Hearthstone Beta Test is Coming to an End

Updates
[1:41 PM EST]:
We've swapped the translated post with the official announcement from the US forums.
[2:14 PM EST]: We've added some responses from Zeriyah from the announcement thread.
[3:10 PM EST]: More responses from Zeriyah added.

The Hearthstone Beta is Coming to an End

Rynundu, a member of the EU Community Team, posted a reminder on the German Hearthstone forum for everyone to get their golden Gelbin Mekkatorque before it is too late. There is no announced day for the end of the beta test, but it is definitely soon! Check out the translated announcement and original below.

Quote from Blizzard

We’re drawing near to the end of the beta test of Hearthstone! We wanted to remind you that Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque, illustrious gnomish engineer and reward for helping us test our in-game shop, will no longer be available once the game is released. 

In order to get your hands on this card for your Hearthstone collection, simply purchase an Arena entry or pack of cards from our in-game shop during the beta, and Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque will automatically be added to your collection. It’s that easy! 

Once Hearthstone is released, you can still craft the non-Gold version of Gelbin Mekkatorque using Arcane Dust.

Grab this gilded gnome today, before he’s gone for good!


Zeriyah Responds

Quote from Zeriyah

How close to the end of the beta are we? Don't need an exact date, because I know that would be horrendous, but is this a matter of days or weeks or months?
I can't say exactly, but it is soon. Not months. 

Does this achievement double for the Hearthsteed too? any word on the WOW mount?
We have not made any announcements regarding the Hearthsteed. This only affects Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque.

If launch is on the horizon, does that mean all the bugs that've been around for months will finally be fixed?
We plan on a large patch with the release of the game that addresses many of the bugs players have been experiencing.

That means that [Gelbin Mekkatorque] will dissappear from my collection? Because i have it..Or i will keep it?
Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque is only available to acquire during the beta testing phase of Hearthstone by making a real money purchase from the in-game shop. Once you get him, he is yours forever. Non-golden Gelbin Mekkatorque will be available to craft with Arcane Dust. 

Oh, any word on whether or not this means the iPad version will also be "not months" away, or is that a completely separate release?
iPad is considered a separate release.

Will the patch that you mentioned in this thread earlier also contain balancing of cards? 
We'll have a full write-up of what is contained within the patch on patch day, but we're also planning on posting something up here on the forums that'll spark some discussion in the community before that. Stay tuned.

 

Comments

  • +1
    #25 vincentcloud01 (Beta Patch 4482)

    Is this just open and closed beta? I havent heard of a release date, so they are gonna stop the game, wait and then release...seems like a lot of stuff is still left to do before they stop and delaying a release is counter productive. Most WoW Beta/PBE go down a day or two before is apply this makes is seems like months after it stops they will release. My best guess on date when beta will end should be around 25th of march, you know they have this expansion to a little game called diablo 3 coming out...sure there will be bugs.

     

  • +1
    #23 Calmethar (Beta Patch 4482)

    Might be an idea to apply the patch and actually test it just a tiny bit before launch.

  • +1
    #22 skorpionex (Beta Patch 4482)

    Probably 1st April (joke!) with new season.

  • +1
    #17 RIPJAWS93 (Beta Patch 4482)

    will our collections be wiped?

     

  • +1
    #18 Whale_Cancer (Beta Patch 4482)

    Nope.

  • +1
    #19 the9tail (Beta Patch 4482)

    Will the patch that you mentioned in this thread earlier also contain balancing of cards? We'll have a full write-up of what is contained within the patch on patch day, but we're also planning on posting something up here on the forums that'll spark some discussion in the community before that. Stay tuned.

    I would of agreed with you Whale_Cancer if it wasnt for that statement. It could mean anything, including a wipe.

  • +1
    #20 Whale_Cancer (Beta Patch 4482)

    They've mentioned over and over they are not planning another wipe.

    If there was, there would be a riot. I suppose it is possible, but I would be very surprised.

  • +1
    #21 Mathspy (Beta Patch 4482)

    I doubt the possibility really since more than once they were "WE SWEAR NO MORE WIPES." and this is Blizzard's team and they are probably not planning to go back in their words like that.

    I am pretty confident that discussion will be more oriented around "Unleash the Hounds" or other similar cards asking people if they think it should remain and they should work on more similar cards to balance things out for other classes (i.e: improving everything to keep the balance) or to nerf it and do so with any other powerful card that suddenly makes a riot like UtH right now (i.e: nerfing everything to keep the balance)

    Just a wild guess

  • +1
    #24 Burzolog (Beta Patch 4482)

    As of 16 hours ago, Zeriyah is still telling people that there will be no more wipes. I don't know how much more definitive they can be. No wipes. Period.

  • +1
    #26 Rushgarroth (Beta Patch 4482)

    that sucks balls... i just discenchanted many legendarys just to build others and try on because its just beta.... i thought we would be able to respend bought gold/packs -.-*

  • +1
    #16 sadon2 (Beta Patch 4482)

    One problemt hey need to fix is the DISCONECT. Not every country or house ahs 100% perfect internet and a 2 seconds interupt is equal to a loss if this problem is not solved ON REALEASE, the realease would just be a joke

  • +1
    #14 Whale_Cancer (Beta Patch 4482)

    I would assume at the end of this season? If it's not months, that seems like the best time to transition.

  • +1
    #13 brushmyhair (Beta Patch 4482)

    probably 2 weeks until release blizz like to release things after 2 weeks after they announce it 

  • +1
    #11 MarlernX (Beta Patch 4482)

    Can't believe they're pushing release so soon when there are still gamebreaking bugs present.

  • +1
    #12 Fluxflashor (Beta Patch 4482)

    While I'm not going to say that all bugs will be fixed, there is definitely hope.

    We plan on a large patch with the release of the game that addresses many of the bugs players have been experiencing.

  • +1
    #15 Whale_Cancer (Beta Patch 4482)

    They mentioned the next patch will fix the minion swapping and card stacking bug on Facebook. It was a comment in one of the threads about the new card backs on Facebook.

    There is always hope.

  • +1
    #9 bultack (Beta Patch 4482)

    One thing, the buy pack or Arena pass is with real money or it's valid with golds?

  • +1
    #10 Fluxflashor (Beta Patch 4482)

    To get Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque, you need to make a real money purchase in the store or arena.

  • +1
    #7 xskarma (Beta Patch 4482)

    We plan on a large patch with the release of the game that addresses many of the bugs players have been experiencing.

    Thank RNGesus, finally. Can't wait!

  • +1
    #6 Ludmilparvanov (Beta Patch 4482)

    I hope the Ipad version is coming soon too! I just can't wait..

    Last edited by Ludmilparvanov on 3/4/2014 1:24:16 PM
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