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You can now claim your free Hearthstone Kobolds & Catacombs packs

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Update (January 4): The free packs are here (opens in new tab), and can be found in the gift area of Battle.net (the icon is in the upper-right corner, next to your name). The original story from December 21 follows below.

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Shortly after the Hearthstone expansion Kobolds & Catacombs went live, Blizzard discovered that the game wasn't behaving exactly as it should. Some players were experiencing delays in receiving new daily quests, because of the load placed on Blizzard's infrastructure by the apparently-unforeseen popularity of Dungeon Runs. It still hasn't been fully fixed, but Blizzard said today that a hotfix has "significantly reduced" wait times, and most players shouldn't notice any extra wait at all. 

Those who do encounter a delay may have to wait 10-30 minutes after first logging in before the daily quest appears. You don't need to stay logged in during that time so you can go and do something else while you wait; you might also see things happen a little quicker if you manually refresh the quest log, or play some games in Play Mode or Arena. (No Dungeon Runs, though.) Blizzard said it will continue to work on reducing or eliminating wait times, and hopes to have a proper fix in place after the new year ticks over. 

The good news is that to make up for the hassle, Blizzard is giving everyone three free Kobolds & Catacombs card packs. The packs will arrive as a Battle.net gift in early January.    

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.