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hearthstone Hearthstone Recap: Curse of Naxxramas Release Date, New Card + More!

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Curse of Naxxramas release date, new card and 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!


Curse of Naxxramas Release Date Revealed

Curse of Naxxramas will (finally) go live in the Americas region for Windows®, Mac®, and iPad® on Tuesday, July 22! European release will follow on July 23. The Arachnid Quarter will be offered at launch (for free), so everyone will have the opportunity to immediately start playing the Adventure! Blizzard has stated that the Arachnid Quarter promotion will last for "roughly a month," after which any players who have not unlocked it during the event will have to purchase the wing with in-game gold or real money. Blizzard has posted a detailed blog explaining the process for unlocking the wings, and we have updated our Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Preview will all available information! We can't wait!


New Curse of Naxxramas Card Revealed

This week on Twitter, Blizzard has revealed another new Curse of Naxxramas card on the Hearthstone Twitter! This week's card is Loatheb, a legendary minion (I'm sure he doesn't like being called that) with a crazy powerful Battlecry ability! Loatheb is the final boss of the Plague Quarter of Naxxramas. You can find out more about the upcoming Adventure in our Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Preview!



Which Hearthstone Card Are You?

In the light-hearted spirit of ridiculous online quizzes, Blizzard has released an official "What Hearthstone Card Are You?" Innkeeper's Quiz available on the Hearthstone Facebook page. The quiz asks 10 fun questions and (like any Facebook quiz) you can share your result with all of your friends! You can also take the quiz online at (but you will still be asked to login with Facebook).


Ranked Play Season 4 Top Players

Ranked Play Season 4 comes to an end soon, and (as usual) Blizzard has provided a list of the current top players! Players who reach at least Rank 20 this season will be rewarded with the awesome Naxxramas card back! Remember, 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! The data below is up-to-date as of July 16, 2014.

Blizzard Icon Ranked Play Season 4 Current Rankings

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Ranked Play Season 4 Current Rankings

Rank BattleTag
1 Tarei
2 dog
3 Darthnater
4 Lifecoach
5 andrewC
6 muzzy
7 DoctorPenick
9 IplayMTG3
10 ImmortalLion
11 CousCous
12 Firebat
13 ThaLucky1
14 sPacEtiMe
15 Deerjason
16 YoungDro
17 AReee
18 Schizo300
19 Mickin
20 Amnesiasc
21 ARee
22 Itachi
23 TerrenceM
24 Razor
25 bloodyface
26 kag
27 Infam0us
28 MaxS
29 Magician
30 allandang
31 Realz
32 SnipedAgain
33 Chakki
34 WaningMoon
35 GreenSheep
36 CasterChen
37 FishGod
39 Wiltri
40 LiquidSora
41 Twixsen
42 PandaButt
43 yuffy
44 Peter
45 Poisty1991
46 Gajila
47 Hafu
48 Trinity
49 puffin
50 DonTmaD
51 imacat
52 iambiscuit
53 Maknae
54 reynad
55 Minck
56 Sheapy
57 weiseguy
58 Ace
59 Sporky
60 PPY
61 Axtius
62 NaviOOT
63 Tom
64 FUblizzard
65 mtanzer
66 bma
68 Brainboy
69 Cassius
70 suuiche
71 Khymera
72 MasterCard
73 Thunderbuddy
74 fuoliver
75 Brostormd
76 Camere
77 Asterisk
78 Jez
80 Strafe
81 Rossi
82 Arvvas
83 SnowAce
84 Satix
85 Mintz
86 reall
87 allurin
88 Zor0
89 ausieburn
90 jasonzhou
91 FallinSky
92 Grimzie
93 glick
94 Rearden
95 Alpha
96 MithY
97 TheGoliath
98 theswift
99 Oath
100 Mutubah

See our top ranked players in the European region here.


List of World Championship Qualified Players (Updated 7/16)

Blizzard has updated their list of players who have already qualified to participate in the World Championship Qualifier event! These players have qualified with their expert performance in Ranked Play Seasons, with a handful of players having earned seeds through qualifying community tournament events! Interested in earning a spot in the qualifiers? Players can check out an updated list of eligible community tournaments on the Hearthstone website!

Blizzard Icon World Championship - Qualified Players

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World Championship - Qualified Players

Region BattleTag Points Qualification
US hyped 261 Season 1
US Firebat 258 Season 1
US Hafu 250 Season 3
US Bounds 208 Season 2
US backspace 188 Season 1
US LuigEzz 188 Season 1
US puffin 178 Season 2
US Strelzik 176 Season 3
US bma 174 Season 3
US Ostkaka 160 Season 2
US Imamurgl 153 Season 1
US BwaMu 149 Season 1
US Alchemixt 147 Season 1
US sjow 146 Season 2
US Razor 146 Season 3
US Fpv000 139 Season 2
US dengxu 100 Season 2
US Forsen 99 Season 3
US purpledrank 98 Season 3
US Admirable 97 Season 1
US BattleTag 97 Season 2
US ShinyPants 97 Season 3
US mitjdw 96 Season 1
US Kabi 96 Season 3
US reynad 95 Season 2
US Gigaduckman 95 Season 2
US Failfellow 94 Season 1
US Camere 94 Season 2
US BoLiN 93 Season 1
US KaRyu 93 Season 2
US Neghr 92 Season 2
US ErA 92 Season 3
US Abaporu 91 Season 1
US rain 91 Season 2
US prodigy 90 Season 1
US dog 90 Season 3
US Azuresky 90 Season 3
US Otter 89 Season 2
US Daxxon 88 Season 2
US Tom 88 Season 3
US Realz 87 Season 1
US nacanoob 87 Season 3
US Savjz 86 Season 2
US Azuzu 86 Season 3
US Freshca 85 Season 1
US Fang 85 Season 3
US Akogare 84 Season 1
US Luchesi 84 Season 3
US Vandalism 69 ESL PreSeason Cup 35
US StrifeCro 68 Tavern Takeover 2
US Miushock 0 ESL PreSeason Cup 33
US Impact 0 ESL PreSeason Cup 39
US DTWO 0 ESL PreSeason Cup 43
US HeftyStyle 0 Fireside July
US radicalmatt 0 Fireside July
US Blackout 0 ZOTAC Cup 18
US Isokaas 0 ZOTAC Cup 20
US leomane 0 ZOTAC Cup 21
US johnjohnjohn 0 ZOTAC Cup 22
US varranis 0 ZOTAC Cup 23


IEM Shenzhen Hearthstone VoDs Available

In case you missed it, this past weekend's Intel Extreme Masters Shenzhen event was host to some insane Hearthstone action! You can find all of the match videos from this event on YouTube in ESL's Hearthstone playlist! Be aware that due to the file naming structures, there will be match spoilers, so if you'd prefer a spoiler-free viewing experience, you can check out the links at the bottom of this Hearthpwn post!

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