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We had the opportunity to visit Blizzard Campus this past week while we were in town for the Warlords of Draenor cinematic premiere. While there, Zeriyah and Lyndsi Achucarro set us up with an opportunity to sit down for an hour with some members of Team 5 and talk about the past, present, and future of Hearthstone. We were able to talk to Game Director Eric Dodds, Lead Artist Ben Thompson, Senior Game Designer Mike Donais (responsible for game balance), and Community Manager Christina Sims joined us as well. Some topics discussed were the development of Hearthstone, why Curse of Naxxramas and the challenges facing development of it, what Blizzard has in store for the future of Fireside Gatherings, how Android development is shaping up, and will we see new classes added to the game anytime soon? A summary of some of the bigger pieces for those who may not want to watch ...

After three weeks, the gang is all back together, and we’re celebrating this momentous occasion with an extra helping of Hearthstone songs (earplugs recommended). Stephen is celebrating his first 12-win Arena run. There’s a Hearthstone card back for purchasing the Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition. The hosts share their thoughts on the Construct Quarter and the latest round of class challenges. Stephen and Shauna break down the impact of the new cards on tournament play, and we briefly discuss the benefits of top players banding together in competitive Hearthstone teams. We also preview BlizzPro’s Hearthstone developer interview. 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...

 

Naxxramas T-Shirt Giveaway

by JR Cook on

The final wing for Curse of Naxxramas is opening up tonight, and what better way to play with those new cards than to look stylish doing it? Blizzard is releasing a new Hearthstone shirt that is Curse of Naxxramas themed and they want our readers to be some of the first fans to get their hands on one by giving them away. We have two shirts to give away and the winner will be able to choose the size and style they want. They come in both men’s and women’s sizes. How to Enter Simple, tweet at us a screenshot of an awesome board you have while fighting a Naxxramas boss. Make sure to use the hashtag #BlizzProNaxx and include the screenshot as a picture in the tweet! To win you must be following @BlizzPro on twitter as we will be contacting you via direct message if you win. Example tweet ...

Ladies and gentlemen, this is it! We’re now at the end of our Naxxramas adventure. Try to contain yourselves though; Kel’Thuzad awaits and we must show no vulnerability. Below, you will find the opening times for the Frostwyrm Lair, where our last set of bosses await. Each region is represented, but the times have been consistent since the Plague Quarter, so you know the deal by now. Feel free to review which cards you’ll be unlocking in the Frostwyrm Lair by checking out our Spoiler List. Prepare yourself for new cards, new bosses and more fun with the final wing of Curse of Naxxramas: Frostwyrm Lair!Frostwyrm Lair will open at the following times per region:Americas: Tuesday, August 19th at 11:59 PM PDTEurope: Tuesday, August 19th at 11:59 PM CESTKorea/Taiwan: Wednesday , August 20th at 12:59 AM KST / Tuesday, August 19th 11:59 PM CST China: Tuesday, August 19th at 11:59 PM CST (Americas Region) The cards that players ...

We here at the BlizzPro Hearthstone site are rabid fans of the game, to say the very least. Whether we’re writing articles, recording podcasts, or chatting it up with you all in the community over social media, we care a lot about the development of the game and how it’s being received by the players. As a result, that leads to a LOT of thinking about Hearthstone. With all of that thinking, some pretty stalwart opinions develop as well. Enter HearthPro Picks! Each week, we’ll be putting our opinions out in the open for you to agree or disagree with on some part of the game – favorite cards, least favorite changes, and on and on. We hope you enjoy and come banter with us! Here we are again! Another week, another wing of Naxxramas. As per usual, we’re debating our favorite card reward from the Construct Quarter. Here are the possible options: Stephen Stewart - Undertaker - ...

The next streamer highlight from Blizzard actually came in rather quick succession to Trump’s earlier this week. This new one features second place finisher at the inaugural Innkeeper’s Invitational back at BlizzCon 2013, Kripparrian. A standard name on Twitch, Kripp is known for playing games (especially Blizzard games) at a high level and analyzing some of the deeper theory on how to become the best at them. He took a liking to Hearthstone from early on in the Closed Beta and is now arguably one of the best Arena players period. Read on below for the official highlight: Watching experienced players sling cards in live streams is a great way to learn new tricks, build better decks, and improve your Hearthstone skills to win more games. That might be the reason why streaming has become such a popular pastime for both streamers and viewers alike. We want to make it easy ...

Yesterday, a hotfix went live for Hearthstone that helped to solve some oddities that were occurring between Deathrattle interactions and Baron Rivendare. Of course, now with Curse of Naxxramas nearing complete distribution, players are avidly testing out new combos and deck synergies, while also trying to counter them. As a result, some odd things are happening that aren’t intended. Read below for the changes or head over to this forum post for the official word from Rolkyr and ongoing discussions. 8/15/14 A Deathrattle minion that has been affected by Silence will no longer trigger Baron Rivendare when destroyed .  The activation of Voidcaller’s Deathrattle while Baron Rivendare is on the battlefield will no longer lead to more than 7 minions in play....

 

Construct Quarter Walkthrough

by JR Cook on

Episode 24: Construct Quarter Walkthrough Twizz and Studder cover the Construct Quarter as well as do the Warrior and Priest class challenges.  We also talk about the new cards and what other cards/decks they would combo well with!...

Team DKMR: Twitter | Website | Forums Sponsored by: Hearthstats - Gunnar - 2P - Waypoint - SoulFire Masters Kisstafer here to bring you the latest installment of the DKMR Deck of the Week. This week we’ve chosen to share a Hunter deck that Kisstafer workshopped with the team after the latest Naxxramas Construct Quarter was released. This deck is a Midrange Hunter with our own personal twist on it – we decided to cut the Savannah Highmane to make it better against Miracle Rogue and vs the other Hunters we’d been seeing on the ladder. Savannah is very strong, but its high mana cost means it can be late to the party at times. Stranglethorn Tiger is almost guaranteed to get in for 5 damage due to its stealth, and it comes down a turn earlier which means you are faster in the race.  Kisstafer was able to hit Legend with this deck and you can too! The Deck 2x Hunters Mark: ...

 

Blue Post Round-up

by Marc Huber on

Android Platform Release Still Possible in 2014: Blizzard is hard at work expanding its range of mobile platforms for Hearthstone. Given the success of Hearthstone on the iPad, continued development for other mobile platforms makes a great deal of sense. We’ve heard about Android development for a while, but this latest post from community manager Zeriyah offers more concrete information about a possible timeline. We still have Hearthstone for iPhone and Android devices currently in development. We’re still shooting for this year for an Android device release. (Source) New Card Back with next Warcraft Expansion: Yesterday, Blizzard revealed that one of the items exclusive to the Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition will be a special card back for Hearthstone. A new card back comes with the World of @Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition! http://t.co/NmnMYOQ6u6 pic.twitter.com/ggcKgFM0tp — Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) August 15, 2014...

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