LOTI 287 : SA – Post Launch



What did you do this week?

Quests?  Ranked play?  Fun Guaranteed with friends?

Espo: 10 gold, Rank Gold 9 Played Libram Paladin (20-5)

Vastidious: 50 gold, Rank Platinum 8 (was P6)

Legendaries from the card opening:


Rattlegore from opening day

Star Student Stelina (DH)

Archwitch Willow


Infiltrator Lilian

Golden Speaker Gidra

High Abbess Alura

Mozaki, Master Duelist

Lorekeeper Polkelt

Ras Frostwhisper

Soulciologist Malicia

Free- Ace Hunter Kreen

Bundle – Golden Keymaster Alabaster


  • Hearthstone Developer AMA – (source)
    • Biggest post from this AMA – Ben Lee (Game Director) 
      • Q: “Are you planning anything that has to do with the undead from the World of Warcraft?”
      • A: “My son. The day you were born, the very forests of Lordaeron whispered the name, Arthas. My child. I watched you with pride, as you grew into a weapon. Of righteousness. Remember, our line has always ruled with wisdom and strength. And I know that you will show restraint when exercising your great power. But the truest victory, my son, is stirring the hearts of your people. I tell you this, for when my days have come to an end, you shall be king.” -Ben
    • Ben Lee (Game Director) – Battle Pass and a Progression system (source)
      • This year they took big steps towards making the game more affordable and will continue to try to improve that.
      • Reward and Progression system is something major they are working on now.
      • One goal for the new system would be to allow you to play your way, not tied to only Standard or Wild in order to obtain a majority of the games’ economic rewards.
      • Another goal is to ‘repack’ and not reduce, the current rewards to make it easier to understand and track.
      • More cosmetic rewards during each expansion cycle
      • More details to come with the next expansion’s reveal phase.
    • Basic/Classic Set
      • New modern Basic and Classic set is something the team has been working on and we will see the results within next year’s first expansion.
      • There will be no new replacements for the 5 neutral cards from the Classic set that rotated to Wild earlier this year, due to that.
    • Battlegrounds
      • The Tide Razor and Nat Pagle, Extreme Angler are in the process of being redesigned.
      • Balance changes are coming soon
      • Battlegrounds should get their rankings reset soon.  Seasonal resets and more to come.
      • Murlocs will be nerfed and Beasts will get a boost, with more details coming soon.
    • Nerfs/Buffs
      • With the next card rotation to Wild, we will see quite a few nerf reverts from Rise of Shadows, Tombs of Terror, or Descent of Dragons.  Also they want to revert nerfs for some cards that are already in Wild.
      • They are closely watching how decks are shaping up and how they feel to play against. 
    • Expansions/Events
      • There won’t be a year-long narrative in the foreseeable future.
      • Events like Domb in the Tomb are not planned, but something they might do in the future.  Next time might make it shorter.
      • Evolve and N’Zoth, the Corruptor are 2 cards they would like to bring back in some way in the future.
      • Secrets in Paladin are really hard to design as a (1) cost card. Celestalon said that one of his favorite cards currently planned for the next expansion happens to be a Paladin Secret.
    • Scholomance Academy
      • If Dual-Class cards were to become a staple in Hearthstone, there would likely be less of them in an expansion.  But no plans currently for more.
    • Features
      • Upgrading card to their golden versions is something they want to do in the future, but they are currently focused on doing “big things” right now.
      • They have a list of smaller features that they are gradually adding into the game. The upcoming feature will be the ability to flip through pages in the Collection Manager using the scroll wheel.
    • Performance
      • The performance of the client is something they are watching closely. They recently spun up a new engineering sub-team specifically dedicated to improving Hearthstone’s performance.
    • Misc
      • A new type of vanity card that can look different in both the Collection, hand and on the board.
      • There will be a large amount of new Hero Skins in the future, maybe even surpassing players’ expectations.  Some will be free as part of the progression system and some will be available through a purchase.
      • New entrance animations are something we will see in the future.

Espo Mode 

Who’s the Boss Now?


Dungeon bosses want to help you play! Build your own deck but get a random boss power. Each time you use it, get a new one!


A Classic Card Pack for winning the Brawl once.

Getting Better

Hints and Tips/Top 5


Reviews and Emails

iTunes Reviews:



Facebook Shoutout:

Legendary Patron Shoutout: 


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