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Hearthstone: Mage nerfs in latest patch

A new Hearthstone patch is being applied today. Arena players will be happy to learn that their issues with actually getting into it will be fixed. Other big changes? Nerfs to the mana cost of mage spells Blizzard, Cone of Cold, and Frost Nova. You disenchant Blizzard and Cone of Cold for their original costs temporarily. I'll outline my thoughts on the mage nerfs after the jump and provide a few mage decklists that were used prior to the patch.

Hearthstone Update: Arena Issue and Upcoming Changes

We've been keeping an eye on Freeze mechanics for the past few months, and we've decided to make some changes to certain cards that utilize Freeze in this patch: Cone of Cold, Blizzard and Frost Nova. These cards are all having their mana costs increased by one. We understand that the Freeze mechanic can be frustrating to play against, and we feel that these changes should allow the opponent some additional time to be aggressive with their minions and well as slow the overall pacing of the control-based Mage play style while still keeping Freeze playable in many different types of decks.

Thank you for continuing to test Hearthstone and giving us your feedback!

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Hearthstone Beta patch notes for December 10

Blizzard Community Manager Keganbe has put together a comprehensive set of notes for patch to the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft beta. As ever, you can hit the break for the full post, but we'll pull out some highlights here:
  • You are now able to abandon one quest per day. When you abandon a quest, you'll receive a new, random quest in its place.
This is a huge deal, as we'd commented on how quests and their stagnant style of sitting in your log until completed were an irritation. Particularly if, for whatever reason, you really disliked playing a certain class, the quests could be a real burden.
  • You now have the option to keep the sound playing while the game is running in the background.
Finally! Now we can alt-tab away while our opponent plays, or while the game finder is playing its weird tune, and tab back in when we're ready to go! This is a simple little quality of life change that's been a long time coming.

There are also drastic changes to the ranking system, minions and portraits have been added, and the "seasons" last for a month. You now win and lose stars for winning and losing games, and once you hit the top 10,000 players you'll have your specific ranking displayed.

A lot has changed! Hit the break for the full notes.

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Hearthstone upcoming changes

As Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft marches slowly towards its open beta stage and eventual release, further tuning is taking place. Community Manager Aratil has posted today on the Hearthstone forums about the full set of changes, and you can see that post after the break. Several outlying cards have been altered to ensure that they are not problematic, including the much beloved reviled Priest Mind Control.

What's more, there's been a cap of 100 added for gold earned via Play mode. The cap does not apply to gold earned via Arena, Questing or Achievements, but from simply winning in Play mode. Aratil asserts that this is to "combat certain methods of gold acquisition that violate our Terms of Service", implying that there could have been some exploitation taking place, potentially win-trading or similar. Hopefully they will work out a way to combat that without capping gold, as it seems like players should be able to grind out more than 100 via Play mode per day, if they wish to.

Hit the break for the full changes.

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Hearthstone brain teasers teach you about the game

Hearthstone chicken
If you've been keeping up with the official Hearthstone blog, you may be familiar with their puzzle series. They present a few game set-ups and then give you an objective to complete that turn -- usually it's to win the game! Many of the set-ups seem impossible or near-impossible, but that's what makes the puzzles so intriguing. What a great method for teaching players how to approach even seemingly dire situations.

So far there have been three Hearthstone puzzle posts: The first post contains two puzzles, and the next two each contain three. The puzzles are ranked in order of difficulty on a scale of mana crystals; 5/5 being the most difficult, 1/5 being the simplest. So far the puzzles have definitely skewed toward the quite difficult, so make sure you bring your A game. Head on over to the official Hearthstone site to test your knowledge of the game with these set-ups, and let us know how you do!

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Innkeeper's Invitational player highlights continue

Innkeeper's Invitational competitors
Last week we covered Blizzard's highlight of the first four of the eight participants in this year's inagural Inkeeper's Invitational BlizzCon Hearthstone tournament. This week Blizzard released their mini-interviews with the second four competitors: Day[9], Trump, Artosis, and Kripparrian.

As expected, the Q&As cover the same questions as before, and as before, many of the answers are delightful and entertaining. This group of competitors seems lively and fun, and I'm sure they are all looking forward to their chance to square off against each other at BlizzCon next week. Oh my goodness, BlizzCon is next week! For those Hearthstone devotees among our reader base, these interviews are likely to be interesting and perhaps even educational, as each of the four competitors discusses their five must-have Arena card picks and why, as well as their most feared and respected opponents. We look forward to watching the tournament as it unfolds and to see who takes first prize!

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Hearthstone highlights Innkeeper's Invitational players

Hearthstone highlights Innkeeper's Invitational players
The Innkeeper's Invitational will be BlizzCon's inagural Hearthstone tournament, featuring eight Hearthstone players hand-picked by Blizzard. For those who may not be familiar with the competitors, Blizzard is releasing a set of small interviews to be published in two parts profiling each of the players taking a shot at the tournament title. The first four can be found here and are, as the header image implies, Noxious, Hafu, Husky, and Reckful.

I really enjoyed reading these quick get-to-know-you style Q&As. Each player is given the same set of questions to answer and their responses are pretty interesting, especially their individual takes on who their most feared opponents are. In fact -- interestingly enough -- the most commonly mentioned "most feared an hated" were the four players who will be featured in the second interview: Trump, Kripparian, Day[9], and Artosis. No love/hate for each other, guys?

Check out the interviews for more information from each of these competitors, including their own personal favorite Arena picks as well as why their personal tournament shield logos are what they are. The answers are not entirely what you might expect!

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Beginner's guide to card picks in Hearthstone Arena

Beginner's guide to card picks in Hearthstone Arena
If, like me, you're relatively new to the CCG world, Hearthstone's Arena can be both a fun and a frustrating experience. The key to the Arena is not just how you play, but how you pick your cards, how you build your deck. There are important decisions to be made on card synergy, strategies, mana costs and curves, and there's almost no information in the actual game to help guide the novice player.

But Reddit user pulandit has posted an incredibly helpful guide to picking cards in Hearthstone's arena. He's created a chart of every card in the game, grouped by neutrals, and then the ones specific to each hero, using a font classification to rank them from the most useful to the least.

If you take a glance at the image to the right, which I've pulled from his guide, you can see that the Azure Drake is a great choice, the Argent Commander less so, the Archmage is fair, while the Arcane Golem and Argent Squire are considered below par or situational, and the Angry Chicken is not recommended.

While you may not agree with everything in the guide, it's not for advanced players, but for struggling noobs like me. But even so, check it out, you might just learn something!

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Razer signs first pro Hearthstone player

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It seems a little bit like jumping the gun, considering the game hasn't even officially made it out of closed beta yet, but the world's first professional Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft player has been signed by that mecca of elite gaming: Razer. That player is Jeffrey "Trump" Shih, whose TwitchTV channel can be found under the moniker TrumpSC. According to the FAQ on his channel, he's been playing card games at a high level since 2000, and started with the Invasion block in Magic: The Gathering.

In Razer's official announcement of the partnership, they stress that Shih is well-known for keeping an informative and engaging Twitch stream, explaining his choices as he's making them and offering commentary on the match at hand. Shih will be working with Razer to offer competitions and giveaways on his live stream, and will be competing in the Innkeeper's Invitational at BlizzCon next month. Congratulations are in order for Mr. Shih; and his signing may very well help open the professional doors for other avid and skilled Hearthstone players.

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Innkeeper's Invitational announced for BlizzCon

Blizzcon Hearthstone logo
For many BlizzCon attendees, one of the big draws is the chance to see some of the top players from Blizzard's franchises square off in matches and tournaments. We've come to expect competitions in WoW PvP and Starcraft in particular, and this year there will be another game added to the mix: Hearthstone.

Blizzard has invited eight of the most dedicated Hearthstone players to compete live in a small tournament at BlizzCon this year called the Innkeeper's Invitational. Each player will bring three decks -- they must all be different classes -- and compete against each other in a series of matches. If your deck loses, it's out for good, and that player has to select a different deck. Once all three decks have been eliminated, that player is out of the competition and resigned to watching from the sidelines.

If you're interested in seeing how hardcore card game players go about their games, this is a great opportunity to do so! And it might give us all some ideas for how to modify our own Hearthstone decks in the future. If you won't be attending BlizzCon you can tune in using a Virtual Ticket or check out the matches on the World of Warcraft Twitch channel.

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Brace Yourselves: Hearthstone opt-ins are coming

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We all know that the Hearthstone beta wipe is just around the proverbial corner, but as of this forum post by Zeriyah, we now know a little bit more about why. In addition to the expected reasons such as rebalancing cards and heroes, it turns out that Hearthstone is also being migrated to more robust hardware that can handle a larger player pool. Yes, one of the reasons you may have not yet received a beta invite is because the servers couldn't handle it.

All that should change post-migration, and there should be more closed beta invites on the way. Thus, as Zeriyah said: brace yourselves! The opt-ins are coming.

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Hearthstone account wipe is coming

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In an update posted today on the Hearthstone website, Zeriyah has let it be known that soon all Hearthstone players' accounts will be cleared an reset. This goes for all Hearthstone players, in both the Americas and Europe. Before you ask, the wipe does mean a complete wipe. All the cards you have unlocked, or bought, or earned, all the rankings you have achieved, the levels of your heroes -- everything will be reset. This does mean that you will have to go through the tutorial again, once you log into Hearthstone after the wipe.

The wipe is set to correspond with the release of a major patch to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. What that patch may entail is currently unknown, but I think it's safe to assume it will contain some rebalancing of certain known, imbalanced cards. Beyond that, it's anybody's guess.

If you have purchased cards in the Hearthstone beta, or entered the arena, you will be reimbursed your purchase with in-game gold. Each pack is worth 100 gold, and each arena entry is worth 150 gold. Thus, if you bought the two-pack option for $2.99, you will receive 200 gold for that purchase, and if you bought, say, three arena entries, you will receive 450 gold for those entries. If you earned the Gelbin Mekkatorque legendary, you will receive him again after clearing the tutorials.

There's something I'm forgetting. What is it? Oh, yes. Any cards or rankings you earn after the closed beta wipe, you get to keep. Forever. Into the actual game's release. Don't believe me? Check out the official post for more information!

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Requiem for the Defias Ringleader

If you've been playing a lot of competitive Hearthstone, you might have a few opinions about some of the decks. One of those decks might be the rogue deck, and you wouldn't be wrong for thinking it's at least a tad overpowered. The Hearthstone podcast Turn2 recently interviewed Hearthstone developer Eric Dodds, and he confirms that the team feels that the rogue deck is incredibly strong right now. In particular, the Defias Ringleader card is a noted culprit. If you play the Defias Ringleader in combination with another card in your deck, the Ringleader summons another minion: the Defias Bandit. Seeing as the Defias Ringleader costs only two mana to play, and playing it in conjunction with "The Coin" counts as a combo, it is possible to get both the Ringleader and its Bandit minion on your first turn of play, if you happen to be going second. This is a devastating opener and has been singled out as one of the reasons the rogue deck needs to be reined in.

On the other end of the scale, Dodds also stated that the team recognizes that priests and warriors feel a little underpowered at the moment, and they are looking into ways to improve their performance in the game. Most of it seems to come down to finding the right balance in numbers, which will hopefully be a relatively easy fix. You can listen to the entire interview on Turn2, and save a moment of silence for the Defias Ringleader whenever the updated Hearthstone build is released.

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Mage deck mayhem in Hearthstone

Hearthstone mage
Fair warning to all: I am not an experienced card game player. I did pick up Magic: the Gathering from time to time in grade school and college, but the sheer amount of cards plus the expense of purchasing booster packs and such always put me off in the end. This is one of the things that's been a relief to me when it comes to Hearthstone -- I find deck sizes much more manageable and the game sorts my cards for me so I don't get overwhelmed with choice. Plus I have non-monetary options to more cards if I want. Total money I've spent on Hearthstone so far? $2.99, baby. Aw yeah.

As a result I don't have any of the best cards for my deck. I'm okay with that! This article has been written in the spirit of the complete noob to mostly beginner player, because I get the impression that there are a good number of other folks like myself, who are interested in Hearthstone but don't have much of a background in card games. If you're an advanced card-game player you probably aren't going to find much in what's going on here, and that's okay! However, if you're a hesitant beginner, like myself, then please read on!

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Breakfast Topic: What's your favorite Hearthstone class?

With the Hearthstone beta in full swing, you've probably at least seen some info about the classes on offer, even if you aren't in the beta yourself. And, while classes in this Warcraft-themed card game bear a lot of resemblance to their World of Warcraft counterparts, the drastically different gameplay means that they can't be quite the same thing.

So today we're wondering what your favorite Hearthstone class is. A lot of the WoW Insider team is playing their favored WoW class in Hearthstone, but the transition from MMO class to CCG class won't appeal to every gamer. Tell us, readers: what Hearthstone class do you favor? And is it the same as your main in World of Warcraft?

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What we love and what we hate about the Hearthstone beta

What we love and what we hate about the Hearthstone beta
It's no secret that your friendly neighborhood WoW Insider writers have been playing Hearthstone lately -- and, for the most part, enjoying it. Like all of our favorite games, it's the sort of game you can enjoy playing so much that you lose track of time... sometimes dangerously. (And the addictive, clicky, "one more fight" nature of the game is definitely something we both love and hate about Hearthstone's gameplay.)

But despite our enthusiasm, the game is definitely in beta -- which is to say it's not without its flaws. So Team WoW Insider got together to discuss what we liked most and what we liked least in the Hearthstone beta so far, and after a lot of excited chatter that primarily consisted of babbling about our favorite cards (Flamestrike with +spell power minions, Equality with Consecration, anything with taunt), we had a pretty good discussion about Hearthstone's mechanics. So without further ado, read on for our greatest likes and dislikes about the world of Hearthstone.

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