Hearthstone’s PvE-leaning Mercenaries expansion has arrived

    
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If you’re the kind of Hearthstone player that prefers to play more single-player content, then the game’s newest expansion, Mercenaries, could be right up your alley. Described by the devs as a mixture of RPG and roguelike in its initial announcement, the new expansion focuses on building a team of heroes and villains, completing bounties, and powering up your team of mercs.

Most of the gameplay in Mercenaries mode focuses on sending a party of six out to complete bounties – a series of randomly generated battles that culminate in a fight with a Bounty Boss. Every member of the team gaining experience with every successful battle, unlocking new skills along the way, while completed bounties net players Mercenary Coins that can be used to build new heroes or upgrade existing ones.

The expansion introduces over 50 mercenary characters overall, opening up a bit of potential strategy. For those who do prefer to face off against others, there’s a Fighting Pit that lets players have their mercenary teams fight one another to earn experience, achievements, and other rewards.

The Mercenaries expansion is a free update, and earning cards for the mode is a matter of playing the game or spending Coins to purchase packs. More information about the new release can be found on the game’s site.

source: press release
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Johnny Quantum

As a Slay the Spire fan and mainly PvE player looks interesting. Do other card games like Magic Arena or Legends of Runterra have a PvE mode like this?

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Carlo Lacsina

Legends of Runeterra features a roguelike mode too, it plays closer to Hearthstone’s dungeon run mode, but you dont need to start over if you lose an encounter.

They’re always iterating on it, so they’ll update it in a month. Play it while its still available!

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Johnny Quantum

Just fired up LOR, is it the Expedition mode?

What do you mean by ‘still available’?

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Johnny Quantum

Found it, the Labs mode?

How do you unlock this mode?

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Carlo Lacsina

Yeah, it’s in the Lab of Legends. It’s called “the scourge of bilgewater” And it’s available until the end of October I believe?

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Johnny Quantum

Unfortunately it is locked for me, says I need to ‘complete the labs mode unlock quest’?

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Carlo Lacsina

Oh wow, that’s new, maybe there’s a tutorial somwhere?

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Johnny Quantum

Ok, I’ll look into it. Thanks for the replies!

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Danny Smith

Come back to Blizzard, get a Rat mount.

Bit on the nose no?

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Totes McGoats

I laughed at that one.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Also, a free mount in WoW if you play through the mercenaries tutorial.