Hearthstone players waiting to get their hands on the massive set of cards coming with The Grand Tournament expansion will get their first taste this Wednesday. Blizzard announced today that The Tavern Brawl will have the opportunity to preview many of the new cards and mechanics this week.
“Wednesday’s Grand Tournament Match features a thrilling Brawl between two potent forces,” Blizzard announced for the competitive card collecting game on Battle.net. “One, led by that mysterious master of magic, Medivh, will be packed with minions eager to heed your call to battle and power up with Inspire. Standing against them will be the mistress of the hunt, Alleria, along with a full cadre of master jousters who are poised to grow mighty with each contest won.”
— Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) August 17, 2015
As previously covered for the Inquisitr, the Inspire mechanic activates a card modifier whenever a player uses the hero ability. The effect depends on the card, but the cards released so far reveal summoning a minion, buffing a minion, adding a spell to a player’s hand, and reducing the mana cost to play a minion.
Of course, there are many more cards than just those with the new Inspire ability. Blizzard has revealed 132 cards in all that can be viewed from a Hearthstone Facebook album. You can see cards such as the Mysterious Challenger, which puts one of each Secret from your deck into the battlefield. There’s also the Master Jouster who gains Taunt and Divine Shield if a chosen minion in your deck has a higher cost than the one chosen from your opponent’s deck.
The Grand Tournament is set to change the current meta of Hearthstone greatly and the Tavern Brawl preview will be the first step in defining the new meta. It is sure to help juice sales of the Hearthstone expansion pre-order deal as well.
Blizzard is offering Hearthstone players the opportunity to purchase a bundle pack containing 50-card packs solely for the expansion at a price of $49.99 and comes with an exclusive card back. That’s 250 cards that should give players the chance to draw most of the new ones and have enough duplicates to dismantle into dust that can be used to purchase the rest.
Those that still wish to play Hearthstone for free by purchasing card packs with gold earned in-game still can. Additionally, the Arena rewards are being altered so that players can choose between receiving a Classic Pack, Goblins vs Gnomes Pack, or a Grand Tournament pack instead of receiving just the GvG pack.
No release date for Hearthstone: The Ground Tournament has been announced. However, the Tavern Brawl preview indicates that it should be out by next Thursday, August 27.
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