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Hearthstone Recap: Curse of Naxxramas Pricing Revealed, Community Spotlights + More!

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Curse of Naxxramas pricing revealed plus more details!

This week's Hearthstone recap spotlights new details of the Curse of Naxxramas adventure, which is scheduled to release some time this month! Blizzard has finally revealed pricing details for the Adventure, and they will be offering the first wing (the Arachnid Quarter) for free during a special launch event! They've also revealed additional details about the Heroic difficulty mode for the Adventure, which should prove to challenge even the most skilled of players. Players who manage to best every boss in Heroic difficulty will unlock a special new card back! We should see a release date soon! Be sure to check out our Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Preview for more information about the upcoming Adventure! We've got new Curse of Naxxramas details plus some great spotlights on the Hearthstone community, in this week's recap!




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Curse of Naxxramas Pricing Details Revealed


Blizzard has released details of the pricing structure for Curse of Naxxramas, which is still scheduled to release this month. As we already knew, the wings can be unlocked using real money or with in-game gold. During the Curse of Naxxramas launch event, which will last "roughly a month or so," players will receive free access to the Arachnid Quarter. Please note that if you do not log in to access Curse of Naxxramas during the launch event, you will have to pay to unlock the Arachnid Quarter once the event has ended. The wings will be released once per week, and you can unlock new wings with either gold or real money.

Each wing can be purchased for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 USD per wing. Gold will still be earned through the normal means of completing quests and through victories in the Arena. There are bundles available that will discount the price for any wings already owned. The bundle pricing is as follows:
  • All five wings: $24.99
  • Already own first wing, purchase remaining four: $19.99
  • Already own first two wings, purchase remaining three: $14.99
  • Already own first three wings, purchase remaining two: $9.99
For players who log in during the launch event and receive the first wing for free, they will need only to unlock the four additional wings. The additional wings can be purchased at any time, even prior to launch, but will not be able to be accessed until the wing opens. Also, if a player prefers, they can buy any of the wings for in-game gold and pay for the rest with real money (so if you get the first wing for free, then unlock the second with gold, you would just have to pay $14.99 for the remaining three wings). You could even avoid spending money at all if you've got enough gold banked to unlock all 5 wings (which, with the free wing considered, will cost 2800 gold).

Players concerned about the long-term replayability of Curse of Naxxramas need not worry too much, as Blizzard has added a Heroic difficulty mode to push the Adventure's challenge even further. When a player defeats a wing, the Heroic difficulty of the wing will be unlocked. The Heroic mode will be substantially harder and promises to challenge even veteran players. Skilled players who manage to defeat all of the bosses in Heroic difficulty will unlock a special new card back! This should provide a great challenge and gameplay experience worth the gold spent. Also, while the cards in Curse of Naxxramas will not be able to be disenchanted, you will be able to craft golden versions of the cards!



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Fireside Fun Event Highlights


Blizzard has posted an awesome spotlight on some recent Fireside Gatherings that have taken place. Unfortunately, not every player is lucky enough to have one of these events hosted nearby. You can always check the list of upcoming Fireside Gathering events to see if there's one in your area. Blizzard has spotlighted some of the more recent, larger scale gatherings. Check out the photos and recaps of these awesome Hearthstone events!



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Blizzard Recognizes Current Top Ranked Players


Ranked Play Season 4 is coming along nicely, and (as usual) Blizzard has provided a list of the current top players! 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! This list is up-to-date as of July 9, 2014.

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Ranked Play Season 4 Current Rankings



Rank BattleTag
1 Tarei
2 dog
3 AlexAD
4 Khymera
5 SilentStorm
6 Sender
7 TerrenceM
8 AReee
9 dengxu
10 muzzy
11 Magician
12 Axtius
13 transduction
14 GreenSheep
15 BattleTag
16 Razor
17 Schizo300
18 LiquidSora
19 PandaButt
20 Realz
21 Infam0us
22 Liakoto
23 Poisty1991
24 Itachi
25 andrewC
26 Farmacist
27 Fibonacci
28 Sheapy
29 Kingdom
30 ThaLucky1
31 JelloCthulhu
32 hakutou
33 Banda
34 Jez
35 Phantiks
36 Ðart
37 Mintz
38 Trump
39 Jw0ok
40 Tich
41 sjow
42 MithY
43 ARee
44 nacanoob
45 fuoliver
46 DuckWingFACE
47 Greg
48 FishGod
49 taengooo
50 StrifeCro
51 Kekle
52 FlannelGuy
53 Kajiura
54 shimapen
55 Staz
56 Tempestlife
57 itsProtoHype
58 Haibara
59 iambiscuit
60 Kalypso
61 yzhenxiao
62 Amnesiasc
63 Hassel
64 justsaiyan
65 Freshca
66 SnipedAgain
67 Ian
68 Fear
69 Iksar
70 TidesofTime
71 Thunderbuddy
72 Vyy
73 phirt
74 bloodyface
75 Firebat
76 TheRtsRanger
77 Oath
78 zZzZzZBiN
79 Alraun
80 KingZhao
81 Nif
82 Genlord
83 waffster
84 SpicedChai
85 PHONETAP
86 Nukstea
87 OfSerenity
88 purpledrank
89 Gajila
90 Neobility
91 Unjust
92 hyped
93 TheDamned
94 koalahunter7
95 Kio
96 AWice
97 Nifty

See our top ranked players in the European region here.




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Hearthstone Community Roundup


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!

Blizzard Icon Hearthstone Community Roundup - July 11th

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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 #37 – “Live from Nerdtacular 2014!”

HearthPro Podcast – Episode #38 – “Interview with Kevin Hovdestad”

Happy Hearthstone Podcast – June 30th – “Host Your Own Tournament!”

A Worthy Opponent – Episode #35 - ”Holy WHAT pickles?”

Turn 2 Podcast – Episode #26

Shows

Jotto’s Hearthstone Weekly Show – Episode #55 – “Couple things that I hope will change…”

Value Town – Episode #37 - “ChanManV, Trump, and Kolento”

FailCraft – Hearthstone Half Hour Episode #77 – “Hearthstone Hunter Pick Your Own Arena”

BlizzPro Hearthstone Power Hour – “Handlock Revisited”

The Gamon Show – “Deck Tech: Pirates Warrior w/Gameplay & Commentary”

King of the Hill – Episode #29 – “ThijsNL vs. Chacruna”

DKMR Round Up - Episode #6

Epic Moments!

2pPressStart – Episode #27 – “Top 5 Plays of the Week”

HearthTrolden – Episode #53 – “Funny and Lucky Moments”


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    • By Zadina

      On Sunday, we saw the semifinals and the grand final of the 2018 Hearthstone Circuit Tour. A champion was crowned between Fr0zen, JasonZhou, tom60229 and Surrender. Who was it?
      Semifinals
      In the first semifinal, China and North America's representatives faced off one another. JasonZhou elected to ban Fr0zen's Mage, a class that proved to be dangerous during this championship. Fr0zen's Cubelock lost two out of three games, but it paid off at the final deciding game. Jason just couldn't draw any of his Aggro Druid tools and Fr0zen protected himself behind the wall of the Voidlord. Thus, it was Fr0zen who progressed to the finals with a final score of 3-2, although we still have to commend JasonZhou for a second top 4 finish in a row.
      The other semifinal was held between the two APAC contestants: Surrender versus tom60229. Surrender weirdly elected to ban tom's Priest and not his Warlock; I'm not sure if that was the right call to make, although Surrender did beat the Warlock with his Druid (but lost to it with his Rogue). However, what seemed to matter most is that the Korean player drew Patches the Pirate in both of his Rogue games - a straw of bad luck that contributed to his downfall. With only that Druid victory under Surrender's belt, tom60229 easily beat one of the most difficult opponents he could face with 3-1 and secured his spot in the final. Tom should be given extra credit for his exceptional Druid play in this match-up.
      The Final
      Fr0zen's line-up was more favourble, since he had specifically targeted meta decks with his slow, Control-focused decks. He quickly went ahead with a score of 2-0, securing victories with his Mage and Priest.
      At that point, a small mishap took place. Perhaps seeing that Fr0zen was ahead, after having won the audience and having become the crowd favourite of the Amsterdam venue, someone jumped the gun and released the celebration confetti. The American player smirked during this, while tom60229 remained stoic. Perhaps it was this calmness that helped the Taiwanese player turn the match around. 
      Fr0zen only had his Jade Druid remaining, a deck that had been commended on by the casters for including the more Midrange package of Violet Teacher and Mark of the Lotus. In the third game, Fr0zen overextended against tom60229's Priest and he resorted to topdecking during the late stages. While the American player was desperately hoping for an Ultimate Infestation that would never come, tom60229 got his machine gun going and took his first victory.
      In the Druid vs Rogue game, tom's Swashburglar got an Innervate. On his next turn, Taiwan's champion elected to go for an all-in play, that resulted in a 10/10 Edwin VanCleef. It's a risk that usually pays off against Druid, since it doesn't have early hard removal. Indeed, tom60229 managed to equalise the score.
      The last game was a battle between Druids. Fr0zen again overextended too early and he was left with no cards for the end. He tried to fend off the Jade onslaught with back-to-back Spreading Plagues, but it was too late. Chen "tom60229" Wei Lin would be crowned as the 2017 Hearthstone World Champion, the first champion from Asia!
      Final Remarks
      Tom60229 may have been an outsider here, but he won through hard work and dedication - combined with a small amount of luck, as the case usually is in Hearthstone. Some may remember his unusual for the time, yet effective Highlander Mage deck from the Summer Championship. His decks weren't particularly innovative, but his plays were solid - especially with his Druid against Surrender. He reverse-sweeped his opponent, even after that disheartening confetti incident!
      Frank "Fr0zen" Zheng has also worked really hard and it was no coincidence that he got here. His decks targeted the current meta, giving him numerous favourable match-ups throughout this tournament. While it did lose the three crucial final games, I truly believe his best deck was his Midrange Jade Druid. It shows how Druid can turn back to its Midrange roots when we finally bid farewell to the Jade package. The Control Mage deck was also particularly nasty, although I do prefer Sintolol's version: it offers more outs and win conditions in the late game. And, as already stated, you should definitely watch the quarterfinal between Fr0zen and Sintolol: it was the best match of this weekend!
      JasonZhou's and Surrender's participations are also admirable. This is the second year in a row that the Chinese player finishes in the Top 4 of the Hearthstone Circuit Tour. He knocked out some really tough opponents during this tournament (Kolento, Muzzy, DocPwn). Surrender, on his part, displayed tremendous talent and potential. The final result would have been completely different, if these two semifinalists had drawn better in their respective matches.
      That's it for this year and we are looking forward to 2018, since the structure of HCT will change drastically! We should also expect a new patch in a month from now, which may or may not contain balance changes.
    • By Zadina

      Saturday's schedule included the Group Stage knockouts and the quarterfinals. Spoilers incoming!
      Deciders
      These were the matches between the players who had 1 victory and 1 lost during the Group Stage. Three out of the four deciders were sweeps. From Group A, tom60229 quickly removed Orange off the competition with a 3-0 sweep. The same fate awaited Muzzy who lost from the experienced JasonZhou in the Group B decider game. Lastly, another NA champion fell in the Group C decider, as ShtanUdachi made wreck of Purple. It's interesting to compare Shtan's fast and confident pace in this match-up, compared to his quarterfinal performance, which we will talk about later on.
      The only contestant, who proved to be more of a challenge for his opponent, was OmegaZero; he fought valiantly but ultimately fell to Fr0zen prowess in the Group D Decider game (3-2). One of the highlights of this series was in the second game, with Fr0zen spotting a nice way to find lethal. The Mage vs Priest game was also interesting to watch, showing how DK Jaina can sometimes outfatigue DK Anduin.
      Therefore, tom60229, JasonZhou, ShtanUdachi and Fr0zen proceeded to the quarterfinals, where the winners of the Group Stage were waiting for them.
      Quarterfinals
      The first quarterfinal was between JasonZhou and DocPwn. The Canadian player took a 2-victory lead, but then Jason proved why he's considered one of the most experienced players in the world and one of China's best representatives. Jason destroyed DocPwn's Rogue, winning against it in a spectacular reverse sweep (2-3) - just as he did with Kolento in the Group Stage. It was also impressive how fast these three victories happened: it tooks Jason something less than 30 minutes to bring DocPwn from an advantageous position to defeat and elimination.
      Then it was time for practice partners and contestants from the same region, SamuelTsao and tom60229, to face off against one another. Just like during the first day, Samuel's inexperience was pretty evident. His Priest play was just... slow. Thus, tom didn't have trouble taking him out with a score of 3-1.
      And we move on to probably the best match of the day: Sintolol versus Fr0zen, with the latter being the last representative of his region. Before their game, Fr0zen had stated that he had 10% chance of winning, since both players ran control decks and Sinto's Mage was more aggressive, and he needed (sic) a miracle to win. Well, miracles do happen in the World Championship! I recommend that you watch this series!
      In the first game, Fr0zen was forced to Psychic Scream Sinto's Dragoncaller Alanna, making it possible for the German player to draw her exactly when needed and secure the victory. Sinto's Mage remained undefeated in this tournament and it shows its power against meta decks like Highlander Priest, although Fr0zen did put up a good fight. Fr0zen won the Jade Druid mirror game, but then his Mage fell to Sintolol's Druid. The last deck remaining for Sintolol was his unique Dragon Combo Priest. Fr0zen, being an exceptional Control player himself, managed to succeed where Sinto's previous opponents seemingly failed: he read completely through the playstyle of that deck, denying Sinto the opportunity to steal his minions even by damaging them on purpose! The American player skillfully piloted his own Priest around Sinto's and evened out the score. The last nail-biting match was between Fr0zen's Mage and Sinto's Priest. Sinto quickly lost his combo pieces, but then he was miraculously saved by a Frost Lich Jaina pick-up. The game started heading into fatigue, with Sinto running out of cards slightly faster. It all culminated into a battle of DK Jainas, with both players trying to find ways to create Water Elementals via her Hero Power and Sinto making some impressive plays again. However, Fr0zen highrolled for a second time for 7 damage with Dragon's Fury (he had already done so earlier in another crucial turn) and that's when Sintolol started cracking under the pressure and made a couple of mistakes. In the end, it was Fr0zen who progressed to the semi-finals as America's last representative (3-2)!
      After this amazing match, the last quarterfinal was yet another battle between giants: Surrender versus ShtanUdachi. Surrender is the only representative from Korea, while Shtan was Europe's last hope to progress to the semi-finals. This series wasn't as impressive as the previous one, but the final match between Surrender's Priest and Shtan's Jade Druid is the one to watch out for. It's also probably the longest match of the day. With Surrender ahead at 2-1, Shtan maximised his armor gain and his Jade Golem counter quite fast. On the other hand, Surrender had all the Highlander Priest tools right on curve. Near the end of the game, even though Shtan seemed to have the edge, Surrender noticed what both casters and audience failed to see: he could still win the game. And that he did, thus becoming the last semifinalist!
      Final Remarks
      It's pretty obvious, after the previous day too, that Big Spells Mage is the deck to look out for in this tournament. It's won some unbelievable games and it's proven that it's a force to be reckoned with in fatigue, even against Highlander Priest. I think Sinto's Big Spells Mage is better, since it's more aggressive. Dragoncaller Alanna has proven wrong everyone who underestimated her in the beginning of Kobolds & Catacombs. In contrast, Fr0zen's Mage is much more conservative, matching his preferred control-oriented playstyle.
      Speaking of Fr0zen, his performance was certainly impressive today. He totally read through Sintolol's Dragon Combo Priest. He was better in the "who can find the ping" late game with Frost Lich Jaina. And he kept North America still in the competition, when favourite Purple and DocPwn fell. We should still commend Sintolol: he wasn't that well known in the general public, but he's been a consistent ladder player for a while now, he showed some incredible plays and he definitely made a name for himself in this Championship. Lastly, Surrender himself and his Priest gameplay are just on another level. The Korean player has demonstrated amazing skill and he's one of the favourites to win.
      Thus, we have two semifinalists from the APAC region (Surrender and tom60229), one from China (JasonZhou) and one from the North America (Fr0zen). It looks like that Hearthstone will have its first World Champion from the Asia region (and if you want to be pedantic, it will definitely have its first Asian World Champion). Although, as we saw today, you shouldn't underestimate Fr0zen!
    • By Zadina

      Friday was the second day of the group stage of the HCT 2017 World Championship. Here's what happened (spoilers ahead)!
      Group C
      This group had only champions from Europe and North America: ShtanUdachi represented Russia, Ant represented the US, Sintolol represented Germany and Purple represented Canada. The first match of a day saw Alexey "ShtanUdachi" Barsukov easily beat Anthony "Ant" Trevino with a score of 3-1.
      Then, it was time for one of NA's favourite's Ryan "Purple" Murphy-Root to face off against Thomas "Sintolol" Zimmer. Sintolol is one of the few players that has brought Big Spells Mage in this tournament and Purple opted not to ban it, which turned out to be a mistake. Purple took a quick 2-0 lead in the beginning, but Sintolol came back with his Combo Dragon Priest against Purple's traditional Higlander Priest. Even though Purple denied Sinto's 4/18 Twilight Drake with a clever play involving a stolen Inner Fire, the German player still managed to win that game with a 44/44 Kabal Talonpriest. Sintolol then proceded to reverse-sweep his opponent (3-2). Overall, this was one of the series with the smartest plays.
      Afterwards, Purple easily eliminated Ant with a clean sweep (3-0). The other game of Group C was the battle of European giants: ShtanUdachi versus Sintolol. Sinto's Mage remained unbanned again and he managed to take the first game against ShtanUdachi's Jade Druid. In the last match, Sintolol made an impressive play with his Priest, involving stealing ShtanUdachi's Fandral Staghelm and using a pre-obtained Nourish. The German player humbly admitted later that he hadn't planned this play, it was just luck but it was enough to crown him as the victor of Group C with a score of 3-1.
      Group D Match W-L Sintolol 2-0 ShtanUdachi 1-1 Purple 1-1 Ant 0-2 Group D
      Group D has representatives from all 4 big regions: Surrender from Korea, OmegaZero from China, Fr0Zen from the US and Neirea from Ukraine. Jung-Soo "Surrender" Kim had a tense first match against Zheng "OmegaZero" Lin. The Korean player, whom a lot of people have voted for, ultimately won the series with 3-2. Then, it was Yevgeniy "Neira" Shumilin against Frank "Fr0zen" Zhang. Neirea must have noticed the performance of Sintolol's Big Spells Mage, because he quickly banned Fr0zen's Mage (he's a notoriously good Freeze Mage player). However, this wasn't enough since the American player easily beat Neirea with a score of 3-1.
      Neira also lost with the same score from OmegaZero in the elimination match. Thus, both of Ukraine's players (Kolento and Neirea) were eliminated.
      The winner's match between Surrender and Fr0zen was intense. The Korean Summer Champion also saw that Mage was a force to be reckoned with and he banned that deck, letting the audience finally see a Warlock deck in action during the World Championship. Surrender played impressively with his Priest in the first game against Fr0zen's Druid. However's Fr0zen won the two next games in a row, putting Surrender in a difficult position. The next match, with Fr0zen's Cubelock and Surrender's Aggro Druid, was very close: Surrender got lucky in the end and he evened out the score. In the last game, Cubelock proved to be a liability for Fr0zen, as his draw was weak, and Surrender managed to come out at the top of his group (3-2).
      Group D Match W-L Surrender 2-0 Fr0zen 1-1 OmegaZero 1-1 Neirea 0-2 Final Remarks
      It became apparent from this deck that players, who brought unique decks and not the usual meta ones, stood out. We saw that the previous day with Orange's Hunter. Now, it was Sintolol's Big Spells Mage that made the difference in Group C. The experienced players of Group D must have noticed that Mage's performance, because Fr0zen's Mage was banned in both games he played. On the other hand, the traditional Priest, Druid and especially Rogue meta decks have had an average performance, while Fr0zen's Cubelock showed that maybe Warlock isn't so powerful as it seems.
      If there was one player that left an impression to the audience, it was Europe's sole champion to secure a guaranteed spot in the quarterfinals, Sintolol. He made some really smart plays that left everyone with their mouth open and he remained humble and sincere in his post-game interviews. On the other hand, the Group D winner Surrender had two very close games (3-2). Even though he showed his talent with Highlander Priest once again, it was mostly luck and not skill that helped him win these two games. Of course, he still remains a favourite for the World Championship and his reactions are always amusing to watch.
      The decider matches are currently underway and we'll be back later today with another recap!
    • By Zadina

      The final stage of the HCT 2017 Worldc Championship has kicked off with the group stage. On Thursday, we saw matches on groups A and B. Beware because spoilers are following!
      Group A
      This group consists of Frederik "Hoej" Nielsen, Julien "DocPwn" Bachand, Jon "Orange" and Chen "tom60229" Wei Lin. The first match of the day was between the Danish Hoej vs the Canadian DocPwn (2-3). This was one of the longest matches, with both players displaying exceptional skill. It all culminated into the 5th game, where DocPwn managed to get his Keleseth Rogue early game going and beat Hoej's Priest. In the other game, tom60229 from Taiwan easily beat Orange from Sweden with a score of 3-1.
      The two defeated players, Hoej and Orange, proceeded to play against each other. Hoej's Murloc Paladin, the deck that made him stand out compared to other contestants, betrayed him as he lost 3 times in a row with it! Thus, one of the favourites for the World Championship was eliminated. DocPwn also sweeped his opponent tom, but he had a much harder time. Their last game, with Keleseth Rogue for DocPwn and Jade Druid for tom, had quite a few upsets and you should definitely watch it.
      The decider match between Orange and tom60229 will take place on Saturday.
      Group A Match W-L Total W-L DocPwn 2-0 6-2 Orange 1-1 4-3 tom60229 1-1 3-4 Hoej 0-2 2-6 Group B
      Muzahidul "Muzzy" Islam, Jason "JasonZhou" Zhou, Aleksandr "Kolento" Malsh and Samuel "SamuelTsao" Tsao play in this group. Muzzy, who represents America and is one of the favourite's to win the World Championship, beat the Chinese JasonZhou with a score of 3-1. In the next match, even though SamuelTsao made some mistakes, he managed to even the score with the Ukranian legend. In their final game, the young Taiwanese's Priest beat Kolento's Druid with an impressive 46-damage OTK (3-2).
      The elimination series between Kolento and JasonZhou is totally nail-biting! The two experienced players evened out each other and it all came down to the final game with a Keleseth Rogue mirror match. Jason drew better and he managed to eliminate crowd favourite Kolento (along with everyone who voted for him) with a score of 3-2. SamuelTsao managed to beat Muzzy with the same score in another intense series. Their last match (Warlock vs Priest) had a lot of upsides, but in the end luck smiled to SamuelTsao.
      The decider match between Muzzy and JasonZhou will take place on Saturday.
      Group B Match W-L Total W-L SamuelTsao 2-0 6-4 Muzzy 1-1 5-4 JasonZhou 1-1 4-5 Kolento 0-2 4-6 Final Remarks
      Thursday was a day of surprises, particularly unpleasant ones for Europe. Favourites Kolento (RIP packs) and Hoej were eliminated; I am mostly suprised about Hoej, since he had one of the strongest deck line-ups of this Championship. Statistically speaking, I don't think we'll have a European World Champion this time.
      On the other hand, outsiders DocPwn and SamuelTsao managed to come out on the top of their groups. DocPwn's effort is certainly admirable, since he's not exactly a full-time professional Hearthstone player: he was calm, level-headed and showed some exceptional critical decision making. In contrast, Samuel's youth and inexperience were quite evident, but his opponents also underestimated him. I think he has a lot to show for in the future.
      The not-so-surprising highlight of the day was Warlock being banned in almost all matches. Among the decks that stood out were Orange's Hunter (he's the only one that brought one and he won 2/2 of his games with it) and JasonZhou's interestingly teched Aggro Druid.
      Day 2 of the Group Stage is currently underway, so make sure to watch it!
    • By Zadina

      The two Hearthstone developers talked to IGN about the design process behind some of the most impactful cards from Kobolds & Catacombs.
      First of all, Peter Whalen and Mike Donais confirmed that there will be an update on February, a month after the World Championship. This patch will contain new events and possibly balance changes. They will take a look at the meta as it's been and as it is in the World Championship and they will decide accordingly.
      Moving on, they talked about some of the classes and how K&C cards have affected them. Starting with Warlock, Cubelock was a deck that was tested internally and it was an archetype the team was "certainly concerned about and [they] played a bunch of games with it". Carnivorous Cube was also tested internally in Recruit Hunter and in Quest Druid. As far as Possessed Lackey is concerned, there was a second version of it that read "Battlecry: If you control a Demon, Recruit a Demon", while Dark Pact was 0 mana at some point. Lastly, Rin, the First Disciple's seals used to have different effects and Azari, the Devourer was a 15/15 untargetable minion.
      The two devs talked next about the other dominating class of the current meta: Priest. Mike Donais pointed out that Highlander Priest was already doing well, so it was only given one new card: Psychic Scream. On the other hand. Big Priest has a pretty medium win rate, even though it can feel frustrating to play against. It's also a deck that will lose several cards in the upcoming rotation. At this point, the devs repeated that they are looking forward to develop and see in action new playstyles in the post-Barnes era. Finally, during the design process Twilight's Call could summon any minion, not just Deathrattles, but this was deemed too powerful.
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      There were a few words about Hearthstone's currently weakest class: Shaman. The devs think that the Shaman Spellstone is a powerful "sleeper" card, although maybe there's presently not a proper deck for it. They were also slightly worried about Unstable Evolution. Another "sleeper" card for them is Warrior's Drywhisker Armorer.
      An important point is that when asked about Corridor Creeper, Peter said that it's "one of the cards that raised a red flag". Lastly, they talked about King Togwaggle and the numerous iterations he had - all around swapping decks with your opponent. The penalty on the spell card isn't high enough on purpose, because they didn't want Togwaggle to be a super competitive card.
      I've tried to summarise the most important points, but you should definitely check out the entire interview on IGN. There's much more detail behind the design process of Kobolds & Catacombs, while there is also temp artwortk of cards as well as two cards that never made it into the game!