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The Grand Tournament Hearthstone Expansion Launches With Some Issues

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The expansion for the card battling game Hearthstone was released today. As of 11 a.m., the game is already suffering from some connectivity issues. Blizzard says they’re aware of the issues and are working as quickly as possible to fix it. Personally, I was able to go in and buy some of the new card packs but then got the error message.

A little bit of a hiccup isn’t completely unexpected. The the Hearthstone expansion, called The Grand Tournament, has been widely publicized since its announcement last month. Blizzard has been building anticipation of the expansion through steady trickles of information over the last month. There’s so much excitement around the release that a good chunk of the game’s 20 million players may all be trying to access the game at once. With that amount of stress on the game, it’s understandable that there might be some problems.

The Grand Tournament adds 132 new cards to the game, as well as new gameplay elements and a new game board. Players got to see the new cards in action during last week’s Tavern Brawl event.

As with most content in the game, the new cards can be purchased with real money as well as with gold, which can be earned simply by playing the game. Hearthstone keeps the game fair by randomizing the cards in both the premium and “free” packs. The other premium content is purely ornamental. Those who wish to pre-order the cards will get an exclusive card pack as well as the opportunity to buy less-expensive card packs.

Hearthstone was released last year and currently has more than 2 million players. This isn’t the first expansion for Hearthstone. Other expansions added new cards and playing fields, while others were single-player adventures that resulted in some rare and legendary cards. The Grand Tournament seems to be the biggest expansion to date.

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Blizzard Previews New Hearthstone Cards in Tavern Brawl

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Players are getting a sneak peek at the new Hearthstone cards in this week’s Tavern Brawl mode. The Tavern Brawl mode was released back in June. It’s a timed event with rules that change every week. Sometimes it can be fun way for new or more casual players to play on a level playing field with others and see what some of the more powerful cards can do.

The new Hearthstone cards featured in this week’s Tavern Brawl are from the forthcoming expansion, The Grand Tournament. The expansion will be released on August 24 and it’s is a big one. It’s bringing 132 new cards, a new playing field, and new features.

The two new features are jousting and inspire. This week’s Tavern Brawl shows off these features as well as the new playing field. One player has a mage hero who uses inspire, while the other hero, a hunter, uses jousting. Players get a hero at random and don’t have any control over their decks.

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Jousting involves each player drawing a card. The one that costs the most wins.

I played a couple of rounds to get a feel for the cards myself. I ended up with the hunter hero for the first couple of matches, so I had a lot of jousting cards. The way jousting works is pretty cool. Each player draws a card and the player with the one that costs the most will have something happen in their favor. Often a specific minion will get an upgrade like gaining taunt or charge. Other times the player will get an extra card or other benefit.

Once I got to play the mage, I had a better view of how inspire worked. Minions with inspire do a variety of things when players use their hero powers. Some of the more basic inspire effects involve gaining health or attack. Others will summon completely new minions.

I got to see a slew of the new cards after playing only a few matches and they all seem interesting to play in fun new ways. Now all we have to do is wait for August 24.

 

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Players Can Now See All of the New Hearthstone Cards

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If you’re a fan of Hearthstone and are eagerly awaiting the release of the The Grand Tournament, you can take a look at all 132 of the new cards on the Facebook page for the game. A quick count of the new Hearthstone cards reveals nearly 20 of the cards are legendary minions. Blizzard has yet to set an official release date for the expansion. Players can pre-order the expansion for $49.99 and receive 50 packs with the new cards, as well as a special card back.

new hearthstone cardsAnother glance at the cards shows how the “Inspire” status will work. If a minion has the Inspire affect, something will happen every time a players uses his or her hero power. The inspire cards seem to focus on raising the health or attack of a minion. One gives the minion windfury for a turn. Windfury is the chance to attack twice within a turn. There are new spells and legendary minions for specific classes as well as those that can be used by any class.

Besides the new cards, there will also be a new playing field, which is the background the game is played on. All of these playing fields have little interactions that you can fiddle with while wating for your turn. The new one will no doubt have some of these as well.

The Grand Tournament was announced in July. Though there is no release date, it appears Blizzard is busy preparing for it; the game has had a few updates in the past month.

Hearthstone was released last year and currently has more than 2 million players. This isn’t the first expansion for Hearthstone. Other expansions added new cards and playing fields, while others were single-player adventures that resulted in some rare cards. The Grand Tournament seems to be the biggest expansion to date.