Hearthstone Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Announced
Blizzard Entertainment’s hit digital card game, Hearthstone, has today announced the latest expansion: Madness at the Darkmoon Faire. The new expansion adds 135 new cards corrupted by the terrifying power of the Old Gods and is coming November 17.
There's a lot of info to take in, so here's everything you need to know, courtesy of the team at Blizzard -
An otherworldly carnival is coming to Hearthstone® on November 17 with Madness at the Darkmoon Faire™, the upcoming expansion for Blizzard’s smash-hit free-to-play digital card game, and there’s a whiff of ancient corruption amid the zany wonders and attractions. The Old Gods—timeless beings of terrifying power that ruled a young Azeroth—have chosen the Darkmoon Faire as the site of their return, and they’ll tempt players with 135 all-new cards that bear the taint of their corruption.
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire hearkens back to the fan-favorite Hearthstone expansion from 2016, Whispers of the Old Gods™. Iconic Legendary minions including C’Thun and Yogg-Saron will make a comeback (in surprising new forms) and allow players to tap into their astonishing match-swinging powers. If they dare, players can also harness Old Gods Artifacts—powerful spells inspired by the designs of the most dreaded Legendary minions from Whispers of the Old Gods. And to further propagate this foul influence, players can employ cards with the Corrupt keyword, which changes them into substantially more powerful versions after a higher-cost card is played.
"This is a huge moment for Hearthstone, with the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion, as well as an all-new game mode in Duels, and a fundamental overhaul of the game's progression system," said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. "As Hearthstone continues to evolve and grow, our focus is squarely on continuing to deliver a uniquely deep and fun game experience, and we think players are going to lose their minds over all of this new content."
Introducing Hearthstone Duels
Hearthstone Duels is an all-new completely free game mode that combines the thrill of the player-vs.-player Arena mode with the delightfully unpredictable and over-the-top deckbuilding experience from the game’s most beloved Solo Adventures. Just like in Arena, players will face other human opponents with the goal of reaching 12 wins before accruing 3 losses—but in Duels, they’ll start out with custom-built decks from their own collections, and draft additional cards or game-changing Treasures after each match.
Players will also be able to try their hands at Hearthstone Duels Heroic mode to earn rewards such as in-game gold, cards, card packs, and Arcane Dust. Heroic mode Duels runs can be accessed by paying 150 gold or purchasing a Tavern ticket for $1.99 USD. The better the player’s record at the end of the run, the greater the rewards.
Hearthstone Duels will evolve with each new season, with the pool of cards refreshed from Hearthstone's vast card set catalog, and accompanying new Heroes, Hero Powers, and signature Treasures. The theme for the debut season is Wizard Duels, starring a cast of Heroes pulled from the scholars and luminaries of the Scholomance Academy® expansion.
Players who prepurchase a Madness at the Darkmoon Faire bundle (see below) will also receive early access to the new Duels play mode from October 22 to November 11. All Hearthstone players will be able to try out the new game mode beginning November 12, with the official launch of the Duels Beta and the beginning of Season 1 of Duels currently slated for November 17.
Hearthstone Progression System Update
Hearthstone will undergo its biggest ever systems update on November 12 with its fully overhauled progression system. The new system aims to deliver regular, exciting reward to players, be they initial dabblers, periodic deck-builders, or committed card-slingers. Here’s a rundown of what’s changing:
The new Achievements system tracks players’ statistics and in-game accomplishments. New achievements will be added with every expansion, as well as future game modes, and major updates.
The Reward Track allows players to earn in-game gold, card packs, cosmetics, and more—with bonus rewards for players who purchase a Tavern Pass. Every expansion will introduce a new Reward Track, and players progress through its 50 levels by accumulating experience points from Quests, achievements, and play.
The revamped Quest system adds robust and rewarding Weekly Quests to the regular rotation of Daily Quests and the special event-driven Legendary Quests that accompany expansions and content updates.
Players will be able to view their progress through all of these systems via the new profile page, which will track lifetime stats across a player’s account, including ranks, ratings, and wins.
Original Story Follows - Hearthstone fans today is the day when we finally learn what's coming next as part of the games third expansions of 2020.
Obviously it would have been great to have seen this news shared at BlizzCon 2020 - but alas, that wasn't to be.
Instead, the team at Blizzard will be unveiling the big news today [October 22] at 8:00 a.m. PT as part of a Fall Reveal stream taking place on both Twitch and YouTube.
To kick things off, Hearthstone Game Director Benjamin Lee will open the Fall Reveal stream with a quick overview for these "several major announcements".
From there, Game Designers Pat Nagle, John McIntyre, and John Yang will each speak to reveal some more in-depth info as to the changes that are coming to the game this fall.
So far any concrete news about these 'major announcements' has been hard to pin down, but we do know that the big twitch reveal will at least contain the following three elements:
- New Exapansion
- System Revamp
- New Game Mode
These details were confirmed last week by the official HearthStone Twitter account.
But again, anything beyond these rather generic pillars of information is still pretty vague to say the least.
All the more reason to tune in and watch then!
How to watch Hearthstone Fall Reveal Stream?
Easy! You can watch the Hearthstone Fall Reveal on both the official Hearthstone Twitch and YouTube channels.
Hearthstone streamer Brian Kibler will be hosting the event, and we'll be sure to drop the stream in just below close to the time so you don't even have to leave this page if you don't want.
Hearthstone Fall Reveal - what to expect?
Based on what we've seen so far, there's not much to go on, but it does seem to heavily imply that World of Warcraft's Darkmoon Faire will be involved.
The teaser for the reveal has that carnival faire atmosphere, even right down to the youtube title "Come One, Come All" and the description "Right this way! Step right up, folks! It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for!".
Beyond this, we also see the single eye of C'Thun, which means this expansion could be linked to the Old Gods, first introduced in Hearthstone's Whispers of the Old Gods expansion set.
As for the "System Revamp" it was leaked earlier this year that Blizzard was working on a 'Hearthstone Battle Pass' so it's likely a finished reveal of that new system.
Only time will tell though.
Scholomance Academy Twitch Drops
Here's something neat, you can actually earn Hearthstone rewards, simply for watching the big reveal.
On October 22, fans need only watch 15 minutes of the Hearthstone Fall Reveal on Twitch.tv/PlayHearthstone between 7:30 a.m. PT - 9:00 a.m. PT to get 1 Scholomance Academy card pack.
If you watch for at least 30 minutes, you'll get another one too!
Before you can receive awards, you'll need to link your Twitch.tv and Battle.net accounts.
For those wondering how you do it, here's a quick step by step guide: