.
Fan Community Spotlight #122 - TheFriendlyEnemy's Custom "Year of the Spider" Core Set
TheFriendlyEnemy has created a custom Core set to hold the Year of the Spider, a collection of three sets. One of which being The Arcane Arcade, which we previously covered earlier in the year, and the second one would come later in the year. As of now, the third is still in development and I will absolutely be prepared to cover it when it comes out.
Fan Community Spotlight #123 - Mr.Stupid's Custom Artificer Class II
Fan Community Spotlight #124 - Art's Custom "Boss Fight in Mulgore" Mini-Set for "Trouble at Thunder Bluff"
Fan Community Spotlight #125 - Mr.Stupid's Custom "Fel's Kitchen" Mini-Set for "Food Fight at the Feastutorum"
Death Knight is Revealed!
November 1st was the reveal date for March of the Lich King, which came with not only the typical new expansion, but also with Death Knight being added as Hearthstone's 11th class. Also this isn't directly correlated to fan content, the concept of a new Death Knight class has been one that dozens of people have theorized and attempt to make their own versions of since the game launched to the public back in 2014 when no expansions had existed yet. After nearly 9 years, that dream is finally made into a reality and in a way that no one could have anticipated with the new Rune system and Corpse mechanic.
Fan Community Spotlight #126 - Chr2's "Tales from the Broken Isles" Custom Set
In this installment, we take a look at the Broken Isles, specifically the tales within them. Every class represents an aspect of the land and they each get a Legendary location too! In this set are also Extreme cards which trigger if they are the highest or lowest-Cost cards in your hand when you play them.
Fan Community Spotlight #127 - Neoguli's Custom "Halls of Origin" Mini-Set for Saviors of Uldum
Fan Community Spotlight #128 - Aero's Custom Cook Class
Here, we look at a custom class that had been in the oven for a really long time before finally being served to us on Fan Community Spotlight, that being a Cook class made my a person who goes by the name of "Aero". In this class, you have a Trusty Cauldron that you can put Ingredients in to make new cards and craft yourself a solution to victory. Cards with Prepare allow you to hold them for X amount of turns to get a bonus effect.
Fan Community Spotlight #129 - TheFriendlyEnemy's "Gallywix's Megastore" Custom Set
We're going shopping! This installments looks at "Gallywix's Megastore" by TheFriendlyEnemy where we arrive a huge supermarket where you can buy absolutely anything, and there also seems to be a supernatural influence affecting the whole store. Also in the set is the Advert requirement, in which 2-mana Adverts will appear each turn and if you click the Advert, you will draw the card it's advertising.
HearthCards Launches New Trivia Game
A little under two months after the biggest update to happen on the site is another major update where you can now prove that you have the best knowledge of every Hearthstone player ever.
Fan Community Spotlight #130 - Ramaujoke's "Folie of the Sun King" Custom Set
Fan Community Spotlight #131 - LarryMoments' "Goodwills Orchestra" Custom Set
Get ready to make some noise in this new custom set by LarryMoments. It's the Goodwills Orchestra, where every class is based off of a certain genre of music and they each get their own hero card. Also with the set comes Elusive as a keyword and an all new keyword, Score. Cards with Score have a bonus effect that can happen if you play cards with certain parameters in the specified order.
There's no denying how monumental 2022 was for people who partake in this hobby with how much the card making scene has changed in general. It's always an incredibly exciting time to get into creating your own cards, so if this was inspiring to you, then now is the time to jump in!
This community has gone an incredibly long way since the start and I'm incredibly excited to see where it takes us next year and the years to come. With a total of 51 Fan Community Spotlights this year, this has been the most active year for the series so far and it'll be hard to top that, but if it ever does, then that means we've grown even more.
I joined Out of Cards back when it was launched as HearthStation back in March 2019. In July of 2019 was when positions to write content for the site opened, and I decided that I wanted to apply. I had been a part of the community of card creators for quite a long time at this point, and I knew that I wanted to give the people who make their own sets of cards a larger platform to give them bigger exposure to the game's playerbase as a whole and I wanted to try to encourage more people to get into the hobby.
Realizing that I had been accepted was an exciting moment for me, and it gave me a chance to achieve what I wanted to do. I have been writing these Fan Community Spotlight articles and the occasional piece of side-content for that whole time, and the 3-and-a-half years that I've been part of the team have been a joy. Working with and talking to all the people that work for the site have been a joy, and I cannot adequately put into words as to how grateful I've been to be part of the content team for Out of Cards and to be around everyone else that makes the site what it is. Here's to more years on Out of Cards!