How to Get Prince Arthas Paladin Hero Portrait

Prince Arthas Hero Portrait HearthstoneThere is another new hero portrait coming with the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne – Prince Arthas.

To unlock this portrait you need to defeat the Lich King once with each of the nine classes.

Then you will have access to Prince Arthas as a skin to replace your Paladin hero portrait in-game.

What Time Will Journey to Un’goro Be Released?

Blizzard always keeps the exact time of expansion releases a closely guarded secret.

They did reveal it was the 6th of April, and today is the 6th. So where and when can we expect the patch to drop?

Based on when previous expansions were released we can make a pretty good assumption of when we can expect to be busting open those new Journey to Un’Goro card packs.

What Time Will Journey to Un’Goro Released on NA Server?

The NA server typically gets expansions before the other regions. It sucks, but it’s true. And based on the amount of lag the first day of releases it’s no surprise they tier the releases across servers.

10am PST is the best estimate for the NA release time of Journey to Un’Goro. I’d be very surprised if it’s before then.

What Time Will Journey to Un’Goro Released on EU Server?

They released Whispers of the Old Gods at around 7pm GMT time on the day of release.

So I’d say that 7pm GMT is a good call for EU release. Although, there is a lot of speculation that this is going to push over into the following day.

When Will the Journey to Un’Goro Expansion Be Released?

As of right now all we know is that Journey to Un’Goro will be released in Early April.

There are 135 cards in this expansion and from March 17th we will start to be drop fed some of the cards to look at.

You can pre-order Journey to Un’Goro for $49.99 USD to get 50 packs and a unique card back.

I will add updates as they are released and we know more about this expansion.

How Does the New Quest Keyword Work?

With the new set of cards from the Journey to Un’Goro expansion there is a new keyword being released – Quest.

Keywords are the wording on cards that have an effect on the minion/spell being played. Like Inspire, Deathrattle, Battlecry, etc.

A card with an example of a Quest keyword is – Awaken the Makers.

Awaken the Makers HS Priest CardQuests cost 1 mana and start in your opening hand. When you play them you will see an icon where the secret icons appear above your character.

Your opponent can also see your quest, so it’s not a secret.

On this Priest quest for example you need to summon 7 deathrattle minions to get the reward, which is the card Amara, Warden of Hope.

 

Amara Warden of HopeAs you can see, the rewards look pretty powerful. So while it might take quite a few turns to pull off, it may be worth it.

 

How Does the New Adapt Mechanic Work?

With the new set of cards from the Journey to Un’Goro expansion there is a new mechanic being released – Adapt.

Adapt is a battlecry effect that gives you the choice of 10 different abilities to add to the minion you’ve played.

Take a look at this Druid minion for example – Verdant Longneck.

Verdant Longneck HS Druid CardIt’s a 5/4 for 5 mana which isn’t anything special.

But depending on the board state, or your overall game plan you can choose an adapt effect to give you an advantage.

 

 

 

There are 10 different adapt effects. At the time of writing this we know what 6 of them are, which are as follows:

Adapt mechanic options 1

Adapt mechanic options 2

All 10 Adapt Options (Updated)

Living Spores – Deathrattle: Summon two 1/1 Plants.

Massive –  Taunt.

Lightning Speed – Windfury.

Liquid Membrane – Can’t be targeted by spells or Hero Powers.

Flaming Claws – +3 Attack.

Crackling Shield – Divine Shield.

TBC – +1/+1 Stats.

TBC – +3 Health.

TBC – Stealth.

TBC – Destroy any minion damaged by this minion.

I think this kind of mechanic is exactly what Hearthstone needs. It gives you more options and decisions during a game to force the outcome.

Floors Are Coming to Hearthstone’s Ladder System

Another part of patch 7.1 is some additional ‘floors’ being added into the ladder system in ranked play.

Almost everyone reading this will have experienced skidding hard back down the ladder after putting in loads of hard work to climb a few ranks.

Skids down in rank happens due to an insane run of luck and bad RNG, testing a new deck, nerfs, but whatever the reason, it’s one of the most tilting and annoying parts of laddering.

‘Floors’ are ranks that once you pass you can no longer drop back down past these ranks. Currently, the only ‘floors’ are at rank 20, and the legend ranks.

After the next patch release floors will be added to the following ranks:

  • 5
  • 10
  • 15

So now, once you hit these ranks you can experiment, change decks, or do whatever you want without being able to drop back down past the highest floor you’ve reached.

I like this change. It’s only a small change, but I think it’s a change for the better.

Spirit Claws Nerf Card Balance Change

When the Shaman class got Spirit Claws as part of the One Night in Karazhan adventure it just added to their embarrassment of riches.

9 potential damage for 1-mana meant this card was an auto-include in all Shaman decks, and rolling a spell power totem has become an important part of play the class.

Well, Spirit Claws is finally going to get hit with the nerf hammer in patch 7.1 due for release around the end of Feb. It’s not a massive nerf, and my guess is that the card is still going to be played, however:

Spirit Claws mana cost is changing from 1 > 2.

 

Small-Time Buccaneer Nerf Card Balance Change

Small-Time Buccaneer has been marked for a nerf for a while. It’s played in way too many decks, it’s too strong for a 1-drop, it pulls patches, and is by far the best 1-drop for weapon classes.

So the upcoming nerf in patch 7.1 due around the end of Feb – Small-Time Buccaneer’s health is going to be reduced from 2 > 1.

I’m not sure this is enough of a hit that most people were hoping for. The damage from the card, the mana cost, the pirate synergy, and weapon synergy hasn’t changed.

We will have to see how it works out after the patch drops. Combined with the Spirit Claws nerf the Shaman class has taken a small hit, but long overdue.

Hearthstone Winter Prelims Schedule 2017 NA EU ASIA

The Hearthstone Championships for 2017 are kicking off in February with the Winter Championships.

The winners will be playing in Winter Championships in the Bahamas, which is pretty cool. Plus, there are $25k prize pools for the prelims, so lots to play for.

You can watch all the action on the official Hearthstone Twitch channel here.

Hearthstone Winter Prelims Schedule 2017 NA EU ASIA

Europe

Saturday, February 11 – Swiss Rounds – 2:00 a.m. PST
Sunday, February 12 – Top 8 Bracket – 3:00 a.m. PST

Americas

Saturday, February 18 – Swiss Rounds – 8:00 a.m. PST
Sunday, February 19 – Top 8 Bracket – 9:00 a.m. PST

Asia-Pacific

Friday, February 24 – Swiss Rounds – 6:00 p.m. PST
Saturday, February 25 – Top 8 Bracket – 6:00 p.m. PST

Lost Secrets of Un’Goro: New Hearthstone Expansion 2017

Some news has leaked today that the next Hearthstone expansion due for release within the next couple of months may be called: Lost Secrets of Un’Goro.

This is exciting for a few reasons. Everyone loves a bit of a spoiler, and the potential for a Dinosaur themed release is pretty cool.

The leak came from an artist – Lani Minella. She does voice snippets for Hearthstone cards and has listed some of the new cards and the expansion name on her resume.

Her complete resume is here, and the snippet showing the new card and expansion information is;

Lani Minella Lost Secrets of Un'Goro Cards

It will be a while before we know more no doubt. But theory crafting can start, and with Dinosaurs as a theme it opens up some interesting possibilities with Beasts in particular.

New Lost Secrets of Un’Goro Cards

Golakka Crawler

Pteradactyl

Anklesaur

Hydra

Brontosaurus