I was playing Hearthstone last night when around 3:00am New York Time I got the message onscreen: “Congratulations (2-star Gold) Medal earned last week.” When I won my next game, I was greeted with a Copper Medal. This didn’t bode well, and I double checked the Ranked Mode UI. Indeed, I had been ranked with a Copper medal. The server reset the Ranked Mode Medal.
At first I thought this was a bug and reported it so. After discussing the matter with Narull (Australia/New Zealand Diablo III MVP) it was obvious that the Congratulations message stating “earned last week” means the reset was intended. Blizzard Entertainment is planning as of the current Hearthstone beta build 3890 to reset the Ranked Mode Medal on a weekly basis.
Of course, this is beta. Things can change overnight as Blizzard continues to test and iterate beta and listens to fan feedback.
What does it mean for players to reset Ranked Mode Medals on a weekly basis? At the moment that is unknown. Blizzard did not mention this reset in the patch notes nor on the official forums or via Twitter. A response will likely be revealed in the next few hours. Stay tuned for an update to this post.
The first thing to come to mind is that Blizzard might be planning some juicy Hearthstone rewards if the reset is weekly. Those medals have a very short lifespan and resetting weekly might burn out players’ interest unless the rewards are so awesome they keep coming week after week to reach the highest possible medal.
Rewards might be different rarity of cards, extra Arcane Dust to create new cards, or something beyond my imagination. Arena Mode works this same way, but requires 150 gold to enter.
There was a blue response from Community Manager Aratil at the official Hearthstone forums
The ranked ladder was reset yesterday. This was done in order to help us to test the ladder reset functionality as we continue to work on and develop how ladder systems will be implemented for Hearthstone. We appreciate your continued testing efforts through the Hearthstone closed beta to make this game the best it can possibly be for everyone on release!
Quality Assurance Rolkyr posted the forum thread: “Hearthstone Closed Beta Known Issues” on October 3rd.
I found curious the choice of words: “Mac retina resolutions are not yet supported.” The “not yet” part gives away there are plans to support .
Blizzard Entertainment has supported Mac users for over a decade, so it is no surprise they might be planning to support Retina users. However, MacBooks are not the only Apple product using the Retina display. The Apple iPad with Retina Display is a good example.
The Retina display on iPad makes everything look crisp and lifelike. Text is razor sharp. Colors are vibrant. Photos and videos are rich with detail. All thanks to its 3.1 million pixels — a million more pixels than an HDTV.
Blizzard plans to launch Hearthstone on iPad later in 2014. The internal iPad alpha testing apparently began a few days ago, as Rob Pardo implied via Twitter.
- Setting a custom deck name can cause issues when trying to edit the contents of the deck. Restarting the client will allow you to edit the deck again.
- The first custom deck you create on the account can cause the client to halt. This only occurs with a mage custom deck and a client restart is needed.
- Sometimes daily quests are not granted immediately.
- Sometimes minions will shift positions on the board.
- The AI can make incorrect choices.
- The End Turn button can appear at the incorrect angle.
- An already opened chat history window overlaps any pop ups for friendly challenges.
- The Credits do not roll properly when viewed from the lobby of Play Mode, Practice Mode or The Arena.
- Opening multiple packs in a row using ‘Spacebar’ can cause the client to become unresponsive. A client restart is needed to work around the issue. This is only a visual bug and the cards are added to your collection properly.
- Alt+tabbing while on a loading screen can cause graphical issues.
- Alt+tabbing on a Mac can cause the Dock to remain visible.
- The client can become unresponsive when quitting from the menu.
- The sound effects from pack opening can loop.
- Mac retina resolutions are not yet supported.
- Alt+tabbing can cause audio to be heard when the client is not in focus or to not be heard in-game.
- OSX specific keyboard commands do not function consistently with other Blizzard title.
- The Warcraft 2 music is incorrectly controlled with the SFX slider as opposed to the music slider.
- Returning a card to a player’s hand can cause the card to remain facedown on the board.
Before the patch that wiped characters I can only remember when hovering your mouse over a card in the “card history” tab — on the left side of the Hearthstone board, you only saw the card name, type and flavor description text.
Now the card history contains a bit more information such as what cards it destroyed, or what card or hero it healed.
This new feature actually makes me wonder if Blizzard is planning to introduce some sort of Replay feature as seen in StarCraft/StarCraft: Brood War, StarCraft II and Warcraft III. There isn’t really much time to play your cards, and check out the history and checkout what happened last round or several rounds before the current round.
Maybe some sort of lobby where one can only browse through the detailed history outside Play Mode, where the player can actually see the name of that hateful card that annihilated your gameplay, to later plan to craft that card. A way to learn from other players’ strategies outside of a Play Mode game.
The new “Card History” feature is useful and interesting, but will Hearthstone have a Replay feature? Does it need a Replay feature? Share your thoughts.
Disenchanting and Crafting in Hearthstone got a few UI changes in the latest beta patch build 3890. I can see people who buy many cards with real-money and those who play Arena-mode might benefit more than those who buy single packs with gold in terms of the amount and speed rate in which you obtain Arcane Dust to spend in crafting new cards.
You will see now a few screenshots of the Disenchanting and Crafting UI to give you an idea how it works. It’s very straightforward and intuitive. (More after the break)
Fear the Murlocalypse, brothers! I was so convinced I had this game. Every time he came up with units I would have a counter and at the end of my turn he didn’t have any units. I had a few, and more coming.
I grew overconfident, and let him slip a couple of murlocs, while I used all of my units to hit his hero. Out of the blue things got really, really ugly for me when his Murloc Tidecaller began to grow in health and damage as he summoned murloc after murloc. Then the cherry on top for his Murlocalypse sundae … Old Murk-eye.
If you see a single murloc out — my suggestion is to squash it right away. Otherwise you will get ambushed by a legion of murlocs with their battlecry in unison: “RwlRwlRwlRwl” which will leave you screaming in agony: “Nooooo!!!! I want my mommy =(”
All United States and Europe players with a Battle.net account who enabled the Hearthstone Opt-in option have a good chance to be among those Blizzard Entertainment just invited to test Hearthstone Beta. Check out your email in the next 24-48 hours and double-check if you got one.
Yong Woo tweeted both US and EU Opt-in players were invited to test Hearthstone, and more waves of invites are coming in the near future. Additionally, there was a record of concurrency of players flooding the servers.
Yong Woo clarified that by US (United States servers) — he means players from South East Asia (SEA), Oceania: Australia/New Zealand (ANZ), North America, Latin America were invited yesterday, and many more will be invited more often in waves. This is the largest batches of invites ever going in Hearthstone.
I know you are very excited, but always precaution first and foremost. Beware of scams. Do not click on links blindly before checking the URL destination carefully.
Don’t forget to visit your Battle.net account page in case the Hearthstone beta has been enabled on your game list. Good luck everyone! See you at an Inn near you, matey!
Rob Pardo tweeted he is testing Hearthstone beta on his iPad. The way he phrases it, it seems the iPad team just gave the green light to begin internal testing of the iPad version:
Rob Pardo: “Feels like an early Xmas – I get to start “testing” in the Hearthstone beta from my iPad”
The question is: Will players have the chance to beta test the iPad version in an upcoming Patch? Would you love to?
And no longer has stealth.
The patch notes for the upcoming Hearthstone patch have been released and they’re lengthy. Lots of balance changes (the ringleader has less health now) and piles of bug fixes. Secret and fatigue animations have been sped up and there’s some clarity as to why you get a coin when going second.
The full notes are available here.
Today is the day for our Hearthstone Closed Beta patch! This patch also includes the account wipe, so when the servers are available for play once more, you’ll be starting again as if you were a new player. For more information on the wipe itself, please revisit our Account Wipe Incoming blog post, found here. Now, onto the patch notes!
- The maximum level is now 60, and you can earn XP in any game mode up to max level.
- Chat has been rejiggered.
- Gold gained in Play mode has changed from 5 gold per 5 wins to 10 gold per 3 wins.
- You can now acquire Golden Basic minions at higher experience levels.
- Arena rewards now give less dust and more cards.
- More gold is guaranteed at 5 & 6 Arena wins.
- At 9 Arena wins, you are now guaranteed an extra pack or a Golden card.
- The animations for Secrets and Fatigue have been sped up dramatically.
- All cards now have flavor text when you view them in your collection.
- “Spell Power +1” has been renamed “Spell Damage +1”.
- Heroes can be unlocked in any mode (Play/Arena/Practice)
- Play, Practice and Friendly Play modes will now default to the custom deck selection UI if you’ve previously created a deck
- You can now click on chat bubbles to respond
- Social – When your friends complete an Arena run or get a Legendary card in a pack, you’ll be notified so you can tell them, “Grats!”
- Quests that required you to win with a class now give you a choice between 2 classes.
A lengthy preview of the upcoming Hearthstone patch hit today. While it doesn’t contain the patch notes themselves (those will come when the patch hits), it does describe some of the incoming changes for the game and provide some hope for those of us sick if being pummeled by Valeera.
My favorite announcement is a simple one:
After the patch, daily quests that require you to win with a specific class will now give you a choice between two classes, allowing you some additional flexibility.
Thank you. Thank you so much. There are some hero balancing acts coming as well which should make Anduin more fun to play but the variety is greatly appreciated. He’s not a bad hero, I just like Thrall so much more.
Some golden cards are getting new animations, there’s means to craft specific golden cards, and the wins for the Arena are being retooled to be more valuable. Nine wins now guarantees another card pack or a golden card.
The trickle rate for gold income is also getting a desperately needed buff. Rather than 5 wins for 5 gold, it’s 3 wins for 10 gold. It now takes 30 wins for a card pack, not 100.
I’m waiting eagerly for the patch. The full preview is available here, with a link for beta opt-ins at the bottom.