Ben Brode (game director) and Ben Thompson (art director) featured the 2017 Year in Review video, highlighting the Hearthstone content released over the past 12 months. Toward the end of the video, both developers teased there is going to be a reveal at BlizzCon. Will it be an expansion? Will it be something else altogether? Get ahold of a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket and watch the panel to find out.
Hearthstone Patch 9.2 was deployed this morning, introducing Hallow’s End 2017 and several updates and bug fixes.
In this Hearthstone update we’re preparing the tavern for a Headless Horseman’s Hallow’s End party! We’ve also made some small but important changes to Hearthstone’s mechanics, added a new Hearthstone hero you can acquire via Fireside Gatherings, and fixed some bugs.
HA! HA! HAPPY HALLOW’S END! It’s the Headless Horseman’s favorite time of year, and he’s brought lots of tricks and threats to the tavern! From October 24 through November 6 enjoy a treat for login in each week, a tricky new tavern Brawl, and dual class Arenas*! Visit playhearthstone.com for details.
Added the following card backs:
Unholy – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, October 2017.
Gone Fishing – Acquired from achiving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, November 2017
New Warlock Hero: Nemsy Necrofizzle – Acquired from attending a Fireside Gathering Tavern and playing a Brawl. Find a Fireside Gathering near you at firesidegatherings.com
Fireside Gatherings now have their own game menu.
GAMEPLAY & UPDATES
Hearthstone Mechanics Update: We’ve changed some underlying rules to prevent Wild Pyromancer from triggering off of Mindgames, and Djinni of Zephyrs from triggering off Entomb. Please check out the Upcoming Mechanics Update blog for details!
Several Friends List options have been bundled into a sub-menu.
Spells that are canceled by Counterspell will now trigger any “Whenever you cast a spell” and “After you cast a spell” effects.
Lord Jaraxxus no longer triggers Repentance, Sacred Trial, and Snipe.
Unlicensed Apothecary now reads: “After you summon a minion, deal 5 damage to your hero.” It will no longer activate from any Evolve effects.
It is no longer possible to cancel Choose One cards before the choices appear, this should resolve issues where the Choose One effect could be canceled too easily.
Hearthstone’s engine has been updated to Unity version 5.6.
Animations for Mimic Pod, Chromaggus, Shifting Shade, Ghastly Conjurer, and Cutpurse should no longer have a long pause.
Mana-cost reductions on cards such as Dragon’s Breath, Solemn Vigil, Everyfin is Awesome, and Obsidian Shard will now apply after all other mana cost changes, such as the effects from cards like Naga Sea Witch.
Vicious Fledgling can no longer be drafted in the Arena.
The first two picks in an Arena draft are no longer more likely to include synergy-based cards.
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve Class balance in the Arena, small appearance rate adjustments have been made to a number of Arena cards.
For a comprehensive list of bug fixes and other notes in this update, please visit PlayHearthstone.com
*NOTE: If you have an Arena run in progress when Hallow’s End begins on October 24, then it will be retired and you’ll receive the normal awards for the number of wins you achieved and a free Arena ticket. In the hours just before the beginning and conclusion of Hallow’s End on October 24 and November 6, it will temporarily be impossible to purchase a new Arena ticket.
Blizzard Entertainment released a new Lich King video answering comments from the fans in his chilly way of saying things…
The Lich King thrives on the darkness of the human spirit, so he took time out of his very busy schedule to delve into comment sections from all over the internet to read what you, the players, have been saying about activities in the real world.
Yes, these are real comments! Yes, this is an actual Lich King! Enjoy!
Blizzard Entertainment officially launched Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne early today August 10th adding 135 new cards and the new mechanic
KNIGHTS OF THE FROZEN THRONE™ BRINGS COLD TASTE OF UNDEATH TO HEARTHSTONE®
Collect 135 frosty new cards in newest expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s internationally acclaimed digital card game. Legendary Hero Cards transform Hearthstone’s fallen heroes into powerful Death Knights with game-changing new abilities. Overthrow the Lich King and claim the Frozen Throne in a series of free missions.
IRVINE, Calif. — August 10, 2017 — As the cold shroud of death falls upon the land of the living, Azeroth’s mortal inhabitants shiver with fear—Knights of the Frozen Throne™, the new expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s smash-hit digital card game Hearthstone®, has arrived. The Lich King—Lord of the Scourge, master of Icecrown Citadel, and wielder of the cursed runeblade Frostmourne—has come to conquer the tavern and those within it, promising power in the form of 135 frosty new cards.
Knights of the Frozen Throne takes players to Northrend, where they’ll meet an untimely demise, only to be raised by the Lich King and granted terrifying new powers from beyond the grave. Adventurers can harness this unholy might by collecting nine new legendary Hero Cards that, when played, transform the heroes of Hearthstone into fearsome Death Knights.
Those with the will to rise against the Lich King can embark on a series of challenging missions that Knights of the Frozen Throne offers to everyone—for free. Players who enter the icy halls of Icecrown Citadel and complete the prologue shall receive a random Legendary Death Knight Hero Card before battling through two wings guarded by iconic bosses like the pestilent Professor Putricide and Blood Queen Lana’thel . . . until only the Lich King stands between them and the Frozen Throne.
“The Lich King is one of our most iconic villains, and we’re excited to finally bring him—and his nine new Death Knights—to Hearthstone,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Whether they’re ascending the Frozen Throne or dueling with friends at Fireside Gatherings, we can’t wait to see how players wield these deadly new cards.”
Knights of the Frozen Throne is available now for Windows® and Mac® PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android™ tablets; and iOS and Android phones. Card packs can be purchased individually or in discounted bundles from the in-game Shop for gold or real-world currency at the same price as all other Hearthstone card packs. Players now have the chance to win Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs as quest rewards or prizes in the Arena, and can also craft cards from the expansion by using Arcane Dust collected from disenchanting unwanted cards. Players who log in by November 1 will receive three free Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs* to aid them as reinforcements arrive to storm Icecrown Citadel.
Catch a glimpse of what awaits in Knights of the Frozen Throne on YouTube.
Awesome! Ben Brode uploaded a 5-minute video telling the whole story of Arthas as a rap song. It is totally crazy fun to listen to. If there is an Award for this kind of creative work, submit it. It will surely win the nomination for its genius.
Dave Kosak posted a video recently to announce that adventurers who defeat the Lich King in Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne with all the 9 heroes will automatically unlock a new hero portrait to replace Uther: Prince Arthas.
In addition, Dave Kosak also revealed new cards: Bolvar, Fireblood, Light’s Sorrow, and Corpsetaker.
Check the calendar. No, today isn’t April’s Fool Day! Blizzard Entertainment issued a press release to announce SDCC attendees and non-attendees may visit the Ice Cream Citadel shop stationed a few yards from the San Diego Convention Center at the PetCo parking lot through July 20-23.
To celebrate the upcoming Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion, Ice cream will be served at this shop. Flavors include Villain-illa and Scourgeberry.
**Blizzplanet and Blizzard Entertainment are not responsible for the potential scourge plague infestation, loss or soul, or any urgent visit to the … Frozen Throne after consuming the ice cream.
Taste Undeath—and Other Flavors — at Blizzard Entertainment’s Ice Cream Citadel During Comic-Con
Ice cream pop-up opens its doors during San Diego Comic-Con® to celebrate upcoming Hearthstone® expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne. No SDCC badge required. Join Blizzard Entertainment and the Lich King to celebrate Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s upcoming expansion, with free ice cream at San Diego Comic-Con!
SAN DIEGO– Amidst the sweltering San Diego heat, mortals and the undead alike scream . . . for free ice cream. Blizzard Entertainment today announced the grand opening of Ice Cream Citadel, a pop-up ice cream shop that celebrates Knights of the Frozen Throne™, the upcoming expansion to Hearthstone®, Blizzard’s smash-hit digital card game. No San Diego Comic-Con® badge is required, so all are invited to stop by for a free Frozen Cone as well as a photo op with the Lich King, Lord of the Scourge and ultimate purveyor of death and icy treats.
Located in the PetCo parking lot just a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center, Ice Cream Citadel will provide visitors with free ice cream in two flavors: “Villain-illa” and “Scourgeberry Sorbet.” In partnership with Yelp, Blizzard has also created a Yelp business page for the pop-up, titled “The Lich King’s Ice Cream Citadel,” where users can rate, review, and post photos of their experience. Starting July 18, those brave enough to call the business (1-855-LIC-HKNG) will be greeted by the Lich King’s chilling voice.
Blizzard Entertainment announced the next Heartstone expansion: Knights of the Frozen Throne during the HCT Spring Championships livestream. Today, Blizzard sent the following press release via email to all Hearthstone players.
Pry 135 new cards from the Lich King’s icy grasp in upcoming expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s internationally acclaimed digital card game. Transform heroes into Death Knights and wield powerful new abilities with legendary Hero Cards. Claim the Frozen Throne in a series of free missions.
IRVINE, Calif. — July 6, 2017 — For those in the service of the Lich King, death is only the beginning. . . . Blizzard Entertainment today announced Knights of the Frozen Throne™, the new expansion coming this August to Hearthstone®, Blizzard’s smash-hit digital card game. Adventurers will soon travel to Northrend, where they’ll confront the Lich King and be raised as Death Knights, wielding otherworldly powers and stealing life from their opponents, and ultimately ascending Icecrown Citadel to claim the Frozen Throne—and 135 frosty new cards—for themselves.
In Knights of the Frozen Throne, players storm Icecrown Citadel, the Lich King’s frozen fortress, in pursuit of the forbidden might of runic magic. Rumor has it the Lich King seeks champions to imbue with the icy essence of undeath: players will soon receive his favor in the form of nine new legendary Hero Cards that, when played, transform Hearthstone’s heroes into fearsome Death Knights, granting frost-rimed armor and modified powers. The Lich King has also decided to bestow players with a new power from beyond the grave: “Lifesteal,” a chilling new keyword, heals players for damage dealt.
Those not content with merely serving at the Lich King’s behest can challenge him directly in a series of free missions that Knights of the Frozen Throne will offer to all players. Step into Icecrown Citadel in the prologue mission, then venture through the citadel’s two wings as you fight iconic bosses like Professor Putricide and Sindragosa on your way to a final epic showdown against The Lich King himself. After completing the prologue mission, players will receive a random legendary Death Knight Hero Card.
Coming to Windows® and Mac® PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android™ tablets; and mobile phones, Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone’s Arena mode and purchasable with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone’s other card packs. Starting today and up until the expansion is released, players eager for an audience with the Lich King can pre-purchase Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs in a special 50-pack bundle, on any platform, for a one-time price of $49.99 (one purchase per account). Those who do so will be granted a unique themed card back from the Lord of the Scourge himself.