Hearthstone Bringing in Two Heroes to Duels with Patch 22.2

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Make way for new heroes. Blizzard

A new patch is arriving in Hearthstone tomorrow which will bring a lot of changes to Duels. One of these is the introduction of two new heroes. Next are Duels Achievements becoming hero-specific rather than class-specific. In addition, when Patch 22.2 goes live, it starts a new season, so expect rankings to be reset.

In Hearthstone, Duels is a mode where players fight against other players to get 12 wins before having three losses. Unlike other modes, players don't have to draft a deck but instead choose:

  • Between four of the 10 classes in the game.
  • One of three of that class's Hero Powers.
  • One of six of that class's Signature Treasures.

After that, players need to build a 16-card deck, using 15 cards from their collection and the treasure selected.

For Duels, players can look forward to the game's first Neutral Heroes. They'll be bringing special Treasures which allow them to ally with one of the classes in their faction. These are Drek’Thar and Vanndar Stormpike. Each one has three new powers and six signature treasures that players can unlock as they play. For the hero power these are:

  • Drek’Thar
    • Warmaster’s Frenzy [Costs 2]
      • Deal 1 damage to ALL minions. Honorable Kill: Gain +1 Attack this turn.
    • Harness the Elements [Costs 1]
      • Draw a spell. Reduce its Cost by (1).
    • War Commands [Costs 2]
      • Draw a Neutral minion that costs (3) or less. It costs (0) this turn.
      • Unlock criteria: Play 60 Neutral minions that cost 3 or less.
  • Vanndar Stormpike
    • Promote! [Costs 1]
      • Give a minion +1/+1 and Rush, Poisonous, Taunt, Windfury, Divine Shield, or Stealth.
    • Send in the Scout [Costs 2]
      • Summon a 2/2 SI:7 Scout.
      • SI:7 Scout: [1 Mana 2/2 Minion] Deathrattle: Add a random card to your hand (from your opponent’s class).
      • Unlock criteria: Play 40 Deathrattle minions.
    • Battle Tactics [Costs 2]
      • Reduce the cost of Neutral minions that cost (4) or more in your hand by (2).
      • Unlock criteria: Play 60 Neutral minions that cost 4 or more.

Learn more about the changes done to Duels here. Patch 22.2 also makes changes to Battlegrounds that you can read more about here. Hearthstone is available on PC, Android, and iOS.

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