Blizzard Entertainment has asked us to save the date of October 22, 8 AM PDT (11 AM EDT) as they are set to host a live stream on both their Twitch and YouTube accounts. The official announcement is below:
Come one, come all! On October 22 at 8:00 a.m. PT, on both Twitch and YouTube, Hearthstone Game Director Benjamin Lee will open our Fall Reveal stream with several major announcements! From there, Game Designers Pat Nagle, John McIntyre, and John Yang will speak to each reveal in-depth with our host, Brian Kibler. We’ve got some very exciting news in store that you won’t want to miss!
Scholomance Academy Twitch Drops
On October 22, watch 15 minutes of the Hearthstone Fall Reveal on http://www.twitch.tv/playhearthstone between 7:30 a.m. PT – 9:00 a.m. PT to get 1 Scholomance Academy card pack. Watch for at least 30 minutes total to get another one! Before you can receive awards, you’ll need to link your Twitch.tv and Battle.net accounts. Here’s how:
- Log in or create an account on Twitch.tv.
- Navigate to the Settings menu by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the home screen.
- Navigate to the Connections tab of the Settings menu.
- Find the Battle.net section, then follow the instructions after selecting a region and clicking Connect.
- When connecting accounts, be sure that you’re currently logged into the Battle.net account on which you’d like to receive your rewards.
Tune in and be the first to know what’s coming in the final phase of the Year of the Phoenix!
The announcement was also accompanied by a short teaser video which can be seen below:
Obviously, one of the announcements is expected to be the final expansion of the year which is slated to release in December; however, the stream is being touted as making “several major announcements.” We’re not entirely sure what those other announcements are but we can take a pretty good guess based on past information.
One of those announcements could be the brand-new game mode coming to Hearthstone. It was stated before that they would be adding a new game mode before the final expansion launches. This means that we will expect to see it launch either shortly after the stream in October or at some point in November. This is, of course, barring any development delays that our little friend COVID-19 has caused us throughout the year.
Another announcement could be the implementation of the new rewards system. There has been talk before about players earning rewards no matter what game mode they play. In addition, there was talk of Battlegrounds having its own reward system as well. The team wanted to make sure that players could earn their card backs, packs, dust, gold, and more outside of ranked ladders. Whether that rewards system will come as a separate patch or packed in with another update remains to be seen but it has been confirmed that Team 5 has been working on it over at Bizzard.
One other thing that was confirmed to be in the works is a new vanity feature for cards. Right now, there are standard and golden cards with golden just being shiny animated versions of the standard cards. There has been talk about making acquiring golden cards easier through using multiple duplicates of the cards as opposed to high arcane dust costs. This opened the doors for them to add a new vanity layer but we’re not sure yet what that is. It could be revealed next Friday during the stream!
There is certainly a lot going on at Hearthstone these days and while nothing is confirmed (outside of the obvious expansion announcement because with 5-ish weeks left until December, it has to be coming soon), the potential for major, game-changing announcement is there!