Hearthstone's next expansion, The Grand Tournament, launches in August

It looks like Hearthstone, Blizzard Entertainment's insanely popular card battler, is chugging right along with the game's next expansion: The Grand Tournament. Blizzard announced the expansion at an event in San Francisco today, revealing all new cards and more.

The story of The Grand Tournament takes players to the tournament grounds of Northrend, which were once used to weed out Azeroth's best fighters to take on the Lich King. Now that that threat has been dealt with, the tournament grounds are being used for sport, with invitations to compete being sent out to knights and champions all across Azeroth.

In all, The Grand Tournament adds 132 new cards to Hearthstone's roster, along with a new tournament-themed playing board. In addition, the expansion adds a new keyword for minions, called "Inspire," that activates whenever a player uses his or her hero power — bringing more depth and strategy to the gameplay.

The Grand Tournament will officially launch in August, but players will be able to pre-order a special bundle of packs from the expansion starting next week. The pre-order bundle will offer up 50 packs for a price of $50, with a special card back thrown in as a bonus. If you'd like to keep up with new cards as they're revealed leading up to the expansion's release, you can follow along at The Grand Tournament's official website.

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  • We have a guide but not the game on the store...
  • very sad indeed
  • A the guides haven't been upgraded since before Naxx... Most haven't anyway.
  • Because you get this game for your PC from Blizzard. Edit: I wasn't aware it had launched for phones and I've been playing it on a tablet all this time for nothing. Thanks to the gentleman below for politely pointing this out.
  • Yes it is. Please do some research before you try correcting someone.
  • I stand corrected.
  • That's because there isn't a WP app, this article is referencing the PC game. 
  • Hope they make this app a win10 universal app
  • I feel like it would lend itself very well to that, but who knows what Blizzard will do. I'm with you though, I have at least a glimmer of hope lol.
  • Not The Argent Tournament?
  • Yes! I hope they bring in that trumpet call when you begin. So many a time was I welcomed to that sound, logging into WOW.
  • We need Windows Central's help to increase pressure on big publishers like Activision-Blizzard to bring their apps to Windows. Neither Skylanders nor Hearthstone are available for us even though they are on Xbox and PC... They aren't gonna listen unless there's some pressure...
  • Yeah totally agree!
  • Very much agree, Sadly though there are a lot of entries on their forum and still no app for us. Sign me up for a voice requesting it though.
  • WP version?
  • Not yet
  • +1520!! Was hooked on my iPhone tiny screen. Bet it'll look great on my 1520.
  • Imagine playing Hearthstone with Hololens.