Hearthstone single-player adventure Curse of Naxxramas announced, and you can play without spending a penny

New cards, new arenas, and new class challenges confirmed for Hearthstone’s single-player expansion; first section free, additional areas cost in-game gold or real world money.

Blizzard will be taking Hearthstone players to the floating necropolis of Naxxramas, with the famous World of Warcraft dungeon confirmed as the location of the card game’s first single-player Adventure mode expansion.

The Curse of Naxxramas expansion is scheduled for release sometime this summer, and finally introduces a single-player mode to Hearthstone. Players will need to play through five different sections or “wings” in the dungeon, with one wing to be released each week. The first wing to be released will be the Arachnid Quarter, and each wing will feature new bosses to defeat and new cards to earn. Only the first wing will be free--players will have to buy access to the others using in-game gold or real world money.

Blizzard did not provide details on what that cost would be, although access to the game's current arena content, which earns players at least one Card Pack, costs 150 gold or costs $2.49.

Well, this guy looks like he could be annoying.

Players will be able to earn up to a total of 30 new cards to add to their collection for completing The Curse of Naxxramas. Once earned, these cards will be playable in all of the game’s other modes (Play or Practice).

For Arena, a mode in which players choose cards from a pool rather than using pre-constructed decks, the new cards will be added to the available mix regardless of whether a player has completed the Naxxramas adventure or not. In a statement, Blizzard says the new cards “are completely optional and aren’t necessary to continue playing and being competitive at Hearthstone.”

The expansion will introduce class-specific challenges as well. These will be made up of battles where players will have to use a predetermined class deck, with the reward for winning being another Naxx-themed card. Finally, a new Naxx-themed arena will be introduced as well, featuring the requisite spooky features fitting for an arena set in an undead haven.

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al_is_here
al_is_here

I spent around 13 bucks on packs but i hate how just about every feature in the game is "give me money" .I dont mind spending money on a game i enjoy but im not going to consistently spend money on a game that requires money in order to enjoy all the features.I have spent over 200 dollars in dota 2 within the last few months and i didnt have to spend any money to enjoy the game.The only way i can see myself feeding blizzard is if they make a port to linux and offer more for the users...forcing people pay in order to fully enjoy the game is a bad business practice and discourages potential consumers...with what blizzard has to offer, hearthstone is not going anywhere in esports...sure its possible they might make alot of money but it will never grow beyond that.

Yagami-san
Yagami-san

Im really enjoying the game but I feel that it doesn't offer enough rewards as of the moment. Winning 3 games only nets you 10 gold. The daily quest is good though. I feel like 2 quests per day is a good idea, 

Also, I spent some cash on the game(with a total of $90). During the transition from beta to official, I lost one of my Legendary cards which is Lord Jaraxxus. I contacted blizzard through their technical support forums and they were no help at all. They just said that they do not offer refunds or card restorations for any reports of disappearing cards. Filed a dispute with paypal and got a refund back for one of my transactions. Blizzard had 10 days to respond to the dispute but they never did. Shows you how great their "customer service" is. Lesson learned, im never gonna spend money on this game anymore until they fix their customer service.

straightcur
straightcur

I really hope these adventure modes are actually challenging.   If it's too simple to beat on your first playthrough it wont be fun but if too difficult, it will come off as a money grab.   Happy balancing!!!      New cards are always great though.   I play arena most often since ladder gets a little boring playing against the same decks all the time.  

Talavaj
Talavaj

Those trying to justify the price while comparing it to real life TCGs.

Keep in mind Blizzard is spending an absolute minimum on this and that real life trading cards cost around the same or even less while they have actual value being physical collectibles.

Nothing you will spend your money on in HS will have any real value, ever.

WehrmachtBear
WehrmachtBear

The community will only shut up once the game starts rewarding 100G per win instead of the usual 10G for every three wins.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

So furthers widen the gap between those who pay money or waste lots of time on this game to grind for the OP cards, and those who would rather play a game of skill such that decision making and deck building are the keys to victory.


This is truly a new low for blizzard.

Granatar
Granatar

interesting.   I am not sure about this because they have a really poor single player aspect of the game right now.  

Talavaj
Talavaj

Well, too soon to judge without knowing how much you will have to pay to "unlock" this paywall content. That being said any new cards are welcome, given the game's limited deck building the game has already became very samey.

tajirinere
tajirinere

Winning at this game is the best high i've in a while but i'm not that good. cant wait for more

scout7
scout7

Its not pay to win, its pay to progress just like any other trading card game on the market.  

Just play arena over constructed, its more fun playing with broken decks anyways :)

jessie82
jessie82

ive already lost interest and uninstalled it so unless this "adventure" gives me lots of gold for new packs ill probably pass

Rikomi
Rikomi

Blizzard says the new cards “are completely optional and aren’t necessary to continue playing and being competitive at Hearthstone.”

Yeah right lol! That's why every tournament I watch with high ranked players use tons of legendary cards. I wouldn't call Hearthstone Pay to Win, but it's pretty damn close. You can get by without spending money, but you'll need to put in some serious time to earn good cards and you'll be at a disadvantage until you do. Still, I am very excited about this, Hearthstone is a great game : )

ziproy
ziproy

It's worth it just for the free epic mount it gives you. It's a lot of fun if you like card games, otherwise skip it

mattcake
mattcake

Play without spending a penny?! My bladder will explode!

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Only the first wing will be free--players will have to buy access to the others using in-game gold or real world money, although there’s no confirmation yet of what the cost will be.

---And there you have it.  Like a Drug Dealer, just give them a little taste...

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@al_is_here You aren't forced... at all. In fact you are even less forced in this game than Dota. Everything to my knowledge is available without paying a penny in Hearthstone. If you are impatient then you can spend money, but at no point should you even get close to spending 200$.

Clavera
Clavera

@Talavaj So you're saying that intangible subjective things doesn't hold any real value?

bobbo888
bobbo888

@WehrmachtBear  idk why you would need that much every 3 wins... if you do the quests you can easily get a pack a day...

NikIvRu
NikIvRu

@WehrmachtBear are u fucking serious?!? with 100g per win Ill have all cards on day 3. For a CCG that's bad.

Lionheart8472
Lionheart8472

@randomkidlol  Hey bro, sorry to tell you, but you don't have to spend a dime in order to get these new cards. In fact they are giving you plenty of time to start saving your Gold so you can buy the extra wings to get the extra cards later.


You don't have to spend 1 single USD.

Grim_Jackal
Grim_Jackal

@randomkidlol"Blizzard says the new cards “are completely optional and aren’t necessary to continue playing and being competitive at Hearthstone.”"

Right there in the body of the article.

Granatar
Granatar

@FinalHermit  dude, maybe you should not play games because you appear not to play well with others.  Oh and please keep your offensive words to yourself.  

crazkanuk
crazkanuk

@FinalHermit  Yup! You can actually get a card per day, I think. Aren't there 3 daily quests worth 40 gold per quest? 

al_is_here
al_is_here

@Rikomi  No it is pay to win..i love the game but lets face the music, its p2w

jesot
jesot

@Rikomi  Agreed.  However, when you put in the time you have to put in with sub-par cards, you'll learn a lot and be ahead of the curve once you finally get your deck together.

Frostbite24
Frostbite24

@DarkJedi8_basic  

Your drug dealer analogy would only make sense if in it the drug dealer also offered you the option of getting more without paying anything.

ziproy
ziproy

@DarkJedi8_basic They give you daily quests to complete that give you enough gold by the end of the day to buy at least one cool thing (either a card pack or in this case Dungeon Wings). If that's too slow then you are more than welcome to shell out real money to unlock everything at once.


If that angers you then just do daily quests every day till you get what you want

E-Major
E-Major

@bobbo888 @Talavaj  Google Magic The Gathering please. (FYI NOT the video game ;))

Granatar
Granatar

@Grim_Jackal @randomkidlol  wait, so it's optional to play against someone with these cards?  No, and this changes how you play a card game and what you have to prepare for. So in reality, it's not really optional at all.  

Talavaj
Talavaj

@crazkanuk @FinalHermitOne quest daily. They range in between 40~100 gold reward, the 100 gold quest is the rarest while the 40s are the most common. That being said you need a lot of luck to get decent cards, it may take you very well over 2 months to even get a legendary with gold alone.

You can compete with basic and cheap cards, but only up until a certain point.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

@shingui5 @DarkJedi8_basic You're under the impression that I am against Capitalism...I have no intention of paying one dime, and they give me the option to play without spending anything.

hinzkunz
hinzkunz

@ziproy @DarkJedi8_basicWell they don't give you daily "QuestS". They give you A daily quest. Mostly its for 40 gold. Yes, you can swap it out, but mostly you swap it out for another 40 gold quest. (At least thats what happens to me all the time) I once got a 60 gold quest in now 3 weeks of playing. Supposedly you can also get 100 gold quests but thats very rare.


So ... in my experience you need about 2,5 days to get a pack of cards (100 G) or about 3 to 3,5 day (150 G) to enter the arena once. So in truth the progression is indeed veeeeery slow withouth shelling out extra money. Of course thats still fine when you play it as intended ... as a casual game to relax a bit. But to say they give you one cool thing per day is a strong overstatement.


You do not have to spend money and I for example don't but it is still clearly geared towards it.


al_is_here
al_is_here

@Jaxith @Granatar @Grim_Jackal @randomkidlol  The only problem with your argument is this isnt a real life card game....if it was a real life card game then people would have the option of trading,buying, and selling cards...it is what holds any kind of value to cards...Its sad because this is a really good game but it is being ass fucked by a group of greedy fat cats who choose to abuse micro transactions.

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@Granatar @Jaxith@Grim_Jackal@randomkidlol Dealing with those cards is free though. You don't enter into a match knowing what cards your opponent uses, so there's no point where you're forced to buy a required counter card to enemy play. Hearthstone just doesn't work that way. Fairly competitive decks can be built from common cards, and most dedicated players are in the arena which is free assuming you maintain a good win rate.

And as it's been said, this game can be free or you can pay into it, you have options. All other card games that I know of require you to buy cards, common or rare, so your argument doesn't really pan out. There is no gap in players defined by who pays more, the gap is defined by skill.

Jaxith
Jaxith

@Granatar  What you say is all true.  I apologize if my comment was worded harshly, as that was not my intent.  I believe I misread the tone of your comment as well, but most of my comment was really directed toward the OP and his claims of Blizzard 'sinking to a new low'.

Though, on the subject of what you did actually say, I do think there's reasonable room for discussion.  I wouldn't say that decks need to constantly have the cards from the newest set added to them.  A well made deck is a well made deck, with or without the latest cards.  In that sense, the sense of needing specific cards in your deck to be successful, I do believe that the newest cards are 'optional'.  You still need to learn how to play against them, but it's not like they're required in every single deck.

Granatar
Granatar

@Jaxith @Granatar @Grim_Jackal @randomkidlol  dude, chill.  I am not condemning them, they have to make money.  All my comment was the cards are not optional.  They have to be dealt with in all modes as they will be players using them.  

Granatar
Granatar

@Grim_Jackal @Granatar @randomkidlol  Yes I play and I have played TCGs.  


Every expansion has to be considered with when you play.  You have to understand the cards and how to counter them.  


It's a game.  The cards you play in the expansion are not just in the expansion.  they will be out in the ranked matches and maybe the arena. you have to deal with it.  

Jaxith
Jaxith

@Granatar @Grim_Jackal@randomkidlol Wait...  Are we really going to argue and condemn a trading card game for having card expansions?  It seems to me the real low here is actually trying to act like this is some horrible affront to ethics and decency.  In my experience, real life card games are expensive hobbies.  There's no free to play option in real life.  Hearthstone *does* let you do everything for free, but apparently that's not good enough?  Really?

I'm sorry, but sometimes complaining is just stupid.  Blizzard's not cheating anyone, and they're certainly not sinking to new lows.  There's simply nothing to condemn here.

straightcur
straightcur

@hinzkunz @ziproy@DarkJedi8_basic Why not play arena?   Always get a pack, and usually enough gold to buy in to your next arena run.   Just buying packs is silly.   Ive never spent a dime and maintain a gold reserve of 600-1000.....

Tanares
Tanares

@ziproy @Xenro4 @DarkJedi8_basic  lol one that uses his own product I suppose.