It was mid summer 2014, I hadn’t played WoW (World of Warcraft) for at least a year. I redownloaded the Battle.net launcher in an effort to redownload WoW feeling like I needed to scratch the itch. After expansions it was over 15GB if I recall. Upon downloading the installer I see another game in the battle.net manager a game I had not played before. “Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft what IS this?” I said to myself. “Free download?” I was familiar with the name Hearthstone from WoW (It’s like a town portal), I knew plenty about WoW lore, and I love card games (Pokemon, Yugioh, MtG, MUT).
In the past 2 years I have racked up thousands of casual, ranked, and arena wins unlocked several new cards; some earned and unlocked through gameplay other purchased via in game micro-transactions for Booster Packs. It’s safe to say I have become quite good at hearthstone (although I have never reached Legend rank). It’s a game that I love to play, and have spent countless hours in so you’d be right to guess I am pretty stoked about the new Hearthstone announcement.
This past friday Blizzard revealed One Night in Karazhan a brand-new Hearthstone Adventure (their 4th) that takes players inside Karazhan, a magical tower owned by the sorcerer Medivh (Medivh was actually recently made available as an in game bonus hero though a donation to the WWF((World Wildlife Fund not World Wrestling Federation)) through iOS a promotion which has sadly ended). Medivh’s magical power is surpassed only by his love for rocking parties, and he has spared no expense to entertain his guests. Lavish banquets, delicious feasts, impeccable opera performances, and more await you inside the magical halls.
The party starts August 11th with the first wing (1/5th) of the new adventure being free to everyone. After that once a week for 4 weeks players will be able to purchase/unlock a previously purchased additional wing. Each wing has multiple bosses, with unique cards and encounters as well as new cards to earn and add to your collection. One Night in Karazhan will be available for purchase in game for $19.99 but may also be unlocked using 2800 in game gold (700 per wing). Users that purchase the Adventure will also receive a custom card back which I’m sure will look great on the 45 new adventure cards! Not all cards have been revealed but when they are I will post a detailed card review of the set.