The second season of the Year of the Raven brought an intense clash of titans. Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch eSport team conducted the HCT Fall Championship Tournament through October 11-14, at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.
Sixteen players from around the globe competed for a shared prize pool of $250,000. The event ended with Mihai “lnguagehackr” Dragalin crowned the victor.
Blizzard Entertainment deployed Hearthstone Patch 12.2 introducing the 2018 Hallow’s End which starts on October 17, the Headless Horseman and Monster Hunt Tavern Brawls, and a new Paladin hero. In addition, new daily quests, a new keyword: Casts When Drawn, new card backs, and bug fixes.
Hallow’s End Returns!
The Headless Horseman returns with a Hallow’s End celebration that’s trickier and treatier than ever!
Hallow’s End begins October 17 and lasts through October 31.
Get a free golden Witch’s Cauldron card just for logging in during the event!
There’ll be decorations and special Hallow’s End emotes.
Special Dual Class Arena
The Headless Horseman returns to Tavern Brawl, and friendly foes from the Monster Hunt join us for a new Tavern Brawl!
Hallow’s End marks the arrival of a friendly new Paladin Hero who will be available for purchase as a part of a special deal!
New Player Ranks
For newcomers to the Hearthstone Tavern, we added New Player Ranks to ease you into the fray.
New Ranks from Rank 50 to 26 for new players only.
New players can earn a total of 22 free packs just by ranking up in New Player Ranks, so it’s a great time to introduce a friend to Hearthstone!
Earn 3 free Classic card packs by reaching milestones at Rank 45, 40, 35, and 30. Upon graduating up to Rank 25, earn 2 Classic card packs, and 2 packs each of the most recent four Hearthstone expansions.
There’s no loss of stars for losing a match while in New Player Ranks.
New Player Ranks earn end of season rewards (the same rewards as reaching Rank 25).
Players can skip the New Player Ranks (but they’ll miss out on milestone card pack rewards!)
New players can unlock Wild Format and Casual mode by reaching Rank 25. As before, Tavern Brawls unlock after achieving Level 20 with any Class.
Welcome Bundle Refresh
This roaring deal includes 10 Classic card packs, and one of six Legendary dragons from the Classic set (instead of a random Class legendary).
Even if you purchased a Welcome Bundle in the past, you can still purchase this one!
New Daily Quests
“Spells are Fun!” Cast 40 spells. Reward: 60 gold.
“Draw!” Draw 20 cards. Reward: 50 gold.
“Full Northshire” Draw 30 cards. Reward: 60 gold.
“Are We There Yeti?” Take 20 turns. Reward: 50 gold.
“Time Warp Again” Take 30 turns. Reward: 60 gold.
New Keyword: Casts When Drawn
This new keyword has been added to the following cards: Nerubian Ambush!, Burrowing Mine, Bomb, Ancient Curse, Spider Ambush!, Scroll of Wonder, Darkness Candle
Innkeepers will now be able to select one additional Fireside Brawl from a curated library of brawls to offer their patrons during their Fireside Gathering events!
Blizzard Events 2018
Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, November 2018.
Acquired by participating in Blizzard events during 2018.
Game Improvements and Bug Fixes
The animation when drawing multiple cards will now speed up after the first three cards are drawn.
Resolved a disconnect that could occur when attempting to play cards while Myra’s Unstable Element is drawing a player’s deck.
Fixed an issue where Countess Ashmore would sometimes draw fewer than the maximum number of cards possible.
Earthshock will no longer sometimes deal damage to the target minion’s buffed Health total.
Celestial Emissary’s effect will now be consumed by cards cast by minions in addition to cards played from hand.
Sideshow Spelleater will no longer sometimes cause a player’s Hero Power to remain inactive.
Certain minions are no longer revealed in the history when they are affected by cards that target minions in hand.
A skull will no longer appear over a player’s Hero portrait when dealing damage with a weapon that makes the Hero Immune.
Minion summoning Deathrattles triggered by non-death effects will now more consistently place those minions to their immediate right.
A spell attempting to target Lynessa Sunsorrow will now correctly return to hand when she is affected by a previously cast Shadowstep.
Flobbidinous Floop’s tooltip text now correctly details his ability.
Using the Rogue Hero Power now correctly triggers Orgrimmar Aspirant’s Inspire ability.
Fixed several issues where stats or keywords were incorrectly applied by Magnetic minions.
Mountain Giant’s mana cost will now correctly increase when its owner plays a spell and it is counterspelled.
Hero experience is now displayed correctly after playing a game with a deck created by Whizbang the Wonderful.
Certain “While Damaged” abilities will now correctly activate from damage caused by Explosive Trap.
Unexpected Results now displays the correct information when affected by Prophet Velen.
The Darkness now gains Echo from Glinda Crowskin!
The Darkness no longer advances Jungle Giants when summoned.
Choose One minions that transform will now properly receive Echo from Glinda Crowskin
Lifesteal provided by Zilliax now correctly applies to damage dealt by Deathrattle effects.
Puzzle Lab: Fixed an issue that could cause the Restart button to become stuck.
Puzzle Lab: Fixed an issue that could cause a crash.
Karazhan: The Magic Mirror no longer uses the Heroic Mode version of its Hero Power in the Normal and Class Challenge versions.
Naxxramas: Instructor Razuvious’ Massive Runeblade weapon now correctly deals double damage to Heroes.
Fixed several UI, animation, and effects visual issues.
Blizzard Entertainment sent out a newsletter today revealing a new card from the Boomsday Project expansion: The Storm Bringer. It transforms all minion cards into a random Legendary card.
Conduct electrifying trials and see the heights of power you can reach when you cast The Storm Bringer! This Legendary Shaman spell allows you to transform your minions into random Legendary minions ready to carry out your bidding.
Prepare to conduct outlandish experiments with this card and other mind-boggling creations when The Boomsday Project powers on August 7!
Ensure your lab conditions are optimal: seize your last chance to pre-purchase The Boomsday Project for card packs and more!*
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Get the new Mecha-Jaraxxus Warlock Hero, a random Golden Legendary from The Boomsday Project, the Mecha-Jaraxxus card back , and 80 card packs when you pre-purchase The Boomsday Project Mega Bundle.
Pre-purchase an additional bundle and receive a second random Golden Legendary from The Boomsday Project and 50 more card packs.
Enter the tavern, take your seat by the fire, and tuck into The Hearthstone Pop-Up Book, a celebration of Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed collectible card game.
Embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone. Take your place alongside the nine major heroes, engage in a stunning arena battle, and enjoy a charming story told with the game’s signature wit and whimsy. Unfold each page to reveal a spectacular central pop accompanied by booklets of smaller pops. The Hearthstone Pop-Up Book is a marvel of creativity and paper engineering—and a must-have for Hearthstone fans everywhere.
About the game: Hearthstone® is a fast-paced digital strategy card game in which players sling spells, summon minions, and wield powerful weapons to do battle with their opponent. Featuring familiar characters from the Warcraft® universe, Hearthstone has won over legions of fans with its compelling gameplay and lively style.
Taking a look at Simon Arizpe’s profile at Simon & Schuster this is what they say about him:
“Simon Arizpe is an award-winning paper engineer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. His pop-up book work has received the Award of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic Book Art and Cartooning. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum and the Columbia University Library have acquired his work for their permanent collections. Some of Simon’s other notable clients include: Google, Disney, Paramount Pictures, IFC, and the MoMA design store.”
Among his past work: The Babadook, Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy, The Legend of the Serpent King, DC Super Heroes: Pop-Up Book and Origami City.
ABOUT MIKE SASS:
A pioneer in the video game industry, Mike Sass began his long career as legendary developer BioWare’s first artist in 1996. For over a decade, he illustrated concept and cover art for some of the top video games of all time. As a freelance artist, Mike has created role-playing and card art for the gaming industry’s top franchises, including Magic the Gathering, Hearthstone, Star Wars, Pathfinder, Dungeons and Dragons, and Marvel. Currently, Mike lives in frigid Northern Alberta, Canada, with his amazingly supportive wife and three young boys.
The Art of Hearthstone by Robert Brooks (senior writer) is slated to ship on October 15, 2018 for $27.50. When you pre-order now, you save 39% off the List price (MSRP).
The Art of Hearthstone offers an in-depth glimpse into the creativity that made the wildly popular collectible card game into a global phenomenon. From the unseen concepts built early in Hearthstone’s development to the hundreds of beautiful fantasy illustrations that have captured players’ imaginations, this volume will show readers the art of the game in breathtaking detail. The book also tells the story of how Hearthstone came to be, growing from a small-team project to the worldwide success that it is today with more than 50 million players.
Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment Release Date: October 15, 2018 ISBN-10: 1945683058 ISBN-13: 978-1945683053
Blizzard Entertainment invited fansites and influencers to the HCT 2018 Summer Championship virtual media day where we had the opportunity to ask questions to the Americas team: killinallday, dog, Nalguidan, and Rase.
All players will clash for a prize pool of $250,000. The winner will take home $50,000 and 30 points.
Esports, before it was even a thing, started for Lucas “Rase” Romano when he was a child. Rase played Ultima Online for approximately seven years and climbed his way to be the best Brazilian player. He then moved onto Pro Evolution Soccer and played competitively for six years, winning many tournaments and representing Brazil at the World Championship in 2010. It was then during training for PES in 2014 a friend introduced him to Hearthstone.
Rase’s success from one esports to another stems from a belief instilled from his father: that he could do anything in life, but he should always try to be the best at it. Rase is driven by this motto and is determined to represent Brazil as best as he can, just like he did in Pro Evolution Soccer.
This is Facundo “Nalguidan” Pruzzo’s second HCT Summer Championship. He qualified for Summer Championship in 2017 together with his fellow Latin American representative, Guillermo "Empanizado" Tolosa. An architecture student, Nalguidan has found many opportunities in Hearthstone, including personal growth in general. He’s made close friends, found great supporters (including someone he calls his “lucky amulet”), and built a career as a player and streamer. His fellow Americas qualified player and good friend, Killinallday, hopes they both can win the tournament. Will this be Nalguidan’s year?
The other David in the tournament, David “Dog” Caero, is an accomplished streamer and a representative of the prestigious Team Liquid. Dog got into Hearthstone when his brother introduced it to him; at that time, he was looking for a game that he could play in his free time while focusing on school. He has since made huge waves in the community, both in skill and presence, and has a reputation for understanding obscure matchups. He thinks Hearthstone has given him his dream job.
Blizzard Entertainment deployed Patch 11.0 in preparation for the launch of Hearthstone: The Witchwood this week. They have made some changes as well as once the expansion launches on April 12, The Year of the Raven kicks in.
PATCH 11.0 – PATCH NOTES
We’re on the cusp of the new Hearthstone Year! This Hearthstone update puts the final touches in place for the Year of the Raven and the launch of Hearthstone’s latest expansion, The Witchwood! We’re also adding Lunara the new Druid Hero, Daily Quest improvements, Friendly Challenge deck sharing, Arena updates, and new card backs. We’re also fixing some bugs.
I attended the PAX East 2018 Hearthstone press invitational event to interview game director Ben Brode where I asked questions about the new Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion. He explained in detail how the Rush and Echo keywords work, the Genn Greymane and Baku the Mooneater game mechanics, and the Monster Hunt.
Blizzard Entertainment issued a press release to announce the Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion this time focusing on the Worgen and the eerie creatures of the forests of Gilneas. The new expansion will introduce 135 cards, the new keyword mechanic: Echo, and a new single-player adventure named Monster Hunt.