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Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Blizzard
Developer: Blizzard
Release Date: 2014

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'Hearthstone' Battlegrounds Season 6 Kicks Off Next Week, Adds New Heroes, Spells, 32 New Minions And More

by Rainier on Nov. 29, 2023 @ 12:10 p.m. PST

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play strategy card game where players build card decks centered around one of nine iconic Warcraft character classes and duel each other for fun, glory, and the chance to win awesome new cards.

Deceptively simple in design but epically engaging, Hearthstone will be instantly accessible to players regardless of their familiarity with Warcraft or collectible card games. Whether players prefer to wield magic or arms in battle, strike from the shadows or head on—or have never given any of that much thought—they’ll be able to jump right in, create a deck, and get in on the card-slinging action.

In addition to honing their skills in practice matches against the computer and taking on their buddies via their friends list, players can challenge each other in two competitive game modes. “Play Mode” features traditional head-to-head battles, with players facing off for a chance to increase their medal ranking and earn card packs along the way. And for a different type of challenge, players can enter “The Forge,” where they start each match by building a deck from a new set of cards, and then use that deck to duel other Forge participants. Aside from winning new cards, players will be able to round out their collections by purchasing new card packs or disenchanting some of their existing cards to craft the ones they’re missing.

With hundreds of cards to choose from, featuring a wide range of colorful Warcraft spells, weapons, and characters, players will have limitless possibilities for developing and fine-tuning their deck-building strategies.

Battlegrounds is a game mode where eight players face off in 1v1 rounds, with the goal to be the last player standing. Each round consists of two phases. The Recruit Phase lets players purchase and sell minions, upgrade the tavern, use their hero power, and rearrange their minions' attack order. Combat Phase has minions automatically attacking the opponents' until one player (or both) has no minions remaining, at which point the victor attacks the loser.

Battlegrounds Season 6, Spellslinger’s Saloon, is almost here. The Spellslinger’s Saloon is brimming with magic and new Battlegrounds Spells! Belly up to the saloon for your first look at what’s on tap in Patch 28.2.

New Mechanic: Spells in the Tavern

Magic flows like water in the Spellslinger’s Saloon, where Spells can now be purchased directly from the Tavern! Spells have Tavern Tiers just like minions do, but, unlike minions, they also have variable costs! Spells have their own card frame while in the Tavern, displaying both the Cost and Tavern Tier.

42 new spells will be added in Patch 28.2, across all six Tavern Tiers! Each time you Refresh the Tavern, it will include a spell of your Tier or lower on top of your normal number of minion offerings for your Tier. Just like existing spells in Battlegrounds (like Blood Gems and Triple Rewards), spells can’t be tripled and are spent once you play them. Sling your spells wisely!

New Minions with New Synergies

The Spellslingers Saloon is bustling with 32 all new minions! Some of these thirsty patrons have special synergies with spells.

The Undead minion type also continues to explore the power of death—including destroying minions during the Recruit phase! Use these effects for immediate bursts of power and warband updates that last from turn to turn.

Days of Exciting Reveals

In addition to the 32 new minions, and 42 new spells, 3 new heroes will be entering the fray! We’re also bringing back 5 returning minions and removing 33 existing minions to make room for all these new recruits. Reveals start RIGHT NOW, culminating in a special preview event the day before the patch goes live!

  • LIVE NOW—PlayHearthstone reveals the 3 new heroes
  • November 30, 7:00 a.m. (PT)—Shady Bunny reveals Tier 1 and Tier 2 spells
  • November 30, 12:00 p.m. (PT)—Swaybae reveals Neutral minions
  • December 1, 1:00 a.m. (PT)—Portia reveals Undead minions
  • December 1, 12:00 p.m. (PT)—TcK_Battlegrounds reveals Dragon minions
  • December 2, 10:00 a.m. (PT)—Slysssa reveals a medley of minions
  • December 2, 12:00 p.m. (PT)—Jeef reveals Tier 3 and Tier 4 spells
  • December 3, 7:00 a.m. (PT)—CarryPotter reveals Naga and Quilboar minions
  • December 3, 12:00 p.m. (PT)—Kripp reveals Tier 5 and Tier 6 spells
  • December 4—Invitational Preview Event
  • December 4—28.2 Patch Notes
  • December 5—Patch 28.2 Goes Live

You can also follow PlayHearthstone for daily reveal recaps during the reveal period.

Battlegrounds Preview Event

On December 4, the day before the patch goes live, players from around the world will be participating in a special preview stream event, playing the new Battlegrounds Season 6 content. Participating players will be streaming to their own channels and will have Season Pass giveaways for their viewers, so make sure you check them out! The participating players will be:

NA (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PT))

EMEA (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PT))

LATAM (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PT))

KR (1:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. (PT))

JP (1:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. (PT))

Battlegrounds Track Refresh

On December 5, Battlegrounds Season 5 will end and Season 6 will begin! At that point, players will switch over to begin earning awards on the new Battlegrounds Season 6 Rewards Track. Any rewards that were already earned on the Season 5 Rewards Track, but not yet claimed, will be automatically claimed for you.

The Season 6 Battlegrounds Track includes a motherlode of western-themed cosmetics. Pick up the Season Pass to instantly dig up +2 Hero options at the start of each game. Then progress through the track to earn the Western Legendary Strike, 19 additional Hero Skins, a new Bartender, and more!

LevelXP To LevelCumulative XPFree RewardWith Season Pass
100 2 Hero Slots
22020 Oil Baron Putricide (Epic Hero Skin)
32040Noble Faelin (Rare Emote) 
42060 Cowboy Teron (Rare Hero Skin))
53090 Azerite Varden (Rare Hero Skin)
630120 Oil Baron Putricide (Epic Emote)
730150Long-shot Tavish (Rare Hero Skin) 
830180 Festive Frontier (Rare Strike)
940220 Gunglaive Kurtrus (Rare Hero Skin)
1040260 Kingpin Denathrius (Rare Emote)
1140300Deputy Vanndar (Rare Hero Skin) 
1250350 Dead Hand Patches (Legendary Hero Skin)
1350400 Brigand Drek'Thar (Rare Hero Skin)
1450450 Dead Hand Patches (Rare Emote)
1550500Sheriff Holmes (Rare Emote) 
1660560 Dune Dweller Zephrys (Epic Hero Skin)
1760620 Justice Jaina (Rare Emote)
1860680 Sheriff Holmes (Epic Hero Skin)
1960740Gunglaive Kurtrus (Rare Emote) 
2060800 Lone Ranger Reno (Epic Bartender)
2160860 Bulletstorm Al'Akir (Epic Hero Skin)
2260920 Cat Burglar Bigglesworth (Rare Emote)
2360980Bloodrock Burn (Epic Hero Skin) 
24601040 Festive Frontier (Epic Strike)
25601100 Bulletstorm Al'Akir (Epic Emote)
26601160 Quicksand Nozdormu (Epic Hero Skin)
27601220Lone Ranger Reno (Epic Emote) 
28601280 Stand-off Jandice (Legendary Hero Skin)
29601340 Oil Guzzler N'Zoth (Epic Hero Skin)
30601400 Stand-off Jandice (Epic Emote)
31601460Oil Guzzler N'Zoth (Rare Emote) 
32601520 Safecracker Togwaggle (Epic Hero Skin)
33601580 Jailbreak Rafaam (Epic Hero Skin)
34601640 Jailbreak Rafaam (Epic Emote)
35601700Bloodrock Burn (Epic Strike) 
36601760 Dart Huntress Sylvanas (Legendary Hero Skin)
37601820 Dart Huntress Sylvanas (Epic Emote)
38601880 Treason Tamsin (Epic Hero Skin)
39601940Cat Burglar Bigglesworth (Legendary Hero Skin) 
40602000 Festive Frontier (Legendary Strike)

Hearthstone is available for Android, iOS and PC.

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