Hearthstone custom mission: The Perplexing Pumpkin Predicament of Farmer Bunce



Farmer Bunce’s life of bucolic bliss is disrupted when his prized pumpkin is stolen from his farm one night.

Farmer Bunce shot up in bed from a deep sleep, bald head sweatglossed in bands of iceblue moonlight.

“Gertrude,” he said.

Through the warped glass of his bedroom window he could see someone, something scuttling from his property in fleeting silhouette against the shimmering moon. It paused to look back at him, perhaps aware of his gaze. Bunce saw it clasp something watermelon-sized in its hands, rearrange its grip, then disappear into folds of shadow.

A moment later Bunce came sprinting from the front door of the farmhouse in nothing but his socks and underwear, pitchfork held alongside his head in an upright palm like a javelin. His long, white beard wisped on his bulging neck as he hurdled a split-rail fence, rushed past a rusty chickenfeeder, a slant-roofed, wooden chicken coop, then cleared through a brood of hens who clucked and scattered in a flurry of white feathers. When he got to the metal wire enclosure, the sign which read “All trespassers will be shot, go on test me” had been torn down. A trio of truesilver locks reeled like cracked acorns by his feet. Bunce swung open the warped front gate in a panic, looked at crater in the steaming farmsoil where his enormous pumpkin sat only minutes before. He spat.

“This is how you wanna play it, huh Nottley?” He waved a balled fist. “Take my three-month old child from me while I’m sleeping, you no good sumbitch?”

The kid finally caught up to him, panting, still rubbing the sleep from his eyes. “Dad? What’s wrong?”

“Get me my gun, boy” Bunce said. He glanced down at his mud-slathered legs. “And a pair of pants. We’re gonna pay that no-good sumbitch Farmer Nottley a little visit.”

The Farmers Bunce:

Core Cards:

Encounter #1: Irate Boar

When Farmer Bunce and his son reached Knottley’s farm something reared up out of the dark in front of them from within the pipe fencing and let out an angry cry. They fell back, tried to discern through the rags of kicked-up dust the source of the high-pitched squeals and pounding hooves.

Bunce Jr. says:

Farmer Bunce says:

Boss card:


Reddit: u/frostivus

Deck:

Card Quantity
Boar 2
Stonetusk Boar 1
Quilled Boar 2
Savage Roar 2
Dire Frenzy 2

Reward:


Reddit: u/frostivus

Encounter #2: Harvest Goliath

Farmer Bunce says:

Harvest Goliath says:

Farmer Bunce says:

Bunce Jr. says:

Farmer Bunce says:

Boss Card:


CustomHS: zukriuchen

Deck:

Card Quantity
Explosive Trap 2
Skaterbot 2
Fireworks Tech 2
Venomizer 2
Bronze Gatekeeper 2
Iron Sensei 2
Harvest Golem 2
Piloted Shredder 2
Coppertail Imposter 1
Harvest Watcher 2
Foe Reaper 4000 1

Reward:


CustomHS: liemcx

Encounter #3: Farmer Nottley

Bunce Jr. says:

Farmer Bunce says:

Farmer Bunce and his son laugh.

Farmer Nottley says:

Farmer Bunce says:

Farmer Nottley says:

Boss Cards:


Hearthcards.net: Gothe

Notes:

Growth cards include Wild Growth, New Growth and Old Growth cards.

Deck:

Card Quantity
Living Roots 2
Faithful Plant 2
Miracle Growth 2
Biteweed 2
Mulch 2
Mulch 2
Cabbage Patch 5
Power of the Wild 2
Evolving Spores 2
Cyclopian Horror 1
Cabbage 1
The Voraxx 1
Vilepine Slayer 2
Nourish 1
Spreading Plague 2
Tending Tauren 1

Reward:

Defeat:

“You think that pumpkin got the way it did because you’re some sort of farmer all the other ones in Westfall should look up to? You’re more naive than I thought, Bunce. That pumpkin’s been planning something for us all along — for a congregation the likes of which you’ve never seen!”

Farmer Bunce says:

Nottley passed his hand over the top of the pumpkin like a baptismal priest. He caressed the rind. The pumpkin let out a pneumatic hiss, leapt from Nottley’s hands into a nearby tangle of vines; it quivered in them until they too came alive, cocooned him in their slithering embrace, materialized a torso and arms and legs on which it finally reared before them towering and baleful and vaguely humanoid.

Pumpkin says:

Encounter #4: Minerva

Note:

Minerva starts with two Witch’s Cauldron minions on the board.

Encounter:

Before the match:

Introduction:

“I agree, BB, these farmers aren’t any fun at all. Let’s cast some spells on them.”

Deck:

Card Quantity
Arcane Artificer 2
Explosive Runes 2
Counterspell 2
Mana Wyrm 2
Arcanologist 2
Ice Block 2
Primordial Gylph 2
Vex Crow 2
Flamewalker 2
Molten Reflection 2
Flamestrike 2
Lyra the Sunshard 1
Archmage Antonidas 1
Arcane Giant 2

Defeat:

“How could you do this to Babbling Book and I? His face was just so happy until you showed up and ruined things!”

Reward:


CustomHS: Lemons

Cormac van Pelt says:

Caine says:

Encounter #5: Caine Strix

Boss Cards:

Hearthcards.net: petebar


Hearthcards.net: Penalty04

Card Quantity
Blood Tap 2
Blood of the Queen 2
Spirit Lash 2
Soul Infusion 2
Lightwarden 2
Happy Ghoul 2
Acolyte of Pain 2
Fungal Enchanter 2
Bloodfury 2
Lifedrinker 2
Saronite Chain Gang 2
Spellbreaker 2
Felsoul Inquisitor 1
Despicable Dreadlord 2
Cabal Shadow Priest 1
Siphon Soul 1
Mind Control 1

Cormac van Pelt says:

Bone Baron says:

Bunce Jr. says:

Farmer Bunce says:

Bunce Jr. says:

Cormac van Pelt says:

Encounter #6: Baron von Ossein-Tarsal

Boss Cards:


Hearthcards: SmashUrCompu


Hearthcards: Raphael


Hearthcards: Honeyfee


Hearthcards: Ejopl


Hearthcards: Kittyqueen


Hearthcards: Bordellimies

Card Quantity
Grim Rally 2
Bone Shield 2
Necromancy 2
Undead’s Arrow 2
Shadow Ascendant 2
Fallen Sun Cleric 2
Flesheating Ghoul 2
Death and Decay 2
Saronite Chain Gang 2
Anti-Magic Shell 2
Arcanite Reaper 1
Felsoul Inquisitor 1
Millhouse Bonestorm 1
Dreadbone Archer 2
Endless Army 2
Army of Skeletons 2
The Lich King 1

Reward:


Reddit: u/frostivus

Cormac van Pelt says:

Encounter #7: Cormac van Pelt, the Pumpking

Boss Cards:


CH: MisterAven


CH: DestroyerR


CH: Cabronza


CH: Bananamaster


CustomHS: Monsters of Darkpine


CH: Majorroyalty

Trick Cards:


Art source: radojavor

Bards of Hallow’s End:

Card Quantity
Potion of Madness 2
Lantern Wasp 2
Spooky 1
Bards of Hallow’s End 2
Hallow’s End Witch 2
Sir Pumpkin 1
Spooky Scarecrow 4
Pulsing Pumpkin 2
Pumpkin Fiend 2
Shadow Madness 2
Animated Scarecrow 2
Bomb Lobber 2
Fear 1
Lightbomb 1
A Light in the Dark 2
Pumpkin Ghoul 2

Defeat:

Credits:

Inspiration for Cormac van Pelt’s Trick cards: Halloween Machine by Custom HS user: Murghlinwall.

Cormac van Pelt art: weibo.com/vicxiucai0209

I did my best to give credit to all the cards I used in this custom mission if I didn’t create them myself, so if I missed any, feel free to drop me a line at my e-mail and let me know. Comments/constructive criticism welcome as always.