Blizzard announces next Hearthstone expansion, sells a WoW 6-month sub bundle in its summer sale

    
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There’s quite the little bundle of news updates coming out of Blizzard’s games, so we’ve elected to tie them all together into a nice little package for you. Do you like the bow? Please say you like the bow. It took me hours to tie that bow. I watched more PBS crafting programs than I care to admit to make that bow. Like the bow.

We’ll start first with Hearthstone, which has announced that its next expansion, United in Stormwind, is due for release on Tuesday, August 3rd. The expansion will add 135 new cards to the game, including Questline cards for each of the CCG’s classes that reward in-game effects and a Legendary Mercenary minion when players complete all three phases of a Questline, along with cards featuring the Tradeable keyword that provide potent situational effects and the ability to swap them out for a different card in the player’s deck for the cost of one mana.

Next, there’s a summer sale going down on Battle.net, offering a variety of discounts for a full range of ActiBlizz games. Of direct interest to our sphere of gaming is a World of Warcraft six month subscription bundle, which provides the Sapphire Skyblazer mount in WoW Retail and the Imp in a Ball toy for WoW Classic. The bundle was originally listed as a Phoenix Bundle and was taken down shortly after it appeared, but it’s back now and offering a big blue bird to fly on.

Finally, Diablo III players take note: Season 23 ends on Sunday, July 18th here in North America at 8:00 p.m. EDT. After that, though, it’s the Season of the Ethereals.

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Coolit

From past experience, “WoW 6-month sub bundle” is a red flag for an incoming content drought, but who knows.

Wonder if its connected to the mass exodus to FFXIV that’s currently underway, even some of the top streamers I would never have thought would have switched game have and are seeing stream numbers over 200k.

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Bannex

9.1 then prepatch? WoW just said fuck you to all their fans.

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Danny Smith

“Hey man, remember how we ran a desperate hustle to lock you in for half a year to pad MAU’s for a quarter and didn’t give you any new content in that time? it would be pretty blatant corporate greed to milk addicts and do it again immediately after haha

….Unless…”

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Hurbster

This just makes me more interested in whatever Riot are cooking up.

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SmiteDoctor

Lmao another 6 month shill to buy them time while they botch the next dev cycle.

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Loopy

This is what WoW needs – smaller content patches that focus on the little things, not the omg_destruction_of_the_universe themes we’ve been getting for forever. Send me back to old zones and have me deal a property dispute or a political intrigue. I wanna be an adventurer again, not a galaxy-saver for the n-th time in a row.

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Brinto Sfj

Play wow classic then.

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Loopy

Seems like a dismissive comment…

I know that Classic does a better job at this, which is why i feel that retail would benefit from it too. Shorter droughts between patches, more content that makes you connected with the older world. It’s a win win.

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Matthäus Wey

“smaller content patches”

But the patches are so small already :/

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Greaterdivinity

World of Warcraft six month subscription bundle

Man, I wonder if they’re doing this again because it worked out so well during the content draught that just ended.

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Vanquesse V

I read Blizzard rolling out a 6 month bundle at this time as them knowing it’ll be quite a long while between 9.1 and whatever comes next

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Bruno Brito

On a unrelated note, i have a lot, a LOT of Heartstone art on my PC for drawing reference and it baffles me how the art is unbelievable awesome and how WoW, a multi-billion dollar game, never got around to make the transmogs and outfits respect said art.

It’s a pet peeve but one that grinds my gears. I can’t stand looking at WoW sets being glued to your skin anymore. Not a single iota of volume except on your shoulderpads and waist.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Is anyone else like me where you go back to older MMOs you used to play a lot for like one or two months a year? I do the same thing with Netflix. I get a sub, watch the handful of things I like and then have like a week leftover where I don’t watch anything.

I’ve never understood purchasing subs for long periods. At any point, I or any one of my friends could find a game we all want to dive into. Stay nimble, homies.

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Sarah Cushaway

I used to be confident in how long I’d play an MMO, but that was over a decade ago now.

Now definitely not so much, so it’s by the month (and I haven’t been subbed to anything for quite a while because I don’t think any of the games are worth 15 bucks a month at this point)

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SmiteDoctor

Maybe ESO, I would have paid 15 a month for GW2 during Season 3, Path of Fire, and Season 4.