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The week in news, features and guides - 18th August 2017 - Hearthstone

There's quite a lot to catch up on this week...

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About John Bedford

John is Metabomb's Editor in Chief, and is responsible for all of the Hearthstone news, features and guides content on the site.

After a pretty intense week of updating Metabomb in the wake of the launch of Knights of the Frozen Throne, I'm pleased to say we've got most of the bases covered now.

The old deck guides have been updated with the latest deck lists - and for the most part completely overhauled to reflect those changes - while all the new territory's been covered with at least a primer guide. All of these will be updated a huge amount in the coming days and weeks.

It seems like Druid's the big winner this time around. Not only does the hero have a disgusting number of competitive options right now, but if it's packing Innervate and Ultimate Infestation, then it's probably feeling overpowered. More on that in the news section...

News

All the news that's been covered on the site over the last seven days:

1. Should Innervate be moved to the Hall of Fame?

Reynad of Tempo Storm has argued that it's time for Innervate to be moved into the Hearthstone Hall of Fame, given the deluge of Druid decks on the competitive ladder.

2. Frozen Throne Mission guide

The Second Wing of Icecrown Citadel has been released! You can now do battle against Blood Queen Lana'thel, Professor Putricide and Sindragosa.

3. New Twitch discovery tools launched

Twitch has just added a handful of new discovery options which let you filter Hearthstone (and Overwatch) streams by rank, hero type and what have you.

4. Encounter at the Crossbones: Tips for finishing this week's Brawl

This week's Tavern Brawl is Encounter at the Crossbones! It's incredibly dependant on RNG on all fronts, but we've put together some tips to help you beat it nevertheless.

5. Blizzard is changing the name of Battle.net (again)

Battle.net is getting a new name, but it's sort of the same as the old name, but with a different part of the name added...

6. Blizzard has heard your concerns about synergy picks

Arena players have not been impressed with the new synergy draft changes introduced by the Frozen Throne, but Blizzard has at least responded.

Decks

We're getting some kind of shape of the new Frozen Throne meta, and can now give you a reasonable snapshot of the top ten decks. Check out our guide to the best Frozen Throne decks for a snapshot of everything covered since launch.

Note that the top half of this list is a lot sturdier than the bottom, which is subject to a lot of shuffling about.

Features

Our most popular feature content for those catching up!

1. Why Hearthstone needs a PTR now more than ever

We took a closer look at the problems with Arena, and make the case that it's time for Blizzard to provide some kind of PTR for Hearthstone.

2. The best Knights of the Frozen Throne (KFT) Legendary cards

We analyze the Legendary cards proving most popular across the entire roster of competitive decks.

3. The card suggestion system is basically broken right now

If you've found yourself short of cards for the latest decks, you might have noticed that the card replacement suggestion system is kind of broken at the moment.

4. Alternative Frozen Throne cards say what we're all really thinking

Over on Reddit, a talent card tinkerer has put together some interesting new versions of the latest cards, with tongue firmly in cheek...

5. Heroes get a stunning mosaic makeover

The community's also been engaged in a pretty intense competition to create the best mosaic pictures of Hearthstone heroes and cards!

That's all for this week, I hope you're all enjoying the new expansion as much as I am!

John - Editor of Metabomb.

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