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.

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.

 

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