Posts Tagged ‘Hearthstone’

Hearthstone Patch Heralds Expansion With Rebalancing

Poor fella!

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 of the Old Gods’ new cards. They’ve been busy, that lot.

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The RPG Scrollbars: In The Cards

These days, you’re just not a proper RPG unless you’ve got a fancy card-game spin-off either in or out of world. Gwent. Hearthstone. Arcomage. Triple Triad. Legends of Norrath. Pokemon CCG. Now The Elder Scrolls is throwing its adventurer’s cap into the ring with The Elder Scrolls: Legends, as announced aeons ago, but only just going into closed beta. Quite a gold-rush, especially given that historically, these games haven’t done particularly well in digital form, even when backed by a big name or license.
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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, and all their chums will arrive with the free-to-play card game’s third expansion next week, Blizzard have announced. I doubt those oldies will be too pleased.

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Hearthstone: Whispers Of The Old Gods Announced

Set to release in “late April/early May”, Blizzard have announced Whispers of the Old Gods as the next Hearthstone [official site] expansion. The update is the first of 2016 and not only promises 134 new cards, but also brings with it some major format changes designed to make competitive play more accessible to newbies, among other things.

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Hearthstone: Big Changes And Bonus Deck Slots

Hearthstone [official site] is getting some major changes thanks to a new format which restricts the cards you can use in your deck. The idea is the make for a more varied and interesting metagame as well as making competitive play more approachable for newcomers. More on that after the jump but one of the side-effects is you’ll also be able to unlock double the number of deck slots so you can have up to 18 pre-made decks on hand for battle.

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The RPG Scrollbars: Roles We Take, Roles We Choose

Not for the first time, I’ve spent quite a while recently pondering the nature of roles – more specifically, mechanical role versus narrative role. When we think of RPGs, what we’re usually thinking of is the latter. You play the role of the Hero, but in a universe that’s typically designed to let you define that however you like. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but there’s a key difference between that and stepping into the shoes of someone more specific. Geralt in The Witcher 3 for instance is – spoiler alert – a Witcher. Every encounter revolves around that, every system involves it, every decision has, whether it’s by your choice or Geralt bringing it up, a mercenary element that reinforces that asking for money in exchange for your services is expected and not, as is often the case, the first step towards douchery and getting the Evil ending.

I’ve also been playing a lot of Hearthstone. The two things are linked.

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Hearthstone’s League Of Explorers Now Adventuring

Hearthstone [official site] players, it’s time to figure out which one of your pals would be easiest to catch, subdue, slaughter, and devour. That might sound grim, but it always pays to be prepared when adventuring, even if Blizzard probably are thinking more Indiana Jones than Be Your Own Pet with the latest singleplayer ‘Adventure’. They announced The League of Explorers at BlizzCon only a few days ago, and have now started rolling out the add-on to the four corners of Azeroth. Adventure calls!

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