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It’s a special beta release episode of the HearthPro podcast, and BlizzPro’s own Eva Conti and the Sha of Happiness join Marc to share their first impression of the Hearthstone beta – and the news is good! In even better news, HearthPro is giving away three beta keys for Hearthstone: follow us on Twitter @hearthproshow and leave a comment in the show notes (make sure we can tell who you are!). Beta keys given out early next week! UPDATE August 21th: Final beta key given away! Thank you so much for the follows and for your support. Wish we had more to share. RSS feed: feeds.feedburner.com/BlizzprosHearthstonePodcast Subscribe in iTunes Follow the show on Twitter: @hearthproshow Connect to us on Facebook Contact us at: hearthpro@blizzpro.com Record a voice message for the show...

 

Hearthstone Beta Key Giveaway!

by JR Cook on

Alright, closed beta hit today and it’s time to give away some beta keys! Blizzard supplied us with some keys and since we’re enjoying this game we thought we’d try to allow you to as well! So we how do you win? Well, we have 5 beta keys we’re giving away this weekend and all you have to do is fill out the following form among some other things. You have 2 chances of winning and doing both things will get you 2 entries – do 1 and it gets you one entry. Entry 1: Follow @BlizzPro, @TwizzCast, and @HearthProShow on Twitter. Entry 2: Like BlizzPro on Facebook and Share this post. Then fill out the form, check the boxes for what you did. Tonight at around midnight CST I will be giving away 1 beta key. Saturday Aug. 17 I will be giving out 2 more from the list. ...

 

Hearthstone Beta Incoming!

by JR Cook on

Community Manager Zeriyah just posted this video on Twitter Rob Pardo just tweeted the following a minute later: Today is a big day — Rob Pardo (@Rob_Pardo) August 16, 2013 Lyndsi – PR rep for Hearthstone: I know I know! RT @CM_Zeriyah: What exactly is cooking in the Hearth today? http://t.co/wU8xYDVNIF #hellyeah — Lyndsi Achucarro (@TheLyns) August 16, 2013 Josh Sutherland – Associate eSports Manager at Blizzard #FF @PlayHearthstone @CM_Zeriyah You will probably want to follow them soon if you don’t already. 🙂 — Josh Sutherland (@AskJoshy) August 16, 2013 I shall dub today – Hearthstone Beta Day! It’s happening folks!...

On Tuesday, we looked at some of the powerhouse mechanics featured in the Druid spell cards. Today, we’ll look at the rest of the ability cards. Moonfire Zero mana for one point of direct damage, obviously great. What’s even better about Moonfire is the flavor text: “Cast Moonfire, and never stop.” – How to Be a Druid, Chapter 5, Section 3“. Great counter to turn one minions without disrupting your agenda. Naturalize Here’s an interesting Druid spell. All of one mana to destroy a target creature? That sounds too good to be true. It sort of is. Your opponent will get to draw two cards as an additional payment. There’s a definite use for Naturalize, but it absolutely has to be worth it. You won’t want to drop this on any random minion with decent stats. This should be used to either set up a game winning turn, remove a ...

Another day, another Hearthstone patch. Following the release of a rather extensive patch at the beginning of the week, there has since been another patch to the alpha build of Hearthstone. Changes to the mechanics of the game were minimal: only two warrior cards (Grommash Hellscream and Gorehowl) were tweaked. It is worth noting that we discussed both cards during Episode 2 of the HearthPro podcast, and even had a special feature on Gorehowl last week. The big news about this patch is that there is no big news. This feels like fairly minor housekeeping for a game build that’s as polished as it can be at this point. The most significant update is the addition of over 900 localized voiceovers, but it is worth noting that localized versions will be released for beta testing in Europe and Asia after the release of the North American beta. Blizzard is already looking ...

We announced earlier this week that the Battle.net client just released version 1.0 out to beta, and now it’s in open beta for everyone to download: In the months ahead, the game launchers for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III will be automatically updated to our new desktop app for Battle.net, designed to improve the launcher experience and streamline your ability to play Blizzard games—but if you’re interested in upgrading now, you can! The open beta test has begun, and everyone’s invited to download and install the app now in preparation for the switchover. If you’re interested in upgrading in advance, simply click the button below. DOWNLOAD THE BATTLE.NET APPWhat’s this launcher update do? The new single sign-on functionality allows players to log in once to access World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and the upcoming PC and Mac versions of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and stay ...

 

Card Smart: Old Murk-Eye

by Marc Huber on

Sure, you can play that winning card and step away from your match the glorious victor. But where is the fun unless you can also drop some lore knowledge on your opponent and add insult to injury? In this column, we don’t worry about card values or strategy – all we care about is that sweet, sweet lore. Today, we are finally featuring a card that everyone can learn to love, or learn to hate: Old Murk-Eye is our legendary minion this week, and he is available to collect and play by all hero classes. He’s a legend among murlocs.  “Mrghllghghllghg!”, they say. Alliance players know Old Murk-Eye well: he has been terrorizing low-level players questing in Westfall for years. Murlocs communicate in their own, primitive sounding guttural language, but they also have the ability to use tools, and can defend their territory quite effectively. Smaller tribes can band together to form clans, ...

 

Analyzing Hearthstone Alpha Patch #2

by Zenstyle on

Yesterday, a new build was deployed on the Hearthstone Alpha servers, changing up some audio files, card specifics and more. Rogue Champion Valeera Sanguinar received a new hero portrait, seen below. Pretty snazzy, right? Anyhow, there’s a full list of all the changes up over at HearthPwn. Today, we’re going to focus on the actual card changes and discuss our thoughts on some of the more important ones and what we believe to be the motivation behind the updates. Keep in mind, we’re not in closed beta yet, so this remains little more than theorycrafting. Still, some assumptions can be made. Minions The most interesting update in the minion changes is Cult Master getting dropped from three toughness to two. This guy was already shaping up to be an incredibly safe pick because of his hero power, ‘Whenever one of your other minions dies, draw a card’ and his solid ...

It has almost become a tradition – or a sport of sorts – for some players to take to the forums after even the most miniscule of changes to World of Warcraft and bemoan the state of the game in general, and the “clear” and “obvious” Horde bias of the writers in particular. For the sake of argument and entertainment, let’s see if this theory bears out in Hearthstone. While Hearthstone has no factions in the way that Warcraft does, there still are races represented as Hearthstone Heroes that are typically associated with either Alliance or Horde. Then there is the matter of the number of heroes: there are nine. Nine heroes are easier to lay out from a visual standpoint, but for balance purposes an uneven number is trickier: in this case, at first glance five races are associated with the Horde compared to four on the Alliance side. ...

Malfurion Stormrage, truly one of the most noteworthy figures in the Warcraft universe. When the Burning Legion came to invade Azeroth, it was the combined efforts of him and other champions that saw the Legion repulsed and the mortal races saved. If there was ever a worthy champion for the Hearthstone Druid deck, it’s Malfurion. Fittingly, he’ll command an almost outrageous amount of power. It’s my hope that the beta sees the class tweaked, but for this preview, we’ll just have to go with what we know. Considering all that’s available to the Druids, it would not be just to try and confine this preview to the standard two articles. No, Malfurion Stormage shall receive three, in an effort to ensure we touch on all of the features. Today, we’ll talk about the Druid hero power, the spells that feature multiple options, and finally the potential for boosting mana. Malfurion ...

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