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New Curse of Naxxramas card plus 2014 World Championship information (and more)!

This week in Hearthstone has been a bit more eventful, with a brand new Curse of Naxxramas card reveal showcasing a powerful new Shaman card! Blizzard has also released additional details about the upcoming 2014 Hearthstone World Championship, including details of the epic $250,000 prize pool and more specific details about regional qualifiers! The Hearthstone Propaganda Poster contest is finally coming to a close, and entries can be viewed and voted on the Hearthstone Facebook! Blizzard has crafted another great lore recap post, this time featuring Malfurion Stormrage, and Hearthstone streamer "MaSsan" has just been signed as Team SoloMid's first competitive Hearthstone player. What a week! Read on for the full recap of this week's Hearthstone news!




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New Curse of Naxxramas Card Revealed


Just days after our Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Preview, Blizzard has revealed another new Curse of Naxxramas card on the Hearthstone Twitter - and it's quite possibly the most powerful card yet! This week's card is Rebirth, an uber-powerful Shaman class card that allows you to destroy a minion, then return it to life with full Health. This card will definitely synergize well with new cards that feature powerful Deathrattle abilities!

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2014 Hearthstone World Championship Prize Pool Revealed


Blizzard has also revealed some important new details about the upcoming 2014 Hearthstone World Championship taking plase at this year's BlizzCon on November 7 & 8! The best players in the world will compete for a prize pool of $250,000 and first prize will take home $100,000! The top four players from each region will head to BlizzCon to compete for their part of the prize pool, which will be awarded as follows:
  • 1st Place - $100,000
  • 2nd Place - $50,000
  • 3rd and 4th Place - $15,500
  • 5th thru 8th Place - $7,500
  • 9th thru 16th Place - $5,000
Blizzard have also posted extensive details on how to qualify for a spot in the different region Qualifier tournaments, so if you're a Legend or plan on working your way up to it, be sure to head over to the Hearthstone blog for full qualification details! Good luck!



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Vote on Hearthstone Poster Contest Top Picks


Blizzard's Hearthstone Propaganda Poster Contest, which celebrated the game's iPad release, is coming to a close! The best entries have been posted to the Hearthstone Facebook for voting, and the top three entries with the most "Likes" will win an iPad Air! Voting will continue until May 29, 2014 so check out all the entries!

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Hearthstone Community Roundup - May 23th


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 #31 – “Getting Weird”

HearthPro Podcast – Episode #35 – “Interview with Reynad”

Happy Hearthstone Podcast – May 16th – “How to Pick The Best Cards”

A Worthy Opponent – Episode #28 - ”Dustin the White”

Shows

Jotto’s Hearthstone Weekly Show – Episode #47 – “Climbing to Legend For The First Time”

Value Town – Episode #31 - “ChanManV, Trump, Massan, and TidesofTime”

FailCraft – Hearthstone Half Hour Episode #58 – “Hearthstone Miracle Rogue Deck Guide!”

Master Class – Episode #22 – “Aggro Mage for Tournaments & Ladder”

Keep Calm And Don’t Kick My Robot – Episode #11 – “Hearthstone Miracle Rogue”

The Gamon Show – Episode #2

Epic Moments!

2pPressStart – Episode #21 – “Top 5 Plays of the Week”

ManaGrind – Episode #45 – “Funny and Lucky Moments”




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Malfurion Stormrage, The Druid Lore


Another Hero lore spotlight has been posted, and this time the light is on Malfurion Stormrage, the Druid! Poor Malfurion had to get downgraded to merely "the Druid" for simplicity's sake in Hearthstone, but he's definitely anything but your regular run-of-the-mill Druid! Malfurion has an extremely interesting past intertwined with many other key Warcraft universe characters (such as Tyrande and Illidan Stormrage), so be sure to read all about the powerful Archdruid!

You can check out Blizzard's post on the Hearthstone blog!



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Team SoloMid Signs Pro Hearthstone Player


On the competitive side of Hearthstone, Team SoloMid, known for their powerful League of Legends and Smite teams, have signed their first professional Hearthstone player! Harry "MaSsan" Cheong, a well-known Hearthstone player with a popular stream on Twitch.tv. It will definitely be interesting to watch the growth of Hearthstone as a viable competitive esport, and I'm sure we'll see Hearthstone gain popularity as we get closer to the 2014 World Championship! Be sure to check out MaSsan's stream when live to learn a thing or two from his excellent commentary!

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