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Hearthstone reveals new Dragon expansion and Autochess mode

Published: 1/Nov/2019 22:19 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 22:53

by Scott Robertson

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During the opening ceremony for Hearthstone team revealed new cards for their newest expansion, Descent of Dragons, and also previewed their newest game mode.

It was a busy morning in Anaheim for Blizzard, as the opened their BlizzCon with an opening ceremony that was stuffed to the brim with announcements and reveals.

While titles like Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 dominated the headlines and social media, the Hearthstone team made big announcements too, starting with their new expansion Descent of Dragons.

Descent of Dragons will add a plethora of new content to the digital card game, starting with, of course, 135 new cards that will be added to the game. Chief among these cards is “the dragon to end all dragons,” Galakrond. Galakrond is playable as five new Hero cards for the Warrior, Warlock, Shaman, Rogue, and Priest classes.

Galakrond’s Battlecry allows the player to draw a card with no mana cost, and his Hero Power adds a Lackey to the player’s hand. DoD is also introducing a new keyword in Invoke, which works directly with Galakrond to power up his Battlecry, allowing the player to draw additional cards and increase his strength.

The new expansion is also introducing Sidequests, which are quicker versions of the Quest cards that offer powerful rewards to Mages, Druids, Hunters, and Paladins. New Dragon cards and Dragon spells are also being introduced.

Hearthstone fans can pre-purchase packs now, in bundles of 60 packs for $50, or a bundle of 100 packs for $80 that includes the new Deathwing Warrior Hero. Any player who logs in within the first 90 days of the launch of DoD gets all five Galakrond cards.

But the biggest inclusion in the pre-purchase bundles is the latest iteration of the autobattler trend, with Hearthstone’s own take on the genre in Hearthstone Battlegrounds.

Battlegrounds is an eight-player autobattler mode featuring 24 heroes from Hearthstone and Warcraft universe. Players will select their units and watch them fight it out.

Descent of Dragons pack pre-purchasers can get into Early Access on November 5th until November 11th, and there will be a Global Open beta for Battlegrounds on November 12th.

The BlizzCon opening ceremony began with Hearthstone, but not anything to do with the game itself. Blizzard President J. Allen Brack addressed the infamous Hearthstone scandal that began in October, when Hearthstone pro player Blitzchung was banned for showing support for Hong Kong protestors in a post-tournament interview.

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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.”