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Hearthstone Battlegrounds Update: November 19

Bob the Bartender has been hard at work keeping the tavern tidy for Hearthstone’s heroes, and it appears that the news has started to spread. Hearthstone Battlegrounds is about to add some extra chaos—and a few Explorers—with a new update coming to the mode today.

Sindragosa, Elise Starseeker, Brann Bronzebeard, and Sir Finley Mrrgglton are the latest heroes to enter the Battlegrounds. Each one comes with a new hero power to give you more options to push toward a first-place finish. Read on for details on these new heroes, as well as some additional updates coming to Hearthstone Battlegrounds.

Please note that these updates do not require an additional download.

Heroes Entering the Battlegrounds

The following Heroes have been added:

  • New Hero: Sindragosa
Sindragosa
  • New Hero: Elise Starseeker
Elise Starseeker

NOTE: The “Recruitment Map” recruits a minion from your current tavern tier after upgrading Bob’s Tavern.

  • New Hero: Brann Bronzebeard
Brann Bronzebeard
  • New Hero: Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Sir Finley Mrrgglton

Heroes Leaving the Battlegrounds

To make way for new challengers, the Heroes below have left Hearthstone Battlegrounds for the time being. We may see them return in a future update.

  • King Mukla
  • Giantfin
  • Millificent Manastorm
  • Lich Baz’hial

Balance Updates

Minions:

  • Primalfin Lookout
    • Moved from Tavern Tier 5 to Tavern Tier 4
  • Voidlord
    • Moved from Tavern Tier 6 to Tavern Tier 5
  • Junkbot
    • Moved from Tavern Tier 4 to Tavern Tier 5
  • Coldlight Seer
    • Moved from Tavern Tier 3 to Tavern Tier 2

Developer comments: We wanted to buff both Demons and Murlocs, so we moved those minions down a Tavern Tier. Junkbot was a bit too strong for Tavern Tier 4 and often made it so mech players never had a good reason to upgrade to Tavern Tier 5. With these changes, we think the minion types are closer together in power level.

Ranking System

We’ve made adjustments to the number of points given for first place. In the original system, you got 240 points for a first place on your first game, and 24 pts for a first place on your 150th (or later) game. Now, you will get 190 pts for a first place on your first game and 95 pts for a first place on your 150th (or later) game.

Bug Fixes

  • Infested Wolf
    • The Triple version of Infested Wolf has been moved from Tavern Tier 2 to Tavern Tier 3, consistent with its base form.
  • Rat Pack
    • The Triple version of Rat Pack has been moved from Tavern Tier 3 to Tavern Tier 2, consistent with its base form.
  • Plant tokens spawned from Adapt effects are now Tavern Tier 1.
  • Snake tokens spawned from Snake Trap are now Tavern Tier 1.

Future Updates

As of today, we are planning our next Battlegrounds update for early December. Below is a brief preview of some of the things we’re working on.

  • We’d like to continue balancing minions and Heroes based on how they’re performing. We don’t have the changes solidified yet, but we’ll be watching things closely and will have more to say soon.
  • We’d like to continue rotating new Heroes into the game while rotating some existing Heroes out. We have some recognizable faces we’re working to include in December.
  • We have two new minions in the works that we’re currently planning to include in the December update: King Bagurgle, a brand-new card, and Floating Watcher, which you may recognize from the Goblins vs. Gnomes set.
  • We have been working on the first iteration of the Stats feature, to give you more insight into your performance. We’d like to surface some fun stats, like how many Triples you’ve created, your top five Heroes by wins, and more. An updated version of Stats will be available next year.

CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF WARCRAFT

The realm of Azeroth ties many of us together, across languages, continents, and across Hearthstone, Warcraft, and World of Warcraft. For the past 25 years, we’ve experienced countless stories and victories brought to us by these games, and now Hearthstone would like to join in on the anniversary celebration.

Beginning November 14, and lasting through November 28, players who log into Hearthstone will be able to claim two free Golden cards inspired by the epic struggle between Horde and Alliance.

Injured Blademaster & Argent Commander Card

Be sure to log in before November 27th! We’ll see you in the tavern!

AKG Games Sends Indonesia’s Top StarCraft™ II Athletes

Jakarta, 13 November 2019 – Indonesia’s hopes for Southeast Asian (SEA) Games glory has been boosted by local games publisher, AKG Games. AKG Games is sending Indonesia’s SEA Games representatives for StarCraft II, Emmanuel ‘Quantel’ Enrique and Dani Bondan ‘Deruziel’ Lukman for a training camp in South Korea. From 18 – 24 November 2019 they will be coached by Jake ‘NoRegreT’ Umpleby in South Korea, acknowledged by the Esports industry as one of the world’s most competitive countries in StarCraft II. The StarCraft II bootcamp is presented by Indofood, with the support of Pop Mie, Chitato, Good to Go, the National Olympic Council and Indonesia Esports Association (IESPA).

AKG Games Press Conference – StarCraft II Road to SEA Games

StarCraft II is a real time strategy game from Blizzard Entertainment. Its release was met with critical acclaim and its competitive gameplay helped ignite the Esports movement. During the weeklong training camp at the Blizzard Korea office located in Seoul, Umpleby, a former professional player, will analyse Enrique’s and Lukman’s playing styles to hone their strengths and sharpen their weaknesses. He will also enhance their mental approach towards the game and provide opportunities for our country’s best to spar with leading Korean players.  

Jake ‘NoRegreT’ Umpleby

“When I began playing StarCraft in the second grade, I never thought I would have the opportunity to represent my country in Southeast Asia’s top sporting competition. It is truly an honour and a dream come true for me,” said Mr. Emmanuel ‘Quantel’ Enrique. 

Emmanuel ‘Quantel’ Enrique

“This training camp will enhance our StarCraft II skills and provide us with invaluable insights ahead of the SEA Games. It will improve our chances of success!”, concurred Mr. Dani Bondan Pramana ‘Deruziel’ Lukman. 

Dani Bondan Pramana ‘Deruziel’ Lukman

The 2019 Philippines SEA Games marks Esports’ debut as a medal event in a multi-sport competition sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and underscores its rising popularity. StarCraft II will feature as one of the six Esports medal events. Enrique and Lukman were selected by IESPA to represent the nation based on their accomplishments as Indonesia’s World Esports Games winners in 2019 and 2017 respectively.

“The SEA Games provide an excellent platform for us to showcase Indonesia’s top Esports athletes. AKG Games is delighted to collaborate with the Public and Private sector to catalyse the development of our country’s Esports talents”, said Mr. Felix Huray, General Manager, AKG Games. “AKG Games will continue to seek relevant opportunities to support our nation’s top Esports athletes.”  

Dani Bondan Pramana ‘Deruziel’ Lukman (Kiri)
Felix Huray (Tengah)
Emmanuel ‘Quantel’ Enrique (Kanan)

Stay tuned to AKG Games’ YouTube channel for exclusive content of Enrique’s and Lukman’s progress in South Korea at youtube.com/akggamesid

The 2019 SEA Games Esports competition will be held at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, Metro Manila from 5 to 10 December 2019.

AKG Hearthstone Battlegrounds Descent of Dragons

Preparing for Hearthstone’s Descent of Dragons!

Hearthstone’s newest expansion, Descent of Dragons, launches on December 10! Read on to find out what changes were just added to the game. 

Descent of Dragons Mega Bundle 
Get 100 Descent of Dragons card packs, the Deathwing Warrior Hero, The Shattering card back, a golden Legendary card from Descent of Dragons, and early access to Hearthstone: Battlegrounds.

Descent of Dragons Mega Bundle

Descent of Dragons Bundle 
Get 60 Descent of Dragons card packs, The Shattering card back, a golden Legendary card from Descent of Dragons, and early access to Hearthstone Battlegrounds.

Descent of Dragons Bundle

Pre-Purchase now: http://bit.ly/34whsBZ

New Game Mode: Battlegrounds

Hearthstone: Battlegrounds is a brand-new auto-battling game mode that introduces a fresh, strategic, 8-player experience to Hearthstone. In Battlegrounds, you’ll take on the role of a familiar Hero straight out of Hearthstone history, craft a powerful board of recruited Minions, and face-off in an action-packed series of duels until a single winner is crowned!

Battlegrounds is now live with today’s update for a week of Early Access for players who have acquired the Descent of Dragons pre-purchase bundle, the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, or BlizzCon Attendees. After this early access phase ends at 10 a.m. on November 12, we’ll enter Open Beta where everyone will be able to hop into Bob’s Tavern to try their hand at being the best of the Battleground Heroes!

  • Battlegrounds System Requirements: Due to the nature of an 8-player match with tons of attacks, effects, and animations triggering at the same time, Hearthstone: Battlegrounds is currently only supported on mobile devices with more than 2 GB of RAM. This means that some older devices may not be able to run Battlegrounds. As we progress out of Beta, we will be optimizing the experience so that players with older devices can participate in this new game mode.

For more details on Hearthstone: Battlegrounds, including the basics on how to play, check out our Battlegrounds Introduction blog here.

Legendary Battlegrounds Launch Quests

To celebrate the launch of the new Hearthstone: Battlegrounds game mode, we’re introducing a new set of Legendary* quests with some awesome rewards! The quests will be initially available on the following dates, but anyone who logs in between now and the launch of Descent of Dragons will have access to these quests.

  • November 12, 10:00 AM PT: Battlemaster – Play two games of Battlegrounds to earn a Descent of Dragons, Saviors of Uldum, and Rise of Shadows card pack
  • November 13, 10:00 AM PT:: Into the Fray – Play three games in any mode (including Battlegrounds) to earn a Descent of Dragons, Saviors of Uldum, and Rise of Shadows card pack
  • November 14, 10:00 AM PT: A Worthy Opponent – Play two games in Play mode (Standard, Wild, or Casual) to earn a Descent of Dragons, Saviors of Uldum, and Rise of Shadows card pack

*Important Note: Legendary Quests will automatically replace an existing quest if your quest log is full, so be sure to have an empty spot on these days!

BlizzCon Rewards

BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders will be granted a Golden version of the Neutral Legendary Descent of Dragons card Sathrovarr and the Blizzard Events 2019 card back.

Sathrovarr BlizzCon Blizzard AKG Hearthstone Descent of Dragons
Sathrovarr

A normal non-disenchantable version of Sathrovarr will also be granted to players who log into Hearthstone after this update goes live and through the Descent of Dragons expansion.

Daily Quest Changes

We’ve cut some of the less popular daily quests (such as quest requiring you to play Divine Shield Minions, Overload Cards, Secrets, 50 Murlocs, etc) and tuned down some quest requirements to make quests generally easier to complete.

Daily quests have also been split into two buckets: Easy (50g) and Slightly More Difficult (60g). Rerolling a Slightly More Difficult (60g) quest (like Play 10 Beasts) will always give you an Easy (50g) quest, so you can get Easy quest every day if you’d like.

We’ve also added some new daily quests that we’re excited for you to discover!


Warcraft 3 Reforged: Beta Minggu Ini AKG

WARCRAFT® III: REFORGED’S MULTIPLAYER BETA THIS WEEK!

The multiplayer beta for Warcraft III: Reforged begins this week* with limited access to the orc and human races within 1v1 and 2v2 matchmaking. The undead and night elf races, and more game modes will be added in the weeks ahead.

Invitations to the multiplayer beta will be sent out over the coming weeks. Initial invitations will go out in waves to those who have pre-purchased the Spoils of War edition of the game and subsequent waves of invitations will go to additional players, such as those who have pre-purchased the standard edition of Warcraft III: Reforged

The Spoils of War Edition

In addition to access to the beta, owners of the Spoils of War edition get a few additional perks.

Beyond the Meat Wagon mount in World of Warcraft; Thrall, Anub’arak, Jaina and Tyrande in Heroes of the Storm, and the Third War card back in Hearthstone, the Spoils of War edition also contains:

Warcraft III: Reforged Skins–Champion of the Horde Thrall, Emerald Nightmare Cenarius, Fallen King Arthas, Daughter of the Seas Proudmoore
Overwatch
Player Icons: Human, Orc, Undead, Night Elf and Lich King
Animated Sprays: Footman, Grunt, Ghoul, and Archer
Diablo III: Mal’ganis pet
StarCraft II Console Skins
StarCraft: Remastered: Spoils of War Console

Charging Towards Battle

Learn more about Warcraft III: Reforged on our official site.

We’re looking forward to the clash of mighty armies, to hearing your reactions, and facing off with you online!

*Beta schedule may vary between regions.