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Blizzard finally addresses reason behind popular Hearthstone player ban

Published: 18/Sep/2019 23:25 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 0:18

by Isaac McIntyre


Hearthstone wild player who allegedly used mech combo-card SN1P-SN4P to extend the length of games.

Blizzard’s announcement comes following a Reddit post on September 15, in which dedicated wild player ‘Eddetector’ revealed to the Hearthstone community that he had been banned from the game for an alleged “abuse of game mechanics.”

Eddetector considered himself a fair player that had never cheated, especially with no etiquette strikes against him in more than 10,000 matches played over five years, but when he reached out to Blizzard to query the ban he was slapped with an automated response.

Activision-BlizzardEddetector was originally banned for alleged “abuse of game mechanics.”

Now, three days after the initial post, community manager Andrew ‘Kauza’ Kauz released an announcement explaining the new policy surrounding the use of SN1P-SN4P to extend game times, and how they were combatting cheaters taking advantage of the minion card.

“This week we have spent time reading this thread and gathering all the details on the situation,” Kauza revealed. “All of this hinges on a situation where a player can end up a significant amount of extra time on their turn – even over a minute.

“SN1P-SN4P is a card that relates to this that we’ve had a close eye on, as we’ve noted that it has also been used by cheaters, playing an impossible number of cards in a single turn.”

Activision-BlizzardMech minion SN1P-SN4P has enabled a host of combo decks in Wild.

For Blizzard, concerns have been raised around the fact that some players have been employing the card to play “an impossible (for so we thought) number of cards in a single turn.” Since investigating further, Kauza revealed these multi-card feats were possible.

“We now know that some of these turns were possible under normal play because the turn had been given so much added time,” he shared.

Much to many concerned players’ relief, Kauza also confirmed the lengthy bans that had hit Eddetector and many other players would be reversed. He also revealed the auto-banhammer that had been in place until recently would come under the spotlight.

“Given the interaction with the extended time issue described above, we are rolling back a large quantity of these bans. We’re also updating the procedures that led to these bans to ensure they only catch cheaters.”

The community manager also addressed the auto-response issued after the ban in a comment: “At the time, based on the information we had, the bans looked correct. It was only after fully understanding the interaction with extra time that we were able to reevaluate and make the call that our methodology wasn’t 100% on the mark.”

So, combo-loving Hearthstone players can now breathe easier when they’re playing out their 20+ SN1P-SN4P cards against unsuspecting Wild opponents. 

It may be an agonizing combo to play against, but unless you’re using third-party software it will no longer result in an unappealable ban from the developers.


Hearthstone finally adding dual-class cards in Scholomance Academy

Published: 15/Jul/2020 5:07 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 7:06

by Isaac McIntyre


Blizzard has confirmed Hearthstone will finally be adding dual-class cards in its upcoming expansion, Scholomance Academy, which is set to be released in early August according to the collectible card game developers.

Hearthstone has just unveiled its next major expansion, a wizarding school-themed set that evokes the world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise. The August expansion will be the second to be added in the Year of the Phoenix, following ‘Ashes of Outland.’

There are a few new features Blizzard are planning on bringing to their long-standing online trading-card game in the next expansion, they confirmed on July 14. Chief among them are “dual-class cards,” a first for Hearthstone.

Scholomance Academy feature image for Hearthstone expansion.
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Blizzard just unveiled its next Hearthstone expansion, Scholomance Academy, set to be released in August.

It’s not the first time the base classes have shared limited cards; the title’s fourth expansion ‘Mean Streets of Gadgetzan’ added “tri-class cards” to the pool all the way back in December 2016. There were only nine classes back then, however.

Dual-class “Double Major” cards

With the addition of Demon Hunter at the start of Year of the Phoenix, Blizzard can now split cards into five groups, each with two related classes. There will be ten dual combos all up in the August expansion release:

  • Druid/Hunter
  • Hunter/Demon Hunter
  • Demon Hunter/Warlock
  • Warlock/Priest
  • Priest/Paladin
  • Paladin/Warrior
  • Warrior/Rogue
  • Rogue/Mage
  • Mage/Shaman
  • Shaman/Druid

Each class pairing will be given four of the 40 dual-class cards on the menu in Scholomance Academy, Blizzard revealed. The devs also confirmed each of the ten pairings would also get a Legendary ‘professor’ minion as well.

New mechanic: ‘Spellburst’

The “Double Major” cards won’t be the only new addition for Hearthstone in the upcoming August expansion either. As per usual, the devs will also be slapping a new mechanic on the table; this time, it’s called “Spellburst.”

Basically, it’s a delayed spell power for minions and players alike. The new effect warns that it will “trigger a one-time additional effect when a spell is played.” It’s almost like a trap card from rival series Yu-Gi-Oh!, but built into minions.

Hearthstone mage casts a Spellburst spell at a dummy in Scholomance Academy.
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Hearthstone fans will be able to pull off tricky spell traps with the new “Spellburst” cards.

New spells: ‘Studies’

The final new Hearthstone change for players to wrap their heads around for Scholomance Academy is a new spell type, “Studies.” These cards have Discover-only effects, but allow you to tutor up a specific type of card, like Demon or Mech.

Once you’ve collected your card, it will reduce the mana cost of the next card you play of that type. It certainly seems like a must-pick card for themed decks. The first that springs to mind is Paladin Murloc, which has run rampant in the Year of the Phoenix so far.

Murlocs charge forward in Hearthstone.
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The super-aggro Hearthstone deck “Murloc Paladin” will love to get its hand on the new Studies cards.

So there you have it; everything we know about Blizzard’s upcoming Hearthstone expansion Scholomance Academy. Keep your eyes peeled on Dexerto for more details on all 135 new cards set to be released in the August set.

The next Year of the Phoenix release is expected to drop in mid-August. Ahead of the official expansion release, fans can get an “Academy Bundle” for $49.99 USD, or book themselves a whopping 80 packs with the $79.99 “Mega Bundle.”