Hearthstone Will Get a Major Update on January 25

Hearthstone Will Get a Major Update on January 25

Developer Blizzard Entertainment is inviting players back to the tavern – Hearthstone is in for a major update on January 25th, featuring Battlegrounds Buddies, updates for Mercenaries, the Lunar New Year event, and more!


Every battle’s better with a buddy! In this patch, we’ll be introducing a new Battlegrounds Buddy System! A Battlegrounds Buddy is a special minion that’s unique to each Hero, designed to synergize with that Hero’s gameplan.

  • New combat system: The “Buddy Meter” fills up during combat!
  • Buddies are unique per Hero, 75 heroes and their own unique Buddies will be available.
  • Each Buddy copy earned acts like a minion while in-hand and on the board


The Training Grounds have come to Mercenaries! The Training Grounds is a new space for the Village that allows player’s Mercenaries to passively gain experience as they do Bounties with other Mercs, play other game Modes, or even when they’re sleeping!

  • New addition to the village – Training Grounds –Mercenaries can be sent to gain passive XP
  • New Mercenaries: Balinda Stonehearth, Captain Galvangar, Lokholar, Wrathion, Sinestra
  • New Bounties and Feature Updates, including Oval-Art of Portraits & Mercenaries Card Back


  • The hunter Tavish Stormpike must overcome the Frostwolves, Horde mercenaries, angry Troggs, his own family, and food poisoning! Can he stomach it?
  • Defeating all 8 bosses in this linear adventure will reward 1 Hunter pack, containing only Hunter cards from Standard.
  • Special Tavern Brawl – Tavish vs. Rokara (January 26)
    Play as Tavish or Rokara, and select one of your mercenary companions to represent your Hero Power
    Unique dialogue interactions available for each combination of characters
    First time win will reward one Standard pack, containing cards from all of Standard

LUNAR NEW YEAR (February 2-16)

  • All players will receive the FREE Dancing Lion Card Back from January 25 to February 8!
  • Lunar Blessing Tavern Brawl (February 2-9)
  • Quests (February 2-16)

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