A brand new Hearthstone game mode was announced today at BlizzCon. Hearthstone Battlegrounds is Blizzards take on the popular autobattler genre, made famous by last years release of the Auto Chess mod for Dota 2.
Check out the trailer for Hearthstone Battlegrounds below:
Hearthstone Battlegrounds will introduce 8-player action that’s completely unique to the Hearthstone experience.
“In Battlegrounds, you’ll take on the role of a familiar Hero straight out of Hearthstone history, craft a powerful board of recruited Minions, and face-off in an action-packed series of duels until a single winner is crowned!”
Battlegrounds will include many familiar minion types that can be found in Hearthstone, these include Murlocs, Mechs, and Demons. Hearthstone Battlegrounds will launch with 24 different Heroes, and each will possess their own unique Hero power which help shape the way a battle plays out.
Unlike conventional Hearthstone, Battlegrounds will require players to construct an ever-evolving board of Minions, rather than build a deck before a match starts. As matches progresses, players will gain access to increasing amounts of coins that they can then use to upgrade and modify their board.
Players will be able to play Battlegrounds on Tuesday 5th November for a week of Early Access. This access will be granted to players who have pre-purchased the Descent of Dragons bundle, attended Blizzcon, or purchased a Virtual Ticket for this years event.
Battlegrounds will be free to access for anyone with a Hearthstone account, and will be playable through a new Modes button which will be displayed on Hearthstones main screen.