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Hearthstone pro under fire for playing Autochess on phone at tournament

Published: 15/Sep/2019 18:19 Updated: 15/Sep/2019 18:37

by Bill Cooney


Hearthstone professional Linh ‘Seiko’ Nguyen is facing serious criticism from the community after he admitted to playing Dota Autochess on his phone while in a match for the Grandmasters Europe Season 2 2019.

A new competition this year from Blizzard, Hearthstone Grandmasters includes 48 of the world’s top players who are chosen based on lifetime earnings, 2018 HCT Competitive Points, and other criteria.

Seiko is on the Grandmasters’ roster representing Germany – but during a match on September 14 against Swedish pro Elias ‘Bozzzton’ Sibelius, he became distracted by playing another game on his phone.

What had Seiko so distracted?

During the match against Bozzzton, Seiko seemed extremely out of it and made some absent minded mistakes that cost him the match, 2-1.

Hearthstone player BabyBear wondered “How are we supposed to take GM seriously when even the players in it don’t?” when they saw Seiko’s clip.

“Honestly, you can see Seiko is doing something else during his match and it’s so frustrating to watch,” they wrote on Twitter.

What happened?

Seiko failed to respond the way he should have to his opponents cards or give himself enough health and shield to survive the next turn, even though he could have with the cards in his hand.

The casters for the match, Nathan ‘Admirable’ Zamora and Simon ‘Sottle’ Welch were some of the first to let Seiko know he messed up.

“Seiko, free advice for you my friend, pay attention to the goddamn game you’re playing when there are hundreds and thousands of other professional players who would love to be in your position right now,” Sottle said about the incident. “How about that? … Yeah, you can go ahead and concede now.”

“If you were wondering what the hell Seiko was doing during his match when he misplayed horribly and also was looking somewhere else than his screen most of the time… He was playing another game on another screen,” Hearthstone player Pasca explained.

What did Seiko have to say?

Seiko himself admitted that he had been playing in a Dota Autochess qualifier on his phone at while also trying to play in his Hearthstone Grandmasters match.

“I’m sorry everyone, ‪I never expected that this would be something that could escalate like this.” the pro wrote in a Twitlonger. “‪I’ve been playing autochess for quite a while now, practiced a ton for a really long time only for this qualifier and felt really good about my chances to win.‬”

“I really thought I had enough practice, that I could handle playing both games without paying too much attention to autochess,” he continued. “Unfortunately it took too much attention though, which didn’t end up well in HS.”

The pro also said he would be dropping out of the Autochess qualifier to focus entirely on Hearthstone going forward.

It remains to be seen what repercussions Seiko could face from Blizzard, who probably aren’t too fond of him playing a competitor’s game instead of theirs.


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.”