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Official Site: Hearthstone
Studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Launch Date: March 11, 2014
Genre: MMOTCG
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Mac, Mobile

Michele Morrow calls out BlizzCon gender pay inequality

Michele Morrow, one of the most recognizable faces in gaming thanks to her long career as a show host and actress and World of Warcraft player, has seemingly accused BlizzCon organizers of gender discrimination when it comes to BlizzCon hosting pay. Morrow has hosted Blizzard’s outrageously popular annual convention since 2014, last year with Geoff Keighley Alex Albrecht and Malik Forte. As she began on Twitter,

“Glad the #GoldenGlobes are calling out discrimination. I’d like to point out gender & POC pay disparity happens in gaming, too. This has happened to me. Has it happened to you?”

She followed up her statements by referring to her treatment by BlizzCon organizers specifically, suggesting that she didn’t know ahead of BlizzCon 2017 that she had been paid less than her male co-hosts.

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Blizzard has dispatched free Hearthstone packs as Kobolds and Catacombs dailies bug compensation

Stretch your mind back into last year just a few weeks and you’ll recall that Hearthstone suffered an irritating or blessed bug, depending on your point of you: It wasn’t doling out dailies. How you gonna grind every day without your dailies, I ask you.

Welp, whether or not you were affected, you’re getting compensation now. Blizzard announced this morning that it’s dishing out freebie card packs as previously promised; in fact, those packs have reportedly begun arriving.

“As a celebration of Kobolds and Catacombs and a thank you to affected players for being patient while we worked to fix this issue, we’re sending all Blizzard players three Kobolds & Catacombs card packs, for free, on us!” Blizzard writes. “Your free card packs will arrive via Blizzard Battle.net gifting in early January. To redeem on mobile, just log into Blizzard Battle.net via your favorite browser. If you’re on PC, you can click the gift icon on the upper right next to your Battletag. If your packs don’t appear in-game after you claim them, please try restarting Hearthstone.”

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Hearthstone works on fixing daily quest bug, promises free decks for all

While you may never want to see another daily quest again, Hearthstone’s players are clamoring for the opposite. Ever since the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion released a few weeks back, there has been a nasty bug that’s kept the game from doling out much-needed dailies for some players.

Blizzard acknowledged the issue on the forums and said that it is working on a fix. In the meantime, the studio suggested several workarounds and promised that it would be gifting all players with three free card decks in January as an apology.

Speaking of Kobolds and Catacombs, how about a pair of videos to fuel knowledge and interest in the expansion? Tune in after the break for a video on the dungeon run journey and a look at the current meta of this card game.

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Apple now demands lootbox odds disclosures from Appstore games

No matter what type of mobile device you run as your daily driver, you’re probably going to be surprised to hear that Apple is the one getting out in front of the whole lockbox gambling thing. Turns out the company has updated its app guidelines to demand odds disclosures from games with lockboxes and lootboxes.

“Apps offering ‘loot boxes’ or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase.”

Given how many mobile games use these tactics – Hearthstone is coming immediately to mind – that’s going to make for some interesting spreadsheet crunching in the coming months.

As multiple people have pointed out, Apple rather likes doing business in China, and China is well-known for strictly regulating odds disclosure on gacha games and those similar. Companies like Blizzard and Grinding Gear Games have previously done the same.

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World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm get into the seasonal spirit

‘Tis the season for so many Christmas events that you’ll have to forsake all family and tins of popcorn to get around to them all. Blizzard isn’t making it any easier on you, since pretty much all of its games are currently in the throes of holiday events.

World of Warcraft’s Feast of Winter Veil kicks off tomorrow with the traditional quests (say hi to the Abominable Greench for us!) and new holiday hats that can be found in dungeons. Overwatch is running its Winter Wonderland and challenging players to the new and ridiculous Yeti Hunt brawl.

Over at Heroes of the Storm, Winter Veil brings a quest chain with a special spray and mount as rewards. Then there’s Hearthstone, which is reskinning some of its game boards, tossing in seasonal emotes, and inviting players to a “Wacky Waxy Winter’s Veil” tavern brawl.

In non-event news, World of Warcraft had to delay an announcement of its 2018 plans but said that this info should be coming soon. And if you are deep into the new Hearthstone expansion, check out the following behind-the-scenes video of its making!

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Hearthstone alters its e-sports plan for 2018 while continuing to get more expensive

People who enjoy playing or watching competitive Hearthstone will probably be excited about the recently announced changes to the game’s competitive play circuit. The game is significantly upping the prizes for playing in official competitive events as well as instituting a point-based “Masters” program to keep solid players in the tournament circuit. If you’ve been around the competitive card game block before, the structure is more than a little reminiscent of some other card game that seems to have done all right for itself over the years. And it means more matches and more incentive for players to take part, which is all good.

Of course, if you’re not into the competitive scene but still really enjoy playing it, you may be feeling a bit more of a pinch for the game; the title is still free-to-play, but it’s also getting more expensive year-over-year as the title moves away from single-player adventures toward more card sets. Of course, that’s also the price of getting every card rather than just the cards you want… but then, you can’t really control which cards you get from randomized packs, can you? But you can choose which cards you craft as you open more packs. So it balances in several directions.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 148: Vampires, kobolds, and pirates

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree sort out the pile of expansions and updates that developers are scrambling to get out of the door before the holiday break. From vampires to kobolds, there’s something for everyone this month, and it only looks to get nuttier with the new year!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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World of Warcraft’s Celestalon moves over to Hearthstone team

He’s giving a sad goodbye to World of Warcraft but a happy hello to Hearthstone, as Game Designer Chadd “Celestalon” Nervig has switched teams over at Blizzard.

Nervig announced the move on Twitter late last week: “Classes, systems, spreadsheets, the occasional obscure questline… These have been the primary focus of my life for years now. I cannot thank the WoW community enough, for your passion, your friendship, the laughs, the excitement, for being able to do something I love. It has been an honor. But the time has come for me to adventure elsewhere within Azeroth, and tackle a different challenge… Cards! I’ll see you soon, Hearthstone fans!”

Speaking of Hearthstone, have you seen this truly hilarious Kobolds and Catacombs live action trailer? It may just sweep the Oscars next spring, but you can watch it now after the jump.

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Hearthstone: Kobolds and Catacombs is live today with free card packs

Today, Hearthstone players across the world will, indeed, take candle.

Blizzard’s popular card game launched its newest expansion today, Kobolds and Catacombs. First revealed at this past November’s BlizzCon, the expansion adds 135 new cards, the recruit keyword, spellstone and unidentified items card types, and the intriguing dungeon run. This single-player experience offers adventurers choices as they progress through a dungeon to the final conclusion.

It’s a good time to log back into the game, too, since Blizzard is giving all players three free expansion card packs and a random legendary weapon card to promote the update. We’ve got the new Hearthstone animated short for you after the break as well as a rundown of the top five most underrated and overrated Kobolds and Catacombs cards.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 147: Daybreak but not that one

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree get crazy into minimaps, probably more than you’ve ever heard a podcast talk about the subject. Trust us, it’s a good thing. As the year races to a close, there’s a lot to talk about with new patches, land for sale, the cost of making games, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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The MOP Up: Pocket PUBG (December 3, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Dark EdenMonster Hunter WorldPlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsArena of ValorWorld of WarshipsRagnarok OnlineLord of the Rings OnlineAlchemia StoryHearthstone, OverwatchWizard101RuneScape, Guild Wars 2, and Caravan Stories, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Daily Grind: What should MMOs do to facilitate your return?

Over the past weekend, I picked up Hearthstone after a year or two away from the game. I certainly didn’t remember where I left off or had been following the game’s development too closely, so I expected to have to wade through a mess when I returned.

However, upon start the game acknowledged that I had been gone a while and eased me back into the swing of things with a trio of PvE matches and a handful of free card boosters. By the time I had finished those matches and opened my packs, I felt like I had some momentum and found my footing. That’s a good feeling when you’re making a comeback!

It made me ponder what MMOs should do to help facilitate players’ returns after extended absences. I think that there should be some sort of catch-up informational post covering the highlights, and throwing goodies at returning vets is never a bad thing. What do you think? What should MMOs do to ease you back into their game worlds after a long break?

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