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Hearthstone quests forcing players to buy early access to Battlegrounds

Published: 6/Nov/2019 19:59 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 20:35

by Bill Cooney

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Battlegrounds is the newest mode coming to Hearthstone but some players who don’t have early access aren’t thrilled with quests for the mode popping up in the main game.

Blizzard surprised fans at Blizzcon 2019 with the announcement of Hearthstone Battlegrounds, the publisher’s take on the popular Auto-Battler genre.

The mode is currently in closed beta for all BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders, but quests for Battlegrounds are already popping up in the main game.

What’s the issue with Battlegrounds quests in Hearthstone?

Reddit user SoggyBreadCrust posted a picture of their daily quests, which included one requiring them to play two Battlegrounds games.

Players also pointed out that the Hearthstone feature giving players the option to get rid of one quest a day, for whatever reason, was now gone as well.

Battleground’s early access is currently available to everyone who was at BlizzCon or purchased a Virtual Ticket, but those who didn’t have to purchase access to the new mode.

Forcing me to get early access for battlegrounds? from r/hearthstone

For players who rely on daily quests to get gold, which is used to buy Hearthstone packs, it can definitely be frustrating to have a quest you can’t complete, and can’t get rid of.

But there’s good news, no matter how annoying the early access may be for some players, they won’t have to wait very long at all for the Battlegrounds open beta to begin.

The open beta for Battlegrounds is set to begin on November 12, giving all Hearthstone players the chance to try the new mode out and finally complete their quests.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Battlegrounds open beta is set to start on November 12.

What else is coming to Hearthstone?

Battlegrounds was only part of the upcoming Hearthstone content announced at Blizzcon 2019, along with a brand new expansion.

The all-new mode was announced alongside Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Descent of the Dragons, which will actually add dragon cards to Hearthstone’s Year of the Dragon.

The expansion will launch on December 10, and it is likely to bring something new to Battlegrounds, as well as the base game.

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Sources: Activision Blizzard collegiate partner Tespa closing down

Published: 9/Dec/2020 9:37 Updated: 9/Dec/2020 9:41

by Adam Fitch

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North American collegiate esports organization Tespa is coming to a close and will make way for new university programs from game developer Activision Blizzard, according to sources.

Headquartered in Blizzard’s offices in Irvine, California, the company confirmed to members that the “Tespa name and brand will not continue to exist come 2021” according to documents obtained by Dexerto.

Since their national expansion in 2013, the organization has existed as an “event support network” for colleges who have gaming and esports initiatives. In 2014, they partnered with Blizzard to host collegiate events for Hearthstone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

Following the closure of Tespa, the developer will continue to host competitive programs for students across North America. At the time of writing, there are programs for Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

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Tespa are well-known for hosting Heroes of the Dorm, a tournament that provided fully-paid tuition for the winning team.

The decision was at least partially made due to the restrictions surrounding hosting events in 2020 due to the global health situation. Tespa will “indefinitely” cancel their Chapter Program, a network of officially-recognized gaming clubs for students across Canada and the United States.

“With the rapid amount of change that has been in effect this year, we’ve taken time to reflect and plan for how we want our collegiate programs to grow in the future,” a document reads.

“The Tespa name and brand has been with us since the beginning, and although we are moving on from this brand, we’re excited for the opportunity to integrate more with our game franchises.”

Further solidifying the end for the company, there are plans to close the Tespa Community Discord — a hub for those who take part in the program.

To commemorate the closure, the company will share highlights and milestones from the community on their Twitter from December 9 to the end of the month.