And Boom Goes the Goblin

I am not a good Hearthstone player. I may be average. I imagine I’m close to mediocre, disappointing, unimpressive. I don’t know what separates me from the best, or even the consistent, but I think it’s telepathy. Possibly ESP. There’s some degree of anticipation and control they possess that I do not.

And that’s why I am eagerly awaiting Goblins vs. Gnomes. Look at all that chaos the Goblins introduce. Imagine “Mad Bomber” spread over 40 cards. Summon a random minion for three less? During my Blizzcon games I summoned, or had summoned against me: Thrallmar Farseer (free!), Tirion Fordring (for a mage), Earth Elemental (basically no overload), Knife Juggler, Argent Commander, Boulderfist Ogre, and Savannah Highmane. Unstable Portal is wonderful.

So are all the piloted cards. All of them. I’ve seen Armorsmith, Flametongue Totem, Kor’kron Elite and a Pit Lord. The Spare Parts are going to be fun, especially if you run a mill deck. “Here, have some crap.” and burn that Jaraxxus you need so badly. I like the cards that counter high hand sizes directly, like the Clockwork Giant (12 cost, 1 less for each card in the opponent’s hand) and the Goblin Sapper (gains +4 attack as long as the opponent has 6+ cards in hand). The Recombobulator sounds dangerous and wild – transform a friendly minion into a random one with the same cost. Use the battlecry, transform it into a deathrattle. Bouncing Blade is brawl’s bloodier cousin. It might encourage enrage decks. Who knows?

The meta game is going to change so much. Some decks will stick around, most will I think, but so many new options are rolling in that there will be several ladder seasons will be all shook up. Excited? You better be. I’m terrible at this game and I can barely contain myself.

Until December, watch the trailer on repeat.

BlizzCon 2014 – Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes Card Packs Expansion FAQ

We have got some extra details about Goblins vs Gnomes not available on the official Hearthstone website. Directly from BlizzCon 2014 we have learned details from the Frequently Asked Questions, Overview and features.

We do know a version of Hearthstone for Android Tablets is coming in December, as revealed during the Activision Blizzard Q3 2014 financial results conference call. However, http://warcraft.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/the-red-shirt-guys-blizzcon-2014-predictions; and we learned today at BlizzCon 2014 the new Spectator Mode will be introduced to Hearthstone when Goblins vs Gnomes launches this December.

hearthstone-goblins-and-gnomes-logoBlizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play digital strategy card game. Designed to be deceptively simple and epically engaging for players of all backgrounds, Hearthstone features quick and lively duels that evoke the spirit of a friendly match played beside a crackling tavern fire.

Game Modes

Play Mode: Duel other players to level up your Heroes and complete quests along the way. Whether you’re a grizzled veteran, curious newcomer, or fall somewhere in between, Battle.net matchmaking will pair you up against a worthy opponent. You also have the chance to earn exclusive card backs each month to customize your deck in Ranked Play.

The Arena: Put your skills to the test in this mode where deck-building is half the fun. Pick between three different, randomly selected Heroes, then assemble a new deck by choosing from a selection of randomized cards. Once 30 cards have been selected, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and head to the Arena where players duel other participants for a chance to win rewards. After winning 12 matches, or losing 3, you will unlock a chest of loot based on how well you did.

Solo Adventures: With Adventures, players go toe-to-toe with computer-controlled opponents to earn unique Adventure-specific cards. Hearthstone’s first Adventure, Curse of Naxxramas, was released in July and paired players against a variety of spooky bosses. If you’re not quite ready to set out on an Adventure, Practice Mode offers a chance to polish abilities and try out new deck ideas against basic or expert AI opponents.

Key Features

Collection Manager: Browse your ever-expanding card collection, disenchant cards for raw materials to craft new ones, and build a variety of custom decks to suit your shifting strategies.

Quests: Players can immerse themselves in daily quests that will reward them with gold when completed. Gold can be used to purchase more card packs or gain entry into the Arena.

Crafting: Disenchant those extra cards in your collection to receive Arcane Dust, the material used to construct Hearthstone cards. You can then use this dust to craft cards to complete your decks or fill out your overall collection.

Friendly Duels: Want to challenge your buddy to a quick match (or just show off your shiny new cards)? Hearthstone is connected to Battle.net, so you’ll be able to fire up a game with a friend right from your friends list.

Cross-Platform Compatibility: Hearthstone is playable on Windows PC, Mac, as well as on iPads. You only need one account to access your collection manager and get to slinging cards!

Coming Soon

More Platforms: Hearthstone will be available on select Android Tablet devices before the end of the year, and on select phones early next year.

More Cards: At BlizzCon we announced our first expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, due out in December. It will have over 100 new cards that will be available as card packs.

Spectator Mode: This feature will allow for players to watch their friend’s Hearthstone games in real time, or invite friends to watch theirs!

FAQ

Goblins vs Gnomes is the explosive first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion, giving players more cards—and more ways to construct their decks—than ever before!

More Cards

Goblins vs Gnomes card packs will offer players over 120 new cards to add to their collection, sparking an explosion of new strategic options and ways to play Hearthstone. These cards focus on the epic rivalry between goblins and gnomes—as well as the inventions they concoct to get the upper hand.

Why Goblins vs Gnomes

Hapless heroes across Azeroth have learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the contraptions crafted by goblin engineers and their gnomish counterparts—and that dynamic is the perfect fit for Hearthstone. With our first expansion, we wanted to stick with a fun common theme just like we did with Curse of Naxxramas, our first Adventure—but this time, the results are more unpredictable.

New Card Type: Mechs

GvG features a new type of card —Mechs—that represent the inventions designed by goblins and gnomes. These mechanical marvels can have, well . . . let’s just say “interesting” interactions with other cards that we can’t wait for players to discover.

In the Arena

As with Curse of Naxxramas, GvG cards will be available in the Arena without having to own any of the cards. Players will also win Goblins versus Gnomes card packs after completing a run in the Arena.

How do you get these crazy things?

Players will be able to add GvG cards to their collection by purchasing new card packs in the store for in-game gold or real money at the same price as the existing card packs

When is it out?

Goblins vs Gnomes is due out in December 2014, for all your tinkering needs.

BlizzCon 2014 – Hearthstone | Goblins & Gnomes Coming in December

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Explosive first expansion will feature over 120 new cards

ANAHEIM, Calif.—November 7, 2014—Blizzard Entertainment today revealed plans for an explosive new addition to Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft®Goblins vs Gnomes! Announced at the company’s eighth BlizzCon® gaming convention, Goblins vs Gnomes is the first expansion for the game and will introduce over 120 new goblin- and gnome-infused cards for players to add to their collections.

Goblins vs Gnomes  immerses Hearthstone players in an epic rivalry between goblin engineers and their gnomish counterparts. Though wildly brilliant, these pint-size tinkerers don’t always have the upper hand on the mechanical contraptions they create, and the results can be wonderfully unpredictable. The new cards coming in the expansion are filled with wild and wacky inventions as well as some faces that will be familiar to World of Warcraft® and Hearthstone players.

Goblins vs Gnomes is going to turn Hearthstone on its head ,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “It introduces a ton of new cards with all-new options for decks and strategies, and we can’t wait to see all the crazy combinations players come up with.”

Coming this December to PC and iPad®, Goblins vs Gnomes card packs will be winnable in the game’s Arena mode and purchasable with in-game gold or real-money. Specific details on pricing and launch timing will be announced in the weeks ahead.

To take a peek at the latest schematics and read up on all things  Goblins vs Gnomes for Windows, Mac, and iPad, visit  www.playhearthstone.com.

BlizzCon 2014 – Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes Expansion

Goblins vs Gnomes in the next expansion for Hearthstone. It will be available in December 2014, and it is playable at BlizzCon.

The new expansion contains 120 new cards based on the goblin and gnome technologies.

More details soon. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter at @Blizzplanetcom for updates on BlizzCon 2014 panels full transcripts.

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Powering up and exploding onto the scene: Goblins vs Gnomes, Hearthstone’s first expansion, has been officially EXPLODING revealed today at BlizzCon!

Expand-o-Matic 5000!

Goblins vs Gnomes throws players smack dab in the middle of a rivalry between cunning goblin engineers and their eternally-tinkering gnome counterparts. These pint-size foes don’t always have the upper hand over the myriad mechanical contraptions they cook up, and the results can be . . . unpredictable.

Over 120 New Cards

The expansion brings a slew of brand-new cards that are ready to wreak a wealth of mechanized havoc on your opponent:  Our own tinkerers and explosives aficionados have assembled over 120 new cards that will be sure to throw a wrench in your opponent’s gears—literally. Check out a few of the wild and wacky inventions that have been engineered  for your collection below!

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Meet the Mechs

The new expansion brings with it an all-new minion type—Mechs. Much like the Alarm-o-Bot and Harvest Golem, these quirky contraptions have been built to pack a creative spring-loaded punch to your game. Goblins vs Gnomes will introduce both neutral and class-specific Mechs, so prepare for things to get interesting*!

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Big Trouble, Little Packages

Stirring up trouble this December for Windows®, Mac®,  and iPad®, Goblins vs Gnomes cards will be available by purchasing Goblins vs Gnomes-specific card packs in the in-game shop with either gold or real money, whichever you prefer (same pricing as expert card packs). As with Curse of Naxxramas, Goblins vs Gnomes cards will be made available in your Arena picks as soon as the cards have been released; even if you haven’t added them to your personal collection!

Prepare (Your Kneecaps) for Battle!

We hope you enjoyed this early look at Hearthstone’s first expansion—Goblins vs Gnomes. Stay tuned for further details right here on our brand new Goblins vs Gnomes page here!  Keep an eye out** for the expansion in December!


*We take no responsibility for damages if things get too “interesting”.

**Please wear safety goggles at all times when engaging with Goblins or Gnomes. source

Hearthstone for Android Tablets in December 2014

During the Activision Blizzard Q3 2014 Financial Conference Call held today, Mike Morhaime revealed Blizzard Entertainment plans to launch Hearthstone for Android Tablets this upcoming December 2014.

At an undefined date after Android’s release, Blizzard plans to launch Hearthstone for iPhone.

Stay tuned for our transcript of the conference call.

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Watch the BlizzCon 2014 Hearthstone World Championship Livestream

The Hearthstone World Championship Semi-Finals Livestream from ESL’s Burbank Studio has begun. Watch the rumble royal of 16 top Hearthstone players with community casters Dan “Artosis” Stemkoski, Dan “Frodan” Chou and Isaac “Azael” Cummings-Bentley.

Over 90,000 viewers are currently watching the livestream on Twitch. Check out the schedule.

Watch live video from PlayHearthstone on www.twitch.tv

Blizzard Entertainment Permabans Hearthstone Win Trading Accounts

Community Manager Whirthun announced there were permanent bans for players who win traded in Hearthstone Ranked Play. If you wish to reach the BlizzCon Hearthstone World Championship do it the right way, or get a permanent ban. It is not a Hearthstone ban by the way … all your Battle.net account including World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III characters are gone with the wind.

Fair play is at the heart of Hearthstone. The Ranked Play ladder is a place where players have the opportunity to duel and gauge their card-slinging prowess while climbing the ranks. Participating in Ranked Play should be fun, exciting, competitive, and fair.

We’ve recently banned Hearthstone accounts that were found to be participating in win trading. Win trading at any rank is something that we do not take lightly, and is in violation of our Terms of Use. As we mentioned in our previous statement regarding fair play in Hearthstone, instances of cheating will not be tolerated. Accounts that were discovered participating in win trading have received permanent account closure and disqualification from events where ranking is used as a method of qualification.

Hearthstone – A Non-Sense Shaman Deck With Crazy Card Strategies

Hearthstone is such an addicting and enjoyable game even when you lose. You can encounter the craziest card combos and mathematical puzzles.

Last night I had an awesome match with my Shaman deck against another Shaman. The opponent had an amazing deck. He would destroy every minion I set on the board, and I bet he overloaded a few too many times. He was definitely crushing me to the point of driving me to concede. Yet I kept going forward. At one point he had many minions, and anything I put on the table was annihilated.

I dropped a Lightning Storm, but only destroyed two minions. He still had three. I had no minions. He dropped a Sunwalker and that gave me the edge to start unleashing some cards by using Faceless Manipulator.

I dropped Ragnaros to eliminate a card, and to lure any possible Hex cards. Then dropped Stalagg and Feugen. He wasn’t able to counter them or damage them. He actually passed two turns. Then I dropped Kel’Thuzad (and added Ancestral Spirit on him), and destroyed my Feugen against one of his card. When I passed my turn, Kel’Thuzad brought it back to life.

By now the opponent Shaman had run out of cards, and dropped Deathwing annihilating everything on the board. I have no idea if he knew what would happen next, or if he simply dropped Deathwing because it was his last card on hand, but things went really bad for him at that point.

Deathwing destroyed Kel’Thuzad, two copies of Feugen, and a few cards. With Kel’Thuzad having the Ancestral Spirit, it came back to life and two Kel’Thuzad appeared on the board along with two Thaddius 11/11 and one Feugen. Crazy! (As seen in the image below)

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It is a crappy deck, but it provides a few viable strategies.

This is my main Shaman Deck in Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas:

The deck doesn’t make much sense at first glance, but for lack of some cards (coughs no arcane dust or luck in Arena), I have a strategy.

The real important cards here are Stalagg/Feugen, the Nerubian Egg, the Faceless Manipulator and Kel’Thuzad.

Every other card is there as cannon fodder — as support (adds +1 or +2) or as a counter (i.e. silence, destroy a 7+ card) or as decoy (aka Meat Shield).

Some of the cards are aimed specifically to help with the Nerubian Egg (Defender of Argus, Shattered Sun Cleric, Rockbiter Weapon, Reincarnate). That’s 4 possible ways to break the egg to summon the Nerubian.

If things doesn’t fall into place to add +1 or +2 attack to the Nerubian Egg, I could use Reincarnate to get a copy and a Nerubian 4/4. I could also use Ancestral Spirit on the Nerubian Egg then Reincarnate to get more Nerubian Eggs. That prevents the enemy player from considering an AOE card.

On the other hand, if things go well in the randomization of the cards that come into my hand, I could go with Ancestral Spirit on either Feugen or Stalaag, then apply reincarnate. If any of these die I get two Thaddius 11/11. Or at least secure one surviving a sheep/hex/etc.

Of course, if the enemy player doesn’t deal with that with any sheep/hex/destroy card counter, if I’m lucky I can drop Kel’thuzad and things get hairy for the opponent.

I have also used Reincarnate against the opponent’s Zombie Chow to get 5 Health back, and when I destroy it later I get 5 Health more (10 Health total). I have used Reincarnation also against Dancing Swords to get an additional card from my deck into my hand if I am running low in cards and options.

If I get below 8 health, I pop Alexstrasza. Ragnaros also helps with eliminating a few cards, or serves the purpose of decoy forcing out any remaining sheep/hex/destroy cards so that I can bring Kel’Thuzad. From there forward it is either I win or the opponent GG/concedes when he sees Kel’Thuzad.

BlizzCon 2014 Store Opens

The BlizzCon 2014 Store has opened its door while supplies last or until the servers crash. There are new Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II, Diablo III, World of Warcraft and Hearthstone products. You must be login to Battle.net to be able to see the BlizzCon 2014 Store.

Note: The exclusive merchandise can only be accessed by those who purchased a BlizzCon 2014 ticket or the DirecTV Virtual Ticket.

Check out our gallery capturing all of them.

 

Newest Additions

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“Throughout my times I have borne witness to many things, but it is the dissonant melodies of this world that truly haunt me. The suffering of Tristram, the tragedy of Westmarch, the despair of the Silver Spire. Each realm thrums with its own threatening echo – clatter I will never forget, the likes of which still torment me as I lay awake at night, thinking of the lives lost and the heroes who fell. The weak could not withstand this aural assault lest they be driven to the brink of madness, as I was.”

Welcome to the Haunted Sounds of Sanctuary. This collection encompasses the ominous moods of the world of Diablo. Listening to these soundscapes will evoke the unsettling atmosphere of a world under constant threat of destruction. This is no collection of nursery rhymes, and is not for the faint of heart. You have been warned. Stay awhile and enjoy the misery of the Haunted Sounds of Sanctuary – if you dare.

Key Features:

  • Haunted Sounds of Sanctuary Cover Illustration by Peter Lee – 15”x15” poster
  • 14 page booklet including
  • Liner Notes for each Act
  • Concept art from the game

Track Listing:

  • Tristram
  • Cathedral
  • Festering Woods
  • Spider Caves
  • Halls of Agony
  • Sewers
  • Bastions Keep
  • Rakkis Crossing
  • Arreat Crater
  • Silver Spire
  • Westmarch
  • Pandemonium
  • The Labyrinth (Bonus)

 

To be added on November 7th, 2014.

 

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