Hearthstone Naxxramas Expansions Cost $7 or 700 Gold Each; Is That the Right Price?

Blizzard revealed full pricing details for the Curse of Naxxramas expansion as well as revealing details on the game's Heroic mode.

Blizzard revealed pricing details for the upcoming Curse of Naxxramas expansion to Hearthstone today; you can buy individual expansions for either $7 or 700 gold.

According to a post on the Blizzard website, Naxxramas will cover five individual updates that will unlock consecutively each week after the first: Arachnid Quarter, Plague Quarter, Military Quarter, Construct Quarter, and Frostwyrm Lair. If you take part in the expansion during it's roughly month-long launch period, you'll be able to access first wing at no cost, but if you arrive late, you'll have to pay for the first wing separately. However, there are several options in how you pay for it, though. Unless you want to pay with gold. If you want to pay with Hearthstone's in-game currency, the price is a flat 700 gold per wing.

In real world cash, you can either pay:

  • $7 for each wing individually
  • $25 for access to all five
  • $20 for access to four (for if you got free access to the first one and then wanted to pay for the rest)
  • $15 for three
  • $10 for two

Keep in mind that there's no advantage to paying real cash for any wing either individually or in a bundle. Blizzard notes, "Keep in mind that purchasing Curse of Naxxramas wings in bundles does not open or grant access to those wings faster than the one-wing-a-week schedule."

While we don't have a specific release date, Blizzard has said they plan on opening the expansion this July (although each week another wing will open). And you'll be able to earn at least 30 cards if you can successfully make it through all of the dungeon's challenges.

If you were worried about the game being too simple, Blizzard has an answer for that as well: Heroic Mode. "Once you’ve defeated all of the bosses within any given wing for the first time, you’ll unlock the Heroic mode of that wing. Heroic mode bosses are significantly more difficult than their normal versions, and they will prove to be a challenge for even the most veteran Hearthstone players." The reward for overcoming those challenges will be a new card back you can use to show off your battlefield prowess.

To me, the price seems fair, especially since the first wing unlocks for free, although I wouldn't have minded a bulk gold discount as well. But what do you think about the cost? Let us know in the comments below.

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77 comments
Skid9999
Skid9999

I always get a kick out of the indignant, self-entitled nits threatening "Fuck you <insert company name here>, I'm not playing your shitty game anymore now that it's P2W." These people who never spent a cent when they did play somehow thinking the game companies are going to lose sleep over the fact that they're now quitting. At the very least they're saving the companies on bandwidth costs by leaving.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

This expansion fails to address the imbalance in the game. There's currently an issue where 95% of decks use the same cards regardless of strategy or heroes. Today I played my Zoo deck against 9 other Zoo decks ina row, then a mage. The gameplay has stagnated, and the players lack the creative freedom to enjoy new strategies without automatically losing games. It's become absolutely monotonous.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

You can earn 700 Gold in a week easily, very good job with the pricing blizzard!

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

The best part of this business model is that the Gold is fairly reasonable to earn In a decent amount of time without having to pay real world $.

Blizzard has done a great job and I hope they don't make it harder to earn gold in order to push sales of the expansions and/or card bundles. Keep consistent.

It's not perfect. I've enjoyed the free parts of the game for long enough to feel justified on spending $7-15 on the game. Over $20 is past what I'm willing to spend for this game, even with the expansions.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

How and why so much early is the expansion??

auron11022
auron11022

I guess I should start saving my gold.

Saketume
Saketume

The price in gold is right.

I've played this game since the official launch and it's a great F2P model.

The game is heavily based on luck (and I have very little of that) so even with the best of cards and fairly skillful gameplay the matches are very even. Sure you can roflstomp in one game but then you get equally owned in the next.


Every day there's a minor quest, easily completable in 2-3 games, that earns you 40-100 gold.

Every day you get 10 gold for 3 won games up to a total of 30 games and 100 gold.


So 140-200 gold per day just for playing.


On top of that you get a whole bunch of quests that give you plenty of start up gold if you're a new player.


Card packs cost 100 gold each and will give you 6 random cards. One is guaranteed to be rare. Fairly often you'll get epic or legendary cards in those. (I've gotten plenty of legendaries in the weeks I've played).

Note that many of the best cards in the game are *common* and far from all legendaries are good.


Pretty much everyone you play against has all the cards they need. Noticeable because they copied well made decks they've seen listed on the web.


700 gold per naxx wing with the first one free is a very fair price. If you want to waste real money on that be my guest. It's really 0 problem to pay with in game gold.

Veenox
Veenox

The Price is Right!!

blackothh
blackothh

I would complain about the cost of added content of a free to play game, but since they made it so you can pay with in game money then there is nothing to complain about.

Talavaj
Talavaj

It is very cheap actually, it is possible to farm that much gold in the timeframe of the event so you can't even complain that you will be behind the paying customers.

But hey lets throw poop at everybody who dares to change for something.

Jrounder82
Jrounder82

Hearthstone is not even close to P2W ppl I have been playing all year and have always had thousands of gold and do as many arena runs as I want and got any card I want or need. If you have to pay you just are not good enough.

If you cant make legendary maybe thats your problem lol

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

Well, at least there's the option to buy it with gold, it may be a grind but it's free.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Back in the day, this was simple patches to support a game. Now everything is being charged for. Well, Blizzard is doing it at least.

Deano
Deano

people are so entitled now, I hope all game companies get rid of F2P just because of the terrible attitude of gamers 

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

Can I point out that Dota2 has the best F2P model?

xlord121
xlord121

Everyone who is yelling 'pay2win' 'omg greedy corporations' have probably never played Hearthstone or quit the second they saw someone use a legendary.


You can easily make the gold by doing Arena runs which give everyone equal opportunity to draw ALL CARDS. Either that or save up gold doing daily quests or just put some money down.



They're paying people to make content for us!!!!!

This is a company that is making a product, paying employees + needs to make a profit. Why do people complain when it is down in a reasonable manner as opposed to BS DLC in games like CoD

jessie82
jessie82

you better get a shit ton of cards for that

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

Well, the price is about what I expected.  I always thought that $5 per wing would be the minimum that they would charge, and $10 would be the maximum they could ask without a riot.  They settled right between those numbers.

It also looks like I started saving gold at about the right time.  I've currently got 2,210.  I can easily earn the last 590 I need just by doing the daily quests over the next two weeks.

And boy, after weeks of saving up gold, it'll be amazing to actually start being able to spend it on cards and arena runs again...

tommynj
tommynj

I could of loved this game because it is fun but it is a darn shame Blizzard turned this game into a pay to win scenario. Glad I stopped playing this.

world4games
world4games

So the game is still free to play in your book.

Maxxgold
Maxxgold

@jimmy_russell

I agree. I still like Hearthstone but Magic is just more of a complete game imo. That's why I like the fact that they are adding in a full Dungeon. It should be fun.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@jimmy_russell Yup. I used to looooove this game. Straight up addicted. Now it's just the same repeat matches over and over and over.

Relvar
Relvar

@Hvac0120 This is Blizzard we are talking about here - they are almost as bad as EA when it comes to greed - Used to love them as a developer but they went darkside long ago....

Saketume
Saketume

@gamingnerd121 Back in the day you had to pay for the game. This game is free and you can easily pay for this content patch with in game money that you earn by ... you guessed it, playing the game. 

It's not even a grind because you just play regular card games which is why you bothered to download the game in the first place.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@xlord121  Something like this should be F2P. Just because too few care enough too pay for any of it. They should just release wow onto consoles instead of wasting time, money and effort with this game.

notorious98
notorious98

@xlord121 Yeah, we get it, all of the cards are available through play.  That doesn't change the fact that the game has a P2W aspect to it.  It's an expected aspect because of the nature of the game, but it's P2W nonetheless.  People who spend money increase their chances of getting better cards because they have no gold limits.  They don't have to rely on winning.  They just spend money.


So stop preaching about why it isn't P2W because it is.  People who have played card games like this understand that it's the nature of the beast.  Just like in MTG, the person who can afford to spend more money is the person more likely to land a Black Lotus.

aeluron1989
aeluron1989

@tommynj Most Card games are P2W. So why are you shocked? It sucks but it's the only way for their game to be profitable and be successfull.

Karlinel
Karlinel

@world4games I agree with you, and in fact think that Blizzard should pay you (not the plural you, specifically YOU) because you spend your time with their free game.

I mean, who do they think they are, right?

notorious98
notorious98

@world4games When you can earn all of that gold in-game without paying a cent?  Yes, that's the definition of F2P.

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@Karlinel @Gears_0f_L0ve Completely free to play, and not pay to win.   but the catch is people like spending money in the game...  that should say something about the game.


Full game is free, unlike League of Legends, which have locked champions (unbalanced), or time based unlocks such as Clash of Clans or War Thunder.  People pay for cosmetics, not game mechanics.


Essentially, valve have created their own bitcoin with video games.

notorious98
notorious98

@Kinguard73 @xlord121 Yeah, that's a great idea.  Hey Blizzard, can you release a game that was made in the middle of PS2's heyday and put it on the PS4?

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

@notorious98 @xlord121 

So just because you CAN pay money to get the CHANCE to get good cards, that instantly means the game is pay to win? You can just as easily get those cards through regular gameplay, with gold. It just takes more effort and time. Every card is available to the F2P player as is to the P2P player. The difference is that one payed and the other didn't.

You don't have to have everything served on a silver platter.

dionycef
dionycef

@notorious98 @xlord121 ANd why people who are paying should not get anything more than others. You should be happy that with the admission price (0 $) you are getting the oppurtunity to get the whole experience given you invest your time, and not crying that you are not getting everything for free. Nobody owes you anything man. Wake up

aeluron1989
aeluron1989

@notorious98 @xlord121 He's not wrong. even if you purchase a bunch of legendaries. It STILL doesn't mean you'll win. They do still have to rely on winning. Luck is a big part along with strategy.

You can buy all the cards in the world but it doesn't mean you will win.

xlord121
xlord121

@aeluron1989 @tommynj IT IS NOT PAY2WIN!!!!


The arena gives each player a perfectly EQUAL opportunity at drawing EVERY card in the game. If you can do well in arena you will easily rack up 1,000 gold in 3 successful runs!!!!


Use that gold to buy cards + your so called 'pay2win' legendaries



P.S. Many famous streamers have achieved legendary without dropping a cent. Trump has done it 3 times (different classes) by starting over on a new location + even refused to put legionaries (specifically Ysera) he got into his deck

notorious98
notorious98

@dionycef @notorious98 @xlord121 When did I complain about it?  I played MTG for years.  The difference is that I'm admitting it's P2W.  I never said that it was a bad thing, I'm just not a fanboy or dumb enough to believe otherwise.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@aeluron1989 @notorious98 @xlord121  You know there is a difference when you bring a knife to a gun fight right? Sure, you might get close enough to stab the guy in the neck but more than likely your about have yer tushie handed to yas.

notorious98
notorious98

@aeluron1989 @notorious98 @xlord121 Here's the problem with that assumption.  It's entirely too narrow-minded.  It may not mean you'll win, but it'll give you an advantage over others who do NOT pay money.  A skilled player can beat an unskilled player with better cards.  However, a skilled player is more likely to beat a skilled player whose cards are inferior.  It makes the playing field uneven for those who don't pay.

And, while luck is a factor, it becomes less of a factor when you have better cards.

notorious98
notorious98

@xlord121 @aeluron1989 @tommynj I think his idea of P2W is that you can buy pack upon pack upon pack without putting in any effort.  For every pack that you buy, your odds of getting the better cards increase.


But, honestly, if that's the case then MTG is nothing but P2W in everything except sealed deck tournaments.

Karlinel
Karlinel

@notorious98 @aeluron1989 @xlord121 You can't seriously pretend to get a competitive game, F2P, where a paying customer gets absolutely nothing over a free one. Besides, paying money doesn't guarantee you to get the cards you want, so you can't make an "imba" deck unless you spend ungodly amounts of money or have an insane luck. 

xlord121
xlord121

@Karlinel @notorious98 @aeluron1989 @xlord121

Why does everyone seem to ignore ARENA.

Thats almost all i play in this game besides doing daily quests if i happen to have a few bad runs.


The arena is entirely versatile as you get new cards every run + there are no limits on cards AND ENTIRELY EQUAL TO ALL PLAYERS + even if you spent $1000 you get absolutely no advantage in arena


Most legendary rank decks only have 2-3 legendaries anyway..... + u can get all the cards you need from arena alone

xlord121
xlord121

@notorious98 @xlord121 @Karlinel @aeluron1989 There's only 2 options in Hearthstone: Arena + Constructed. You don't want to play arena. You don't want to put down money. You don't want to spend time grinding constructed. You don't want to do anything?????????


But you self-entitled brats want the game constantly updated so it doesn't get bored all for 100% free????

notorious98
notorious98

@xlord121 @notorious98 @Karlinel @aeluron1989 Obviously you're too dumb to comprehend the fact that I'm not slamming the game.  I'm just not an over the top fanboy, such as yourself.  The game has P2W aspects to it.  It's an aspect that all games that are similar employ.  It's a necessary evil.  Do you get it yet?  The game is P2W because it HAS to be.

xlord121
xlord121

@notorious98 @xlord121 @Karlinel @aeluron1989

.....


I noticed that you have now resorted to petty insults and derogatory language in a futile attempt to prove that you are better than me.


calling me 'dumb' and 'over the top fanboy" (that statement is redundant)

Then you just wish to argue semantics with me with rhetorical questions heavy with sarcasm.


Does it make you feel superior insulting someone over the comfort of your computer?