A lot has happened over the past month with Hearthstone‘s patch 17.4. The Felfire Festival, as they called it. It was mainly a promotion for returning and new players alike. There were lots of free stuff handed out to newbies to get them to stick to Blizzard’s collectible card game. One major aspect of the change went into Battlegrounds, the game’s auto-battler game mode, where a band of Pirates were introduced to cause chaos in an already chaotic tavern. So at the start of each game, only 5 of the 6 minion types (Beasts, Demons, Dragons, Mechs, Murlocs adding Pirates to the roster) will be available. To balance the game out, Heroes with synergies around specific types will not be shuffled until a corresponding minion type is available.
The Felfire Festival sure was fun for a returning player like me, I can only imagine if a new player jumps in and go straight to where the action is. There were tons of changes that happened with the patch that everyone was sort of on a level playing field with the new metas introduced in the game. There were also tons of freebies that were given to returning and new players. And if the freebies weren’t enough, last June 17, we saw the release of 5 free chapters of the Trial by Felfire solo adventure where we get to follow Aranna Starseeker teaming up with Illidan.
I won’t post the spoilers here, so go play the free campaign and tell us what you think! If you finish the quest, you’ll get the Rusted Legion card back.
There was also the Trial by Felfire Challenges where you can test your deck-building abilities and get a chance to win the golden Kael’Thas Sunstrider by defeating the Outland’s raid bosses.
Last week, we saw the return of the Burndown Tavern Brawl where players get to battle it out by using a random deck where the loser gets to hand over his cards until one deck will emerge. And for the finale, the Rumbledome Tavern Brawl will see whose fire burns out last.
If you plan on returning or plan to start Hearthstone, this is the perfect time to do it. If you fancy auto-battlers, this patch made the Battlegrounds very fun to play, plus the fact that you can install Hearthstone on your iPad, iPhone, even your Android phone, you can take the game with you anywhere you want. There are a lot to keep you busy from card collecting to deck building, to random battles with random people. Hearthstone will surely keep you entertained for long periods of downtime.