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Yesterday morning, Blizzard launched new, official Hearthstone Esports dedicated Twitter (@HSEsports) and Facebook (facebook.com/HearthstoneEsports) accounts. The inaugural post for both accounts was an announcement about the recently-announced HCT Bahamas location. The announcement was two-fold: 1) Blizzard has negotiated reduced hotel rates with the hotel that will be hosting the event; and 2) attendees of HCT Bahamas will receive the Power Core card back, a second unrevealed card back, and a “unique souvenir.” The team has confirmed that the mystery card back will be available at future HCT events (source), but “unique souvenir” sounds like it will be limited to this event. I guess we’ll just have to see you all there! Read the entire announcement in the blue post below.

On the heels of Ben Brode’s comments that the next Standard rotation may come with additional nerfs-to or rotations-of evergreen cards that threaten the “freshness” of the format (Brode’s comments may be found here), Vicious Syndicate has run an analysis of the most commonly played cards since Mean Streets of Gadgetzan was released. An idea behind the compilation is that the most commonly-played cards might be some of the worst offenders in terms of “freshness.” While such may not be completely accurate, for instance, if some lesser-played cards were to limit design space and thereby indirectly cause “staleness,” the raw numbers seem to be a great place to start. The entire Vicious Syndicate list and analysis may be found here. Here are a few points of consideration: The list is of most commonly played cards, not cards most commonly included in decklists. This means that early-game cards will inherently appear higher


Developer Roundup

by hsdecktech on

Following the January 13, 2017 live Q&A session, the Hearthstone development team has continued its whirlwind be-more-open-with-the-community-tour with formal interviews, tweets, and Reddit posts. Starting right after the Q&A, Dean “Iksar” Ayala and Ben Brode took back to Twitter and Reddit to tackle some of the questions that didn’t make it into the stream. Some highlights include: Any classic cards moved to Wild could be disenchanted for full dust.  (cite) However, there are currently no plans to make it cheaper or easier to collect Wild-only cards. (cite) Arena will be standard-only as “an experiment” for players to try (editor’s note: he specifically said “it’s” an experiment, not “it would be”). (cite) The team has considered rotating card pools in Arena, but first want to implement Standard and tweak rarity distributions before trying other options. (cite) The team has examined methods of encouraging subthemes and synergies but does not want to

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

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

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

by OtakuMZ on

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

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