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Hearthstone Recap: Top Players, New Card, Community Roundup + More!

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A new Curse of Naxxramas card is revealed, plus check out the awesome community content this week!

All has been mostly quiet on the Hearthstone front, as we eagerly await announcement of the Curse of Naxxramas adventure release date! Blizzard has instead teased us with another new card from the set, revealed on the the Hearthstone Twitter. Blizzard has also published a mid-season list of the current top 100 players in Ranked Play, and have spotlighted some excellent community content! Plus check out an epic fan-made Hearthstone crossover set!




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New Curse of Naxxramas Rogue Card Revealed


Blizzard has shared another card on the Hearthstone Twitter from the upcoming Curse of Naxxramas adventure, a Rogue card with Deathrattle! As we've already seen with previously released cards, many of the cards in the upcoming set will feature this mechanic!
 

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Blizzard Recognizes Current Top Ranked Players


We're halfway through Ranked Play Season 2, and Blizzard decided to spotlight the current top 100 players! Remember, the top 16 Legend players of each season will qualify for participation in the Hearthstone Americas Qualifier Tournament for their chance at representing the Americas in the Hearthstone World Championships! Check out the current top players -- we'll see who will remain on the list at the end of the season!

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Ranked Play Season 2 Current Rankings


Rank BattleTag
1 StrifeCro
2 hyp3d
3 Tarei
4 hyped
5 Sender
6 reynad
7 Cyru
8 Strelzik
9 CountChocula
10 bma
11 yottiy4
12 rain
13 Neghr
14 Kurum
15 Staz
16 Failfellow
17 Thachzor
18 suuiche
19 IEATKITTENS
20 Sommer
21 Chance
22 Muirhead
23 Owatonka
24 Lotusx
25 Axtius
26 Bowles
27 Bounds
28 LennyFoulds
29 Vastuish
30 DuckWingFACE
31 AllHailMatt
32 SirBuckeye
33 Lifecoach
34 Razor
35 LiquidDiego
36 Revelaxion
37 Ironhead
38 Khymera
39 Ðart
40 surpass
41 allandang
42 Mandraxhair
43 Alleria
44 Coglorin
45 Blackacre
46 durr
47 Decoherence
48 Darkbunny
49 Haritsuka
50 puffin
51 skiLtor
52 koyuki
53 andrewC
54 jejune
55 Ghost
56 Lazy
57 winpo
58 Ratisil
59 Jesse
60 G37
61 Poisty1991
62 dog
63 TGO
64 Neobility
65 Hafu
66 hoodrych
67 Gertzferd
68 Kadu
69 Darklumiya
70 Kyle
71 Puree
72 Kageno
73 TONY
74 tarquin
75 FoSk
76 Kokobeast
77 unholy
78 Cleanner
79 yuri
80 muzzy
81 fizdarth
82 Proff
83 Gigaduckman
84 RAGESAUCE
85 DarkAngel
86 Sirslim
87 krypto9ite
88 sunshift
89 Freohr
90 EnergySeeker
91 Invoker
92 Jules
93 Beldareaver
94 Peter
95 Siky
96 ThaLucky1
97 Imamurgl
98 SofM
99 Brad
100 Rngezus




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Hearthstone Community Roundup - May 16th


Check out the latest Hearthstone podcasts, webshows and epic plays in Blizzard's Hearthstone Community Roundup, which spotlights the best moments from the past week of community content!

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Searching for the latest in Hearthstone news or for a video of a recent Hearthstone tournament you missed? We’ve got the latest in community-created video and podcast content right here for your viewing pleasure! Don’t miss a second of the funny moments, epic plays and high level Hearthstone games featured below!

Have a reoccurring, non-tutorial video series you want to share with the community in our weekly Hearthstone Community Roundup post? Send an email to zeriyah@blizzard.com with a link to your stuff!

Podcasts

The Angry Chicken Podcast – Episode #30 – “Return of the Chicken!”

HearthPro Podcast – Episode #34 – http://hearthstone.blizzpro.com/2014/05/15/hearthpro-episode-34-its-a-miracle/]“It’s a Miracle”

Happy Hearthstone Podcast – May 3rd – “The Best Free Warlock and Rogue Decks”

A Worthy Opponent – Episode #27 – “Priests are Blue”

Shows

Jotto’s Hearthstone Weekly Show – Episode #46 – “ESGN Chakki vs. Realz”

Value Town – Episode #30 - “ChanManV, Trump, and Gaara”

FailCraft – Hearthstone Half Hour Episode #55 – “Hearthstone Paladin Pick Your Own Arena!”

Master Class – Episode #21 – “Miracle Rogue or Bust”

Fight Night – Season 6, Episode #10 – “ManaGrind vs. Clarity”

Keep Calm And Don’t Kick My Robot – Episode #10 – “Hearthstone Control Warrior Deck”

Epic Moments!

2pPressStart – Episode #20 – “Top 5 Plays of the Week”

ManaGrind – Episode #43 – “Funny and Lucky Moments”





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Check Out This Game of Thrones / Hearthstone Crossover


Reddit user randomnate has created the best Hearthstone expansion we'll never see: a cross-over of Hearthstone and Game of Thrones! Fans of the show will definitely appreciate the references in the card mechanics. Check out his full set of cards in this Imgur album and great discussion in the Hearthstone subreddit!



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What Is It Like To Open 40 Packs?


As someone who hasn't spend a dime on Hearthstone, I've definitely wanted to know what it would be like to just open a ton of packs. Recently, a Kotaku author wondered the same thing, and decided to go easy with the $49.99 40 Expert Packs bundle, the largest single bundle that can be purchased. Of course, you can always get lucky and walk out with multiple legendaries but two Kotaku writers broke down the cards received in the purchased bundle in this YouTube video. Of course, your mileage may vary but it's definitely an interesting breakdown!



Want more? Check out tons of other pack opening videos on YouTube including one featuring a whopping 600 packs!

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