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Blizzard finally offer new way to purchase Hearthstone Wild packs

Published: 6/Dec/2019 12:35 Updated: 8/Dec/2019 18:39

by Kamil Malinowski

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Blizzard are finally adding a long-awaited feature to Hearthstone, allowing fans to purchase Wild Card Packs with gold. 

Hearthstone’s competitive mode is split into seasons and expansions. Every season certain expansion packs rotate in and out of the ‘Standard’ game mode, giving players different cards to play with.

Blizzard added ‘Wild’ mode to the game in 2016, which removed some cards, and later whole expansions, from the ‘standard’ mode, making them only playable in ‘Wild’. Since then, the community has been split between the two modes.

BlizzardWild mode allows players to use any card.

On December 5, Blizzard announced a large set of updates for the game ahead of the newest expansion, Descent of Dragons. One of the biggest changes by far was an adjustment to the shop, reintroducing Wild packs for gold.

This once again allows players to buy previous expansion packs for gold, making Wild more affordable. Fans of the game mode were extremely pleased with the news, sharing comments like “Honestly, this excited me more than anything else in the patch notes!” and “HOLY SH*T I AM BURSTING… Sorry, I’m just very excited! Been waiting for this for years.”

As more expansions were released over the years Blizzard began to remove old card packs from the shop. Some of the earliest expansions like Goblins vs. Gnomes and The Grand Tournament haven’t been available in the shop for a long time, meaning Wild players were not able to purchase cards from those sets for gold.

This meant that the only way for players to get older cards was through the game’s dust system. This was a way for players to recycle cards into dust, which could then be used to make other cards.

It is incredibly expensive, however, as cards are only worth a quarter of their cost when recycled. For example, one legendary tier card gives 400 dust when it is recycled, but costs 1600 dust to make. Wild fans weren’t happy about this, as it made getting cards they wanted a lot more expensive, although, that’s about to change.

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Hearthstone finally adding dual-class cards in Scholomance Academy

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

by Isaac McIntyre

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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.”