Hearthstone’s esports scene continues to grow, with Blizzard set to grow both the number of top level tournaments held in 2020 as well as the prize money up for grabs for those competing.
Hearthstone's so-called Year of the Dragon wasn't just a promise to fill the popular card game with more scaly beasts. Blizzard also hoped to deliver a more rich story experience, while also bringing the game play more inline with a more focused narrative core. Enter the League of Explorers and their ongoing quest to stop the League of E.V.I.L. This last set in this year-long story, Descent of Dragons, looks to cap this tale with a final battle between the two foes.
BlizzCon 2019 took place this past weekend, and it was easily one of the biggest BlizzCon's to date! A new main entry into the Diablo series stole the show while Hearthstone and World of Warcraft announced their next expansion sets. Overwatch also announced a second game in the series, and the rest of Blizzard's franchises all announced their upcoming content. It's certainly going to be difficult to top the quality of announcements for years to come.
Hearthstone has come a long way from the in-house side project it started as. It’s consistently the most watched card game on Twitch and it’s intensely popular at the competitive level. It also seems to be an endless font of new content. Now, the game's 12th expansion, Saviors of Uldum, looks to spice up the 5 year old game with new keywords, card types, and story.
Halloween treats are springing up left and right in the video game realm, from Fortnite to Hearthstone, and it's time to jump right in! If you're looking to celebrate the spookiness of the season in some of your favorite games, you'll want to make it a point to dive right into the games hosting various Halloween events this year. We've rounded up some the best and biggest here for you to explore, so grab your broomsticks and let's ride!
Biology Project: The Symmetrical effect set to break the Hearthstone Metagame
By Justin Warden
Symmetrical effects have always been controversial in card games. By nature, they are hard to evaluate because they provide both players with an advantage. In Magic the Gathering (the original TCG), many symmetrical effects have been either Broken, or underpowered. Take Windfall, for example; Windfall is a spell in MTG that costs 2U that forces both players to discard their hands and draw cards equal to the highest number of cards discarded to Windfall’s effect. This card seems balanced or even bad at a first glance, since both players draw an equal amount of cards, but the opposing player doesn’t have to spend any resources (mana) for the effect.
As it turns out, however, Windfall was an insane powerhouse that was banned in its standard format. This is because, while the effect seems bad and symmetrical, it actually allowed the casting player to refill their hand for free. In an aggressive deck, Windfall allowed the aggressor to quickly fill the board and then draw back up to 5-7 cards for three mana. In addition, forcing the opponent to discard his/her hand is very powerful, as players tend to keep good hands, so the second hand drawn is generally weaker than the discarded hand.
Unfortunately, Biology Project is also a deceptively powerful card. While it’s true that both players gain mana crystals, few classes are as well equipped in Hearthstone as the Druid class to use mana effectively. Furthermore, the Druid player doesn’t gain empty mana crystals, so Biology Project also ends up acting as an Innervate like affect, giving the caster access to even more mana on the turn it’s played.
With Biology Project, Druid has the ability to quickly ramp into game ending spells, like Ultimate Infestation, or the new Juicy Psychmelon. With these “card draw” tools, druid can quickly recuperate the last card advantage from ramping with the Biology Project, and find game ending “Win Conditions” to utilize the newfound mana on.
Right now, the best sequence I can image in the following:
Turn 3: Cast any of the 7 or 8 drop cards you just drew, proceed to win the game.
This combo is insane, and while the other revealed Druid cards are good, none are powerful without the unreal mana ramp provided by Biology Project. No aggressive deck is strong enough to race a 8 drop minion on turn 3.
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Boomsday - The Dreaded Aggro Shaman Returns!
By Justin Warden
Any seasoned Hearthstone player will remember the death of Hearthstone; the day players discovered the incredible synergy between Tunnel Trogg, Jade Claws, and Patches the Pirate. For four months we all suffered through what felt like a one-deck-meta, trying our best not to die by turn five. Personally, I almost disenchanted my collection when my opponent played the following:
- Turn 1: Trogg, coin Trogg.
- Turn 2: Jade claws, overload for 1, attack for 4.
- Turn 3: Southsea Deckhand, pulling patches from the deck, lighting bolt my face for 3, overload for 1, attack for 11.
- Turn 4: Lavaburst by face for 5, overload for 2, attack for 15. I died.
Next month, Electra StormSurge enters Standard, and Hearthstone dies again.
Electra has every element that breathes “broken.” Not only is she an aggressively priced legendary (she only costs 3!) but she is also an elemental to synergize with elemental matter cards.
Not that any of that text matters. All that really matters is that she doubles the effect of the next spell cast this turn. This is an extremely flexible ability, and it’s good in pretty much every single deck that runs spells. With cards like Healing Rain, Electra becomes reno Jackson, healing for 28. Her real use, however, is in an aggressive shell, where she acts as an efficient finisher.
- With Lava Burst, she becomes a better pyroblast -- 8 mana for 10 damage and a 3/3 body. On turn 9, you can potentially combo for 15 damage!
- With Feral Spirits, she combos to be a better Living Mana for a class that has great direct damage!
Let’s compare Living Mana with Electra + Feral Spirits on turn six.
On turn 6, Living Mana reads: 1 card, create 6 2/2’s -- or in other words, 12/12 in stats for 6 mana.. Destroy all your mana crystals. For every 2/2 destroyed, gain a mana crystal. On turn 7, that leaves you with one mana crystal to play with. If you want to regain mana moving forward, you need to kill off your creatures rather than going face.
On turn 6, Electra + Feral Spirits reads: 2 cards, generate one 3/3, and 4 2/3s with taunt. Next turn, overload for 4. For those counting, that makes her a 6 mana 11/15 spread across 5 bodies. On turn 7, you are left with 3 mana crystals available, meaning you can still cast spells. Furthermore, on turn 8, all your mana unlocks, meaning you can aggressively attack face without worrying about losing resources moving forward.
All in all, we should prepare to worship our Shaman overlords, because aggro shaman is back.
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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!