Hearthstone

Dreamhack Summer esports calendar Dreamhack Summer is one of the biggest hubs for esports every year. Nerds flock to Jönköping by the thousands to watch pros compete in eight different titles. Three of those eight are Blizzard titles. Stock up on snacks and clear your schedule because this is the most esports action in one weekend we’ll have to...

Could a tournament mode work in Hearthstone? Tournament mode has been an oft-requested feature in Hearthstone. So what isn’t in the game yet? The issue is that there isn’t a consensus on what the scope of a tournament mode would be, but Game Director Ben Brode took to Reddit to lay out his thoughts on the challenges of a tournament mode. Let’s break down...




HGC Mid-Season Brawl dominates esports schedule this weekend It’s going to be a long weekend for Blizzard esports, even if all you’re watching is the HGC Mid-Season Brawl. I’d debate whether Saturday-Wednesday can really be called a “weekend” anyway. But we’ve got a lot to cover here. Let’s get to the schedules. Heroes of the Storm HGC Mid-Season Brawl Group Stage Saturday, Sunday,...

Hearthstone’s Naxxramas Adventure could be made available again The Wild game mode in Hearthstone is more popular than ever — and receiving more support than ever from the developers. However, given the game mode allows you to use cards from all prior sets of Hearthstone, actually acquiring those cards can be a nuisance when old sets are no longer available for purchase and...

HS Roulette: Different ways to play Hearthstone Getting bored with Hearthstone? I took the last month off after I reached rank 20 just to score the cardback. But if you’re looking for a new, creative way to play the game, take a look at Hearthstone Roulette. Just because you don’t have some of the more powerful cards in the game doesn’t mean you can’t...

Playing Hearthstone’s Jade Druid Druids have evolved, and this latest incarnation isn’t something to take lightly. By embracing the Jade Golems and harnessing the Druid’s array of spells to withstand the early game, they turn into a force to be reckoned with. Jade Golems can often hit stats as high as 9/9 throughout the game. I’m not the biggest...




Hearthstone patch notes introduce deck importing and more A new Hearthstone patch has just arrived for Desktop clients. Previously mentioned features like deck importing, quest completion with friends, and stacking both gold and non-gold cards have been added along with other cool aspects! Deck importing is the feature I’ve looked forward to the most. Now I can create and share decks with my friends...

Blizzard esports to watch this weekend We’re having a super busy week here at Blizzard Watch, but the esports train keeps on chugging along. For esports fans in general, the announcement that the League of Legends Championship Series is getting a total revamp is a big one. Though a bit outside the Blizzard bubble, the implications for the esports we cover here...



Has Hearthstone become Warcraft 4? It was around the time that Mean Streets of Gadgetzan came out that I really started wondering if the best Warcraft lore is coming from Hearthstone nowadays. The idea of Gadgetzan rebuilt as a smuggler’s paradise, a grim and grimy noir metropolis in the middle of the Tanaris desert definitely appeals to me — sort...

HGC Crucible, HCT Americas finals and more esports Something fun I’ve noticed covering all these Blizzard esports for a while is they tend to sync up. It makes sense with big events like Dreamhack Jönköping, that most esports would want to hold their finals there. However, it makes for a work environment where things are either boring or my hair is on fire. This...

Hearthstone to introduce decklist sharing Earlier today, Hearthstone announced a pair of upcoming features: the ability to complete quests while playing against your friends, and the ability to export/import decklists. A built-in ability to share decklists has been an oft-requested feature ever since the game’s inception. Discussing — and sharing — your favorite decks is a core part of the...

What mechanics would you like to see in Hearthstone? Game Designer Max McCall took to the official forums to discuss keywords in Hearthstone. This was a response to the original question about why there were no longer any Inspire cards in standard. Personally, I felt Inspire was a little lackluster. I’m not upset to see it sunset and removed from the current standard format....

Playing Hearthstone’s Egg Druid in Wild We’re to go slightly off the beaten path this week in our Journey to Un’goro. In May, players who reach the top 64 in the Wild game mode can qualify for an upcoming official Wild tournament. With that in mind, we’re going to examine a Wild deck today. Personally, I miss the old combo Druid deck...

HGC goes bald, Overwatch League gets expensive It was another of those odd weeks in Blizzard esports where things seem to be hotter outside the actual matches being played. Though there were some spectacular finishes and good games, this week was dominated by behind the scenes drama. So here are all the juicy details, and all the matches we’ll be watching this...

Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes loot box drop rates revealed in China Wondering just what your chances are of snagging some sweet loot in Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes? Then you’re in luck, because a new law in China has forced Blizzard to reveal drop rates for purchasable loot boxes. (Sorry, WoW players, but it we still can’t say what your chances are of getting the Ashes of Al’ar.) Here’s...

Hearthstone Global Games and HGC this week in esports School is winding down for the year. While no doubt this is a great time to finish finals and party, it’s also time to think about next year. TeSPA is holding open applications for next year’s Blizzard esports until June 19th. You could join your existing chapter, or open a new one on your campus....