Hearthstone 3.0 update prepares for the Grand Tournament

Blizzard has posted the 3.0 update for Hearthstone, preparing the game for the Grand Tournament expansion's imminent arrival, as well as making a few tweaks in the reward system to include Tavern Brawl.

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While Hearthstone fans continue to prepare for the Grand Tournament, the new expansion's drop now appears to be imminent. Speculation has been that it would hit on August 24 and now it's looking like that's more of a possibility. Blizzard has dropped the game's 3.0 patch today, which will prepare it for the expansion's eventual arrival.

The Battle.net post also details some other new additions and adjustments. Most notably, the Daily Quests will now include goals for winning games in Tavern Brawl mode. On top of that, Tavern Brawl victories will now count towards earning the Heroes of the Storm mount that gets unlocked after reaching 100 victories in Hearthstone's 'Play Now' modes. And of course, Blizzard is adding the new bonus chests that will be rewarded for a player's Ranked Play position at the end of each month.

The first chance to check out the Grand Tournament cards will come with tomorrow's Tavern Brawl. For more on the Grand Tournament, be sure to keep up with our continuing Inspired series of breakdowns.

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    August 18, 2015 11:49 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Hearthstone 3.0 update prepares for the Grand Tournament

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      August 18, 2015 11:57 AM

      Didn't they say something about it remembering your highest level attained in ranked mode even if you lose and drop rank? That's not live yet.

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      August 18, 2015 12:22 PM

      Hmm, so the players with the best decks get the higher ranks, and they get additional rewards for that now at the end of the month? Didn't Blizzard say they want to make the game more newcomer-friendly? :/

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        August 18, 2015 12:32 PM

        they are giving players an incentive to play ranked. it's something players have been asking for since launch. there's no point in ranking higher than rank 20

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          August 18, 2015 12:38 PM

          Blizz should maybe give them a higher gold card pick percentage or something like that as a bonus, but not more gold or more cards, as that will just increase the divide between newcomers/poors and old-schoolers/pay2win-bastards.

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            August 18, 2015 12:49 PM

            its generally gold cards for the high end rewards. also, at those ranks people have all the cards they want anyway