Hearthstone Naxx Cost Revealed

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Blizzard released some new details for it’s upcoming Adventure Mode, “Curse of Naxxramas.”  We finally know what it’s going to cost to participate, and confirmation of how we all expected the release to work.  The Arachnid Quarter will be made available to players free of charge.  The remaining wings will be unlocked over the course of roughly a month.  Each wing can be obtained for 700 gold.

700 gold is a bit more than even I expected (though I’m fortunate enough to be saved up), but it’s not an insane amount and at least we now know for sure the exact amount.  This also gives players time to start saving if they haven’t done so, or continue saving if they started late or underestimated what the cost would be.  Of course, you also have the option of paying with real world money and if that’s your thing then the wings cost 6.99 USD.  The good news is Blizzard is offering a “Bundle Pack” option if that’s your fancy.  You can get all five wings for 24.99 or drop it about five dollars per wing you’ve already unlocked.

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Now with the bundle pack it looks like in making the purchase, you can open all the gates at once.  This seems to be a bit conflicting, though, as the emphasis has been on rolling out Naxxramas one wing at a time. Suddenly that may not be the case.  Of course, it could also mean you can bundle up and open them all once they have all been released.  Time will tell though.  Unfortunately, if you’re like myself and you are planning on using in-game gold then there is no bundle option for you.  You’re paying a set amount regardless.
Unfortunately with the latest news, there is still no release date.  But with Blizzard that’s never a surprise as their motto is always “when it’s ready.”  I’ve said all along I expect July 1st or August 1st and clearly one of those dates has already passed us by.  Do I still think the beginning of August?  At this point it’s genuinely 50/50.  But I’m ok with that.  I’ll wait as long as necessary for the next phase of the game, which I expect to be a fun experience and a great new mode for the casual player (to say nothing of the meta cards waiting to be obtained in the Necropolis).

4 thoughts on “Hearthstone Naxx Cost Revealed

  1. Cymre July 9, 2014 / 11:43 pm

    I’ve only just started building up the gold but I’m in no rush to try all the wings. I do like to do as many of the dailies though so that helps.

    • JD Kenada July 10, 2014 / 4:06 am

      I’m sure you’re not alone in the late start, but as you said you are in no rush to get there. So long as that’s the key, then you’ll be fine. 🙂

  2. Cain July 10, 2014 / 8:32 am

    They said buying the bundle just means you get them when they open.

    I don’t like that there’s no bundle on the gold side of things as it is a drastic change in the ratio of money to gold.

    1.5:1 2 packs
    1.33:1 Arena
    1.25:1 40 packs
    0.71:1 Naxx

    Other than that I think the $20 price point was good for a mini-expansion. I have been saving gold and will have enough, but I don’t like that if you buy it in gold it’s like a $40 dollar full expansion which it isn’t. I still don’t have many cards so I might just buy it and then use gold on arena or packs but I just hate the precidence they are setting. What is the first expansion going to have a gold ratio of 0.35? If they didn’t want people saving up so much gold ahead of time and wanted them to buy with real money the better way would have been to just go “hey we’ve got this new content and guess what you can buy it now”. I think a lot of people would have just bought it with real money that way because they wouldn’t have a large gold total sitting there and wouldn’t have wanted to wait till they saved the gold. I think if they changed it to offering a bundle with gold as well based on the $20 bundle price it’d go a long ways.

    • JD Kenada July 10, 2014 / 4:37 pm

      A lot of people will still buy the game and the people who don’t want to spend the money will happily save up for it with in-game quests and wins. I know what you’re saying, and I’m unsure whether I feel there needs to be a constant gold to real money ratio.

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