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Hearthstone Recap: Curse of Naxxramas Launch + Patch Notes

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Curse of Naxxramas is finally released!

The Curse of Naxxramas adventure is now available for players and the Arachnid Quarter can be unlocked for free during this special launch event! The adventure brings six new unlockable cards which can be used in any game mode. We've updated our website with the new Curse of Naxxramas cards information. Be sure to check out our new "Solo" section for Curse of Naxxramas information and strategies! The Curse of Naxxramas release also brought a welcome batch of bugfixes, which have been detailed in some rather lengthy patch notes.

With this patch also comes another Hunter card nerf, this time to the incredibly powerful Eaglehorn Bow. The weapon's effect will no longer proc from both players' Secrets (just from your own). As always, Blizzard has updated their lists of top players for Ranked Play Season 4 as well as their list of qualified players for the World Championship qualifiers! If you haven't yet, don't forget to pull yourself away from Curse of Naxxramas long enough to battle in Ranked Play mode to reach Rank 20 so you can unlock this month's awesome Naxxramas card back! Of course, for many of you that shouldn't be very hard, and congratulations in advance to this month's Legends! Read more to check out the full details of this week's Hearthstone recap!





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Curse of Naxxramas Adventure Released


Curse of Naxxramas has finally released this week, and players across the world can download the first wing, the Arachnid Quarter, for free during the special launch event (which should run for a month). We've updated Icy Veins for Curse of Naxxramas, so be sure to check out our announcement and check out all of the new information we've added! Players will face Anub'Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina and the terrifying giant spider Maexxna! The first wing includes three boss battles (with both normal and Heroic difficulties), two class challenges (Druid and Rogue) and features a total of six unlockable cards. Additional wings will be available for purchase in the following weeks, at the following pricing structure:
  • 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
The full Curse of Naxxramas patch notes can be found below!

Blizzard Icon Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure


Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure

  • Curse of Naxxramas offers a new single player campaign to play Hearthstone against challenging NPC adversaries. Curse of Naxxramas can be unlocked with gold or real money and can be accessed by players that have unlocked all 9 heroes.
  • Defeat 15 fearsome bosses to unlock a total of 30 new Hearthstone cards for your collection, including Legendary cards! Naxxramas cards can easily be searched for within My Collection using the search function.
  • An all-new interactive Naxxramas-themed game board awaits you within the Adventure! Discover the surprises that lurk inside the slime pools, the quivering masses of spider eggs (spoilers: It’s spiders), and more!
  • Surmount 9 diabolical Class Challenges that test your skills with each of the unique classes of Hearthstone!
  • Defeating all of the bosses within a wing unlocks the extremely challenging Heroic Mode of that wing. Defeating all of the bosses of Naxxramas on Heroic mode unlocks a new card back for your collection.
  • Five unique wings await those brave enough to venture into Naxxramas. The first wing, The Arachnid Quarter, will immediately be available to play for free for a limited time. The remaining four wings are immediately available for players to unlock with real money or gold, and will become accessible over a period of time once unlocked.
    • The Arachnid Quarter – A web choked maze filled with many-legged minions.
    • The Plague Quarter – Necromancers brew deadly plagues while a fungal monstrosity lies in wait.
    • The Military Quarter – Tireless undead knights perfect their deadly arts within these chambers.
    • The Construct Quarter –Abominations stitched together from the Scourge’s victims stomp through these slime soaked halls.
    • Frostwyrm Lair – Chilly abode of Sapphiron and the arch-lich Kel’thuzad himself. (A curse upon my air conditioning bill!)

General

  • Marking yourself as “Busy” within the Battle.net desktop app will suppress incoming chat messages and toasts for friend requests.
  • The Shop interface has been updated to include Curse of Naxxramas.
  • Cards available within each wing of Naxxramas will become available in the Arena when that wing becomes available to play.
  • The order in which Deathrattle abilities resolve has been updated to be more consistent.
  • Additional music tracks have been added.
  • Players that appear in “Players Near Me” now appear more prominently within the Friends List.
  • Overall organization of the Friends List has been improved.
  • Sounds and graphics that occur when Mass Disenchanting now take less time to complete.
  • Cards can now be searched for using the artist of the card art in the Collection Manager.

Card Changes

  • Eaglehorn Bow now reads “Whenever a friendly Secret is revealed, gain +1 Durability”.

Practice Mode

  • Practice Mode is now entered through the Solo Adventures button on the main menu.
  • The AI in Practice Mode is now better at Hearthstone.

Bug Fixes

  • Improved various tooltips.
  • Resolved various issues regarding audio, text, animation, and display.
  • Resolved various issues that could cause cards to get stuck on the battlefield.
  • Actions should now be accurately represented in the play history.
  • The red targeting cursor will now properly track where you mouse cursor is pointing for your opponent in Play and Arena Modes.
  • The turn timer in a Friendly Challenge now calculates time correctly.
  • All Soulbound Common cards can now be properly found when searching for “Common” in the Collection Manager.
  • Disenchanting will now properly update the amount of Arcane Dust you have.
  • The side of the board is no longer visible on the Arena screen in specific resolutions while in windowed mode.
  • The XP bar for max level heroes no longer appears empty.
  • You are now able to properly select a friend by clicking on their Play Mode medal.
  • An incorrect version of the Hero Power icon will no longer appear when switching between golden and non-golden heroes while the Choose Opponent menu is displayed.
  • The Friendly Challenge button will now properly appear next to friends who have recently logged in or have been added to your friends list.
  • The Shop window no longer incorrectly closes when clicking within the Shop UI.
  • The scroll bar will no longer jump to the top of the Friends list when moving the cursor over the Last Played area of the Friends list.
  • Clicking the End Turn button at the very start of your turn no longer prevents the End Turn button from flipping back.
  • Resolved an issue where conceding can cause the client to crash.
  • The resolution time of certain spells has been shortened.
  • Resolved an issue with Brawl where the last minion to enter the fray was always the victor of the ensuing battle.
  • Resolved various issues with the Sword of Justice.
  • Resolved an issue with Shield Slam where it was being unaffected by Spell Damage if the Hero had 0 Armor and now has Spell Damage sparklies.
  • A weapon that is equipped on your turn will no longer have the attack value appear on the sheathed weapon on some resolutions.

Mac

  • Improvements were made to stability.

You can also check out the official Curse of Naxxramas trailer below - but what are you waiting for, log in and get to playing it!





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Hunter Weapon Eaglehorn Bow Nerfed


Blizzard has made a change to the popular Hunter weapon Eaglehorn Bow, one of just a few card changes they've made since the game went live. The Eaglehorn Bow, which previously would proc off either hero's Secret, will now only gain durability when friendly Secrets are revealed. The card now reads, "Whenever a friendly Secret is revealed, gain +1 Durability." As with their last card change (the nerf to Unleash the Hounds, way back in May) Blizzard has noted that the card will temporarily have its disenchant dust cost increased to be equal to the crafting cost, in case the change makes you regret having crafted it.

Blizzard Icon Eaglehorn Bow Disenchant


We've made a change to an Expert card recently, and the amount of dust you get from disenchanting it has been temporarily increased so it is equal to the amount of dust originally needed to craft it.

Eaglehorn Bow will be disenchantable for its full value for the next two weeks, until August 7th, 2014. If you plan on taking advantage of the increased disenchant value of this card, please do so before August 7th.




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Ranked Play Season 4 Top Players (Updated 7/23)


Ranked Play Season 4 comes to an end soon, and (as usual) Blizzard has provided a list of the current top players! Players who reach at least Rank 20 this season will be rewarded with the awesome Naxxramas card back! 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! The data below is up-to-date as of July 23, 2014.

Blizzard Icon Ranked Play Season 4 Current Rankings

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Ranked Play Season 4 Current Rankings


Rank Battletag
1 Tarei
2 dog
3 ThaLucky1
4 Hotform
5 Firebat
6 ZeGodIs
7 Deerjason
8 DoctorPenick
9 SnipedAgain
10 muzzy
11 ARee
12 Peter
13 Slim
14 Crimzig
15 Lifecoach
16 Kalle
17 andrewC
18 Schizo300
19 Ðart
20 GoldenPants
21 TerrenceM
22 THØR
23 IplayMTG3
24 bma
25 Rupyness
26 rajta
27 AReee
28 TidesofTime
29 Mickin
30 LuigEzz
31 yuffy
32 Axtius
33 Hishamaru
34 MasterCard
35 Razor
36 Coricarsi
37 YoungDro
38 Forsen
39 mtanzer
40 Airball
41 Izêr
42 Twixsen
43 Huor
44 Infam0us
45 XxEvilKinGxX
46 IvyLeague
47 kag
48 Magician
49 Epic
50 Neobility
51 Vandoom
52 iambiscuit
53 civila
54 Galwen
55 Chelo
56 Tryla
57 TheDamned
58 StrifeCro
59 bloodyface
60 RAGESAUCE
61 Wiltri
62 Reizek
63 prozeal
64 Ian
65 illwill
66 DayMan
67 Thachzor
68 LiquidSora
69 transduction
70 Rase
71 PandaButt
72 Khymera
73 hoodrych
74 Ereath
75 Meister
76 joidvivr
77 Poisty1991
78 Ace
79 Draven
80 Petze777
81 Kolento
82 SnowAce
83 MeKeel
84 Realz
85 Hafu
86 Trinity
87 Devia
88 puffin
89 Akogare
90 Rossi
91 Thunderbuddy
92 shindiggg
93 tricksR4kids
94 Fpv000
95 Veev
96 Brainboy
97 Jw0ok
98 allurin
99 Durkonudo
100 Minck

See our top ranked players in the European region here.



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List of World Championship Qualified Players (Updated 7/24)


Blizzard has updated their list of players who have already qualified to participate in the World Championship Qualifier event! These players have qualified with their expert performance in Ranked Play Seasons, with a handful of players having earned seeds through qualifying community tournament events! Interested in earning a spot in the qualifiers? Players can check out an updated list of eligible community tournaments on the Hearthstone website!

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World Championship - Qualified Players


Region BattleTag Points Qualification
US hyped 261 Season 1
US Firebat 258 Season 1
US Hafu 250 Season 3
US Bounds 208 Season 2
US backspace 188 Season 1
US LuigEzz 188 Season 1
US puffin 178 Season 2
US Strelzik 176 Season 3
US bma 174 Season 3
US Ostkaka 160 Season 2
US Imamurgl 153 Season 1
US BwaMu 149 Season 1
US Alchemixt 147 Season 1
US sjow 146 Season 2
US Razor 146 Season 3
US Fpv000 139 Season 2
US dengxu 100 Season 2
US Forsen 99 Season 3
US purpledrank 98 Season 3
US Admirable 97 Season 1
US BattleTag 97 Season 2
US ShinyPants 97 Season 3
US mitjdw 96 Season 1
US Kabi 96 Season 3
US reynad 95 Season 2
US Gigaduckman 95 Season 2
US Failfellow 94 Season 1
US Camere 94 Season 2
US BoLiN 93 Season 1
US KaRyu 93 Season 2
US Neghr 92 Season 2
US ErA 92 Season 3
US Abaporu 91 Season 1
US rain 91 Season 2
US prodigy 90 Season 1
US dog 90 Season 3
US Azuresky 90 Season 3
US Otter 89 Season 2
US Daxxon 88 Season 2
US Tom 88 Season 3
US Realz 87 Season 1
US nacanoob 87 Season 3
US Savjz 86 Season 2
US Azuzu 86 Season 3
US Freshca 85 Season 1
US Fang 85 Season 3
US Akogare 84 Season 1
US Luchesi 84 Season 3
US Vandalism 69 ESL PreSeason Cup 35
US StrifeCro 68 Tavern Takeover 2
US Miushock 0 ESL PreSeason Cup 33
US Impact 0 ESL PreSeason Cup 39
US DTWO 0 ESL PreSeason Cup 43
US Tarei 0 ESL PreSeason Cup 45
US Luffy 0 ESL PreSeason Cup 47
US HeftyStyle 0 Fireside July
US radicalmatt 0 Fireside July
US Blackout 0 ZOTAC Cup 18
US Isokaas 0 ZOTAC Cup 20
US leomane 0 ZOTAC Cup 21
US johnjohnjohn 0 ZOTAC Cup 22
US varranis 0 ZOTAC Cup 23
US spiffy 0 ZOTAC Cup 25

The list of qualified players for the European region can be found here.

For more information on how points are calculated, please see the official rules.

For more information on community tournaments that award seeds to a Hearthstone Championship Qualifier Tournament, click here.

For more information on the Hearthstone World Championship, click here.



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      The Hearthstone World Championships were full of incredible plays, sticky situations, and valuable lessons to be learned from the best players on the planet. There were far too many great plays to analyze in a single video, so for the next few episodes of "What's the Move?" I'll be breaking down all of my favorite plays from the World Championship weekend.
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      If you managed to spot a particularly tricky or interesting play from the recent World Championships, please feel free to link it in the comment section below! I'd love to break down as many viewer-submitted topics as I can in the coming weeks and months, and I have little doubt that I may have missed some of the most fascinating plays from the tournament during my initial viewing.
      Wishing you all the best of luck in the post-nerf meta!
      - Aleco
    • By Zadina

      Welcome to the post-Corridor Creeper meta.
      Hearthstone Update 10.2 is now live worldwide and it's a big one!
      The first change it brings are the nerfs to four cards that have terrorised dominated the meta up until now. Bonemare now costs 8 mana, Patches the Pirate no longer has Charge, Raza the Chained makes the Hero Power cost (1) instead of (0) and Corridor Creeper has been butchered down to 2 attack. You can read Aleco's interesting opinion piece on Blizzard's nerf policy here.
      The second big addition of this patch is the Ranked Play update, which will take effect on March 2018. Players will now drop only 4 ranks with each monthly reset, all ranks will have 5 stars and you will only need to win 5 Ranked games to earn the monthly card back.
      The Year of the Mammoth Bundle is also finally available on the Shop. For $19.99 or 19.99 EUR, you can get 30 packs - 10 for each of the Year of the Mammoth expansions (Un'Goro, KFT, K&C). Don't forget that the Quest for Packs event is still ongoing and an addition has been made to the grand prize winner reward: $1.200 (read here for more info)!
      Lastly, the patch introduces the Wildfest event. From February 19 to March 11, Hearthstone is going Wild! Initially, you will be able to draft cards in Arena mode that are exclusive to Wild. Second, even though Tavern Brawl is usually on Wild format, there will be two special Wild Brawls. The first one is called "Venture Into the Wild" and it will just contain premade Wild decks for each class. The second one, "The Wild Brawlisseum", is basically a Wild Heroic Tavern Brawl, but with a major improvement: the first run will be free for everyone. You can read more about Wildfest here.
      Below you can read the patch notes, which describe all the updates as well as various bug fixes. A massive change is that the timer for the first two turns will now be shorter!
      Daxxarri
      The tavern is buzzing with all the stuff that’s packed into this Hearthstone update! There’s a Ranked Play update, a Wild party, card changes, and a chance to save on packs with a new Mammoth Card Bundle! We managed to squeeze in some card backs and bug fixes too!
       
      Whew! Read on for details!
       
      Ranked Play Update – This Hearthstone update brings changes to Ranked Play, starting March 1st. Read the Ranked Play Updates blog for details! Your reset will not be based on the stars you earned over the season. Instead, you’ll reset to four ranks below the highest rank you achieved during the season. Players at Legend reset to rank 4, 0 stars. All ranks will have 5 stars. Starting in March, you will no longer earn the monthly card back by reaching Rank 20. Instead, you can earn each season’s card back by winning 5 games in Ranked Standard or Wild at any rank. Card Changes – Please read the Upcoming Balance Changes blog on the official Hearthstone site for full details regarding the reasons and philosophy behind these changes. Corridor Creeper – Now has 2 attack, down from 5.
      Patches the Pirate – No longer has Charge.
      Raza the Chained – Now reduces your Hero Power cost to 1 instead of 0.
      Bonemare – Now costs 8 mana, up from 7.
      Wildfest! From February 19th through March 11th join us for a Wild party! Read the Wildfest blogfor details! Wild cards return to the Arena for the duration of Wildfest. Venture into the Wild – A Tavern Brawl celebrating Wild with pre-built decks. The Wild Brawliseum – A special Tavern Brawl where you’ll build and lock-in a Wild deck, and then see if you can take it to twelve wins versus other players! Three losses and your run comes to an end. Your first Brawliseum run is free! Additional runs are available for the same price as Arena tickets. Also like the Arena, prizes are based on number of wins, and follow the Arena reward structure.
      Year of the Mammoth Bundle For a limited time, purchase 10 packs each of Journey to Un’goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds & Catacombs—a total of 30 packs!—for a special price.
       
      Added the following card backs: Sparkles - Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, February 2018.
      Year of the Mammoth – Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, March 2018.
      Bug Fixes & Updates Gameplay
      The turn timer for the first two turns of a match are now shorter, though they should still be significantly longer than most players take on those turns. Switching from Valeera the Hollow to Deathstalker Rexxar will now correctly allow Rexxar’s Battlecry to destroy minions buffed to 2 health by Stormwind Champion or similar effects. Nemsy Necrofizzle’s Hero frame is now golden if you have unlocked the golden Warlock Hero. Removed rarity gems from several summoned minions. Playing multiple copies of Temporus in a row will now queue up sequences of two turns for your opponent and two turns for you. Fixed a bug where the Divine Shield provided by Elixir of Purity could not be silenced. Spectators now see green highlights on playable cards for both players. Fixed an issue that could cause Hearthstone to freeze when a spectated player disconnects and their opponent concedes. Tooltips for Hero Cards now appear correctly when spectating. Resolved a crash that could occur when drawing a Darkness Candle spell after The Darkness is no longer dormant. Grand Archivist can now correctly cast the Darkness Candle spell if it is present in a player’s deck. Resolved a crash that could occur when certain cost reducing cards were played. Resolved an unintended interaction that could occur with Anomalus, Taunt minions, and Commanding Shout. Added missing Collection Manager tooltips to several cards. Resolved an issue that could cause a player to become stuck when reconnecting before the first turn. Resolved an issue that would prevent the progress notification for more than one Daily Quest from being shown after a match is complete. Ice Breaker now correctly destroys Rotface without activating his effect if he is Frozen. Resolved interface issues that could arise when retiring an Arena game. Resolved an issue that would allow the Friends menu to remain active while a Friendly Challenge is active. Fixed various minor visual and text issues. Dungeon Run & Adventures
      The cards that appear in several loot categories have been adjusted slightly. Cards stolen by Gloves of Mugging now appear in history tile when played by an opponent. Resolved a visual issue with Candlebeard’s charge enchantment banner. [Adventures] Atramedes now correctly uses his Hero Power whenever he should. Mobile
      Resolved an issue with the Collection Manager that could allow the set filter to be interacted with behind the “Done” button. Scrolling through an Arena deck on a mobile device will no longer generate unnecessary prompts. The “Back” button will now function correctly after an Arena run is complete. History tiles that were queueing up while viewing a history event now populate correctly. Resolved an issue that could cause crafted cards to remain visible over the Collection Manager. Corrected a visual issue with the search bar in the Collection Manager. [Android] Resolved an issue with the download progress indicator. [iOS] Compatibility now requires iOS 8.0 or later. [iOS] The client will no longer sometimes freeze when a spectated player wins a match.   (source)