Hearthstone Battlegrounds is out! The game has finally received a completely new mode. While it’s based on Hearthstone, it plays very differently. It took the recently popular “Auto Battler” genre and implemented it into our favorite card game. However, it still uses Hearthstone’s game board, some of the mechanics and minions etc. Which makes it an interesting mix between Hearthstone and other Auto Battler games, such as Auto Chess, Underlords or Teamfight Tactics.
In general, the game seems to be easier to learn and more casual, but it’s also incredibly fun to play!
Below, you will find all the basic information about the game.
- Early Access Release: November 5 (Available for BlizzCon Ticket holders and players who Pre-Order Descent of Dragons)
- Open Beta Release: November 12
- Number of Players: 8 players per game.
- Game will be accessible through Hearthstone client in the new “Modes” section!
- The game will require HS account, but will be otherwise free. However, Hearthstone players will get some bonuses – for opening packs of the latest set you will get access to more stats, be able to choose from more Heroes each round and will get unique Emotes!
- Battlegrounds will have no extra rewards. You still can earn gold like in other formats (regular 10g per 3 wins), but there are no extra rewards.
- 24 different Heroes with unique Hero Powers that will change the way you play the game. At the start of the game you pick one of the two (or three if you upgrade through bonuses listed above)
- The game will also include dozens of minions to recruit – most are well known to Hearthstone players, but we also have some unique ones. Full list of minions here!
- Instead of building a deck, you will recruit minions in Bob’s Tavern – at the start of each game and between combat rounds. As the game goes on, you will get more Coins to do more things every time you visit the Tavern. You can pay 3 Coins to Recruit a minion or 1 to Re-roll the offered minions. Coins, however, don’t last through rounds like in other Auto Battle games, so you want to spend them right away.
- If you don’t want to recruit more minions, you can also upgrade your Tavern – once you do, you will start seeing more powerful minions. Upgrades are expensive at the start, but they get 1 Gold cheaper each turn.
- Recruiting three minions of the same kind will upgrade it into a more powerful one (without consuming multiple board slots).
- Between the rounds, you can also put the recruited minions onto the board and switch their places.
- The mode will have its own ranking system. You gain or lose points depending on how well you score. In general, ending in top 4 will increase your ranking while ending 5-8 will decrease it (assuming you fight against opponents of similar ranks).
- During combat rounds, your minions will attack your opponent’s roster and vice versa. You start with the left-most minion which attacks RANDOM opponent’s minion – unless he has a Taunt, which is always prioritized! Then your opponent’s left-most minions attacks your random minion and so on.
- Minion combat happens until one player loses all of his minions. Winning player deals damage to the enemy Hero based on his Tavern level, how many minions survive and how strong they are. This damage carries over, which means that if you take 5 damage, you will start next round with 5 health less.
- Besides Taunt, other keywords also carry through from Hearthstone – Poisonous minions will destroy anything in one hit, for example, while Divine Shield minions will block the first damage they take.
- The game ends once there’s only one player left and everyone else has died.
And here are some extra screenshots from Hearthstone Battlegrounds!