The long-awaited new game mode for Hearthstone has finally been revealed, and it's Hearthstone Duels! If you're familiar with the past Dungeon Run mode from the Kobolds & Catacombs expansion, you'll feel right at home with this PvP collection based mode. Here's how it works:
You'll be offered 4 of the 10 Hearthstone classes to build your run with. With that hero, you'll pick 1 of 3 hero powers. Then you'll use the cards in your collection to build a 16-card deck. You'll be limited to a pool of past and current Hearthstone sets similar to how Arena works. Finally you'll pick a powerful Treasure to also influence your deck (think like in Tombs of Terror). With each win, you'll gain access to additional cards to draft into your deck or new Treasures.
At launch, the mode will allow you to play with cards from the following sets:
Curse of Naxxramas
One Night in Karazhan
Classic & Basic
There will be 2 ways to play Hearthstone Duels: Casual or Heroic. Casual will be free to play but offers no rewards. Heroic will cost 150 gold or $1.99 USD and will offer rewards like Arena with 12 wins or 3 losses ending your run.
Early Access for Hearthstone Duels begins TODAY! You must preorder the new Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion in order to gain access. The game mode will unlock for all players beginning November 12th with the official launch of Duels Beta and the beginning of Season 1 of Duels starting November 17th.
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Hearthstone's next expansion of the year features the return of the Old Gods! And this time, they're taking over Azeroth's premiere carnival attraction. The Darkmoon Faire is a widely loved locale, and it's getting the creepiest of treatments this go-round.
C'Thun, Yogg-Saron, Y'Shaarj, and N'Zoth are all back in loving tributes to their original forms.
The new keyword for this expansion is Corrupt. These cards upgrade in your hand after you play a card with a higher mana cost. Check out some of the examples shown so far.
All players are receiving Silas Darkmoon, the purveyor of the Darkmoon Faire, in today's patch for free!
The gold progression and achievement system in Hearthstone has been in need of a tune-up. And the team at Blizzard is massively overhauling it to keep players engaged and rewarded for playing.
Each expansion will now come with a 50-level progression system. You'll be able to earn 10 all-new hero skins, tavern tickets to play Arena or Duels, Epic and Legendary cards, and more.
Along with those expansion-specific reward tracks, there will be specific rewards for achieving specific things in-game, such as defeating your opponent with C'Thun, putting 30 hats on a single minion with Dancing Daryl in Battlegrounds, and more.