Hearthstone patch notes, Stormwind expansion, Battlegrounds cosmetics

Hearthstone patch notes, Stormwind expansion, Battlegrounds cosmetics

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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

 NEW HERO

Kurtrus Ashfallen

  • Final Showdown

    • [Passive] Buy 3 minions in 1 turn to give them +2/+2 and progress this.

  • Gain Momentum

    • [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.

    Players with Battlegrounds Perks will have early access to Kurtrus before it’s formally released on July 15.

    NEW MINION

    Archdruid Hamuul

    • [Tier 6] Battlecry: Refresh Bob’s Tavern with your most common minion type.

     

    RETURNING & REMOVED HEROES

    • 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.

    Galakrond

    • Galakrond’s Greed         

      • 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.

      Trade Prince Gallywix

      • Smart Savings

        • 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)

        Maiev Shadowsong

        • Imprison

          • 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.

          UPDATED HEROES

          Edwin VanCleef

          • Sharpen Blades

            • 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.

            Dinotamer Brann

            • Battle Brand

              • 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)

              Illidan Stormrage

              • Wingmen

                • 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.

                Sindragosa

                • Stay Frosty

                  • 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.

                  Guff Runetotem

                  • Natural Balance

                    • Old: Give a friendly minion of each Tavern Tier +2/+1. → New: Give a friendly minion of each Tavern Tier +1/+1.

                    Overlord Saurfang

                    • 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!)

                      N’Zoth

                      • 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.

                        The Curator

                        • Menagerist

                          • 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.

                          King Mukla

                          • Bananarama

                            • Big Banana rate increased to 50% (up from 33%).

                            MINION UPDATES

                            Deflect-o-Bot

                            • 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.

                            Lieutenant Garr

                            • Old: 8 Attack, 1 Health → New: 8 Attack, 8 Health

                            Refreshing Anomaly

                            • Old: 1 Attack, 3 Health → New: 1 Attack, 4 Health

                            Bigfernal

                            • Old: 4 Attack, 4 Health → New: 6 Attack, 6 Health

                            Razorgore, the Untamed

                            • Old: 2 Attack, 4 Health → New: 4 Attack, 6 Health

                            Pack Leader

                            • Old: 3 Attack, 3 Health → New: 3 Attack, 4 Health

                            Mama Bear

                            • 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.

                            Soul Juggler

                            • Old: 3 Attack, 3 Health → New: 3 Attack, 5 Health

                            Nathrezim Overseer

                            • Old: 2 Attack, 3 Health → New: 2 Attack, 4 Health

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