It certainly took them long enough, but they finally did it and the first so-called expansion, Curse of Naxxramas, (that’s actually only 180 mb in size) for Hearthstone was launched a couple of hours ago (in Europe that is). As it usually happens with any launch of this sort, the servers got overloaded and as a result people can’t play right now (at the moment when this was written), up until they will resolve the issue because no one saw this coming, right? I mean how hard could it be to just simply increase the capacity because usually during launch events everyone wants to be the first to check out the action and even players who haven’t logged in for months might just want to get a piece of the solo play before anyone else (because apparently it’s better to know that you were beaten by a computer than another human being who is better than you). But enough with the ranting, let me just say a couple more things and then check back to see if they fixed the bloody servers and connectivity issues.
As the official posts have been saying it for well over a month now, the first stage of the game, The Arachnid Quarter, will be free to play for anyone who gives it a try this month during the launch event that will probably last up until the beginning of Septmeber, during this time the other wings will be released as well, with the amazing speed of one per week. If you played classic WoW then you most certainly know all the details about the bosses and their stories and all that, but truth be told because Hearthstone is actually a less serious version of a card game which you are supposed to play while taking a break from Warcraft (in the Inn that is) they obviously enjoyed making a lot of fun and devoiding the entire Necropolis from its sinister and evil aura and added a much more relaxing and childish flavor to it as they did with the whole game actually. Now I don’t have anything against people not taking themselves to seriously, but I do hope that at least the challenges they pose will be worth it, because it’s really boring to fool around when you have the legend rank. If you somehow haven’t played the original Naxxramas storyline and have no idea what on earth all the fuss is about please do yourself a favor and go play it!
Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure – Cinematic
Since I was speaking of a more serious challenge, for those of you who still haven’t obtained a legendary, now is your time to add one to your collection as well by defeating Maexxna the last boss of this first wing of Naxxramas. This final victory will reward you with a nice legendary version of the giant spider which you’ll be able to add to you deck and enjoy throwing into battle anytime from here onwards. On the way to obtaining the legendary you should also get a nice pair of extra cards from the other two bosses as well, the Grand Widow Fearlina and the other Crypt Lord Anub’Rekhan. Once the easy basic challenge (that actually rewards you with a legendary card) is out the way we should get ready for the heroic version (which apparently does nothing else but reward us with a messed up card back once we finish all five wings on … bloody heroic, I mean how hard can it be if it only gives a new color?) And off course let us not forget the class challenges where we are given the opportunity to kick some ass with all the heroes we don’t like to play, but we’ll manage somehow, we always did and we always will!
With these being told allow me to wish you all happy spider hunting for this week and good undead hacking for the weeks to come, but before I leave do allow me to point you towards those much needed strategy guides which you need to actually be able to finish off the damn wing in time before the coming of the next one. For those of you who will actually do things the right way and unlock the wings using Gold, you should know that all the tips you need to bring down the wall of the necropolis can be found over at hearthhead (given by random average/good players) and for those who have money to spend and will buy right away (that is off course if you haven’t already bought) all the wings in the cheap discount bundle with cash I warmly recommend you check out hearthable because they most certainly have some of the cleanest and easiest ways of learning you how to build those successful decks and how to use them. Also it wouldn’t surprise me if they will add soon enough complete guides on how to dominate the Solo Adventure mode of the game as well, but about that we’ll speak later on, for now do feel free to check out either of these and enjoy all that the new version of the game has to offer.