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New Hearthstone Content Announcement Teased

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Blizzard delivered a teaser - on a literal scroll - to several press outlets today. It indicates that a major announcement for Hearthstone is expected on July 22, 2015. Further details are expected in the coming days.

 

An unboxing (un-scroll casing?) video was posted by PC Gamer:

 

Hearthstone teaser scroll opening.

 

The video shows that the shipping tube plays a short clip of music thematically consistent with the Argent Tournament music from World of Warcraft when opened. The full text of the scroll follows:

 

Blizzard Icon Well Met, Hero!

 

Champions are gathering from around the world to witness the next exciting thing Hearthstone has in store. News travels far and wide in search of brave new faces ready to answer the call to arms — Are you one of them?

 

Muster for battle and mark July 22 on your calendar. The next bit of news won’t come by carrier pigeon — thankfully, we have much better ways of communication now.

 

Victory awaits.

 

Further details can be found in this article over on PC Gamer, but there are a few things of note about the announcement:

  • Adventure Mode first released on July 22, 2014 with Curse of Naxxramas.
  • The music comes from the Argent Tournament, leading to speculation regarding an Argent Tournament-themed card set, Adventure, or possibly something tournament related.
  • Previously, a similar teaser was released as a precursor to the announcement of Goblins vs. Gnomes, the last major card expansion to Hearthstone.

Any thoughts on what Blizzard's announcement might be, hot on the heels of Blackrock Mountain and Tavern Brawls?

 

A teaser for an upcoming Hearthstone announcement - similar in style to the one that preceded Goblins vs. Gnomes - hit the press today.

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If this expansion will really be connected to the Argent Tournament, Blizzard would have the ideal opportunity to implement some kind of multiplayer: something like 2 vs. 2 or at least 2 vs. the Innkeeper. It would fit very well thematically regarding the WoW lore behind the Tournament with Horde vs. Alliance, fighting to find the best among them and to build a task force to take down the Lich King.

At least it seems like a plausible background for a non-adventure expansion: The Argent Tournament only was a very small raid in WoW, but it featured lots of different WoW specific content up to that date: Northrend beasts, Nerubians, Val'kyrs, even the Eredar Lord Jaraxxus ... And besides that a ton of daily quests involving Vrykul, Iron Dwarves, and lots of lots of Scourge creatures.

This expansion could also prepare the next adventure mode: Ice Crown Citadell, featuring the one and only Arthas Menethil.

I must say: I'm looking forward to this!

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Whatever it is, I don't see 2 v2 or any other multiplayer - just too hard to balance AND a complete and total do-over of all the GUIs, including iphone. 

 

If anything "brave new faces" hints at more paid for heroes (or just possibly a new playable class)

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