miyari

Hearthstone Weekly Recap: $10k Tournament, iPad Launch, Free Card Packs and More!

Sign in to follow this  

1 post in this topic

5383-hearthstone-weekly-recap-10k-tourna

Icy Veins' Weekly Recap spotlights the latest Hearthstone news!

Hearthstone has been live for just over 3 weeks now, and Blizzard is certainly making it clear that they're taking their casual-friendly Free-to-Play card game rather seriously! Launching only 11 months after it was announced, Blizzard has turned their novelty card game into an up-and-coming phenomenon within the Free-to-Play industry. In fact, analysts are expecting that Blizzard’s Hearthstone and upcoming Heroes of the Storm Free-to-Play titles will generate at least $100 million in revenue in 2014 (source)! That being said, if you’re not already playing, it’s definitely time to start! Icy Veins is here to provide the latest Hearthstone news!


 
In addition to our regular coverage of Hearthstone content, Icy Veins will start providing regular news recap posts, spotlighting recent happenings in the world of Hearthstone! This is our first such post and we're happy to bring you this week's Hearthstone news...



14ZtbWW.png


$10,000 Hearthstone Tournament Announced at DreamHack Bucharest 2014


DreamHack Bucharest 2014 will take place on April 26-27 and will feature their very first Hearthstone event, a $10,000 USD tournament sponsored by NESCAFÉ. This tournament will open-entry to the first 128 players who sign up. First place for this competition will win $4000 USD! It’s going to be very interesting to see the popular eSports organizations start adding Hearthstone eSports events!

This event is the second major Hearthstone competition this year, following last month's event on March 16th at Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland. This tournament, which saw Gnimsh take victory, had a total prize pool of $4000 USD, with first place receiving $2000 USD.
 
You can view the full release as well as purchase event tickets and tournament entry here



N2m8uPn.png

 

Hearthstone released for iPad in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand


Since Hearthstone was announced, Blizzard has made sure to mention that they had every intent on bringing the Hearthstone experience to mobile tablet devices. There are even early videos showing devs playing the game using tablets, and since then players have been eagerly anticipating the game’s release on mobile platforms. Unfortunately, some players will still have to wait. Blizzard has just soft launched Hearthstone on iPad to users in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, with release in other countries “soon™.
 
Players can download the game through the App Store and will be able to enjoy complete cross-compatibility between their PC and iPad editions! There is not yet a time frame for release in other countries, but Blizzard has stated that they are monitoring the performance in these areas in order to bring Hearthstone to more countries as soon as possible. If you absolutely cannot wait, a quick Google search can bring you to some slightly-less-than-honest methods of obtaining Hearthstone with an out-of-region account. But you didn’t hear that from me!
 
You can check out the full article on Blizzard’s Hearthstone website.



493Fubk.png


Blizzard's Battle.net Desktop App Updated


Blizzard’s Battle.net desktop app has been updated to now feature chat availability within the game client, so you can now chat with all of your Battle.net friends without having to launch a game. This functionality came highly-requested by users who are all too familiar with using Valve’s Steam platform as a chat client. Now players will have the opportunity to do the same with their Battle.net friends, and Blizzard has made it easy to chat as well as add or remove players from the friends list. They have even added a “Favorites” section for the more popular players to keep better track of their closest friends. Chats will be received in whichever game a player is in, or will just be sent directly between Battle.net client windows. The Battle.net Desktop App can be downloaded on the Battle.net website.
 
You can check out the full article, including a FAQ, on Blizzard’s Hearthstone website.



l0VGAfl.png

 

Get Free Hearthstone Card Packs With Diablo III: Reaper of Souls


The past month has been very busy for Blizzard, first with the official launch of Hearthstone on March 11th followed by the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion on March 25th. Blizzard wants to make it harder for you to choose which game should devour all of your free time, and have added free Hearthstone card packs with the purchase of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls! Even if you don’t already have Hearthstone installed, you can quickly and easily do so and receive your free packs! The free pack rewards are as follows:
  • Reaper of Souls: Digital Standard Edition – One (1) Hearthstone Expert Card Pack, delivered to your Battle.net account.
  • Reaper of Souls: Retail Standard Edition – One (1) Hearthstone Expert Card Pack, available in your Reaper of Souls box as a redeemable code.
  • Reaper of Souls: Digital Deluxe Edition – Three (3) Hearthstone Expert Card Packs, delivered to your Battle.net account.
  • Reaper of Souls: Retail Collector's Edition – Three (3) Hearthstone Expert Card Packs, available in your Collector’s Edition box as three separate redeemable codes.
You can check out the full article on Blizzard’s Diablo III website.



xKqF3Lx.png

 

Hearthstone's First Ranked Play Season Begins


Hearthstone's first live Ranked Play season started on April 1st, and all players can battle up the ranks to earn awesome new card backs as well as a place among the Legends of Hearthstone! You can check out our extensive guide to the Hearthstone Ranked play season. Blizzard has plans to start having competitive events featuring the top players in each region, so it's time to get started working up the ranks!
 
You can check out the full article on Blizzard's Hearthstone website.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Zadina
      Dave Kosak is here in the latest Hearthside Chat video to talk about the lore of Rastakhan's Rumble. He also revealed two Priest cards: the Loa of Death, Bwonsamdi, and his Spirit!
      If you haven't played Battle for Azeroth, the latest WoW expansion, then this video is going to be helpful in understanding the backstory of Rastakhan's Rumble:
      The two Priest cards revealed in the video synergise very well with each other:

      As Peter Whalen and Liv Breeden mentioned in their r/Hearthstone interview, Spirits are meant to be build-around cards and this is pretty apparent with Spirit of the Dead. Apart from the obvious synergy with Bwonsamdi, the Priest Spirit can work wonders in a Clone Priest deck along with Zerek's Cloning Gallery. Spirit of the Dead can also find a spot in other archetypes like Resurrect, Big and Deathrattle Priest. The card itself is quite slow and requires some setting-up, but it looks very versatile.

      Bwonsamdi, the Loa of Death, can be used simiply to draw Spirit of the Dead, then you can kill him while the Spirit is up and shuffle him back to your deck. It's easy to see the Spirit work without Bwonsamdi, but the opposite - Bwonsamdi working without his Spirit - looks like a slim possibility. Given that all Class cards in this expansion are designed to work as a "team", we might see a card (apart from the Spirit) that can make Bwonsamdi more viable. Otherwise, the Hunter Quest never really caught on, so why would it work in a traditionally anti-aggro class like Priest?
    • By Zadina
      We have a new Tavern Brawl this week and the rules are simple: both players get to have two turns, instead of one.
      This starts from the very beginning of the game, therefore giving a big advantage to Player 1. Don't be surprised if your opponent concedes when he/she finds out that he/she has to go second (or if you have to do it)!
      Doomsayer is a must-have on this Tavern Brawl, since it clears the board immediately. Flappy Bird is also a useful card and Aggro decks are generally favoured. OTK decks also can work great since you have two turns to set up your... one-turn kill. You can also experiment with Open the Waygate and Temporus; both cards work and they give you a third turn!
    • By Zadina
      The reveal season will span between November 19 - 28.
      As usual, the card reveals will begin with a live stream on November 19 at 10:00 a.m. PST hosted by Peter Whalen and Regiskillbin.
      Then, we'll have two weeks of community card reveals:
      Week of November 19 11/19 12PM 11/19 11PM 11/20 2AM 11/20 4AM 11/20 5AM 11/20 7AM 11/20 8AM 11/20 9AM 11/20 11AM 11/20 8PM 11/21 2AM 11/21 4AM 11/21 7AM 11/21 11AM 11/21 1PM 11/21 6PM 11/21 11PM 11/22 1AM 11/22 4AM 11/22 7AM 11/22 10AM 11/22 11PM 11/23 4AM 11/23 6AM 11/23 7AM 11/23 11AM 11/23 2PM 11/23 10PM 11/23 11PM 11/24 1AM 11/24 7AM 11/24 11AM 11/24 1PM 11/24 11PM 11/25 4AM 11/25 7AM 11/25 11AM 11/25 7PM 11/25 11PM   Week of November 26 11/26 2AM 11/26 4AM 11/26 7AM 11/26 8AM 11/26 11AM 11/26 9PM 11/26 11PM 11/27 1AM 11/27 4AM 11/27 7AM 11/27 11AM 11/27 6PM 11/27 11PM Lastly, there will be a final live stream on the official Hearthstone Twitch channel on November 28 at 10:00 a.m. PST. The hosts this time will be Dean Ayala and Brian Kibler.
      Rastakhan's Rumble will release a few days afterwards, on December 4.
    • By Zadina
      The Hearthstone heroes are trying to enjoy Rastakhan's Rumble but a fellow spectator named Belligerent Gnome is annoying Rexxar!
      Wronchi have released the second part of their Rastakan's Rumble series of animations. You remember that in the first part the nine heroes were trying to get into the Gurubashi Arena. Now, we see that Rexxar, Jaina and Anduin are enjoying the games but there's a little fellow that's too loud for Rexxar's taste.
      And here he is:

      No wonder Rexxar is angry since this is definitely a Silverback Patriarch power creep! Although one would expect that Gul'dan would be equally angry, since this is a Vulgar Homunculus with a condition for every class!
      To start the serious discussion on this card, this looks like an anti-aggro tool that can also probably find its place in aggro decks as well. It's hard to see the Battlecry trigger on turn 2 exactly, making this a bit of a slower card. Dragon Priest used to have a similar card in Wyrmrest Agent, which was easier to trigger. Even decks could be a good place for Belligerent Gnome - Even Shaman, in particular, since I don't see Warlocks dropping their beloved Homunculus.
      It's definitely a versatile card with a lot of potential and it seems balanced - for now.
    • By Zadina
      Two new cards from Rastakhan's Rumble were revealed in an official blog post detailing the story of the upcoming expansion.
      The first card revealed is a neutral Pirate:

      It's important to clarify that the Overkill effect triggers only on your turn (ie. when you attack and not when you are attacked) and this minion will draw you cards even if it dies as long as you Overkill something. Other than that, it feels slow for an aggro Pirate deck and its low Health means it can be killed easily. Perhaps it could make for a decent Arena card.
      The awesomely named second card of the day is Heavy Metal!

      Here is a spell with the Geosculptor Yip effect, at a reduced cost and minus the body. Interestingly enough, this card would have been better if it costed 5 or 7 mana since it would fit in Odd Warrior, a deck that heavily utilises armoring up. Even Warrior might become a thing in the future, but still with Yip never really having caught on, it's really hard to see this card fit into any Warrior deck.
      The blog post itself is interesting, since it gives an introduction to the lore of Rastakhan's Rumble. We see Rikkar - the aspiring Troll champion, who is also the protagonist of the Rumble Run - entering the Gurubashi Arena and trying to pick which team he is going to side with. The Tigers - the Paladin team - are described as the returning champions of Rastakhan's Rumble. We are eager to see what's next for this expansion!