The Witcher 3 will include a Hearthstone-style game-within-a-game called Gwent

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to be a very big game, but CD Projekt Red is apparently concerned that hunting monsters, handling politics and trying to unravel the mysteries of the Wild Hunt won't be enough to keep players busy. So on top of everything else, it's added a collectible card game featuring four distinct factions battling for supremacy with an array of soldiers, spells and unique heroes. It sounds familiar, but it's not Hearthstone: It's Gwent.

Here's when Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas' Military Quarter opens tonight

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Right on schedule, the Curse of Naxxramas Military Quarter is on the cusp of opening up to all. Blizzard has announced the launch times for the next chunk of Hearthstone content, so we know when each region will get the update.

Updated: Curse of Naxxramas Plague Quarter bugs persist, but progress being made

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Update: Blizzard is making progress on the Plague Quarter issues, but serious problems remain. In an update posted today, the studio said it has fixed the bugs that caused players to be charged twice for Plague Quarter access, that denied access to the Plague Quarter after successfully completing the purchase and that caused an improper appearance of the "Closed" sign on the in-game shop. Unfortunately, the fixes are only good for players who haven't previously run into trouble; if you've already encountered the bugs, their effects will remain on your account and the current fix will do you no good.

Problems with payments giving the "Waiting for authorization" and "Another transaction is still in progress" messages, and players being prompted to purchase access to the Arachnid Quarter for zero currency are still under investigation.

The PC Gamer Hearthstone tournament

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Hearthstone gets its claws into you. Blizzard’s masterstroke is the way the game rewards you for a win—the shower of fireworks that springs from the screen every time you land a killing blow on the enemy hero.

The moment you start craving more of that experience, Hearthstone’s got you—as it got us. Tim is almost entirely lost to it, spending his early hours researching deck compositions. Chris played played 50 hours when he reviewed the game, before bowing out mumbling something about mages. Andy booted it up for the first time when asked to prepare for this tournament, hated it, and then saw the fireworks—and now he’s been sucked in, too.

The inaugural PC Gamer Hearthstone tournament gathers up all of that emotional and psychological investment, and pours it into a crucible of hot, middling competition. We can’t claim to be the best players in the world, but everybody here wants to win: and everybody who gets knocked out is doomed to spend at least 20 minutes sulking in a corner.

Hearthstone Help: Tips for overcoming Ladder anxiety

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Often, before I begin a Hearthstone Ladder session, my stomach starts churning and my heartbeat races. I actually feel the same sort of nerves you might get before an exam. Or a date. Back when I used to do either of those things. And because what, I might lose a couple of ranks in one night? Who cares? Well, dumb though it is, I do care. I’ve got the Ladder yips, and I want to overcome them...

IeSF removes male-only restriction from its e-sports tournaments

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Yesterday, I reported on the IeSF—the International e-Sports Federation—and how the gender segregation of their e-sports tournaments had led to a male-only Hearthstone qualifier at Finland's Assembly Summer 2014. Today, the IeSF released a statement announcing that they have removed the male-only restriction from their e-sports events. They also contacted us to explain their reasons for having one in the first place.

Hearthstone tournament explains why women aren't allowed to play [updated]

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A user on Reddit's Hearthstone community yesterday shared this image—from an announcement page for a Hearthstone qualifier taking place during Finland's Assembly Summer 2014. What made "Karuta's" post notable was a single, highlighted sentence: "The participation is open only to Finnish male players."

That is, to state the obvious, a strange requirement for a Hearthstone tournament; and it makes the qualifier's organisers, the Finnish eSports Federation, seem like childish boys in a treehouse, hanging a "no girls allowed" sign on their front door. Only, the qualifier is for for the IeSF World Championship, and it's this global event that has stipulated the all-male line-up.

The PC Gamer Show Episode 0: E3

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As we started planning for E3, the busiest week of the year, we decided that simply covering every PC game we could get our hands on at the convention wasn't enough. We wanted to do something ambitious. Something that would make our lives harder. Something like shooting the first episode of a new bi-weekly series about PC games. We're calling it The PC Gamer Show.

Hearthstone's Curse Of Naxxramas due out in July, pricing to be released next week

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Have you been patiently hoarding gold in anticipation of the imminent release of Hearthstone’s single-player adventure? Or have you been spaffing your coins like a Gadgetzan Auctioneer on shore leave? As someone staring at a balance of 35 gold, I’m already resigned to the fact I’ll be paying IRL currency for Curse Of Naxxramas. But for the majority of players who seem to prefer grinding the game for free, next week you’ll know how much you need to get into the expansion.

Leaked images show Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas content

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Feel free to take this with a pinch of Arcane Dust, but a poster on the Hearthstone subreddit has unearthed a cache of images which appear to show the forthcoming Curse of Naxxramas expansion in the wild.

Blizzard unveils new Webspinner card for Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas

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Spiders are our friends. They mind their own business. They trap and eat mosquitoes and various other bugs that can be such annoyances on summer days. And while they're not the toughest creatures on the Earth, their Deathrattle draws a random beast card that can really come in handy when the cards aren't going your way—in Hearthstone, anyway.

Hearthstone Help: Dreamhack Summer report

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Greetings Hearthstonians, Vincent Sarius here again, and today we're going to discuss the best moments from the biggest Hearthstone tournament held so far. Dreamhack Summer took took place this weekend in Sweden, and aside from a $25,000 total prize pool—of which, $10,000 went to the winner—the top three finishers all received spots in Blizzard's upcoming qualifier tournament for a chance to play at Blizzcon for an immense $100,000 prize. That'll buy you a lot of packs.

Hearthstone tournament ends in controversy, as winner is accused of cheating

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The Dreamhack Summer Hearthstone Championship final took place last night, proving (temporarily) who is the best at internet wizard cards. The tournament was ultimately won by Radu "Rdu" Dima, who walked away with $10,000—to date, the largest prize in professional Hearthstone. But the event wasn't without controversy. During the game, Rdu was informed of the contents of his opponent's hand by someone on his friend list. The moment was captured on the final's livestream, prompting accusations of cheating.

After a review of the incident by Dreakhack admins, it was decided that a rematch wasn't necessary, and Rdu went on to beat Jason 'Amaz' Chan by 3-0.

The week's highs and lows in PC gaming

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Every Friday the PC Gamer stares the previous seven days in the face and refuses to blink. Find out what we loved, and what we’ve tried (but failed) to blank out…

PC Gamer UK July issue: EVE Valkyrie

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Quick, to the starboard observatory! You'll soon be passing Printopia, where the universe's best magazines are produced. That long stream of delivery ships in the distance? That'll be them exporting the latest issue of PC Gamer. It features EVE: Valkyrie on the cover, which must be a documentary or something, because as I've tried to imply over the course of this paragraph, we're in space now. Oh no, we've hit a wormhole! It's taken us out of this galaxy that's so reminiscent of CCP's upcoming VR shooter, and into a world of high-fantasy and fierce competition. It reminds me a lot of that time the PC Gamer staff had a Hearthstone tournament, which you can also read about in the latest issue of their magazine.

That's not all! This issue, we're giving readers a free Zeus character for Hi-Rez's lane-pusher Smite. The issue, which is in shops now, can be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features to be found in issue 267.

Hearthstone Help: Top 10 Best Legendaries

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Whether or not you think Hearthstone is pay-to-win, there's no doubting that unpacking a kickass Legendary card is one of the game's biggest thrills. These are the 10 most valuable, as voted for by the PC Gamers readers, with analysis from our resident Legendary player. "What, no Lorewalker Cho?"

Blizzard announces two new cards for Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion

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Hearthstone has won over the PC Gamer office in a big way: Tyler loves the game a little too much, and we’ve devoted a lot of time to explaining the best decks, the best cards, and even celebrating a little fan art. We’re eagerly awaiting the new singleplayer adventure mode, Curse of Naxxramas, in part because it’s an opportunity to earn some awesome, brand-new cards.

PC Gamer Podcast #377 - We're Back!

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It's been a while, hasn't it? Evan, Tyler, Cory, and Wes finally return to the podcast studio to discuss the many games they've been playing since our last episode: Watch Dogs, Transistor, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, Hearthstone, and more. Plus, we've all played Turtle Rock's upcoming asymmetrical shooter, Evolve, and have a lot to say about it—read Evan's most recent hands-on impressions, too.

2014 Hearthstone World Championship offers a $250,000 prize pool

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Last month, Blizzard announced that it will hold the Hearthstone World Championships at this year’s BlizzCon. Players are already vying for positions in order to be one of the 130 players to be included in the Americas Qualifier Tournament, from which they’ll move on to the World Championship. Most of them probably compete for the love of the game (we love it too), and bragging rights, but yesterday Blizzard announced that the winners will also be rewarded handsomely.

Fake Game of Thrones Hearthstone deck is fantastic, Targaryen is OP

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Excepting the editors who barricaded themselves in a supply room last week to escape its grasp, we've been playing a hell of a lot of Hearthstone in the office (Tim especially—read his new strategy column). And like so many other humans with televisions, we've been keeping up on Game of Thrones. What are the chances: someone on the internet took two things we like and put them together!