Prepare for Quillboars in Battlegrounds and new ‘Battle-Ready’ decks

Hearthstone’s Forged in the Barrens set is in full swing at the moment, and the next big patch has something for both constructed players and fans of Battlegrounds.

Quillboars will be the next minion type to join Battlegrounds, bringing the tribe count up to eight. Only five tribes appear in any Battlegrounds match, meaning three will sit on the bench. Until the next big content patch though, Quillboars will always be in the available pool, meaning everyone will learn to love or hate the new group of cards.

The patch includes three new heroes, 17 new minions and a spell type called Blood Gems, which give a friendly minion +1/+1. Several Quillboars either give Blood Gems, or react to them being played.

For those more interested in the constructed side of things, Blizzard will have multiple ‘Battle-Ready Decks’ available in the store. These decks are built to be competitive in Standard straight out of the pack, meaning you can buy something as a new player and have a pretty awesome arsenal right away, or just get a new deck for taking on the ranked ladder without spending thousands of dust on the various legendaries required.

There are 10 pre-built decks, and currently players are limited to 1 purchase per account. The decks will cost $20 and arrive a short while after a major expansion hits to make sure that the decks perform well, and to avoid giving people the best decks straight away, leaving players to enjoy the exploration phase.

Hearthstone’s patch 20.2 goes live next week, and full patch notes will pop up later today.

Here are the first Battle-Ready Decks:

Blackthorn’s Brutes – Demon Hunter

Guard your Watch Posts with some spiky Quilboar as you fight for board until one of you late game powerhouses hits the battlefield! Contains 30 cards: 3 Legendary, 4 Epic, 8 Rare.

  • 2x (1) Trueaim Crescent
  • 2x (1) Tuskpiercer
  • 2x (2) Far Watch Post
  • 2x (2) Fogsail Freebooter
  • 2x (2) Razorboar
  • 2x (3) Death’s Head Cultist
  • 2x (3) Mor’shan Watch Post
  • 2x (3) Razorfen Beastmaster
  • 2x (4) Darkspear Berserker
  • 1x (4) Kurtrus Ashfallen
  • 2x (4) Renowned Performer
  • 2x (4) Vengeful Spirit
  • 1x (5) Taelan Fordring
  • 2x (6) Skull of Gul’dan
  • 1x (7) Death Speaker Blackthorn
  • 1x (7) Kargal Battlescar
  • 2x (8) Illidari Inquisitor

Darkmoon Beasts – Druid

Grow your mana early on and if you can survive till the late game then you’ll be able to defile your opponent. Contains 30 cards: 2 Legendary, 10 Epic, 2 Rare.

  • 2x (0) Innervate
  • 2x (0) Lightning Bloom
  • 2x (1) Animated Broomstick
  • 1x (1) Nature Studies
  • 2x (2) Guess the Weight
  • 2x (3) Wild Growth
  • 2x (4) Overgrowth
  • 2x (5) Lake Thresher
  • 1x (5) Moonfang
  • 1x (5) Taelan Fordring
  • 2x (5) Twilight Runner
  • 2x (7) Strongman
  • 2x (8) Guardian Animals
  • 2x (8) Primordial Protector
  • 2x (9) Carnival Clown
  • 2x (10) Survival of the Fittest
  • 1x (10) Y’Shaarj, the Defiler

Barrens Stampede – Hunter

Swarm the board with an early Kolkar Pack Runner and then crush your opponent’s will with a well-timed Trampling Rhino. Contains 30 cards: 3 Legendary, 6 Epic, 6 Rare.

  • 2x (1) Adorable Infestation
  • 2x (1) Demon Companion
  • 2x (1) Intrepid Initiate
  • 2x (1) Tracking
  • 2x (1) Trueaim Crescent
  • 2x (1) Wolpertinger
  • 2x (1) Wound Prey
  • 2x (2) Kolkar Pack Runner
  • 2x (2) Quick Shot
  • 1x (2) Scavenger’s Ingenuity
  • 2x (2) Tame Beast (Rank 1)
  • 1x (3) Ace Hunter Kreen
  • 1x (3) Mankrik
  • 1x (4) Piercing Shot
  • 1x (4) Rinling’s Rifle
  • 2x (4) Warsong Wrangler
  • 1x (5) Barak Kodobane
  • 2x (5) Trampling Rhino

Aegwynn’s Army – Mage

Start slowly but swing the board in your favor with strong reactive spells. Utilize Aegwyn’s never ending Deathrattle to set up for a burst finish.Contains 30 cards: 4 Legendary, 2 Epic, 5 Rare.

  • 2x (1) Babbling Book
  • 2x (1) Brain Freeze
  • 2x (1) Devolving Missiles
  • 2x (1) Lab Partner
  • 2x (1) Primordial Studies
  • 2x (1) Shooting Star
  • 2x (1) Wand Thief
  • 1x (2) Astromancer Solarian
  • 2x (2) Cram Session
  • 2x (2) Runed Orb
  • 2x (2) Wandmaker
  • 2x (3) Firebrand
  • 1x (3) Mankrik
  • 1x (4) Kazakus, Golem Shaper
  • 1x (5) Aegwynn, the Guardian
  • 1x (5) Ogremancer
  • 1x (5) Ras Frostwhisper
  • 1x (6) Jandice Barov
  • 1x (7) Mask of C’Thun

Holy Secrets – Paladin

Seize control of the board through some tricky secrets and sticky minions. Get in some early chip damage and then finish with Conviction! Contains 30 cards: 3 Legendary, 6 Epic, 6 Rare.

  • 2x (0) First Day of School
  • 2x (1) Argent Squire
  • 2x (1) Avenge
  • 2x (1) Conviction (Rank 1)
  • 1x (1) Galloping Savior
  • 2x (1) Knight of Anointment
  • 2x (1) Oh My Yogg!
  • 2x (1) Righteous Protector
  • 2x (2) Crabrider
  • 2x (2) Hand of A’dal
  • 1x (2) Murgur Murgurgle
  • 2x (2) Sword of the Fallen
  • 2x (3) Goody Two-Shields
  • 2x (3) Northwatch Commander
  • 1x (4) Kazakus, Golem Shaper
  • 1x (5) Cannonmaster Smythe
  • 2x (6) Hammer of the Naaru

Xyrella’s Blessing – Priest

Keep calm and keep control of the early game. Look for some awesome healing combos and powerful dragons to outvalue your opponent. Contains 30 cards: 3 Legendary, 4 Epic, 6 Rare.

  • 2x (0) Raise Dead
  • 2x (1) Draconic Studies
  • 2x (1) Renew
  • 2x (2) Condemn (Rank 1)
  • 2x (2) Sethekk Veilweaver
  • 1x (2) Shadow Word: Death
  • 2x (2) Wandmaker
  • 2x (3) Apotheosis
  • 2x (3) Hysteria
  • 1x (3) Mankrik
  • 2x (3) Palm Reading
  • 2x (3) Venomous Scorpid
  • 1x (4) Blademaster Samuro
  • 2x (4) Holy Nova
  • 1x (4) Xyrella
  • 2x (6) Lightshower Elemental
  • 1x (7) Soul Mirror
  • 1x (9) Ysera the Dreamer

Field Agents – Rogue

Speed through your deck with Secrets, Battlecries and Combos and then finish your opponent with a fire breathing dragon. Contains 30 cards: 4 Legendary, 2 Epic, 10 Rare.

  • 2x (0) Shadowstep
  • 2x (1) Blackjack Stunner
  • 2x (1) Prize Plunderer
  • 2x (1) Secret Passage
  • 2x (1) Wand Thief
  • 2x (2) Ambush
  • 2x (2) Dirty Tricks
  • 2x (2) Efficient Octo-bot
  • 1x (2) Shadowjeweler Hanar
  • 2x (2) Swindle
  • 1x (2) Tenwu of the Red Smoke
  • 2x (2) Wicked Stab (Rank 1)
  • 2x (3) Field Contact
  • 1x (3) Mankrik
  • 2x (3) Sparkjoy Cheat
  • 1x (4) Kazakus, Golem Shaper
  • 1x (6) Jandice Barov
  • 1x (9) Alexstrasza the Life-Binder

Nature’s Power – Shaman

Combine forces of nature with the power of Bru’kan to unleash massive burst damage on your opponent and their board. Contains 30 cards: 4 Legendary, 7 Rare.

  • 2x (1) Lightning Bolt
  • 2x (1) Novice Zapper
  • 2x (1) Primordial Studies
  • 2x (2) Cagematch Custodian
  • 2x (2) Diligent Notetaker
  • 2x (2) Landslide
  • 2x (2) Rockbiter Weapon
  • 1x (2) Wandmaker
  • 1x (3) Instructor Fireheart
  • 2x (3) Marshspawn
  • 2x (3) Serpentshrine Portal
  • 2x (3) Stormstrike
  • 1x (4) Bru’kan
  • 2x (4) Dunk Tank
  • 1x (4) Torrent
  • 2x (5) Doomhammer
  • 1x (5) Inara Stormcrash
  • 1x (5) Ras Frostwhisper

Shadowed Souls – Warlock

Keep control of the board with a plethora of removal tools and then turn the tides of battle with the EREDAR LORD OF THE BURNING LEGION himself. Contains 30 cards: 4 Legendary, 2 Epic, 8 Rare.

  • 2x (1) Armor Vendor
  • 2x (1) Spirit Jailer
  • 2x (2) Drain Soul
  • 2x (2) Soul Shear
  • 2x (3) Hysteria
  • 2x (3) Luckysoul Hoarder
  • 2x (3) School Spirits
  • 1x (3) Tamsin Roame
  • 1x (3) Venomous Scorpid
  • 2x (4) Cascading Disaster
  • 2x (5) Siphon Soul
  • 1x (5) Taelan Fordring
  • 1x (6) Tickatus
  • 1x (7) Soulciologist Malicia
  • 2x (7) Strongman
  • 2x (8) Twisting Nether
  • 1x (9) Alexstrasza the Life-Binder
  • 1x (9) Lord Jaraxxus
  • 1x (10) Y’Shaarj, the Defiler

Rokara’s Rushers – Warrior

Utilize Conditioning to buff up a large hand of minions, then overwhelm your opponent with powerful Rush synergies. Contains 30 cards: 3 Legendary, 5 Epic, 9 Rare.

  • 2x (1) Athletic Studies
  • 2x (1) Imprisoned Gan’arg
  • 2x (1) Stage Dive
  • 2x (2) Bumper Car
  • 2x (2) Conditioning (Rank 1)
  • 2x (2) Crabrider
  • 2x (2) Parade Leader
  • 2x (3) Playmaker
  • 1x (3) Rokara
  • 1x (3) Venomous Scorpid
  • 2x (3) Warmaul Challenger
  • 1x (4) Blademaster Samuro
  • 1x (4) Outrider’s Axe
  • 2x (4) Sword Eater
  • 1x (5) Overlord Runthak
  • 1x (5) Ringmaster Whatley
  • 1x (5) Tent Trasher
  • 2x (8) Troublemaker
  • 1x (9) Alexstrasza the Life-Binder
If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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