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There’s been a lot of anticipation surrounding the Hearthstone Forge. It’s one aspect of the upcoming card game that we’ve yet to see a whole lot about, and we’ve reason to believe that if the Forge is good to go, we could soon see individuals granted access to the Hearthstone beta. Community Manager Zeriyah posted on the Hearthstone Blog today, announcing that there will be a live look at the Forge on Twitch this Friday at 10 a.m. PDT. It’s also been explained that during this livestream, viewers will have the chance to get an in-depth look at deck building, complete with tips and suggestions from the staff. The devs will also be going over the changes that have been made since first announcing the Forge. It promises to be incredibly informative if you’re looking to hit the ground running once the game is made available. If you haven’t opted ...

I feel like Mage should have one minion, and that’s a Water Elemental. Blizzard never asked me sadly, and went ahead and made a few others. Today, we’ll take a look at what’s available and how to combine them, along with the multitude of spells available in order to bring a fiery end to your unworthy foes. Minions Mana Wyrm I’m on the fence about Mana Wyrm. For one energy, the minion enters the field at 0/3 and gains an attack point per spell played. Assuming it survives, the Mage has the means to buff it up to something more reasonable, say 2/3 or 3/3. The problem is, it’s a pretty slow process. Another thing. Yes, it’s a beefy one drop, but without taunt, and with no offensive pressure initially, it can be easily ignored. If you do choose to go with it, just understand the risks. Sorcerer’s Apprentice This ...

Hot off the heels of our preview of the Priest class, we at BlizzPro are taking a look at another explosive caster class, the Mage. Jaina Proudmoore has been a perpetual victim in the Warcraft universe, but it looks like she’ll get the chance to drop the hurt on her would be opponents in Hearthstone. The Mage deck, despite dealing with the numerous mysteries of the arcane, is actually a bit more straightforward than the Priest deck. It features a fair amount of freeze spells and in general a bunch of high damage nukes. Is it worth playing though? We’ll address that question by first looking at the multitude of spells and abilities available to the Mage deck. Fireblast In the last couple of weeks, we’ve discussed two different hero abilities that feature direct damage. We’ll continue that this week. Fireblast costs two energy and deals a single point of ...

In the prior preview, we made mention of just how spell heavy the Priest deck is in Hearthstone. Unsurprisingly, that translates to the deck having less creatures than say, Hunter or Warrior. Don’t fret though. The minions it can produce have some strong abilities and, should they survive, they can very much bolster your offensive potential. Minions Northshire Cleric The most basic of minions in the Priest deck, Northshire Cleric is a 1/3 for two energy that allows the Priest to draw a card each time a minion is healed. Given how much healing the deck has, this shouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish. The only major issue is that, realistically, there might not actually be a lot of minions in your deck, given how many great spells there are. Still, for a two drop, this is a worthwhile card to have around. Three health puts it just outside the ...

Up to this point we’ve covered some fairly straightforward Hearthstone decks. Sure, Shaman has some neat quirks, but the name of the game is still as a simple as holding the line while you mow down your opponent with high damage spells and totemic powers. The Priest deck is an entirely different beast. If you’re looking for a high powered setup with lots of crazy tricks, this is the deck for you. It can be a little vulnerable in the early game, but as the game progresses the true power of the Priest will make itself known to your unfortunate foes. Anduin Wrynn might’ve spent most of World of Warcraft as a boy, but in Hearthstone, he’s a man with some brutal power at his disposal and is the official emissary of the cloth wearing wielders of the Light and Shadow. Hero Powers What? Hero powers? That’s right, Anduin Wrynn ...

Last week I had a pretty amazing opportunity to be invited out to the Blizzard Campus by the Community Team. The World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Hearthstone teams each invited 5 fansites per game. We were selected as one of the 5 fansites to check out Hearthstone which I was more than happy about because I’m really excited about this game and I’ve been really itching to get my hands on it. The other fansites being represented there were HearthPwn, Hearthstone Players, Happy Hearthstone Podcast, and WoWHead. Our day was divided up into a few different segments that included getting to play Hearthstone on the PC, having a developer Q&A about the game, going on a quick (and shortened) Blizzard Campus Tour, talking to the community team about improvements to the fansite program, and finally getting to hang out with the Blizzard folks at Dave and Busters. In this article ...

No feature on Hunters would be complete without looking over all the bestial companions these wilderness walkers have access to. Having discussed some of the abilities and spells Hunters have access to on Tuesday, we’ll spend today looking at what friends they’ll bring to the battlefield, and discuss what Rexxar needs to do in order to be successful against the wicked world of minion destruction. Non-Pet Minions Darkspear Hunter and Houndmaster are both there, should you wish to utilize them. Mentioned earlier, both cards feature reliable buffs for your savage critters. When I say reliable I mean that they have a simple condition. Darkspear Hunter comes out. If he lives, your subsequent beasts will gain a +1/+1. That’s all that has to be done. He’s also a 2/2 for two energy, so, again. That’s solid. Houndmaster would be a fantastic card at three energy, but at four the minion falls ...

The Horde Rebellion against Garrosh Hellscream continues to heat up in Kalimdor, and since we discussed the Warrior Deck and Garrosh Hellscream last week, what better way is there to continue our Hearthstone previews than by looking at the class represented by the orc that put him in charge? That’s right, the mystically empowered Thrall will take to the battlefield in Hearthstone to represent the Shaman class, bringing with him all the fury of the elements, alongside a plethora of totems and some other powerful tricks. Totemic Call Totemic Call is an interesting ability, as hero powers go. For two energy, Thrall can summon a totem from his deck at random. We’ll touch on just what those totems do in the next article, but based on whichever one is summoned, this could be a great boon. None of the totems feature negative effects, so those playing the Shaman deck will ...

Did you enjoy the live streamed Fireside Duels put together by Ben Brode a month back? Well, they’re back! This time Hearthstone Community Manager Christina “Zeriyah” Sims will be live streaming 3 different games against other Blizzard employees. Best part about this? They want your input on what deck she will use to play with. The 3 options are: Mage Priest Warlock Personally I’m really hoping for a Priest or Mage win as I feel like we’ve already seen a good amount of Warlock already. The Live Stream is planned to begin this Thursday, June 27, at 10 AM PDT. So what are you waiting for? Go vote for what deck YOU want to see played this week. The poll is scheduled to end Tuesday, June 25, at 3 PM PDT. Votes can be placed here. You must have a battle.net account in order to vote....

The situation’s starting to look grim for Horde tyrant Garrosh Hellscream. All around him the masses are gathering and grouping up, putting aside old racial hatreds to see the dictator put down. Fortunately, in both World of Warcraft and Hearthstone he’ll have access to some powerful minions and allies to back him up against his impending impeachment. In this Hearthstone preview, we’ll look at the Warrior specific minions, as well as overall strategy when on the battlefield. If you missed it, be sure to check out our look at Warrior spells and abilities. Minions The Warrior deck features a decent spread of minions in terms of energy cost. It lacks a one energy creature, but there are other options available to all of the decks. We’ll go into those recommendations later. Unsurprisingly, most of the Warrior minions are high pressure and feature aggressive battlecry mechanics, or charge, Hearthstone’s version of ...