Players have been roaming the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, Hearthstone's fourth expansion, for over a week. Pros, content-creators, and fans have spent the last month trying to predict the winners and losers of this expansion, but only now have we seen the cards in action on the ladder. The meta is still in quite a bit of flux, but it's not too early to see if some cards have overperformed or failed to live up to the hype. Let's dig into the cards of this set that have had the most surprising performance thus far.
Card games are everywhere, right? If you've ever walked into a hobby shop, a comic book store, or even your local Wal-Mart, you can find yourself easily overwhelmed by the selection of colorful, collectible card games to throw money at. The digital space is equally as competitive, but as the success of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft suggests, much of the attention is focused in one very specific direction.
If you asked me yesterday what the greatest benefits of Amazon Prime were, I’d say the instant streaming with Prime Video, the ad-free tunes of Prime Music, and, of course, the extremely convenient two-day shipping. If you ask me today, however, I’d immediately start screaming about Twitch Prime, the just-launched benefit of Amazon Prime that has some unbelievable features.
When Blizzard debuted its Warcraft spin-off, Hearthstone, a couple of years ago, no one was certain of it's chances in the long run. A fun, easy to learn, free to play collectible card game was somewhat of a new market for the mega developer, but it didn't take long for the game to catch on like wildfire. Critically praised and supported rabidly by paying consumers, Hearthstone is a juggernaut of a card game and a force to be reckoned with. As Blizzard makes plans to make some very big changes to the game, can it stay that way?
Last Wednesday, Blizzard lifted the veil on the next being expansion of their popular digital card game Hearthstone. It's called The Grand Tournament, and it beckons the most noble and gallant of adventurers all to one place in order to prove who is most knightly. The battle for glory will be waged with brand new card mechanics, shiny new creatures, and exciting spells to add some extra spice to your collection. Did I mention there were knights?
For a year old game, Hearthstone sure feels like it's been around for ever. It'd had huge success very quickly, and hopes to capitalize by adding a new playmode - Tavern Brawl. This is the best thing that could happen to this game.
In Blackrock Mountain, the newest Hearthstone expansion, you’ll need a strategy-driven deck catered to your enemy’s weaknesses if you want to emerge victorious. In the below videos, Ascii shares the best decks for defeating the expasion's fearsome opponents and the cards that make the biggest impact in each fight. The best part? Each guide is only 60 seconds. The Hearthstone Playlist on Gamepedia’s YouTube Channel has everything you need to know about this newest Hearthstone adventure.
Hearthstone: Top 5 Plays of the Week
GiantKiller of 2pPressStart published a new episode of Hearthstone, Top 5 Plays of the Week. This week's plays come from Shinobi, Zealie, Miro, SmashieSmash, and Aishi. Congratulations guys on some great plays!
Weekly News Recap
- January 6
- Blue Tweets! Ladder Reset, Hunters, iPad, Bugs.
- We posted a decklist roundup from the previous week's events.
- Blizzard posted the EU and NA ladder top 100 results.
- The first episode of Fight Night Hearthstone was released.
- January 7
- Blizzard posted their plans for the transition of beta season 2.
- We posted Noxious' Constructed Talk with his Priest Circle of Healing and taunt deck.
- ManaGrind posted their interviews with Polishking and Kaldi, the winners of the NA and EU MLG/MG Opens.
- January 8
- Beta opt-ins have finally closed. Everyone who has opted in to the Hearthstone beta test, and has not received a beta key, will be automatically flagged for access sometime in January (Blizzard time).
- The second episode of Fight Night Hearthstone was released.
- January 9
- The second season of the Hearthstone beta ladder officially launched! It will last until the end of January.
- We posted thirty-three decks, ranging from super simple basic, to community created, to tournament winning. Give them a try on the ladder, or use them for inspiration to improve your own decks.
- January 10
To keep up on the latest Hearthstone news, be sure to keep an eye on Hearthpwn! To learn more in-depth information regarding cards and strategies, or to lend a hand with wiki content, please see the Hearthstone Wiki! [Vendolyn]
This week is all about Hearthstone! In addition to seeing how receptive the community has been for the chance to win a beta key and other goodies, the Hearthstone Wiki itself is the number one community driven resource for Hearthstone and our feature for this week's Wiki Spotlight!
Hearthstone is the new strategy card playing game from Activision Blizzard, set in the highly popular world of Azeroth. Players collect, customize and create decks to test their skills against one another on Battle.net. While it is in beta, Hearthstone is available for Windows and Mac OSX currently, with iOS for iPad support in the future. The game is free to play, with purchasable booster packs to expand collections. Cards may also be crafted or won! Looking for Hearthstone news? Be sure to have a look at Hearthpwn!
While you're at the Hearthstone Wiki, why not check out our giveaway to win Hearthstone beta keys! Earlier this week, we made an announcement fully detailing what all can be won and what you need to do! If you're a fan of giveaways, don't forget that we are running another one for the chance to win a Gamepedia t-shirt – each week, for 52 weeks, we give one away!
Want to join the ever-growing community of contributors? Each and every wiki at Gamepedia depends on your hard work! For ideas on where to start, check out the Hearthstone Wiki's help page and the Gamepedia Help Wiki. Gamepedia employees and community members can also be found in our IRC Channels!
We are beyond excited to be rolling out a new contest, this time, to win a beta key for Hearthstone! Please remember that our contest for 52 weeks of Gamepedia t-shirts is still ongoing. The rules to win a Hearthstone beta key are simple: log in with your Curse account to the Hearthstone Wiki, contribute as an editor and have a chance to win. Each meaningful contribution made by you is a valid entry, so be sure that when you are editing, you are logged in!
But that's not all! We want to reward the community for helping make the Hearthstone Wiki the number one community created resource for Hearthstone information and will be giving out the following prizes:
- Grand Prize (3): Hearthstone Beta Key + Blizzard iPhone 4/4S Cell Phone Case
- 1st Prize (1): Afterglow Prismatic Wireless Headset
- 2nd Prize (1): Perixx MX-3000 Programmable Gaming Laser Mouse
- 3rd Prize (1): Rosewill High Fidelity Passive Noise Isolating Rosewood Earbud Headphones
- Runners up (8): Blizzard iPhone 4/4S Cell Phone Case
Beta keys will be available for community members everywhere, regardless of location! Due to legal restrictions, however, physical prizes are eligible for U.S. and Canadian residents only.
Interested in participating, but not sure where to start? See the Hearthstone Wiki or Gamepedia help pages for information regarding contributing! Once you've started, if you find yourself having issues and need additional help, Gamepedia staff and community members may be found in our IRC channels. Each wiki also has a Community Discussion page for community members to interact with each other! Remember, you will need a Curse account to participate, which is free!
For additional information, please see the official contest page, written by Gamepedia Community Manager Benjamin Tarsa. Official rules may be found here. Keep up on the latest Hearthstone news from Hearthpwn - our Curse sister site. Sign up, contribute to the wiki, and best of luck winning some sweet Hearthstone loot!