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Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft officially launches

New patch released as Blizzard's collectible card game exits open beta

Blizzard has officially launched Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on PC and Mac.

A free-to-play collectible card game set in the World of Warcraft universe, Hearthstone is available to download from

Blizzard says: "As soon as you jump in you'll challenge iconic Warcraft characters, including the ferocious Hogger, the mischievous Millhouse Manastorm, and the wise Lorewalker Cho. As you progress through these introductory missions, you'll hone your card-slinging skills in preparation for a climactic battle against Illidan Stormrage.

"Once you've completed the introductory missions, you'll have access to all of Hearthstone's exciting offerings. Practice against the AI and you'll be on your way toward unlocking all nine of the original World of Warcraft classes: Mage, Priest, Druid, Rogue, Shaman, Hunter, Paladin, Warrior, and Warlock.

"You can also challenge your friends to a duel, test your might against other players in ranked and casual Play mode matches, or fine-tune your mastery of deck construction for fantastic rewards in the Arena. An endless variety of decks are just waiting for you to build and play."

To coincide with the game's launch, Blizzard has released a Hearthstone patch introducing new features, balance changes and bug fixes.

At BlizzCon in November 2013, Blizzard revealed that Hearthstone is in development for iPhone and Android, in addition to PC, Mac and tablet devices.