'Hearthstone' Battlegrounds Update: Trial by Felfire Introduces Challenges and Pirates

A brand new pirate-themed Hearthstone patch has just been announced, bringing a wave of scallywags to the Battlegrounds game mode. Patch 17.4 welcomes the Felfire Festival and a month of content to Blizzard's card game, with new challenges and Tavern Brawls that will keep even the most hardcore player engaged. You can check out the official blog post here.

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Come join Mecha Jaraxxus as he tears through Outland Blizzard

Trial by Felfire Challenges

On June 17, the Trial by Felfire story adventure featuring Aranna Starseeker will be available for free to all players. The five-chapter storyline will take you all around Outland with Illidan and the rest of his Demon Hunter pals. Complete the challenge and you will unlock the Rusted Legion card back.

Trial by Felfire Challenges will unlock on June 24 and have you build a deck to face off against the card game's toughest bosses. Complete every challenge and you'll earn a golden Kael'thas Sunstrider.

Battlegrounds Pirates Patch

Here are the new and updated heroes coming to Battlegrounds this patch:

Captain Eudora- Buried Treasure [Cost 1]: Dig for a Golden minion! (4 Digs Left)

Captain Hooktusk- Trash for Treasure [Cost 0]: Remove a friendly minion. Discover one from a lower Tavern Tier.

Patches the Pirate- Pirate Parrrrty! [Cost 4]: Get a Pirate. After you buy a Pirate, your next Hero Power costs (1) less.

Here are the new minions coming to the game mode inspired by the Pirates of Warcraft:

Deck Swabbie- [Tier 1, Pirate] 2 Attack, 2 Health: Battlecry: Reduce the cost of upgrading Bob's Tavern by (1).

Scallywag- [Tier 1, Pirate] 2 Attack, 1 Health: Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Pirate. It attacks immediately.

Southsea Captain- [Tier 2, Pirate] 3 Attack, 3 Health.: Your other Pirates have +1/+1.

Arcane Cannon- [Tier 2] 2 Attack, 2 Health: Can't attack. After an adjacent minion attacks, deal 2 damage to an enemy minion.

Monstrous Macaw- [Tier 2, Beast] 3 Attack, 2 Health: After this attacks, trigger a random friendly minion's Deathrattle.

Freedealing Gambler- [Tier 2, Pirate] 3 Attack, 3 Health: This minion sells for 3 Gold.

Yo-Ho-Ogre- [Tier 3, Pirate] 2 Attack, 8 Health: Taunt After this minion survives being attacked, attack immediately.

Salty Looter- [Tier 3, Pirate] 3 Attack, 3 Health: Whenever you play a Pirate, gain +1/+1.

Bloodsail Cannoneer- [Tier 3, Pirate] 4 Attack, 2 Health: Battlecry: Give your other Pirates +3 Attack.

Southsea Strongarm- [Tier 4, Pirate] 5 Attack, 4 Health: Battlecry: Give a friendly Pirate +1/+1 for each Pirate you bought this turn.

Goldgrubber- [Tier 4, Pirate] 2 Attack, 2 Health: At the end of your turn, gain +2/+2 for each friendly Golden minion.

Ripsnarl Captain- [Tier 4, Pirate] 3 Attack, 4 Health: Whenever another friendly Pirate attacks, give it +2/+2.

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The road map for the Felfire Festival Blizzard

Seabreaker Goliath- [Tier 5, Pirate] 6 Attack, 7 Health: Windfury Overkill: Give your other Pirates +2/+2.

Nat Pagle, Extreme Angler- [Tier 5, Pirate] 8 Attack, 5 Health: Overkill: Summon a 0/2 Treasure Chest.

Cap'n Hoggarr- [Tier 5, Pirate] 6 Attack, 6 Health: After you buy a Pirate, gain 1 Gold this turn only.

Dread Admiral Eliza- [Tier 6, Pirate] 6 Attack, 7 Health: Whenever a friendly Pirate attacks, give all friendly minions +1/+1.

The Tide Razor- [Tier 6] 6 Attack, 4 Health: Deathrattle: Summon 3 random Pirates.

This Battlegrounds patch also introduces new type mechanics. At the start of each match, one random minion type from the five currently in the game will be chosen to be played for the whole match. This means you can't get dumpstered on by murlocs every single match, only the ones where you are unlucky enough to have it picked.

This might do wonders for the Battlegrounds meta, constantly shifting games so players have to adapt. It could also cause top tier builds to really take over the game and limit the amount of creativity since you have less practice with every minion.

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