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2 weeks ago

Try Overwatch for free, pick it up at a discount during Blizzard’s Black Friday sale

Have you played Overwatch? You haven't? Well, for the next week, you've no excuse not to at least give it a go. Blizzard's Saturday morning shooter is offering a free trial from today 'till next Wednesday, letting you try your hand at Overwatch without spending a penny. With Blizzard's extended Black Friday Sale kicking off today too, it'll be a hell of a lot cheaper…

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4 weeks ago

Hearthstone’s auto-battling Battlegrounds mode is now in open beta

Blizzard have launched Hearthstone's new Battlegrounds mode into open beta for everyone, following a week of early access for the moneybags. Though the name "Battlegrounds" suggests battle royale, this mode is following a newer craze, Auto Chess. Like the Dota 2 mode and those it inspired, players build and upgrade an army of units then send them into battles against a rotating lineup of other…

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Blizzard VP Jeff Kaplan wants Blitzchung’s ban “reduced more or eliminated”

Slowly, but surely, Blizzard have opened up about penalising Hearthstone pro player Ng Wai "Blitzchung" Chung for a pro-Hong Kong protest during October's Grand Championship finals. But after a delivering yet another wholly underwhelming public statement, it's hard to say they've handled the situation well. As it happens, that opinion isn't limited to aggrieved fans. Last Friday, Blizzard vice president Jeff "from the Overwatch team"…

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1 month ago

Hearthstone adding Battlegrounds, an Auto Chess-ish mode

Blizzard announced the next Hearthstone expansion, Descent Of Dragons, today at BlizzCon. It'll add new cards with new abilities - the usual expansion stuff. More curiously, Blizzard also announced Hearthstone: Battlegrounds, a new mode they say is inspired by the Auto Chess. Y'know, the burgeoning genre which began as the Dota 2 mod Dota Auto Chess and has already spawned Valve's Dota Underlords and the…

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Blizzard’s president apologised on stage at BlizzCon for Hearthstone Hong Kong omnishambles

Blizzard could announce Diablo IV, Overwatch 2, a new WoW expansion, and Hearthstone Auto Chess live on stage at BlizzCon--and they did--but none of that would sit right if they didn't address the cloud over this year's fanfest. Their decision to harshly punish a Hearthstone pro player for declaring "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" in a post-match interview has upset many over the…

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2 months ago

Last week’s Hearthstone college protesters finally face suspension

A college Hearthstone team that raised a "Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz" sign on-stream during their Collegiate Championship game last week has finally been suspended by Blizzard. With their own finals taking place shortly after Hearthstone Grand Champion Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai's now-famous protest and subsequent punishment, the American University Collegiate team jumped in to support their fellow pro. It took only two days for…

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Blizzard’s statement on Blitzchung’s ban digs them deeper [Updated]

Update: Blitzchung has responded with a statement of his own. Details below. Blizzard Entertainment have, after several days of silence, released a statement about this week’s chaos. It all began when they, by their admission, “reacted too quickly” to pro Hearthstone player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai saying “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times!” during a post-match interview. It has escalated since then, with casters…

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Veteran Hearthstone commentator quits Grandmasters over ban

A veteran Hearthstone player and commentator is pulling away from Blizzard after they banned pro player Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai for voicing support of Hong Kong's pro-autonomy protests in a post-match interview. Brian Kibler has commentated several official Blizzard tournaments but now he's pulling out of casting this year's Hearthstone Grandmasters finals at BlizzCon. "I will not be a smiling face on camera that tacitly…

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Blizzard staff held an umbrella protest for banned Hearthstone pro

A number of Blizzard employees seem to be protesting the company's decision to ban a professional Hearthstone player for voicing his support of Hong Kong's ongoing pro-autonomy protests. Some have reportedly covered up two of the company's supposed core values that are cast in bronze in a sculpture outside their headquarters, "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters". It seems more later gathered in support at…

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Hearthstone’s Doom In The Tomb event unearths a whole lotta evil today

Oooh, it's the season of spooks and scares in Hearthstone once again. What's that behind the curtain? Some sort of ghost, perhaps a ghoul? No, dear reader, it's the Headless Horseman bearing the most terrifying spell of all - unbalanced playing cards! Hearthstone's diving into the Haunted Temple of Uldum, forcing an uneasy alliance between the goody-two-shoes of the League of Explorers and the comically…

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Blizzard ban pro Hearthstone player over support of Hong Kong protests

Blizzard have temporarily banned Hearthstone pro Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai for saying "liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" during a post-match interview, expressing his support of the Hong Kong protests. This happened last Sunday, during the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament. In addition to removal from the rest of the tournament and a one year ban, Blizzard will not pay out the prize money Blitzchung is…

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Hearthstone brings back 23 Wild cards alongside a spooky seasonal event

“When cards show up too frequently in decks and are considered auto-includes, deck-building becomes more limited…Dozens of cards in the seven to nine mana range never saw play because Ragnaros was always the easy choice in that range, and some decks only want to run one high cost card,” wrote Hearthstone’s developers back in 2017 as they shifted the poor Firelord out of Standard play…

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3 months ago

Hearthstone opens the Tombs Of Terror on September 17th

Blizzard have announced they plan to crack open a cold one (a tomb) with the boys (the League Of Explorers) on September 17th with the launch of Hearthstone's next singleplayer adventure, the Tombs Of Terror. As is the way of Adventures, it'll send us through a gauntlet of battles and building our deck with new cards and new powers along the way. This time, it's…

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4 months ago

Hearthstone: Saviors Of Uldum goes full Indiana Jones

Hearthstone's Saviors Of Uldum expansion is now live, as Blizzard promised last month by way of a full minute-long rendition of I Need A Hero. The update is bringing back the League of Explorers for a second time, with the adventure crew heading to Egypt to fight villainy as part of year-long story arc that Blizzard are planning.

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5 months ago

Hearthstone: Saviors Of Uldum makes me wish World Of Warcraft was as silly

Has it really been three months since the last Hearthstone expansion? It feels like it was days ago. The next expansion for Blizzard's popular CCG will be Saviours Of Uldum, due on August 6th, and it looks like they're doubling down on the Saturday morning cartoon antics of Rise Of Shadows. They're unearthing the League Of Explorers from the now-defunct adventure and making them the…

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7 months ago

World Of Warcraft’s infamous pandemic is causing tense moments in Hearthstone esports

World Of Warcraft’s “Corrupted Blood incident” swept through the game over a decade ago. A debuff inflicted by an end boss, Hakkar The Soulflayer, wasn’t supposed to leave the raid area, but was accidentally carried by pets throughout Azeroth, causing a pandemic and ensuing panic that emptied out towns, killed low-level characters, and was eventually studied by epidemiologists to see how people might react to…

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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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8 months 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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9 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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