GDC 2014 Hearthstone: 10 Bits of Design Wisdom Panel Video Available

The Game Developers Conference Vault posted recently the entire panel directed by Eric Dodds last year. This panel goes into the very first designs of Hearthstone and takes us throughout the process of developing the game until how it is now.

There are many images in the slideshow showing card design, hero power, UI, AI, Secrets and more. Worth checking out this GDC 2014 Hearthstone panel video.


Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament Goes Live

Blizzard Entertainment has officially launched The Grand Tournament expansion pack. adding 130 new cards, and introducing the new keyword “Inspire” and the Joust feature.


Second Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™ expansion adds over 130 cards

IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Grand Tournament™, the second expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning online strategy card game, Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™, is now live, and players around the world are invited to join in on the fun. This expansion brings over 130 knightly cards to the (round) table, along with exciting new game mechanics that will delight duelists and inspire creative new deck strategies.

The Grand Tournament takes players to the frost-covered continent of Northrend, where the heroes of the Argent Crusade once held a prestigious tournament to select the bravest and mightiest champions in all the land. Though the evil that once held this realm captive has been vanquished and order restored, the jousting continues in the spirit of fun and friendly competition!

This expansion presents duelists with powerful new tools for their arsenals, allowing them to motivate their brave champions through the Inspire mechanic or challenge an opponent to single combat in its most honorable form—the joust. Inspired minions, which are triggered by using a Hero Power , can grow in strength, restore health, and even call for reinforcements. Jousts are one-on-one contests between random minions drawn from each player’s deck. The stakes are high—if the initiating player wins a joust, they’ll earn a substantial bonus.

“With the new Inspire and Joust mechanics, and over 130 new cards to play with, The Grand Tournament brings a fun medieval-tournament vibe to Hearthstone,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “We can’t wait to see what players come up with now that they have their hands full with tons of new deck and strategy options.”

The Grand Tournament is available now for Windows® and Mac® PCs, iOS and Android™ tablets, and mobile phones. Card packs can be purchased individually or in discounted bundles from the in-game Shop for gold or real-world currency (same pricing as all other Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft card packs). Players now also have the chance to win The Grand Tournament card packs as rewards in Arena Mode, or craft cards from the expansion by using Arcane Dust, which is collected from disenchanting unwanted cards.

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Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament Fireside at SOHO Apple Store

Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone production director Jason Hayes is coming to New York City to hold a special behind-the-scenes panel concerning the development of The Grand Tournament. There will be a Q&A session prior to the fireside gameplay.

Date: August 27, 2015 at 7PM
Location: Apple Store Soho
103 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

You can read a guide on how to reserve your spot for this special event here. If you don’t reserve, the SOHO Apple Store’s staff might not allow you to enter the event.

After you reserve, feel free to join our fireside membership and RSVP here so we know you are coming.

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Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament Fireside at SOHO Apple Store

Blizzard: “We would like to extend an invitation to you and your Fireside Gathering community to join us for a festive Fireside Gathering at the Apple Soho Store in NYC. Hearthstone production director Jason Chayes will talk about the game and offer a behind-the-scenes look into the development of The Grand Tournament. Following our developer Q&A, we’ll jump right into Hearthstone gameplay.”


GamesCom 2015 Hearthstone Interview – Blizzplanet Wants Your Questions

Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament was recently announced, and a plethora of new cards have been revealed so far. Do you have questions about the cards, gameplay mechanics? Then submit your questions. Our reporter @Handclaw will interview the game developers on Friday, August 7th.

Need help with your tinkering? View all the cards revealed so far. Fill out the form below and submit your questions:

Celebrate the Grand Tournament with more cards revealed!

It’s through a little articles that Blizzard is revealing today a new card for the coming expansion, the Grand Tournament. Crowd Favorite, will maybe a top selection for decks using taunts since  he’s gaining +1/+1 for each taunt played when he’s on the board.

A new card was also revealed through voting on the official website. The Master of Ceremonies!card Master of Ceremonies

The Grand Tournament – A Grand Celebration!

Today, we’ll be taking a stroll past the gates of The Grand Tournament, Hearthstone’s second expansion, to explore the tournament grounds before everything really kicks off in August.


The Grand Tournament is more than just a test of skill and valor; it’s also a whimsical mash-up of celebration and carnival. At this tournament, you’ll find just as much fun and excitement outside the arena as you do on the field!

Many years ago, the tournament’s site played host to a contest that was deadly serious, but now it’s all about having a fantastic time! There’s the jousting arena, of course, where the clash of armor and the roar of the crowd can be heard. That’s where you’ll find the stars of the show, the noble knights, basking in the adoration of the crowd. But there’s so much more to delight the senses: you’ll feast your eyes on elaborately decorated tents and pavilions in a rainbow of dazzling colors, you’ll thrill to performers and games, and your mouth will water at the delicious aroma of fresh baked festival pies that fills the air everywhere you go!


Behind any great event, there’s someone behind the scenes making sure that everything goes juuuust right. When you’re in charge, it puts so many demands on your attention. Are the steeds fed and/or oiled? Are the weapons polished? Are the murlocs moistened? With so much to do, it’s hard to pin the Coliseum Manager down.


Speaking of the roar of the crowd, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of having a throng of adoring fans at your back. No one proves that better than the Crowd Favorite; each approving shout urges him to greater heights of valor!

We hope you enjoy your visit to The Grand Tournament. Be sure to check out our other The Grand Tournament blogs:

Hero Powers  Get Inspired  A Grand Celebration 

Don’t forget to discuss the new cards revealed in The Grand Tournament on social media using the hashtag #TGT!


NVIDIA recalling SHIELD Tablet – Battery May Cause Fire

Those with an NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet must immediately install the latest Android driver 5.1.1 to identify which type of battery your tablet has. If your battery is category B01 your tablet is fine. If the category is Y01, then you must fill out the recall program application to get a replacement with the correct battery. – source


NVIDIA has announced a recall of its SHIELD tablets, sold between July 2014 and July 2015. NVIDIA has determined the battery in these tablets can overheat and pose a fire hazard. As part of this recall, NVIDIA will be replacing the tablet.

NVIDIA is asking customers to submit a claim for a replacement device. NVIDIA is also asking consumers to stop using the recalled tablet, except as needed to participate in the recall and back up data. Consumers will receive a replacement tablet after registering to participate in the recall.

The recall does not affect any other NVIDIA products.

NVIDIA is coordinating with appropriate governmental agencies to ensure that the recall follows established industry practices.

Return Process

Follow the instructions below to see if your tablet is included in this recall.

Step 1: Please update your tablet to the latest software:

Ensure you’re running the latest software, which you can check by following these instructions:

a. From the Home screen, select the Apps icon
b. Select the Settings icon
c. Scroll down, select About tablet
d. Select System Updates
e. Verify that your tablet has the latest software dated July 1, 2015, or newer. See image at right. You may need to repeat this step more than once if your system is out of date.

Step 2: How can I tell if my unit is affected by the recall?:

The recall applies only to tablets with a certain battery type. Once you’ve verified that you’re running the latest software, identify your unit’s battery type by following these instructions:

a. From the Home screen in Android, select the Apps icon
b. Select the Settings icon
c. Scroll down, select About tablet
d. Select Status
e. Under the “Battery” category, you’ll see Y01 or B01
f. If B01, your unit is NOT affected by this recall
g. If Y01, your unit needs to be replaced. Please select Y01 to launch the recall application on the device

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