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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com) ***Fans who would love to watch Blizzard-related panels and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donatives will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round.

4 US Congress Members Condemn Activision Blizzard’s Blitzchung Punishment

Four U.S. congress members have sent a bipartisan letter to Activision Blizzard CEO condemning the punishment given to Blitzchung: Ron Wyden (Oregon-Dem), Marco Rubio (Florida-Rep), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-Dem), and Mike Gallagher (Winsconsin-Rep).

The U.S. Congress members have asked Activision Blizzard to completely reverse the prize forfeit, and ban decision.

SDCC 2019 Hearthstone: Saviors of Uldum Panel

On July 18th, Blizzard Entertainment senior casting and voice director Andrea Toyias hosted a Hearthstone: Saviors of Uldum panel at the San Diego Comic Con to present game developer Dave Kosak and voice actors Terrence Stone (Sir Finley), Amy Walker (Elise Starseeker), and Carlos Larkin (Brann Bronzebeard) who shared stories about the iconic characters starring in Hearthstone: Saviors of Uldum, the upcoming expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s blockbuster digital card game Hearthstone.

Special thanks to David Arredondo for recording the panel for Blizzplanet.

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Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows Coming April 9

Blizzard Entertainment announced the new expansion Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows. The new expansion is going live on April 9.

Carry out conniving plots with 135 diabolical new cards in the next expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s internationally acclaimed digital card game.

Pre-purchase a 50-pack bundle and receive the Jewel of Lazul card back and a random Legendary; nab the 80-pack Mega Bundle and get the card back, a random golden Legendary, and the Madam Lazul Priest Hero—or purchase both and get it all.

IRVINE, Calif. — Mar. 14, 2019– A new coalition of villains has risen to power, and Hearthstone® players around the world get to be the bad guys in Rise of Shadows™,the next expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s smash-hit digital card game. Starting April 9, players will be able to join a league of miscreants as they embark on Hearthstone’s first-ever yearlong story line, with 135 dastardly new cards and some wickedly devious new mechanics.

After suffering defeat at the hands of the League of Explorers, Arch-Thief Rafaam realized that his designs on Azeroth would require more roguery than he alone could muster. In the years since, he has dwelled in the shadows, recruiting the greatest antagonists Hearthstone has ever seen to join the League ofE.V.I.L.—a veritable supergroup of villains from previous Hearthstone sets, including King Togwaggle, Madam Lazul, the irrepressible Dr. Boom, and Hagatha the Witch. In Rise of Shadows, these ne’er-do-wells will once again act on their nefarious intentions, aided by Hearthstone players looking to get their hands dirty.

After suffering defeat at the hands of the League of Explorers, Arch-Thief Rafaam realized that his designs on Azeroth would require more roguery than he alone could muster. In the years since, he has dwelled in the shadows, recruiting the greatest antagonists Hearthstone has ever seen to join the League ofE.V.I.L.—a veritable supergroup of villains from previous Hearthstone sets, including King Togwaggle, Madam Lazul, the irrepressible Dr. Boom, and Hagatha the Witch. In Rise of Shadows, these ne’er-do-wells will once again act on their nefarious intentions, aided by Hearthstone players looking to get their hands dirty.

In addition to their promising player cohort, the League of E.V.I.L. also has Lackeys to boss around—1/1 minions with a variety of diabolicalBattlecries. These low-level operatives will be crucial in unleashing the League’s sinister Schemes: new Spells that grow in power each turn they’re in a player’s hand. As if brains and brawn weren’t enough,their bag of tricks also includes callback cards that feature effects that pay homage to the Hearthstone sets that the League of E.V.I.L.’s masterminds hail from, giving players access to crafty new strategies.

“Hearthstone has a cast of fan-favorite villains, and it’s a thrill to see them take center stage in Rise of Shadows,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We can’t wait for players to get in on the mayhem in this expansion, with a bunch of sinister new cards at their disposal.”

Players looking to join the League of E.V.I.L. should watch their backs, as they’ll likely be targeted by a mysterious crime-fighting group known as the Defenders of Dalaran. These formidable guardians are rumored to wield Twinspells—potent magic Spells that, once cast, generate a copy of themselves that can be cast again on a later turn. More intel on the Defenders of Dalaran will be shared with operatives at a later date.

Coming April 9 to Windows® and Mac® PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android™ tablets; and mobile phones, Rise of Shadows card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone’s Arena mode, and players can purchase them with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone’s other card packs. Starting today and up until April 9 you can pre-purchase Rise of Shadows card packs in two different bundle options: the 50-pack pre-purchase bundle includes a random Legendary and the Jewel of Lazul card back, while the 80-pack Mega Bundle includes a random golden Legendary and Jewel of Lazul card back, as well as a new playable Priest Hero—the mysterious Madam Lazul. These bundles are available on any platform for $49.99 and $79.99, respectively—one of each can be purchased per account.

Join the ranks of the League of E.V.I.L. and learn more at RiseOfShadows.com

 

Hearthstone 13.0 Patch Notes

The Hearthstone 13.0 Patch Notes reveal new card backs from December 2018 to February 2019, and the assets in preparation for the launch of Rastakhan’s Rumble have been deployed in advance because those who participate in the pre-release Fireside Gatherings will be able to play the expansion Early!

 

Hearthstone Update (November 29): Rastakhan’s Rumble!

Rastakhan’s Rumble is nigh! This Hearthstone update makes the final preparations and readies the Tavern for the arrival of Hearthstone’s newest expansion starting December 4! We’re also adding a Fireside Gatherings Pre-release event for Rastakhan’s Rumble, stocking up on Winter Veil decorations, and fixing some bugs.

 

HCT Fall Championship Winner: Languagehacker

The second season of the Year of the Raven brought an intense clash of titans. Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch eSport team conducted the HCT Fall Championship Tournament through October 11-14, at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.

Sixteen players from around the globe competed for a shared prize pool of $250,000. The event ended with Mihai “lnguagehackr” Dragalin crowned the victor.

 

Hearthstone Patch 12.2 – Hallow’s End 2018

Blizzard Entertainment deployed Hearthstone Patch 12.2 introducing the 2018 Hallow’s End which starts on October 17, the Headless Horseman and Monster Hunt Tavern Brawls, and a new Paladin hero. In addition, new daily quests, a new keyword: Casts When Drawn, new card backs, and bug fixes.

Hallow’s End Returns!

The Headless Horseman returns with a Hallow’s End celebration that’s trickier and treatier than ever!

Witches Cauldron (Spooky...AND FREE!)

  • Hallow’s End begins October 17 and lasts through October 31.
  • Get a free golden Witch’s Cauldron card just for logging in during the event!
  • There’ll be decorations and special Hallow’s End emotes.

 

  • Special Dual Class Arena

  • The Headless Horseman returns to Tavern Brawl, and friendly foes from the Monster Hunt join us for a new Tavern Brawl!

  • Hallow’s End marks the arrival of a friendly new Paladin Hero who will be available for purchase as a part of a special deal!

Hallow! Hallow! Hallow!

New Player Ranks

  • For newcomers to the Hearthstone Tavern, we added New Player Ranks to ease you into the fray.

New Player Ranks (50-26)

  • New Ranks from Rank 50 to 26 for new players only. 
  • New players can earn a total of 22 free packs just by ranking up in New Player Ranks, so it’s a great time to introduce a friend to Hearthstone! 
    • Earn 3 free Classic card packs by reaching milestones at Rank 45, 40, 35, and 30. Upon graduating up to Rank 25, earn 2 Classic card packs, and 2 packs each of the most recent four Hearthstone expansions.
  • There’s no loss of stars for losing a match while in New Player Ranks.
  • New Player Ranks earn end of season rewards (the same rewards as reaching Rank 25).
  • Players can skip the New Player Ranks (but they’ll miss out on milestone card pack rewards!)
  • New players can unlock Wild Format and Casual mode by reaching Rank 25. As before, Tavern Brawls unlock after achieving Level 20 with any Class.

Welcome Bundle Refresh

  • This roaring deal includes 10 Classic card packs, and one of six Legendary dragons from the Classic set (instead of a random Class legendary).

  • Even if you purchased a Welcome Bundle in the past, you can still purchase this one!

New Daily Quests

  • “Spells are Fun!” Cast 40 spells. Reward: 60 gold.
  • “Draw!” Draw 20 cards. Reward: 50 gold.
  • “Full Northshire” Draw 30 cards. Reward: 60 gold.
  • “Are We There Yeti?” Take 20 turns. Reward: 50 gold.
  • “Time Warp Again” Take 30 turns. Reward: 60 gold.

New Keyword: Casts When Drawn

  • This new keyword has been added to the following cards: Nerubian Ambush!, Burrowing Mine, Bomb, Ancient Curse, Spider Ambush!, Scroll of Wonder, Darkness Candle

Fireside Gatherings

  • Innkeepers will now be able to select one additional Fireside Brawl from a curated library of brawls to offer their patrons during their Fireside Gathering events! 

Card backs

Moonwell

Blizzard Event 2018

Moonwell Blizzard Events 2018
Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, November 2018. Acquired by participating in Blizzard events during 2018.

Game Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • The animation when drawing multiple cards will now speed up after the first three cards are drawn.
  • Resolved a disconnect that could occur when attempting to play cards while Myra’s Unstable Element is drawing a player’s deck.
  • Fixed an issue where Countess Ashmore would sometimes draw fewer than the maximum number of cards possible.
  • Earthshock will no longer sometimes deal damage to the target minion’s buffed Health total.
  • Celestial Emissary’s effect will now be consumed by cards cast by minions in addition to cards played from hand.
  • Sideshow Spelleater will no longer sometimes cause a player’s Hero Power to remain inactive.
  • Certain minions are no longer revealed in the history when they are affected by cards that target minions in hand.
  • A skull will no longer appear over a player’s Hero portrait when dealing damage with a weapon that makes the Hero Immune.
  • Minion summoning Deathrattles triggered by non-death effects will now more consistently place those minions to their immediate right.
  • A spell attempting to target Lynessa Sunsorrow will now correctly return to hand when she is affected by a previously cast Shadowstep.
  • Flobbidinous Floop’s tooltip text now correctly details his ability.
  • Using the Rogue Hero Power now correctly triggers Orgrimmar Aspirant’s Inspire ability.
  • Fixed several issues where stats or keywords were incorrectly applied by Magnetic minions.
  • Mountain Giant’s mana cost will now correctly increase when its owner plays a spell and it is counterspelled.
  • Hero experience is now displayed correctly after playing a game with a deck created by Whizbang the Wonderful.
  • Certain “While Damaged” abilities will now correctly activate from damage caused by Explosive Trap.
  • Unexpected Results now displays the correct information when affected by Prophet Velen.
  • The Darkness now gains Echo from Glinda Crowskin!
  • The Darkness no longer advances Jungle Giants when summoned.
  • Choose One minions that transform will now properly receive Echo from Glinda Crowskin
  • Lifesteal provided by Zilliax now correctly applies to damage dealt by Deathrattle effects.
  • Puzzle Lab: Fixed an issue that could cause the Restart button to become stuck.
  • Puzzle Lab: Fixed an issue that could cause a crash.
  • Karazhan: The Magic Mirror no longer uses the Heroic Mode version of its Hero Power in the Normal and Class Challenge versions.
  • Naxxramas: Instructor Razuvious’ Massive Runeblade weapon now correctly deals double damage to Heroes.
  • Fixed several UI, animation, and effects visual issues.

The Storm Bringer

Blizzard Entertainment sent out a newsletter today revealing a new card from the Boomsday Project expansion: The Storm Bringer. It transforms all minion cards into a random Legendary card.

Conduct electrifying trials and see the heights of power you can reach when you cast The Storm Bringer! This Legendary Shaman spell allows you to transform your minions into random Legendary minions ready to carry out your bidding.

Prepare to conduct outlandish experiments with this card and other mind-boggling creations when The Boomsday Project powers on August 7!

Ensure your lab conditions are optimal: seize your last chance to pre-purchase The Boomsday Project for card packs and more!*

*Go here for details. Contents not guaranteed to not explode.

 

PRE PURCHASE NOW

Get the new Mecha-Jaraxxus Warlock Hero, a random Golden Legendary from The Boomsday Project, the Mecha-Jaraxxus card back , and 80 card packs when you pre-purchase The Boomsday Project Mega Bundle.

Pre-purchase an additional bundle and receive a second random Golden Legendary from The Boomsday Project and 50 more card packs.

Pre-purchase both bundles for maximum science!

 

The Hearthstone Pop-up Book

Insight Editions will publish The Hearthstone Pop-up Book on October 15, 2018.

Enter the tavern, take your seat by the fire, and tuck into The Hearthstone Pop-Up Book, a celebration of Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed collectible card game.

Embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone. Take your place alongside the nine major heroes, engage in a stunning arena battle, and enjoy a charming story told with the game’s signature wit and whimsy. Unfold each page to reveal a spectacular central pop accompanied by booklets of smaller pops. The Hearthstone Pop-Up Book is a marvel of creativity and paper engineering—and a must-have for Hearthstone fans everywhere.

About the game: Hearthstone® is a fast-paced digital strategy card game in which players sling spells, summon minions, and wield powerful weapons to do battle with their opponent. Featuring familiar characters from the Warcraft® universe, Hearthstone has won over legions of fans with its compelling gameplay and lively style.

Hardcover: 5 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions
Release Date: October 2, 2018
ISBN-10: 1683831438
ISBN-13: 978-1683831433
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 11 inches

 

ABOUT SIMON ARIZPE

Taking a look at Simon Arizpe’s profile at Simon & Schuster this is what they say about him:

“Simon Arizpe is an award-winning paper engineer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. His pop-up book work has received the Award of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic Book Art and Cartooning. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum and the Columbia University Library have acquired his work for their permanent collections. Some of Simon’s other notable clients include: Google, Disney, Paramount Pictures, IFC, and the MoMA design store.”

Among his past work: The Babadook, Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy, The Legend of the Serpent King, DC Super Heroes: Pop-Up Book and Origami City.

 

ABOUT MIKE SASS:

A pioneer in the video game industry, Mike Sass began his long career as legendary developer BioWare’s first artist in 1996. For over a decade, he illustrated concept and cover art for some of the top video games of all time. As a freelance artist, Mike has created role-playing and card art for the gaming industry’s top franchises, including Magic the Gathering, Hearthstone, Star Wars, Pathfinder, Dungeons and Dragons, and Marvel. Currently, Mike lives in frigid Northern Alberta, Canada, with his amazingly supportive wife and three young boys.

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The Art of Hearthstone

The Art of Hearthstone by Robert Brooks (senior writer) is slated to ship on October 15, 2018 for $27.50. When you pre-order now, you save 39% off the List price (MSRP).

The Art of Hearthstone offers an in-depth glimpse into the creativity that made the wildly popular collectible card game into a global phenomenon. From the unseen concepts built early in Hearthstone’s development to the hundreds of beautiful fantasy illustrations that have captured players’ imaginations, this volume will show readers the art of the game in breathtaking detail. The book also tells the story of how Hearthstone came to be, growing from a small-team project to the worldwide success that it is today with more than 50 million players.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Release Date: October 15, 2018
ISBN-10: 1945683058
ISBN-13: 978-1945683053

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