Today everyone is welcoming the arrival of Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods in live servers. Like everyone else who pre-ordered the expansion, I opened my 50 card packs. Only managed to get 3 Legendary cards, and a bunch of Golden, Epic and Rare cards. Among the legendary cards I got are Yogg-Saron and Cho’gall (Warlock card).
Watch the video of the opening of these 50 card packs:
This Hearthstone patch prepares the Tavern for the arrival of Whispers of the Gods! This patch also paves the way for a new way to play Hearthstone and introduces adjustments to key Basic and Classic cards. Along with bug fixes, we’ve also added new card backs and Tavern Brawls.
Do you hear them? Whispers of the Old Gods expansion will arrive on April 26! You can purchase Whispers of the Old Gods card packs from the in-game shop and play them beginning April 26.
As of April 26, the Year of the Kraken will begin, bringing with it Standard and Wild formats. Check out the A New Way to Play blog at www.PlayHearthstone.com for more info.
Friendly Challenge menu has been updated. Starting April 26, you can challenge friends to Standard, Wild, or Tavern Brawl games.
Collection Manager’s Set Filter has been updated.
Some Deck Recipes have been updated for Whispers of the Old Gods. See what we’ve cooked up!
The following card backs have been added:
Shadowmoon Valley: Obtained by reaching Rank 20 or higher in Ranked Play mode during the month of May.
Zul’Drak: Obtained by reaching Rank Play mode during the month of June.
Halfhill: Obtained by reaching Rank 20 or higher in Ranked Play mode during the month of July.
The guaranteed pack from Arena Runs will now always be from the most recently released expansion. Additionally, you are slightly more likely to receive a second card pack from a different Standard set.
The “Sorry” emote has been replaced with a new “Wow” emote. Wow!
The following cards have changed. For full details regarding these changes, please read the Keeping Hearthstone Fresh blog at www.playhearthstone.com:
Ancient of Lore — now draws 1 card instead of 2.
Force of Nature — Mana cost decreased from 6 to 5. Treants no longer have Charge and no longer die at the end of the turn.
Keeper of the Grove — Health reduced from 4 to 2.
Ironbeak Owl — Mana cost increased from 2 to 3.
Big Game Hunter — Mana cost increased from 3 to 5.
Hunter’s Mark — Mana cost increased from 0 to 1.
Blade Flurry — Mana cost increased from 2 to 4 and only affects Minions.
Knife Juggler — Attack reduced from 3 to 2.
Leper Gnome — Attack reduced from 2 to 1.
Arcane Golem — Health increased from 2 to 4, no longer has Charge.
Molten Giant — Mana cost increased from 20 to 25.
Master of Disguise — Stealth granted by this card now only lasts until the start of the next turn.
Resolved various issues with AI behavior and gameplay such as:
Stampeding Kodo’s ability will no longer target the same minion twice if triggered by Brann Bronzebeard.
Gladiator’s Longbow will prevent damage caused by Explosive Trap.
Quests to obtain Old Murk-Eye and Captain’s Parrot have been disabled, as those cards are only available in Wild mode. These cards can be crafted with the release of Whispers of the Old Gods.
Added improved visual effects to certain Classic cards.
Europe forums MVP Ankhar sent news tip our way to inform that Khadgar is available for purchase as a new mage hero in iOS devices. Once unlocked, you can use the hero in any device. All proceeds will be donated to WWF (which I assume stands for World Wide Fund for Nature) for the upcoming Earth Day (an annual event celebrated on April 22).
Make sure to update your Hearthstone (iOS) to Version 4.3.12266, then head to the in-game store to purchase Khadgar under the “Heroes” tab.
Khadgar is the latest hero to join the tavern fun; Once Medivh’s apprentice, now he’s renowned as one of the most powerful Mages in history!
— From now until April 24 PDT, you’re able to purchase the Khadgar hero from the in-game Hearthstone shop. Not only will you get a new mage hero, you’ll also be doing your part to save the planet! WWF will receive 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of Khadgar #AppsforEarth.
— Khadgar is only available to purchase on iOS devices, but once unlocked, he can be played on any device.
* The following card back has been added:
— Clutch of Yogg-Saron – Acquired at the end of the month by reaching Rank 20 or higher in Ranked Play mode during the month of April 2016.
* Paladin Deck Recipe has been updated.
* Alleria will no longer use Lady Liadrin’s entrance animation when starting a game.
* Fixed various audio, graphical, and UI issues.
For context, the 2016 HWC Europe winner was Naiman. DrHippi was second finalist.
The new Overwatch card back is unlocked by purchasing the Overwatch Origins Edition. If you obtained it from the Blizzard Store, all you have to do is login to Hearthstone. I have seen players using the Overwatch card back already.
The latest Blizzard Entertainment cross-game promotion gives you the Lady Liadrin Hero in Hearthstone. Simply reach level 20 in World of Warcraft to unlock the Fledgling Hero of Warcraft achievement.
Having a level 90 character won’t unlock it. If you have a level 1-19 character, make it reach level 20 and the achievement is unlocked. You don’t need a World of Warcraft subscription. Simply download the World of Warcraft starter edition and play free.
Below is a video of the achievement and how Lady Liadrin looks like and her emotes in Hearthstone.
Congratulations to the tournament winner: Amnesiac. This is a list of all the decks used during the 2016 Hearthstone Winter Championship (Americas March 11-13). Surprisingly, there was no Priest deck during this tournament.