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Blizzard will be expanding the Hearthstone experience in new ways when they launch the game’s next major expansion in August 2021.
But before we all become United in Stormwind, a new Hearthstone patch is available to download today.
Update 20.8 is rolling out today and includes several big changes that Hearthstone Battlegrounds fans will want to know about.
The first is that they can now pre-purchase the Stormwind Mega-Bundle in-game, with the next expansion promising to add 135 new cards to the game.
The United in Stormwind Mega Bundle includes 80 United in Stormwind card packs, five Golden United in Stormwind card packs, two random United in Stormwind Golden Legendary cards, the Lady Katrana Prestor Mage Alternate Hero, the Lady Katrana Prestor card back, the Ve’nari Alternate Battlegrounds Bartender (Pre-Purchase), and Battlegrounds Perks.
This will make it possible to choose from four heroes instead of two, get early access to upcoming heroes before they’re released, access to advanced stat tracking, and colorful visual emotes.
After Stormwind lands, Phase 2 of the year of the Gryphon will follow, and this will include more changes to Battlegrounds, including the launch of Battlegrounds cosmetics, a minion type refresh, and regular content updates.
A message from Blizzard adds: “We will also continue to bring regular updates to Duels, Tavern Brawls, and Solo Experiences. Finally, Mercenaries will launch during Phase 2 of the Year of the Gyphon.
“An adventure is only as good as the quests you take along the way. All 10 classes will have access to a Questline that highlights the journey of their class’s Mercenary through Stormwind.
“Questlines are Legendary spells that start in your hand and have three tiers of progression. Get a reward after you complete each step of the Questline, culminating in a powerful Legendary mercenary minion.”
Meanwhile, here are the main highlights from today’s Hearthstone patch notes, as released by Blizzard:
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HEARTHSTONE PATCH NOTES
[Passive] Buy 3 minions in 1 turn to give them +2/+2 and progress this.
[Passive] Buy 4 minions in 1 turn to give your hand and board +2/+2 and progress this.
Close the Portal
[Passive] Buy 5 minions in 1 turn to give ALL your minions this game +2/+2.
[Tier 6] Battlecry: Refresh Bob’s Tavern with your most common minion type.
The Lich King has returned to the Battlegrounds Hero pool. There must always be a Lich King!
Shudderwock has been temporarily removed from the Battlegrounds Hero pool.
Old: [Costs 0] Replace a minion in Bob’s Tavern with a minion from a higher Tavern Tier. → New: [Costs 1] Choose a minion in Bob’s Tavern. Discover a higher Tier minion to replace it.
Old: [Costs 1] Add a Gold Coin to your hand. → New: [Passive] After you sell a minion, get 1 extra Gold next turn. (Can exceed 10)
Old: Make a minion in Bob’s Tavern Dormant. After 2 turns, get it with +1 Attack. → New: Make a minion in Bob’s Tavern Dormant. After 3 turns, get it with +1/+1.
Old: Give a minion +1/+1 for each minion you’ve bought this turn. → New: Give a minion +2/+1 for each minion you’ve bought this turn.
Old: [Costs 1] Refresh Bob’s Tavern with Battlecry minions. → New: [Passive] After you buy 5 Battlecry minions, add Brann Bronzebeard to your hand. (Once per game)
Old: Start of Combat: Your left and right-most minions attack immediately. → New: Start of Combat: Your left and right-most minions gain +2 Attack and attack immediately.
Old: [Passive] At the end of your turn, Frozen minions get +2/+1. → New: [Costs 0] Freeze a minion in Bob’s Tavern. Frozen minions get +2/+1 every turn.
Old: Give a friendly minion of each Tavern Tier +2/+1. → New: Give a friendly minion of each Tavern Tier +1/+1.
For the Horde!
Old: Give +1 Attack to the next minion you buy this turn (Upgrades each turn!) → New: Give +2 Attack to the next minion you buy this turn. (Upgrades each turn!)
Avatar of N’Zoth
Old: Start the game with a 1/1 Fish that gains all your Deathrattles in combat. → New: Start the game with a 2/2 Fish that gains all your Deathrattles in combat.
Old: Start the game with a 1/2 Amalgam with all minion types. → New: Start the game with a 2/2 Amalgam with all minion types.
Big Banana rate increased to 50% (up from 33%).
Old: Divine Shield. Whenever you summon a Mech during combat, gain +1 Attack and Divine Shield. → New: Divine Shield. Whenever you summon a Mech during combat, gain +2 Attack and Divine Shield.
Old: 8 Attack, 1 Health → New: 8 Attack, 8 Health
Old: 1 Attack, 3 Health → New: 1 Attack, 4 Health
Old: 4 Attack, 4 Health → New: 6 Attack, 6 Health
Old: 2 Attack, 4 Health → New: 4 Attack, 6 Health
Old: 3 Attack, 3 Health → New: 3 Attack, 4 Health
Old: 4 Attack, 4 Health. Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +4/+4. → New: 5 Attack, 5 Health Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +5/+5.
Old: 3 Attack, 3 Health → New: 3 Attack, 5 Health
Old: 2 Attack, 3 Health → New: 2 Attack, 4 Health
Players with Battlegrounds Perks will have early access to Kurtrus before it’s formally released on July 15.
RETURNING & REMOVED HEROES
Trade Prince Gallywix
Razorgore, the Untamed
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