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The Queue: Blast of Baja

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Forgive me for being a stereotype but holy crap Baja Blast is probably being released in bottles this year. Taco Bell's decade of tyranny is coming to an end.

HemttTanker asked:

Are they having a Blizcon this year? And if so, might the delay in releasing any new WoW content be so they have stuff to talk about during the event?

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls offering Hearthstone expert card packs

Are you planning on picking up Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on March 25? While you're waiting, you may want to check out Hearthstone, Blizzard's latest game release. Players that have pre-ordered Reaper of Souls will find a treat waiting for them -- Expert Card Packs waiting to be opened and played. Both the Digital and Retail Standard editions will get you one free Expert Card Pack, while Digital Deluxe and Retail Collector's Editions offer three Expert Card Packs.

If you have yet to pre-order Reaper of Souls, the offer will be available to those who purchase the game after its launch as well. The card packs require a Battle.net account to be redeemed, and there is a limit of five Expert Card Packs per Battle.net account. Players who have pre-ordered either the Digital or Digital Deluxe editions of the game should have their cards available immediately -- if you are waiting for the retail version, you'll find codes in the box to redeem in exchange for your cards.

Check out the official post for more information about the offer, the rewards, and how to get started with Hearthstone, if you haven't already tried it out for yourself.

Filed under: Blizzard, News items, Diablo 3, Hearthstone Insider

How Hearthstone won over a skeptical Magic veteran

New Hearthstone card backs
I started playing Magic: The Gathering in 1995. I've loved the game ever since a friend introduced me to it. I've played both face to face and online, in one-on-one tournaments and in 12-player free-for-alls. It's the only collectible card game I've ever committed myself to playing.

Then along came Hearthstone. I received an invitation to the closed beta. I gave it a few hours and then I dismissed it. I had a long list of reasons. The game was too simple. I felt helpless during my opponent's turn. I couldn't protect my most valuable creatures by keeping them out of combat. I didn't have enough interesting cards to develop the quirky strategies that I prefer in Magic.

A few weeks ago, on the advice of a fellow Magic player who had been playing Hearthstone nonstop since open beta, I gave it another shot. I tried to approach the game without my Magic prejudices. I soon discovered that Hearthstone has a lot more to offer than I first thought.

Here's how Blizzard won me over.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, Hearthstone Insider

Last Week in WoW: Nor any drop to drink

This past week has been big on news, but maybe not the news you want. Hearthstone officially launched. Heroes of the Storm opened its technical alpha. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is on the horizon. Warlords of Draenor is available for pre-order, the purchase of which includes an immediate level 90 character boost. However, there's no sign of a beta. Perhaps it's like a watched pot. If we keep waiting for it to boil over, it won't even simmer.

We have no server maintenance today, only rolling restarts, but let's get caught up on everything that happened last week anyway.

Most popular posts of the last week

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Filed under: News items

Should you be playing Hearthstone, if you're playing WoW?

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft officially launched last week -- but players have been enjoying the game in open beta for months. A highly interactive digital version of collectible card games, Hearthstone pits you against the computer and later, other players in battles of wits that test your ability to build cunning combos and clever gambits that have your hero ultimately come out on top. Players can build custom decks of 30 cards, and earn gold by completing quests, using the gold to purchase more cards to construct even more devastating decks. Or, if you're so inclined, you can drop cash at the shop and purchase your deck that way.

That said, it's an addictive and pretty fun game, all things considered. But if you're playing World of Warcraft, is Hearthstone something you should also be playing? From a story and lore standpoint, absolutely not -- you're not missing anything at all. There's no story built around Hearthstone, just cards and careful moves. The Warcraft tie-in refers only to the heroes chosen to represent the different class decks, nothing more. Yet at the same time, it might be worth taking a peek at the game, if you're a WoW player.

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Filed under: Hearthstone Insider

Hearthstone heroes ranked not by power, but by lore

Hearthstone news site Liquidhearth posted a pretty interesting rank list yesterday. The site primarily focuses on the game-related side of Hearthstone -- arenas, deck builds, card abilities and the like -- however, this particular article looks at not the individual cards, but the heroes featured on Hearthstone's nine available decks. The list is laid out and ranked not by the relative power of the class deck, but by the place they stand in Warcraft lore.

Each hero is given a brief descriptive summary detailing their place in Warcraft's history, and each rank is justified by one of three panelists quizzed for the column. What makes it interesting is that from a Hearthstone standpoint, the order isn't really quite where I think it should be. Mage decks, for example, are absolutely devastating if they get the right cards -- and I've had my cards thrown right back at me by more than one incredibly clever set of combos from a priest deck. The rogue deck is particularly devastating when used correctly as well.

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Filed under: Lore, Hearthstone Insider

Hearthstone: Beware the Ancient Watcher

Every now and then, I come across a card (or card combo) in Hearthstone that I know won't necessarily help me be more competitive, but is a heck of a lot of fun. For example, integrating the Ancient Watcher into my Druid deck probably won't win me a tournament anytime soon, but I'll have a good time playing it regardless.

The Ancient Watcher is a 2 mana minion with 4 attack and 5 health. That's pretty beefy for a 2 mana minion! There's a catch: it can't attack. In a druid deck with a pair of Keepers of the Grove and an Ironbeak Owl for good measure, that obstacle is easily overcome. Silencing the Ancient Watcher removes its restriction, turning your 2 mana minion into a powerhouse. It's unlikely you'd want to silence your own minion rather than one of your opponent's, but the opponent has nothing worth silencing, it's better than wasting it.

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Filed under: Hearthstone Insider

Hearthstone demos on iPad at CN Hearthstone conference

At a Hearthstone conference (the CN Hearthstone conference, to be exact), Blizzard pulled out the stops and gave a demonstration of Hearthstone for the iPad. We've been hearing that the game will be on tablets since BlizzCon, but although there's a video you can watch here of the game running on an iPad, there's still no specific news of a release date for the device. Watching the video, it's clear that Hearthstone runs very well on the device, and is easy to control with the tablet scheme.

Alex Dai, Blizzard's General Manager for Greater China, had some comments about how game balance and new cars will be handled as well. Head on over to 2P.com to watch the video, or follow us behind the break.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, News items, Hearthstone Insider

Upcoming Hearthstone and Diablo 3 Q&As


Blizzard is holding two upcoming Q&As for Hearthstone and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: To get your questioned answered for the Hearthstone Q&A tweet them using the hash tag #HearthstoneDay. For Diablo III, use #D3QA when tweeting to @Diablo. There isn't any information on who to tweet at about Hearthstone, but including @PlayHearthstone in your question couldn't hurt.

Hearthstone recently came out of beta and launched a mount practically everyone wants, and Diablo III's first expansion is about to release. Lots of exciting things for Blizzard games right now, and it's clear that they realize the community has lots of questions about the future of things.

There isn't any news on a WoW Q&A, however things are pretty quiet right now over all. Almost as if there is a calm before a storm...

Filed under: News items

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!

Filed under: News items, Hearthstone Insider

The Queue: Of hearthsteeds and hearthstones

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Let's get sparkly.

michaelm517 asked:

I am a proud new owner of the Hearthsteed. It was very easy and actually enjoyable to get. I play Horde, however, and was very excited about the red Hearthsteed, only to log in and find that there was no red Hearthsteed, only the blue one. Has there been any information regarding the availability of the other color?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue

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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Blizzard handed out real hearthstones, may not actually work

via Coffee Bird
Image Credit: Coffee Bird.

Blizzard unveiled their 2013 holiday gifts to their employees yesterday, and they were glowing with satisfaction. Employees walked home with their own hearthstone.

Now the big question is if this is some maniacal plot by the Blizzard executives to get their employees to work more. If the hearthstone does indeed work, then it would cut down on travel time exponentially. Of course, we all know about the chip that Blizzard has implanted in the back of employees skulls during their first week of employment. Former Blizzard CM Mike "Belfair" Sacco once told me that it itches like crazy for about the first month, but after that the "loyalty device" (as it's called in internal HR documents) doesn't really bother them much.

There is no indication if the hearthstone's teleportation actually works. We've reached out for comment and will get back to you when we hear a response.

More pictures, along with some Vines, after the break.

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Filed under: News items, Humor

New Hearthstone card backs revealed

Hearthstone logo
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.

Filed under: News items, Hearthstone Insider

WoW Moviewatch: Hearthstone: The Ultimate Expansion

You haven't lived until you've seen the most recent threat to Azeroth: a Pandaren Lich King. The newest machinima from AFK Players portrays the final experience in our beloved game: Hearthstone: The Ultimate Expansion. Make sure you stay through the credits to hear the very special music mix.

It's hard to compare to AFK Players. They consistently knock it out of the park in terms of content, humor, and sheer animation. And now that they've tackled Hearthstone for real, I feel like we can all relax and build our new decks together.
Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at moviewatch@wowinsider.com.

Filed under: WoW Moviewatch

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