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The red Hearthsteed mount isn't gone


Right now we have a cool looking blue Hearthsteed mount to ride around on after you've won three games against other random players in Hearthstone. A lot of people really like the mount, and rightly so, it's pretty badass.

But more people are asking for the red version now, a version that has only been datamined. Players incorrectly assumed that because both a blue and red version were released in the game files that one would be an Alliance mount and the other a Horde mount. This spread like wild and has entered into the collective thought process of the WoW community.

In reality the mount is just not being used yet, per Cory Stockton's tweet above. It'll probably be used at some other point -- a lot of sources are pointing at Diablo III's upcoming expansion. So just wait and see. It'll be here eventually, it's too cool not to be.

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Troubleshooting your Hearthsteed woes

If you're having trouble claiming your Hearthsteed -- the game's latest mount, acquired by winning three battles in Hearthstone -- you aren't alone. Apparently plenty of players have run into issues trying to tame this wily mount, but that means Blizzard support is out in force with fixes. Over on Reddit, Customer Support rep Araxom has a suggestion:

Araxom
If you've won three games of Hearthstone in "Play" or "Arena" mode, but have not yet received the Hearthsteed mount in WoW, please try this:

Log out of the BNet App/all games > Log into the BNet App > Log into Hearthstone > Log out of Hearthstone > Log into WoW


If this doesn't help, you can head to the Reddit thread to talk to Araxom or contact support directly for more assistance. Good luck with your Hearthsteed-wrangling!

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Get your Hearthsteed now! Hearthstone has officially released

Roughly thirty seconds after completing the first draft of our Hearthstone update from earlier today, Blizzard released the latest Hearthstone patch notes. Roughly thirty seconds after the necessary rewrites and publication, the official trailer for the much-anticipated Hearthsteed mount appeared in the wild, which you can watch above. To acquire your Hearthsteed in WoW, you must win three matches in Hearthstone. Any victories prior to the game's release don't count!

After that, Blizzard announced the game's official release, effective immediately in North America and as soon as the patch hits other regions. All told, you could say it's been a pretty big day for Hearthstone.

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Latest Hearthstone updates and patch notes [Updated]

Update: Hearthstone has been released. Like, for real. Official, no-longer-beta release. That wasn't very exciting, was it?

Yesterday, Hearthstone community manager Aratil revealed a few changes to the game in advance of its official launch. To start, Tinkmaster Overspark and Nat Pagle are being rebalanced. That's one small part of today's Hearthstone patch, which includes the Hearthsteed mount for Hearthstone-playing World of Warcraft players.
  • Tinkmaster Overspark is now a 3/3 (up from 2/2) and now reads: Battlecry: Transform another random minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or a 1/1 Squirrel. (Old Effect: Battlecry: Transform a minion into a 5/5 Devilsaur or a 1/1 Squirrel at random.)
  • Nat Pagle now reads: At the start of your turn, you have a 50% chance to draw an extra card. (Old Effect: At the end of your turn, you have a 50% chance to draw an extra card.)
If you never used Tinkmaster Overspark, the change can be a little confusing -- it almost looks like nothing changed at all. Originally, you were able to choose which target is transformed, but not whether it transforms into a Devilsaur or a Squirrel. Now you can neither choose its target nor what the target becomes. It's entirely random after this change. Nat Pagle's change means he is required to stay on the field for at least one round before he begins drawing cards for you, giving your opponent an opportunity to kill him off before you get anything at all.

This is all part of the latest patch to Hearthstone, which also includes matchmaking changes, golden heroes, alternate card backs, and more. You can find the patch notes on the Hearthstone blog and the official explanation for some of these changes below.

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Hearthstone beta coming to a close


The Hearthstone beta is going to be ending soon. This means that if you want to get a Golden Geblin Mekkatorque card, you're going to need to get it now. You'll be able to craft the non-gold version of Mekkatorque after the beta has officially ended -- so no need to worry about not having the card in your toolbox (which, personally, I don't find very useful).

When posting about the end of the beta Community Manager Zeriyah didn't provide an exact end date, however these announcement usually come out two to four weeks before something happens. That's just based on my own historical understanding of the way Blizzard operates, so take it with a grain of salt. Furthermore, there isn't any details on the release of an iPad or Android version.

Zeriyah's full post after the break.

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New Hearthstone card backs revealed

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A post on the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Facebook page has unveiled several alternate artwork options for the backs of your cards. They are colorful and fun, and will be visible to both you and your opponent while you play a match. You can earn the card backs by attaining certain ranks in ranked play. Thus, your card backs can serve as reminder to your opponents just who they're up against.

Hearthstone CM Zeriyah has also let it be known that the new card backs will be animated, though we don't yet have a preview of that. Currently, my favorite of the lot is the rainbow (who doesn't love rainbows? Besides imps, anyway), but I'll withhold my final judgement until we get to see just what the animations look like. I'm sure more unique, animated card backs will be on their way in the future, as well, and they'll provide a nice goal for collectors and competitive players to work toward.

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Hearthstone: The Rock, a paladin deck


The meta has changed! Among the classes, the gap between best and worst has narrowed significantly. Today we'll examine a couple of emerging paladin decks. Their hero power is called Reinforce which generates a 1/1 Silver Hand Recruit. The one we're looking at today is aptly titled The Rock. You'll find out why in a few moments.

Read on for the full deck list!

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Hearthstone expansion details and Season 3 reminder


Hearthpwn recently translated an interview with Hearthstone Executive Producer Hamilton Chu originally published on Chinese website nga.178.com. Hearthstone's future is being discussed with the addition of new premium content.

Game content and features

They're working on new heroes like Varian instead of Garrosh for warrior decks. New card backs are also being considered and these are separate from the ones that are to be awarded during ranked season play (with even more rewards to be planned for the ranked ladder season). New game boards are also going to be added. There is no plan to adjust the length of seasons yet although the team is watching it carefully.

For the time being, Hearthstone will consist strictly of Warcraft themed elements. Anything not Warcraft related won't be added. The game will eventually feature achievements. Adventure modes will have new quests, new game stages, and add an additional 10 to 20 new cards. Expected release date will be some time after the game is official released on the PC and iPad.

Even though Hearthstone isn't out yet, the developers are looking ahead and planning the first expansion which will likely contain 100 to 200 new cards. Chu confirmed that Death Knights and Monk classes are not being worked on. 2v2 mode and observer modes are not actively being worked on (although observer mode is on the to-do list).

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The Lord of the Rings cast as Hearthstone cards

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If you're in the US you may very well be currently enjoying the Hearthstone open beta. If you're not, though, you've got to find some way to kill the time until open beta to hit your shores, and what better way to do it than with these Lord of the Rings-themed Hearthstone cards? Imgur user splatypus took the time to create a custom deck of Hearthstone cards based on the characters and iconic moments of the Lord of the Rings movies. While not particularly balanced in some respects, it's at the very least highly entertaining. My favorite card is at the very end, proving that people really do save the best for last.

I'm glad this deck doesn't actually exist, because it would be frustrating to both play with and play against. But I'd probably do it at least once, if I could, just for the novelty factor. Thanks to splatypus for this fun, tongue-in-cheek bit of creativity. Commenters of WoW Insider: if you could create a themed Hearthstone deck of your own, what would it be about? What would be its flagship cards?

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Hearthstone open beta arrives in Europe

The much-anticipated open beta for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft hit US servers yesterday, and as promised by Blizzard at the time, has landed in the EU. European players, or holders of EU Battle.net accounts, should head over to the EU Hearthstone site and download the beta, as well as the battle.net Desktop Client, if they haven't got it already. The two are tied together, and the installer will prompt you to download it if you need to.

If you're a seasoned closed beta player, prepare to welcome a lot of new opponents. If you're brand new to the game, have a look at the tutorial, and maybe peruse WoW Insider's Hearthstone guides, articles and offerings.

Fear not, you won't be crushed by the overgeared. Hearthstone's matchmaking will put your against opponents of equal skill so that everyone can enjoy themselves. Have fun climbing the ladder, crafting cards, and stepping into the Arena!

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Hearthstone open beta begins!

The moment you've been waiting for is here, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft open beta has begun! You can head over to the official Blizzard site right now, download a copy to your Battle.net account, along with the Battle.net launcher if you don't have it already, and start playing right this very second!

WoW Insider has countless guides and tidbits of information about Hearthstone available for your perusal, so do have a look around while it's downloading to ready yourself for battle!

Do note that while this is US-only for now, other regions' open betas will be going live in the next few days.

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Hearthstone Card Balance Philosophy

A post from Hearthstone Lead Designer, Eric Dodds, shine's a little light on the issue of card balance. We've seen assorted buffs and nerfs throughout the entire beta period of Hearthstone (some as recent as last week). Rogue decks were nerfed when they were quite strong early on. The rise of priests saw Mind Control getting shut down and brought back in line. One turn kill decks such as hunters and warriors were shut down before they spiraled too far out of control. Just recently, mage and warlocks had their key cards nerfed to help encourage more card diversity. Seeing the post from Eric allows players to really understand what guidelines the developers are trying to adhere to. What cards are considered too strong? What happens if it's too weak? What about cards that are too confusing to understand?

Read on for the full post!

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Final rounds of Hearthstone beta invites complete

Check your Battle.net account! If you haven't received your beta invites yet, log in and check as the final round of invites have been handed out. Most Battle.net accounts that opted into the Hearthstone beta test before January 7th or did not have a Hearthstone license already attached to it as of January 7th should now have access. Check your emails and check your spam folders. Alternatively, just head over to the Battle.net Account Management page.

Note that the Battle.net desktop app is a requirement in order to play the game.

Not quite sure where to start? Check out a few posts here on WoW Insider that might help point you in the right direction.
Hearthstone Closed Beta Invites Status

The majority of the final round of invites to the Hearthstone closed beta test have now been completed - We have now directly flagged most Battle.net accounts that have met both of the following criteria:

  • The account was opted into the Hearthstone beta test before January 7th.
  • The account does not have a Hearthstone license already attached to it as of January 7th.

If your account was successfully flagged for beta access, your account was also sent an email with instructions on how to download and install the game. If you cannot find this email for any reason, please go to your Battle.net Account Management page - The Hearthstone license should be visible under "Summary" - "Your Game Accounts" if your account was flagged for beta access. If your account has not yet been flagged for the beta test, we are still going through all of the accounts and we will provide another update at a later time.

The Battle.net desktop app is required in order to play Hearthstone, so make sure to install the Battle.net desktop app first. If you run into issues with downloading or installing Hearthstone or with the Battle.net desktop app, please visit our Support site for more assistance.


Good luck and welcome to Hearthstone!

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Hearthstone: Card changes for January 13

Another set of Hearthstone balance changes is on the way. Several cards have been nerfed like Pyrobast, Blood Imp, and Sylvanas Windrunner. Unleash the Hounds has been buffed slightly. The rest are all balance related changes. Warlock board control decks will be hit fairly hard here with the change to Blood Imp. Hearthstone test season 2 started last week and already things are going to be shaken up!

My thoughts on these balance adjustments after the jump!

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Hearthstone: A look at the Warlock metagame


Welcome to Hearthstone's test Season 2! If you're looking to climb the ranked ladder, your best class would be that of a warlock. Their hero power (Life Tap) provides card advantage at the cost of your life and their minions are often cheap, strong, and downright annoying to deal with. Blood Imps help bolster minion health. The fire spells (Hellfire, Demonfire, Soulfire, etc) often help in controlling the board even if it's at a cost.

Now then, let's take a look at the four most popular Warlock deck types you'll often run into ranked play.

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