Hearthstone community celebrates Forged in the Barrens ahead of launch
Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

Hearthstone is celebrating theory crafting with the community before Forged in the Barrens launches on March 30.

Right now, players can watch Hearthstone creators duke it out against other players on Twitch. Each livestreamer is showcasing the winning decks that were submitted to them by the community. These Hearthstone decks all consist of at least 10 cards from the upcoming Forged in the Barrens expansion. 

Screenshot of Hearthstone gameplay using Forged in the Barrens decks.

On March 22, the community got to submit these decks to their favorite participating players. These included players like Jeffrey “Trump” Shih, James “Firebat” Kostesich and Octavian “Kripp” Morosan.

The winners that came in first place received Hearthstone Mega Bundles. Meanwhile, those who were in second and third place received regular bundles.

Screenshot of one of the winning decks by the Hearthstone community.

Forged in the Barrens giveaways

In addition to enjoying the theorycrafting and gameplay, Hearthstone fans also have a chance to receive more Mega Bundle codes. When activated, the recipient will get 80 Forged in the Barrens card packs along with two Golden Legendaries, a new card pack and more. 

Each of the Hearthstone livestreamers are giving away 10 of these codes throughout the day. This is on top of gifting Twitch subs to viewers. 

The Hearthstone theorycrafting livestreamers. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

The Pre-Launch Party will continue throughout the rest of the week with more Mega Bundle giveaways over on Reddit and Twitch. The week will end with a bunch of gifted subs. 

After the Forged in the Barrens launch, Hearthstone fans and players at large will also be able to participate in Twitch Drops. Card packs will be available for viewers after watching a few hours of Hearthstone gameplay. It should be noted that each viewer’s Twitch account must be linked to their Battle.net account. 

Forged in the Barrens card packs. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

Private Fireside Gatherings 

Before the release of Forged in the Barrens, Hearthstone fans will be able to take part in a private Fireside Gathering. Between March 26 and 29, they can open up card packs from the new expansion ahead of time. 

Fireside Brawls will also be available. While the No Cards Barred! Brawl will let players create decks using their new cards, the A Recipe for Tenacity will feature new pre-constructed deck recipes to test out. The latter Brawl will not require pre-purchased card packs. 

The Forged in the Barrens Mega Bundle. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

Hearthstone’s Forged in the Barrens expansion is scheduled to launch on March 30. Until then, players can have fun starting on March 25 with the game’s anticipated Classic format.

Amy Chen
Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!