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

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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...



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$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



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.

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