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Hearthstone’s First Event of 2018 is Wildfest

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Wildfest is Hearthstone’s first event in 2018, running February 19 – March 11. It focuses on the Wild format (as opposed to Standard), changing the Arena and adding new Tavern Brawls.

Beginning Feb. 19 the Arena mode will include cards that are exclusive to the Wild format. Wild includes cards from all expansions and card sets, whereas Standard only includes the most recent card sets (as well as the basic/Classic cards). Note that if you have an ongoing Arena run you’ll want to complete it before Feb. 19, as all Arena games will be automatically retired when Wildfest begins.

Wildfest will also add two new Tavern Brawls, also focusing on Wild.

Venture Into the Wild gives you a hidden, pre-constructed deck from the vast pool of cards in Wild. You can select the class, but not the cards. The decks will change each week that Wildfest is running, and allow you to play with a large variety of cards you may have never seen.

The Wild Brawliseum adds another Arena mode, requiring an entry fee of Gold or real money to enter. Players build their decks using Wild cards. Otherwise it’s the same as a standard Arena battle as you try to hit 12 wins before losing three times. The rewards are the same as a standard Arena run. The first time you play in The Wild Braliseum the entry fee is waived.

Hearthstone will be receiving some Ranked Play changes starting March 1. Read the full details here, and the biggest changes below.

  • Your reset will not be based on the stars you earned over the season. Instead, you’ll reset to four ranks below the highest rank you achieved during the season.
  • Players at Legend reset to rank 4, 0 stars.
  • All ranks will have 5 stars.
  • Starting in March, you will no longer earn the monthly card back by reaching Rank 20. Instead, you can earn each season’s card back by winning 5 games in Ranked Standard or Wild at any rank.

Hearthstone originally released in 2014 and sees several major expansions, updates, and patches each year. It’s available on PC as well as mobile devices.

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Minecraft-like MMO Trove Reaches 15 Million Players

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Trion Worlds has announced that its free-to-play, voxel-powered MMO Trove has surpassed 15 million players worldwide.

“Trove has been a labor of love for us here at Trion,” said Scott Hartsman, CEO of Trion Worlds. “The team has been pouring their hearts and souls into the game since 2013, and we couldn’t be more proud of them in hitting this milestone. We have a lot of awesome in store for Trove, and we want to thank the community for taking the ride with us. We owe it all to you!”

Trion Worlds has been tracking various stats since the game’s launch, and compiled some fun statistics below:

  • 6,584,382,807 Blocks Placed
  • 10,234,600,287 Blocks Destroyed
  • 237,203,112 Quests Completed
  • 4,520,061 Dragon Mounts Unlocked
  • 352,837,481 Clubs Entered
  • 119,881,221 Piñata Parties Thrown
  • 161,977,123.98 Lifetime Hours Across All Players
  • 18,490.54 Lifetime Years Across All Players
  • 184.91 Lifetime Centuries Across All Players

Trove’s open beta began in 2014, and launched on PC in 2015. It arrived on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One late 2016 and expanded to China last year. It’s coming to Japan this year and is currently available in eight different languages, with more on the way.

Trion Worlds has teased large content updates coming in 2018, including one that will “change the Trove universe in an enormous way that no one will expect.”

Trove is free to download and play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and TroveGame.com. It’s rated E for Everyone.