Hearthstone: Curse Of Naxxramas  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Hearthstone: Curse Of Naxxramas  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Hearthstone Nominated for 'Best Promotional Effort by a Game' for 2014 Dragon Slayer Awards https://www.gameskinny.com/qnxws/hearthstone-nominated-for-best-promotional-effort-by-a-game-for-2014-dragon-slayer-awards https://www.gameskinny.com/qnxws/hearthstone-nominated-for-best-promotional-effort-by-a-game-for-2014-dragon-slayer-awards Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:58:09 -0400 PencilPusha

Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone, an interactive digital collectible card game, is in the running for a Dragon Slayer Award.

What's the Dragon Slayer Award?

It's an annual celebration of different aspects of gaming, like developers (major and indie), celebrities (like Wil Wheaton) and, of course, games! It's put together by Guild Launch, Game Skinny's partner-in-crime of sorts. So let's dive into Hearthstone and see exactly what Blizzard Entertainment has done to promote it lately.

Having just released Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas a few weeks ago, Blizzard Entertainment is doing a good job picking up players for their catchy game.

On the Hearthstone official website, they're currently promoting the 2014 Hearthstone World Championship that will be held at the BlizzCon in November for a grand prize of $250,000! Who doesn't want to win a quarter of a million dollars for playing a video game?

In addition to the World Championship news, Blizzard Entertainment has also posted Hearthstone content announcing the start of the fifth Ranked Play Season, the new release of another 'wing' of Naxxramas called the 'Plague Quarter', a charity event for St. Jude called Play Live, and San Diego Comic-Con coverage, among other things.

There's competition. There's new content being released weekly. There are opportunities to play the game while raising money for a noble cause. There's a presence at big gaming events.

Sounds like Blizzard Entertainment knows what they're doing when it comes to promoting Hearthstone to the max!

On their Facebook page, Hearthstone is promoting content such as gameplay videos, podcasts, news shows, pictures of new cards or cards in development, patch notes, fireside gatherings and more. The patch notes simply tell the Hearthstone community that certain bugs found in-game are resolved, while the fireside gatherings are when gamers get together in mass quantities and play Hearthstone together in their communities.

That's only part of the social media spectrum.

On their Twitter page, Hearthstone is raving about 'weekly featured Twitch streamers', 'Plays of the Week', Hearthstone events coming up at Pax Prime, online tournaments and more. The weekly features on Twitch streamers include exclusive interviews with expert players who manage to stand out among the crowd. The plays of the week include submissions that players send in to get selected and featured in a YouTube video and later retweeted on the Hearthstone official Twitter page.

Pax Prime will be holding a 'final showdown' competition on-stage for the CCG and the collegiate winners will walk away with scholarships! Online tournaments are announced via social media and are held through certain servers. The winner receives money that's useful only on the Blizzard Entertainment website. Cool, right?

If you'd like to learn more about this trendy CCG, visit their official website. If you think Hearthstone deserves the Dragon Slayer Award for 'Best Promotional Effort by a Game', go to GuildLaunch.com and vote now.

For more games in the 'Best Promotional Effort' category, click here.

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GameSkinny News Roundup - July 27th https://www.gameskinny.com/5q0cw/gameskinny-news-roundup-july-27th https://www.gameskinny.com/5q0cw/gameskinny-news-roundup-july-27th Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:52:15 -0400 Proto Foe

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Welcome to the GameSkinny News Roundup.

This weekly feature highlights 5 articles from the previous week, with the aim to simply bring them to the attention of those who may have missed important or interesting updates due to the ever-increasing influx of games news, reviews, and more.

There will usually be 1 article from the following categories; News, Review, Interview, Guide, and Culture. Some nice, light reading at the end of the week.

Have You Googled "Rumor" Recently?

First up we have the returning rumour, this time confirmed by a reliable source, of Google purchasing Twitch.tv. This rumour first entered circulation back in May, and had a price tag of $1 billion attached to it.

Alex reports on the VentureBeat detailed report, and ends by asking:

Can Twitch retain its small, non-corporate aura as they climb the ladder of mega-corporation success?

Minor Spoilers Incoming, You Were Warned!

Angelina makes her first of two appearances this week. Firstly with her review of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season 2 episode named "Amid the Ruins", scoring it a very satisfying 9 stars.

Now, I'll admit I am a little behind on the second season of TWD, so I am thankful for the lightly sprinkled review. It has made me want to wait to play the whole season in one big, walker-sized lump. You can read the review right here.

There is a looming feeling of dread on the horizon constantly during this episode.   The future seems murky for the members of Clementine’s group but as for Clementine, she learned a lot of hard but necessary lessons in this episode that will no doubt affect her in the thrilling conclusion of the Walking Dead Season 2.

Angelina on Amid the Ruins

Excuse Me, Mr. President

It's not everyday you get to interview the President of the United States of America, that day came for Angelina, or so she thought. She did, however,  get to interview Richard Nixon. What did they speak about? The end of the world, obviously.

Angelina asked Richard Nixon, the founder of Black Studios, many, many questions. One highlight for me was the straight question of  "Just what inspired you to make a game like After Reset?"

Frankly, I was desperately waiting for the real Fallout 3 that Van Buren should have become. I was disappointed when that one was canceled, as well as when Project 13 was cancelled. Oblivion's mods were able to save memories of true Fallout spirit from extinction.

-Richard Nixon on his inspiration for After Reset

The lengthy, but informative, interview can be read here.

Yes, Yes. Welcome to My Parlour

 Hearthstone has captured many a  gamer's  imagination. It has fused  together their  (read: my) love for  the Warcraft universe,  passion for  collectible card games, and the  need for  simple accessibility. The  result? Heroes of Warcraft: Hearthstone. Not happy with just allowing players to face each other in (im)mortal combat, Blizzard has added a single-player expansion titled "The Curse of Naxxramas". Pretty freaking sweet, right?

Well, yes. However, the fights are rather challenging. Bosses have cards that would make Stu Ungar want to play Snap, heroic sized health pools, and lines that wouldn't make it into a Nic Cage film.

Never fear, Jay, has you covered. Check out his guide to the Arachnid Quarter of Naxxramas.

And Finally...

New kid on the block, TiquorSJ, wanted to share this great video of Minecraft. It's essential viewing for any parent that is thinking of allowing their child to enter this brutal, horrific, savage, world.

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Curse of Naxxramas Goes Live Today https://www.gameskinny.com/2fn9v/curse-of-naxxramas-goes-live-today https://www.gameskinny.com/2fn9v/curse-of-naxxramas-goes-live-today Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:14:10 -0400 Rocky Linderman

Blizzard has released the much anticipated expansion to its highly popular free to play card game, Hearthstone. If you already have Hearthstone installed on your computer all you'll need to do is start the Battle.net launcher and the game will take care of the rest for you. 

The following five wings will be available for gamers to play: 

  • The Arachnid Quarter- A web choked maze filled with many legged-minions. 
  • The Plague Quarter- Necromancers brew deadly plagues while a fungal monstrosity lies in wait. 
  • The Military Quarter- Tireless undead knights perfect their deadly arts within these chambers. 
  • The Construct Quarter- Abominations stitched together from the Scourge's victims stomp through these slime soaked halls. 
  • Frostwyrm Lair- Chilly abode of Sapphiron and the arch-lich Kel'thuzad himself. 

The different quarters can be bought individually using either real money or the in game currency of gold. Starting today and lasting through the rest of the month, The Arachnid Quarter will be free to all players. The other quarters of Naxxaramas will be released each week over the course of the next five weeks. 

There will be a total of 30 new cards added to Hearthstone players can unlock once all of the quarters are released. Despite "The Curse of Naxxramas" being a single player expansion, the cards earned playing it can be used in any play mode. 

The expansion also includes a Heroic Mode which will allow players to play through the quarters again on a harder difficulty once they've cleared them on normal mode. Players that test their mettle on Heroic Mode will find sweeter loot rewards to compensate them for their frustrations. 

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