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Curse of Naxxramas: July 22

Although we have no clue when the next expansion of World of Warcraft will drop, we definitely know that the Curse of Naxxramas adventure for Hearthstone is coming on July 22 (tomorrow!).

The first wing, The Arachnid Quarter will be free for all players for the first month, so go ahead and jump in with both feet. As the weeks progress, the next four wings will open, but will cost either 700 gold or $7 each. 700 gold is really not that hard a target for those who play strictly free-to-play, and to be honest it’s 300 gold less than I was expecting. Granted, that means you have to either shell out 2800 gold, or $25 to get the full expansion, so maybe it is a little on the pricey side. They’ve got some price trickery built in so that if you buy some wings with gold, you can buy the “whole” package at a reduced price based on how many wings you already have.

So, why did I put adventure in bold up above? Well, that’s because Blizzard is making a distinction between the two. Adventures are smaller additions to the game, say, 20 to 30 cards, while expansions will supply considerably more content.

So how many for Curse of Naxxramas? Thirty cards, that’s how many. Some of them are real doozies too, with Deathrattle becoming one of the more prominent card effects for the adventure.

So, here’s some copy-pasta from Icy-Veins:

Bosses will use powerful cards, abiltiies and Hero Powers to challenge players in new and never-before-seen ways! Players will battle in five different wings (mirroring the wings in World of Warcraft’s Naxxramas raid dungeon) which will be released over the course of a month. The Adventure will feature 15 bosses total and will mirror the encounter order found in World of Warcraft:

  • The Arachnid Quarter – Featuring Anub’Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina and Maexxna
  • The Plague Quarter – Featuring Noth of Plaguebringer, Heigan the Unclean, Loatheb
  • The Military Quarter – Featuring Instructor Razuvious, Gothik the Harvester and The Four Horsemen
  • The Construct Quarter – Featuring Patchwerk, Grobbulus, Gluth, Thaddius
  • Frostwyrm Lair – Sapphiron, Kel’Thuzad

When a boss is defeated, the player will earn a card. The card rewarded will be fixed per boss and may be a specific card from the boss’ deck. After defeating the final boss of a wing, the player will earn a set Legendary card. In addition, a new wing will now be accessible once released, provided it is unlocked or purchased. Nine more cards will be obtained by class challenges which are class-specific encounters battled with predetermined decks. This leaves one card yet unaccounted for, which may be rewarded by obtaining all other cards.

Blizzard has revealed a total of fifteen cards on both the @PlayHearthstone Twitter and in their original announcement post.

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Where did Pan go?

I bought a house. Or I’ve been in the process of buying a house all spring. It’s been quite stressful, to say the least, and I don’t think that is in any way deep or insightful.

It has, however, been monumental, and life has been monumental as well. My lovely wife Mandylions graduated from Chattanooga State Summa Cum Laude, I got a promotion, a raise, and about 20 more hours of work per week.

So, I really haven’t had time to game lately. It’s the most common and expected reasons people take breaks, “Life got in the way” but I can tell you that I miss it.

WoW is nearly deserted, and the guild along with it. Danny seems to be the only one online when I check in, and so mad props to him. I see Catchi on Hearthstone quite a bit, but I haven’t heard from Tragik or Shadow or really any of the guild in quite some time.

How you guys doing? Do you even visit the site anymore? Numbers indicate that this wonderful labor of love is seeing fewer visits these days. Chalk a large part of that to the site’s WoW-centricity, that I’d love to change, but don’t really know how.

Still, I’m going to keep the site online and chugging, no matter what. I love my Rascals, and I’m proud to be your friend.

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Curse of Naxxramas Coming in July

Hearthstone Community Manager Aratil took to the forums to reveal:

Just wanted to give everyone a head’s up that we are currently targeting to release Curse of Naxxramas during the month of July. Unfortunately, we still have a lot of implementing and bug fixing to get through, so please stay tuned!

With that said, we are also targeting to reveal pricing details regarding Curse of Naxxramas next week on July 1st, so please keep an eye out for that. (source)

I’m actually pretty excited,

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The New Male Humans Look Good

Whoa, has it really been this long since I’ve done Pan’s Labyrinth? Wow. Literally WoW, is something I haven’t touched in a month. If you’ve been watching the community Twitch.tv stream, then you’ve been able to watch me lose Heroes of the Storm matches with a variety of Blizzard properties.

But I digress.

What could bring me back to talking about WoW? Well, this good looking fellow:
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Yes, I know he looks like human Shrek, and I’m totally with that.