Hearthstone is celebrating their Year of the Raven by giving players the opportunity to earn free card packs. The Year of the Mammoth, which began on March 29, 2017, is coming to an end. The Year of the Raven will begin in mid-April when The Witchwood expansion arrives.
To celebrate the upcoming Year of the Raven, we’re throwing a New Year of the Raven party! Every time you complete a daily quest, you’ll also be awarded a card pack! These packs can be from Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, Kobolds & Catacombs, or even The Witchwood! You can tear open The Witchwood card packs once the expansion goes live in April!
This event begins on March 26, at 11:59 pm PDT, and will last until April 9, 11:59 pm PDT. Players need to be aware that the rewards take effect after Midnight. The Hearthstone blog post asks players to please wait to complete their daily quests until after the clock strikes 12!
In addition, Hearthstone is offering players a way to obtain Lunara. She is a Druid Hero that can replace the Hero on the Druid deck that players started with. To get it, players have to win 10 games of Hearthstone in Standard Ranked or Casual mode after The Witchwood expansion has launched.
Two weeks after The Witchwood expansion is released, a single-player Monster Hunt event will begin. It is similar to the Dungeon Run from the Kobolds & Catacombs expansion. Players will defeat bosses and collect their bounties to build a deck that will keep them alive as they continue through the Monster Hunt.
The newest expansion for Hearthstone, Blizzard’s popular online card game, was announced at BlizzCon 2017. It is called Kobolds & Catacombs. The expansion can be preordered now for $49.99. The exact release date is unclear, but it will be sometime in December of this year.
Glorious, glorious loot is a huge part of the Kobolds & Catacombs story. Join us as we discover the troves of tempting treasures that Kobolds & Catacombs holds in store for you when it arrives in December.
Players who log into Hearthstone after Kobolds & Catacombs has been released will be granted one random Legendary weapon for free. Each Legendary weapon has its own flavor and unique power that reflects the class it connects to. All nine classes can seek out their own Legendary weapons.
There will be Unidentified Item cards that, when used, have the potential to turn into one of four varieties of the original card. The example given on the Blizzard website is a card called Unidentified Elixir. When used, it could turn into an Elixir of Life, or an Elixir of Fire, or an Elixir of Shadows, or an Elixir of Hope.
A Spellstone has been created for each of the nine classes. Heroes that add Spellstones to their deck can “awaken them from slumber”. Each one has a unique key. For example, the Spellstone might be empowered by gaining armor, casting spells, or overloading mana crystals. In short, this is a card that a player can make more powerful.
Blizzard Entertainment, maker of Hearthstone (as well as several other well known games) has cracked down on the accounts that were using “bots”. Hearthstone is an online card game that is highly competitive. I am no longer surprised when some players feel the need to “bot” instead of actually play in an effort to do better in a competitive game. It is disappointing, though, when people cheat their way to victory.
Recently, Hearthstone did something about this problem. The Battle.net Hearthstone section has a post titled “Recent Actions Against Botting in Hearthstone”. The significant portion reads:
We’ve recently banned several thousand Hearthstone accounts that were associated with the use of third-party programs that automate gameplay, otherwise known as “bots” or “botting”. These accounts will be banned until 2015. As we’ve stated, fair play is at the core of the Hearthstone experience, and cheating and botting will not be tolerated.
It also very clearly states that: “From this point on, accounts found to be cheating will be permanently closed without warning.”
It is my hope that these actions that Blizzard has taken will make Hearthstone less frustrating for the players who were playing the game without the use of “bots” or “win trading”. Personally, I’d like to see players reach a Rank via fair play instead of by cheating their way to it.