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Popular Hearthstone wild player banned for “abuse of game mechanics”

Published: 16/Sep/2019 5:28 Updated: 17/Sep/2019 11:54

by Andrew Amos

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A popular Hearthstone wild player has been banned for “abuse of game mechanics,” although it’s not clear what mechanics he abused.

Hearthstone Wild allows players to reimagine what’s possible within Blizzard’s fan-favorite card game. Without the restrictions of Standard decks placed upon players, Wild decks are usually filled with utterly broken combinations and pandemonium of the highest degree.

However, as one popular Hearthstone wild player found out, stretching the boundaries too far will find yourself in hot water with Blizzard.

Activision-BlizzardHearthstone Wild allows players to use cards that are otherwise banned in Standard.

On a Reddit post on September 15, user ‘Eddetector’ announced that his Hearthstone account had been banned after 10,000 games over the last five years. 

“The whole situation is hard for me,” he said. “I take fair play rules very seriously, and I have never cheated.”

He reached out to Blizzard support, but got nothing more than an automated response.

“Your account has been closed due to a violation of Hearthstone’s policies,” the email said. “After re-reviewing your case, we can confirm that the evidence collected was correct and the penalty imposed is adequate for the offense.”

While Blizzard would not want to give away the exact mechanics that led to the suspension of Eddetector to stop cheaters circumventing the ban system, it has left the passionate player in the dark of what he did wrong.

Activision-BlizzardEddetector was banned for “abuse of game mechanics,” according to Blizzard.

He’s theorized many interesting card combinations over the past six months after dedicating himself to the chaotic game mode completely, including helping optimize the rise of SN1P-SN4P Warlock. 

This deck allowed him to play as many as 30 cards in a turn, but according to him, decks like these might have been his downfall.

“I call it the extended time bug, and as far as I know it happens only when a long turn was played before in the match,” he said. “We are talking about an additional 10 seconds here per turn, not something very apparent.”

Activision-BlizzardSN1P-SN4P has been a popular pick for Wild players recently.

Other players have managed to script the game to play up to 80 cards in a turn without the timer running out, but it’s humanly impossible to hit the APM required to get to that number of cards. 

After reaching out on Reddit, a Hearthstone Community Manager was notified of the ban and has reopened the investigation. We will update this article if any new details come to light.

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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.”