Hearthstone: Kobolds & Catacombs is live in North America and Europe

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The Hearthstone expansion Kobolds & Catacombs was slated to go live later today in North America, and not until tomorrow in Europe. Here's an early holiday surprise, then—Blizzard says it's live in both regions now. 

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Kobolds & Catacombs brings 135 new cards to the game, but our expert recently picked give that might be sleeper hits: Lesser Mithril and Lesser Emerald Spellstones, Spiteful Summoner, Arcane Tyrant, and Temporus—could be the next big thing in Hearthstone. But this one—Duskbreaker, a 4 mana 3/3 Dragon—definitely will be.  

"For perspective on just how strong Duskbreaker is likely to be when the expansion launches in early December, the latest meta report from VS shows four of the five top-performing decks in the game right now are aggressive lists looking to control the early board. Within those four decks, a Duskbreaker played on curve will cleanly kill almost every minion that costs three or less (the exceptions being Druid of the Swarm, Tar Creeper, Crypt Lord, Kindly Grandmother and Darkshire Councilman)," Tim wrote in his detailed analysis of the new card. "Anything left alive must also contend with the 3/3 dragon itself, meaning the result will almost always be a full clear and put Priest firmly in control of the game."

"In short, it's really good."

Players who log into Hearthstone now that the expansion is live will be given three free Kobolds & Catacombs card packs, plus a random Legendary weapon. Details are up at playhearthstone.com. You'll also earn some free packs from trying out the new single-player Dungeon Run mode. Tim says it's a ton of fun.

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.