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Hearthstone > NewsDec 6, 2017 5:00 pm CT

Hearthstone Kobolds and Catacombs patch notes now available

Kobolds & Catacombs is almost here! Hearthstone’s latest expansion will be available tomorrow. You have until 11:59 PM Pacific tonight before the preorder promotion ends — so if you haven’t yet, preorder it now. We also have a full spoiler list available of all the cards in the set for you to check out. In the mean time, patch notes leading up to tomorrow’s release are now available. Highlights include more card backs, bug fixes, and arena appearance rates.

This piece of information also caught my eye:

  • 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.

As a tournament organizer, I am extremely pleased with this change. I can only hope it doesn’t get abused or anything in the long run. If it does, it should be a punishable offense. Brings me back to the days of StarCraft: Brood War when players disconnected and we had that pop up dialog box to confirm whether or not to drop players.

But anyway, aside from all that, read on below for the rest of the changes while I just gaze dreamily at this beautiful new card back (which I assume will be a Battle for Azeroth promotion somewhere).

 

Originally Posted by Daxxari (Official Post)

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.

This patch is currently live on desktop. Mobile versions will be available in the coming hours.

  • Don’t miss out! The Kobolds & Catacombs pre-purchase bundle will remain available until 11:59 p.m. PST 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 cardFREE!
  • 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 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

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when attempting to spectate without closing the Arena welcome message.
  • Canceling Malfurion the Pestilent will no longer cause Armor to become invisible.
  • Attacks with Lifesteal will no longer create excessive animations while Auchenai Soulpriest and Bolf Ramshield are on the board.
  • Multi-target effects with Lifesteal now apply their healing as a single large heal, rather than individually.
  • All Lifesteal effects now use the same, standardized, visual and sound effects.
  • Combo effects can no longer target non-interactable minions such as Sherazin, Seed.
  • Brann Bronzebeard will no longer grant double Lifesteal to Corpsetaker.
  • Blingtron’s Battlecry will now trigger weapon Deathrattles when it occurs twice due to Brann Bronzebeard.
  • Minions destroyed by Frostmourne will now be displayed on its enchantment banner.
  • Losing durability from Sword of Justice will no longer sometimes cause Lifesteal to trigger.
  • Deathstalker Rexxar’s Battlecry no longer benefits from effects on an equipped weapon, such as Poisonous or Lifesteal.
  • Unwilling Sacrifice’s random targeting will no longer select an enemy Spellbender that has intercepted an Unwilling Sacrifice.
  • Granting a Deathrattle to Scavenging Hyena, then playing Terrorscale Stalker on it will no longer give it +2/+1.
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when playing a Quest spell that triggers Counterspell.
  • Cards transformed by Golden Kobold will no longer sometimes be revealed to your opponent.
  • The animation for Frost Nova will no longer play multiples times while Moorabi is on the board.
  • Hovering over a Quest in progress as your turn starts will no longer cause cards that provide progress toward completing it to lose class specific border colors.
  • Replacing a Cursed Blade with a Cursed Blade will no longer remove the ‘cursed’ animation on the Hero portrait.
  • Application of the Bolster buff will no longer be slightly delayed on an eligible minion that was played last onto a full board.
  • Joust and other card reveal effects will now function correctly if your deck contains 60 cards.

Tavern Brawl

  • Shiftcon: Minions with a Yellow glow will no longer retain it when they shift into a new minion.
  • Tag Team: Resolved an issue that could cause the match to end prematurely when swapping Heroes.
  • Decks Assemble: Resolved a crash that could occur when the turn ends while your opponent controls Jeeves.

Mobile

  • [Mobile] Fixed a bug where card tooltips would sometime appear at the edge of the screen and get cut off on mobile devices
  • [Android] Region selection on Android tablets will no longer sometimes be blank.

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

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