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Shaqattaq
02-27-2015, 11:06 AM
The HEX Frost Ring Arena will launch in March! The arena is a four-stage gauntlet where you are pitted against the computer with a line-up of over 30 different opponents and 7 different bosses to battle again and again. You will earn gold, equipment, and exclusive PVE reward cards that you can use to upgrade your decks. Or head to the auction house to buy and sell your new gear. With nearly 200 unique rewards to collect and a variety of opponent strategies, passive skills, and champion equipment, each campaign through the arena will be different and require unique tactics!

http://www.hextcg.com/hex-update-frost-ring-this-march/

nicosharp
02-27-2015, 11:12 AM
Can't wait! Can the total number of equipment pieces becoming live and available with this patch be shared? Are all PvP card equipment pieces for PvE obtainable through PvP Chests with the launch of Arena?

deathandtexas
02-27-2015, 11:15 AM
Can't wait for March 47th!

Shaqattaq
02-27-2015, 11:15 AM
Can't wait for March 47th!

I laughed =)

Aradon
02-27-2015, 11:21 AM
I have the same questions as Nicosharp. And will we be getting the KS equipment delivered with this patch, or at a later time? Will all the pieces of equipment associated with Set 1 and/or Set 2 cards be released with the Arena? Do most cards still have two pieces, or were a large number of those pieces cut for this release? 200 is a lot fewer pieces of equipment than I was expecting for Set 1 & PvE, and that doesn't take into account new cards and any other rewards planned on being implemented.

And yes, will we be able to open chests with this release?

Zophie
02-27-2015, 11:21 AM
http://i.imgur.com/bk8C8Bl.gif

PinknSinging
02-27-2015, 11:22 AM
Are there any limits to how often you can enter the arena? Does it cost plat/gold, are they restricted to an amount of entries per time unit, or can you just grind them all day if you'd like?

Svenn
02-27-2015, 11:23 AM
Are there any limits to how often you can enter the arena? Does it cost plat/gold, are they restricted to an amount of entries per time unit, or can you just grind them all day if you'd like?

No limits. Doesn't cost anything. You can just grind it all day long.

Zophie
02-27-2015, 11:24 AM
Are there any limits to how often you can enter the arena? Does it cost plat/gold, are they restricted to an amount of entries per time unit, or can you just grind them all day if you'd like?

You may grind them for free, all day AND all night.

Svenn
02-27-2015, 11:24 AM
You may grind them for free, All day AND all night.

Hex, I want to be with you... all of the time. All day AND all of the night.

/kinks

majin
02-27-2015, 11:25 AM
this is the patch where we can finally open our chests, right?

Svenn
02-27-2015, 11:27 AM
this is the patch where we can finally open our chests, right?

Good question. I haven't been on the test server in a while, but I don't think that was in there. I can easily see them releasing the arena without that though, if it's just not ready yet.

Shaqattaq
02-27-2015, 11:28 AM
I have the same questions as Nicosharp. And will we be getting the KS equipment delivered with this patch, or at a later time? Will all the pieces of equipment associated with Set 1 and/or Set 2 cards be released with the Arena? Do most cards still have two pieces, or were a large number of those pieces cut for this release? 200 is a lot fewer pieces of equipment than I was expecting for Set 1 & PvE, and that doesn't take into account new cards and any other rewards planned on being implemented.

And yes, will we be able to open chests with this release?

Those will all be covered in a separate update. Don't worry!

Edswor
02-27-2015, 11:31 AM
Great news. We cn see the light at the end of the tunnel ;)

Assassine
02-27-2015, 11:49 AM
No idea if anyone said this already, but dont the Tier 1 opponents have passive abilities too?

Aradon
02-27-2015, 11:58 AM
They started with 5 less hp when I was playing a few weeks ago. It's quite possible they switched the handicap around so that they are a full 20 hp opponent, but lose their passive.

nicosharp
02-27-2015, 12:02 PM
I never found passives to be detrimental. Most were mutually beneficial (depending on your deck). I'm fairly sure tier 1 still are just -5 hp.

Roy_G
02-27-2015, 12:15 PM
March 47th confirmed.Will be able to open the chests?

fabriazp
02-27-2015, 12:16 PM
Hey Shaq, any news related to opening chests?. Are they going to be the next feature to implement after arena or it will be delayed?

Malama
02-27-2015, 12:36 PM
He already answered that.
This is so nice, I am so looking forward to this. I didn't play more than 5 arena encounters on the test server to keep it fresh =)


Those will all be covered in a separate update. Don't worry!

GhundiPI
02-27-2015, 12:50 PM
Will we see the fully improved AI with the Frost Ring Arena launch? As it is at the moment (and once you know how the AI plays), it is too easy to anticipate and play on the errors of the AI.

hex_colin
02-27-2015, 12:51 PM
Brace Yourselves! Winter is coming!

Wait, wrong meme... ;)

Roy_G
02-27-2015, 12:57 PM
Will we also be able to play wild west pvp with the pve cards and equipment?

hex_colin
02-27-2015, 01:02 PM
Will we also be able to play wild west pvp with the pve cards and equipment?

Not yet

Shaqattaq
02-27-2015, 01:04 PM
I've updated the text in the piece. Yes, it turns out that some opponents will have charge and passive powers in stage 1. It just depends on whom you face. The stage 1 champions also have 5 fewer health points (the boss has the full 20), but that was left out intentionally to keep the reading as clean and simple as possible. There's a lot going on in this feature.


Will we also be able to play wild west pvp with the pve cards and equipment?

We don't have a specific plan in place for that yet.

Vorsa
02-27-2015, 01:13 PM
Huzzah! Shall look forward to it. :)

Yoss
02-27-2015, 01:23 PM
Quite excited!

ThomasHunter
02-27-2015, 01:36 PM
[gets paper bag] breathe, breathe, BREATHE!!!

Raith
02-27-2015, 01:41 PM
Great news.

HaemishM
02-27-2015, 01:55 PM
Does this mean we'll be able to open chests yet? :o

incitfulmonk21
02-27-2015, 01:56 PM
Will be nice if it actually does come out but with no solid date my hype remains low.

fido_one
02-27-2015, 02:49 PM
Amazing work on the promo video CZE; it's AAA work.

Miwa
02-27-2015, 03:46 PM
I never found passives to be detrimental. Most were mutually beneficial (depending on your deck). I'm fairly sure tier 1 still are just -5 hp.

Haven't met Eldritch Dreamer yet, eh?

silverlocke
02-27-2015, 05:21 PM
Hopefully everything is tested/ready by release. Having a quick view of the bugs/feedback in the Test Server forum shows that there is quite a bit of work still to be done!

hex_colin
02-27-2015, 05:44 PM
Hopefully everything is tested/ready by release. Having a quick view of the bugs/feedback in the Test Server forum shows that there is quite a bit of work still to be done!

I'd bet it won't be 100%, but that really doesn't matter. It's beta, it's free, you get valuable stuff for free, and it's your choice whether or not to participate. They don't have to worry about compensating people either. The sooner the better - people will have fun, bugs or not. :)

Yoss
02-27-2015, 07:57 PM
Agreed. I just gave the OK today on my SW project to go live next week, despite bugs. Out of over 60,000 things that could be wrong, we're down to a couple hundred errors; 99.7% complete seems good enough for now. We'll keep fixing after we go live.

pawki
02-28-2015, 12:58 AM
Exactly what i wanted. I'll be able to spin my chests, i'll get my PVE gear from arena prizes for now.

Mahes
02-28-2015, 06:20 AM
Just a fun suggestion but when you do the Chest Update could you use some Alternate Artwork for Victoria?

I like the voice used for the video. Sounds very close to the "Movie Preview Guy". Put me in with the group excited for the March 47th release.

Ertzi
02-28-2015, 12:20 PM
Pardon my language, but holy shit! I forget to visit the news page for a few days and this is what I miss? HYYYPEEEE! :D

I don't even care if the chests can't be opened yet. I just want something meaningful to do with my playing time. So happy for March 68th.

Timlagor
02-28-2015, 01:03 PM
Will there be any bug fixes in this update?

Gwaer
02-28-2015, 05:35 PM
The test server has many many bug fixes. So I'd say that's a firm probably.

Samaron
02-28-2015, 08:20 PM
Can't wait for March 47th!
only? ^^ i cant wait for the 100. day of March :P

Incindium
03-01-2015, 09:03 AM
Test server also has all new bugs... I really hope that the focus from now until Arena release is on bug fixing in general and not on further Arena changes.

RCDv57
03-01-2015, 04:08 PM
I was hoping for an Entrath Rap TBH.

ossuary
03-03-2015, 04:56 PM
February 58th HYPE! :)

WolfCrypt
03-04-2015, 10:36 PM
I hope its soon I can't wait to play

elfstone
03-05-2015, 12:10 AM
seriously, when chests are openable Im just gonna spend a day opening them. I have over a thousand to go :D

zolop
03-05-2015, 01:06 PM
So the date of the release is still "sometime" in march right? Eager to try out the arena! :)