Trump explains why Descent of Dragons will be Hearthstone’s most OP set - Dexerto
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Trump explains why Descent of Dragons will be Hearthstone’s most OP set

Published: 8/Nov/2019 0:23 Updated: 8/Nov/2019 1:31

by Isaac McIntyre

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The Hearthstone community is already in major hype-mode as cards from the upcoming expansion Descent of Dragons continue to leak, and streaming star Jeffrey ‘Trump’ Shih may have just kicked it into overdrive by dubbing the set the game’s “strongest yet.”

Shockingly, as the name may suggest, the next Hearthstone release will be based around powerful dragon cards, and will feature ‘the progenitor of dragonkind’ Galakrond as one of the poster boys for the set.

Alongside one of the strongest World of Warcraft characters in the lore, it seems like Blizzard has dialed the power-level of the new releases up to eleven, and Trump was more than excited to speculate exactly how the scaly-additions are going to shape the meta.

“Based off these cards, I’m fairly sure this is the strongest expansion to ever hit Hearthstone,” Trump said as he wrapped up his assessment of the 45 leaked cards that had already dropped from the set expected to drop on December 10.


“There have been some insane cards revealed, some of which would have easily made the top ten list in previous expansions. Now I’m wondering if the rest of the spoilers that we get will continue to be this powerful.”

Blizzard-ActivisionDragons are pouring back into Hearthstone with the game’s latest expansion.

There were a few cards that Trump was particularly excited for, including Druid cards like Emerald Explorer, Ysera, Unleashed, and “perhaps the most insane card of the set” Breath of Dreams, which draws a card, and adds a mana crystal if you have a dragon.

“It’s Wild Growth, before Wild Growth got nerfed, and if that wasn’t good enough, you tack on ‘draw a card’ to it as well,” he said, and speculated that just off the power of this one two-mana spell, Dragon-Druid would be an earlier frontrunner for the strongest strategy.


“This is absolutely insane, ridiculous,” he said. “I’m pretty certain that, looking at this card’s power, and the dragons I’ve seen so far, Dragon-Druid appears to be a good deck, and I don’t even need to see the rest of the spoilers to say that either, I think.”

Trump also rated Hunter’s new cards, which included secret-finding Phase Stalker, and one-mana Dwarven Sharpshooter, which allows players to target enemy minions with your Steady Shot hero power, the latter of which Trump dubbed “very stupid” in a good way.

The Hearthstone streamer also added that Mage was “really insane” with their new class cards, as long as they have strong dragons — almost a silly question in the new set.


Neutral cards like Twin Tyrant and Sathrovarr caught Trump’s eye, with the latter minion’s Battlecry of dealing damage to two enemies “certainly a great addition.” He also flagged Evasive Drakonid as another strong end-game beater but said it may be better in draft-based modes.

While the newest Hearthstone set may have been slightly overshadowed by the ongoing controversy surrounding Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai and Blizzard’s stance regarding publicizing the Hong Kong protests, it’s clear that fans are still super keen for its release.

Descent of Dragons will be available from Tuesday, December 10. All players who log into the game during the set’s first 90 days will also receive all five Galakrond Hero cards — one each for Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warrior, and Warlock — for free.

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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.