BlizzCon 2014 – Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes Card Packs Expansion FAQ

We have got some extra details about Goblins vs Gnomes not available on the official Hearthstone website. Directly from BlizzCon 2014 we have learned details from the Frequently Asked Questions, Overview and features.

We do know a version of Hearthstone for Android Tablets is coming in December, as revealed during the Activision Blizzard Q3 2014 financial results conference call. However,; and we learned today at BlizzCon 2014 the new Spectator Mode will be introduced to Hearthstone when Goblins vs Gnomes launches this December.

hearthstone-goblins-and-gnomes-logoBlizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play digital strategy card game. Designed to be deceptively simple and epically engaging for players of all backgrounds, Hearthstone features quick and lively duels that evoke the spirit of a friendly match played beside a crackling tavern fire.

Game Modes

Play Mode: Duel other players to level up your Heroes and complete quests along the way. Whether you’re a grizzled veteran, curious newcomer, or fall somewhere in between, matchmaking will pair you up against a worthy opponent. You also have the chance to earn exclusive card backs each month to customize your deck in Ranked Play.

The Arena: Put your skills to the test in this mode where deck-building is half the fun. Pick between three different, randomly selected Heroes, then assemble a new deck by choosing from a selection of randomized cards. Once 30 cards have been selected, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and head to the Arena where players duel other participants for a chance to win rewards. After winning 12 matches, or losing 3, you will unlock a chest of loot based on how well you did.

Solo Adventures: With Adventures, players go toe-to-toe with computer-controlled opponents to earn unique Adventure-specific cards. Hearthstone’s first Adventure, Curse of Naxxramas, was released in July and paired players against a variety of spooky bosses. If you’re not quite ready to set out on an Adventure, Practice Mode offers a chance to polish abilities and try out new deck ideas against basic or expert AI opponents.

Key Features

Collection Manager: Browse your ever-expanding card collection, disenchant cards for raw materials to craft new ones, and build a variety of custom decks to suit your shifting strategies.

Quests: Players can immerse themselves in daily quests that will reward them with gold when completed. Gold can be used to purchase more card packs or gain entry into the Arena.

Crafting: Disenchant those extra cards in your collection to receive Arcane Dust, the material used to construct Hearthstone cards. You can then use this dust to craft cards to complete your decks or fill out your overall collection.

Friendly Duels: Want to challenge your buddy to a quick match (or just show off your shiny new cards)? Hearthstone is connected to, so you’ll be able to fire up a game with a friend right from your friends list.

Cross-Platform Compatibility: Hearthstone is playable on Windows PC, Mac, as well as on iPads. You only need one account to access your collection manager and get to slinging cards!

Coming Soon

More Platforms: Hearthstone will be available on select Android Tablet devices before the end of the year, and on select phones early next year.

More Cards: At BlizzCon we announced our first expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, due out in December. It will have over 100 new cards that will be available as card packs.

Spectator Mode: This feature will allow for players to watch their friend’s Hearthstone games in real time, or invite friends to watch theirs!



Goblins vs Gnomes is the explosive first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion, giving players more cards—and more ways to construct their decks—than ever before!

More Cards

Goblins vs Gnomes card packs will offer players over 120 new cards to add to their collection, sparking an explosion of new strategic options and ways to play Hearthstone. These cards focus on the epic rivalry between goblins and gnomes—as well as the inventions they concoct to get the upper hand.

Why Goblins vs Gnomes

Hapless heroes across Azeroth have learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the contraptions crafted by goblin engineers and their gnomish counterparts—and that dynamic is the perfect fit for Hearthstone. With our first expansion, we wanted to stick with a fun common theme just like we did with Curse of Naxxramas, our first Adventure—but this time, the results are more unpredictable.

New Card Type: Mechs

GvG features a new type of card —Mechs—that represent the inventions designed by goblins and gnomes. These mechanical marvels can have, well . . . let’s just say “interesting” interactions with other cards that we can’t wait for players to discover.

In the Arena

As with Curse of Naxxramas, GvG cards will be available in the Arena without having to own any of the cards. Players will also win Goblins versus Gnomes card packs after completing a run in the Arena.

How do you get these crazy things?

Players will be able to add GvG cards to their collection by purchasing new card packs in the store for in-game gold or real money at the same price as the existing card packs

When is it out?

Goblins vs Gnomes is due out in December 2014, for all your tinkering needs.


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