Posts Tagged ‘Hearthstone’

Wot I Think: Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain

By Rich Stanton on April 28th, 2015.

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

By Emily Gera on April 4th, 2015.

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

By Alice O'Connor on March 27th, 2015.

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

By Ben Barrett on March 4th, 2015.

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

By Rich Stanton on January 14th, 2015.

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

By RPS on December 23rd, 2014.

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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Hearthstone: Goblins Vs. Gnomes Clanking Out Next Week

By Alice O'Connor on December 3rd, 2014.

Chums.

That’s a nice-looking Hearthstone deck you’ve got there. What’s that, a wolf, yeah? Cool, cool. And some dogs? A load of forest friends hanging out? Great, great, lovely. Here’s a thought: why not replace them with bombs and robots? Those are cool. All the cool kids do robots now.

The free-to-play card game’s technowizarding expansion Goblins vs. Gnomes will launch next week, Blizzard have announced. I hope you’ve been saving your dust to brew up new cards, chums.

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New Hearthstone Expansion Is Gnomes vs. Goblins

By Ben Barrett on November 7th, 2014.

Panel over, all the info and some thoughts below.

The new Hearthstone expansion, some details of which were already reported, has been revealed as Gnomes vs. Goblins in the Blizzcon 2014 opening ceremony. It contains 120 new cards, increasing the current pool by about 25%. The focus is on the explosive developments of the Warcraft universe’s two diminuitive races, introducing Mechs as a creature type and with a focus on more random effects. Battle.net’s got the details including some new card previews and the announcement trailer is below.

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RuneScape Legends Takes A Card From Hearthstone

By Philippa Warr on October 13th, 2014.

Living book looks a lot like pop up desert

Jagex, the company behind RuneScape, has announced HearthScape! Actually, that’s a lie. They’ve announced Chronicle: RuneScape Legends! It’s a collectible card game based on the RuneScape universe so you can see the possible influence of Blizzard’s recent Warcraft-based hit, Hearthstone, though.

The developers explain that the game will be “played out within the pages of a living book” and will feature such things as quest-building, letting you craft your own RPGs against enemies from the RuneScapeiverse and, of course, PvP.

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Hearthstone’s Upcoming Decksplosion

By Philippa Warr on October 1st, 2014.

Imagine this frog is Alex Trebek

“More than 100.”

If we were playing Jeopardy Alex Trebek would be standing about in a nice suit waiting for your light to come on and for you to say “What is new Hearthstone cards?” He would maybe then look at you strangely because even by Jeopardy’s standards that’s an incredibly awkwardly phrased Q&A. He is very disappointed in you even though you’ve just earned, like, $600 or something.

In case that didn’t make anything clear, Hearthstone will be getting an injection of more than 100 new cards in its first expansion.

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Getting Better At Hearthstone With Computers

By Ben Barrett on September 4th, 2014.

Dr. Elie Bursztein is a computer security expert employed at Google who, for the past few months of his free time, has been focused on Blizzard’s card game Hearthstone. He and his wife Celine used math and machine learning to understand more about the game, detailing their results in blog posts. They started out wanting to identify cards that were “undervalued”–where you got the most power for your mana–using an algorithm. Separately, they began analysing games and decklists to build a model to predict what cards would be played by opponents based on what had already happened. It ended up pretty dang accurate all right.

He gave a talk about all this at the DEF CON 22 hacking conference last month, and now it’s online for us to watch.

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How Much Hearthstone’s Expansion Will (Or Won’t) Cost You

By Nathan Grayson on July 9th, 2014.

Sometimes I don’t think I’ll ever be able to escape how much Blizzard shaped young me as a gamer and a person. Case in point: while I haven’t really invested much time (or any money) into Hearthstone, I saw that the first section in Blizzard’s outline of expansion Curse of Naxxramas‘ pricing structure is titled “All Naxx-cess Pass” and thought, “Damn it, now I can’t use my pun.” I guess I should  dig into Hearthstone soon. Now seems to be a fairly opportune time given that the Naxx expansion will offer the improbably popular card game’s first real single-player campaign, unlockable or purchasable bit-by-bit or all at once.

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Merry Naxxramas: Hearthstone Single-Player Announced

By Alice O'Connor on April 11th, 2014.

A little colourful artwork

The wonder and terror of collectible card games is that they evolve and expand over time to continue demanding your time and money and attention and love and it’s just too much and I can’t deal with it, as I may have mentioned earlier today. Blizzard are hooked into this cruel cycle with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and today announced the first major addition to its virtual CCG since last month’s launch.

Hearthstone will kick off its single-player Adventure Mode with Curse of Naxxramas, an adaptation of a raid from World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Expect boss battles, new cards to collect, and new ways to pay.

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