Get Your 13 Free Hearthstone Card Packs Now as New Expansion Launches [UPDATE]

You have a chance to get 13 free card packs as part of Whispers of the Old Gods' release event.

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[UPDATE] Whispers of the Old Gods has launched, and you can start earning your free card packs right now. The original story follows:

Hearthstone players will have a chance to get 13 free card packs and a legendary C'Thun card when the new expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, releases next week.

The news was announced during the Whispers of the Old Gods' livestream, and Reddit user AdamNW posted how players can get their free cards to the Games subreddit.

All you have to do to start collecting your free cards is log in during the expansion's release event next week, but you will need to win more than a handful of matches to collect all 13 packs.

You can see the full list of what you need to do below:

  • Three packs - Log in during the expansion's first week
  • Legendary C'Thun and two buff cards - Log in during the expansion's first week
  • Five packs - Win two games in Hearthstone's new "Standard" format
  • Five more packs - Win seven more games in the new "Standard" format
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If you haven't seen all of the cards coming in Whispers of the Old Gods, then you can check out all 134 cards right here. Players can prepurchase a 50-card pack right now for $50 and open it when the expansion releases on April 26.

A bunch of Hearthstone cards will undergo significant changes next week. You can see which cards will get nerfed right here.

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IGameOverLord

Sooo....yeah the first old god card pack i opened i got C'Thun lol i litelarly screamed what is my luck and i got 2 of those cards that double C'Thun's hp and attack whereever he is its sooo awesome he doesn't have to be summoned it just gives him +2/2 that is sooo op and yeah i opened like 7 more got some more cool stuff! :D im soooo happy

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Kalgert

In the few card packs I got, I got my first legendary for this expansion... It was a corrupted Nat Pagle who fishes up cards for the enemy.

.... Yaaaaaay.... I was looking more for N'zoth or whichever C'thulhu monster we are talking about.

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Heqteur

I was all happy about a new serie coming, but dude... standard will permanently lock the meta by forcing the people to play with the same restricted pool of cards for an entire year. Everyone I met yesterday were using the exact same deck and I don't see this changing anytime soon.

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beirutchamp

@heqteur: there's always wild

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jack00

I haven't played in ages, I tried to get back in, I get beat by everyone because they all have the good cards while i'm stuck with defaults cards, so much fun... -sigh-

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Heqteur

@jack00: you know what standard is about, right?

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Anteares

Ho boy new packs so I can....lose...in the stale meta...

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beirutchamp

@Anteares: Git good

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mari3k

its not today, its tomorrow !

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@mari3k: nah brah, it's today

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BabeNewelll

@Raidendude153: Think its tommorow for EU

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Richardthe3rd

Sure I'll log in for this.

But I'm not gonna pay a dime for this game. I'll take free crap though, that's good by me.

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label07

@Richardthe3rd: Of course their company is there to make money it's the shady way they go about it. With Hearthstone anyone that says it is not p2w (unless you build those boring murloc/face decks with basic cards...) you are lying. At the rate they put out their expansions I saw this coming after the 2nd one which was the last I played. If you actually earned a decent sum on gold it wouldn't be so bad. Win 3 games to get 10g...gfy.

I love Blizzard, at least the old them...the new them are greedy, WoW is a shell of it's former self, this last patch on WoD like what will be 14months once Legion hits...there is no passion just milk the players that still cling to them.

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Zorlac

@Richardthe3rd: You act angry that a video game company would want money.

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Richardthe3rd

@Zorlac: is this like the standard response for anyone who doesn't want to pay money for the game now? Is there such a huge chip on people's shoulders now when it comes to the F2P model for things like this?

I've given blizzard a lot of my money throughout the years, and I love them. And I will continue to support them. I can't wait for overwatch.

I just passionately hate this game. Very passionately.

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Zorlac

@Richardthe3rd: Why do you hate it?

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Richardthe3rd

@Zorlac: The game values your time far, far less than it values your dollars. I expect it to be lopsided in that way, but not to the extent it is in Hearthstone.

Namely, I don't like the way gold is earned. Logging in to accrue your daily quest or gold is only convenient if you have a deck that can win games, especially once you get to a certain rank. That's going to require you to already have a decent deck once you get to a certain point. Otherwise, you lose repeatedly and it takes a lot longer and many more games to be successful. This is even further compounded by having to play a certain class for some quests.

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Zorlac

@Richardthe3rd: So since you have to actually PLAY to play for free, you don't like it? That doesn't make much sense at all.

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Richardthe3rd

@Zorlac: Again, is this some sort of canned response? Because it doesn't even speak to what I'm saying.

The point isn't that you can PLAY for free; it's that after a certain point you can't WIN for free. Right at around rank 20 is when you drop straight off a cliff and you're faced with losing repeatedly and progression grinds to a snail's pace.

Who gives two ****s if you can play for free if your chances of winning a match are extremely poor unless you start dumping cash into the game for cards/dust to build a deck?

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SpookyRonin

@Richardthe3rd: You're missing half of the game here. What you say is true BUT only if you focus solely on ranked play. There's this mode called arena, remember? This is your gold maker. After I started Hearthstone I got to 1000 arena wins and only 10 ranked. It was after this point that I started being able to make winning ranked decks and after that it snowballs and you can easily get to legend.

Arena may not be your type of mode but sorry - there have to be some inconveniences if you don't want to pay for cards.
Furthermore if you only like constructed-type of play, you can easily just complete quests in casual mode.

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Richardthe3rd

@SpookyRonin: I will give arena a try, I just don't like the level requirements to play it. I'll give this a whirl as from what I understand it's similar to a draft type format which I'm a fan of.

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Anteares

@SpookyRonin: 1000 arena wins? You had to have spent tons of money on gold then because you sure as hell didn't go 1000 and 0. By grinding quests you can get enough Gold for what?...1 arena ticket per WEEK? What you think is just some kind of 'oh..you just do this and do that' is really unrealistic. I was in beta and smelled the P2W from a mile away...and that is for a game with extremely shitty balance at that.

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SpookyRonin

@Anteares: Seems like you were in the beta and didn't actually try to play the game then. I'm not theorycrafting here - I actually did it and many other people as well, it is not something you'd call unrealistic.

You get 40 or 60 gold per quest. To complete a quest you need some wins so you get gold for that too. Round up 50g from quests and 20 from wins ( 6 wins ). That's 70g daily = 3 ! arena tickets per week. You always get some gold back during arena, so it's safe to assume you can play 4 arenas a week assuming the WORST possible outcome.

Starting out is rough, you usually get around 50g back + pack from the arena, which isn't bad cause it's basically what a pack would cost you. But the more you play the better you get and there comes a point where you EARN gold from arena on a regular basis allowing you to keep on playing and getting basically free packs.

That is how I started out and that is how I intend to get cards from the new expansion. It will take me about 1-2 months at the rate of 1-2 arena runs per day to get most of them but I won't pay a single penny.

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SyntaxKT

@Zorlac: How dare they!

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Hvac0120

Cool. This gives me a reason to play the game. I haven't been playing for a couple months now since I had gotten so far behind on recent updates and the competition got stuff with the newer cards available that I don't have.

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SyntaxKT

@Hvac0120: I'm guessing that a lot of people stopped playing for various reasons and they are betting this will get some of them to come back. I got tired of it a year ago, and will probably only log in to get the free cards and maybe play again in the not so near future, where the cards will be obsolete by then haha.

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Anteares

@syntaxkt: they stopped playing because they figured out it was a shitty game which it is. It is probably the most well done shitty game I've ever seen. Everything pertaining to presentation is spot on and top notch. The game itself is a piece of shit.