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Reminder: New Expansion on Aug 19

  • OldManSanns's Avatar Explorer of Dragons 420 548 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 1 week, 3 days ago

    ...Or perhaps more appropriately, "new region + new champions and a bunch of supporting cards", since they have decided to release cards in waves and seem to be downplaying the term "expansion".

    Re: timestamp 4:11 @

     The full schedule should be:

    • Wed, July 22: Patch 1.6 = 3rd & final RT "big" balance patch; start of Spirit Blossom event
    • Wed, Aug 5: Patch 1.7 = 4th & final RT "small" patch; last 2 epic Spirit Blossom quests added
    • Thur, Aug 6: HS Scholomance Academy released
    • Wed, Aug 19: Patch 1.8 = new region + new cards ("expansion-lite"?); end of Spirit Blossom event

    For Rising Tides, the tease season started April 7th with Demacia artwork on Twitter and lasted until the MF YouTube announcement on April 27th--the day before RT released on April 28th.  If they follow that same cadence, that will mean teases should start 3 weeks before expansion: July 28th aka this coming Tuesday.  However between Scholomance Academy coming out in the dead middle of that schedule and the fact less cards will be immediately released in this set than RT, I could also see them pushing the start out and just doing a shorter tease season.  (For context: Ashes of Outland was released on April 7th, so there was just a tiny overlap with the start of RT tease season) 

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  • OldManSanns's Avatar Explorer of Dragons 420 548 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 5 days, 13 hours ago
    Quote From OldManSanns

    For Rising Tides, the tease season started April 7th with Demacia artwork on Twitter and lasted until the MF YouTube announcement on April 27th--the day before RT released on April 28th.  If they follow that same cadence, that will mean teases should start 3 weeks before expansion: July 28th aka this coming Tuesday.  However between Scholomance Academy coming out in the dead middle of that schedule and the fact less cards will be immediately released in this set than RT, I could also see them pushing the start out and just doing a shorter tease season.  (For context: Ashes of Outland was released on April 7th, so there was just a tiny overlap with the start of RT tease season) 

    As you've probably noticed, July 28th has come and gone without any new teases or reveals.  Looking a little deeper: if we consider the champion showcase videos and region highlight videos to be part of the RT reveal season, then it actually started on April 5 and quickly settles into a 3-day pattern of Champion Showcase, region video and/or animation, then teases and same-day champion reveal.  This continues for all 6 eternal regions until:

    • Thurs April 23rd: reveal Lee Sin / Ionia as final new champion for an eternal region
    • Fri April 24th: announce "Rising Tides", Bilgewater region, Loot mechanic
    • Sat April 25th: announce Fizz, Nautilus, and associated followers
    • Sun April 26th: announce GP, TF, and associated followers
    • Mon April 27: 1.0 patch notes; announce MF and associated followers
    • Tues April 28th: release

    In other words, it kinda drug out at the start as they covered all 6 eternal regions and then all of Bilgewater was crammed into the final 4 days of the campaign.  This was probably special circumstances tough as Rising Tides coincided with their official release.  So the question becomes: what exactly is in this next release, and how will this want to reveal it?  If it just the new region + 5 new champions / support, I could see them doing 1 day region announcement + 1 day per champion = 6 days total. 

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  • Hellcopter's Avatar 135 192 Posts Joined 02/09/2020
    Posted 5 days, 1 hour ago

    Graves and Akali are very likely to be amongside the next champions being released given the promotional videos

    Hearthstone: Me vs Firebat -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09NCE81owjo

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  • FenrirWulf's Avatar 165 44 Posts Joined 06/12/2019
    Posted 5 days, 1 hour ago
    Quote From Hellcopter

    Graves and Akali are very likely to be amongside the next champions being released given the promotional videos

    I thought all of the Champions were leaked through their voice lines already?

    Bilge has Tahm Kench and Ionia has Lulu. (Might be wrong but there's a lot of proof for it.)

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  • CursedParrot's Avatar 290 407 Posts Joined 05/29/2019
    Posted 5 days, 1 hour ago

    Yeah, the champions have been leaked for a while. However, it is possible that they might make this expansion smaller to add cards to the two mini-expansions, so they might not release a champion for each region (or maybe they’ll release fewer champions for Targon). It would also make sense if the mini-expansions just gave us more support cards for the new champions without introducing any new champions.

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  • Hellcopter's Avatar 135 192 Posts Joined 02/09/2020
    Posted 4 days, 20 hours ago

    Lulu eh, nice!

    This expasion will taste... purple!


    Hearthstone: Me vs Firebat -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09NCE81owjo

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  • OldManSanns's Avatar Explorer of Dragons 420 548 Posts Joined 08/05/2019
    Posted 3 days, 23 hours ago
    Quote From CursedParrot

    Yeah, the champions have been leaked for a while. However, it is possible that they might make this expansion smaller to add cards to the two mini-expansions, so they might not release a champion for each region (or maybe they’ll release fewer champions for Targon). It would also make sense if the mini-expansions just gave us more support cards for the new champions without introducing any new champions.

    The video says "New Region" in August and "New Cards" in October and December.  I could see it being something like Targon, 5 Targon champs, 60 Targon non-champ cards in August (in other words, few/0 cards for other regions); then Tahm Kench + Bilgewater support in October and Lulu + Ionia support in December (or vice-versa).  I don't think they would release a champion without any corresponding support cards; that's just going to give the community a sour impression of said champion.

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  • Hellcopter's Avatar 135 192 Posts Joined 02/09/2020
    Posted 3 days, 20 hours ago
    Quote From OldManSanns

    I don't think they would release a champion without any corresponding support cards; that's just going to give the community a sour impression of said champion.

    +1

    Hearthstone: Me vs Firebat -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09NCE81owjo

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