When Blizzard announced its new expansion for Hearthstone, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, it introduced a brand new mechanic: tri-class cards. As exciting as they are, this new card type was also at the center of a bug that plagued fans excited to unpack cards for the new expansion as soon as possible.
As their name implies, tri-class cards are meant to be used by three specific classes. By making cards unique to three classes, they open up the door to adding unique mechanics to multiple classes, instead of one.
However, as many players rushed to open their new cards today, they realized that they were receiving more tri-class cards than they should. This would be great, if so many of them weren’t duplicates. Blizzard confirmed that they were aware of the bug.
Many fans were quick to show off just how bad the bug could be. Some players were experiencing it across multiple packs, receiving dozens of the same cards over time (Blizzard had a pre-purchase offer on 50 packs prior to launch). Of course, the bug was even more extreme for some other players:
You can check out the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan card we revealed below, as well as some of our favorite cards from this next expansion. If you’re interested in the expansion and don’t want to drop money yet, you can actually get six free packs by following these steps.
Update: In a post on the Battle.net forums, Blizzard says it has fixed this bug via a hotfix applied to the game at 2:30 p.m. PT.
“Players on the Americas server will now see tri-class cards appear at a drop rate that is consistent with other cards of their rarity,” the post reads.
To help make up for the bug, Blizzard is offering free packs to players who opened their packs prior to the hotfix being implemented. Players will receive 33 percent of the total packs they opened before the fix, rounded up to a minimum of one, regardless of whether those packs were acquired via quests, real money or in-game gold. So for example, if you took part in the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan pre-order special and opened up 50 packs before 2:30 p.m. PT, you’ll receive an additional 17 packs.
Blizzard says it is “currently working on when the compensation will be applied to affected players” and will update with more details soon.