Icy Veins Updated for Curse of Naxxramas

The Curse of Naxxramas adventure is now live, and we've updated our Hearthstone site with tons of new content! We've added a new Solo guides category to the menu, which contains brand new sections dedicated the new adventure. As future solo adventures are released, this new section will be your go-to source for boss information, strategies, deck lists and general tips and tricks to completing an adventure!

The Introduction section includes detailed information about Curse of Naxxramas, including the pricing structure, format facts and a detailed list of the rewards from each boss and class challenge. If you haven't already, be sure to log in during the Curse of Naxxramas release event to gain access to the Arachnid Quarter for free!

We've added a new section dedicated to Class Challenges, the single-player fixed-deck challenges included in the new adventure. This section includes tips and tricks to defeating the Arachnid Quarter's Druid and Rogue class challenges as well as full boss decklists, so you can know what to expect! We've also included videos detailing the challenges to completion!

Finally, we've introduced a detailed guide to the Naxxramas' first wing, the Arachnid Quarter. This guide is mainly written with Heroic difficulty in mind, and offers information on the bosses, their Hero Powers and full deck lists. In this section, we've included deck-building tips and suggestions of cards that will aid you constructing a deck to best defeat these powerful foes! If you're looking for ideas, we've even included sample decks for different classes that should greatly assist in your efforts (if the cards are in your favor, that is)!

We will be updating the Solo category with new guides and sections for each win of Naxxramas as it is released. A new wing will unlock each week, so be sure to check back soon for the latest deck lists and strategies! Have fun storming the citadel!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/07/24
Hearthstone Recap: Curse of Naxxramas Release Date, New Card + More!

It's been an exciting week in Hearthstone with the very welcome news of Curse of Naxxramas release date! The Adventure will release in the Americas region on all available platforms on July 22 (July 23 in Europe)! The Arachnid Quarter will be available for free for the first month after release, so even if you don't have much time to play, be sure to log in and get your free wing! We've outlined the full pricing structure in our Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Preview. Blizzard has also previewed an upcoming Curse of Naxxramas Legendary card, the fearsome final boss of the Plague Quarter, Loatheb! Check out the new card, Curse of Naxxramas release information, current Ranked Play standings and even find out what Hearthstone card you are in this week's Hearthstone recap!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/07/20
Warcraft Recap: WoD Zone Previews, Beta Patch Notes Update + More!

This week in Warcraft sees the return of the Gaze of the Black Prince buff, a welcome boost which should help players finish off their Legendary Cloak questline! Blizzard has published some new previews of Warlords of Draenor zones, including additional information about Gorgrond, Talador and the PVP zone of Ashran! They've also made a few changes to the Warlords of Draenor Beta patch notes, with some additional changes to Death Knight and Hunter abilities. It's been a relatively quiet week but Blizzard has been happy to show off even more Warlords of Draenor with a new entry in their "Beasts of the Savage Lands" blog series, this time spotlighting Shadowmoon Valley! Those Podlings don't look like they can be trusted! Check out this week's Warcraft recap!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/07/20
Warlords of Draenor Battle Pet Guide

Warlords of Draenor is still some time away, but we wanted to take a look at the battle pets Blizzard has added to the game so far! In addition to a plethora of new achievements, mounts and other fun items, there will certainly be tons of new additions to player's pet menageries with this expansion. We're already starting to see Draenor wild pets along with some awesome profession-crafted pets! The Safari Hat item is now a toy, so you can easily "equip" the buff using a spell, rather than having to switch equipment. A newly upgraded hat, the Savage Safari Hat, will be available and offers a phenomenal 20% experience buff! Read on to find out more about the upcoming pets and pet items in Warlords of Draenor!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/07/19
Hearthstone Recap: Curse of Naxxramas Pricing Revealed, Community Spotlights + More!

This week's Hearthstone recap spotlights new details of the Curse of Naxxramas adventure, which is scheduled to release some time this month! Blizzard has finally revealed pricing details for the Adventure, and they will be offering the first wing (the Arachnid Quarter) for free during a special launch event! They've also revealed additional details about the Heroic difficulty mode for the Adventure, which should prove to challenge even the most skilled of players. Players who manage to best every boss in Heroic difficulty will unlock a special new card back! We should see a release date soon! Be sure to check out our Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Preview for more information about the upcoming Adventure! We've got new Curse of Naxxramas details plus some great spotlights on the Hearthstone community, in this week's recap!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/07/13
Warcraft Recap: Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes Update, New Draenei Model + More!

This week in World of Warcraft sees an update to the Warlords of Draenor Patch notes. Blizzard has done another pass over the abilities and class changes, and a few more spells have been deemed unnecessary (such as the Druid's Hibernate ability and Warlock's Curse of Exhaustion). There's also been some substantial changes to a variety of specializations, including some welcome changes and re-works for Arms and Fury Warriors. Blizzard has also previewed the new Draenei Male model in their latest Artcraft entry, and he's looking buffer than ever. Our friends over at MMO-Champion have fished up another new Tier 17 armor set (this time, it's Hunters), so be sure to check it out! Also, in case you haven't yet logged into WoW and Valor capped for the week, the Heart of the Valorous buff is back for the entire weekend! Read on for more details in this week's Warcraft recap!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/07/13
Hearthstone Recap: Naxx Pricing Delayed, New Card Back, Season 3 Ends

Ranked Play Season 3 has come to a close, and the Rainbow! card back makes way for something sinister. A new Naxxramas card back has been revealed as the reward for reaching Rank 20 in Ranked Play Season 4! Speaking of Naxxramas, there pricing announcement we had anticipated for Curse of Naxxramas has been unexpectedly delayed, and there is currently no ETA on when these details will be revealed. The Adventure is still planned to release some time this month, so we shouldn't have to wait too long to find our more details on the Adventure's pricing and release structure. To hype players up for the upcoming Adventure (as if this was at all needed), Blizzard has published a Naxxramas boss preview article, so players can get to know their upcoming nemeses! Also, be sure to check out the list of Season 3's top players. Congratulations to everyone who qualified!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/07/06
Warcraft Recap: WoD Zone Previews, Screenshots, Black Temple Guide

This week has been full of new screenshots and information about upcoming Warlords of Draenor zones! Blizzard has published new previews of the upcoming Frostfire Ridge zone, which is the starting zone for Horde players in the expansion. Their zone preview post includes developer interviews and they've also started a new series which provides an in-depth look at some of the creatures native to this zone. Our friends over at MMO-Champion have posted a huge set of screenshots from the Spires of Arak and Shadowmoon Valley zones, the latter being the Alliance starting zone this expansion. Also, the cutest new member of WoD's pet collection is previewed on Twitter: the Molten Corgi!

In non-WoD news, the Heart of the Valorous buff has temporarily returned to the live servers; no definite word on how long the buff will be active but we can expect it for at least this weekend (last time, the buff was in-game for two weeks). Be sure to check out our Guide to Gaining Valor to maximize your Valor gain! For those of you who would rather focus on looking awesome (which is just as important), Blizzard has posted a guide to soloing Black Temple for the plethora of awesome transmog gear (and Warglaives). They've also posted a funny video clip showing the aftermath of the events of the Mists of Pandaria trailer. Be sure to read on for this week's Warcraft recap!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/07/06
Warcraft Recap: Warlords of Draenor Beta, New Character Models + More!

What an exciting week in the World of Warcraft! The Warlords of Draenor Closed Beta has started, and all Alpha characters have been wiped. Players who had Alpha access will have Beta access (of course) and Beta invites have been going out in waves. Blizzard has mentioned that they will be targeting "WoW Veterans" in these first waves of invites, so be sure to keep your eyes on your inbox! With the start of the Beta also comes a major change to the faction hubs for this expansion. The Horde and Alliance will no longer call Bladespire Fortress and Karabor home. The faction hubs will now exist similar to how they were implemented in Mists of Pandaria, on opposing outskirts of the PVP zone of Ashran. There have also been some new hotfixes to the Deserter buff on live servers. Finally, we've got tons of new character model previews, including the official reveal of the Human Male model plus in-progress models for Draenei Male, Undead Male, Human Female and Night Elf Female! Check out all of the new models as well as the rest of this week's Warcraft news in the latest recap!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/06/28
Hearthstone Recap: Curse of Naxxramas Release Details, Season 3 Ending + More!

It's finally coming! Blizzard has just revealed that a release is in sight for the upcoming Curse of Naxxramas Adventure! Blizzard is targeting July 2014 for release of the Adventure, but no specific date has yet been revealed. They have, however, announced that they will be revealing details on the upcoming pricing structure for the Adventure packs on or around July 1st! In the world of Hearthstone Ranked Play, Season 3 will be ending on June 30th, so players will need to be sure to reach Rank 20 in time to earn the Rainbow! card back! Blizzard has also announced that they will be sanctioning tournaments at certain Fireside Gathering events, in which players can earn a slot in a special Fireside Gathering qualifier tournament! Winners of this tournament will then earn a spot in the Americas Qualifier Tournament! Exciting! Check out all of this week's Hearthstone news in our latest recap!

Read more Published by miyari on 2014/06/28