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Hearthstone

4 days ago

Steal a city in the first free episode of The Dalaran Heist Hearthstone adventure

My days by the Hearthstone are mostly long behind me, but every now and then I get lured back by something shiny. That's happened with The Dalaran Heist, a Solo Adventure released yesterday as part of the Rise Of Shadows expansion. It's about beating up gnomes and beleaguered zombie bureaucrats in an attempt to steal the floating city of Dalaran, and the first chunk is…

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1 month ago

Hearthstone’s deck builder is struggling to adapt to the game’s new rotation

Every two years, a mass of Hearthstone cards are relegated from standard play, sent away to the much less popular, anything goes Wild format. At the same time, more cards are introduced (though fewer). This is good for keeping the game fresh and relatively uncomplicated, and for onboarding new players who can’t learn years and years' worth of cards at once. It’s not so good,…

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Hearthstone launches the supervillainous Rise Of Shadows expansion

Blizzard's popular free-to-play CCG Hearthstone has rolled out its eleventh expansion today, Rise Of Shadows. Tapping into the current wave of superhero movie buzz, the theme of this expansion is cape-swooshing, moustache-twirling cartoon supervillainy, complete with expendable lackeys, evil schemes and do-gooders to bully. As usual there's 135 new cards to collect, including some fun new keywords like Twinspell, Lackey-summoning minions and self-upgrading Schemes that…

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2 months ago

Hearthstone’s new deck builder makes the most of incomplete card collections

One of the updates for Hearthstone’s Year Of The Dragon has hatched early, bringing a new and improved deck builder to Blizzard’s collectable card game. Previously, the auto-complete feature technically could slot cards into an incomplete deck, or even make one from scratch, but it seemed to take little into account besides mana cost, often making nonsensical or simply weak suggestions. Now, though, it uses…

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Hearthstone: Rise Of Shadows deals the bad guys in this April

Moustache-twirling cartoon supervillainy is the theme of Hearthstone's next expansion, Rise Of Shadows. Five big bads from previous expansions have formed an alliance, and rather unimaginatively called themselves the League of E.V.I.L. Schemes, lackeys and callbacks to previous expansions abound, plus a few new heroic types to counter their monster-of-the-week plans. Below, an announcement info-dump trailer, plus the obligatory musical sing-along intro to the new…

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3 months ago

Hearthstone’s Year of the Dragon is coming in hot

The Year of the Dragon is sweeping into Blizzard’s collectable card game Hearthstone, burning up the previous Year of the Raven and bringing with it a whole lot of changes. Here’s creative director Ben Thomson and new executive producer Chris Sigaty giving the bullet points: a story running across all three expansions; new solo content; and hints towards a whole bunch of meta changing card…

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4 months ago

Hearthstone is making ranking up less time consuming

Blizzard have announced that they’ll be tweaking the ranking system for collectable card game Hearthstone next month, making climbing the ladder a slightly less grindy experience. Beginning on February 1st, players at most levels will only need to gain three stars by winning games in order to advance a rank, reduced from its current five.

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6 months ago

Hearthstone’s troll-packed Rastakhan’s Rumble expansion is live

Start working on your questionable faux-Jamaican accent, because Hearthstone is hamming it up like it's the nineties in its latest expansion today. Rastakhan's Rumble is themed around a once-in-a-lifetime arena brawl to decide the next great troll champion. This means new cards, a new keyword (Overkill!), wrestling jokes, sketchy invocations of voodoo, dinosaurs, ticket scalpers and ice cream. All the cartoon nonsense that defines Warcraft's…

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Hearthstone: Rastakhan’s Rumble cards now all revealed

Blizzard have finished revealing the 135 new cards coming to Hearthstone next week in its new expansion, Rastakhan's Rumble. Hearthstoners, you may begin your theorycrafting and deck plans in earnest. I always used to enjoy this launch period in Magic: The Gathering, when I'd try to figure out what could fit into my favourite existing decks and what could be the foundation of whole new…

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7 months ago

Hearthstone giving away free packs to celebrate hitting 100 million players

BlizzCon may be over but the the Blizzard blast has juuust a little longer to go. Blizzard announced last night that Hearthstone has hit 100 million players, see. Who cares about cooing over big numbers? Not me. But who cares about getting free bonus packs of cards for the free-to-play card 'em up? Ah, maybe it's you. Tomorrow, Blizzard plan to give all players six…

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Rastakhan’s Rumble takes Hearthstone trolling in a new expansion

Hearthstone's next expansion is putting on its best faux-Jamaican accent for a big blue throwdown. Launching in December and unveiled at BlizzCon today, Rastakhan's Rumble tells the story (through the act of card-battling) of a once-in-a-generation tribal contest. Trolls from around Azeroth are assembling to beat each other black and (more) blue in order to impress the Loa spirits and King Rastakhan in a big…

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Pro Hearthstone player burns key card with perfect comedic timing

Sometimes, in Hearthstone, your entire deck hinges on a single card. Also sometimes, you can overdraw, causing those cards to be burned away. And, once in a while, you burn your key card on stage in a championship decider match, right after the production crew cuts to signs in the crowd predicting that you’ll do exactly that. Be warned, I’m going to spoil the moment…

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8 months ago

Chinese Taipei disqualified from Hearthstone Global Games

Chinese Taipei was officially disqualified from Hearthstone’s Global Games yesterday, after it emerged that some of their members were ‘stream sniping’ - watching the broadcast of the event in order to gain an advantage over their opponents. In the wake of the announcement, fans are questioning how easy the practice may be to pull off, and whether more measures should be taken to prevent it.

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9 months ago

Some surprising decks appeared at Hearthstone’s European tournament playoffs

Blizzard’s competitive card game Hearthstone has had plenty of unpopular decks in its time, but few come close to touching Quest Rogue and Shudderwock Shaman. The good news was, supposedly, that the former has been nerfed into oblivion and the latter was only ever a joke that couldn’t be considered competitively viable. And yet both are currently seeing play in the currently ongoing European tournament…

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Hearthstone’s volatile single-player Puzzle Lab mode is out now

Hearthstone's Boomsday Project expansion introduced a whole new world of chaos to the unpredictable free-to-play card game. A multitude of game-changing (or wrecking) cards with scattershot and explosive effects have definitely refreshed the game a bit, but those wanting to take things slow and poke around the new systems at their own pace might have been left a little cold. The Puzzle Lab, launched today,…

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10 months 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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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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11 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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