PAX East 2015: Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure arrives in April

    
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The rumors were true: Hearthstone is getting a new adventure in April.

Blizzard formally announced the new content at PAX East this morning. The Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will follow in Naxxramas’ footsteps; it will be rolled out in a series of five wings with 31 new cards. The full bundle of wings will run you $24.99.

On stage at PAX, Game Director Eric Dodds also told fans that the phone version of the game and its adapted UI are still en route. Blackrock Mountain’s debut trailer is below.

[Source: Blizzard announcement via Blizzard Watch]
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carson63000
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carson63000

I’m a tiny bit disappointed that the structure of this new adventure is identical to Naxxramas (the wings, boss fights, heroic mode, class challenges). I thought they’d slip in something new to surprise us. But I’m sure it will be a lot of fun and I like the way the adventures introduce a new mini-batch of cards to shake up the game, without the luck of obtaining them from opening packs.

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A Dad Supreme DisgruntledGoat RNG is similar but a lot less fun, since it’s more ensconced in the copied-from-MtG drawing of resource cards. Yes everyone will tell you “you need to build your deck properly to minimize mana screw/flood” and yes that’s true, but once you’ve done the best job you can to reduce the probability of being screwed .. it’s still just luck whether you get screwed or not.

Virtually every game I ever played of Hex was a steamroller victory to one player or the other. Close matches that are in doubt up to the end are extremely rare.

Daex
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Daex

A Dad Supreme That’s a 50% chance right there, it’s not crazy at all. As the matter of fact, that card is not even played seriously at all, you only put it in your deck if you specifically want such things to happen.

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imperialpanda

TarAndfeathers Baemir  Hearthstone easily one of the least monetized F2P games. Although people starting new will have purchasing tempations, I average around 65% in arena and have been playing since launch so I’m way past the point of ever needing to spend anything in Hearthstone.

boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)
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boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)

A Dad Supreme DisgruntledGoat It’s been a long time since I played, but the mechanics of the game steer it away from being as RNG as HS.
It might not feel that way initially due to card draw and mana screw but those aren’t a function of RNG so much as probability and are factor of deck building.  Games in HEX should not devolve into top decking or “coin” scenarios as frequently as HS, since much of that is driven by the linear mana curve.   
It’s a lot like MTG, hence the lawsuit. :)
But like I said, It’s been a long time.

boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)
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boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)

DisgruntledGoat boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke) Excellent, I’m glad to hear it.  I have a decent card library from my 2 short stints playing it, so I should be good to go.  It will be nice having a way to make gold without tournaments.

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boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke)

greywolfe_joystiq boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke) From what I understand it’s just a snippet of the PVE release.  I remember Cory saying that the Arena was very linear compared to the dungeons that HEX has in the pipes.  It’s the first one to be released because it’s the more straightforward and least dynamic.  Still I am exited to have a go at it.  I am just not looking forward to getting my head into a game that is over 500 cards deep.  LOL

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TarAndfeathers

Baemir I haven’t put a dime into the game since its launch.  I’ve got most of the cards and all of the previous expansion.  I was skeptical at first about the free to play when this game went live.  But it has proven itself beyond my expectations.  Now that this expansion is on the way, I’ll start saving up my gold from quests so I can buy them when they come out.

DisgruntledGoat
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A Dad Supreme DisgruntledGoat I’m not really an RNG guy, so I can’t compare the two games with any authority. But since your resources are actual cards in your hand, it is possible to get resource-screwed in Hex. But really, all card games (including Hearts and Solitaire) are beholden to the fates of randomness to a certain degree.

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DisgruntledGoat

boredinBC (aka Daniel James Clarke) DisgruntledGoat Yes, I’ve played the test server. The Arena is fun and flavorful. You can earn in-game gold in the Arena so you can buy cards in the Auction House, so if you have the time and energy you can build a card collection for free (obviously this will take way more time than if you just bought packs, but at least it is doable now).

Hex is not as polished as Hearthstone, but they are taking steps in the right direction.