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January 2017 Arena Rankings

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This morning, Blizzard published a list of the top 100 arena players in each server during the course of the month of January, 2017. The players were ranked by average number of wins over a minimum of 30 arena runs. Unsurprisingly, longtime arena-aficionado and streamer “Kripparrian” topped the NA rankings with an average of 7.78 wins over his 37 runs. Other notable professional arena-streamers Hafu and Merps also made the list (at ranks 30 and 90, respectively). Self-proclaimed Chinese arena fangroup, “Meow,” also made a big mark on the NA rankings, taking 13 of the top 100 spots. The player with the highest average number of wins (an astounding 9.32!) was the aptly-named EU champion, “twlevewins.” Twelvewins also took rank 48 on the NA server with 6.76 wins per run, indicating that either EU arena is a lot easier and/or he started a new account on EU and benefited from the ...

Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Tannon get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! This week on Well Met!: RayC (Twitter, Twitch) stops by to discuss his experience at PAX South and more. A potential new Hearthstone expansion has been “leaked.” Ben Brode discusses, balance, the meta, and Shaman. You can now use WoW Gold to add to your battle.net balance. The Winter Playoffs begin this weekend. Trinity Series Lastly, we discuss some off-meta decks that can be run if you’re sick of Pirates and Kazakus. Much of what we’re able to do on the show ...

In the most unlikely way that a leak could happen, it turns out that voice actress Lani Minella earlier this month had updated the resume on her website to include Hearthstone: Lost Secrets of Un’goro. The characters she would be voicing are Golakka Crawler, Pteradactyl, Anklesaur, Hydra, and Brontosaurus. If you have never heard of this Hearthstone expansion, don’t worry, it hasn’t been officially announced (or released) yet. The updated resume was found and posted on Reddit and with Lani Minella’s history as a voice actor for Blizzard, this is about a legit of a leak as you’re going to find, as well as a major oops by the actress. Later today the entry from her resume was removed. Further search shows that ungoro.com is currently parked on godaddy.com (which Blizzard uses for all of their website domains) and was purchased late last year for at least a couple thousand ...

A few hours ago, Game Director Ben Brode took to the Blizzard forums to discuss the meta, Shaman, and upcoming potential nerfs. As was the case in his recent Reddit post regarding design philosophy (discussed in our “Brode Post Roundup“), Brode’s post included some interesting, fairly-detailed explanations of Hearthstone balance philosophies. Here are some highlights: The post began with explanations of the terms “meta” and “balance.” Brode thinks the defining characteristic of  “meta” decks is frequency of use. Brode thinks “balance” has two meanings: 1) relative power levels of decks, and 2) relative frequency of use within the meta. He notes that usually people flock toward powerful decks, so the two forms of (im)balance tend to converge. “ believe, at its core, Hearthstone is more fun when you are having a variety of experiences… one of the biggest ways to give you different experiences (and problems to solve) ...

 

Another Shot at a Missed Card Back

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Every season, each player who hits rank 20 or higher gets a fancy new card back, and each player who did not get there does not. The vast majority of card backs are, presently, only available once. Earlier today, Blizzard announced that it is giving us a gift! That is, they are giving us another shot at the Gift Exchange tavern brawl and, as a prize for winning a brawl this week, the Winter Veil Wreath card back. Players who already have the card back will receive the traditional classic pack upon winning, so everybody wins. Official announcement here....

We have some posters to give away! These posters were given to us by Team 5 at Blizzard Entertainment, and as far as I am aware, can’t be purchased anywhere. The posters showcase the 3 factions of the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan in the Jade Lotus, Grimy Goons, and the Kabal. To enter is simple! Just design your own Mean Streets of Gadgetzan faction card below with the form! We’re limiting one entry per person per faction (so you can design 3 different cards). Our team will then pick what we feel are the best cards, and if your card wins, then you will win a poster with the corresponding faction! Due to cost of shipping, we’re only able to have this contest open for people in the USA and Canada (sorry). The contest will end on Friday February 10th and we will show off the winners. Good luck! Loading…...

 

Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Tannon get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! This week on Well Met!: Android players get reduced patch sizes. Ben Brode & Mark Elliott take a selfie. The Esports Fastbreak. PAX South discussion. Xixo says we don’t need more expansions, we need better ones. vS Data Reaper Report #35. TempoStorm goes video for their meta reports. Join us in Discord at Discord.gg/blizzpro! Much of what we’re able to do on the show is made possible by the generous support of our Patrons over on Patreon. You can check out our live ...

 

Brode Post Roundup

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Hearthstone Game Director Ben Brode continued his developer communication tour de force this past week with another published interview, a Reddit post, and an admittedly “cheesy selfie.” Here’s what you need to know: I. Polygon Interview Goes Live on January 27th. On January 27th, Polygon.com published a recent interview with Brode. The interview covered a lot of topics that have been touched on in other interviews recently but is a good recap for those who, understandably, might not have been able to keep up with the recent onslaught of developer insights and other communications. A few key points of the interview: The team is euphoric with the amount of classes seeing competitive play in the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan meta but is unhappy that most of those classes are either Reno or pirate decks. The team is “starting to believe” pirates are a problem, and will continue to monitor them ...

Blizzard just made Tyrande available in Southeast Asia through a new promotion. Players who buy a 40 pack bundle will be granted the alternate Priest hero atop. All details can be seen in the screenshot below. While the above mentioned is exciting, Vicious Syndicate released alarming statistics about Shaman’s dominance on the ladder in their vS Data Reaper Report #35: “27% Overall. Nearly 30% at legend. Nearly 35% at ranks 1-5.” Further and even more interestingly, “the rise in the number of Shamans this week, however, is not attributed to the Aggro archetype; Mid-Jade and slower Control Shaman builds are becoming more popular.” If you take a look at the matchup chart, the best counter to this trend are Anyfin Paladin (hello G2 Esports), Dragon Priest and Reno Warlock. Good thing these are my most famous decks at the moment. This spins the article around to the beginning and shows how ...

 

Well Met! Podcast Ep. 94: Fast Break

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Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Tannon get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! This week on Well Met!: Matt McCall takes to the forums to discuss card design and matchmaking. Yong Woo was also on the forums to discuss limited edition heroes and cardbacks. The team discusses pack opening determined by card rarity. The Esports Fast Break is a way to get everything you need to know about Hearthstone Esports in a digestible format (Please send us your feedback!). The crew discusses the most recent vS Data Reaper Report. Lastly, please join us in our ...

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