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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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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.”