Behold, our latest invention: The Boomsday Project! Update 11.4 introduces two different bundles to prepare you for Hearthstone’s next expansion, a spicy-new Fire Festival event, and more improvements to card consistency. YOU ALSO FACE MECHA-JARAXXUS, EREDAR LORD AND NEW WARLOCK HERO.

Ahem. Read on for details!

Two new bundles are now available for Hearthstone’s upcoming expansion, The Boomsday Project (coming August 7!)

  • Pre-purchase includes 50 The Boomsday Project card packs at a discounted price, the “Mecha-Jaraxxus” card back, and a random Golden Legendary card from The Boomsday Project!
  • The Mega-Bundle includes 80 The Boomsday Project card packs at a discounted price, the “Mecha-Jaraxxus” card back, a random Golden Legendary card from The Boomsday Project, and the Mecha-Jaraxxus Warlock Hero!
  • Players can purchase one bundle, or both!
  • Purchased card packs and accompanying Legendary card can be opened when The Boomsday Project launches.
  • The Mecha-Jaraxxus Warlock Hero and card back can be used right away.

The Midsummer Fire Festival returns soon for another scorching hot season of fun!

  • Ragnaros' Fire Festival Tavern Brawl is back! Destroy minions to upgrade your "Wow" emote with fabulous fireworks!
  • Following it up is an all-new challenging PvE Tavern Brawl with a few surprises!
  • Basic daily Quests completed during the Fire Festival event reward double gold!
  • Fire Festival-themed "Greetings" emote and box decorations!

Card Changes

  • The following minions have had their minion types adjusted:
    • Mountain Giant is now an Elemental
    • Molten Giant is now an Elemental
    • Witchwood Piper is now a Demon
    • North Sea Kraken is now a Beast
    • Jungle Moonkin is no longer a Beast
  • Art for Witchwood Grizzly has been adjusted.

General

  • Collection manager performance has been improved.
  • The initial download size of the Hearthstone client for mobile is now smaller.
  • Support for modern phones, such as the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8 & S9, has been added to utilize more available screen space.

For a full list bug fixes and gameplay improvements, visit www.PlayHearthstone.com for details!

There’s a ton going on in this update: we’re celebrating a new Hearthstone holiday, inviting you to GET IN HERE for a great deal, mopping up Toki’s timeline hijinks, updating game mechanics, AND making improvements to Arena picks! We’ll also be fixing a few bugs in the process.

Read on for details!

Taverns of Time Special Event

  • Toki has tangled the timelines! Experience chronological chaos as alternate realities collide in the Tavern!
  • Draft 28 special cards unique to the Arena.
  • Special Taverns of Time Daily Quests award both gold AND dust.
  • Taverns of Time begins June 11 and lasts through July 2.

Get in Here Bundle

  • PILE ON the packs at a special price. Unlike previous bundles, this one can be purchased any number of times!
  • This bundle includes two each of Classic, The Witchwood, Kobolds & Catacombs, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Journey to Un’Goro packs, for a total of 10 packs.
  • Get in here while the getting’s good: this bundle disappears June 19.

Free Pack Day

  • Log in on June 13 to claim a free Golden Classic Pack, filled with golden Hearthstone cards!

Game Mechanics Updates

  • Continued updates to game event timing to make card interactions more intuitive. 
  • Summon and Play triggers are now evaluated using their in-hand stats before they are affected by board modifiers and their Battlecry. 
    • Ex. Playing Faceless Manipulator targeting a 5-attack minion will no longer advance Jungle Giants.  It will be considered a 3/3.
  • Minions that enter the battlefield without being played from hand will have any (Whenever or After) summon triggers evaluated before board modifiers are applied.
    • Ex. If Azure Drake is pulled onto the battlefield adjacent to Dire Wolf Alpha it will no longer advance Jungle Giants.
  • Choose One minions that Transform now consider their transformation effects before entering play. 
    • Ex. Playing Shellshifter and selecting the 5/3 option will count as a 5-attack minion and advance Jungle Giants.

Arena Updates

  • Added several new pick “buckets” for non-Legendary cards and two for Legendary cards.
  • The new buckets are halfway in power between the existing buckets, and they’re intended to create more varied choices when drafting an Arena deck.
  • The very strongest and very weakest cards do not appear in these new buckets, so those cards will appear as picks about half as frequently as they did previously.

Evil Twin Greetings

  • When players with the same hero (except Death Knights) greet each other, new emotes will play!
     

For a full list bug fixes and gameplay improvements, visit www.PlayHearthstone.com for details!

In this small update, we’re changing a pair of Battlecry animations and tuning Arena draft rates.

Read on for details!

  • Doubled the speed of Shudderwock’s Battlecry animation.
  • Shudderwock now reproduces a maximum of 20 Battlecries. 
  • Doubled the speed of Lifedrinker’s Battlecry animation.

Arena

  • Updated the appearance rate of cards to improve class balance by win percentage. For example, Paladin had a higher than average win rate, and should now be closer to average.

Bug Fixes

  • Corrected the art on the Soul Assimilation Monster Hunt card.

We’re on the cusp of the new Hearthstone Year! This Hearthstone update puts the final touches in place for the Year of the Raven and the launch of Hearthstone’s latest expansion, The Witchwood! We’re also adding Lunara, the new Druid Hero, Daily Quest improvements, Friendly Challenge deck sharing, Arena updates, and new card backs. We’re also fixing some bugs.

Read on to learn more!

Brave The Witchwood on April 12!

Join the best monster hunters of Gilneas as they seek out the source of a dreadful curse in a haunted forest! The evil in the woods will soon learn that it’s bitten off more than it can chew, because the people of Gilneas bite back!

The Witchwood features:

  • 135 hair-raising new cards
  • For a limited time after The Witchwood arrives, log in to claim three card packs and a random class Legendary card—both from new expansion—for free!
  • New keywords: Rush and Echo
  • Even and Odd decks – Build a deck with Genn Greymane or Baku the Mooneater to boost your Hero Power, but you’ll only be able to use even- or odd-cost cards!
  • The Witchwood’s challenging, free single-player mode, Monster Hunt, opens in two weeks!
  • Time is short! The Witchwood pre-purchase bundle will remain available until 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 11. This bundle includes 50 card packs at a special price, as well as 20 more bonus card packs and the In a Dark Wood card back!

Year of the Raven

  • The Year of the Raven begins when The Witchwood launches!
  • When the new year arrives, Standard decks can be created with the following sets:
    • Basic
    • Classic
    • Journey to Un’Goro
    • Knights of the Frozen Throne
    • Kobolds & Catacombs
    • The Witchwood
  • The following sets will become exclusive to Wild:
    • Whispers of the Old Gods
    • One Night in Karazhan
    • Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
  • The following cards will go to Hall of Fame and will become exclusive to Wild:
    • Iceblock
    • Coldlight Oracle
    • Molten Giant – Molten Giant is being reduced to its original mana cost of 20.  This change happens now, and Molten Giant will move to the Hall of Fame after the release of The Witchwood.
    • Once the Year of the Raven begins, you will receive the full Arcane Dust value of these cards without needing to disenchant them (up the maximum number that can be used in a deck).

New Druid Hero: Lunara

Daily Quest Updates

Friendly Challenge Deck Sharing

  • Now you can share your decks with friends during a Friendly Challenge!
    • This feature isn’t available for Tavern Brawl or Fireside Brawl.

Noblegarden is Coming

  • We’ve begun preparing the Tavern for an egg-cellent event coming in Spring.

Added the following card backs:

  • Raise the Roof – Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, April 2018
  • Monster Hunter –  Acquired from completing the Monster Hunt with all four heroes and defeating the evil in The Witchwood.
  • Lunara’s Garden – Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, May 2018

Arena Updates

  • Moderately reduced the appearance rates of below average cards.
  • Humongous Razorleaf and Ancient Watcher will no longer appear in Arena drafts.

For a full list bug fixes and gameplay improvements, visit www.PlayHearthstone.com for details!

This Hearthstone update introduces pre-purchase for Hearthstone’s newest expansion: The Witchwood! This patch also introduces Arena gameplay updates, including all-new Arena exclusive cards that were chosen by the crowd at BlizzCon. We’ve also laid the groundwork for the new Hearthstone Year, optimized loading times, and fixed several bugs.

Read on to learn more!

The Witchwood

Prepare to join brave heroes as they embark on a hunt for the source of an eerie curse in Hearthstone’s newest expansion. Read the official blog for more details!

  • Pre-purchase now to receive 50 The Witchwood card packs. You’ll also receive the In a Dark Wood card back and 20 more The Witchwood card packs as a bonus! Use your new card back right away, and you can look forward to opening 70 card packs once the expansion arrives!

New Year Party!

  • We’ve prepared a special event for you to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Raven! More details to come soon!

Arena Updates

  • We’re trying out a new Arena format to make choosing cards more interesting and skill testing.
  • New Draft Rules: Each pick in an Arena draft will now feature 3 cards of relatively equal power level, but mixed rarities.
  • Picks 1, 10, 20, and 30 will continue to have a guaranteed Rare quality card or better.
  • The increased chance to draft cards from the most recent expansion has been removed until the launch of The Witchwood.
  • New Arena cards chosen at BlizzCon are being added to the Arena for a limited time.
  • All cards that are excluded from the Arena draft pool remain unchanged.
  • All the other existing Arena rules in place that affect appearance rates are unchanged.

Bug Fixes

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)