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Hearthstone

12 months ago

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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1 year ago

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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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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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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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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Hearthstone’s new Tavern Brawl features World Championship-winning decks

The latest week-long Tavern Brawl event mode in Hearthstone is an interesting one, letting players use decks that have won previous Hearthstone World Championships - in their original, unnerfed forms. Some of the cards in these decks have been rebalanced, see, but here they're fighting at full strength. Say hallo again to Knife Juggler, Azure Drake, Undertaker, Leper Gnome, and their overpowered pals. The decks…

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Overwatch is off to Blizzard World next week

The next Overwatch map will launch on January 23rd, Blizzard World have confirmed. It's taking the gang to the magical kingdom of Blizzard World, a theme park based on Blizzard's other games, from the StarCraft rollercoaster 'Journey to Aiur' to the 'Snaxxramas' restaurant. Us, nah we're not having fun, we're going there to shove a payload around. After a stretch on the test servers, Blizzard…

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Hearthstone: Kobolds & Catacombs out December 7th

If you're kobold enough to catacome down into the depths of Hearthstone's latest 135 card expansion, you'll be pleased to hear that it's catacombing out on December 7th. The Kobolds & Catacombs expansion will bring nine new class legendary weapons and cards bearing a new ‘Recruit’ keyword, but that's kobold news. I cata wait to tell you about the new stuff we've learned since we…

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Hearthstone: Kobolds & Catacombs expansion coming in December

Blizzard, this isn't right. Fighting dinosaurs, liches, crime syndicates, and old gods is fine, but now you're going too far. Blizzard today announced Kobolds & Catacombs, a new Hearthstone expansion that send merciless card-collectors down to beat up on those lovely little creatures who only want a stub candle and maybe a little gold. Appalling. Coming in December, the expansion will bring 135 new cards…

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2 years ago

Three key basic Hearthstone cards rejigged, Hex gets more… HEXPENSIVE!

Now, I could have just dropped the mic/keyboard after that amazing title pun, but apparently news posts need "words". Hearthstone [official site] is rebalancing some of its most common/easily obtainable/neutral cards as part of an upcoming update. It's partly about rebalancing the game and particular playstyles, but there's also an element of wanting to keep those cards in check specifically so decks don't end up…

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Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne now out

The latest Hearthstone [official site] expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, is now live. After hitting America yesterday, it launched in Europe in the wee hours today. Across 135 new cards and new singleplayer missions, the expansion sends players into Icecrown Citadel to duff up the Lich King. We don't play republicans or anything - if anything this regicide is to shore up other monarchies.…

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Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne announced

Blizzard's Hearthstone [official site] is off to the icy land of Northrend to duff up zombies in the free-to-play card game's next expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne. It'll add Death Knight variants of the Hearthstone heroes, giving players powerful new abilities like stitching corpses together to make megamonsters. Neat! Eight new singleplayer missions are coming too. The expansion is due to launch in "early…

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Hearthstone’s Journey to Un’Goro now out

Way down deep in the middle of a Hearthstone, Blizzard took a Ravasaur, Razorpetals, and a Tar Lord. They stuck 'em in a crater and they danced a dainty tango. Mike Morhaime said, "I know, we'll call it Un'Goro!" Un'Goro, Un'Goro, A primeval jungle. Ben Brode built a beatdown deck, Didier drew a Devilsaur. Bob Fitch flung the packets that the whole caboodle networked in.…

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Blizzard due $8.5 million in legal battle with botmakers

A company who make and sell cheats for Blizzard games including Overwatch, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft must pay Blizzard over $8.5 million, a US court has ruled. This is the latest development in Blizzard's battle with cheaty botters Bossland, which has so far spanned five years, the courts of several countries, and even more cases. This latest ruling says that, along with paying up,…

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