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Blizzard responds to pro Hearthstone players cheating

Published: 22/Mar/2019 15:03 Updated: 22/Mar/2019 15:24

by Connor Bennett


Blizzard has responded to community comments about their handling of a Hearthstone esports cheating scandal  – owning up to their own mistakes and outlining the changes they’re putting in place.

At Blizzcon 2018, held last October, four players were caught cheating during the Hearthstone Global Games tournament. One of the players who was busted, Luo ‘Roger’ Shengyuan of the Chinese Taipei team, went on to win the recent Hearthstone Championship Tour [HCT] Winter Championship in early March of 2019.

Since then, fans had been vocal in feeling that the cheaters were not properly punished for their earlier actions and had seemingly gotten off free. Now, Blizzard has issued a strong response to the community backlash. 

BlizzardHearthstone is adding the Grandmasters to it’s competitive scene.

In an extremely lengthy post to the Hearthstone subreddit, Sam Braithwaite, the senior global franchise lead for Hearthstone esports, addressed the issues brought forward by the community – admitting that the Blizzard team had messed up.

Braithwaite explained that rules for the 2019 season will be re-evaluated and punishments will be administered with more transparency moving forward. He also added that Roger is still able to still compete in Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers and Masters Tour events.

However, the pro player will not be invited to Hearthstone Grandmasters – the newest component of the game’s esports scene.

Regarding competitive integrity in Hearthstone esports from r/hearthstone

While the Hearthstone scene may be niche, Blizzard looks serious about shaping up and avoiding any more scandals about its competitive players.

The goal for the Grandmasters is to showcase the highest level of Hearthstone possible, without any wrongdoing or allegations against players as the free-to-play title takes the next step forward in its esports lifespan.


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.”