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The Diablo III console development team might’ve been lighting it up today at E3, but the coolest stuff in the Blizzard universe was happening on the Hearthstone blog. Some new cards were announced along with updates explaining just how the game would work. Here’s the meat of what was discussed: Hearthstone Quests: It’s only fitting that a game based on World of Warcraft should feature quests. These quests, apparently ever-changing according to Hearthstone blog, will award players gold, the currency used to purchase card packs. Gold will of course be integral in building your decks. Gold: Mentioned above, players will want to acquire gold in order to purchase booster packs for their Hearthstone decks. It’s also been mentioned that gold will be used to gain entry into The Forge!. Leveling System: Are you tired of grinding alts to level 90 only to be greeted with reputation gates and the horrors ...

 

Hearthstone Beta Soundtrack

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We’ve managed to capture the music from the same Hearthstone client WoWhead and Hearthpwn were pulling from. The music heard in the Hearthstone trailer was composed by Jason Hayes and I would be willing to bet this music here was composed by him as well. There are 7 tracks total and it’s really fantastic music. I think it’s cool that Blizzard went ahead and created all new music for this game as opposed to putting already released Warcraft music in it....

 

Hearthstone Preview: Shadowstep

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In last week’s Hearthstone Fireside Duel we saw legendary Druid Malfurion Stormrage square off against the Rogue Valeera Sanguinar in a fight that truly came down to the wire. Some entertaining last second antics served to leave Malfurion as the victor, despite Valeera maintaining the edge through most of the contest. We mentioned in that article that the Rogue deck was an interesting one and featured the potential to be successful through the use of more indirect tactics. In this article, we’ll take a look at one of the most interesting cards in the Rogue set, Shadowstep, and just how to make the best possible use of it. Shadowstep This zero energy Rogue spell allows the player to summon a minion from play back to his or her hand. Considering some of the unique and powerful Battlecry powers available on select minions, Shadowstep can accomplish a lot of different things ...

Hearthstone enthusiasts, rejoice! Blizzard’s released another episode of their Hearthstone Fireside Duel series, this time pitting the spiritually serene Malfurion Stormrage against the villainous vixen Valeera Sanguinar in a duel to the death. Watch as Rogue and Druid duke it out below. Before getting into class abilities, this contest showed off some minion cards that most are going to want to be familiar with. Big Game Hunter is going to be a great card to have two of because of its power and versatility. While the card can be played on turn three as a respectable 4/2, the true strength of the card is holding on to it in order to take out a massive creature, such as Ragnoros or Gruul. Hearthstone aficionados can expect to see a lot of the Big Game Hunter card in future duels. Novice Engineer is another card we should expect to see a fair ...

Blizzard has unveiled a couple of new Shaman oriented Hearthstone cards for us today in the form of the incredibly buff Earth Elemental and the super useful utility ability Ancestral Spirit. The Earth Elemental is a behemoth at five mana. He boasts an attack power of seven, a health score of eight and the ability to taunt enemies off of your hero. Of course, as is generally the case where the mana cost is less than the other two scores in trading card games, Earth Elemental features a drawback. The Overload mechanic stipulates that, the turn after utilizing the card, the player will be short that much mana, in this case, three. The example used in the blog post is that, assuming you bring out Earth Elemental on turn five, on turn six, you’ll only have three mana available. Essentially, Earth Elemental will make a great wall to protect your ...

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has a new community manager in the ranks to join replace CM Phenteo (who is going back to cover all Blizzard games) and it’s a familiar face not only in the Blizzard community but also the trading card community. We would like to welcome Christina Sims (award winning BlizzCon cosplayer and now former Brand Ambassador at Cryptozoic), now known as CM Zeriyah, as the newest member of the Blizzard community team for the game Hearthstone. Some of you will recognize Christina from several different BlizzCon costume contests, but her most famous is BlizzCon 2010 when she won first place with her Diablo III female monk costume. Early 2012 Christina joined the Cryptozoic team as their Brand Ambassador and as of this week she now joins the Blizzard community team. Christina has been a good friend of ours over the years and we’re very excited to see ...

The Hearthstone team at Blizzard put together a pretty fun event this week on Twitch.TV. In the past they have released some videos of what they are calling Fireside Duels which have just shown some game play with Ben Brode shout-casting the matches. In the past we’ve seen such deck match ups as Paladin Vs. Warrior, Mage Vs. Shaman, and Warlock Vs. Druid. This time however, the matches were live streamed on Twitch.TV with Ben Brode playing while Eric Dodds watches on and helps provide commentary on what plays they should made in the situation of the game they are in. The entire live stream lasted about an hour and can be watched in it’s entirety here:  http://www.twitch.tv/playhearthstone There were 4 different match ups played during the live stream and we have all of the game play currently up on Youtube for your viewing pleasure. The first matchup pinned the Priest deck against the Druid deck and this was ...

 

Hearthstone PAX East Recap Video

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PAX East 2013 has long gone at this point but the Hearthstone team has put together a nice little recap video going over the announcement of the game at the event. If you were at PAX East you might be able to see yourself there. Can we have beta yet?...

 

This week the Hearthstone team revealed a new card for you Warlock fans out there. The Void Terror has battlecry and a nasty little ability that states “Destroy the minions on either side of this minion and gain their attack and health”. So let’s say you have a couple minions out there on the field – a 2/3 and a 3/4. You place Void Terror in between them.  Void Terror by itself is a 3/3… but now it destroys the other 2 minions and gains their attack and health and you suddently have a 8/10 minion on the field. The combo they show off with this is really slick, too. You can use the card Power Overwhelming to give an existing minion +4/+4 but the minion dies at the end of the turn. So let’s play that on your minion, attack with the minion – and since the minion is ...

LEEEEEEEEEEEROOOOOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYYYY JEEEEEEEEEEEENKIIIIIIIIIIINS That will be my battle cry in Hearthstone every time I play this card. The Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft team has released a new Fireside Duels video which features the Warrior Garrosh Hellscream vs. the Paladin Uther the Lightbringer. These are both classes in the game we have not seen yet in the past Fireside Duels. The Paladin has the ability to summon reinforcements in the form of a 1/1 soldier, while the Warrior is able to bolster his defenses by donning two damage points worth of armor. Also this Fireside Duel highlights some new, never before seen, cards such as Cairne Bloodhoof (who summons Baine Bloodhoof upon death), Illidan Stormrage, King Mulka, and of course Leeroy Jenkins. You can watch the full Fireside Duel shout casted by developer Ben Brode below. Past Fireside Duels – Shaman vs. Mage: Warlock vs. Druid...