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Hearthstone Battlegrounds gets fresh patch for upcoming open beta

Published: 12/Nov/2019 21:30

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard rolled out a new patch for Hearthstone Battlegrounds on November 11 just ahead of the game’s first open beta.

Battlegrounds is a new Hearthstone auto battler mode that was introduced at BlizzCon 2019, available in early access for players who had virtual ticket access to the convention.

Players who haven’t gotten to try out the new game mode will get their first chance when Battlegrounds starts its first open beta on November 12.

The beta also comes with a brand new patch and updates to overall game performance in hearthstone as well.

Hearthstone Battlegrounds is Blizzard’s take on the auto battler genre.

What changes are in the update?

Besides balance changes to several minions in Battlegrounds, Hearthstone has also given players the option to reroll daily quests.

Several players had complained about the missing option after Hearthstone assigned Battlegrounds quests during the early access period, which made them impossible to complete for those without access.

Now, players who receive Battlegrounds quests, but who don’t feel like playing the auto battler, can simply reroll to get another way to earn their daily gold.

Players will now be able to reroll their daily quests again after the update.

What else is in the update?

Blizzard also touched on features that would be coming to Battlegrounds soon, but not in the November 12 update.

Of course, new minions and heroes will arrive in future patches, but the title will also receive more in-depth stat tracking for the new mode as well.

Information will also be added in the future that allows players to see what types of minions their opponent currently has in their hand.


The full 15.6.2 Hearthstone patch notes are listed below:

Balance Changes

  • Minions

    • Mama Bear

      • Changed from 5/5 giving +5/+5 to 4/4 giving +4/+4

    • Kangor’s Apprentice

      • Changed from 4/8 to 3/6

  • Hero Powers

    • Infinite Toki

      • Temporal Tavern

        • Changed from 1 cost to 2 and now reads “Refresh Bob’s Tavern. Add a minion from a higher Tavern Tier.”

    • King Mukla

      • Bananarama

        • Changed to “Passive Hero Power: Whenever you buy a beast, add a Banana to your hand.”

    • Jaraxxus

      • Bloodfury

        • Hero power changed from 3 cost to 2.

Game Fixes & Improvements

  • Squelch now works as intended + no longer causes crashes under certain circumstances

  • Daily Quests can now be rerolled

  • Hallow’s End Arena Daily Quest can now be completed

  • A variety of Android crashes have been fixed

  • Memory optimization for Battlegrounds for devices with less than 2GB of RAM

We’re aiming to make updates fairly regularly – every month or so, or perhaps a little faster. We’ll have more information on future updates over the next few weeks. While I’m here, I wanted to talk a bit about Battlegrounds and what we’re seeing and feeling since we launched in beta last week.

Overall, we’ve been thrilled by the response players have had to Battlegrounds, and we’ve been closely watching the feedback coming in. We’re continuing to work on a variety of things coming in the future, but I’d like to call out to a few of them. Please note all of this is future-looking – none of this is getting added quite yet.

New Heroes and Minions!

We’ve been cooking up some new heroes and minions, and we’ll be making them live within the game with our next update. We don’t want to say too much right now, but a couple of very familiar faces will be included.

Stats!

We know the amount of gameplay information that informs how players are performing is limited right now, and we are already hard at work on an advanced stats screen that will be available in the next update. We’ll have much more detail soon, but expect things like your top 5 heroes by wins, most played heroes, how many first place finishes you’ve completed, and more.

Leaderboard Updates

We want to give players more useful information about their opponents so they can make more informed gameplay decisions and build more complex strategies. On the left-hand leaderboard we’re going to be adding some addition information on the minion types that your opponents have. For example, you’ll be able to see that one of your opponents currently holds three murlocs and two demons.

The Selling Experience

We want to make some improvements to how minions are sold, allowing minions to be sold from your hand. We think this will make it into the game some time early next year, and we’ll have more updates on how that is progressing, especially if we think it will come later than January.

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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.”