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Hearthstone Auto Chess game rumored for BlizzCon 2019

Published: 1/Nov/2019 9:13 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 9:34

by Matt Porter


Rumors are circulating that Blizzard are planning to step into the Auto Chess genre by releasing a Hearthstone-themed version of the game, with the announcement reportedly coming at Blizzcon.

Auto Chess has become one of the biggest genres in gaming over the last year, with Dota Auto Chess and Riot’s Teamfight Tactics drawing hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch, and just as many players.

With Auto Chess showing no sign of slowing down in popularity, rumors suggest that Blizzard will be the next developer to hop on the bandwagon, and we could see an announcement on November 1 at Blizzcon.

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In a tweet posted by gaming analyst Daniel Ahmad, the expert in the Chinese and Southeast Asian gaming market explained how the upcoming Hearthstone expansion, which is based around dragons, looked promising, before dropping a major hint about Auto Chess using a picture of an actual chessboard.

“Hearthstone expansion looks quite good,” he posted on November 1. “All about dragons with a focus on Galakrond as the special hero card for evil classes.

“I should add, the new Hearthstone expansion won’t be the only new Hearthstone content to be revealed.”

A number of major announcements are expected to be made across Blizzard’s many franchises, with two major titles set to receive new entries. Overwatch 2 has been strongly rumored, while major leaks suggest that Diablo 4 will also be announced this weekend.

Of course, none of these rumors or leaks have been confirmed by Blizzard themselves, so it’s worth taking them all with a pinch of salt as they may be inaccurate, or the developer could choose to announce them at a different time.

BlizzCon 2019 officially kicks off on Friday, November 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can make sure you don’t miss any of the major announcements with our dedicated BlizzCon 2019 hub.


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.”