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Expansion Announcement Monday?

by JR Cook on

PAX East isn’t until March 10th, and I assumed that we might see the next Hearthstone expansion announcement there with a release happening the first week of April. However, I then remembered that Whispers of the Old Gods was shown to press around March 9th last year, announced March 11th and had a LATE April release. It makes sense that if they want an early April release, now would be a great time to start teasing that expansion. Also, looking at the PAX East 2017 schedule, even though Blizzard has a booth at PAX East, they do not have a panel in the schedule. Now this doesn’t mean that an announcement can’t happen, after all, the Hearthstone team did announce Naxxramas at a PAX East with no panel (and no live stream) – however, that doesn’t seem to be the way they work anymore. So with that said, it’s a

This upcoming 7.1 update (likely to hit Feb. 28th) will not only have changes to constructed with ranked floors and incoming nerfs but also some serious arena changes as well. Arena will now only have standard cards available, common cards will be less frequent, spells will be more abundant, and neutral classic cards will show up less. Also of note is AOE monsters will Flamestrike and Abyssal Enforcer will also show up considerably less. Also, for those who love playing with golden cards, if you own the golden card in your collection, it will now show up as golden in your arena decks. I personally can’t wait to see Kripp finally craft that all golden set of everything and take that to arena in the hopefully near future. Check out all the announced arena changes here:

In the most unlikely way that a leak could happen, it turns out that voice actress Lani Minella earlier this month had updated the resume on her website to include Hearthstone: Lost Secrets of Un’goro. The characters she would be voicing are Golakka Crawler, Pteradactyl, Anklesaur, Hydra, and Brontosaurus. If you have never heard of this Hearthstone expansion, don’t worry, it hasn’t been officially announced (or released) yet. The updated resume was found and posted on Reddit and with Lani Minella’s history as a voice actor for Blizzard, this is about a legit of a leak as you’re going to find, as well as a major oops by the actress. Later today the entry from her resume was removed. Further search shows that ungoro.com is currently parked on godaddy.com (which Blizzard uses for all of their website domains) and was purchased late last year for at least a couple thousand

We have some posters to give away! These posters were given to us by Team 5 at Blizzard Entertainment, and as far as I am aware, can’t be purchased anywhere. The posters showcase the 3 factions of the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan in the Jade Lotus, Grimy Goons, and the Kabal. To enter is simple! Just design your own Mean Streets of Gadgetzan faction card below with the form! We’re limiting one entry per person per faction (so you can design 3 different cards). Our team will then pick what we feel are the best cards, and if your card wins, then you will win a poster with the corresponding faction! Due to cost of shipping, we’re only able to have this contest open for people in the USA and Canada (sorry). The contest will end on Friday February 10th and we will show off the winners. Good luck! Loading…

If you want a pretty sweet looking Diablo themed card back, then you need to hop on and try out this week’s Tavern Brawl. This is a vs. AI tavern brawl this week where you will be creating a deck and playing against The Dark Wanderer. He will start the game with 3 various secrets. His hero power will summon a random imp. If you reveal all 3 secrets, the secret cow level event will begin. The Dark Wanderer will change into the Cow King and has a hero power of “Whenever a Hell Bovine Dies, Draw a Card”. You can get the card back without popping the 3 secrets and winning the game, but what’s the fun of that? List of secrets: Visions of the Assassin: When your opponent summons a minion with Stealth, All minions equip a dagger Visions of the Barbarian: When your opponent summons a minion with

A lot of turnover is happening in the Blizzard world these last few months. Just a few months ago it was announced that Diablo Game Director Josh Mosquiera had left Blizzard. World of Warcraft Game Director Tom Chilton moved on to an unannounced project leaving Ion Hazzikostas in his wake. Now it appears Hearthstone has a new Game Director in Ben Brode (and has been for a few weeks now). Ben Brode has been with the team since the very beginning, helping now former Game Director Eric Dodds in creating Hearthstone. He will be moving from his role as Senior Game Designer to Game Director. Eric Dodds has been fairly absent from the public eye. His last appearance during a reveal of new content was during BlizzCon 2015 with League of Explorers, and as far as I can tell was really the last time he was involved in an interview

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan is just a couple days old and like any expansion release, we’re seeing a hectic meta as people start testing out decks to see what works and what doesn’t. Also like every collectible card game in existence with a new expansion, aggro takes the early lead as people take advantage of experimentation for quick and easy wins. Aggro Pirate Warrior is such a deck that should be popular toward the beginning, but I’m not sure will have any staying power. Jade Golem Druid is a very popular pick as well and as people continue to experiment with it, it’s possible it could be a top tier meta deck for the next year – especially in any meta that you can easily control the late game. Other popular decks have been Reno/Kazakus versions for Priest, Dragon Priest, Reno style Mage, and Reno style Warlock. With Kabal focusing

An alert redditor /u/VdeVenancio noticed that the Hearthstone official logo was being changed on the official website, on the battle.net app, and was even changed on the Hearthstone subreddit. The subtitle of “Heroes of Warcraft” was being removed. Sure enough, if you go to the official pages you will see the new logo below: As opposed to the logo of old below: Hearthstone subreddit moderator /u/deviouskat89 even explained that Blizzard sent them the new logo asking if it could be changed on the subreddit. So this is a very intentional decision by Blizzard to start referring to the game as just Hearthstone instead of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The subreddit made the change about 4 days ago, so it appears this has been something Blizzard has been changing in the last week. Several people are wondering, what does this mean? Is it possible we might be seeing other Blizzard franchises finding it’s

JR and John from Well Met Podcast were able to sit down with Rachelle Davis and Peter Whalen from the Hearthstone development team to discuss Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. During this interview we discuss a bit about the design process behind the new Hearthstone expansion, what we can expect from the tri-class cards, and even a little bit about the Heroic Tavern Brawl feature we will be seeing soon.

John and Kevin from the Well Met Podcast were able to sit down and discuss Mean Streets of Gadgetzan with Designer Mike Donais and Producer Yong Woo. In this interview the team discusses it’s design process for the new expansion, the decisions they made with the card design and theme, and also some hints for what might be coming down the road feature wise in 2017 for Hearthstone.

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