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: 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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PAX East 2014 – Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas

Recently, at PAX East, Blizzard Entertainment announced Curse of Naxxramas, A Hearthstone Adventure! The new expansion is slated to launch this upcoming Summer 2014.

Adventure Mode is a PvE single-player content where a player can obtain new cards exclusively by defeating epic bosses. Those cards can’t be crafted.

The developers haven’t yet agreed on the final cost to access each Naxxramas wing. The five wings will open up gradually. For example, the Arachnid quarter will open up on week 1. Each quarter afterwards will be released on a weekly basis throughout a month. Sapphiron and Kel’Thuzad will be unlocked by defeating the other four wing bosses.

Each wing will be a one-time purchase (in contrast with Arena Mode). However, a price hasn’t been decided yet. In addition, Ben Brode said the team doesn’t want Curse of Naxxramas to feel like a grind. More details will be revealed soon.

Concerning some of the cards, according to community manager Zeriyah Deathrattle will be a prominent theme throughout the Curse of Naxxramas expansion, but not all cards have this ability. Team 5 is also discussing how to unlock the golden frame version for the Curse of Naxxramas card sets.

In order to use the Undertaker card, you must play a card that already has the Deathrattle ability. It won’t work using Deathrattle spells on cards that are already on the board.

On other news, the Hearthstone iPad version will launch on United States within the next two weeks or earlier. Stay tuned.

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Hearthstone’s highly anticipated single player Adventure Mode has been officially announced today at PAX East: Curse of Naxxramas, A Hearthstone Adventure! Source

The Curse Comes!

The ancient necropolis Naxxramas, a base of operations for the powerful lich Kel’Thuzad and his plague-bearing undead host, comes to Hearthstone in a single player PvE Adventure that anyone can undertake! Progress through one of the five unique wings of the dungeon and gain new cards for your Hearthstone collection by defeating the iconic bosses that you’ll face along the way – the oversized arachnid Maexxna, the fungal horror Loatheb and the shambling abomination Patchwerk are just a few of the horrors that await your challenge. Each boss has their own unique cards and Hero Powers at their disposal to challenge even the most seasoned of card-slinging adventurers!

New Cards!

Progressing through Curse of Naxxramas and overcoming the challenges that lurk within will reward you with all new Hearthstone cards! Once you earn these cards, you can start playing with them in your decks right away. A total of 30 new cards will be added with Curse of Naxxramas – Check out a few of the shambling creatures of the undead that are justdying to be a part of your collection below!

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Peer Into the Plague Quarter

One of the bosses you’ll be pitted against within the Plague Quarter is the devious plague cauldron master Heigan the Unclean! His Eruption spell will put your minion’s dancing skills to the test, and Mindpocalypse will make you think you’ve got the upper hand! Speaking of hands, Heigan definitely never washes his. Gross.

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Defeating Heigan will net you a brand new card to add to your collection, and the completion of each wing will reward you with a guaranteed new Legendary card!

All New Game Board!

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Curse of Naxxramas will have its own unique game board Hearthstone players battle on while they are in the adventure, complete with brand new interactive corners! What could possibly lurk within that quivering mass of eggs? Do you really want to find out?

Test Your Might with Class Challenges!

On top of all of that, nine unique Class Challenges lie in wait within Curse of Naxxramas. These challenges put a difficult twist on existing encounters within the adventure and will put your Hearthstone skills with a specific class to the test! If you’re able to overcome the Class Challenges that face you, you’ll be rewarded with new class-specific cards to add to your collection.

Make Tracks to Naxx!

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Curse of Naxxramas will open its gates to challenge Hearthstone players over the course of 5 weeks, opening wing by wing. The first wing of Curse of Naxxramas, The Arachnid Quarter, will be available free for all Hearthstone players. If players wish to venture further into Naxxramas to collect all of the new cards for their collection, each wing besides the Arachnid Quarter can be purchased with in-game gold OR real money. As each wing is released, the cards available in each wing will also show up in your Arena picks, even if you have not earned them for your personal collection yet!

Beware the Necropolis!

We hope you enjoyed this first look into Curse of Naxxramas, A Hearthstone Adventure. Curse of Naxxramas is planned to release simultaneously for PC, Mac and iPad. A release date will be announced at a later time.

 

 

Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ on iPad®

Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ is the critically acclaimed free-to-play digital strategy card game for everyone—and now it’s on the Apple iPad®. Players build custom decks featuring one of nine epic Warcraft® heroes and engage in fast and furious head-to-head card battles. Even those with no prior collectible card game experience will soon be casting potent spells, wielding mighty weapons, and summoning powerful minions to crush their opponents.

Your Game—Your Way

Hearthstone’s cross-platform compatibility empowers iPad, PC, and Mac® gamers to seamlessly play against each other. Your collection is safe and secure with Battle.net®, so your cards will always be available—on any platform.

Play Anywhere

The iPad version of Hearthstone features the same intuitive interface and refined gameplay as the PC version, but now players can take their decks away from the desktop and to the couch, café, airport, or anywhere with a WiFi or Internet connection.

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Hearthstone kicks ass on every supported device: iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air™, iPad mini™, and iPad mini with Retina.

How Do I Pay for the Things?

This is free-to-play our way. While many Hearthstone players have achieved the highest ranks without spending a dime, we’ve made it easy for players to expand their collections regardless of platform.

Card pack purchases and Arena entries are made using whatever payment method you have attached to your Apple ID. Players can also continue to make purchases via Battle.net through the PC or Mac client.

Harness the Full Power of the Interwebs

Hearthstone on iPad requires a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to access your card collection.

Did Somebody Say Android™ and iPhone®?

That’s right, we said it! We’re bringing Hearthstone to Windows 8 Tablets, iOS phones, and Android devices. We’re targeting later this year for all that awesomeness.

Up for a Friendly Duel?

Chat with your Battle.net friends and challenge them on the iPad, no matter which platform they are playing on.

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