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Forsen frustrated after first Hearthstone return in years goes wrong

Published: 6/Nov/2019 3:56 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 4:13

by Brad Norton

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Despite first earning his fame on Hearthstone streams, Sebastien Hans ‘Forsen’ Eli Fors struggled to enjoy a return to Blizzard’s collectible card game after a few years away.

The popular content creator stands out as one of the biggest on Twitch having amassed over a million followers and serving as the face for one of the most widely used emotes on the platform.

After a lengthy hiatus from playing Hearthstone, despite being one of the most competitive players throughout his initial tenure, Forsen finally returned to the title in a recent stream and was met with a great deal of frustration.

In a November 5 broadcast, after a few hours of grinding CSGO, he decided to mix things up for the stream and surprisingly return to Hearthstone following a few years off.

Opening the game for the first time since the early days of Hearthstone, Forsen was met with what seemed like an endless cycle of pop-ups advertising all of the updates and changes that had been doled out in his absence.

From expansion notifications to countless old-school cards being transferred from Standard to Wild across the numerous seasons he missed, the spam just wouldn’t relent.

The constant influx of messages even broke the game entirely at one point, forcing him to close the application after a certain line of dialogue froze the menus in place. “I’ll see you again in three years Hearthstone,” he joked after being forced to exit out of the game.

Cycling through dozens of card packs and champion unlocks earned throughout his years away, the streamer slammed his deck and yelled for the notifications to “stop” as the same dialogue reappeared.

“It’s like surfing p*rn without adblock,” he said before piling on the criticism, and asking Blizzard if they wanted him to return to their game at all, or if they were trying to keep him away.

Fortunately, the streamer finally made his way through to the actual game and continued to play for a few hours, even testing out some of the new single-player modes.

There’s no telling whether Forsen will get back to his old Miracle Rogue ways and climb the ranked ladder once again, or if he’ll fall off and abandon the card game for another few years. Either way, it’s safe to say that his return to the title was a trying one at that.

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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.”