Earn free Hearthstone card packs in the Spirit of Competition anniversary event

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The sixth anniversary of Hearthstone is upon us, and as promised last week, Blizzard is celebrating the birthday with the Spirit of Competition event, offering free card packs and a Year of the Dragon card back, a new quest chain, and the return of not one but two Tavern Brawls: Burndown and Hall of Champions.

Players begin Burndown brawls with a random deck, and when the action is over the loser takes the winner's deck—that is, the deck that beat them—into the next match. Around and around it goes, until one deck dominates all the others. The Hall of Champions brawl sets players against one another with winning decks from past Hearthstone World Championships, including those used by recent winners Xiaomeng ‘Liooon’ Li and Casper ‘Hunterace’ Notto.

As for the promised free stuff (which, I know, is what you're really interested in), a total of five Hearthstone card packs can be earned by completing the Spirit of Competition's legendary quest chain:

  • March 4th, 10:00 AM PT: Play 2 games in any mode to earn a Descent of Dragons card pack.
  • March 5th, 10:00 AM PT: Play 20 cards to earn a Rise of Shadows and Saviors of Uldum card pack.
  • March 6th, 10:00 AM PT: Take 30 turns to earn a Rise of Shadows and Saviors of Uldum card pack.

Card packs can also be earned just by showing up: Anyone who logs into Hearthstone before 10 am PT/1 pm ET on March 17 will receive 2 Rise of Shadows packs, 2 Saviors of Uldum packs, 2 Descent of Dragons packs, and the Year of the Dragon commemorative card back. Full details are up at playhearthstone.com.

Andy Chalk

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.