Hearthstone

Legendary-Noz

Clean Sweep

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Each month I’ve been playing just enough Hearthstone to get to rank 20 – not to use the cardbacks mind you, I just like collecting them. Every now and then I’ll even step into the arena where I’ve drawn some really great cards like the combo below.

Legendary-Noz

At the time I was trying to decide between the two dragons since I’ve never used either but I thought Noz would be a more valuable card if I could keep it on the board a while. Unfortunately, when I was close to using it, I didn’t get a chance. My opponent was already sitting at 10 making it a pretty quick win so playing it would have been redundant.

Nozdormu

Tonight I played my usual priest deck where I drew Deathwing from a well used card. This was definitely one I was excited to try since I’ve never had a chance to use it before. I just hoped the match wouldn’t be over too quickly like so many lost opportunities before, particularly in arena.

Their next card made me smile.

Onyxia_whelps

I mean really, I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way to go. Even as I drew my next card, I knew which one I’d be using.

Deathwing

Talk about an unexpected turn of events although the card did seem familiar.

DeathwingCymre Jones hearthstone

I made this card several weeks ago as a bit of fun – before any news of my own NPC came out. Of course I have to admit, an NPC is a much cooler thing to have since you can only interact so much with a playing card.

They were a good sport though, giving me the “Well Played” emote at the end.

Diablo Hearthstone-expert card packs

Expert Card Packs Unlocked

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Players who have picked up a copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ can now discover bonus loot in the form of an Expert Card Pack (or Packs!) for Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™.

Diablo Hearthstone-expert card packs

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Reaper of Souls: Digital Standard Edition – One (1) Hearthstone Expert Card Pack, delivered to your Battle.net account starting March 20.
  • Reaper of Souls: Retail Standard Edition – One (1) Free Hearthstone Expert Card Pack, available in your Reaper of Souls box as a redeemable code.
  • Reaper of Souls: Digital Deluxe Edition – Three (3) Hearthstone Expert Card Packs, delivered to your Battle.net account starting March 20.
  • Reaper of Souls: Retail Collector’s Edition – Three (3) Hearthstone Expert Card Packs, available in your Collector’s Edition box as three separate redeemable codes.

I managed to get three rare cards (one from each pack), none of which were that exciting but maybe you’ll have better luck.

Hearthsteed mail

Quest for a Hearthsteed

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Hearthstone may have officially launched but was I the only one to be surprised by this news? I admit my main interest is WoW but when I started seeing Hearthsteed pics, I decided to find out more about it. For a free game, it can be pretty addictive, especially in the beginning. The day I started playing back in October, I was surprised by all the slick animations and voiceovers.

My first match in play mode turned out to be quite amusing as I was itching to try out a priest deck. Naturally Coolidge battled (or should I say slaughtered) me with his pali deck. Well, it was all still new to me and would never have known the matches took that long if I hadn’t recorded it.

Hearthsteed mail

To earn your own Hearthsteed, all you have to do is win three games of Hearthstone in Play or Arena mode. You should then receive your achievement and mount after logging in to WoW. For some, the rewards have been instant, for me… not so much. If you’re having trouble collecting your rewards, you can try restarting the Battle.net launcher and WoW as suggested in the forums but this didn’t work for me until I logged back into Hearthstone and out again.

Here’s what a blue had to say on the forums:

The servers are currently experiencing some delays in regards to picking up the Mount Up! achievement on the World of Warcraft side and we are currently working on it. If you have already earned the Mount Up! achievement in Hearthstone, don’t worry, once the server catches up you will properly receive the Hearthsteed mount on your World of Warcraft account. Please note that the Hearthsteed can only be earned from the Americas region of Hearthstone at this time.

I wasn’t quite sure how fast it would take to win three matches since I literally hadn’t played for months and this ranking system was new to me so I headed into play mode with my trusty priest deck. As the match went on, I felt more and more rusty, which I quickly told Neo as he cheered me on but I was surprised to walk out with a win in my first match. That soon faded when the next few weren’t that evenly matched.

As a fresh rank 25 player, I was surprised to see several rank 23 opponents but that’s the luck of the draw I guess. Neo said it took a while to get his done and that seemed to mirror my experience although I probably shouldn’t have been watching TV while completing my matches. It really didn’t help my concentration (which is why I kept looking over the same cards) but I ended up getting my wins against against a pali and 2 mage decks.

The first match whittled me down to 5 before I started to turn the match around. I’ve never forfeit a match and this is why. Unfortunately, I couldn’t record the second since my HD was full and I couldn’t minimise the game (even in fullscreen mode). By the time I got to the third match, I didn’t even get to use my ability before the match abruptly ended!

hearthsteed flying

When the pegasus model was first datamined, there were two different versions thought to be Alliance blue and Horde red but it appears the red model will be coming later.

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