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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas – Loatheb

Curse of Naxxramas was the Hearthstone solo content expansion. I’m still working my way through it. When it was first released, players could unlock the different wings with either gold or real world currency. I chose gold.

The third boss in the Plague Quarter of Naxxramas is Loatheb. Before players can fight Loatheb, they have to beat the previous two bosses in the Plague Quarter: Noth the Plaguebringer and Heigan the Unclean.

It took me two tries to defeat Loatheb. The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on November 9, 2015.

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Hearthstone: Why I Took A Break

It has been a while since I’ve logged into Hearthstone. After having an extremely disappointing September in the game, I decided to step away from it for a bit. Things simply got too frustrating.

The September 2015 Season was the first one where I was completely unable to earn the card back. The first time I earned one was the Hallow’s End card back (from the October 2014 Season), and I’ve been able to hit Rank 20 every Season since then.   Needless to say, being stuck at Rank 21 in the September 2015 Season was a disappointment.

It didn’t seem to matter how hard I tried, how often I “tweaked” my decks, or even the time of day or night that I was playing. The game had changed, and the card backs were now out of reach. In this blog, I point out some of the reasons why I took a break from Hearthstone.

I knew, at the end of the September...

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Hearthstone: It’s Raining Mana! Tavern Brawl

The “It’s Raining Mana” Tavern Brawl took place in September of 2015. Little did I know at the time that I was about to take a hiatus from Hearthstone not long after this Tavern Brawl was over. The more matches I lose, the less fun Hearthstone becomes.

For this one, I was still happy because I was able to win one match and receive the free pack of Classic cards. The fun thing about this particular Tavern Brawl was that players got extra mana (starting on their second turn). The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on September 7. 2015.

I didn’t have hig...

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Hearthstone: Tournament Grounds Card Back

The Tournament Grounds card back was the card back for the seventeenth official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season. To earn this card back, players had to reach Rank 20 (or higher) in Ranked Play before the end of August of 2015.

The Tournament Grounds card back was released shortly after The Grand Tournament expansion became available. The expansion, and the cards it contained, were released on August 24, 2015. The Tournament Grounds card back wasn’t released until September 1, 2015.

The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on August 16, August 17, and September 7, 2015.

The A...

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Hearthstone: The Great Summoner Competition Tavern Brawl

The Tavern Brawls in Hearthstone have “crazy rules” that are different each time. This makes them fun to play. It provides an entertaining challenge with all kinds of unexpected things happening during a match.

If that isn’t enough to entice players, there is also a prize. Win one match in a Tavern Brawl – and you get a free Classic pack of cards. I’ve been trying to get into the Tavern Brawls every time I notice that one has appeared (but may have missed a few).

The Great Summoner Competition Tavern Brawl added an extra amount of randomness to the game. The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on August 16, 2015.

This Tavern Brawl required pl...

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Hearthstone: Too Many Portals! Tavern Brawl

I’ve been enjoying the Tavern Brawls in Hearthstone, and try to get into as many as I can. The randomness of the rules in the Tavern Brawl, and the access to cards I don’t actually have, makes things really fun.

The “Too Many Portals!” Tavern Brawl took place at the end of July/beginning of August 2015. This particular Tavern Brawl had 10 hours left when I started playing it.  I had enough time to play until I managed to win a match (and earn the free card pack).  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on August 2, 2015.

When I started playing ...

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Hearthstone: Darkspear Card Back

The Darkspear Card Back was the card back for the sixteenth official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season. To get it, players had to hit Rank 20 (or higher) in Ranked Play mode before the end of the July 2015 Season.

Once again, I attempted to pair up my Daily Quests with my Ranked Play matches.  This doesn’t always work out perfectly, but does give me the feeling that I’m making progress (even if I lose several matches in a row).  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on July 22, July 23, and July 24, and August 2, 2015.

I have foun...

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Hearthstone: Heart of the Sunwell Tavern Brawl

Hearthstone’s Tavern Brawls are an interesting addition to the game. Each one has unique rules that are specific to that Tavern Brawl. This shakes up the game a bit and forces players to break out of their comfort zone and use new strategies. I’ve been having fun trying them out.

I like to think of the Heart of the Sunwell Tavern Brawl as the “10 Mana Brawl”. Instead of starting out with 1 mana (as players do in a typical Hearthstone match) they started out with 10 mana. The result was that players could use cards right away that they otherwise would have had to wait for several turns to use.

So far, the “10 Mana Brawl” is my favorite of all the Tavern Brawls. I’d love to see this one return someday. Players who won their first game in the Heart of the Sunwell Brawl received a free Classic pack of cards as a reward. The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on July 22, 2015.

In general, when I try a new Tavern Brawl...

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Hearthstone: Free Pack From Webspinner Tavern Brawl

The Tavern Brawls in Hearthstone are interesting because they change up the rules that one would expect in a typical Hearthstone match. Each Tavern Brawl is unique and only lasts for a limited amount of time. So far, every new Tavern Brawl has offered players one free pack of cards after they win their first match.

The Webspinner Tavern Brawl took place during the first week of July of 2015. As you may have guessed, it involved lots and lots of spiders. I happen to like spiders, so I figured that I’d have a great time with the Webspinner Tavern Brawl. Instead, I found myself struggling.  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on July 4, 2015.

One o...

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Hearthstone: Darnassus Card Back

The Darnassus Card Back was the card back for the fifteenth official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season. In order to earn this card back, players had to get to Rank 20 (or higher) in Ranked Play before the end of June of 2015.

Darnassus, in World of Warcraft, is the capital town of the Night Elves of the Alliance. The city sits within the massive boughs of the second World Tree. I’ve seen people comment that the Darnassus card back would pair nicely with a Druid deck.  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on June 1, June 23, and July 1, 2015.

For t...

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