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BlizzCon 2017 Roundup: Here Are The Biggest Announcements For Hearthstone, HOTS, Overwatch, StarCraft II, And WoW

6 November 2017, 7:42 am EST By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
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Blizzard had a ton of announcements during BlizzCon 2017, and they're all good news for fans of Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft.

At that, here are some of the biggest pieces of news at the event:

Hearthstone

To start things off, Hearthstone is getting a new expansion called Kobolds & Catacombs in December. It's going to add 135 new cards and a ton of new missions, including the single-player mode Dungeon Runs.

Another game mechanic Recruit is rolling out as well. If you play a card with Recruit, you'll summon a minion from your deck, which could be chosen randomly or not depending on the card.

On top of that, there are Spell Stones in the mix, and they're basically spell cards that you can augment by meeting certain conditions. Last but not least, there are also Unidentified cards, and they gain additional effects once you draw them.

The expansion is already available for preorder at $49.99, and you'll get a special "For The Hoard" card back if you do. What's more, even if you don't grab it early, you're going to get some free legendary cards to boot.

Heroes Of The Storm

HOTS is set to get not one but two new heroes from other Blizzard games, and they're Hanzo from Overwatch and Alexstrasza from WoW.

That's not all either. Performance-based matchmaking and voice chat are also making their way.

Overwatch

The new support hero Moira is heading to Overwatch soon, along with a new theme park map filled with areas based on Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft and a slew of new skins.

StarCraft II

StarCraft II will become a free-to-play title starting on Nov. 14, but the content will be limited compared with what you'd get if you paid for the whole package.

That said, it's pretty hefty, including the full Wings of Liberty campaign, online ranked competitive play, and all co-op commanders up to level five. Speaking of which, there's the new co-op commander Han and Horner as well, which consists of Mira Han and Matt Horner.

World Of Warcraft

In more ways than one, Blizzard is returning to its roots with WoW, so to speak. In the upcoming expansion Battle for Azeroth, the Alliance and the Horde are back at each other's throats once again.

More than that, a new server that'll let you dive into vanilla WoW is going up, which shows that the company finally caved in to the fans' demands, following the ups and downs of vanilla private servers such as Nostalrius.

Last but not least, voice chat is finally coming to WoW.

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