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Hearthstone's Lunar New Year event begins next week

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The Lunar New Year will arrive in Hearthstone next week with a new Tavern Brawl called Lunar Blessings, plus eight special themed quests with rewards of gold and dust for those who complete them.

Players will begin the new Tavern Brawl by choosing a class, after which they'll be given a random deck. Then they'll pick from one of three "blessings" that will confer different buffs during gameplay. Behold!

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  • Blessing of the Dog: When you summon a minion give it Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Mastiff.
  • Blessing of the Pig: Whenever you summon a minion add a coin to your hand.
  • Blessing of the Rat: Minions that cost (3) or less gain Reborn

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  • Blessing of the Ox: Minions gain 3 Health
  • Blessing of the Tiger: Minions gain 1 Attack
  • Blessing of the Rabbit: Minions that cost (3) or less gain Rush

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  • Blessing of the Dragon: Every time you play a spell add a random Dragon to your hand.
  • Blessing of the Snake: Minions that cost (3) or less gain Stealth
  • Blessing of the Horse: Spells cost (1) less

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  • Blessing of the Sheep: At the start of your turn, restore 3 Health to a damaged friendly character
  • Blessing of the Monkey: At the end of your turn transform a random friendly minion to one that costs (1) more
  • Blessing of the Rooster: Whenever you use your hero power deal 2 damage to a random enemy

The quests will appear throughout the event, and there will also be Lunar New Year emotes on tap, so you can throw some festive greetings to your opponents. The Hearthstone Lunar New Year event will run from January 29 to February 12. 

Hearthstone's latest solo adventure, Galakrond's Awakening, is also now underway—it kicked off yesterday—with 35 brand new cards for players to unlock. The full rundown of what's happening in the epic battle between the League of Explorers and the League of E.V.I.L., including all the cards you can pick up over the course of the event, is up at playhearthstone.com.

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.