The Grand Tournament  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | The Grand Tournament  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The Grand Tournament is now live! Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:32:06 -0400 Marshall Jenkins

As the Lord of the Arena himself would say in all his taunting glory, "The gates are open." After a hard hit and subsequent rebound of Activision stock this morning, the company has released Hearthstone's second card injection expansion The Grand Tournament. 

Players who took advantage of the pre-order sale are currently crushing Blizzard's servers as they open their card packs like hyper-anxious children on Christmas day. On Twitch.TV, over 285,000 spectators are currently watching popular players open their own packs hoping for insight into which of the new cards can earn you victory most effectively. 

Did you take advantage of this deal?

So, what is new about this expansion? It seems when the game begins to have an aura of staleness especially with the dominance certain decks, Blizzard turns the scales of balance on their heads. With the introduction of the Inspire and Joust mechanics, the game's top brass are going to be in a feeding frenzy to see what deck concoctions will come out on top. 

Let us know in the comments what cards you got. Check back after the crafting dust has settled to see what deck archetypes are dominating the ladder. 

Hearthstone The Grand Tournament Release Date Announced Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:52:11 -0400 C Miguel

Blizzard finally announced the release date of the highly anticipated Hearthstone "The Grand Tournament".

The Grand Tournament will be available for all August 24th. With stunning 132 cards featuring the Azeroth’s knights. There will be also an all-new game mechanic "Inspire".

Many critics had share their two cents on The Grand Tournament and the new meta. Our very own correspondent Ainyan summarize the details for the upcoming Grand Tournament here.

For Americas and Europe regions, The Grand Tournament card packs will be available via the in-game shop on August 24. While Asian regions will be available to purchase on August 25. Pre-purchased card bundles can be opened on the official release of The Grand Tournament.  Make sure to have your pre-order done beforehand if you want to get some nice discount.

Here is the official trailer of Hearthstone The Grand Tournament:

See you all at The Grand Tournament!

New Grand Tournament expansion announced for Hearthstone, Inspire mechanic introduced Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:16:03 -0400 Ainyan

Although the Lich King and his undead Scourge have been defeated, the Argent Tournament lives on. Rebranded the Grand Tournament by its ambitious proprietors, the competition has made its way from the icy shores of Northrend to the Hearthstone tables of inns across the world, still host to the Heroes of Warcraft.

Perhaps a bit more playful than its previous incarnation, the Grand Tournament is still a place where would-be champions will compete to prove their honor, their worth…

And their sense of humor.

Scheduled for release in August 2015, The Grand Tournament is a full expansion for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Bringing 132 brand-new cards to the table, The Grand Tournament is the largest expansion for Blizzard’s card game to date. In addition tons of new minions and all-new class spells, the Tourney will also introduce a new mechanic to the game Inspire, where some cards will now be able to modify hero powers. 

What’s a new mechanic without a new keyword to help better identify and refine it? In addition to the new hero power modification mechanic, Blizzard is adding the keyword Inspire. Inspire indicates that whenever the player uses their Hero Power, the Inspire power of any minion in play will activate. For instance, the Lowly Squire, a 1 cost, 1/2 minion, gains +1 attack anytime the player uses their hero power. 

Blizzard has already introduced several of the new cards: for instance, a new hunter spell, Lock and Load, four cost card that causes any spell you cast during the turn to place a random hunter card in your hand. Looks like Face Hunter might be getting a new meta.

In addition to class cards, there will also be new minions ranging from common cards to brand-new legendaries, like Nexus-Champion Saraad, a five-cost, 4/5 Ethereal riding an energy camel who adds a random spell from any class to your hand when you use your hero power.


New cards, a new board, new mechanics and a new keyword, The Grand Tournament offers it all. While the expansion is not available until August, the new card packs will be available for pre-order next week. Players will be able to order the packs in bulk at a discounted price - earning a new card back for doing so - with those packs to be opened as soon as the expansion goes live.

It looks like The Grand Tournament will bring some much-needed vitality to the current meta. With a new mechanic and new class spells and new minions, it is very likely we’ll see crazy new types of decks making their way up the ladder.

What classes do you hope might see some revitalization from this expansion? Any old deck types you hope might make a comeback?

I think it would be awfully nice to play a priest again...

Blizzard's Hearthstone Announcement: The Grand Tournament Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:10:21 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Today from San Francisco, Blizzard hosted a Fireside gathering through Twitch, making a live-feed for announcing their new addition to their large digital card game, Hearthstone. This new addition The Grand Tournament will add over 130 new cards, plenty of new mechanics, and much more.

The Grand Tournament Details

Some new characters will be appearing for The Grand Tournament, and adding a new board for them to do battle on. Using the fantastic artists at Blizzard, they made a great map for these new unique characters to play on with the new mechanics. One of the new characters for example is called Skycapn' Kragg, who is a pirate captain riding a giant parrot. 

The main theme behind this addition is that heroes are a big deal. They've included new cards that will affect how a player's hero skill works. For example, a new mage card called "Coldarra Drake" featuring a dragon, lets the player use the hero power any number of times. There's also "Maiden of the Lake" which reduces the hero cost to only one. Another new "Frost Giant" is being added, which allows the gamer to use the hero power a ton of times but at a cheaper amount during that specific game. 

A major new addition is the adding of a keyword or trait for characters, called "Inspire", which activates a power every time you use your hero skill. 

When can we see this Grand Tournament add-on?

The Grand Tournament will be releasing next month, with 130 new cards that will come in the same packs, and also for the same price which can be bought with either in-game gold or real money. For those that want to get ahead in this add-on, there's a pre-purchase next week where you can get 50 packs at a discounted price, giving you a slight advantage.

What are you looking forward to most in this add-on to the digital card game, Hearthstone?