Hearthstone's best mode is getting its biggest new feature next month

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When Hearthstone Battlegrounds' Duos mode was announced in November last year, Blizzard said to expect the launch in early 2024. We now know that April 16 is the day players will begin buddying up to take on lobbies. The full blog post is here. 

I'm a long-time enjoyer of the auto-battler spinoff, so I'm looking forward to jumping in over Discord with my colleague Austin on GamesRadar, whose head for strategy, APM, and MMR are all substantially higher than mine.

In Duos you share a life pool with your teammate and face off against three other teams. You initiate a game by inviting anyone from your friends list to partner up, or you can opt to take your chances with solo queue, although I can only imagine the kind of frustration trying to strategise with a rando using in-game emotes will lead to. 

As you'd hope, Duos features some substantial tweaks from the normal Battlegrounds formula. Players can pass cards between each other at a cost of 1 Gold per time, which you're going to want to do because many of the new cards and heroes have been designed specifically to synergise with the mode. Think stuff designed to buff the other player's board, or reward you for working together. 

In total, Duos is getting 4 unique heroes, 16 minions and 3 tavern spells. I've dropped the minions revealed today in the gallery at the bottom of this article.

Duos arrives as part of a full refresh for Battlegrounds, with the launch of Season 7 happening on the same day and themed around fairy tales. Quests are leaving as part of the update, but tavern spells are sticking around. The main game will see a substantial shake up of the minion pool, with 50 brand new additions, 12+ returnees, and a couple of new tavern spells. Blizzard also says it's tuned up the Beast, Mech and Dragon tribes in order to be better balanced. 

I'll leave you to guess whether a swathe of new cosmetics are also coming. Clue: Yes.

Tim Clark

With over two decades covering videogames, Tim has been there from the beginning. In his case, that meant playing Elite in 'co-op' on a BBC Micro (one player uses the movement keys, the other shoots) until his parents finally caved and bought an Amstrad CPC 6128. These days, when not steering the good ship PC Gamer, Tim spends his time complaining that all Priest mains in Hearthstone are degenerates and raiding in Destiny 2. He's almost certainly doing one of these right now.