Kobolds Expansion Releasing December 7
Say what? Thanks to a small line noted on a recent Hearthstone Blog post, we're ready to make a bold release prediction. Kobolds and Catacombs will release on December 7.
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From December 10 to 11 (December 9 to 10 PST)
All new expansion cards will be allowed
What is This? I Don't Even.
Allow me to explain.
When tournaments have allowed new cards in the past, it's always meant the expansion has already been out prior to the event's beginning. It should also be noted that in the history of Hearthstone, all December expansions so far have released in early December.
- Goblins vs Gnomes released December 8, 2014
- Mean Streets of Gadgetzan released December 1, 2016
With card reveals starting up again on November 20, we're certainly in for a quick reveal phase. Looking back on history for this year only, Un'Goro and Frozen Throne had 14 day card reveal periods.
- Un'Goro began on March 17 with a reveal stream and ended on March 31 with the final reveal stream.
- Frozen Throne began on July 24 with Ticking Abomination and ended on August 7 with the final reveal stream.
If history is going to repeat itself, and it will, we're in for another two week long event. With set releases historically taking place on a Thursday, you can mark the following dates on your calendar.
- Monday, December 4 - Kobolds and Catacombs Final Card Reveal
- Thursday, December 7 - Kobolds and Catacombs Release
Here's to another great card reveal season! Stay tuned for all of our coverage beginning in just 12 days on November 20. Dates on this post are assuming the Americas region. They'll likely differ in other parts of the world, so don't shoot the messenger!
The Hearthstone Inn-vitational Travels to Australia
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It’s time slip on some sunscreen and slap on some cork hats, because this December, Australia will say g’day to the country’s first Hearthstone Inn-vitational, set to play out in the heart of beautiful Sydney!
Four of the world’s most accomplished Hearthstone players will be heading down under to test their skills against some of Australia’s best.
If you live in the region or simply are looking to witness this tournament, c’mon in!
The Inn-vitational pits globally-recognised Australian and New Zealand players against top tier international opponents to battle for treasure and glory!
Representing the Aussies and the Kiwis are players who have competed at some of the highest global levels of Hearthstone.
The Thunder From Down Under
The following challengers need no introduction. Put your hands together for some of the finest Hearthstone players from around the world!
The World-Wide Winners
- Single elimination bracket with each ANZ player paired with a visiting player
- Each match will be best-of-five Conquest with one ban
- All new expansion cards will be allowed
From December 10 to 11 (December 9 to 10 PST), the eight players will compete for a prize pool of $10,000 AUD and the bragging rights of being Sydney’s first Inn-vitational winner. All the action will be broadcast live on twitch.tv/PlayHearthstone at 12:00 p.m. AEDT (5:00 p.m. PST) on both days.
It’s not all about the competition. We’ll also be throwing an epic gathering for you budding adventurers! Leading the charge in the historic Intercontinental Sydney hotel will be two very special adventurers–you’ll find out who in the coming weeks! You should also expect to see familiar faces like Jackson ‘JD’ Davey, Jia “Jia” Dee, and Andrey “Reynad” Yanyuk.
This party, happening December 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. AEDT, is one for the ages. Keep an eye on the Blizzard Australia and New Zealand Twitter and Facebook for ticket details. More tournament information will also be shared on the Hearthstone Esports social channels.
It’s going to be a great arvo at the Sydney Inn-vitational. We’ll see you there!