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TSM Kripp has hilarious reaction to banned Hearthstone card in Arena mode

Published: 7/Apr/2019 16:50 Updated: 7/Apr/2019 16:59

by Connor Bennett


Team Solomid’s Octavian ‘Kripparrian’ Morosan hilariously uncovered a card that is banned in Hearthstone’s Arena mode while preparing to play a game in the Arena mode.

What is Hearthstone Arena?

Hearthstone Arena is all about constructing decks using a choice of random cards in a drafting phase, with some of the most powerful, or even annoying, cards banned from being used. While popular cards sneak through the banned list, actually banned cards shouldn’t slip through the cracks.

However, one card did just slip through during a stream from TSM’s Kripp, leading to a hilarious moment live on-air in front of a few thousand viewers and Hearthstone fans.

BlizzardThe popular professional player always has an incredibly strong following on Twitch.

The professional player, who is also quite popular on Twitch as a streamer, was showing off the game’s new Rise of Shadows expansion during a stream from, ironically, Blizzard’s headquarters when he stumbled upon the banned ‘Naturalize’ card.

Upon realizing what had happened, the streamer began laughing before jokingly looking right and left for a developer. “Found a card that shouldn’t be here,” said the TSM Player, while his chat fell about themselves laughing. “Anyone? Alright, I guess we won’t tell them,” added Kripp, before laughing at the ridiculousness of finding a banned card in the mode.

When is Hearthstone Rise of Shadows released?

The streamer had been helping showcase the Rise of Shadows expansion, which is set to go live on Tuesday, April 9. With the expansion, a ton of new cards, which have all already been revealed, are set to be released – as well as a number of new pack bundles to discover the cards in.

Adding new cards in the expansion will likely mean that Blizzard will probably have to extend their banned card list for Arena in the future. The developers won’t want further banned cards slipping through, so players probably shouldn’t get too excited about seeing cards like ‘Naturalize’ pop up in Arena for very long.


Hearthstone finally adding dual-class cards in Scholomance Academy

Published: 15/Jul/2020 5:07 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 7:06

by Isaac McIntyre


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.”