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Everything You Need to Know About Draconic Lackey

There is a new Lackey in the Tavern courtesy of the new Descent of Dragons expansion, the Draconic Lackey! If you check out the card description, you’ll see that Draconic Lackey is a 1 mana 1/1 that Discovers a Dragon. If you’re playing Standard, Draconic Lackey will pull from all collectible Dragons in Standard, and if you’re playing Wild it will pull from the pool of Dragons in Wild. It follows the normal Discover rules, meaning you will only get to choose between Neutral Dragons and those that belong to the class you play.

Like other Lackeys, Draconic Lackey is an non-collectible card generated by several cards introduced since the Rise of Shadows expansion. There are seven Lackeys in total, so there is a ~14% chance of getting a Draconic Lackey every time one is generated.

“It’s a very strong inclusion toward the overall Lackey pool,” said Masters Tour Bucharest Champion Eddie “Eddie” Lui. “The overall quality of the Dragons in the pool has also increased dramatically since the new set came out. When playing Draconic Lackey, in most matchups, you’ll want to look at your future curve and decide which Dragon might be the best suited for the situation.”

Quest Shaman is one of the most prominent Lackey-dependent decks on the ladder currently. Outside of that, Eddie thinks Draconic Lackey feels best in Highlander decks—his favorite being Rogue—where it can generate Dragonqueen Alexstrasza in the late game and develop a huge board.

2019 Global Finals Champion Xiaomeng “Liooon” Li agrees. “Lackeys this expansion should largely benefit Rogue and Shaman decks,” said Liooon. “In Highlander Rogue, I look for Dragonqueen Alexstrasza to produce significant tempo swings. You can look for Deathwing, Mad Aspect for board clear when playing Warrior, or other high-value Dragons when playing matchups like Quest Shaman versus Control decks.”

Liooon said the Draconic Lackey generally comes in handy when you’re looking for high-value in the late game. “It’s also common to see other classes add a single Lackey card in their build,” Liooon said. “For instance, Control Warrior with EVIL Quartermaster or Nomi Priest with Whispers of EVIL.”

“My favorite Dragons to get from Draconic Lackey are Evasive WyrmEvasive Drakonid and the Dragons that cost 9 mana or more,” said seasoned Hearthstone esports veteran and 2017 World Champion Chen “tom60229” Wei Lin. “Draconic Lackey is extremely powerful when you’re playing an aggro deck and run out of cards. It will help aggro decks stay in the mid-game and late-game.”

Game Designer Stephen Chang is focused on Hearthstone card design and worked on the year-long Lackey mechanic. “We had a lot of ideas for different Lackey designs that we wanted to introduce after Rise of Shadows and ultimately whittled them down to the ones that best fit the gameplay and theme of Saviors of Uldum and Descent of Dragons,” Stephen said. “We wanted a defensive Lackey for Saviors of Uldum, and thus Titanic Lackey was born. Originally it summoned a 1/3 minion with Taunt, but that felt very similar to the Faceless Lackey from Rise of Shadows. So, we changed it to a minion buffer, which felt a lot better and made it so and you would want Titanic Lackey in different situations from the rest of the Lackeys in the pool.”

For Descent of Dragons, the idea was to create a Lackey focused around the theme of the expansion. “One of the areas that was lacking a bit (no pun intended) was a good value generator from hand,” said Stephen. “We already had Ethereal Lackey which generated some value, but usually you would want to use it to find removal options. Draconic Lackey always gives you a minion, so it can help give you a threat on the board and activate some of the cards that need Dragons in your hand for value. As a bonus, it helps showcase all of the cool Dragons we added in the set!”

Now go forth, play that Draconic Lackey with purpose! We hope you’ll Discover the right fire-breather for the situation at hand.  

Enjoy Your Holiday With Blizzard Holiday Sale

Greetings!

Our Holiday Sale Is On Now! Find the perfect gift on Battle.net through January 7. It’s the most wonderful sale of the year! The Battle.net Holiday Sale is here, where you can save on digital games, upgrades, bundles, in-game items, and more through January 7.

World of Warcraft®

Celebrate Winter Veil with these divine deals!

  • The Cat Pack: A limited-time bundle of felines, three mounts and four pets, at a discount!
  • Battle for Azeroth Standard Edition: 50% off
  • Battle for Azeroth Digital Deluxe Items: 35% off
  • 50% off select mounts, pets, and toys

Want to introduce your friends and family to World of Warcraft? As an extra bonus, new players can save 50% on the first month of a new World of Warcraft subscription through January 7, which includes access to both World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft Classic.*

The Cat Pack

Overwatch

Give the gift of team-based fun with these heroic holiday savings:

  • Overwatch Standard Edition: 25% off
  • Overwatch Legendary Edition: 50% off
  • Overwatch Legendary Upgrade: 75% off

StarCraft®

What better way to treat your family and friends than with one of the greatest real-time strategy games of all time?

  • StarCraft II Campaign Collection: 25% off
  • StarCraft II Campaign Collection Deluxe: 33% off
  • Nova Complete Mission Bundle: 33% off
  • StarCraft: Remastered: 33% off
  • StarCraft: Remastered Cartooned Upgrade: 20% off
  • StarCraft: Remastered Cartooned Bundle: 30% off

Hearthstone®

Help to build out the decks of your loved ones (or yourself!) with Winter Veil Wonder Bundle, which will add the new Dame Hazelbark Druid Hero and Card Back to your collection along with 30 card packs, including six packs each from five different expansions!

Winter Veil Wonder Bundle

BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket

If you missed out on the panels, Q&As and entertainment from BlizzCon this year, never fear! For a limited time, the BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket will be on sale for a special promotional price, granting access to all Virtual Ticket content, the in-game digital extras, and access to the Warcraft III: Reforged beta. Head to the Virtual Ticket page to purchase!

*Subscription to World of Warcraft does not include the most recent playable expansion, which is sold separately.

Announcing Warcraft III: Reforged Official Release Date

Mark your calendar—Warcraft® III: Reforged, the full-scale reimagining of Blizzard’s groundbreaking real-time strategy game, is set for release on January 29! Including the original Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos® and its award-winning expansion The Frozen Throne®, Warcraft III: Reforged features seven single-player campaigns spanning over 60 missions, a top-to-bottom graphics and audio overhaul, and a full suite of contemporary matchmaking features via Blizzard’s Battle.net® online-gaming service.

Warcraft III: Reforged is available for digital pre-purchase now from the Blizzard Shop. The standard edition is available for $29.99; for $39.99, players can pre-purchase the Spoils of War Edition, which comes with unique hero skins for Arthas, Cenarius, Jaina, and Thrall. Also included with the Spoils of War Edition are a host of in-game bonuses for other Blizzard games that will unlock immediately upon pre-purchase, such as the gruesome Meat Wagon mount for World of Warcraft®, the Third War cardback for Hearthstone®, the Mal’ganis pet for Diablo® III, and more. For more details on Warcraft III: Reforged, including an overview of all bonuses in the Spoils of War edition, check out this blog

Warcraft III: Reforged Features

  • Complete Graphical Overhaul: Warcraft III: Reforged brings the original game into the modern era with fully overhauled characters, structures, environments, animations, and graphical effects.
  • Multiplayer Between Versions: Players will be able to do battle with anyone who plays Warcraft III, regardless of whether they’re playing the original or Reforged.
  • Original Voice-overs: Reforged will retain the original game’s voice over recordings, preserving the authenticity of the Warcraft III experience.
  • Rebuilt World Editor: Reforged features an all-new World Editor designed to empower the game’s longstanding creator community to reach new heights, with hundreds of new triggers, LUA scripting support, new tools for importing models, and more enhancements planned for the future.
  • Full Battle.net Implementation: Players will enjoy the full suite of Battle.net features to bolster their Warcraft III experience, including text and voice chat, clans, and seamless installation and patching. 

For more information on Warcraft III: Reforged, check out the official website at http://www.playwarcraft3.com. For screenshots, videos, and other media, visit https://blizzard.gamespress.com/classic.

Announcing Masters Tour Indonesia

We’re excited to announce that after Arlington, the next Masters Tour location will be in Indonesia! Being the first Masters Tour to take place (just) south of the equator, we’re hoping players lucky enough to score an invite to this event will join us in soaking up the south pacific sun!

The second Hearthstone Masters Tour of 2020 will take place in Bali, Indonesia at the Mulia Resort and Villas, March 20-22 next year. As for the Hearthstone tournament, Blizzard Entertainment and AKG Games will host over 300 invited competitors from around the globe, each competing for their share of a $250,000 base prize pool. The qualifying window for Masters Tour Indonesia will run from 12/13-1/27, and as always, you can sign up for Masters Qualifiers two weeks before they start on Battlefy.

Here are some of the ways you can snag an invite to Masters Tour Indonesia:

  • Win an online Masters Qualifier between December 13 and January 27.
  • Have finished with at least a 7-2 result at Masters Tour Bucharest.
  • Finish with at least a 7-2 result at Masters Tour Arlington.
  • Win an on-site Masters Qualifier at Masters Tour Arlington.
  • Place within the Top 8 of a Masters Qualifier for Masters Tour Indonesia 5 times.
  • Place top 16 Legend on the in-game Ladder in the months of December and January (see official Masters Qualifiers rules for details).
  • Be a Hearthstone Grandmaster.

Check out the Masters Tour Indonesia event page for the full day-by-day schedule. As a reminder, we’ve made a plethora of changes to Masters Qualifiers and the Masters Tour, which will be in effect for both Masters Tour Arlington and Masters Tour Indonesia! You can read about them here. Good luck, have fun, and we hope to see you there!

Our Blizzard Global Sale Is Now Live!

Greetings!

Global Sale is on the horizon, and that means discounts to help kickstart your holiday shopping! At the Blizzard Shop, we’re offering up to 50% off Blizzard digital games, bundles, upgrades, and more. The Blizzard Gear Store is also getting into the holiday spirit!

Whether you’re getting into the season of giving for your friends and family—or simply want to treat yourself to something fun—you won’t want to miss out on these deals.

Blizzard Shop Blizzard Global Sale

From November 27 through December 3, treat yourself to something new from World of Warcraft™, Overwatch™, StarCraft™ or Hearthstone™.

World of Warcraft®

Get 50% off the following for adventurers of all kinds:

  • Battle for Azeroth (Standard Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, or Digital Deluxe Upgrade)
  • Battle for Azeroth Digital Deluxe Items
  • Legion Digital Deluxe Items
  • Warlords of Draenor Digital Deluxe Items

New to World of Warcraft?* As an extra bonus, from now through January 7, 2020, new players can save 50% on the first month of a new World of Warcraft subscription. A subscription includes access to both World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft Classic. 

To check these out, head over to the Blizzard Shop—and if you’re buying for a friend or loved one, consider pairing it with the Recruit A Friend program!

* Subscription to World of Warcraft does not include the most recent playable expansion, which is sold separately. 

Overwatch

The world could always use more heroes, and those heroes might as well be your mates!

  • Overwatch Standard Edition (PC only): 25% off
  • Overwatch Legendary Edition (PC only): 50% off

If you haven’t yet begun your watch, we’ll be running a Free Trial between November 27 and December 5, available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. To learn how to jump in, head to tryoverwatch.com.

StarCraft

Save up to 50% on a wide variety of StarCraft II campaigns and announcers—check out the Blizzard Shop to see all of the options on sale.

StarCraft: Remastered is also getting the Global Sale treatment, with 50% off the game, 40% off the StarCraft: Remastered and StarCraft: Cartooned bundle, 25% off the Cartooned upgrade, and up to 30% off announcers. 

Hearthstone

Don’t miss your chance to play as more of your favorite Hearthstone Heroes and dominate in style. Through December 10, seize your chance to add Magni, Alleria, and Medivh to your collection for just $6.99 each

Complete with epic emotes, voice lines, special entrance and Hero Power animations, and their own card back, recruit these champions of Azeroth before they rotate out of the shop at the end of this offer.  

Blizzard Gear Store

From now until the end of the year, Fanatics will be offering a range of holiday savings. Look out for up to 25% off individual items, up to 30% off your overall order, and more! Check out the Blizzard Gear Store, load up your cart, and check back throughout the holiday sale period to see how you can save! (Product exclusions apply.)

BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket

If you missed out on the panels, Q&As and entertainment from BlizzCon this year, never fear! For a limited time, the BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket will be on sale for a special promotional price, granting access to all Virtual Ticket content, the in-game digital extras, and access to the Warcraft III: Reforged beta. Head to the Virtual Ticket page to purchase!