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Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament Expansion Now Live

The new battlefield.

It’s only a game, yeah? Important to keep perspective, innit? While Warcraft-y things go all po-faced with lore and guff, Blizzard’s Hearthstone [official site] just wants to lark about, drink, and engage in a little friendly rivalry. Blizzard have just launched the free-to-play collectible card game’s second expansion, named The Grand Tournament.

The Big Knockout introduces 132 new cards themed around The Merrye Olde Showdowne, as you can see in this here card listing.

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Watch Hearthstone Stream Reveal New Cards In 1 Hour

Hearthstone’s latest expansion The Grand Tournament [official site] is just around the corner, with a confirmed release date of some time this month. There isn’t a whole lot of month left, so a livestream tonight will reveal a heap of new cards and probably a release date. Were I a guessing man with a platform to turn that guess into news, I’d bet the coming downtime on Tuesday/Wednesday is patch-day. Watch the stream below live at 6pm Brit-Time, 10am PDT and we’ll update this post with any news that comes to light.

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The Grand Tournament: Hearthstone’s Second Expansion

“Parp!” is often used as onomatopoeia for a trumpet blast, but to me it’ll always be a blow-off. Imagine this post begins with whichever textual approximation of trumpeting you prefer, a grand festive blast. Point is: Blizzard have announced the second expansion for Hearthstone [official site], and it is a cause for trumpeting.

The Grand Tournament will arrive in August with 132 new cards as man and orc, murloc knight and parrot-riding pirate, all come together to show off in front of the Argent Crusade. It’ll be free, of course, in the usual Hearthstone ways.

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RPS Community Update: What You Did in ARK,
Guild Wars 2, Hearthstone and Warframe

Hello, hello, hello!

It’s time for the monthly recap of what the RPS community have been up to. June saw action in ARK: Survival Evolved [official site] (dinosaurs!), Guild Wars 2 [official site] (crowds!), Hearthstone [official site] (cards!) and Warframe [official site] (ninjas!). Oh, and a reminder about our Steam group too.

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Fiiight! Hearthstone Tavern Brawl Mode Now Going Down

Fiiiiight!

Would you mind terribly if I told you about a game that’s out and you can play now? I realise this is the week for announcement and so very many trailers for games you won’t get to play for at least four months but, look, I’ll give this a try and well see how it goes.

Hearthstone‘s [official site] new Tavern Brawl mode opened this afternoon. It’s a grab bag of modes run under different rules, with new rules each week. This first hands players pre-built decks.

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Get Ready To Rumble: Hearthstone’s Tavern Brawl Mode

Whoa whoa, no one told me this rumble had been upgraded to a brawl.

To me, the rumble is most fun kind of pub fight. A barney is too personal, a brawl too sloppy, a fracas too hoity-toity, and a plain old fight is the kind of thing that’ll get someone killed. No, give me the spectacle of a rumble in a pub, bar, or wine lodge and I’m happy. Blizzard beg to differ.

A new Hearthstone [official site] mode named ‘Tavern Brawl’ is coming soon to the free-to-play CCG, bringing a new surprise PvP challenge each week.

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Meet Hearthstone’s New $10 Portrait

If you enjoy Hearthstone [official site] and, like me, spend your lofty unemployed weekdays buying ludicrously priced tat online like some sort of teen heiress moron: Congratulations! You are very possibly Blizzard’s target market for the latest addition to its in-game store.

Blizzard have released the first of an apparent series of animated Hero portraits. At a $10 price point, players of the digital card game can switch out the current warrior portrait (which is of Garrosh Hellscream) with an animated portrait of Ironforge king Magni Bronzebeard. As described in an official post, the New Heroes will feature individualised emotes and voices, as well as a unique card design.

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Wot I Think: Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain

Weelcome, it’s goood ta see ya again! Blizzard may not do the best Scottish accents in the world (and have you heard that Brit in Overwatch?) but there’s no doubt they make extremely sticky games – I must’ve been welcomed to the inn thousands of times by our dwarven chum. Part of this longevity is the sheer quality of the core games, and the other is in how well and regularly Blizzard maintains and expands things. The latest expansion for Hearthstone [official site], Blackrock Mountain, is a singleplayer adventure costing a whopping £17.50 – read on to see wot I think.

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Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain Expansion Is Out

Hello, internet. Well, it’s that time of year again: Hearts brim with good tidings, fires crackle in the hearth of every home. This can only mean one thing: It’s Hearthstone Expansion Weekend!

My Hearthstone Expansion Weekend was spent as it always is; entertaining orphans and strays in my home. We rounded them up off the street and ushered them inside, where I washed their feet with my hair and fed them carrots by hand.

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Hearthstone Expands Into Blackrock Mountain Next Week

It’s a terrible compulsion, the drive to catch ‘em all. You might be cock of the walk in Hearthstone [official site] right now, but it’s soon to get a burst of new cards and what will you do then? I hope you’ve been saving your pennies (real or virtual) as Blizzard have announced the free-to-play collectible card game’s Blackrock Mountain expansion will launch next Thursday, on April 2nd.

It’ll bring five new wings of raiding inspired by the classic World of Warcraft zone, a volcano swarming with naughty dwarves, orcs, dragons, and fire elementals. What this means for you is single-player missions along with new challenges and 31 extra cards.

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Blackrock Hearthstone Is On The Way

Churn that rumour mill, sprinkle the leak flour and get ready for some delicious card butter, Hearthstone [official site] is (almost certainly) getting a new expansion. Ahead of Blizzard’s PAX East panel that will showcase more details on Heroes of the Storm [official site], Overwatch [official site] and the card battler, the Hearthstone site has been updated with some minor teases. There’s also been a number of leaked/faked cards passed around the various corners of the internet, which I’ve gathered here. Meet them well below.

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Wot I Think: Hearthstone – Goblins Vs Gnomes

Everyone loves Hearthstone, don’t they? Yes OK Mr Internet Commenter, I know that YOU consider the rigid turns an unacceptable oversimplification of CCG mechanics and blah blah blah, but every player I know just can’t enough of Blizzard’s card juice. Goblins vs. Gnomes is the game’s second expansion, following hot on the heels of the singleplayer adventure Naxrammas, and it adds 120 cards with one new minion class and a bunch of new effects. So is it all gravy, or a case of too many cooks?

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The Bestest Best CCG Of 2014: Hearthstone

2014 saw the release of three or four interesting and excellent card games, but it was Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft that most captured our attention and drew us back for match after match.

Alec: I’ve shied away from multiplayer in the last couple of years. Partly it’s self-consciousness, and partly because the constant background sound of bloodcurdling screaming* whenever my microphone was turned on didn’t seem fair on everyone else. Hearthstone was very much a way back, and not simply because it worked pretty well on my Surface Pro’s touchscreen (though that was very much a factor). Given it comes from a developer which once thought that making its players’ real names public was a good idea, the way Hearthstone strips everything back to anonymity is impressive. It’s about the deck you face, not the player you face. I needn’t worry about being scrutinised or humiliated – win or lose, I’d be out of there and never seen again by my opponent. And I don’t care about them, either. I just care about the cards.

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