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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!

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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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