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Following the Ashes of Outland expansion and the Year of the Phoenix reveal, Blizzard released a new content patch for Hearthstone. Starting March 17, all players who log in will receive Kael'thas Sunstrider (new legendary minion card) for free. There are also some card and battleground changes, so check out the official patch notes for more information about the 16.6 update.

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We dropped a mountain of information about all the exciting changes to Hearthstone, alongside today’s patch notes! When you’re done reading about the patch, check out the rest of what we’ve got going on:

We have a few updates in today’s patch, which you can read about below. There are also several goodies you can unlock today by pre-purchasing Ashes of Outland. But first. . .

Log in to get Kael'thas

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*Limit one per account. Must log in by June 29 to claim.

Introducing the Tavern Pass

The Tavern Pass!

With the release of Ashes of Outland, we’re introducing the Tavern Pass—an all-new way to access Perks for Battlegrounds. Available for $19.99 or 2500 Gold, the Tavern Pass includes four Arena Tickets and the following Battlegrounds Perks for the duration of the Ashes of Outland expansion cycle: advanced stats, visual emotes, a third and fourth hero to choose from at the start of a game, and early access to new Battlegrounds Heroes (subject to the release schedule of new Heroes).

If you currently have Battlegrounds bonus stats, choose from 3 Heroes, or visual emotes unlocked—you will get access to the equivalent new perk starting on March 26. Battlegrounds Perks earned from collecting Descent of Dragons packs (including the new perks such as choosing from 4 heroes) will expire once Ashes of Outland is released. With the introduction of the Tavern Pass, which is included in the Ashes of Outland Mega Bundle, players will no longer have to purchase card packs in order to unlock Battlegrounds Perks.

Pre-Purchase Ashes of Outland

Purchase one or both of the pre-purchase bundles available for Ashes of Outland, available in-game and on the Battle.net web shop through April 6!

Ashes of Outland Mega Bundle

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The Mega Bundle includes 90 Ashes of Outland card packs, the Lady Vashj Shaman Hero, the Serpentine card back, and a random Ashes of Outland Golden Legendary card! You’ll also get 4 Arena Tickets and Descent of Dragons Battlegrounds Bonuses right away! The Battlegrounds Bonuses included in the bundle will upgrade to the Tavern Pass at the launch of Ashes of Outland.

Ashes of Outland Bundle

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Includes 55 Ashes of Outland card packs, the Serpentine card back, and a random Ashes of Outland Golden Legendary card.

PRE-PURCHASE NOW!

Card Changes

Battlegrounds Hero Pool Updates

  • Ragnaros, Sylvanas, and Patches have been removed from the pool.
  • NEW HERO - Fungalmancer Flurgl added to the pool.
    • Gone Fishing:
    • [Passive] After you sell a Murloc, add a random Murloc* to Bob's Tavern. *of the same Tavern Tier or lower.
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  • Sir Finley Mrrglton added back to the pool.
    • Adventure!:
    • [Passive] At the start of the game, Discover a Hero Power.
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  • Professor Putricide added back to the pool.
    • Rage Potion:
    • [Cost 1] Give a friendly minion +10 Attack for the next combat only (targeted).
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Battlegrounds Balance Updates

Heroes

  • The Lich King
    • Reborn Rites:
    • [Cost 1] Give a friendly minion Reborn for next combat only. → [Cost 1] Give a friendly minion Reborn for next combat only (targeted).
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  • Ysera
    • Dream Portal:
    • [Cost 1] Refresh and add a Dragon to Bob's Tavern. → [Passive] At the start of your turn, add a Dragon to Bob's Tavern.
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  • Pyramad
    • Brick by Brick:
    • [Cost 1] Give a random friendly minion +3 Health. → [Cost 1] Give a random friendly minion +4 Health.
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  • Millhouse Manastorm
    • Manastorm:
    • [Passive] Minions cost 2 Gold. Refresh costs 2 Gold. Start with 2 Gold. → [Passive] Minions cost 2 Gold. Refresh costs 2 Gold. Start with 3 Gold.
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  • The Rat King
    • King of Beasts, Mechs, Murlocs, Demons and Dragons:
    • [Passive] Whenever you buy a Beast/Mech/Murloc/Demon/Dragon, give it +1/+1. → [Passive] Whenever you buy a Beast/Mech/Murloc/Demon/Dragon, give it +1/+2.
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  • Milificient Manastorm
    • Tinker:
    • [Passive] Mechs in Bob's Tavern have +1 Attack. → [Passive] Mechs in Bob's Tavern have +2 Attack. 
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  • Deathwing
    • ALL Will Burn!:
    • [Passive] ALL minions have +3 Attack. → [Passive] ALL minions have +2 Attack.
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  • Reno Jackson
    • Gonna Be Rich!:
    • [Cost 4] Make a friendly minion Golden. (Once per game.) → [Cost 3] Make a friendly minion Golden. (Once per game.)
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Minions

  • Savannah Highmane
    • Old: Tavern Tier 5 → New: Tavern Tier 4.

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  • Herald of Flame
    • Old: 4 Health → New: 6 Health.
    • Golden Old: 8 Health → Golden New: 12 Health.

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  • Steward of Time
    • Old: 2 Attack → New: 3 Attack.
    • Golden Old: 4 Attack → Golden New: 6 Attack.

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  • Kalecgos, Arcane Aspect
    • Old: 2 Attack / 8 Health → New:  4 Attack / 12 Health.
    • Golden Old: 4 Attack / 16 Health → Golden New: 8 Attack / 24 Health.

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  • Nathrezim Overseer
    • Old: 4 Health → New: 3 Health.
    • Golden Old: 8 Health → New: 6 Health.

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  • Twilight Emissary
    • Old: Tavern Tier 5, 6 Attack / 8 Health, Battlecry: Give a friendly Dragon +3/+3 → New: Tavern Tier 3, 4 Attack / 4 Health, Battlecry: Give a friendly Dragon +2/+2.
    • Golden Old: 12 Attack / 16 Health, Battlecry: Give a friendly Dragon +6/+6 → Golden New: 8 Attack / 8 Health, Battlecry: Give a friendly Dragon +4/+4.

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  • Transformation animations when playing a minion from hand will be sped up during the Recruit Phase, cutting down on the amount of time players are left waiting for animations to resolve.

Updates Planned for March 26

  • Dr. Boom, Mad Genius
    • Old: Cost 9 mana → New: Cost 7 mana.
  • Giggling Inventor
    • Old: Cost 7 mana → New: Cost 6 mana.
  • Raiding Party
    • Old: Cost 4 mana → New: Cost 3 mana.
  • Reckless Experimenter
    • Old: Deathrattle minions you play cost (3) less, but die at end of turn. (Cost can't be reduced below 1.) → New: Deathrattle minions you play cost (3) less, but die at end of turn.
  • Card Pack Changes, Hall of Fame, Priest Update, updated returning player experience, and free deck for new and returning players - Read more here.
  • Illidan Stormrage enters Battlegrounds.
    • Wingmen:
    • [Passive] Start of Combat: Your left and right-most minions attack immediately.

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weren't those cards nerfed a while back for being too powerful? 4no 3/3s for 5 mana or a potential 10 mana cost minion with an additional guaranteed 4/4 body for just 6 mana is just ridiculous. 

Call of the Wild is powerful enough for the stats and buffs it brings at 9 mana, but at 8??

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That is because they are all Wild cards now, competing with many other crazily powerful cards from Hearthstone's past, right?

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      Demon Hunter Prologue The Demon Hunter will enter the fray on April 2 with a new prologue campaign consisting of four story-focused single-player missions, which retell Illidan Stormrage’s origin story from his perspective in the Hearthstone universe. Players will earn the Demon Hunter upon completing the prologue and will receive, for free, all 10 Demon Hunter Basic cards, a 20-card Demon Hunter Initiate set (belonging to the Year of the Dragon for rotation purposes), and a pre-built Demon Hunter deck list. You can learn more about the Demon Hunter here. April 7
      Ashes of Outland released Demon Hunter unlocked Yearly rotation The Year of the Phoenix begins. Say goodbye to The Witchwood, Boomsday Project and Rastakhan's Rumble sets in Standard.
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