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Hearthstone’s new set brings full collection crafting cost to insane level

Published: 11/Nov/2019 21:25 Updated: 11/Nov/2019 22:03

by Bill Cooney

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Hearthstone players have figured out the total price in Arcane Dust for the game’s full library of cards following the Descent of Dragons expansion and it makes things even tougher for new or free to play players.

Arcane Dust is the primary crafting material in Hearthstone – it’s gained by breaking down unneeded cards and can be used to build any card a player has enough to afford.

For players that have been playing and collecting cards in Hearthstone, filling out the library each expansion isn’t impossible, but it does pose quite the challenge to new players or players who don’t spend money on the game.

Blizzard-ActivisionThe Descent of Dragons expansion brings another full card set to Hearthstone.
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How much does Descent of Dragons make the full library cost?

Reddit user lexared came up with some rough figures that show just how much it would take for someone just starting out in Hearthstone with Descent of Dragons to fill out their library.

The total price to craft every card in the Hearthstone library goes up to 1.065.720 Dust after the expansion, according to lexared, but that doesn’t take into account cards received from packs themselves.

Crafting allows Hearthstone players to create cards to fill out their library.
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Lexared realized this and came back with an updated estimation that takes into account the cards players actually keep from packs.

“With diminishing returns, it takes around 260 packs to complete a single set,” they explained. “Provided than you disenchant extra copies and craft the missing ones.”

“A new player would need to open 3800 packs and buy the 4 adventures to get all the cards,” lexared continued. “Or by crafting the cards from adventures with dust from packs (52.400 dust total) open another 500 packs to get the dust”

“So, 3,800 packs at $70 per 60, plus 4 adventures at $20 each,” Another user, LukeZaz, pointed out. “ That’s roughly $4,513. Perfectly affordable, obviously!”

Players looking to pick up Hearthstone better have enough money or time to get up to speed.

Is Hearthstone worth picking up now?

The time, effort, and in some cases price tag, to build a competitive deck in Hearthstone just keeps going up, even though the game’s base mechanics are basically the same.

This presents a high barrier to entry for new players, but there’s nothing stopping them from slogging along collecting cards if they want to put in the time (or money) required.

It could take less time to build a complete collection for one class, like Shaman or Warrior, but players would still be dependent on whatever cards they get out of packs – and the dust they can collect from them

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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.”