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iOS users were experiencing some issues while trying to update the game on their devices to 16.4. Blizzard has submitted a new game version to the App Store that should be available for download soon. It seems players on Android are also having some issues that are preventing them from playing the game right now. We will learn what's next for Hearthstone in mid-March.
We’d like to provide some updates since the 16.4 patch went live yesterday.
16.4 introduced an iOS issue that could put players into an infinite loop and prevent them from playing. We’ve fixed this issue and have sent a new game version to the App Store. We’re currently expecting this to be deployed to the App Store and available for download soon.
We’ve also seen players on Android experiencing a few issues that are preventing them from playing. We suspect this is limited to certain devices, so we’re doing testing with a variety of Android devices today to help us learn more about the issue. We’ll share an update on this as soon as we know more.
Lastly, two issues from yesterday have already been resolved. A temporary issue was preventing players from queueing for Battlegrounds with a friend, but this has been fixed. We’ve resolved another issue where players were seeing an incorrect version of the card Mogu Fleshshaper that was missing art. You should no longer be able to acquire the incorrect card in the game.
On a separate note, we’ve noted some members of the community wondering if yesterday’s Dragons update for Battlegrounds was the totality of a big communication about game updates that has been rumored. While Dragons is a big update to the Battlegrounds mode, this is just the first step in our plans for the rest of the year. We’ll have more information on what’s next for Hearthstone in mid-March. We’re excited to show all of this to you in just a few weeks.
In Hearthstone's latest 16.4 update, Dragons have been added as a new Minion type to Battlegrounds. Galakrond and Reno Jackson will join the five Dragon Aspects as new Heroes. On top of that, Hearthstone is turning six soon and a limited time anniversary event is planned starting the week of March 4.
For the first time, Blizzard is offering class-specific card packs from February 26 to March 4. You can add Khadgar to your collection for a limited time who comes with unique entrance and Hero Power animations, emotes, and more. Multiple new Battleground Heroes have been added. These include Galakrond, Deathwing, Ysera, Nozdormu, Malygos, Alexstrasza, and Reno Jackson. Dragons have been added as new Minion types to Battlegrounds (see below for all cards). Animations have been sped up from 0.8 seconds to 0.2 seconds across all game modes for Overkill, Lifesteal, Poisonous, Inspire, and cards that reference "Whenever" and "After" in their text. Blizzard (Source)
With the 16.4 patch on February 26, we're adding Dragons as a new minion type to Battlegrounds! Galakrond and Reno Jackson, who recently spread his scaly wings for the first time as the mighty Renegos in Galakrond's Awakening, will join the five original Dragon Aspects as new Heroes!
18 new minions will be added alongside them, 12 of which will be the new Dragon minion type. All but two of these minions are new to Hearthstone altogether, exclusive to Battlegrounds! You can read more about the Dragons update below.
We're celebrating the first new minion-type in Battlegrounds with Twitch Drops! From February 26 at 11 a.m. PT - February 29 at 5:00 p.m. PT, watch 3 total hours of any Hearthstone stream on Twitch to get 1 Descent of Dragons card pack. Watch for 6 hours (consecutive or non-consecutive) to get another one! Watch time accumulates across the entire Hearthstone category, so long as your Battle.net and Twitch accounts are linked.
Link Your Accounts
Before you can receive awards, you'll need to link your Twitch.tv and 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 Battle.net account on which you'd like to receive your rewards. The official rules for Twitch Drops can be found here.
That's the Spirit!
More celebrations are in order, as Hearthstone is turning six! To commemorate the occasion, we've planned a limited time anniversary event beginning March 4 that will bring special Tavern Brawls, a new legendary quest line, and a heaping helping of log-in rewards. Log in between March 4 at 10 a.m. PT - March 17 at 10 a.m. PT to receive 2 Rise of Shadows packs, 2 Saviors of Uldum packs, 2 Descent of Dragons packs, and the Year of the Dragon card back!
Mage Pack Bundle
For the first time ever, we’re offering a class-specific pack for a limited time! From February 26 – March 4 you can get 5 Mage Packs containing strictly Mage class cards from all expansions in Standard (The Witchwood, The Boomsday Project, Rastakhan's Rumble, Rise of Shadows, Saviors of Uldum, and Descent of Dragons) for $9.99!
Khadgar Hero Set
Khadgar is back! For a limited time from February 26 – March 4, you can add the Archmage Khadgar to your collection for $9.99, complete with unique entrance and Hero Power animations, voiced emotes, and a thematic card back!
New Battlegrounds Heroes
Galakrond's Greed [Cost 1]: Replace a minion in Bob's Tavern with a minion from a higher Tavern Tier.
ALL Will Burn! [Passive]: ALL minions have +3 Attack.
Dream Portal [Cost 1]: Refresh and add a Dragon to Bob's Tavern.
Clairvoyance [Passive]: Your first Refresh each turn costs (0).
Arcane Alteration [Cost 0]: Replace a minion with a random one of the same Tavern Tier.
Queen of Dragons [Passive]: After you upgrade Bob's Tavern to Tavern Tier 5, Discover two Dragons.
Gonna Be Rich! [Cost 4]: Make a friendly minion Golden (Once per game). New Battlegrounds Minions
Battlegrounds Balance Changes
George the Fallen
Boon of Light Hero Power cost reduced from 4 to 3.
Sneed's Old Shredder
Moved from Tier 6 to Tier 5. Mama Bear
Old: 4/4 Beast, Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +4/+4 - New: 5/5 Beast, Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +5/+5. Tavern Tier 6
Starting cost of Tavern Tier 6 has been reduced to 10 Gold (down from 11). Dev Insight: Tavern Tier 6 has a lot of exciting minions and we'd like players to have more of an opportunity to reach it than they have. We're also trying to make Tavern Tier 6 more interesting by adding some of these powerful new minions.
Professor Putricide Dev Insight: We'd like to go back to the drawing board with Professor Putricide. We're going to disable him for now to make way for our new Heroes, but you'll likely see him return in the future with some changes.
Shielded Minibot Annoy-o-Tron Mounted Raptor Phalanx Commander Psych-o-Tron Tortollan Shellraiser Piloted Sky Golem Festeroot Hulk The Boogeymonster Sated Threshadon Dev Insight: We're removing some minions to help make room for the new minions. We also want to balance out the minion pool a bit. For example, there were way more Mechs in Battlegrounds than any other minion type. We're also removing some of the minions that aren't performing very well and ones that have generally been less exciting to play with.
Game Improvements and Bug Fixes
Speeding up animations from 0.8s > 0.2s across all game modes for Overkill, Lifesteal, Poisonous, Inspire, and cards that reference "Whenever" and "After" in their text, outside of some special cases. "Recruit" will no longer be displayed on the turn timer when a player is about to lose in Battlegrounds. Rafaam's Hero Power will no longer trigger a Triple notification before you transition to the combat phase in Battlegrounds. Fixed a visual issue in which Golden Primalfin Lookout would sometimes display Golden Murloc cards. Fixed an issue where the scoreboard would not sort players correctly on the first turn if they conceded during the mulligan in Battlegrounds. Fixed an issue where the scoreboard could appear unsorted when reconnecting to a game in progress in Battlegrounds. Arena Rotation
Starting March 4, the Arena will include cards from the following sets:
Basic Classic Goblins vs. Gnomes The Witchwood Saviors of Uldum Descent of Dragons Galakrond Awakening Follow us on Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram to get the latest Hearthstone updates.
The latest Hearthstone patch comes with a new Minion type added to Battlegrounds, new Heroes, limited-time class-specific card packs, and more!
With the release of the 16.4 update, some players on iOS devices are stuck in an endless update loop according to reports when trying to update the app. Blizzard recommends to uninstall and reinstall the game before they come up with a fix for the issue.
We’ve identified an issue with patching up from 16.2.3 to 16.4 on iOS where players will get stuck in an endless update loop.
We are working towards bringing a client patch to fix this issue tomorrow. In the meantime, you can update to 16.4 by uninstalling and reinstalling Hearthstone. Thank you for your patience until then.