If you're a casual Hearthstone [Free (HD)] player that's been side-eyeing the "Curse of Naxxramas" expansion, you should act quickly to snag the first section: the Arachnid Quarter has been free since release, but that promotion only lasts until the end of the month. Come September 1, the price will jump to 700 in-game gold or $6.99, the same as the other four areas.

Brand new players will need to make sure they've played through the tutorial and unlocked each of the game's nine classes before they can unlock the Arachnid Quarter, which offers three boss fights and two class challenges and will reward you with six new cards. Two of those cards — Haunted Creeper and Nerubian Egg — have been very popular in ranked and casual play since they became available at the end of July. Even if you decide you don't care for 'Curse of Naxxramas,' getting two versatile, powerful cards for free isn't so bad.

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Should you decide to join us the Floating Necropolis, we've got a review, a collection of handy guides for each of the five wings, and a forum thread that's 150+ pages long to get you started.

Whether you pay for 'Naxxramas' with gold, real-world money, or both, it's a meaty, robust expansion that anyone playing Hearthstone should consider. I've been playing pretty regularly since March, and I still haven't quite puzzled out the best strategies for the toughest boss fights. Get it while the getting's good.

  • DannyTheElite

    Is this game worth a try? I deleted a lot of free to play games very quickly...

    • sakara214ever

      You are kidding right??? Let me tell you something. I have never and i mean never liked card games. I am playing hearthstone since it came out never paid real money just the daily quests and i can tell you i am so hooked i can not even play any other game.

    • Jake7905

      No ads, no paywalls, no insane or pushy IAP, and no timers or energy bars. Yes, there are 2 in-game currencies, gold and dust, but you cannot buy either with real money. And the multiplayer is fair and balanced as well, without the usual online shenanigans. So, yeah, it's not your usual free-to-play crap. You won't have to spend a dime, but trust me, the game's so good, you'll want to.

    • ZarieoZ

      I agree with the above comments, every single word. I never loved card games nor do I ever play F2P games. I even kept this downloaded for a couple of weeks & only decided to try it so I could delete it for more space on my iPad. And boy, I play it daily, I subscribed for 3G for it, play it while wearing my clothes to go to work, play it in my car in my way to work... One day I played it for 8 hours without a break. It's the game. This is a company that deserves to get payed, & because of hearthstone I respect them very much. It's my first game addiction & I game a lot. Get it mean, you won't regret it :-) have fun.

      • ZarieoZ

        *man

  • TimTim92

    Obviously it's a good way to get new people to play the game, but it doesn't warrant enough to make me go out of my way to get this game and work hard to get (maybe I read it incorrectly) 1/5th of an expansion, and I am a cheappp gamer! I dunno, just doesn't seem worth it. Doesn't mean it isn't a good game though! Probably is, just my two cent given. Anyone reading can throw them back at me if they want, lol

    • Jake7905

      Go download Hearthstone (it's free) and play a game, then come back here and apologize.

    • JCman7

      I haven't spent a dime unlocked all the wings in this expansion with coins and have fairly competitive decks. It's worth trying out before him dismiss it.

      • JCman7

        You*

    • TimTim92

      Well, you all are right, I shouldn't dismiss it. It probably is one hell of a game from all what I hear. My excuse this time, is that I can't get sucked into it! Once I try it, I probably won't stop! Chances are, I would download that expansion as well, just saying.. Still wouldn't want to buy anything though, lol cheaply me and all.

  • http://www.artofadambetts.com/ Adam Betts

    How long would it take to complete the tutorial and unlock nine classes? I've been holding the game off to finish other iPad games but I may start playing it if it isn't long to do the above.

    • NodtheThird

      I did it in two days but it could easily be done in a day. They don't nickel and dime you like other free to play games.

  • falco

    I have finaly unlocked all the adventure with my earned in game gold

    • falco

      Time to play it :)