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)
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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.
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 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
Blizzard Entertainment invited fansites and influencers to the HCT 2018 Summer Championship virtual media day where we had the opportunity to ask questions to the Americas team: killinallday, dog, Nalguidan, and Rase.
All players will clash for a prize pool of $250,000. The winner will take home $50,000 and 30 points.
Esports, before it was even a thing, started for Lucas “Rase” Romano when he was a child. Rase played Ultima Online for approximately seven years and climbed his way to be the best Brazilian player. He then moved onto Pro Evolution Soccer and played competitively for six years, winning many tournaments and representing Brazil at the World Championship in 2010. It was then during training for PES in 2014 a friend introduced him to Hearthstone.
Rase’s success from one esports to another stems from a belief instilled from his father: that he could do anything in life, but he should always try to be the best at it. Rase is driven by this motto and is determined to represent Brazil as best as he can, just like he did in Pro Evolution Soccer.
This is Facundo “Nalguidan” Pruzzo’s second HCT Summer Championship. He qualified for Summer Championship in 2017 together with his fellow Latin American representative, Guillermo "Empanizado" Tolosa. An architecture student, Nalguidan has found many opportunities in Hearthstone, including personal growth in general. He’s made close friends, found great supporters (including someone he calls his “lucky amulet”), and built a career as a player and streamer. His fellow Americas qualified player and good friend, Killinallday, hopes they both can win the tournament. Will this be Nalguidan’s year?
The other David in the tournament, David “Dog” Caero, is an accomplished streamer and a representative of the prestigious Team Liquid. Dog got into Hearthstone when his brother introduced it to him; at that time, he was looking for a game that he could play in his free time while focusing on school. He has since made huge waves in the community, both in skill and presence, and has a reputation for understanding obscure matchups. He thinks Hearthstone has given him his dream job.
Blizzard Entertainment deployed Patch 11.0 in preparation for the launch of Hearthstone: The Witchwood this week. They have made some changes as well as once the expansion launches on April 12, The Year of the Raven kicks in.
PATCH 11.0 – PATCH NOTES
We’re on the cusp of the new Hearthstone Year! This Hearthstone update puts the final touches in place for the Year of the Raven and the launch of Hearthstone’s latest expansion, The Witchwood! We’re also adding Lunara the new Druid Hero, Daily Quest improvements, Friendly Challenge deck sharing, Arena updates, and new card backs. We’re also fixing some bugs.
I attended the PAX East 2018 Hearthstone press invitational event to interview game director Ben Brode where I asked questions about the new Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion. He explained in detail how the Rush and Echo keywords work, the Genn Greymane and Baku the Mooneater game mechanics, and the Monster Hunt.
Blizzard Entertainment issued a press release to announce the Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion this time focusing on the Worgen and the eerie creatures of the forests of Gilneas. The new expansion will introduce 135 cards, the new keyword mechanic: Echo, and a new single-player adventure named Monster Hunt.
Blizzard Entertainment sent out a newsletter to announce the new Hearthstone promo “Year of the Mammoth Card Bundle.”
The Hearthstone community had some amazing adventures during the Year of the Mammoth, and now is your chance to celebrate and save on card packs from Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds & Catacombs.
For a limited time, purchase the Mammoth Card Bundle for only $19.99 USD to get 10 packs from each expansion released during the Year of the Mammoth, totaling 30 card packs.
Now is the time to expand your deckbuilding options, rule the jungles of Un’Goro, conquer the frozen wastes of Icecrown, and claim awe-inspiring treasures from the ancient Catacombs.
BEGIN YOUR QUEST FOR PACKS
Complete Hearthstone daily Quests from now until 9:00 am PST on February 14 to enter the Quest for Packs sweepstakes.
The first Quest* you complete each day during the Quest for Packs grants you one entry for a chance to win up to 3,000 Hearthstone card packs, the Lich King’s helm, and more! Learn more and embark on your quest today!
*Entries limited to a maximum of fourteen (14) per Battle.net account
and one (1) entry per day during the contest period.
Blizzard Entertainment is giving away 3 free Hearthstone: Kobolds & Catacombs Card Packs until February* 5, but this only works if you claim your Gift.
A few months ago, Blizzard introduced the new Gift system in your Blizzard Launcher. First, quit the game if it is currently live. All you have to do is click the gift box icon in your Blizzard Launcher (as seen below).
After clicking that button, a popup window shows you the following image. You have to click the “CLAIM” button at the bottom. (If you can’t see the CLAIM button, make sure to click the full size icon at the top-right corner, or simply scroll down until you can see it).
Then Select the Region from the dropdown button: Americas or Europe.
Now launch the Hearthstone game, and you will be able to see the three card packs in your Collections tab.
Blizzard Entertainment released recently the Hearthstone: Kobolds and Catacombs digital comics titled “Up Comes Down.” This story was written by Mark Evanier and illustrated by Manuel García and Sandra Molina. You can read the comic here.