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hearthstone Hearthstone Patch 4.2 Round-Up: Patch Notes, New Features, Undocumented & Datamined Info

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Now that Patch 4.2 has been live for a few days, here's everything you need to know about it!

 

Patch 4.2 arrived earlier than expected and brought a plethora of new features. One of them is the new Paladin Hero, Lady Liadrin. She can be acquired by reaching level 20 in World of Warcraft after March 11, 2016. There was an initial issue with the achievement not being awarded when you reached level 20 in a dungeon, but it has been hotfixed. If you want to learn more about Lady Liadrin's backstory, you can read our dedicated article on her.

 

Players have now access to 9 additional deck slots; CM Daxxarri has written up a post about them. Moreover, netdecking has been introduced in the game via the Deck Recipes. Each class gets three different premade decks and they are all Standard-friendly! Lastly, L0rinda has a nice article, where you can learn everything about the enhanced search functionality - a great quality-of-life change Patch 4.2 brought.

 

Three new card backs have been added to the game: Hogger or Riverpaw Ruffian, acquired by reaching Rank 20 or higher during March 2016; Eyes of C'Thun, acquired by pre-purchasing Whispers of the Old Gods; and Overwatch, acquired by purchasing Overwatch: Origins Edition. Since the images are slightly big, I have included them in the spoiler tag below:

 

Hogger

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Eyes of C'thun

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Overwatch

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An undocumented change involves Reno Jackson. His border will now glow yellow when his Battlecry can be activated. This was first spotted by u/Eiriksen, to whom the following screenshot belongs:

 

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The interface of the ingame Shop has changed a bit. You can now see how the new Whispers of the Old Gods packs look like, as well as their background screen. Furthermore, Goblins vs Gnomes packs are flagged as leaving soon.

 

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Hearthpwn has also datamined various future Tavern Brawl features. These include cards, interactions, Heroes, abilities, minions and chalkboards. One of these future Tavern Brawls, called "An Evil Exchange" and involving Rafaam vs Kel'Thuzad, was accidentally teased this week.

 

We've left the official patch notes for last! Here they are:

 

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With this Hearthstone patch, Whispers of the Old Gods becomes available for pre-purchase!

 

There’s a lot of other cool stuff in this patch as well: players can now enjoy Hearthstone in Thai, we’re making several improvements to the Collection Manager, and we’ve added UI elements to pave the way for the new upcoming formats. There’s also a new Hero and new card backs to earn--oh, and we’re fixing some bugs too!

 

Read on for details!

 

General

  • Pre-purchase Whispers of the Old Gods
    • Starting now you can pre-purchase a “Whispers of the Old Gods” 50 card pack bundle from the in-game shop and unlock a special card back. Whispers of the Old Gods packs cannot be opened until the expansion launches, which will be before May 31, 2016, however, the card back is available immediately!  
  • Unlock up to 18 deck slots!
    • Gain access to 9 additional deck slots by unlocking all nine Hearthstone Heroes, bringing your total number of deck slots to 18.
    • If you’ve already unlocked all nine Heroes, your new deck slots are waiting for you in the Collection Manager: just delete or edit the Basic decks you’ll find in your deck list. 
  • Many improvements have been made to the Collection Manager.
    • Deck Recipes are now available in the Collection Manager. Use Deck Recipes to quickly experiment with some new deck ideas.
    • Right-clicking on card backs in the Collection Manager reveals an improved display. So fancy!
    • When building decks, the “Suggest a Card” feature is now smarter about its recommendations.
    • It is now possible to search for cards with new search terms, including Attack, Health, Cost, Golden, etc.
    • A more complete listing of all the new functions will be revealed in an upcoming blog. 
  • We have begun preparing for the arrival of Standard and Wild formats with new UI elements.
  • The following Hero portrait has been added:
    • Liadrin – The new Paladin hero is obtained through an upcoming World of Warcraft promotion. 
  • Hearthstone has been localized into Thai. Players around the globe can now enjoy Hearthstone in 14 different languages!
  • The following card backs have been added:
    • Hogger – Acquired at the end of the month by reaching Rank 20 or higher in Ranked Play mode during the month of March 2016.
    • Eyes of C’Thun – Acquired by pre-purchasing Whispers of the Old Gods.
    • Overwatch – Acquired by purchasing the Overwatch: Origins Edition. 
  • Bonuses provided by Enrage effects now work correctly after a minion’s Attack and Health values have been swapped.
  • [iPads with iOS 9.0.2+] Resolved an issue that could cause Hearthstone to crash when launched with the device held in certain orientations.
  • [Android] Resolved visual issues that could occur with the League of Explorer’s card back and after League of Explorer matches on Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge+ devices.
  • Resolved various issues with AI behavior and gameplay.
  • Fixed various audio, graphical, and UI issues.

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