WHOOA! Golden Common! That’s what you’re going to hear a few times when you open up your Golden Classic Pack that is just under a million bits away.

The Hearthstone Global Games Cheering that was announced last month is nearing the final community progress goal and there’s still time to get in. If you’re interested in obtaining a Golden Classic Pack (on top of all the other rewards, more on that in a moment) you need to drop 2200 Bits and hope that we reach the goal. The other big reason to get in on the cheering is an exclusive card back rewarded at 2500 Bits. Lets talk about the rewards.

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The Global Games concludes at BlizzCon btw! Time is running out to get in on this deal.


Community Rewards

Unlike when we first covered this last month, we now know all of the reward unlocks and their bit tiers.

Reward Unlocked at Total Requires
2 Boomsday Packs 8,000,000 Bits 700 Bits
2 Witchwood Packs 18,000,000 Bits 1300 Bits
4 Classic Packs 25,000,000 Bits 1900 Bits
1 Golden Classic Pack 28,000,000 Bits 2200 Bits

Personal Rewards

There are ten different tiers of personal rewards. Some things are for Hearthstone itself while others are for use on Twitch. The card back is the final personal reward and it will require 2500 bits to unlock.

Reward Unlocked at Total
Common Emote Pack (Twitch) 300 Bits
4 Classic Packs 600 Bits
Rare Emote Pack (Twitch) 800 Bits
4 Classic Packs 1000 Bits
2 Witchwood Packs 1200 Bits
Epic Emote Pack (Twitch) 1400 Bits
2 Boomsday Packs 1600 Bits
Legendary Emote Pack (Twitch) 1800 Bits
Get In Here’ Bundle (10 Packs) 2000 Bits
Special Card Back 2500 Bits

The Twitch Emote Packs (In order of Common -> Legendary)


The Takeway v2.0

This is a MUCH better deal that previously expected now that we see a Golden Classic Pack awaits us. The absolute lowest amount of dust this pack can be worth is 300 dust (4 commons, 1 rare) which is, on average, opening up 3 Hearthstone packs (100 dust / pack).

So for the $34 USD it will cost for enough bits to get the card back, you are now receiving the following items:

  • 1 Exclusive Card Back
  • 1 Golden Classic Pack (assuming we hit the goal!)
  • 14 Classic Packs
  • 4 Boomsday Packs
  • 6 Witchwood Packs
  • 2 Kobolds Packs
  • 2 Frozen Throne Packs
  • 2 Un’Goro Packs
  • 4 Twitch Emote Bundles (20 Emotes in total)

This is a total of 30 card packs, 1 special all-golden classic card pack, and an exclusive card back assuming all you care about is the Hearthstone rewards. Your $34 would be spent on 1x 1500 Bits package and 2x 700 Bits package. If you’re okay with spending $40 though you can always pick up the 1500 bundle twice which gives you an extra 500 bits that could go towards your favourite streamer.

The cheapest way to get 30 card packs is to buy two 15 pack bundles for $20 USD each, so if we were only looking at this from a dust value (due to the nature of the “random” assortment of packs), you are getting, on average, 3300 arcane dust for $34, and a card back. This is pretty sweet and especially good value for newer players or players who have yet to invest much into the game.

Remember that cheering for a team gives the players on that team a portion of the bits cheered (equal to the cut Blizzard receives).
Who are you cheering for?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you ended up with a golden Mana Wyrm in that pack.

Not a whole lot! We do have a preview image of the theme though thanks to the Year of the Raven introduction from this past February.

  • Expansion 1 showcased the trees of the Witchwood (which most, including us, thought we were going to Duskwood)
  • Expansion 2 showcased The Netherstorm. No, Tempest Keep was not actually in store for us, it’s just the home of Dr. Boom’s Lab.

Expansion 3 is all over the place. We’ve got tribal-style markings that could be Troll themed (maybe even Orc?) and the middle contains what appears to be water, possible even a little bit of ice at the bottom left. The red rocks surrounding the “orb” in the center don’t make any immediate connections unlike the Ethereal Gateway from Ex2 and roots from Ex1.

If I really wanted to go crazy with a guess, it would be something Pandaria themed thanks to the very natural, tranquil vibe the overall panel gives me. Come on Lorewalker Cho, let’s go to your homeland and, hopefully, not make an absolute mess of it.

What do you think Expansion 3 will be?

Hallow’s End returns for a second year in Hearthstone, but it’s not quite the same celebration it was before. What’s new? Our Live Content team has a special peek behind the scenes just for you!

The Headless Horseman Rides… Again!

Hallow’s End returns for an encore in Hearthstone this year, and we’re pleased to report that the Horseman has got a few more tricks (treats, really!) up his sleeve! Making a return are a few crowd favorites, like The Headless Horseman Rides brawl, themed costumes and emotes, and Dual-Class Arena—all of which we’re really excited for. In addition, there’s a brand-new brawl and an exciting reward coming with this holiday event!

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But first, let’s get into the spirit of the season. Why is the team so excited about Hallow’s End anyway?

One Dark, Spooky Night. . . .

One of our team members, Pat Nagle, used to run haunted houses with a friend back in high school. He did it every year, consistently, for over a decade, and each year it got bigger and scarier. Toward the end of his haunted house’s reign, there would be a line around the block for entry—they even had to stretch it across two days so everyone could get their share of scares.

That was probably what set the seed for his future inspiration, the Headless Horseman and the Hallow’s End event in Warcraft. Together with Warcraft’s Dave Maldonado, Pat conceptualized the encounter with the Horseman, the attack on the village, and more. “Dave’s decision to make the Headless Horseman speak only in rhymes made him very memorable,” Pat told us. “I still remember those rhymes a decade later. And it was super fun making an event for new and veteran players.”

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We’re excited to have welcomed that spirit into Hearthstone! Hallow’s End isn’t just about the scares—the team loves the idea of dressing up and becoming someone else, just for one night. That desire to become a storied character is what inspired the new brawl, Monster Smash.

Monstrously Smashtacular

Earlier this year, we released The Witchwood, an expansion that shared a lot of the same spirit as Hallow’s End. It was rife with characters that really fit those classic Halloween tropes, and we really liked the idea of being able to dress up as them.

That’s what you get to do in Monster Smash. This brawl will let you take control of one of the Monster Hunt bosses from The Witchwood. But which of the bosses is the most powerful? At the end of the week, we’ll be able to see which boss from Monster Hunt won the most matches! If this Brawl is well received, we may look at doing one like this for Kobolds & Catacombs’ Dungeon Run in the future!

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Costume Fitting

We took most of the Monster Smash bosses directly from Monster Hunt, but a few of them needed little tweaks to make sure they could show up to Hallow’s End in style. We had a lot of fun during playtesting as we experienced the varying power levels of bosses. Azalina Soulthief was very strong, and a personal favorite of ours. The legendary Chupacabran, on the other hand, needed a little buff, so we gave him some extra juice.

Make sure to try the Monster Smash Brawl to see all of the Monster Hunt bosses in action!

Happy Hallow’s End!

Just like Pat’s long-running haunted house, we hope to keep giving you a new experience every time a seasonal event like Hallow’s End comes around. The tools at our disposal improve each year, allowing us to continue doing exciting stuff—like giving everyone a Golden Witch’s Cauldron upon login when this year’s spook-tacular celebration begins!

We hope you enjoy Hallow’s End—the eeriest of holidays in Azeroth! Let us know what you think of the event over social media or in the comments below.

For the curious, the Hallow! Hallow! Bundle will add 20 The Witchwood card packs and the new Paladin hero, Sir Annoy-O, to your collection.

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The patch that brings a balance update to The Boomsday Project meta is live! Nerfs are going to be to Giggling Inventor, Mana Wyrm, and Aviana. For a limited time, you will be able to get a full dust refund on these cards. Our recommendation is to dust all of them, and if they see play in the future you can always recraft them for no cost to you. However, if you miss out on dusting them, you might miss out on dust that you could have used on other cards.

We’ll be posting new decks on our Boomsday Meta Post Nerf Deck List Roundup!

To start off your Hallow’s End right check out this new tune from The Headless Horseman! You also get an appearance from the new Paladin hero, Sir Annoy-O. If you missed it, the Hallow’s End event has been released, you’ll get a golden Witch’s Cauldron for logging in, and dual class arena has returned! Read more about it here.

The Hallow’s End Event for 2018 is officially live! Make sure to login between now and October 31st to get yourself a free Golden Witch’s Cauldron. Not only that, there’s dual class arena to play and you get the first one free! There’s two unique tavern brawls on the way, and you can purchase the Hallow! Hallow! Bundle to get a new Paladin hero and 20 Witchwood packs.

Free Golden Witch’s Cauldron

Logging in during the even will get you a Free Golden Witch’s Cauldron! Throw it in a deck or two, it might even work well in a Token Druid list if that’s your fancy.

Dual Class Arena

Dual Class Arena is a unique way to play the limited mode. Pick a class and then pick a hero power from another class. You will then get to choose cards from both classes and make a very unique deck! This is one of the few times you’ll get to play a deck that mixes cards from both classes, so be sure to check this out!

Hallow! Hallow! Bundle

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the ability to annoy your opponent to death then now is the time! Sir Annoy-O is now available for a limited time, and along with him come 20 packs of the Witchwood. You can pick him and the packs up for $19.99 USD.

Tavern Brawls

There will be two Tavern Brawls celebrating the Hallow’s End Event! Monster Smash is the first one, and it allows you to take control of a monster from The Witchwood’s Monster Hunt!

The final one is the one you might be familiar with: The Headless Horseman Rides Again!

After this Brawl begins, you’ll get to Discover a costume with its own deck featuring cards from several classes and a passive Hero Power that you’ll need to make the most of if you want to succeed at sinking the sinister specter!

This week’s Tavern Brawl is MONSTER SMASH! You get to control one of the monsters from The Witchwood’s Monster Hunter single-player mission. Hit the brawl button and you will randomly be given one of the follow monsters to play as:

  • Azaline Soulthief
    • Unfinished Business (2 Mana): Summon three 1/1 Wisps.
  • Blood Witch Gretta
    • Blood Red Apple (Passive): Spells cost Health instead of Mana.
  • Brushwood Centurion
    • Survival of the Fittest (3 Mana): All minions attack random enemy minions.
  • Chupacabran
    • Bloodthirst (1 Mana): Give a friendly minion +1/+1 and Lifesteal.
  • Experiment 3c
    • Consume (1 Mana): Destroy a friendly minion, then draw 3 cards.
  • Shudderwock
    • Frumiousity (Passive): All Battlcries trigger twice.
  • Wharrgarbl
    • It’s Raining Fin (2 Mana): Draw 3 Murlocs from your deck.
  • Winslow Tobtock
    • Hypnotize (2 Mana): Each player shuffles their hand into their deck and draws that many cards.

Winning will grant you 1 Classic Pack for your Hearthstone collection!

Official Description for Tavern Brawl Monster Smash

It’ll catch on in a flash! Take control of one of the Witchwood’s powerful monsters and misfits! Let’s see who rules the Witchwood

In an update that is scheduled to arrive October 18 PDT, the following cards will be changed.

Giggling Inventor – Will cost 7 mana. (Up from 5)

Change: 6 mana -> 7 mana

Giggling Inventor is one of the most powerful and popular cards we’ve ever created. There’s virtually no downside to including it in a deck, and because it’s neutral, it’s played in almost every deck. We think it’s important to take risks when making powerful cards, especially when it comes to neutral taunts, given the role they can play in encouraging minion interactions and making games more interesting. However, Giggling Inventor has stepped beyond its intended role, and we don’t feel that it should be as effective as it currently is.

We initially tested this card at (6) mana in both the current Standard format as well as with cards that will be released in the future. Ultimately, we felt that its power level was still higher than is appropriate for a Neutral card with no build-around requirements. At (7) mana, we expect Giggling Inventor will find its way into fewer decks in general—and be much less effective in Quest Rogue—while it might remain situationally playable within specific deck archetypes, such as Evolve Shaman.

Mana Wyrm – Will cost 2 mana. (Up from 1)

Change: 1 mana -> 2 mana

Over time, we’ve been moving away from powerful, early-game 1-drops like Mana Wyrm. It can often feel like the outcome of a game is decided by whether Mana Wyrm was played on turn one, and if it could be removed quickly by an opponent. Mana Wyrm has also steered us away from making powerful low-cost Mage spells. We’d like Mana Wyrm to remain an option for decks it synergizes with, while preventing it from being a huge turn one threat.

At (2) mana, it will be easier to deal with Mana Wyrm the turn it’s played, and it will be harder to buff it with cheap spells early in the match. We still expect it to remain an option in decks that have a heavy focus on cheap spells, but it should be a less appealing option in decks that aren’t built with that focus in mind.

Aviana – Will cost 10 mana. (Up from 9)

Change: 9 mana -> 10 mana

Changing Aviana to (10) mana means it will no longer be possible to play Aviana and Kun the Forgotten King on the same turn without some additional help from cards like Innervate or The Coin. It also means Juicy Psychmelon will no longer draw both Aviana and Kun. This should make the combos Aviana and Kun produce less consistent, while still allowing decks that use the combos to exist for the players that enjoy playing them.

The Tavern in bustling in excitement for BlizzCon 2018! Come inside, pull up a chair, and get ready to open up some packs—we’ve got some special Hearthstone gifts for all BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders, available in-game today.

Get the Virtual Ticket

Kick off the celebration with a special new BlizzCon 2018 card back. Then fill out your Hearthstone collection with a bundle of card packs, containing two packs from the Classic, The Witchwood, Kobolds & Catacombs, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Journey to Un’Goro sets—a total of 10 card packs in all!

There’s a whole cache of loot waiting for you in other Blizzard games as well:

Overwatch – Demon Hunter Sombra Legendary Skin

Heroes of the Storm – Nexus Razorgrin Mount and Spray, BlizzCon 2018 Banner and Portrait

World of Warcraft – Mantle of the Horde and Alliance, Stormwind and Orgrimmar Champion’s War Banners; plus, play the BlizzCon WoW Classic Demo at home this November.

We’ll have more exciting in-game rewards to tell you about for other Blizzard games in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

If you are attending or have a virtual ticket for BlizzCon then you have early access to some awesome new items for Hearthstone! Some of the standout items for me are the Art of Hearthstone Book, Adventure Backpack, Snapback hat, and the Global Games 2018 Hoodie. What items are you looking to purchase?

Check out all of the available items at the BlizzCon Gear Store. Prices listed below are in USD.

  • Art of Hearthstone Book: $45
  • Art of Hearthstone Limited Edition Book: $100
  • Hearthstone Adventure Backpack: $60
  • Hearthstone Ava and Sarge Poster: $14
  • Hearthstone Malto Shirt – Men’s: $25
  • Hearthstone Malto Shirt – Women’s: $25
  • Hearthstone Snapback Hat by New Era: $35
  • Hearthstone Global Games 2018 Hoodie: $60
  • Hearthstone Global Games 2018 Insulated Water Bottle: $25
  • Hearthstone Global Games 2018 Shirt: $25
  • Hearthstone Global Games 2018 Snapback Hat: $35

Hearthstone BlizzCon Merchandise

This week’s Tavern Brawl is Boss Battle Royale 2! Choose a class and you will get to play as one of the Adventure Bosses listed below. All decks are pre-built, some of the classes have the same adventure boss as the original Boss Battle Royale but Priest & Warlock are different!

LIST OF BOSSES FOR EACH CLASS

Each class has an Adventure Boss that corresponds with the class.

  • NEW: Druid: King Togwaggle – Hero Power (3): Find a Treasure!
  • Hunter: Skelesaurus Hex – Hero Power (0): Give each player a random card. It costs (0).
  • Mage: Curator – Hero Power (Passive): Your hero has Taunt.
  • Paladin: White King – Hero Power (2): Discover a chess piece.
  • Priest: Professor Putricide – Hero Power (Passive): All Secrets cost (0).
  • Rogue: Grobbulus – Hero Power (2): Deal 1 damage to all minions. If any die, summon a slime.
  • Shaman: Lady Naz’Jar – Hero Power (End of Your Turn): At the end of your turn, replace all minions with new ones that cost (1) more.
  • NERFED: Warlock: Sindragosa – Hero Power (2): Deal 2 damage.
  • Warrior: Coren Direbrew (Grim Guzzler) – Hero Power (0): Put a minion from each deck into the battlefield.

Official Description for Boss Battle Royale 2

The bosses are back and they brought some new friends! Find out whos’s the new champion – choose a class and we’ll give you a corresponding dungeon boss to play!

For all you current and aspiring Hearthstone Twitch streamers there’s an event coming up that’s just for you! Starting on October 17th, you can start a new Hearthstone account, and race from 0 gold all the way to 5,000! The first person to do this will win a grand prize of $15,000! 2nd place will get $7,000 and 3rd place will receive $3,000!

You don’t have to be a current streamer, you can start a Twitch account anytime and sign up! Also, be sure to link your Twitch profile to a smash.gg account.

Official Post

With the return of Hallow’s End and Dual Class Arena, Twitch is excited to present the Hearthstone Gold Rush Challenge, beginning on October 17th! The Challenge invites all Twitch streamers to participate in a race to obtain 5,000 Gold on a new account during Hallow’s End and compete for your share of a $25,000 prize pool.


Here’s how it works:

  • When the Hallow’s End event begins on October 17th, create a new Hearthstone account to begin the race at 0 Gold.
  • Clear the tutorial, get your classes to level 10, and begin your Gold Rush with games in Play mode and Arena—games with friends and within Tavern Brawl will be ineligible.
  • Stream all gameplay related to completing the Challenge on the Twitch profile linked to your smash.gg account. Make sure you begin your run on smash.gg before streaming and report your progress after each run.
  • The first person to reach 5,000 Gold will win the grand prize of $15,000, with $7,000 and $3,000 being granted to the 2nd and 3rd players to complete the Challenge.

If the Challenge is not completed by any players during the tournament, players will be ranked, highest to lowest, based on the amount of Gold obtained during Hallow’s End.

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