Posts Tagged ‘Hearthstone’

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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Hearthstone: The League Of Explorers Single-player Expansion To Launch November 12

Calling all you creative card configuratorists: a new single-player Hearthstone [official site] expansion is on its way. Announced at BlizzCon 2015 this very weekend, The League Of Explorers will bring with it 45 new cards and will launch its first wing on November 12. That’s next week! Hop below for more details and a trailer.

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Hearthstone Tavern Brawl Brings Co-op Challenge

Kinda sorta co-op.

Blizzard gave Hearthstone [official site] a rotating lineup of special modes and altered rulesets with Tavern Brawl, and the latest brings a much-requested feature: co-op. Kinda. Ish. The ‘Unite Against Mechazod‘ brawl kicked off this afternoon, with a two-player challenge to take down a gnomish inventor. It may not be quite the co-op mode you’ve wanted, but it is an interesting addition.

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Activision Blizzard And Their New Team Of Esports

So Activision Blizzard’s creating a new division “devoted to esports” within the company. It’s going to be chairman-ed by the former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, Steve Bornstein, and senior vice presidente-ed by a co-founder of Major League Gaming, Mike Sepso. There’s a press release and everything.

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Hearthstone EU: A Closer Look At Thijs’s Winning Decks

Thijs taking the trophy at the Hearthstone EU Regional Qualifiers

The European leg of qualifiers for Blizzard’s various eSports world championships concluded this past weekend in Prague. Over $300,000 USD was awarded across the Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and World of Warcraft tournaments that played out. On the Hearthstone [official site] front, G2’s Thijs “ThijsNL” Molendijk took home first place and $10,000 USD for his performance – and we’re going to look at exactly how he did that.

Thijs posted his decklists to Twitter, and later took to the Hearthstone subreddit to discuss his choices. Armed with this information, let’s learn a little more about the decks that just won the first ever European regional title in Hearthstone…

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Winners Of The Road To Blizzcon EU Regionals

This weekend, Prague was flooded with Blizzard fans for the Road to Blizzcon EU regionals. Players in the Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone and World of WarCraft tournaments competed for a slice of the $300,000 USD prize pool, as well as the chance to play in the World Championships at BlizzCon in November. Pip was at the tournament and will have more in-depth coverage later, but check out the winners below.

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Watch Hearthstone’s 14 Minute Pony Massacre

A string of demonic ponies taking knives to the face for nearly a quarter of an hour. That’s been my morning viewing thanks to two players exploiting a new card combo in Hearthstone [official site].

I drifted away from Hearthstone about a year and a half back. It was more interesting to me when it had fewer cards because it was easier for me to come back and dip in for a few rounds. Now it’s like Netrunner – I don’t know what anything does or what might appear at any given moment so I sit there with my basic mage deck and sometimes turn something into a sheep (the Netrunner equivalent is staring at my runner deck and trying to work out why I thought Crypsis was going to come in useful here). Now my main source of interest in Hearthstone is looking at little deck experiments where people try to break the game or create weird scenarios by exploiting card interactions. This is just such a thing – look!

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Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament Expansion Now Live

The new battlefield.

It’s only a game, yeah? Important to keep perspective, innit? While Warcraft-y things go all po-faced with lore and guff, Blizzard’s Hearthstone [official site] just wants to lark about, drink, and engage in a little friendly rivalry. Blizzard have just launched the free-to-play collectible card game’s second expansion, named The Grand Tournament.

The Big Knockout introduces 132 new cards themed around The Merrye Olde Showdowne, as you can see in this here card listing.

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