Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas – The Plague Quarter Opens

Blizzard Entertainment has opened the Plague Quarter for Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas. While the first Quarter was free, all remaining Quarters cost $6.99 or 700 Gold. You may also save by purchasing all Quarters for $19.99.

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Noth the Plaguebringer

My first encounter was Noth the Plaguebringer. His main Hero Power costs no Mana. It is a passive Hero Power named “Raise Dead”, which puts a 1/1 skeleton on the battlefield for each enemy minion that dies.

He has 3 Secret cards:

  • Duplicate (Creates two copies of a friendly minion card killed and puts them on his hand)
  • Counterspell
  • Ice Block (When your hero is fataly wound prevent it, and become immune this turn — comes back with 1 health)

Noth likes to add the DUPLICATE secret card when he has the Cult Master or Acolyte of Pain in hand, thus securing new cards coming into his hand constantly which can be overwhelming.

My shaman deck wasn’t able to defeat him the first time, but my druid deck got him the second round.

Heigan the Unclean

Heigan has a Warlock deck and his hero power is Eruption: Deal 2 damage to the left-most enemy minion.

His deck consists of:

In the following video, I lost the first match, and won the second match (barely). His deck is very aggressive against poor decks like mine.

Loatheb

Loatheb is pretty brutal with 75 Health in normal mode, and his spore cards. If you use any kill 2 cards, or wipe-like cards you can trigger the spore’s deathrattle which gives 8+ attack to his minions. I was lucky my druid deck had a Flesheating Ghoul and out of the blue it grew to 32 attack which helped me shrink Loatheb’s health enough to eventually win the match. Seems a Priest deck could be useful in this regard too, combined with a Flesheating Ghoul or two.

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Goes Live

Blizzard Entertainment has finally launched the Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas expansion. Download, and hammer at it. It’s fun, and the first wing (Arachnid Quarter) is FREE. Gameplay video coming shortly on Blizzplanet. Stay tuned.


Curse of Naxxramas(TM) Now Live . . . Er, Undead!

First Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ single-player Adventure features fun new cards and frightfully challenging foes

IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– The first wing of Curse of Naxxramas™: A Hearthstone™ Adventure has opened! Players can now put their decks to the test against the malevolent undead who roam Azeroth’s most infamous floating necropolis—without spending a single coin. The Arachnid Quarter , the first of the Adventure’s five sinister wings, is now available—free for a limited time—to all Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft™ players who step into the necropolis during the Curse of Naxxramas launch event, taking place now through early September.

Curse of Naxxramas pits solo Hearthstone players against a series of iconic, necrotic bosses, each with its own unique powers and cards to command. Heroes will need to draw on all of their wits and deck-building prowess to prevail over Naxxramas’s horrors, earning a total of 30 new cards along the way that can be used in regular play—including a new Legendary card for completing each wing.

“Curse of Naxxramas introduces a whole new way to play Hearthstone,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “Players of all skill levels will find plenty to challenge them within Naxxramas’s haunted corridors—and plenty of new options for their decks with the new cards we’re adding.”

A new wing of Naxxramas will open each week, and access to these four additional wings may be purchased for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 per wing. Players can earn the in-game gold needed to unlock the next wing by completing various quests or emerging victorious from the game’s Arena mode—or they can choose to unlock the next available Naxxramas wing using real money.

Curse of Naxxramas bundle packages are also available to those who want to save on unlocking all the new content. With bundle packages, you can unlock any remaining wings you may need at a discounted real-money price, ensuring that you’ll be able to dive into the next challenges as soon as they unlock. Four wings can be purchased for $19.99 , three wings for $14.99 , and two wings are bundled at $9.99 .

For more information on Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure for Windows, Mac, and iPad® visit www.playhearthstone.com. With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

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All Card Previews – Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas

The Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas expansion will launch tomorrow July 22. For those who have missed all the card previews released by Blizzard Entertainment, take a look.

 

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Launches on July 22, 2014

**Correction: July 22

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas will be available for download on Tuesday, July 22 for PC, Mac and iPad. The first Naxxramas wing: The Arachnid Quarter, will be free to download. The subsequent wings will cost 700 gold or $6.99 per wing. Time to collect gold for the second wing and remaining wings of Naxxramas, folks.

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Are you prepared to face the horrors lurking within the dread necropolis Naxxramas? Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure is just about ready to open its gates to the world. There’s a whole host of undead monsters inhabiting the halls of Naxxramas, ready and waiting to defend their lair against Hearthstone’s heroes. If you . . . somehow . . . manage to defeat them, you’ll be rewarded with ghastly new cards for your Hearthstone collection!

Curse of Naxxramas goes live globally for Windows®, Mac®, and iPad® on Tuesday, July 22, starting with the Arachnid Quarter, the first of five creepy wings that will be released weekly after the gates are opened. The Arachnid Quarter will be free to play during the Curse of Naxxramas launch event, which will last roughly a month. Those brave enough to step foot into the Arachnid Quarter during the launch event will unlock it permanently for free. Check out our recent blog for further details on how to access the Arachnid Quarter and the subsequent wings of Naxxramas.
Polish up your decks, card-slingers—we’ll see you inside the necropolis soon! — source

Curse of Naxxramas: Wing Entry Details, Pricing, and Heroic Mode

Blizzard Entertainment revealed the pricing plans for the Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas expansion. The announcement also reveals the release schedule for each of the four wings of Naxxramas.

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We’re skimming the slime pools, stitching together our finest Abominations, and preparing the Necropolis for an Adventure you’ll never forget—Curse of Naxxramas is coming, and we know you’re just dying to get in and play! In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the details on how you’ll access Curse of Naxxramas, and unveil the Naxxramas Heroic Mode.

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Your All Naxx-cess Pass

Naxxramas is a floating necropolis, home to a host of undead bosses ready to challenge worthy opponents eager to test their card-slinging mettle. To undertake the challenges that lie within each of the five wings of the Adventure, one must first gain access to their secrets. But don’t worry too much about the price of entry—much to Thaddius’ chagrin, it won’t cost you an arm OR a leg.

Naxxramas will open its gates one wing at a time, with a new wing opening each week. The wings of Naxxramas will open in the following order: Arachnid Quarter, Plague Quarter, Military Quarter, Construct Quarter, and Frostwyrm Lair.

Players who begin their adventures in Naxxramas during the launch event will gain free access to the first wing: the Arachnid Quarter. The launch event will last roughly a month or so, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to get your foot in the door—we’ll have more details to share about that later on. The web-choked corridors of the Arachnid Quarter are home to the bosses Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina, and Maexxna. Defeating these bosses will add new cards to your collection and give you a taste of the dangers that await you deeper inside Naxxramas.

After the Arachnid Quarter, the next four wings can be purchased for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 USD per wing. Players can earn the in-game gold needed to unlock the next wing of Naxxramas by completing various quests or emerging victorious from the Arena, or they can choose to unlock the next available Naxxramas wing using real money.

If you’re looking to swing open multiple gates at once, Curse of Naxxramas bundle packages are also available. Spiders are just so good at making things into neat little bundles. . . .

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For European Naxxramas Wing Entry details, please go here.

For Australian Naxxramas Wing Entry details, please go here.

Keep in mind that purchasing Curse of Naxxramas wings in bundles does not open or grant access to those wings faster than the one-wing-a-week schedule, but it does ensure that you’ll be able to dive into the next challenges as soon as they unlock.

If you play Naxxramas during the launch event and decide to purchase the remaining wings with real money, you’ll only have to purchase the 4-Wing bundle to access the remaining wings once they become accessible.

If you unlock additional wings with gold and wish to purchase a wing bundle at a later time with real money to unlock any remaining wings, you can still take advantage of the bundle pricing. For example, if you enter the Arachnid Quarter during the launch event and unlock it for free, then purchase the second wing with gold, the remaining three wings can be purchased with real money at the 3-wing bundle price listed above.

Remember to enter the Necropolis during the launch event so you don’t miss out on all the creepy crawly fun that awaits you in the Arachnid Quarter—for free!

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Heroic Mode

Once you’ve defeated all of the bosses within any given wing for the first time, you’ll unlock the Heroic mode of that wing. Heroic mode bosses are significantly more difficult than their normal versions, and they will prove to be a challenge for even the most veteran Hearthstone players. Defeating all of the bosses in Naxxramas on Heroic mode will unlock a new card back for your collection.

The undead horrors of Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure are dying to meet you. We hope to see you creeping through the necropolis with your own “All Naxx-cess Pass” soon!

Reminder: Hearthstone Zotac Fireside Pre-Qualifier

As a reminder, the Zotac Fireside Pre-Qualifier will be hosted online through July 4-6. Earning a seed will send you to the Americas Qualifier Tournament, and thereafter to the BlizzCon World Championship. Another opportunity will arise on August 2-4.

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What’s even better than hotdogs and hamburgers? Hearthstone! More than fireworks are going off this Fourth of July weekend as players all over the world will be meeting to sling cards, make friends, and have an absolute blast playing Hearthstone together in person. Join us at a Fireside Gathering this weekend—it’s easy to find one in your area or you can host one of your own.

For information on how to host your own Fireside Gathering, feast your eyes on the Innkeeper Resources at FiresideGatherings.com. Be sure to check out the Fireside Gatherings thread on our official forums too.

Qualify for the Qualifier!

If you’re a serious Hearthstone player, then attending a Fireside Gathering this weekend (and the first weekend of August) should feature into your plans in a major way. This could be your shot at the big times, so pay heed! The road to victory begins with these steps:

Step One: Many Fireside Gathering events will be holding open tournaments, and if your card handling skills take the top spot in your local verified Fireside Gathering open tournament, then you could make it into your region’s online Fireside Pre-Qualifier hosted by ZOTAC. There will be two verified Fireside Gathering open tournament weekends:

  • July 4 – 6
  • August 1 – 3

Attend, win, and take your first steps on the path of legends!

Step Two: Do well at your Fireside Pre-Qualifier hosted by ZOTAC, and you could earn one of two seeds to compete in the Americas Qualifier Tournament. You’re almost there. . . .

Step Three: Make the top four at the Americas Qualifier Tournament, and you’ll earn a spot at the BlizzCon 2014 Hearthstone World Championship!

Step Four: Compete at the BlizzCon 2014 Hearthstone World Championship! Dazzle the world with your impeccable decision making and innovative play to win the undying admiration of Hearthstone players all over the world . . . and your shot at the massive $250,000 prize pool!

Are you ready to make your dreams of Hearthstone triumph come true? Refine your decks, read the rules, and prepare for glory!

Blizzplanet NYC Hearthstone Fireside – June 28, 2014 Photos

A group of 25 Hearthstone players from all New York City boroughs, and even from Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey traveled to the New York Public Library to meet up and play Hearthstone together.

The group is growing strong with 80 registered members. I am scheduling group meetings twice a month, but people can RSVP once a month or when they are able to attend. Our new friend William Power was a former Cryptozoic WoW TCG NYC tournament judge and plans to organize tournaments for fun and giggles. Hopefully, down the line we can change that.

We have two upcoming Hearthstone Fireside Gatherings planned: July 12 and August 2. Our Blizzplanet NYC Hearthstone Fireside can also be found listed at LiquidHearth.com

Powers and RoyalLance submitted some of the photos.

Hearthstone™ World Championship – Eligible Community Tournaments

Blizzard Entertainment announced those who participate in the Championship Qualifier Tournament will be able to join the Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon 2014.

Below is a list of the official Championship Qualifier Tournaments, rules and registration details.

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The first step towards participating in the Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon 2014 is to qualify for a Championship Qualifier Tournament! There’s a few ways you can become eligible to participate in the Championship Qualifier Tournaments, and our community run tournaments are here to help you get in on all the action!

From now until August 31, participating and performing well in one of the community tournaments listed below may net you a spot on the Championship Qualifier Tournament list! The player who places first at these tournaments will be awarded a seed into the appropriate Qualifier Tournament as long as they meet the eligibility requirements found in the official rules. If the winning player is already qualified for the tournament, or is found to be ineligible, the seed will not move down to the next placing player. Qualifier Tournament seeds are allocated by tournament region; For example, if the community tournament event takes place in the European region, the winner of that event will earn a seed to the Hearthstone Europe Qualifier Tournament.

None of the events below are operated by, nor are they in conjunction with, Blizzard Entertainment. These are also not the only events where a seed will be offered; some events will be weekly while others may be one-time events. Be sure to check back often for information about events as they are added, and also keep an eye out for updates from your favorite community tournament organizers.

Check out the links below for more information on what tournaments have been selected to offer a spot at the Championship Qualifier Tournament table. Last updated on June 2, 2014.

Americas Region Community Tournaments:

Time Tournament Seeds

June 7, 3:00 PM PDT ZOTAC NA Cup #19 1

June 8 National ESL Pre-Season Cup #35 1

*Additional community tournaments will be added as time goes on, so be sure to bookmark this page for updates!

European Region Community Tournaments:

Time Tournament Seeds

June 7, 2:00 PM CEST ZOTAC EU Cup #19 1

June 8, 5:00 PM CEST ESL Tt eSports Summer Challenge Cup #2 1

June 14, CEST DreamHack Summer 3

June 15, 5:00 PM CEST ESL Tt eSports Summer Challenge Cup #3 1

June 22, 5:00 PM CEST ESL Tt eSports Summer Challenge Cup #4 1

June 29, 5:00 PM CEST ESL Tt eSports Summer Challenge Cup #5  1

*Additional community tournaments will be added as time goes on, so be sure to bookmark this page for updates!

For more information on the Hearthstone World Championship, click here! The Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon 2014 offers a whopping $250,000 prize pool for those dedicated enough to make the trip! Participate in a community tournament today; we hope to see you at BlizzCon!

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