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PAX East 2015: Exclusive Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain Expansion Preview

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On Friday, March 6th, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled what’s new over the next few months in the world of Hearthstone during the Blizzard panel at Pax East 2015.  Eric Dodds, Game Director for Hearthstone, led the panel and covered topics ranging from new game platforms to new content.

Following up on the release of Hearthstone for the iPad and Android tablet last year, Dodds announced that the game is currently in Alpha for both iPhone and Android phones.  While Dodds stated that the development team has “run into some challenges on Phone, but nothing we can’t overcome”, he did announce that the phone versions should be released in the next few months.
 


The rest of the panel was spent talking about the big reveal – Blackrock Mountain, the new Hearthstone adventure.  

Here is the cinematic trailer:



Blackrock Mountain will be similar mechanically to the first adventure, Naxxramas, in that there will be multiple wings with new bosses to defeat, new class challenges, and new heroic bosses.  Where Blackrock Mountain will differ is in the feel of both the lore and gameplay, as there are two major villains to face – Ragnaros in Molten Core and Nefarian in Blackrock Spire.  The twist?  Players will get sucked into a conflict between these two because, as Dodds put it, “the only thing they hate more than the rest of the world, is each other”.

Blackrock Mountain will introduce 5 new wings, 17 new bosses, a new game board, and 31 new cards to Hearthstone.  Dodds did reveal that the first two wings will be:
  • Blackrock Depths with three boss encounters:
Coren Direbrew/Grim Guzzler, where minion cards will jump from each deck right into the fight
The Arena, where players will have to face multiple Legendaries to move on
Dark Iron Emperor, the wing’s final boss
  • Molten Core 
Blackrock Depths will be available at launch, with a new wing being released each week. Players will earn new cards from defeating each boss, completing class challenges, and will earn a new Legendary card for completing each wing.  

Some of the new cards can be found below:
 
 
 
 

From Dark Iron dwarves and fire elementals to dragons… lots and lots of dragons…, there will be a host of new minions joining the Hearthstone universe.  Dodds mentioned that this adventure will finally allow players to create Dragon-themed decks, allowing Onxyia and Alexstrasza to get more face time going forward!

There is also a new game board:

Dodds also revealed some new card backs that are going to be released:
 
  • The March Season card back
  • Heroic card back – earned from defeating every boss in Blackrock Mountain on Heroic mode
  • Pre-Order card back – earned by pre-ordering the adventure
Blackrock Mountain will be available for pre-order on March 19th/20th, depending on your region, with the adventure being released in April.

 
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