October 2014 Ranked Play Season – Hallow’s End!

Pirates set sail and left up to the Headless Knight take his place on Hearthstone. Now during this season players will fight to get a pumpkin based card back. So don’t be scared… fight to the death!

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The seventh official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season is now live—and we’re unveiling a new card back you can add to your collection!


Beware! Wisps, wraiths, and ghastly ghosts alike can float up the Ranked Play ladder to earn the hauntingly beautiful Hallow’s End* card back! You can only earn this card back by playing Hearthstone during the month of October.

 

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These card backs replace the art decorating the reverse side of your cards and are a great way to show off your Hearthstone accomplishments. Add the Hallow’s End card back to your collection by hitting Rank 20 in Ranked Play mode. You’ll receive the Hallow’s End card back at the end of October’s Ranked Play Season.

Don’t forget—the further you move up the Ranked Play ladder, the more bonus stars you’ll receive next season. In Ranked Play, you’ll receive bonus stars based on your performance from the previous season —one bonus star per rank you attained. Please note that even if bonus stars from the previous season get you directly to Rank 20 or above, you still have to log in at least once each Ranked Season to qualify for the card back reward.

BOO! Don’t be scared – pull yourself together and battle your way up the Ranked Play ladder with our seventh official Ranked Play Season, Hallow’s End, running through the month of October!


*It’s not a trick – it’s a treat

Blizzplanet NYC Fireside – BlizzCon 2014 NA Qualifier Fireside Gathering

Our New York City Hearthstone group will meet up on Saturday, October 4th (from 2:00pm to 7:00pm) to play and mingle. We’ll have a single-elimination tournament (Best of 3).

Please reserve your spot here. (register to MeetUp.com then click the RSVP button).

Bring your laptop/iPad fully charged and bring your power cords. Preferably your iPad if you have one. The place is a bit crowded, and might have to stand.

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Prizes

  • 2 Hearthstone Pillows
  • 1 Hearthstone Coaster Set
  • 1 Hearthstone Swirl Mug
  • 3 Hearthstone Screen Cleaners
  • $20 Battle.net Gift Card

Location

Amity Hall (website)
80 West 3rd Street
Between Sullivan and Thompson Sts.
New York, NY

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BlizzCon 2014 NA Qualifiers

In addition, our group plans to attend the BlizzCon 2014 North America Qualifier Tournament as spectators on Sunday, Oct 5 at 9:00am to see the 16 players fight it out epicly at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

The organizers will give 3 card pack codes to the first 1,500 attendees, and one Warlords of Draenor beta key to the first 500 attendees that arrive at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The Hammerstein Ballroom ticket is FREE. You may sign up for a free ticket here.

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New Hearthstone T-Shirts – Buy 2 Get Free Shipping

Jinx launched two new Hearthstone T-shirts including the Hearthstone symbol and the Knife Juggler. Buy any 2 Warlords of Draenor or Hearthstone T-shirt and get free domestic or international shipping when you use promo code CHILLATTHEINN during checkout. This deal expires on September 30 or while supplies last.

Search for the Hearthstone T-shirts here.

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Hearthstone – Leroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard Changes

On August 22, Blizzard Entertainment plans to launch a patch to address a few changes to Hearthstone. The Leeroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard cards will now cost 5 mana crystals each.

Both before and after the release of Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure, we have been monitoring card balance as more Hearthstone games are played along with the new cards that have been added. After careful consideration we have decided to make balance changes to Leeroy Jenkins (Neutral) and Starving Buzzard (Hunter).

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The following balance changes will be made in an upcoming patch:

  • Leeroy Jenkins now costs 5 (up from 4)
  • Starving Buzzard now costs 5 (up from 2) and now has 3 Attack and 2 Health (up from 2 Attack and 1 Health)

Leeroy Jenkins created a strategy that revolved around trying to defeat your opponent in one turn without requiring any cards on the board. Fighting for board control and battles between minions make an overall game of Hearthstone more fun and compelling, but taking 20+ damage in one turn is not particularly fun or interactive. This was occurring when Leeroy was used in combination with other cards like Power Overwhelming, Faceless Manipulator, Cold Blood, Shadowstep, and Unleash the Hounds, among others.

The amount of cards Starving Buzzard allowed Hunter players to draw ultimately ended up being too excessive for its low cost. This change will allow the Hunter’s opponent more time to react to both the Starving Buzzard and the cards drawn by its power.

Expert cards that are being changed can be disenchanted for their full cost for a limited time once this balance change goes live. The currently targeted date of this balance change is September 22nd.

After these balance changes go live on September 22nd, we will not be making additional card changes between September 22nd and the Hearthstone World Championship at BlizzCon.

We will continue to make balance changes to Hearthstone only when we feel they are completely necessary in order to increase the variety of cards seen at all levels of play and make Hearthstone a more fun and interactive game for everyone. — source

Hearthstone Nominated for Dragon Slayer Awards 2014

Hearthstone has been nominated for the Dragon Slayer Awards in the “Best Promotional Effort by a Game” category.

World of Warcraft is nominated for the “Most Passionate Fan Base” category. Jonathan “Zarhym” Brown is nominated as “Community Manager of the Year”. Blizzard Entertainment is nominated in the “Best Community Management Team” category; and lastly Heroes of the Storm is nominated in the “Best New Game on the Horizon” category.

You may cast your vote at the following page.

Blizzplanet NYC Hearthstone Tournament # 2

Marco Lemos and I are organizing a second Hearthstone Single-Elimination Tournament in New York City. The event will take place on September 6th from 12pm to 5pm.

Ticket Fee: $18 online at Eventbrite or $20 at door. 100% of the ticket fee covers the venue’s rental for 5 hours and includes:

  • Commercial T1 internet with WiFi
  • Fully stocked Artisan Coffee and Tea Bar
  • Food: Mac & Cheese, Corndogs, Watermelon, and Ice Cream
  • Power Outlets at the center of each table’s surface.
  • You may bring your own PC system, Laptop or iPad (don’t forget your power cords)

After purchasing a ticket, attendees must RSVP at the following page for future tournament alerts and upcoming free Fireside Gathering schedules. We meet up every two weeks.

Prizes:

  • A Blizzard $20 Gift Card
  • World of Warcraft Spray Zip-up Hoodie (Horde or Alliance Logo)
  • Other prizes to be determined

The tournament will take place at the GrindSpace in Times Square:

GrindSpace
1412 Broadway
22nd Floor
New York, NY 10018

Photos of the GrindSpace venue here.

Here are some of our previous meeting photos.

Hysteria Shows How to Summon 6 Leeroy Jenkins

If you feared Shamans and their totems-minions-Bloodlust combo, now you have an extra reason to be paranoid when a Shaman pops on your match queue.

Hysteria shows a very interesting combo now doable with the release of the Military Quarter in Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas.

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If the stars align properly, and the cards happen to be on your hand once your 10th mana crystal pool appears you can pull it off. You can have smaller amounts though, but to have 6 Leeroy Jenkins? Here is how Hysteria did it.

Source: Kotaku

Blizzplanet NYC Hearthstone – Zotac Pre-Qualifier Photos

Special thanks to Marco Lemos, who served as the Tournament organizer for the Blizzplanet NYC Hearthstone Tournament. Another round of thanks to the gamerholic.com and to the Bitcoin Center sponsors. We are hoping to submit the winner to the Zotac Hearthstone Pre-Qualifier. Congrats to Leafweir who won with the Leeroy Jenkins card using some awesome combo that made him use Leeroy 3 times in a row by returning him to his hand and back into the battlefield in the same round.

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Wish to have fun with other Hearthstone players in New York City? Come to our next Fireside Gathering on Saturday, August 16th. You may RSVP here.

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