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Hearthstone

2 weeks ago

Hearthstone’s wild and wacky Boomsday Project expansion is out now

Hearthstone has always been a lighter, sillier take on Warcraft's cartoony conflicts, but today's expansion - The Boomsday Project - is leaning fully into the slapstick fun of it all. Adding 135 unpredictable super-science themed cards (one of which is arguably not even a card) and some new game-warping new concepts, it's probably going to be a while until Hearthstone makes much competitive sense again.…

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Hearthstone’s Whizbang the Wonderful might be my favourite card yet

I must admit that I haven’t been keeping up with Hearthstone's reveal season for its latest expansion, The Boomsday Project, as closely as I usually do. Luckily, it shouldn’t matter too much, because I’m pretty sure the only card I want to play with for a while is Whizbang the Wonderful. Whizbang earns his superlative by randomly replacing your deck with one of the 18…

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Feature: What new cards are coming?

Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project guide

A new expansion - The Boomsday Project - is about to hit Hearthstone. There'll be the usual mixture of new cards, new card types, and a fresh twist on the single-player content that's become a staple of the game over the last year or so. As for the theme, Mechs are coming back to Hearthstone in a big way. If you cast your mind back…

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1 month ago

Hearthstone’s next expansion is The Boomsday Project

It's bombs, bots, and gobbos galore as Hearthstone prepares to dive into weird science with its next expansion, The Boomsday Project. Arriving in August, the expansion will add 135 new cards themed around the experiments and disasters of Dr. Boom at his secret wacky science facility. Expect robot friends, mechs who can magnetically snap together to form bigger mechs (go go power spiders!), high-tech weaponry,…

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2 months ago

Hearthstone’s Tavern Of Time brings unique time-bending cards

28 new cards have arrived in Hearthstone from parts--and times--unknown, passing through in the latest event. 'Taverns Of Time' brings new cards to Arena drafts, which mess with time in interesting ways. You might play summon the recursive powers of the Infinite Murloc and Infinite Wolf, copy your opponent's cards, boost forward through several turns, recover all-powerful old cards exiled to the Hall Of Fame,…

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3 months ago

Feature: From deckbuilding to ranked play

Artifact feels like Valve’s solution to post-Hearthstone card games

Collectible card games have been around for decades, but they've really been running hot ever since Blizzard unleashed Hearthstone four years ago. Since then, we've seen Shadowverse, Gwent, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Duelyst, Faeria - there are a lot of these things, if you haven't heard. They all put their own spin on rectangles with numbers on 'em, but they also universally take cues from…

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4 months ago

Feature: Home and Hearthstone

Spawn Point: a guide to collectible card games

Welcome to Spawn Point, where we take something wonderful from the world of gaming and explain what it is, why it’s worth your time and how to get involved. This time: collectible card games (or at least, the videogame kind). Hello, I would like to collect some cards please. Of course, friend. We have a wide variety of fantasy themed cards, ranging from hostile dragon…

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Looks like Blizzard is making a new shooter

Back in 2016, Blizzard started hiring for a new first person game, by grabbing a couple of artists and moving Dustin Browder (the director of StarCraft 2) from his role on Heroes of the Storm to work as the director for the unannounced project. A new job post on Blizzard's career site shines more light on what is probably not Overwatch 2. The listing says…

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Hearthstone launches singleplayer Monster Hunts

The recent craze for hunting beasties may peak with Monster Hunter: World, but I do worry that once hunters have scoured the land of wurms, wights, barghests, boggarts, and boobries, they'll turn on our beloved Horace, the Endless Bear. Should we be encouraging this? Hmm. The latest game to join in the hunt is Hearthstone, which last night launched its new Monster Hunt mode. It…

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Hearthstone game director Ben Brode leaves Blizzard

Hearthstone director Ben Brode has made the surprise announcement to depart Blizzard Entertainment. The guy that served as the card game's lead both behind-the-scenes and in-front-of-the-scenes made the announcement in a post on the Battle.net forums explaining what a difficult choice it was and, vaguely, where he's headed now.

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Hearthstone’s spooky Witchwood expansion is out now

We like to joke about Valve Time, but Blizzard don't seem to care about temporal flow as a concept. First an overhaul for Warcraft III just yesterday, and now a clearly Halloween-themed expansion for Hearthstone in the middle of April. Still, The Witchwood seems a good enough excuse as any to sling some cards, splat some monsters and delve some dungeons, as it's out now... mostly.

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Fan ’em up: BlizzCon 2018 tickets go on sale in May

This year's BlizzCon will run November 2-3, Blizzard have confirmed, and the first round of tickets will go on sale on May 9th. BlizzCon is their annual fan convention in California, with panels, tournaments, and events for all their big games. It always brings some big announcements too, setting up the year of Blizzard to come. For people who can't get there, Blizzard will also…

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5 months ago

Hearthstone enters The Witchwood next week

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise: daffodils should still be flowering. Highly recommended. But if you want to go down to The Witchwood, you'll need to wait until Thursday, because Blizzard have announced that's when they'll launch that new Hearthstone expansion. Venturing into the spooky ooky forest outside the Worgen city of Gilneas, The Witchwood will add…

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Hearthstone’s next expansion is off to The Witchwood

If you go down to the woods tonight, you're sure of a big surprise. Spoilers: the surprise is the announcement of Hearthstone's Witchwood expansion, which will add 135 new cards and a new singleplayer adventure mode with a similar format to Dungeon Run from Kobolds and Catacombs. Monster Hunt mode will have you hunting monsters in the titular Witchwood, choosing new cards as you go…

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6 months ago

Blizzard are handing out freebies to celebrate StarCraft turning 20

If you've ever looked at your pet in Diablo III and thought "it's a shame that's not a miniature version of a high-tech flying battleship", then I've got some good news. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of StarCraft's release, Blizzard are giving out some free bits and bobs for StarCraft: Remastered, StarCraft II, Diablo, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. You…

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Hearthstone’s Ranked play is back, but here are some better CCGs

A bug with Hearthstone's ranked play recently brought the mode crashing to its CC-knees, but it's now back on its feet again thanks to a hotfix from Blizzard. When the new competitive season rolled round on March 1st, something awry with the tweaks to the progression system meant that players rank stopped updating altogether. Blizzard disabled the mode while they worked on the problem, and…

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Hearthstone preparing for the Year of the Raven

So long, Year of the Mammoth! Blizzard are flipping the Hearthstone calendar over to a new year, and this time we're going goth for the Year of the Raven. Blizzard laid out their free-to-play card game's plans for the next year on their DeadJournal, which include launching another three expansions while rotating others out of the Standard format, freshening Standard up further by shifting several…

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Feature: Click, click, click, click-BOOM

Netrunner online is rough but worth the click

Android: Netrunner is a two-player card game set in a cyberpunk world where a hacker and a corporation angrily click their mouse buttons at each other until one of the following things happens: 1. The corporation researches a bunch of terrifying technology. 2. The hacker steals all the files the CEO accidentally left on his desktop. 3. The corporation runs out of ideas, and just sits…

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Hearthstone update 10.2 is out, plus Tavern Brawls are about to get Wild

Strap on your sturdiest pair of Hearthstone boots, because things are about to get Wild. That 'Wild' refers to Hearthstone's format that includes all the cards that have since been struck from the standard set, not to any form of crazy debauchery. I mean come on, there's an upper bound on how wild a digital card game can get. To celebrate their annual shuffling of…

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