Are you chomping at the bit to spray some money in Blizzard's direction for the new Hearthstone [Free] card set, The Grand Tournament? Well, good news, if you download the new update which hit the App Store mere moments ago you'll be able to preorder fifty packs of Grand Tournament cards for $49.99. If you're planning on buying a bunch of packs anyway, this is a pretty good "value," as packs of Hearthstone cards typically run $2.99 for two packs, so this brings the cost per pack down to a buck. Oh, you'll also get a super-sweet card back to use.

Fifty bucks might seem like a lot of money to spend on IAP, but this kind of thing is something I wish more digital CCG's did. A big reason why I've never gone totally HAM on playing Magic Online is because buying packs for $3.99 a pop really sucks- Particularly considering basically every game store on the planet sells the actual physical Magic packs for closer to $2.99, or far, far cheaper if you're buying in bulk, this is sort of the same thing.


That being said, this preorder deal is supremely optional. I bought a bunch of Goblins vs Gnomes packs when that set was first released, and just by playing the game every day and doing my daily quests I've been at the point where I'm disenchanting the vast majority of the packs I open now for dust. Also, chances are you've probably got a ton of card backs by now, so what's one more?

Oh, also, the weird duplicate Tavern Brawl thing has been fixed too, so go snag your free pack and go wild opening some portals.

  • gaymerX

    $1 a pack? That's a great deal. That's volume sales!

  • C. Stubb

    $50 for 50 packs is $1 per pack. $3 for 2 packs is $1.50 per pack. That's a difference of 50¢, not $1.

    • C. Stubb


      (My apologies.)

      • Martin Meier

        At least you've made my day. 🙂

  • MrThickDick

    Too bad there's not a $25 for 25 packs option without the card back, I love this game but I'm not investing that much money in it.

  • montyDwill

    So u can't use the new cards yet if u preorder??:/ why haven't they gave us a date yet other than August

    • Kizmatti

      Because it's Blizzard Entertainment......And they can.

  • InTheAir

    Well, at least this completely different from actual pre-ordering.

  • StealthDawg

    I snagged the pre purchase bundle. Can't wait!

  • vapourtrail

    I've never spent a cent on HS, playing since release on Mac. But I think I might just pay up this time. $50 - 50 packs is a really good deal and I'd rather use my gold on classic packs.

    • henrycupcake

      same. love gaming on the mac

  • Nycteris

    Ugh I want that but $50 gives me sticker shock.