Get ready to adjust the meta once more, as today’s Hearthstone
patch pronounces several basic and classic cards guilty of being too useful and popular. The sentence? Hefty nerfs across the board
, of course!
The nerfs include the reduction of Innervate’s effect, a less effective Murloc Warleader, and an increase in the mana cost for Fiery War Axe, Spreading Plague, and Hex.
“Too many basic and classic cards played in individual decks means less fun when new expansions are released,” Blizzard said earlier this month. “Cards in the basic set serve several purposes in the game, so we would rather make balance adjustments to them instead of moving them to the Hall of Fame, like we have done for cards in the classic set.”
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 The Black Death, Astroneer, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Tree of Life, War Thunder, Elder Scrolls Online, Hearthstone, Worlds Adrift, Arena of Valor, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Neverwinter, Ragnarok Mobile, Rappelz, Master X Master, Splatoon 2, Skyforge, Travian, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!
We’ve got a fun roundup of Blizzard’s doings, so let’s get started! The studio is selling a new “Shadow” fox pet with adorably huge ears for $10 in World of Warcraft’s
cash shop. So why is this special? Because the studio is donating all profits to charity
to benefit the victims of the current hurricane season.
“For every Shadow pet purchased between September 12, 2017 and December 31, 2017, 100% of the adoption fee will be split equally between American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Fund to assist with relief efforts around the world,” the studio said.
Moving on to Overwatch, the devs are busy putting the final touches on the game’s newest map. Junkertown is coming on September 19th to all platforms, but you can get a preview of the map right now.
All hail the Czech Republic! C-Z-E-C-H! That spells victory!
Blizzard is toasting players from the republic for their performance at the recent Hearthstone Global Games tournament at Gamescom last month. In a long and colorful infographic, the studio revealed that 2,345 games were played during the course of the tournament, which included 510 quests.
Forty-eight countries competed for both glory and a slice of the $332,000 prize pie. Other interesting statistics revealed include the fact that the most successful class was the Druid, followed by the Hunter and Warrior. Also, one game saw the deployment of 37 Jade Idols, which we’re just going to say is a lot despite having seen a few hundred of them at a tourist gift shop once.
Sometimes you have to hurt the cards you love in order to save them from a premature death.
This is the logic behind the nerf of several staple Hearthstone cards. Blizzard’s development team explained that a handful of basic cards were being played too much, crowding out the use of newer expansion cards. Because daddy’s got to make sales, after all.
“Cards in the basic set serve several purposes in the game, so we would rather make balance adjustments to them instead of moving them to the Hall of Fame, like we have done for cards in the classic set,” the studio wrote.
Among those who are getting smacked around by an epic nerfhammer are Innervate, Hex, Fiery War Axe, and Murloc Warleader. Each of those either saw an increase in the cost of its mana requirement or had its benefits reduced.
Digital Extremes’ new shooter/TCG hybrid The Amazing Eternals (fka Keystone) launched its founders program this week, rolling into closed beta with a new trailer to boot and bringing the whole show to PAX for lucky attendees to play in person. If a founder pack isn’t in your future but you still want to check out the beta, then you’re in the right post, as DE’s granted us a bundle of keys providing standard access to the closed beta game.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys and check out the PAX trailer!
After rescuing some silly humans in HEX
, Massively OP’s MJ is ready to move on to other adventures. And other adventures are waiting for her! There’s both a graveyard down one path and a bog down the other. Being a killer bunny, she’s going to visit the graveyard first. What enemies will she face? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to follow MJ further along the campaign trail.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 28, 2017
As part of its Gamescom presentation today, Blizzard
has just revealed a new “musical animated short” for card battler Hearthstone
. It centers on the backstory Harth Stonebrew’s tavern, and it’s Blizzard, so it’s cute all on its own.
“The Tavern is a warm and welcoming place full of laughter, camaraderie, and good-natured competition, and home to a charming cast of characters assembled from every corner of Azeroth. This includes vibrant and (mostly) friendly folks such as Malto, the kindly old mage; and Sarge, the Tavern’s resident mouse. The personalities in this ethereal inn draw inspiration from the many types of Hearthstone players who enjoy Hearthstone in real life. Whether they’re seasoned pros or just getting into the game like the young protagonist Ava, there’s a place in the Tavern for everyone.”
Expect more shorts and comics coming, Blizz says. We just want to see more singing gobbos. Enjoy!
There’s a chill wind sweeping in from the north(rend) today: Knights of the Frozen Throne
is now live in Hearthstone
The expansion is one of the biggest and most significant for the game yet, taking fans back to one of World of Warcraft’s most beloved eras. Frozen Throne contains 135 new cards and several free missions for all players, as well as the ability to turn heroes into Death Knights for kicks and giggles.
Players who log in by November 1st will be gifted three free card packs from the new expansion, so don’t let the time get away from you!
It’s obvious that the dev team is having entirely way too much fun with this expansion’s theme, as evidenced by the Lich King himself taking on comments from actual players below. But beware! If you displease the king, you might be sentenced to the comment dungeon!
It just wouldn’t be a Hearthstone
launch announcement without another goofy Lich King video, would it? And Blizzard’s delivering both today as Knights of the Frozen Throne
has been formally slotted to launch on August 10th, at which point we can only assume the dude inside the Lich King costume in the videos will be out of a job.
“In Knights of the Frozen Throne, journey to Icecrown Citadel and experience:
135 new cards
Legendary Hero Cards – when played, transforms our nine heroes into fearsome Death Knights and gives players modified hero powers.
Eight free missions – fight epic bosses and a final showdown against the Lich King himself. Reward: get a free legendary card from completing the prologue and earn a card pack for each completed wing.
Lifesteal – new keyword and strength that heals players for damage dealt.”
Check out the video down below.
We could practically copypasta last quarter’s Activision-Blizzard report to this one and nobody would notice. That’s because once again, it’s the Blizzard segment of the company driving the revenue flow; Blizz’s incomes rose 4% year-over-year to account for 42% of the revenue (with King and Activision itself trailing behind).
“Blizzard had the biggest quarterly online player community in its history with a record 46 million MAUsB, up 38% year-over-year. The Overwatch community continued to grow more than a year after launch, setting another all-time MAUB record with the release of two seasonal events in the quarter. Hearthstone MAUsB grew year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter to an all-time record, driven by its expansion, Journey to Un’Goro.”
Blizz is also talking up its “time spent” metric and claiming that it’s increased in World of Warcraft year-over-year, which should shock absolutely no one given Legion:
Arthas and his really, really, really cold seat are almost here, as Hearthstone
will be pushing out its Knights of the Frozen Throne
expansion some time in August. Among all of the new cards, the Death Knight hero transformations, and the Lifesteal keyword are several missions that players will enjoy for free for the first time.
Lead Mission Designer Dave Kosak explained that during these missions, players will ascend the Frozen Throne and fight the Lich King himself. Kosak said that the team tried to retain the same “cocky, egotistical, fallen Paladin you love to hate” while giving Arthas the ability to break the fourth wall in his comments.
When players do face off against the Lich King, they’ll find that Arthas doesn’t play fair and uses “alternative rules” to give himself an edge. We’re liking this guy better all the time! If players can beat Arthas with all nine classes, they’ll get a special reward: a young version of Arthas to play as a Paladin hero.
Grab a chair for a Hearthside Chat after the jump!
Fancy a trip to Tamriel, but don’t want to sit at your PC? The Elder Scrolls franchise TCG, Elder Scrolls Legends, has hit Android and Apple phones as of today, and it includes the Heroes of Skyrim expansion that hit on PC, Mac, and tablets earlier this summer.
“The Elder Scrolls: Legends, the strategy card game based on the award-winning Elder Scrolls series, is now available to download for free on iOS and Android phone devices via the App Store and Google Play store, respectively. Featuring a new streamlined interface designed to take advantage of smaller screen sizes, now is the perfect time to jump into the fray. For players just joining the action, the recently-launched Heroes of Skyrim expansion based on fan-favorite characters, lore, and abilities from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim added more than 150 new cards to collect, plus new mechanics, powerful abilities, and more. Easy to learn but difficult to master, The Elder Scrolls: Legends features a deep and flexible deck-building system and a variety of modes for both casual and competitive players, including a single-player Story Mode, Versus Mode, and Arena Mode against both human and AI opponents.”
I’m not even a TCG person and I’m gonna give it a go because yay, free things.