It's been a very exciting week for competitive Hearthstone play! This week brings the end of Ranked Play Season 1 and the start of Season 2 (with the new month). Blizzard has revealed the Season 2 card back reward, and players who have reached Rank 20 within the last month should have received the special Season 1 Pandaria card back. They have provided a list of the top 100 players of Season 1 in the Americas region. The top 16 players from this list will qualify to participate in the Hearthstone Americas Qualifier Tournament to decide the four players who will represent the region at BlizzCon!
Blizzard has also showed off some fancy new Hearthstone branded items, including the best throw pillow ever! We also want to spotlight the ridiculously awesome play that allowed Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk to emerge victorious! Check out this week's Hearthstone recap!
Hearthstone Ranked 2 Play Season Begins, Black Temple Card Back Revealed
It's a new Hearthstone Ranked Play season! Season 2 began on May 1st, and Blizzard has revealed this season's awesome card back. As with last season, this new Ranked Play card back will be rewarded to any players who manage to reach Rank 20 by the end of the month. It will be interesting to see if Blizzard plans to add new rewards for reaching higher ranks. Some players are showing concern that reaching rank 20 is "too easy" and they are hoping for rewards for reaching higher (though Pre-Legend) ranks. As a reminder, players who reach the rank of Legend will also receive a special card back (check out our Ranked Play article for more info).
New Curse of Naxxramas Card Revealed
Blizzard has posted another card preview from the upcoming Curse of Naxxramas set to the Hearthstone Twitter! The new card, Avenge, is a Paladin Secret and offers a pretty powerful minion buff!
Blizzard Reveals Ranked Play Season 1 Final Rankings
With April (and Ranked Play Season 1) ending, Blizzard has revealed Season 1's top 100 Hearthstone Legend players in the Americas. The top 16 Legend players of each season will qualify for participation in the Hearthstone Americas Qualifier Tournament for their chance at representing the Americas in the Hearthstone World Championships!
Ranked Play Season 1 Final Rankings+ Show
Reynad's Epic Play Takes DreamHack Bucharest Win
DreamHack Bucharest 2014 came to a close this weekend and their NESCAFE 3in1 Hearthstone Tournament ended with an excellent play at the hands of Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk. If you haven't already heard about it, I'm not going to spoil it! Watch the video below for the play that completely changed the game and rewarded Reynad with an epic victory!
I recommend this article written by Cody Collins, which extensively reviews the match and provides great insight into the future of Hearthstone as an esport. Considering everything we've seen so far, there looks to be no way that Hearthstone won't manage to have an impressive competitive play scene. Not too shabby for "casual" game you can play on the iPad!
Hearthstone Products Now Available in Blizzard Gear Store
Home is where the Hearthstone is! After the Hearthstone Throw Pillow received a warm (and soft!) reception at PAXEast, Blizzard has decided them available in the Blizzard Gear Store! They've also added Hearthstone coasters, a Hearthstone Swirl Mug, Hearthstone Screen Cleaner and two different Hearthstone shirt designs! Personally, I'm holding out for a Hearthstone iPad case (are you listening, Blizzard? ;D) but this stuff is definitely cool! Check out Blizzard's gear spotlight on the new additions!