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Team 5 is hosting a Q&A on the official forums for the newly released expansion.
The Q&A will start around 10:00 AM PDT on Monday the 22nd of April. You can already leave your questions here.
Well met, E.V.I.L. adventurers!
Put down your Wrenchcaliburs, Wagglepicks, and Headhunter’s Hatchets and set fingers to keyboard - we’ve assembled a league of talented D.E.V.E.L.O.P.E.R.S. to answer your Rise of Shadows questions here on the Hearthstone forums at the start of next week!
You can go ahead and start listing your questions in the thread now - starting at 10:00 AM PDT on Monday, April 22, we’ll have designers and artists on hand for a couple of hours to check in on how your evil schemes are coming along and to talk to you about your favorite decks, awesome plays, answer your burning questions, or discuss anything else you’d like to know about Rise of Shadows!
Remember to favorite/like any questions you’d like to see answered and we’ll see you Monday!
The time to determine who will be Hearthstone World Champion for 2019 is approaching. As usual, you can earn card packs by voting for your favourite player. Thousand of packs will also be given away by watching the stream of the World Championship, after enabling Twitch Drops.
The HCT 2019 World Championship will take place in Taipei, Taiwan between April 24 and 27.
The 16 players that will compete for a total prize pool of $1,000,000 and the title of Hearthstone World Champion for 2019 are:
Group A Group B Group C Group D Jing Muzzy Ike Roger BloodTrail killinallday hunterace bloodyface XiaoT languagehacker A83650 Tyler Bunnyhoppor Yueying Justsaiyan Viper As always, you can select a champion and earn free packs. Just by participating, you will get a free Rastakhan's Rumble and if the player you voted for proceeds further into the tournament, you can keep winning more packs (up to 4).
The voting happens here until April 24.
Moreover, Blizzard has announced that Twitch Drops are going to be enabled for the HCT World Championship which means by watching the stream next week, you're able to get free Rise of Shadows card packs.
By tuning in at specific times and accumulating 4 hours of viewing time, you'll receive one pack. 1500 Classic card packs will also be distributed every hour to randomly selected viewers.
The Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT) 2019 World Championship kicks off in Taipei on April 25 with the world’s 16 best Hearthstone players from the Americas, Asia-Pacific, China, and Europe competing to win the 2019 Hearthstone World Champion title and the lion’s share of the $1,000,000 prize pool.
Choose Your Champion
We’re excited to share that Choose Your Champion will be returning for the HCT 2019 World Championship. You can choose one of 16 competitors as your champion and be rewarded with Hearthstone card packs based on how well they perform. Click the button to Choose Your Champion!
Just for participating, you will receive one Rastakhan’s Rumble card pack. You will receive one additional card pack each time your champion wins a match. All card packs are expected to be delivered one week after Worlds. You must choose your champion by April 24 at 6:30 p.m. PDT to participate.
Twitch Drops Enabled
Eligible viewers who tune into the HCT 2019 World Championship on Twitch during any of the times listed below for at least four hours’ total viewing time will be reward one Rise of Shadows card pack! On top of that, 1,500 lucky eligible viewers will be randomly rewarded with an additional Classic card pack every hour.
These rewards can be earned during the following times:
April 24: 7 p.m.–3 a.m. PDT April 25: 7 p.m.–3 a.m. PDT April 26: 7 p.m.–3 a.m. PDT April 27: 7 p.m.–3 a.m. PDT Eligible channels:
PlayHearthstone PlayHearthstoneFR PlayHearthstoneRU HearthstoneZHTW PlayHearthstoneKR PlayHearthstoneJP Link Your Accounts
Before you can receive rewards, you’ll need to link your Twitch.tv and Blizzard Battle.net accounts. Here’s how:
Log in or create an account on Twitch.tv. Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen. Navigate to the Connections tab of the Settings menu. Find the Battle.net section, then follow the instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect. When connecting accounts, be sure that you’re currently logged into the Blizzard account on which you’d like to receive your rewards. You can read the official rules for Twitch Drops here. Scope the HCT 2019 World Championship event page; follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube; and catch the #HCTWorldChampionship when the broadcast goes live on April 24 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Twitch.tv/PlayHearthstone!
Adjustments to the weight of Rogue class cards have been made. Also, last week, the current rules for Arena were posted after the release of Rise of Shadows.
It looks like Rogue may have been a tad too powerful in Arena, after the release of Rise of Shadows. Team 5 is adjusting the weight of Rogue class cards, with overperforming ones being seen less frequently.
Later today we will be applying an adjustment to the weight of Rogue class cards in Arenas to address some current balance issues. This means that overperforming Rogue cards will be seen less frequently. Additionally, we will be making changes to the card buckets for other classes to create a more consistent drafting experience. You will not need to patch your client or download any additional data to receive this update.
Please note that after this change some Rogue choices may seem sub-optimal, but we are prepared to address any outstanding issues in a future update. (source)
Rise of Shadows brought a significant change to the Arena, as it now has a rotating draft pool. Accordingly, Blizzard has posted an update to the current Arena rules:
Update 14.0 - 04/09/19
Any given Arena draft pick will offer 3 cards from the same "Bucket". There are currently 13 non-Legendary card buckets and 5 Legendary card buckets.
On average, Arena draft picks consist of about 79% Common, 15% Rare, 5% Epic, and 1% Legendary cards.
Your 1st, 10th, 20th, and 30th picks will be guaranteed to offer cards from Bucket 4 or higher.
Class cards receive an additional +50% increase in their appearance rate.
Spell and weapon cards OR cards from the latest Expansion receive an additional +50% increase in their appearance rate.
Neutral cards from the Classic and Basic set appear 50% less often.
These appearance rate modifiers are multiplicative.
The following cards are unavailable to be drafted in Arena:
Ancient Watcher, Mind Control Tech, Klaxxi Amber-Weaver, Dark Arakkoa, Cult Sorcerer, Twilight Darkmender, Hooded Acolyte, Blade of C’Thun, Usher of Souls, Ancient Shieldbearer, Twin Emperor Vek’lor, Disciple of C’Thun, Doomcaller, C’Thun, Beckoner of Evil, C’Thun’s Chosen, Twilight Geomancer, Twilight Elder, Crazed Worshipper, Skeram Cultist, Jungle Giants, Open the Waygate, The Caverns Below, Vicious Fledgling, The Marsh Queen, Fire Plume’s Heart, Awaken the Makers, Unite the Murlocs, Lakkari Sacrifice, The Last Kaleidosaur, Humongous Razorleaf, Bloodreaver Gul’dan, Deathstalker Rexxar, Frost Lich Jaina, Malfurion the Pestilent, Scourgelord Garrosh, Shadowreaper Anduin, Thrall, Deathseer, Uther of the Ebon Blade, Valeera the Hollow, Baku the Mooneater, Black Cat, Genn Greymane, Glitter Moth, Gloom Stag, Hagatha the Witch, Murkspark Eel, Dr. Boom, Mad Genius, Whizbang the Wonderful, Zul’jin, Arcane Watcher
Arena Bucket Information can be found here 32.
We’re always working to improve the Arena experience, and your feedback is appreciated!
Noblegarden is the yearly celebration for Easter - only this year, with the release of Rise of Shadows, the League of E.V.I.L. has taken over and it's Ignoblegarden.
As you know from yesterday's post, Ignoblegarden will last from April 17 up to April 21. Login during that time to receive 2 Golden Mechano-Eggs and two The Boomsday Project packs.
The special Tavern Brawl for this week is Dr. Boom's Ignoblegarden!
You pick a Class and you get a random premade deck. The deck contains various Class and neutral cards.
Your deck can also contain the following Brawl-specific minions:
Bloom Bot: Deathrattle: Summon a Legendary minion. Give it Rush. Room Bot: Magnetic, Taunt, Deathrattle: Summon 3 1/1 Boom Bots. Doom Bot: Battlecry and Deathrattle: Death 5 damage to ALL minions. Both players will also begin the game with a Boom Bot on each side of the board.
The Tavern Brawl rewards a Classic pack.
Noblegarden is coming in Hearthstone with a new Tavern Brawl and login rewards which include two golden copies of Mechano-Egg and two card packs from the Boomsday Projects. The event lasts through April 21.
The tavern is decked out in typical Noblegarden finery and our Hearthstone heroes are full of festive cheer. This isn’t your typical spring fling, though - the League of E.V.I.L. is in town, which means that this year’s celebrations have been tainted by the terrible tinkerer himself – Dr. Boom!
The Ignoblegarden festivities last from April 17 – 21. Here's what's in store:
NEW TAVERN BRAWL!
According to Dr. Boom, what a holiday really needs to succeed is tons of big-kaboom explosives. Play around with some adorable Egg-Bombs in the Tavern Brawl during this year’s (ig)Noblegarden event, but be careful, some of them might be rotten!
Choose a class, queue up, and we’ll craft you a deck full of minions & magic - plus some mayhem (thanks to Dr. Boom!) The dastardly doctor snuck some devious Eggbots into every deck, which are sure to have explosive results on your games. Here’s what you might draw during this Brawl:
Bloom Bot: Deathrattle: Summon a Legendary minion. Give it Rush. Room Bot: Magnetic, Taunt, Deathrattle: Summon 3 1/1 Boom Bots. Doom Bot: Battlecry and Deathrattle: Death 5 damage to ALL minions.
In addition to a new Brawl, if you log in during the celebration you’ll receive two golden copies of Mechano-Egg plus two The Boomsday Project card packs!
The Ignoblegarden festivities last from April 17 – 21. You won’t want to miss this eggs-plosive event!