Madness at the Darkmoon Faire has arrived and that means it is time to check out the new meta, what decks lie in store for unsuspecting Hearthstone players? Avanties and Zerotio breakdown what they have been playing and playing against in the new meta, as well as talk about the backlash against the new Progression and Rewards system.

During the play portion of the show it is a literal Clown Fiesta.

News and Discussion

  • Progression and Rewards System
    • Hearthstone Communities in an outrage over new Rewards Track System
    • Ben Lee responds on Blizzard Forums
    • The changes of Packs in late areas of the track has already been changed to Gold, instead of older set packs (Year of the Dragon Packs)
    • Discussion: After a Week of the new System, what are our stance/feelings?
  • Madness at the Darkmoon Faire: Live 11/17
    • Set has been out almost a full week
    • Discussion: How has this set impacted the Meta?
    • Discussion: How are we enjoying the set and what are we playing?
  • Darkmoon Duel-Fest
    • Nov 24th @ 10am PDT
    • Broadcast on both Playhearthstone Twitch and YouTube
    • 24 Content Creators and Pro Players compete for a $200k Prize Pool
    • Casters: Sottle and Darroch Brown
    • Format: Last Duelist Standing – Players play through 3 Closed Circuit Duels Runs, until one player remains, or more than one reach 12 Wins
    • Final Scores decided after all 3 Runs have been completed
    • Discussion: … WHAT?!?… Closed Circuit Duels?!? Do we think this will come to the Hearthstone Client?
  • 2020 Hearthstone World Championship: Dec 12-13
  • Tavern Brawl: ‘Servant of Yogg-Saron’ Tryouts
    • Help Yogg-Sarron find a servant! Your deck is full of wannabes who cast a random spell at a random target when played.

Decklist:
[Innervate] x 2
[Lightning Bloom] x 2
[Nature Studies] x 2
[Guess the Weight] x 2
[Moontouched Amulet] x 2
[Wild Growth] x 2
[Overgrowth] x 2
[Anubisath Defender] x 2
[Overflow] x 2
[Strongman] x 2
[Umbral Owl] x 2
[Cenarion Ward] x 2
[Carnival Clown] x 2
[Survival of the Fittest] x 2
[Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate] x 1
[Y’Shaarj, the Defiler] x 1

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The final card dump for Madness at the Darkmoon Faire has happened and Avanties and Zerotio give you their thoughts this week in what is probably our longest episode ever, we also take a look at what Patch 19.0 brought.

News and Discussion

  • Updated Free Deck for New and Returning Players
  • Patch 19.0: Live 11/12
    • Duels: 
      • Now live for all players. 
      • Whispers of the Old Gods is now an eligible set. 
      • Darkmoon Faire now in “Buckets”, goes live 11/17.
      • One New Hero Power and Two Treasures able to be unlocked per class
    • Battlegrounds:
      • New Hero: Silas Darkmoon – [Passive] Darkmoon Tickets are in the Tavern! Get 3 to Discover a minion from your Tavern Tier.
    • Progression and Reward Revamp:
      • Discussion: Initial feelings about New Progression and Reward System?
    • Discussion: What Decks are we trying out on Day 1?
  • Tavern Brawl: Gone Fishin’
    • Let’s go fishing! Build a deck of 20 Minions, we’ll give you 10 Random class spells and a rod so you can go fish minions out of your opponent’s deck.

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The Madness at the Darkmoon Faire is only a few days away now and we continue our look into the cards released so far.

News and Discussion

  • Hearthstone 3rd Quarter saw Hours played up year over year, with BGs seeing sustained strong player engagement. Total Active Users down across all Blizzard titles.
  • Patch 18.6.1 went live on Thursday 11/5
    • Highlights from Zerotio
      • Duels: Shaman Hero Power now summons a “Non-Basic” Totem INSTEAD, if you are overloaded
      • BGs: Wrath Weaver now a 1/3 Minion
    • Highlights from Avanties
      • Mr. Bigglesworth is removed from the treasure pool, if you watched the duel last week you saw we drew him as a treasure… Bad Kitty!
      • In BG’s Rakanishu’s Hero Power now targets a friendly minion instead of a random friendly minion.
  • Tavern Brawl: Brawl of Gaudiness
    • Gaudy? You? Never! You look marvelous in that! Choose a class and get a random deck, all cards cost half but you can only play 2 per turn!

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This week Avanties and Zerotio take a look at the first few releases of Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, we also take a look the upcoming revamped rewards and progression systems.

During the play portion of the show we check out the new Duels system.

News and Discussion

  • Draw the Giveaway Winner – Congratulations Feirsam
  • Dave Kosak leaving Blizzard Entertainment
  • Revamping Rewards and Progression in Hearthstone
    • Live Nov 12th
    • Achievement System: Tracking In-Game Achievements
    • Reward Track: Earnable rewards outside of Ranked Play
    • New Quest System: Sections for Daily, Weekly and Event Quests
    • Updated Profile Page: Player Info, Ranks and Stats
  • Madness at the Darkmoon Faire: Launch Party
    • Card Reveals Begin: Nov 3rd
    • Final Card Reveal Stream: Nov 11th
      • Hosted by Kripp, Chris Sierra and John McIntyre
    • Theorycrafting Live Stream: Nov 12th
    • Reddit Mega Bundle Giveaways (200 Codes): Nov 13th
    • Creator Mega Bundle Giveaways (200 codes each day): Nov 14th & 15th
    • Twitch Sub Giveaways to Popular Streamers (2000 Gifted Subs): Nov 16th
  • Tavern Brawl: Send In The Murlocs!
    • Murlocs have taken over the tavern! Choose a class and get a deck of random class spells and a whole mess of murlocs!
  • Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Review – Part 1

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This week we celebrate 5 years of Hearthstone podcasting with this special episode of Hero Power, former hosts Virsica and Mattatarms rejoin us to discuss the announcement of Madness at the Darkmoon Faire and walk down memory lane. We also have a few surprise along the way and we are excited to announce the new Hero Power Merch Shop!

News and Discussion

  • Reminder of the $20 give-away for reviews @ https://warcraftradio.com/directory
    • Shoutouts to: NayrASavage, SmokeMeowtt, ForrestBates, and Grommok for leaving reviews.
  • Virsica comments on some things brought up in the last episode about the Tournament scene.
  • Upon coming back, Virsica thoughts on the current meta. Discuss what would like to see in the next set/next year.
  • BoarControl joins Blizzard on Final Design Team
  • Fall Reveal Stream (Oct 22nd)
    • New Game Mode – Duels: Early Access Oct 22nd
    • New Progression System: Goes live Nov 12th
    • New Set – Madness at the Darkmoon Faire: Nov 17th Release
  • New Game Mode: Duels
    • PvP “Dungeon Run” Style gameplay
    • Choose a Hero, Hero Power and Treasure to start a run
    • Build a 16 Card Deck, with no duplicates.
    • Play versus other plays, gaining HP, Treasures and additional cards between games
    • Play until 12 Wins or 3 Losses
    • Normal Mode is free and gives no rewards, but gains a rating for good runs
    • Heroic Run (Not available yet) will cost gold and give rewards similar to Arena, and gains rating for good runs
  • New Progression System
    • Battle Pass System, to replace daily quests
    • Progression System will have Daily and Weekly Quests, as well as Event Quests and Achievements
    • Finishing Quests will reward “Exp” to gain Battle Pass Progression, which give rewards like Gold, Packs and Cosmetics
    • There is a Free Progression and a paid “Battle Pass” Progression
  • Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
    • Old Gods and Darkmoon Faire Inspired Set
    • New Mechanic – Corrupt: Effect if you play a card higher costed, while in hand
  • Patch 18-6: LIVE!
    • Balance Changes
    • New Card: Silas Darkmoon
    • Hearthstone Duels: Early Access
    • Battlegrounds: New Hero – Zephrys
    • Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Pre-Order Available (Grants “Early Access”)
  • Masters Tour: Madrid
    • Top 8: J4YOU (1) def MM78 (8), iGXc (2) def Hi3 (7), Gaby (6) def GivePLZ (3), Alutemu (5) def Batupaksoy (4)
    • Top 4: iGXC (2) def Gaby (6), Alutemu (5) def J4YOU (1)
    • Finals: iGXc (2) def Alutemu (5)
    • Grandmaster Promotion:*
  • Reflection on 5 years of Hero Power. What were your favorite moments on the show? Most memorable guests? Tournament moments?
  • Announcement of the launch of the Hero Power Merch Store @ https://www.teepublic.com/user/hero-power

If you have any questions about this deck or questions about Hearthstone in general you can email us at: HeroPowerPodcast@gmail.com or use the Contact Us form on this site and we will answer them on the next show.