Hearthstone Update 10.2

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 blog for 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.

  • For a full list of bug fixes and updates, visit the Hearthstone Update 10.2 blog at www.PlayHearthstone.com

Hearthstone Update – December 6 – Kobolds & Catacombs Coming Soon

In this update we get ready to delve deep into an unexplored underground realm packed with malignant monsters, terrifying traps, and treasures beyond imagination, because Hearthstone’s newest Expansion, Kobolds & Catacombs, arrives starting December 7!

We also added card backs, improved reconnection for Friendly Challenges, and fixed several bugs.

Read on for details!

  • Don’t miss out! The Kobolds & Catacombs pre-purchase bundle will only remain available through December 6. This bundle includes 50 card packs at a special price and the For the Hoard! card back.
  • Hearthstone’s newest Expansion, Kobolds & Catacombs, releases beginning December 7! Log in after release to receive 3 Kobolds & Catacombs card packs and a random Legendary weapon card, FREE!
  • Kobolds & Catacombs introduces:
    • Dungeon Run: FREE repeatable single-player experience where everything you need is provided!
    • Legendary weapon collectible cards for ALL nine classes
    • A new keyword: Recruit
    • Two new card types: Spellstones and Unidentified Items
    • In total, 135 new cards to add to your collection!
  • Added three progressive Dungeon Run quests that each reward a Kobolds & Catacombs card pack*.
  • Defeat Dungeon Run with all nine classes to acquire the Candle King card back!
  • New repeating daily quest – Spelunker: Defeat 5 Dungeon Run encounters. Reward: 1 Classic card pack.
  • The Hearth and Home cinematic has replaced the previous Hearthstone cinematic.
  • Added the following card backs:
    • Azeroth is Burning – Acquired from a special promotion.
    • Catacomber – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, December 2017
    • Frostfire – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, January 2018
  • Improved reconnection and UI for Friendly Challenges.
    • A new Match Paused pop-up will display a countdown while waiting for opponent to reconnect.
    • When a player reconnects, the turn timer will restart.
    • The Game Menu will now display ‘End Game’ instead of ‘Concede’ and clicking it will tie the match.

Arena

  • Arena draft appearance rates have been adjusted.
  • Note: Non-Basic Neutral Classic minions represent the baseline for draft appearance rates.
    • Basic/classic neutral minion: .5x
    • Non-basic/classic neutral minion: 1x
    • Most recent set neutral minion: 2x
    • Basic class minion: 2x
    • Basic class spell: 3.5x
    • Non-basic/classic class minion: 2x
    • Non-basic/classic class spell/weapon: 3.5x
    • Most recent set class minion: 4x
    • Most recent set class spell/weapon: 7x
  • As part of our ongoing efforts to improve Class balance in the Arena, we are making small, periodic appearance rate adjustments to specific Arena cards.

Bug Fixes

* Make sure you’ve unlocked daily quests by completing The Duelist quest. It’s also wise to make sure that there’s room in your quest log on release day so none of your quests are replaced!

Hearthstone Update – November 6 – Kobolds & Catacombs Pre-Purchase

Legends tell of a vast underground world and the countless treasures that lie in store for worthy adventurers! In this update we’re readying your party to explore Hearthstone’s latest expansion when it arrives in December: Kobolds & Catacombs! We also fixed several bugs.

  • The Kobolds & Catacombs pre-purchase bundle is now available from the in-game Shop. This bundle includes 50 card packs at a special price and the For the Hoard card back.
  • Grab your gear and get ready for an adventure, Kobolds & Catacombs releases December 2017!
  • The Legendary card Marin the Fox and the For the Hoard card back are now available for use in-game.
  • Added the following card back:
    • For the Hoard – Acquired from the Kobolds & Catacombs pre-purchase bundle.
  • Nemsy Necrofizzle now has a unique Hero tray.
  • Nemsy Necrofizzle's Hero Power button is now animated.

For a comprehensive list of bug fixes and other notes in this update, please visit PlayHearthstone.com

Hearthstone Update – October 17 – Happy Hallow’s End

In this Hearthstone update we’re preparing the tavern for the Headless Horseman’s Hallow’s End party! We’ve also made some small but important changes to Hearthstone’s mechanics, added a new Hearthstone hero you can acquire via Fireside Gatherings, and fixed some bugs.

Read on for more information!

General

  • HA! HA! HAPPY HALLOW’S END! It’s the Headless Horseman’s favorite time of year, and he’s brought lots of tricks and treats to the tavern! From October 24 through November 6 enjoy a treat for logging in each week, a tricky new Tavern Brawl, and dual class Arenas*! Visit playhearthstone.com for details.
  • Added the following card backs:
    • Unholy – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, October 2017
    • Gone Fishing – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, November 2017
  • Fireside Gatherings
  • New Warlock Hero: Nemsy Necrofizzle – Acquired from attending a Fireside Gathering Tavern and playing a Fireside Brawl. Find a Fireside Gathering near you at firesidegatherings.com.
  • Fireside Gatherings now have their own game menu!

Gameplay & Updates

  • Hearthstone Mechanics Update – We've changed some underlying rules to prevent Wild Pyromancer from triggering off of Mindgames, and Djinni of Zephyrs from triggering off Entomb. Please check out the Upcoming Mechanics Update blog for details!
  • Several Friends List options have been bundled into a sub-menu.
  • Spells that are canceled by Counterspell will now trigger any “Whenever you cast a spell” and “After you cast a spell” effects.
  • Lord Jaraxxus no longer triggers Repentance, Sacred Trial, and Snipe.
  • Unlicensed Apothecary now reads: “After you summon a minion, deal 5 damage to your hero.” It will no longer activate from any Evolve effects.
  • It is no longer possible to cancel Choose One cards before the choices appear, this should resolve issues where the Choose One effect could be canceled too easily.
  • Hearthstone’s engine has been updated to Unity version 5.6.
  • Animations for Mimic Pod, Chromaggus, Shifting Shade, Ghastly Conjurer, and Cutpurse should no longer have a long pause.
  • Mana-cost reductions on cards such as Dragon’s Breath, Solemn Vigil, Everyfin is Awesome, and Obsidian Shard will now apply after all other mana cost changes, such as the effects from cards like Naga Sea Witch.

Arena

  • Vicious Fledgling can no longer be drafted in the Arena.
  • The first two picks in an Arena draft are no longer more likely to include synergy-based cards.
  • As part of our ongoing efforts to improve Class balance in the Arena, small appearance rate adjustments have been made to a number of Arena cards.
  • Stay up to date on Arena rules on the official forums.

For a comprehensive list of bug fixes and other notes in this update, please visit PlayHearthstone.com

* NOTE: If you have an Arena run in progress when Hallow’s End begins on October 24, then it will be retired and you’ll receive the normal rewards for the number of wins you achieved and a free Arena ticket. In the hours just before the beginning and conclusion of Hallow’s End on October 24 and November 6, it will temporarily be impossible to purchase a new Arena ticket.

In this Hearthstone update we are making balance changes to several cards.

Please read the Upcoming Balance Changes – Update 9.1 on the official Hearthstone site for full details regarding the reasons and philosophy behind these changes.

  • Card Changes
    • Innervate - Now reads: Gain 1 Mana Crystal this turn only. (Down from 2)
    • Fiery War Axe - Now costs 3 mana.  (Up from 2)
    • Hex - Now costs 4 mana. (Up from 3)
    • Murloc Warleader Now reads: Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack. (Down from +2 Attack, +1 Health)
    • Spreading Plague Now costs 6 mana. (Up from 5) 

Hearthstone Update – August 8

In this Hearthstone update we’re laying a path of frost for Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s newest expansion! We’re also making Arena rewards more consistent, changing Dreadsteed, and fixing several bugs.

Read on for details!

Knights of the Frozen Throne arrives on August 10!

  • Witness as Hearthstone’s heroes embrace the Lich King’s power to become Death Knights in Hearthstone’s latest expansion: Knights of the Frozen Throne. Knights of the Frozen Throne introduces 135 all-new cards -- including a crypt-full of undead monstrosities, a new health-draining keyword in Lifesteal, and an all-new card type: Hero cards!
  • Death Knight Hero cards – Each of Hearthstone’s nine Heroes can wield the chilling power of a Death Knight. Hero cards are an all-new card type, neither spell nor minion, that allow you to transform your existing hero into a new one, complete with a powerful Battlecry, armor, and a potent new hero power!
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne introduces free single-player Missions.
    • A new section of Missions unlocks each week until all the Missions are unlocked.
    • The Prologue and The Lower Citadel are available with the launch of Knights of the Frozen Throne.
    • Earn a free random Death Knight hero card just for facing the Lich King in the Prologue. Earn a Knights of the Frozen Throne card pack after completing each Mission section, for a total of 3.
    • Defeat the final Mission with all nine classes to earn a new Paladin hero!
  • New Paladin Hero: Prince Arthas
  • Arena Rewards: Reduced variance of rewards in Arena. In particular, reward bags will no longer contain single, non-Golden Common cards.
  • Arena Draft Change – The first two sets of cards in a draft are now more likely to include synergy-based cards.
  • Added the following card backs:
    • Blood Knight – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, August 2017.
    • Frost Knight – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, September 2017.
    • Call of the Light – Acquired from a special promotion.
    • Call of the Void – Acquired from a special promotion.
  • Card Change: Dreadsteed.
    • Dreadsteed’s text now reads: Deathrattle: At the end of the turn, summon a Dreadsteed.
  • Mistress of Pain and Wickerflame Burnbristle now use the Lifesteal keyword.
  • Fandral Staghelm’s text has been updated to reflect that he will interact with powers as well: Your Choose One cards and powers have both effects combined.
  • Changing your Hero will no longer 'refresh' your weapon swing.
  • Auchenai Soulpriest and similar effects will only trigger once when combined with Lifesteal.

Bug Fixes

  • The deck recipe "replace missing cards" UI no longer closes after every card is selected.
  • Devices with no Wifi capability will now correctly receive a no wifi error message during Fireside Gatherings.
  • Adventure bosses now correctly respond to the 'Wow' emote.
  • Several cards that interact with cards of a specific type now glow when those cards are on the board.
  • Anub'ar Ambusher no longer shows a Poisonous Keyword on mouse-over.