Blizzard Battle.net Update Adds Social Features, Gifting, and Free Hearthstone Pack

Shopping for birthdays just got a little bit easier, thanks to a new Blizzard Battle.net update.

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Life just got easier for Blizzard users looking to send gifts to their friends list. The latest Battle.net update has added a number of new social features, but the one at the top of the list is player gifts.

Using the 'Shop' tab will allow users to pick up any giftable item, such as Hearthstone card packs, purchase them and send them over to friends. Think of it as a really easy last-minute birthday present. The giftee will see a gift notification pop up on the upper right corner of the Blizzard app.

Other improvements include a new 'Social' tab that opens the door to one-on-one and group chats. It also opens up chats with friends offline, allowing users to send messages to offline recipients, who will receive them once they log back in. Profiles and Avatars are also on the table, allowing users to express themselves and show off what they've been playing. And of course, those who don't want to be bothered can also set themselves to 'Appear Offline.'

To celebrate this update and offer an idea of how it works, Blizzard is giving Hearthstone players a free Classic pack for their account. Redeem it on the Blizzard shop and then simply log back into the Blizzard Battle.net app.

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From The Chatty

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      October 23, 2017 3:07 PM

      man when did that shit happen i didn’t have a pack as of this morning

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      October 23, 2017 5:13 PM

      oh cool who wants to test out gifting by giving me some stuff?

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      October 23, 2017 6:18 PM

      I am so over Classic packs :(

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        October 23, 2017 6:22 PM

        GRAND OPENING? GRAND CLOSING!

        Open pack. Five cards flipped, five cards dusted.

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      October 24, 2017 5:39 AM

      Yay more ways to feel neglected and see none of friends play Hearthstone! At least I have a cool avatar now ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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        October 24, 2017 6:05 AM

        Sadly every once in a while the quest in Hearthstone is "challenge a friend" and even when I do see someone online in Hearthstone I can't figure out how to challenge them so I just always cancel those quests. It would just be a classic pack of shit I already have anyway.