Hearthstone’s Dragonqueen Alexstrasza heats up Descent of Dragons set - Dexerto
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Hearthstone’s Dragonqueen Alexstrasza heats up Descent of Dragons set

Published: 27/Nov/2019 23:41 Updated: 27/Nov/2019 23:43

by Brad Norton

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A newly revealed Legendary for the upcoming Descent of Dragons Hearthstone expansion looks to be a staple for any Dragon-based deck moving forward.

Set to release on December 10, Descent of Dragons is the latest Hearthstone expansion, intending to disrupt the meta with a massive influx of new cards.

Boasting over 135 minions, spells, and hero cards to collect, the set will round out the Year of the Dragon with a focus on decks built around the Dragon-archetype. Unsurprisingly, a devastating new Legendary has been revealed and all signs indicate that it could be a staple in every Dragon deck moving forward.

Blizzard - HearthstoneDescent of Dragons is the third and final Hearthstone expansion of 2019.

In a November 27 video, popular Hearthstone content creator ‘Alliestrasza’ fittingly unveiled the new Legendary Dragon with a large-scale, physical recreation of the in-game card.

“So join me now defenders of life, respect the darkness but stand for the light,” she said while slowly bringing the devastating nine-mana minion into frame.

The brand-new Legendary is none other than Dragonqueen Alexstrasza and the card comes boasting a powerful late-game Battlecry. “If your deck has no duplicates, add 2 random Dragons to your hand. They cost 0” the card reads.


As demonstrated at the tail end of the reveal video, upon dropping the Legendary onto the board, two new Dragons will be added to your hand and become immediately playable. 

Amusingly enough, the in-game teaser showcased just how absurdly powerful the effect can be if RNG is on your side. With a free Azure Explore now in hand, another Dragonqueen Alexstrasza was hilariously discovered allowing the cycle to begin again with the next turn.

With what is undeniably a remarkably efficient use of Mana in the late-game for a Dragon-based deck, the Legendary itself boasts impressive stats as an 8/8 minion. Meaning that if RNG delivers relatively weak freebies, you’re still going to have a powerful creature on the board no matter what.

Blizzard - HearthstoneThe powerful Dragon is a neutral Legendary, meaning that any class can build a deck around it.

When combined with all manner of new synergizing cards coming in the new expansion, there’s a great opportunity for this new Legendary to be a staple inclusion in any Dragon-based build.

From the new Deathwing, Mad Aspect Warrior Legendary to the four-mana 8/8 Paladin Legendary, there’s a plethora of exciting new Dragons to look forward to when the expansion releases on December 10. Here’s a rundown of every card revealed thus far to keep you on the ball ahead of the new content drop.

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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.