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Hearthstone Interview with Eric Dodds and Jason Chayes
Along with Hearthstone's
significant beta patch
and card wipe this past week, we interviewed Lead Designer Eric Dodds and Production Director Jason Chayes today! We touched on some of their favorite changes in the beta, the success of , possible features in the future like alternate Warcraft hero options or co-op mode, how successful players are who haven't spent money on packs, and the fate of
If you're curious about this week's beta patch, check out the
closed beta patch notes
and browse our
What's your favorite change in this week's patch? Any particular hero or card you think players will really enjoy a lot more after the changes?
: One of the changes that we're pretty excited about on the team was getting in some new music during the matchmaking as you're waiting to get a match in Play mode. For players who have played Warcraft 2 in the past, it's a reference back to
2013/10/04 at 3:17 PM
Hearthstone Closed Beta Patch Notes
Today is the day for our Hearthstone Closed Beta patch! This patch also includes the account wipe, so when the servers are available for play once more, you’ll be starting again as if you were a new player. For more information on the wipe itself, please revisit our Account Wipe Incoming blog post,
. Now, onto the patch notes!
The maximum level is now 60, and you can earn XP in
game mode up to max level.
Chat has been rejiggered.
Gold gained in Play mode has changed from 5 gold per 5 wins to 10 gold per 3 wins.
You can now acquire Golden Basic minions at higher experience levels.
Arena rewards now give less dust and more cards.
More gold is guaranteed at 5 & 6 Arena wins.
At 9 Arena wins, you are now guaranteed an extra pack or a Golden card.
The animations for Secrets and Fatigue have been sped up dramatically.
All cards now have flavor text when you view them in your collection.
“Spell Power +1” has been re
2013/10/02 at 1:10 PM
Hearthstone Beta: Upcoming Changes
In our previous blog, we covered some of the nitty-gritty facts about the wipe and what exactly it entails. It’s an exciting time for the Hearthstone team, since this wipe will coincide with our first major closed beta patch for both the Americas and Europe regions. Our update covers a wealth of bug fixes and quality of life improvement within Hearthstone, and today we’ll be sharing some of the highlights of this upcoming patch. Many of these changes are based on feedback that you, our valued community, provided to us on the forums.
We’ve gotten a lot of comments on quests. The community has discovered some fun hidden quests, but some of our daily quests have frustrated those of you who have quests that don’t correspond to your favored class. After the patch, daily quests that require you to win with a specific class will now give you a choice between two classes, allowing you some additional flexibility.
Class balance has been a hot topic, with many of you commenting on
2013/09/30 at 12:25 PM
News Roundup: Hearthstone Beta Account Wipe Incoming, PvP Updates
A major beta patch is coming to Hearthstone soon, and in preparation for that, CM Zeriyah is giving everyone a heads up that their progress will be reset.
This includes gold, experience, arcane dust, and class levels.
Each pack purchased with real money will give players back 100 gold, and each arena entry will give players 150 gold.
There are also no current plans to do additional wipes, so any cards and levels acquired after this wipe will be usable when the game goes live.
If you tested the store before the wipe, you will get after redoing the introductory missions.
If you're not in the beta, you can always get a sense of the game from our
We've also got some details on the Season 14 PvP situation under the cut--you may have noticed NPCs suddenly being removed, and CM Lore explains why.
Click the cut to read the blue posts!
2013/09/26 at 12:19 PM
New Site Feature: Hearthstone Deckbuilder
With Hearthstone's beta launching today, we have an exciting new tool here on Wowhead:
our Hearthstone deckbuilder
While this tool is going to have even more awesome features added to it, right now you can use it to craft your own decks and navigate the sea of cards--picking the ones you like the most. You can even share your customized decks with your friends. Be sure to also check out all of the latest and updated Hearthstone cards directly in our
Check out our Hearthstone deckbuilder
To sweeten the deal, we're giving away Hearthstone beta keys all weekend to people who
post in this thread with a link to their favorite deck they built on the deckbuilder
We have picked winners and they will be emailed shortly. Due to how in demand the beta is, we are only posting the winners' names in the comments rather than on the post so people have t
2013/08/16 at 5:34 PM
Hearthstone Closed Beta Now Live: Wowhead's Hearthstone Database and Tooltips
Blizzard's newest game,
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
is now in closed beta testing! You can sign up for the beta
You can play as nine different mighty heroes with different focuses. There will be commons, rares, epics, and even legendary cards. It will be free-to-play with optional purchases for cards; there's also something called a crafting system, where you will be able to change your cards by disenchanting them into arcane dust which will let you build other cards. To learn more, check out the following:
Press Release and FAQ
: build and battle mode--whoever wins the game wins the opponent's cards.
In Dust We Trust
2013/08/16 at 12:56 PM
Hearthstone Image Tooltips, Patch 5.3 Darkmoon Faire Changes
Patch 5.3 Darkmoon Faire Changes
Each patch in Mists of Pandaria has brought updates to the Darkmoon Faire, and Patch 5.3 is no exception. The Faire went up again yesterday, and we noticed the following changes:
The Darkmoon Faire is now affected by CRZ in Patch 5.3. This makes accomplishing
, and completing quests like
DEPRECATED: Putting the Carnies Back Together Again
much more difficult than before.
On a happier note, the
needed to complete
Collect Your Deck (Season 2)
and fight the
at the Brawler's Guild is confirmed to be found inside
Darkmoon Game Prize
Darkmoon Game Prize
from completing the following Darkmoon Faire dailies:
He Shoots, He Scores!
It's Hammer Time
The Humanoid Cannonball
Only level 90 players can see the
Darkmoon Game Prize
to the right character before opening.
Your Brawler's Guild rank doesn't affect your chances at seeing this item. The resulting quest,
, unlocks the option to fight the
on your entire account.
Many US players have reported CRZ issues with obtaining
. Switching servers ca
2013/06/03 at 12:43 PM
Comment to Win: Armored Bloodwing Giveaway
This contest is now closed. Congrats to
Blizzard just put up their
mount in the Blizzard store. The mount is available for
$25 in North America
20€ in Europe
Of course, what would a new mount release be without a giveaway? We're giving away
to ten lucky winners who comment on this post!
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with a link to your favorite
2013/05/30 at 4:58 PM
Introducing Hearthstone at Wowhead
Hearthstone's beta is coming this summer and we've got our first peek at the game's cards!
We've added all of the cards and Hearthstone data to Wowhead as
a brand new section
so you guys can browse Hearthstone updates while you're still using Wowhead. We've created filters, tooltips, and other features that you've come to know and love from using Wowhead--including our awesome image search that you've probably seen from our unique
Check out our Hearthstone database now!
We've expanded our
popular Wowhead tooltips
to now cover
! We went with an information-based approach, opting to make our tooltips condensed and full of the card details.
If you've already enabled Wowhead tooltips on y
2013/05/30 at 9:42 AM
5.3 PTR Preview: Earth Day, Doritos Locos Sponsorship, Auras, and More!
There are some major changes coming to World of Warcraft from the latest PTR patch. There's some really exciting stuff, including a new holiday and auras that will allow you to cosmetically alter your character to varying degrees. Both Perculia and I have been hard at work on the PTR getting screenshots of these changes and uncovering the latest details.
Oh, and one more thing:
If you're seeing broken item links, we've unfortunately had to remove these fake items for real datapushes. Click on the images below to view what the original article looked like:
If you've played
, you may remember how the collector's edition had special wings for your character. The
Heart of the Swarm collector's edition
also had a special aura as well.
Well, it seems like auras are coming to World of Warcraft. They will be
2013/04/01 at 11:49 AM
Hearthstone Interview and PAX Demo Gameplay
Over the weekend, I interviewed Hamilton Chu, Executive Producer, and Ben Brode, Game Designer, about Blizzard's newest game, Hearthstone, which was just revealed at PAX East! I also got to try out a few rounds of this fast-paced lighthearted demo as my favorite classes--Rogue and Warlock.
We've also covered the artwork, videos, and the Official Press Release and Gameplay FAQ from Blizzard in
. Also check out
for more fansite interviews and resources.
Hearthstone is designed to be an accessible and fast-paced online strategy card game using popular figures from World of Warcraft:
: There are nine classes total. All WoW classes are represented except for Death Knights and Monks. Each class has a unique low-cost ability that's meant to be an option if you get unlucky with card draws. For example, Warlocks can draw a card at the cost of life, while Rogues can summ
2013/03/26 at 10:20 AM
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Announced, Official Press Release, FAQ, and Artwork
Today at PAX East, Blizzard announced that they have had a fifth team working on another game. Comprised of fifteen developers, the idea was to make a great game that got back to Blizzard's roots by having something fun and less serious.
The game is called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and it is an online strategy card game.
The official website is now live
so are the beta sign-ups
. You can also follow them on Twitter at
Hearthstone is "a charming collective strategy card game set in the Warcraft universe." You can play as nine different mighty heroes with different focuses. There will be commons, rares, epics, and even legendary cards. It will be free-to-play with optional purchases for cards; there's also something called a crafting system, where you will be able to change your cards by disenchanting them into arcane dust which will let you build other cards.
2013/03/22 at 9:00 AM