Yesterday, Dean Ayala and Ben Brode broadcasted a Hearthstone Developer Q&A. It was the first one that was not recorded in Ben’s bedroom and later put on youtube but from a studio live at Blizzard. There was a lot of good communication about the state of the game and some information what will come to Hearthstone in the future. They first talked about the state of the game and recent community topics. After that, they took questions from the community and the live audience and answered them on stream. If you like to watch the full VOD, you can do it here or read a (short) summary after the break. Key facts (not a complete transcript): the developer Q&A could become a regular thing to communicate with the players Small-Time Buccaneer is on their watch list Reno Jackson will move to Wild and will not be an evergreen; other heals

December Season is over more than ten days and rankings are out. I modified the original post in the blue post box in the way that there both regions linked, just hit your desired one in the last sentence. China and Asia were not available at the time this article was published.

Hello everyone, we have to catch up on news a bit and we will start off with the announcement of the Developer Insights Q&A stream that will happen January 13 at 9:00am PST on Twitch. I think this was necessary after all the “new player experience” discussion and the Reddit rant following the announcement that there will be more cards from the Classic/Basic set rotating with the next released expansion/adventure this spring. If you have not followed the events, there is a nice summary in this article. The announcement can be found directly below. It’s getting hot in here – and outside as well! Blizzard announced to leave their grounds and they will hold the HCT Winter Championship of this year’s HCT on the Bahamas! Read all the details in the blue post below!

Introduction Accumulating card advantage is one of the most powerful game mechanics in Hearthstone and other card games. Increasing your hand size is achieved by either drawing cards from your deck or generating new ones from outside of your 30 card composition. In comparison to other TCG, Hearthstone has moderate cost for card advantage effects. Adding up the consistent mana gain each turn in contrast to other CCGs like Magic the Gathering, card advantage proofs to be even more powerful. More cards result in more possibilities to answer your opponent and/or more damage you can dish out. In the past, outside of alpha and beta, cards that gained card advantage were the second biggest focus of nerfs. Even heavier struck by the nerf bat were only cards that provided uncounterable burst damage resulting in ‘unfun and un-interactive’ games. The most memorable nerfs regarding card draw were the Starving Buzzard (and

Happy New Year Everyone! It is a new Year and a new Season 34. Of course, there is a new card back to be earned by placing rank 20 or higher in either Standard or Wild. After the Jade Lotus themed back last month, we will get a Grimestreet one in January. Despite the handbuff mechanic, that is not working out in the actual meta, the card back looks pretty cool! The red cobblestones with the Hearthstone logo as a manhole cover look really original, great design there. Well, get the grime from last night out of your head and start earning it!


Hearthstone 2017 Wishlist

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Introduction On December 27th, August Dean Ayala (@IksarHS) tweeted the following: What's on your Hearthstone wishlist for 2017? — August Dean Ayala (@IksarHS) December 27, 2016 Before I continue with my personal wishlist for hearthstone, there is one thing I wish of you readers. I only begun writing content for the Hearthstone community one year ago. My first article was published on December 21th, the Dark Peddler Infographic. Now, after almost 150 articles, which sum up to 2+ articles a week, there is one thing I personally wish for most in 2017 is feedback from you. As a content creator who, I spend as much time writing about the game as actually playing it. Therefore, feddback from you is the most important thing to not get stuck in my own world. In the end, I do this for you and to getting connected with the community is the best way to know what

Next week, we will get a new “Dark Wanderer Tavern Brawl”. It will be Diablo-themed, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the series according to a post on the official diablo blog (see the blue post below). A lot of details were already datamined. Hearthpwn has put together the details in this post. As a reward, we will also receive a new card back!

Introduction When Reno Jackson was first introduced in the League of Explorers Adventure, a lot of players doubted the viability of Highlander decks (decks with only one copy of each card) which we all know today in the Hearthstone universe as Reno decks. As it turned out, the doubts were unjustified, but these decks remained a niche pick and were mostly played by specialists only. This changed tremendously with the introduction of Mean Streets of Gadgetzan (MSG). Not only did Mage, Priest, and Warlock get access to two ‘if your deck contains no duplicates’ cards but, atop, the card pool we have access to in Standard is at its largest we ever had. Reno-Style Cards and Decks Kazakus is a powerhouse that has an impact comparable to Reno Jackson himself allowing for huge swing turns. The other fall off more or less ranging from Raza, the Chained being a staple in

Introduction Miracle Rogue (MR) in Standard, though not played as much as other decks on the ladder outside of high ranks, is a very good deck in general and an excellent tournament deck. Most Rogue specialists claim that they are favored against any deck. It is strong indeed, but tends to run out of steam or damage is the enemy is able to heal repeatedly. Nevertheless, the potential of huge burst is an always present threat when playing against Miracle Rogue which enables it to snatch some surprising wins. This article is no guide on how to play. It is rather an overview on the different iterations and a card by card explanation and providing a side by side comparison in an infographic. The Core The core of the deck has not changed a lot. It actually consists of 22 cards whereas few variations cut 1 or 2 in favor of

Introduction I already wrote the Karazhan Power Rankings and the Old Gods Power Rankings. I will continue this by evaluating the cards of the newest expansion as well. If you comment on twitter, please use the hashtag #GadgetzanPR. This is the last iteration of the power rankings for MSG, the pre-release version can be found here. I apllied changes to the ranks of 38 cards but mostly ony one rank up and down. There were just a few cards that I under- or overrated by 2 ranks, almost half of them being Jade Golem associated cards. The cards are sorted by gang and class. Underrated by 2 or more ranks (7): Aya Blackpaw,  Jade Behemoth, Jade Blossom, Jade Claws, Sleep with the Fishes and Finja, the Flying Star. Overrated by 2 or more ranks (4): Mark of the Lotus, Bomb Squad Madam Goya and Hobart Grapplehammer. It is debateble if there is a ☆☆☆☆☆☆ (6

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