Hearthstone will offer new Heroes, starting with Magni Bronzebeard

Hearthstone will be adding some new hero skins for its nine classes, starting with the Warrior. How much will those skins go for? You may want to brace yourself.

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Hearthstone has been flourishing with its nine classes and, by extension, it's nine avatars for those classes. But sometimes, it's just a little too much to look at Garrosh Hellscream's ugly mug. Fortunately, Blizzard is now instituting entirely new hero skins, starting with the Warrior.

After purchase, the Warrior will be replaced by the dwarf warrior, Magni Bronzebeard. Magni will come with his own distinct animations and emotes, which includes a new animation for the Armor Up hero ability. Purchasing a hero skin like Magni will also include a new cardback, as well as a new play area and an entrance animation. More information can be found on Battle.net.

The price? Well, you may want to sit down for this one. The price for Magni, and all other new hero skins, is $9.99...each. (The Battle.net language was ambiguous, but Blizzard has since clarified on Twitter that the $10 price is, indeed, a la carte.) That's the same price for seven new decks and also more expensive than six Arena runs. Nine of these hero skins will run for a whopping $90. So it looks like Blizzard is rolling the dice and asking its audience, "Just how bad do you want this?"

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    June 4, 2015 11:27 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Hearthstone will offer new Heroes, starting with Magni Bronzebeard

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      June 4, 2015 11:32 AM

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        June 4, 2015 11:36 AM

        I like the idea, too, and Steve and I have been debating this for the last hour or so. It's a cool idea. I love it. But $10 for a single Hero skin seems kind of out there, given the way they've set up their economy to this point.

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          June 4, 2015 11:42 AM

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            June 4, 2015 2:25 PM

            Oh I'm sure. The sticker shock comes more from the value of other purchases. $25 can get you a full single-player expansion, which means something like 20 bosses with full dialogue, several cards, class challenges, heroic challenges, and a cardback. Or, you can spend that $25 on... 2.5 hero portraits. What?

            Anyway, I'm more or less accepting of the fact that I'm part of the problem. I figure they'll probably release one or two per month, and I don't mind tossing $10-20 their way as a tip jar for a game I've played like crazy. That said, even at $10, it'd be nice if they offered some kind of bundle option to save a little scratch for those of us who are already pretty sure they're going to get them all.

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          June 4, 2015 11:56 AM

          You see $10 a lot because the f2p studies show the big barrier is pay/no-pay and there's not a lot of difference between $1 and $10.

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          June 4, 2015 11:59 AM

          It is 100% cosmetic so it's probably going to go just fine for Blizzard at this point.

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      June 4, 2015 11:33 AM

      I like the idea but $10 seems a little expensive to me.

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        June 4, 2015 11:55 AM

        gets the higher value customers then leaves rooms for sales to spur additional volume from more price conscious customers

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      June 4, 2015 1:12 PM

      I have a gold warrior portrait, and there's no way I'm changing it. Gold warrior is the best portrait in the game.

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        June 4, 2015 2:20 PM

        From what I've read, the new Hero Portraits will be animated by default, but they'll only get the gold rim if you earn the 500 wins with that class. So Magni will have a gold rim for you, if you use him, but he'll be animated for everybody.

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        June 4, 2015 4:13 PM

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        June 4, 2015 4:23 PM

        Gold Shaman > *

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          June 4, 2015 4:40 PM

          You're out of your mind

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            June 4, 2015 4:42 PM

            Not to mention that gold shaman took everyone like 5 days with a bot to get, but gold warrior takes like 300+ hours.

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        June 4, 2015 4:47 PM

        Gold priest here bro

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      June 4, 2015 3:57 PM

      Decks packs

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      June 4, 2015 4:53 PM

      I just started Hearthstone and it is awesome. Goot times. I spent 10 bucks on some original pack things. I'm rank 24 leper gnome, or something. Sup now.

      Paladin.

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      June 5, 2015 9:20 AM

      The build up in this article was making me expect like $25 or something lol. I don't think $10 is outragous, I thought that we were going to see some card / hero ability variations form this rather than just a skin. Couldn't care less about a skin in a card game really.

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