Hearthstone Gets New Hero, Update Before Tomorrow’s Expansion Release

by Robert Workman


All eyes are on Hearthstone this week, as the new Journey To Un’Goro expansion is set to add over a hundred new cards and different strategies to the popular PC/mobile game. But, surprise, Blizzard has actually released a new update to the game ahead of the expansion’s release, complete with a number of tweaks.

Perhaps the most noteworthy news for this update is the introduction of a new Rogue Hero by the name of Maiev Shadowsong. They’ll unlock once you win ten Standard Ranked or Casual mode games once the expansion launches tomorrow, and you’ll see them added to your collection.

In addition, new functionality has been introduced that provides support for the forthcoming Fireside Gatherings Tavern closed beta test. This will be limited to Fireside Gatherings at first, but will eventually expand once it goes out of the beta phase.

The full patch list has been detailed by Blizzard below:


  • The Journey to Un’Goro takes brave explorers on an expedition to a primordial land packed with wonders…and danger! It introduces 135 all-new cards -- including crackling elementals, gigantic dinosaurs, and a new card type: Quests!
  • This update completes preparations for the Year of the Mammoth. The new Hearthstone year begins once Journey to Un’Goro goes live!
  • Maiev Shadowsong, a new Rogue Hero, has emerged from the shadows! Win 10 Standard Ranked or Casual mode games after Journey to Un’Goro launches to add her to your collection.
  • This update adds functionality to support the upcoming Fireside Gatherings Tavern closed beta test.
  • Participation in the closed beta test will be limited to select Fireside Gatherings initially, but we’ll be expanding Taverns to everyone once this phase of testing is complete!
  • Taverns UI elements may be present, but non-functional, for some players while this test is under way.
  • A new tooltip displays the number of cards in your hand.
  • Improved consistency of some card text.
  • [Android] You can now download Hearthstone data directly to an SD card during initial installation.

Bug Fixes

  • Jade Spirit will now correctly appear in searches using the term “Jade Golem”.
  • When Herald Volazj copies a silenced minion, the copies it creates will now correctly also be silenced.
  • Resolved an issue that would make it impossible to cast a spell that costs Health to kill your Hero, even while immune.
  • Resolved an issue that would cause casting a 0 mana cost Jade Blossom to still sometimes consume mana.
  • Nozdormu’s sandstorm visual will no longer persist if he is returned to a player’s hand.
  • Resolved several minor UI and graphics issues.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available now for PC and mobile devices.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.