New adventure mode for Hearthstone?

A few curious things has happened within the Hearthstone sphere the past few days. It could be a sign that a new adventure mode will be just around the corner.

The Leak
If we go a few weeks back some might remember the leak from inside Blizzard which was posted on Yahoo finance. One of the subjects the article mentioned was that Blizzard was working on a new Hearthstone expansion which was set to be released in April.

We here at The Blue Recluse thought it highly possible that Blizzard had something in the works, but we didn’t think a full blown expansion would be it.
Our prediction was that it would be a new adventure mode similar to ‘Curse of Naxxramas’.

Past Timings
If we take a  look back in time, the original game was released in March 2014 and just 4 month later we saw the first adventure mode. The adventure mode gave the game a much needed stir up to the meta game, because at this time the game felt very predictable. Most people used the most common builds and you could pretty much predict what deck your opponent was playing just from the class he was playing.

In December 2014 the Goblins vs. Gnomes was released and with 121 new cards the meta was bound to change. But now we have reached March and the meta game seems just as predictable as it did right before ‘Curse of Naxxramas’. So a little stir up is needed very soon to keep the game interesting.

So if we take a look at the timing from the past, then 4 months seems like a pretty good timing to add new content to the game. Which would be around April.

Data mining
This week we saw a post pop up on Hearthpwn with some data mining and one particular string was very interesting. It contained the abbreviation ‘BRM’ which in World of Warcraft means ‘Blackrock Mountain’. On this weeks podcast we suggested this could possibly mean that the next adventure mode for Hearthstone could indeed be called ‘Blackrock Mountain’.

It’s a large area with multiple raids and instances and it could easily be translated into a whole theme. The mountain contains a big variety of mobs and baddies ranging from Dark Iron Dwarves, Nefarian, Ragnaros, elementals to dragons. There’s so much going on in that place so a whole adventure mode theme could easily be made from that place alone.

Card Backs
If we  look back in time to the month before ‘Curse of Naxxramas’ was released, the monthly card back was actually a Naxxramas themed design. This week the card back for March was themed around Ragnaros who resides in… you guessed it: Blackrock Mountain.

Possible easter egg?
When I checked the official Hearthstone website today I noticed a little thing was added. A few seconds after the site is loaded a small elemental pops up and starts doing the traditional “elemental-dance” which you know from World of Warcraft.

Could this be a little easter egg that points in the direction of Blackrock Mountain?

elemental

Pax East
Our prediction is that Blizzard will reveal an adventure mode soon, possibly at Pax East this weekend and that it will be themed around Blackrock Mountain. A lot of small hints points in that direction at least – and the timing of Pax East is just fitting.

Episode 34: Things That Go Boom!

“Warning, Warning intruder alert, Goblins and Gnomes have been spotted invading the Arena in Hearthstone, prepare for… CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZYYYYYYYYYY!”


Hearthstone

The Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion did a little pre-release of the game and started out in arena a little bit early. It also introduced a few balancing of both new and old cards.

And not only does the expansion come out this week – it also won for best mobile game at the game awards 2014 this weekend.


World of Warcraft

Last week not only ended with an AMA with the developers over at reddit, they also made two interviews with both Convert to Raid and Final Boss TV.


Una’s Tip of the Week

Episode 33: The Red Crush

“We dive into the toolbox and take a closer look at some of the new cards in Goblins Vs Gnomes and somebody do a ready check! It’s time to raid again in WoW!”


World of Warcraft

Community manager Lore and Mike B. talked about some of the reasons why WoD was delayed, the DDoS-attack and what 10 millions subscribers does to the servers on the latest episode of their podcast “Don’t get your hopes up”.

On December 3rd you will be able to adopt a space goat through the battle.net or the in game shop. 100 % of the earnings from the battle pet goes to the American Red Cross for ebola relief efforts.

It’s raid time again so better get those raid lock outs under the belt. Blizzard has posted a quick recap on how they work.


Hearthstone

The season 9 card back has been released and is created with gnomish engineering. So get to rank 20 in the season where the expansion will hit to require this card back.

Blizzard and Hearthstone is nominated for the game awards this year and you can watch the show on December 5th.

You can also take a sneak peek at the newest cards released for the expansion.


Heroes of the Storm

On Thursday December 4th you can ask the developers anything when they are having an AMA on reddit.