For this second half of the month and the end of the calendar year, there's been a ton of offers appearing across the Hearthstone in-game shop - bringing something of interest for most every game mode. So let's catch up just in time for the holidays, shall we.
In a way, we are in the new territory here. At least partially. As seasonal Battle.net sales for all Blizzard games are something we've come to expect, Hearthstone has always been notoriously exempt from these proceedings. Well, no more. Even if it's only going to appeal to certain types of tavern denizens.
If you look in game, we actually have several BG and Mercs products on sale this year (I think maybe in two waves for BGs). This was something I’ve specifically pushed for since joining the team.
Could be a sign of things slowly changing for the better. But let's start from the beginning.
Hearthstone has a new currency that can be used to buy everything available in the in-game shop. If you want a reminder about their pricing, check out the table below.
You can find monetary conversions of the Runestones to selected currencies below:
As you may have noticed, the biggest bundles aren't actually the cheapest option to obtain Runestones. While the prices of USD/EUR bundles aren't radically different, in GBP you'd be losing a relatively high amount of money if you bought anything but the cheapest bundle. We've bolded the best deals in each currency in the table above for your convenience.
Tavern Pass Cosmetics
New expansion comes with a new Tavern Pass for the fresh March of the Lich King Rewards Track. The usual price of 2000 Runestones or $19.99 will get you three XP boosts, 3 Chromie Mercenary Portraits, Diamond Grand Magister Rommath as well as the other cosmetics listed within the dropdown section below.
Path of Arthas Set
With the launch of Death Knights, a new class card package similar to the Demon Hunter Initiate Set was also released. Except it's purchasable, just like all the expansion Mini-Sets of the past couple years. These cards can still be acquired as a part of the Mega Bundle Pre-order, be separately crafted, or bought as a whole through either normal or all-golden offer:
- Golden Set: 7000 Runestones or $69.99 (comes with Diamond Lady Deathwhisper).
- Regular Set: 2000 Gold or 1500 Runestones ($14.99).
- You can view all Path of Arthas cards here.
Hero Skin Bundles
The Legendary Arthas Skin bundle has left the shop, but it has been replaced by another new 3D skin for Sylvanas. In addition to the portrait, the bundle contains 5 Hunter class packs and costs $24.99 or 2500 Runestones.
In case you're curious, a Legendary Hero Skin consists of:
- A fully 3D animated portrait that responds to in-game actions with special animations (such as attacking, playing minions, casting spells and emoting).
- A unique hero tray, more gilded than ever before.
- New voicelines.
On the topic of Legendary Skins, the Hearthstone team also had this information to share on their forums. Perhaps it's applicable to some of you:
We’ve recently updated the product description on the Sylvanas Ranger General Legendary Bundle and we wanted to clarify that change.
Some (non-3D) premium Hero Skins are intended to include unique hero power VFX. For the new Legendary (3D) Hero Skins, we wanted the focus to be on the 3D hero model, so the hero portrait has a special animation when you use your hero power, instead. It was brought to our attention that the wording of the Legendary Hero Skin descriptions made it sound like Legendary Hero Skins would have both, so we corrected that wording to make the product description clearer.
This change applies to both the Arthas Menethil Bundle and the Sylvanas Ranger General Legendary Bundle. Customer Service will handle refunds for anybody who purchased these bundles prior to this clarification and wants a refund due to the change.
Additionally, we got another skin bundle for Rogues in the form of the new Edwin portrait, coming with 5 Rogue class packs and a price tag of $9.99 or 1000 Runestones.
Pack & Diamond Card Bundles
For packs, we have plenty of deals available. The one that should interest everyone is A Holiday Special!, which will give you two packs from each of the five previous Standard-viable Expansions: for the fair cost of clicking the "Free!" button.
We also got two new pack bundles: Legends of the Lich King and Legends of Nathria, both containing 2 random Legendaries as well as 20 packs from their respective titular expansions. These bundles will be yours for $19.99 or 2000 Runestones each.
The newest offer - aimed mainly at certain Constructed game mode (did you remember it still exists?) - comes in the form of Classic bundles, with one striving to add some bling to players' collections, and the other granting just some more cards for those in need:
- Golden Classic Bundle: 3 random golden Legendary cards and 20 Golden Classic packs for $69.99 or 7000 Runestones.
- Classic Bundle: 3 random Legendary cards and 40 Classic packs for $29.99 or 3000 Runestones.
Additionally, the bundles from previous weeks still remain:
- Signature March of the Lich King Bundle (1 of 2), consisting of a random Signature Legendary Card and 10 Signature Golden March of the Lich King packs: $39.99 or 4000 Runestones.
- March of the Lich King Bundle (1 of 2), consisting of 2 random Legendaries, 10 March of the Lich King packs as well as 10 Standard packs: $19.99 or 2000 Runestones.
- We haven't seen the contents of Rank 2 offers ourselves, but the reports for the MotLK bundle indicate about double the price of Rank 1, with 25 expansion packs and 25 Standard packs, plus 2 random Legendaries. They also appear on the following server reset upon purchasing the previous bundle.
The Diamond card bundles are still available as well:
- Standalone Diamond Lady Deathwhisper, for 3000 Gold or 2500 Runestones ($24.99).
- Diamond Lor'themar Theron Bundle, with the title card and two Signature Golden March of the Lich King packs, for 2500 Runestones or $24.99.
- Diamond Deathbringer Saurfang Bundle, with the title card and two Signature Golden March of the Lich King packs, for $24.99.
Last week, the Battlegrounds shop was very empty with only the current Season 2 Pass remaining. This week it's being accompanied by a Pre-Purchase deal for the next Season, which will unlock a Rare Chef Nomi bartender and Epic Nomi's Eatery board upon purchase. Both passes will cost you 1500 Runestones or the equivalent amount of real money ($14.99). There is probably around 2-3 weeks left to make up your mind.
We were also given some of the previously mentioned holiday discounts: for selected Legendary (top row) and Epic (bottom row) skins, with the former costing 200 Runestones (~$1.99, 33% discount) and the latter 100 Runestones (~$1.99, 50% discount).
The Murloc Hideaway Legendary Board has also returned alongside a Variety Emote Pack, both with discounted price tags of $14.99 or 1500 Runestones (25% discount) and 300 Runestones (~$2.99, 40% discount), respectively.
Additionally, Bob has some personalized offers Just for You, ranging from old Bartenders for 500 Runestones ($4.99) to old Battlegrounds skins with 100 Runestones (~$0.99) each.
The new Battle Bash has also started, offering a variety of cosmetics that we reported on earlier. Everyone gets one free swing at the rewards; the rest can be obtained by paying 1000 Runestones ($9.99) and then playing some Battlegrounds.
Mercenaries also got some winter deals with two new offers for everyone. Winter Fun Mercenaries Bundle will give you a random Legendary and a random Epic Mercenary, as well as 10 Mercenaries packs, with a holiday price of 1000 Runestones ($9.99). Another deal gives you an opportunity to bling up your collection with a random Legendary Diamond Portrait for 1500 Runestones ($14.99).
Additionally, there are some partially personalized offers available for different random Mercenaries of Epic/Legendary quality, their portraits, or just standalone coins - which character shows up where seems to vary per player, while the contents of each bundle tend to be fairly similar. We have seen several variations, probably influenced by an individual's spending power and collection: ranging from 1000 Runestone ($9.99) Coin bundles to 3000 Runestone ($29.99) Mega pack bundles.
Did you get any of the new pack bundles (in addition to the free one)? How do you feel about the 3D skins so far? Are these discounts for Battlegrounds and Mercenaries any good? Let us know in the comments below and happy holiday shopping!