The dreaded Old Gods return in the latest expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s hit digital card game, which introduces 135 new cards corrupted by their ancient power

Hearthstone Duels, the new free-to-play competitive game mode that tests players’ deckbuilding mastery, commences its first official season

Azeroth’s famed traveling carnival has come to town with Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, the latest expansion for Blizzard’s smash-hit free-to-play digital card game. Anyone looking to experience the dazzling wonders and attractions should take heed—the fairgrounds hum with the ancient evil of the Old Gods, who are eager to tempt players with 135 all-new cards corrupted by their terrifying power.

The Old Gods, who first came to Hearthstone in 2016’s fan-favorite expansion Whispers of the Old Gods, return in Madness at the Darkmoon Faire as new Legendary minions that evoke their match-swinging powers of days long past. In addition to the dreaded C’Thun, N’ZothY’Shaarj, and Yogg-Saron in minion form, players can also harness Old Gods Artifacts—powerful new spells that recall the original abilities of these ancient horrors from Whispers of the Old Gods. Players seeking a further edge can add cards with the new Corrupt keyword to their decks, which upgrade into substantially more powerful forms in-hand when a higher cost card is played.

“The Old Gods spawned the creation of some truly astonishing decks the first time around, so we’re thrilled to welcome them back to Hearthstone with Madness at the Darkmoon Faire,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re also excited to begin the first season of Hearthstone Duels. It’s encouraging to see early-access players having a blast with it, and we’re looking forward to see it evolve and grow now that it’s available for everyone.”

Hearthstone Duels: Season One

Today marks the start of the inaugural season of Hearthstone Duels, an all-new and completely free competitive game mode that combines the thrill of the player-vs.- player Arena mode with the delightfully unpredictable and over-the-top deckbuilding experience from the game’s most beloved Solo Adventures. Duels challenges players to build starting decks from their own collections and improve them with additional cards and game-changing Treasures after each match.

Each season, the pool of available cards in Duels will be refreshed from Hearthstone‘s vast card-set catalog, and they’ll be accompanied by new Heroes, Hero Powers, and signature Treasures. The theme for this debut season is Wizard Duels, starring a cast of Heroes pulled from the scholars and luminaries of the Scholomance Academy expansion.

Players can also try their hands at Hearthstone Duels Heroic mode to earn rewards such as in-game gold, cards, card packs, and Arcane Dust. Heroic mode Duels runs can be accessed by paying 150 gold or purchasing a Tavern ticket for $1.99 USD. The better the player’s record at the end of the run, the greater the rewards.

Rewards Track and Tavern Pass

Hearthstone recently introduced the new Rewards Track, which allows players to earn in-game gold, cards and packs, cosmetics, and more. It includes a free track that is open to all players and a paid track that can be unlocked by purchasing the Tavern Pass for $19.99 USD. Purchasing the Tavern Pass at any point during the expansion will immediately grant the Golden Silas Darkmoon Legendary minion, an XP Boost that lasts for the duration of the expansion, and all paid track items up to the player’s current level. Progression along the Tavern Pass paid track will also unlock the following items: the Annhylde Alternate Warrior Hero and Card Back, three Jaina Hero Skins, three Thrall Hero Skins, and one of Hearthstone’s first-ever collectible Cosmetic Coins.

For more information on Madness at the Darkmoon Faire and Hearthstone Duels, visit:

 

For additional information:

Madness at the darkmoon Faire Now Live

Duels Season 1 has Begun

Developer Insights: Treasure Poos & Smart Loot Buckets in Duels

 

 

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