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Hearthstone pro Savjz reveals why Blizzard has ‘blacklisted’ him

Published: 24/Jun/2020 2:29 Updated: 24/Jun/2020 6:38

by Andrew Amos


Update (June 23 10:37pm PT): While Blizzard hasn’t issued a statement publicly, Savjz has noted that Blizzard reached out and overturned their decision.

“I got an apology from the community lead. I am now OK to participate in future events, and my wife is OK to visit future live events as a guest,” he said on Twitter.

“They stated that I was refusing to sign a normal event NDA and that was the reason I was not being considered for events. This was not the case. No NDA was ever brought up in conversations. We still feel like we were treated unfairly, but I really want to just move past this.”

Original article continues below.

Hearthstone pro Janne ‘Savjz’ Mikkonen hasn’t made an appearance at a major event in 2020. The reason why? Reportedly, the Team Liquid star has been blacklisted by Blizzard after his wife ⁠— a former employee ⁠— made comments about the company after she left.

Savjz is one of Hearthstone’s and the wider card game community’s ⁠biggest names. The 32-year-old Finn is much loved in the community, with over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube and a big presence.

However, he hasn’t had the chance to show off his skills in front of the fans that adore him. According to him, he’s been blacklisted from all Blizzard events for comments that his wife made about the company.

His wife, Christina ‘ZerinaX’ Mikkonen, broke her silence on the issue on June 23, saying the fact Savjz has been banned from all events has been “affecting [his] mental health.”

“Blizzard is currently blacklisting Savjz from events because I spoke out against the company and offended a CM by responding to their tweet with: ‘Are you f**king serious right now,’” she said.

“The CM stated to Savjz that I would not be welcome at any Hearthstone event and would not be able to accompany him in case Savjz was invited to anything in the future.”

This ban extended onto Savjz, who corroborated the story on stream as fans questioned why he has been lurking in the shadows this year.

“My wife used to work at Blizzard, so they didn’t invite me to events because I might come in contact with some information about Blizzard,” the streamer stated while live on June 23.

“When she was laid off, she made some tweets, bringing attention to things such as rehiring for the same positions, bunch of corporate stuff. Blizzard is having their revenge on me, and it’s not even me who did it.”

Blizzard also reportedly told Savjz that he was a “liability” because of who he was married too.

“My wife was part of the 800 layoffs and she spoke up about the unjust practices of the company.”


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.”