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Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Blizzard
Developer: Blizzard
Release Date: 2014

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'Hearthstone' Battlegrounds Season 4 Kicks Off Next Week, Adds New Hero, Music Tour Cosmetics And More

by Rainier on May 2, 2023 @ 2:58 p.m. PDT

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 Season 4 is coming soon, with Patch 26.2. Starting on May 9, Buddies are taking a break and E.T.C.’s World Tour is coming to Battlegrounds, with a new hero and a stadium full of new minions!

New Hero – Rockmaster Voone

Voone is the frontliner to the show, and he’s ready to rock! Every third turn, his passive Hero Power gives you a plain copy of the left-most card in your hand. Time the beat to get your best card in perfect harmony!

New Upbeat Minions

Voone’s not the only upbeat artist hitting the stage. “Upbeat” minions are minions that have special effects that trigger every few turns that they’re in play. The longer you have them in play, the more times their effects trigger. These minions really put the “band” in your “warband”!

Keyword Updates – Poisonous, Venomous, and Windfury

We’re updating some keywords in Battlegrounds Season 4. Poisonous is being removed from Bob’s Tavern to be replaced with a new Battlegrounds keyword: Venomous! During each round of combat, the first minion that is damaged by a Venomous minion is instantly destroyed. You can think of Venomous like Poisonous, but it only triggers once (like Reborn and Divine Shield). We’re excited to see how this swap from Poisonous to Venomous will change up the Tavern.

Additionally, we’re removing Mega-Windfury from Battlegrounds. From now on, when a Windfury minion is tripled, it will still have normal Windfury. Windfury was the only Keyword that resulted in a “double-buff" when the minion is tripled, so we think taking that interaction out will make the game more consistent and open up space for us to explore in the future.

Massive Minion Type Remix

In Season 4, we’re remixing and revamping our entire Battlegrounds minion pool. 59 minions are being removed from the minion pool! In their place, we’re introducing 58 new minions and bringing back 3 returning minions! We’re also updating several of the minions that are sticking around. You can see what all the minion types will be up to, below.

Battlegrounds Track Refresh

On May 9, Battlegrounds Season 3 will end and Season 4 will begin. At that point, players will switch over and begin earning rewards on the new Season 4 Battlegrounds Track. Any rewards that were already earned from the Season 3 Battlegrounds Track, but not yet claimed, will be automatically claimed on your behalf.

The Season 4 Battlegrounds Track includes rocking new E.T.C.-themed and musical cosmetics. Pick up the Season Pass to instantly get +2 Hero options at the start of each game. Then, unlock all stages of the new E.T.C.’s World Tour Legendary Strike as you progress along the Track, earn up to 15 additional Hero Skins throughout the Season, and more!

LevelXP To LevelCumulative XPFree RewardWith Season Pass
100 2 Hero Slots
22020 E.T.C.'S Main Stage (Rare Board)
32040Applauding E.T.C (Rare Emote) 
42060 World Tour (Rare Strike)
53090 Punk-Pop Vol'jin (Rare Hero Skin)
630120 Happy Blingtron (Rare Emote)
730150Tavernwave Tavish (Rare Hero Skin) 
830180 Mister Mukla (Legendary Hero Skin)
940220 Merch Manager Silas (Rare Hero Skin)
1040260 Kragg Love (Rare Emote)
1140300Mixmaster N'zoth (Epic Hero Skin) 
1250350 E.T.C., King of Rock (Legendary Hero Skin)
1350400 Vanndar Stormpipes (Rare Hero Skin)
1450450 MC Scabbs, No (Rare Emote)
1550500Doom Symphony (Rare Strike) 
1660560 Glitch_CoilST0RM.ini // Glitchvibe Ini (Rare Hero Skin)
1760620 Whistling Mukla (Rare Emote)
1860680 The Pyramp 3000 // Pyramplifier (Epic Hero Skin)
1960740Radnar Horns (Rare Emote) 
2060800 Paparazzo Gro'kan (Rare Bartender)
2160860 Enhance-o-musician (Rare Hero Skin)
2260920 DJ Manastorm (Rare Emote)
2360980Country Kragg (Epic Hero Skin) 
24601040 World Tour (Epic Strike)
25601100 Sad Rocker Rokara (Rare Emote)
26601160 Entrancing Ysera (Rare Hero Skin)
27601220Nevermind, A.F.Kay (Rare Emote) 
28601280 Sire Melodious (Legendary Hero Skin)
29601340 Bru'kan, Rock God (Epic Hero Skin)
30601400 Entrancing Ysera (Rare Emote)
31601460Doom Symphony (Epic Strike) 
32601520 Showstopper Alexstrasza (Rare Hero Skin)
33601580 One-Vashj Band (Epic Hero Skin)
34601640 One Vashj Band (Rare Emote)
35601700MC Scabbs (Rare Hero Skin) 
36601760 Study Kay (Legendary Hero Skin)
37601820 MC Scabbs, Yes (Rare Emote)
38601880 Rocker Rokara (Rare Hero Skin)
39601940DJ Manastorm (Legendary Hero Skin) 
40602000 World Tour (Legendary Strike)

Tour Dates to Watch Out For

With so many changes coming to Battlegrounds, we’re rolling out our minions in phases instead of all at once. We’ll start with an initial batch of six minion types, and then add the rest of the minion types over the next couple weeks. This will give you a chance to learn the minions type adjustments without being overwhelmed, and it’ll spread the fun! We also have a special preview event and some upcoming Dev Talks to chat about the changes as they come out. Here’s the lineup:

  • May 3: Dev Talk 1
  • May 4: Playtest Preview Event
  • May 8: 26.2 Patch Notes
  • May 9: Dev Talk 2; Patch 26.2 goes live with minion phase one (Beasts, Murlocs, Dragons, Elementals, Naga, and Undead)
  • May 11: Dev Talk 3; Pirates are added to the minion pool
  • May 15: Dev Talk 4; Demons are added to the minion pool
  • May 22: Dev Talk 5; Quilboar and Mechs are added to the minion pool
Battlegrounds Preview Event

On May 4 and May 5, players from around the world will be participating in preview stream events, playing with the new Battlegrounds Season 4 content. The players will be playing with just the six minion types (Undead, Beasts, Murlocs, Dragons, Elementals, and Naga) that will be available when Patch 26.2 goes live. Participating players will be streaming to their own channels and will have Season Pass giveaways for their viewers, so make sure you check it out! The participating players are:

NA Group (May 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (PT))

LATAM Group (May 4, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. (PT))

EMEA Group (May 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (PT))

APAC Group (May 5, 3 a.m. - 6 a.m. (PT) / 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. (KST))

Battlegrounds Twitch Drops

Celebrate the new Battlegrounds Season with special Battlegrounds Twitch drops! From May 9 at 10 a.m. PT to May 16 at 11:59 p.m. PT, you can watch any Hearthstone Twitch stream for 1 hour to earn the Brann Bronzegill Battlegrounds Hero Skin! Make sure you link your Twitch and accounts so that your viewing time counts towards drops.

Hearthstone is available for Android, iOS and PC.

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