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Hearthstone

2 years ago

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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Hearthstone journeying to Un’Goro on Thursday

Blizzard have announced that the next Hearthstone [official site] is due on Thursday, April 6th. Journey to Un'Goro will venture into the primeval Un'Goro Crater to play with dinosaurs, battle monstrous plantlife, and embark on Quests with a new card type. Here, have a peek at what awaits in the free-to-play card game:

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Hearthstone’s next expansion coming April (with dinos)

A new expansion for card-thirsty players of Hearthstone [official site] has been announced, bringing with it splurging volcanoes that deal random damage, elemental fire birds that resurrect themselves stronger than before, and dinosaurs that can adapt as a game goes on. There’s going to be 135 new cards but most interesting for Hearthstoners (I’m guessing!) is the new Quest card type, which let’s you setup…

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Blizzard phasing out Windows XP & Vista this year

World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm are all to stop working on Windows XP and Windows Vista as Blizzard start phasing out support for ye olde operatinge systemes later this year. Other, older games will still work fine, but folks will need to upgrade to keep playing those newer ones. Windows XP is now fifteen years old and…

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3 years ago

Hearthstone boots Ragnaros from Standard play

I am here to talk to you about Hearthstone [official site] changing over to a new year and which cards have thus been retired from Standard play (Azure Drake, Sylvanas and Ragnaros are all being put out to pasture). But first a confession/complaint. I had entirely forgotten that Blizzard were trying to make their own animal-based year calendar a Thing and thus missed out on…

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Hearthstone trimming Spirit Claws, squishing Small-Time Buccaneer

Two powerful cards in Hearthstone [official site] will be toned down in an update later this month, Blizzard have announced. Small-Time Buccaneer and Spirit Claws are good enough that they appear in too many decks, Blizzard say, so they're getting the ole nerfaroo. Having played years of cardboard CCGs, I'm still fascinated by digital card 'em ups being able to respond quickly and tweak things.…

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WoW Tokens can now be used to buy Overwatch items

As the song goes, "WoW® Tokens make the world go around, the world go around, the world go around..." but obviously by "world" they mean "Blizzard-iverse" because you can now convert the WoW® Tokens you buy with gold in World of Warcraft to a digital currency called Battle.net Balance which you can use to purchase Blizzard games as well as in-game items for Hearthstone, Overwatch…

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Mean Streets Of Gadgetzan Announced For Hearthstone

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [official site] is in a bit of an interesting spot right now. It feels like a lot of its regular players are starting to, dare I say it, get bored of this arm of Blizzard’s money-printing machine. But today, as part Blizzard’s tenth annual Californian BlizzCon convention, the game saw Mean Streets of Gadgetzan – its fourth expansion – officially unveiled.

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Logging Off: Blizzard Dropping The Battle.net Name

After twenty years, Blizzard plan to step away from the name Battle.net for their online platform and services. The Diablords and Warcrafteers today announced that they'll be "transitioning away" from the name Battle.net, which they've been using since the first Diablo way back in 1996. No, Blizzard now want to name elements boring things like Blizzard Streaming and Blizzard Voice. Ah, the end of an…

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Blizzard: You Can Now Buy Battletag Name Changes

There's this idea that every in-game name chosen in youthful exuberance is an embarrassment you'll eventually want to be rid of. I actually still like and use the one I picked back then, although I occasionally switch it up nowadays because "Notorious P.I.P." is too good a pun to pass up. BUT if you picked a horror of a name as your Battletag, Blizzard are…

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He Was The Lore: Blizzard’s Chris Metzen Retires

Blizzard lorelord Chris Metzen ('senior vice president of story and franchise development', if you want to be technical) has handed in his badge and his loregiver (his keyboard, obvs) and taken The Long Walk into The Cursed Earth (idk, Reddit?). After nearly 23 years of laying down the lore and voicing characters from Thrall to the good ol' Terran Battlecruiser, Metzen last night announced his…

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Hearthstone’s Removing A Bunch Of Cards From Arena

Designing a game is a fine balancing act, and Blizzard is working to make sure that Hearthstone [official site] is perfectly even and fine-tuned on all counts. There have been some concerns that certain classes are significantly overpowered in the game's Arena mode. Associate game designer Dean Ayala says: "Variety among all game modes is important to us, but an equally important goal is to…

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Hearthstone’s Next Adventure: One Night In Karazhan

"One night in Karazhan makes a hard man humble!" Murray Head almost sang in 1982. "Not much between despair and ecstasy." Though it'd be another dozen years before Warcraft first came out, and two decades more before Hearthstone [official site], clearly he knew. "One night in Karazhan and the tough guys tumble / Can't be too careful with your company / I can feel Medivh…

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Blizzard Take Another Legal Crack At Cheat Makers

I miss the days when cheats for multiplayer games were quaint little things which didn't quite work - wallhacks which turned levels into confusing glass mazes, aimbots which mostly missed unless you had a really low ping. I almost felt sorry for people using them. Now cheats are everywhere, they're horrible, and they're difficult to stop. Blizzard are going straight to the source, recently filing…

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Hearthstone Patch Heralds Expansion With Rebalancing

Hearthstone [official site] will this week get its third expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, but big changes beyond 134 new cards are already here. Patch 5.0.0 launched over the weekend, updating Blizzard's free-to-play card game with a heap of balance changes and preparing for the new 'Standard' format which only allows cards from a smaller pool. Also, Blizzard have now revealed all of Whispers…

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Hearthstone: Whispers Of The Old Gods Rises Next Week

You'll have to speak up, dearie. The gods are old, so very old, and they're not what they used to be. It's going to have taken them two years and several expansions to arrive in Hearthstone [official site], and none of you thought to check up on them or see if they needed help. I hope you feel guilty, Hearthstoners. Well, C'Thun, Yogg-Saron, Y'Shaarj, N'Zoth,…

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