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After a small delay, the latest Hearthstone update is here bringing changes to five cards and the Lunar Festival seasonal event. After the Lunar Festival, there will be a new event, the Season of Rastakhan, with thematic Tavern Brawls and special rewards.

Some juicy card changes have been implemented with this update. Cold Blood, Flametongue Totem, Hunter's Mark and Emerald Spellstone have had their mana cost increased by 1, while Equality will now cost 4 mana (up from 2).

With this patch, the Lunar New Year event is now available for a week. Starting from today and until February 12, you can login to get a free Golden Fireworks Tech and enjoy quests that award both Gold and Arcane Dust. The Lunar New Year Bundle is also available in the Shop for $20 or 20 euros; it contains 30 packs in total, 10 from each of the Year of the Raven expansions.

Right after the Lunar Festival, a new event will start: the Season of Rastakhan will last from February 13 up to March 3. This event is focused on the Tavern Brawl mode, with three different Brawls centered around picking a Rumble Champion and a Loa shrine. Moreover, during that period each Wednesday you will get a special repeatable quest to play 3 Tavern Brawls. The reward for this quest is a Rastakhan's Rumble card pack, so in total you will get three packs.

Two new card backs have been added: Mark of Hakkar and Kul Tiras (the March 2019 Ranked Play Season card back). There's a dedicated blog post about the Mark of Hakkar card back, which can be acquired if you play against another player who has it. Αnd how do you originally get it? Well, it seems some players have been randomly selected and already have it in their collection and it's their job to spread the madness...

You can check out the card backs in the patch notes below:

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This Hearthstone update kicks off Lunar New Year with a bang and sets the stage for the upcoming Season of Rastakhan Tavern Brawl event. We also made some mobile optimizations and fixed some bugs.

Read on for details!

Events

Lunar New Year

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2019 from February 5 through February 12!

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  • Log in during the event to get a free Rare Golden Fireworks Tech card!
  • Complete celebratory Quests that award both Gold and Arcane Dust!
  • Share spectacular New Year emotes!
  • The Lunar New Year Bundle – Get 30 card packs (10 each from The Witchwood, The Boomsday Project, and Rastakhan’s Rumble) for a special price. Available through February 12.

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Season of Rastakhan

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February 13 through March 3 earn glory for the Loa—and card packs!—over three weeks of Tavern Brawls during the Brawl of Champions.

  • The Brawl of Champions – A series of three special Tavern Brawls. Choose a rumble Champion and harness the power of each Loa’s Shrine to prove which Loa is the mightiest!
    • Each Champion will have a new deck and Shrine each week!
  • New repeatable Quest: For the Glory of Rastakhan – Play a Tavern Brawl 3 times to earn a Rastakhan’s Rumble card pack. Available each Wednesday when the Tavern Brawl starts.
    • Earn up to three Rastakhan’s Rumble card packs over the course of the Season of Rastakhan!

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Card Changes

Be sure to read the Upcoming Balance Update – February 2019 blog for details

Cold Blood – Now costs 2 Mana. (Up from 1)
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Flametongue Totem – Now costs 3 mana. (Up from 2)
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Equality – Now costs 4 mana. (Up from 2)
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Hunter’s Mark – Now costs 2 mana. (Up from 1)
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Emerald Spellstone – Now costs 6 mana. (Up from 5)
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Non-Basic cards can be disenchanted for their full Arcane Dust value for two weeks.

 

Card Backs

Mark of Hakkar
Mark of Hakkar
Kul Tiras
Kul Tiras

Game Improvements

  • Fixed an issue that could cause cards that copy and set minion Health to a specific value to incorrectly activate “while damaged” effects.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause Augmented Elekk to shuffle a copy of a card drawn by Tracking into the deck.
  • Corrupted Blood no longer benefits from Spell Damage.
  • Spellbender can no longer attack itself when activated by The Beast Within.
  • Corrupting Mist and Reckless Experimenter can no longer incorrectly cause Immortal Prelate to be removed from the hand or deck.
  • Fixed an instability issue that could occur when Book of Spectres drew multiple copies of Corrupted Blood.
  • Fixed an instability issue that could occur when attempting to view an enemy minion as it’s being returned to an opponent’s hand.
  • Gral, the Shark now works properly when executing its battlecry more times than there are minions left in your deck.
  • Mecha’thun that has been transformed will no longer incorrectly play its original effects when destroyed.
  • Astral Raptor Overkill animations will no longer play multiple times.
  • Copied Zombeasts now correctly keep their Zombeast visual aura.
  • The enchantments from Clutchmother Zavas now collapse into a single enchantment banner.
  • [Rumble Run] Fixed a bug where damage from healing due to Bwonsamdi's Covenant was not properly being credited to the source of the damage.
  • [Rumble Run] Fireslinger now stops casting Fireballs if there are no valid targets.
  • [Rumble Run] Fixed an issue with Tribute from the Tides not granting extra battlecries if it was damaged while buffed.
  • [Rumble Run] Casting an Overload spell while affected by Electra Stormsurge now triggers Overcharged Totem once for each cast.
  • [Rumble Run] Fixed an instability issue that could occur when playing Bouncing Blade while the Pirate’s Mark Shrine is in play.
  • [Mobile] To reduce the initial size of the Hearthstone mobile app, some sound files are now an optional download.
  • [Mobile] Hand and mana are now moved aside when Choose One cards are displayed.
  • [Android] Background downloads are now displayed as a notification.
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Seems that friendly duel rules apply for Mark of Hakkar, because I fought one guy with Hakkar back in ranked, and after 3 turns he conceded, and I did not get the back.

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10 hours ago, Enhialus said:

Don't forget to mention the censorship of Jaina.

I'm not surprised they did it. What I find more surprising is, for one thing, that it took them so long, and for another, that they did not mention it in the update notes. It was pretty clear that some players would notice quickly anyway and make some noise about it, so announcing it with proper rationale upfront would have avoided all the rants and conspiracy theories.

Well, maybe they decided it did not qualify as a Game Improvement 😉

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10 hours ago, Enhialus said:

It's great to see, that Blizzard has their priorites!

Who cares about storytelling and stuff like this when there is some issue a social warrior may take offense?

Yeah, we have a great society.

Germany is the same. 

And everyone who doesn't agree with this kind of bullshit is labeled an intolerant Nazi. Gets bashed, even fired. Not put into prison or reeducation camps (well, maybe in 10 years), but ruined financially. 

There are campaigns that tries to prevent companies from advertising in media, that don't go with the "correct" political routine. (And yes, that IS quite like the "do not buy from Jews" campaign the Nazis had back in 1933 - 1945). 

Some of our labour unions publish pamphlets, how you can get rid of colleagues / employees that support the wrong political party.

 

Brave new world...

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Strange, my posting doesn't show but is marked as "hidden"?

 

Edit: I'll copy it in here:

  11 hours ago, Enhialus said:

Don't forget to mention the censorship of Jaina.
https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2019/02/blizzard-censors-jainas-cleavage-in-hearthstone/76512/

 

 

It's great to see, that Blizzard has their priorites!

Who cares about storytelling and stuff like this when there is some issue a social warrior may take offense?

Yeah, we have a great society.

Germany is the same. 

And everyone who doesn't agree with this kind of bullshit is labeled an intolerant Nazi. Gets bashed, even fired. Not put into prison or reeducation camps (well, maybe in 10 years), but ruined financially. 

There are campaigns that tries to prevent companies from advertising in media, that don't go with the "correct" political routine. (And yes, that IS quite like the "do not buy from Jews" campaign the Nazis had back in 1933 - 1945). 

Some of our labour unions publish pamphlets, how you can get rid of colleagues / employees that support the wrong political party.

 

Brave new world...

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The Mark of Hakkar card back is really beautiful. I hope we can keep it after the event is over. The way it spreads was also pleasantly innovative.

I wonder if the story around it is telling us anything about the next expansion?

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Hakkar was the final boss from the original Zul Gurub 20 man raid instance in Stranglethorn Vale many MANY years ago! Oh the golden long lost days of lvl60 playing! 

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Another unmentioned change is the addition of a new daily quest to the pool. The quest name is "Rise to Glory!", you have to kill 3 Rumble Run bosses, and the reward is 1 Classic card pack.

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