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In this column, we like to feature a very different side of Hearthstone and the Hearthstone player community. We search the web for user created content inspired by Hearthstone, and share it with you whenever we can. Ever wondered why legendary gold minions are so expensive? Because it takes a lot of effort from a lot of murlocs. Hunqwert on Deviant Art wondered the same thing, and decided to paint a picture of the manufacturing process. The image was originally created for a hungarian Hearthstone fansite contest. Hunqwert explains: “I try to illustrate that how a legendary card is made and why it costs so much arcane dust. You can see Illidan Stormrage’s name on our hungarian red-white-green national flag, but his name sounds very strange in hungarian language, so we called him as ‘Viharharagos Iláj’.” Hearthstone is created with an international audience in mind, and fans of the game have ...

With all the Cons happening this long weekend, one expect the major Hearthstone related news to come out of PaxPrime or DragonCon. However, the biggest Hearthstone happening this weekend has definitely been on the Tournament scene.  Technically a minor tournament with a still respectable prize pool of $2500, The VGVN Naxxramas Release #2 Tournament started on Friday August 29th and the finals air today, Sunday August 31st. Streamed on Twitch, the tournament has been filled with some amazing Hearthstone game play that one would expect to see from some of the best players in the world!  Tune in at 12:00pm EST to watch what is sure to be a fantastic semifinal match between two of the top European players, Kolento & Thijs....

Shauna evens the score with Stephen by recording her own 12-win Arena run. We discuss highlights from Yong Woo’s interview at GamesCom, and share our impressions of the final wing of Naxxramas. The hosts also discuss some possibilities to increase replay value now that the Naxxramas content is finished. Should Hearthstone add achievements or even an Armory function? Finally, we discuss what Realz joining Blizzard as Associate Game Designer might mean for the game. Special thanks to Joshua for the intro to this week’s episode! Your hosts: Marc aka @shamanrongar Shauna aka @TrinBP, twitch.tv/trin1595, youtube.com/user/mageycake Stephen aka @sastewart11as_ReisRBM, youtube.com/user/LuckReisBR RSS feed: feeds.feedburner.com/BlizzprosHearthstonePodcast Subscribe in iTunes Follow the show on Twitter: @hearthproshow YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/HearthProShow Ask a Question: ask.fm/HearthProShow Connect to us on Facebook Contact us at: hearthpro@blizzpro.com Record a voice message for the show...

Deck slots are precious, and several cards in Hearthstone are somewhat similar. So which one do you choose? Every Saturday, we take a look at two somewhat similar cards, and two of our writers will duke it out and make their best case to convince you that their card should be the one deserving of one of your precious deck slots.  Sludge Belcher vs. Spectral Knight Shauna: We’re back and I’m pleased to be facing-off once again with Marc. This week we take a look at two new cards brought to us by the Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Mode.  It’s no secret that I like Sludge Belcher, it was my pick of the week after the Plague Quarter was released and it still sees a LOT of use in my control decks. What’s not to like? You get a Sen’jin Shieldmasta AND a Goldshire Footman all rolled up in a delightfully belchy mess. Sure, it doesn’t ...

 

Blue Post Round-up

by Marc Huber on

Every Friday, we will be sharing with you our Blue Post Round-up - the “can’t miss”, quirkiest, or most insightful blue posts from the previous week. Hearthstone Sweepstakes - Win Stuff: From August 14 through October 21, you’ll have the chance to win a Windows 8 tablet from Intel. Perfect for the next Fireside Gathering! Greetings card slingers! In celebration of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft coming to a Windows 8 touch screen device near you, Intel® is holding a Hearthstone on Tablet Sweepstakes! Don’t have a Windows 8 touch screen device? Not to worry, Intel’s sweepstakes offers you a chance to put a fancy new Intel tablet in your card playin’ paws. As part of the Tablet Sweepstakes, Intel is dealing out 30 Intel Atom Tablets, and one of you might be lucky enough to draw the Intel 2 in 1 Ultrabook. Intrigued? Visit the contest site to enter the sweepstakes. The contest runs from August 14 to October 12, so don’t ...

 

Hearthstone Player Interview: Amaz

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After a series of streamer highlights over the past few weeks, today the Blizzard Hearthstone Community team treats us to an interview with Amaz. The interview was originally conducted in July by the company’s team in Taiwan, but now it has been translated and published for a wider audience. Q: We heard that you originally wanted to use the name Amazon as your ID, but that you eventually shortened it to Amaz. Does the name Amazon have any special significance to you? Amaz: When I wanted to make a username for online games, I wanted to merge “Amazing” and “Jason” together, so “Amazon” seemed like an awesome creation. Then I realized that the term is used everywhere—I don’t sell things online!—so I shortened it to Amaz and it has stuck ever since. Q: Recently, you sang the Amaz Theme Song on your live channel. Did you write the lyrics yourself? You mention Ragnaros the Firelord, Sylvanas Windrunner, Thoughtsteal, Wild Pyromancer, and ...

 

Every Friday a legendary member from team DKMR breaks down Don’t Kick My Robot’s “Deck of the Week” . These decks are seeing a lot of play either in constructed ladder or tournaments. Team DKMR explains the deck lists and how to play them. Make sure you check out Don’t Kick My Robot if you want to become a better player or check out their premium services if you would like them to do a 1 on 1 coaching session with you to help you better your game. View past Deck Lists of the Week. Team DKMR: Twitter | Website | Forums Sponsored by: Hearthstats - Gunnar - 2P - Waypoint - SoulFire Masters This week we’re going to be going over a deck that has been one of the top decks in the last several seasons and continues to be a strong component in the meta. Miracle Rogue, one of the decks that can be extremely annoying to play against, so it’s a good idea to put ...

 

Weekly Spotlight: Avenge

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With hundreds of minions, spells and weapons to choose from, where do you start? You can start right here: every Thursday, we will feature one card in our Weekly Spotlight and share with you how to use it in your constructed deck. Avenge (1M) Secret: When one of your minion dies, give a random friendly minion +3/+2. “Several paladins have joined together to deliver justice under the name “Justice Force”. Their lawyer talked them out of calling themselves the Justice League.” Paladin.) Ben Brode loves this card. He has stated this repeatedly in developer interviews, on top of that it has the distinction of being the last class card awarded in the Naxxramas adventure mode. The community reception of Avenge - despite the fabulous flavor text – has been a bit more muted. The card had its coming out party in the fight against the Four Horsemen in the Military Quarter, which made the fight considerably more challenging. ...

Blizzard is treating Hearthstone fans to another feature article on one of the bigger names in the streaming community. This week’s post features Noxious, a marvelously entertaining streamer, whom we had a chance to speak with at last year’s BlizzCon. Read on below for the official highlight: Today’s featured streamer is Noxious! Noxious has been playing Hearthstone since the beginning—he was even one of the competitors in the Innkeeper’s Invitational at BlizzCon 2013! While other streamers might be focused on decision-making or card value, Noxious has a firm focus on fun. You might learn something while watching Noxious’ stream—and you’ll definitely smile. Q: Can you tell us a little about your stream? Noxious: I am a young yet experienced RNG master, and have been playing Hearthstone since the early pre-beta days. Contrary to most people, I tend to go for the “fun” stuff as opposed to the “serious” stuff. Not that ...

After many weeks of qualifying rounds, the top 8 collegiate players have risen above the competition and are ready to square off against each other in a few epic rounds of Hearthstone this weekend at PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle, WA! Blizzard has compiled everything you could want to know about these hometown Hearthstone heroes so be sure to check out their blog post and root for your favorite at the North American Collegiate Hearthstone Open Finals LIVE starting Monday, September 1st at 10:00 AM PDT, on Twitch!  Best of luck to all of the North American Collegiate Hearthstone Open 2 participants!...

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