It’s gifts and updates galore!

The latest Hearthstone patch has arrived with in-game freebies that celebrate the game's 10-year anniversary. Patch 28.6 also brings back Battlegrounds Quests.

Hearthstone anniversary grants 13 free cards

Players who log in to the game can now get 13 cards for free. The majority of these cards are spells and have the Discover keyword. Each of the 11 Hearthstone classes gets one of these cards. The other two cards are Harth Stonebrew and Colifero the Artist. These are legendary minions!

Harth Stonebrew and Colifero the Artist in Hearthstone (Images via Blizzard Entertainment)
Harth Stonebrew and Colifero the Artist in Hearthstone (Images via Blizzard Entertainment)

Below is a gallery of the Discover cards, as provided by Blizzard Entertainment.

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Hearthstone welcomes back Battlegrounds Quests

Battlegrounds Quests are back in Hearthstone patch 28.6. These are tasks that can guide your gameplay. When turn four hits, you can select from three Quest-Reward pairs. Below are a couple of tables featuring the new and returning Battlegrounds Quests and Rewards.

Battlegrounds Quest
Objective
Fill the Cauldron
Cast 9 spells.
Unlikely Duo
Play 5 <minion type> or <minion type>. 
Invite the Guests
Buy 6 minions.
Dust for Prints
Add 20 cards to your hand.
Cry for Help
Play 4 Battlecry minions.
Exhume the Bones
Trigger 7 friendly Deathrattles.
Assemble a Lineup
Summon 17 minions.
Find the Murder Weapon
Increase a friendly minion’s stats 14 times.
Reenact the Murder
Have 19 friendly minions die.
Sort it All Out
Order your minions from lowest to highest attack for 4 combats.
Follow the Money
Spend 33 Gold.
Hire an Investigator
End your turn with unspent Gold 3 times.
Crack the Case
Have friendly minions attack 12 times.
Pressure the Authorities
Get your warband to 35 total attack.
Round Up the Suspects
Destroy 18 enemy minions.
Round Up the Suspects artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Round Up the Suspects artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Battlegrounds Reward
Description
Untamed Sorcery
At the start of each turn, cast 5 random Tavern spells.
Beyond the Mirage
Tavern spells cost (1) less.
Temporal Tampering
Your Tavern spells cast twice.
Splitting Scroll
Whenever you buy a Tavern spell that costs (3) or more, get an extra copy of it.
Cycle of Energy
Avenge (4): Get a random Tavern spell.
Tumbling Disaster
Whenever you summon a minion in combat, give it +1/+1. Avenge (4): Upgrade this permanently.
Double-Headed Reward
The first time you buy a card each turn, get an extra copy of it.
Gift of the Golden Kobold
After you Refresh 5 times, make the highest Tier minion in the Tavern Golden.
Secret Culprit
Get <a particular Tier 7 minion>. 
Open Auditions
At the start of your turn, Discover a Buddy.
Stash of the Scribe
At the start of each turn, get 3 random Tavern spells.
Stable Amalgamation
Avenge (7): When you have space, summon a 50/50 Amalgam.
Snicker Snacks
At the end of your turn, 2 friendly minions trigger their Battlecries.
Stolen Gold
Start of Combat: Make your left and right-most minions Golden.
Evil Twin
Start of Combat: Summon a copy of your highest-Health minion.
Ritual Dagger
After a friendly Deathrattle minion dies, give it +4/+4 permanently.
Anima Bribe
After you sell a minion, give its stats to a minion in the Tavern.
Devils in the Details
At the end of your turn, your left and right-most minions consume a minion in the Tavern to gain its stats.
The Smoking Gun
Your minions have +4 Attack.
Cooked Book
After you buy a minion, give it +1/+1 and upgrade this.
Mirror Shield
After each Refresh, give a minion in the Tavern +4/+4 and Divine Shield.
Secret Sinstone
After you Discover a card, get an extra copy of it.
Ghastly Mask
Add <a particular “end of turn” minion> to your hand. Your end of turn effects trigger an extra time. 
Theotar’s Parasol
At the end of your turn, give your right-most minion Stealth until next turn and +8 Health.
Red Hand
At the start of your turn, give a minion in your hand +12/+12.
Victim’s Specter
After each combat, get a copy of the last friendly minion that died.
Another Hidden Body
Discover a minion of your Tier. (Can be earned endlessly!)
Alter Ego
Even Tier minions in the Tavern have +7/+7. (Swaps to Odd next turn!)
The Friends Along the Way
At the start of your turn, get two random <particular minion type>. 
Menagerie Mayhem
At the end of your turn, give your minions +1/+1 for each different friendly minion type.
Pilfered Lamps
You only need 2 copies of a minion to make it Golden.
Yogg-tastic Tasties
At the start of your turn, spin the Wheel of Yogg-Saron.
Wondrous Wisdomball
Occasionally gives helpful Refreshes.
Essence of Zerus
At the end of your turn, get a ‘Shifter Zerus’ which transforms into random minions.
Hidden Treasure Vault
At the start of your turn, gain 1 Gold. (Upgrades each turn!)
Ethereal Evidence
At the start of every turn, choose from 2 new Rewards.
The Golden Hammer
Spellcraft: Make a friendly minion Golden until next turn.
Sinfall Medallion
After you play a minion, give 2 other friendly minions of its Tier +2/+2.
Kidnap Sack
Spellcraft: Choose a non-Golden card. Move it to your hand.
Enhance-a-matic
At the start of your turn, get an Enhanced Part that gives +5/+5 and a random bonus. <Taunt, Windfury, Divine Shield, or Reborn> 
Partner in Crime
Get your Golden Buddy.
Ice Sickle
Avenge (1): Give a minion in your hand +4 Attack.
Soul Pact
After you play a minion, give other minions of the same type +1/+1.
Sturdy Shard
At the end of your turn, give your minions without Taunt +1/+2 for each Taunt minion you control.
Doppelganger’s Locket
After each combat, Discover a non-Golden minion from your last opponent’s warband. It keeps enchantments.
Timeline Acceleration
At the start of your turn, get two Accelerators that transform a minion into one from a Tier higher.
Invigorating Conch
When you buy a minion, give its stats to a random friendly minion.
Boom Squad
Avenge (3): Deal 10 damage to the highest Health enemy minion.
Divine Armor
At the end of your turn, give the left-most minion in your hand +6/+6 and Divine Shield.
Map of the Unknown
After you play a minion of a type you don’t control, give a friendly minion of each type +2/+2.
Bloodsoaked Tome
Minions in the Tavern cost 2 Gold.
Scepter of Guidance
The Tavern always offers 2 <a particular minion type> when Refreshed. 
Endless Blood Moon
Your Blood Gems give an extra +1/+1. At the start of your turn, add two to your hand.
Turbulent Tombs
Add <a particular Deathrattle minion> to your hand. Your Deathrattles trigger an extra time. 
Gilnean War Horn
Add <a particular Battlecry minion> to your hand. Your Battlecries trigger an extra time. 
Gilnean War Horn artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Gilnean War Horn artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Hearthstone Battlegrounds patch 28.6 card pool

Patch 28.6 for the Battlegrounds game mode features a slew of updates to the pool minions and spells as well. The tables below showcase all of these updates.

New Minions
Description
Eagill
[Tier 3, Murloc/Beast] 7/1. Battlecry: Give another random friendly minion and a minion in your hand +2/+3.
Vengeful Slitherer
[Tier 3, Naga/Undead] 5/1. Spellcraft: Give your minions +1 Health until next turn. Any that die next combat gain it permanently!
Saloon Dancer
[Tier 4] 4/5. Taunt. Whenever you cast a Tavern spell, give another friendly minion +3/+3.
Augmented Laborer
[Tier 5, Mech/Demon] 1/6. Avenge (4): Get a random Mecha-Demon.
Felboar
[Tier 6, Quilboar/Demon] 1/4. After you cast 3 spells, consume a minion in the Tavern to gain its stats.
Deadstomper
[Tier 6, Undead/Beast] 2/6. After you summon a minion in combat, give your minions +3 attack.
Whirling Lass-o-Matic
[Tier 6, Mech] 9/2. Divine Shield. Windfury. Whenever this attacks, get a random Tavern spell.
Whirling Lass-o-Matic artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Whirling Lass-o-Matic artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Minion Updates
Description
Yrel
[Tier 2] 1/4. After this attacks, give a friendly minion of each type +1/+2.
Rendle the Mistermind
[Tier 4] 4/5. At the end of your turn, steal the highest Tier card from the Tavern.
Utility Drone
[Tier 4, Mech] 3/4. At the end of your turn, give your minions +1/+1 for each Magnetization they have.
Scrap Scraper
[Tier 5, Mech] 6/5. Deathrattle: Get a random Magnetic Mech.
Peckish Feldrake
Regular: [Tier 4, Demon/Dragon] 0/1. Battlecry: Consume 3 minions in the Tavern to gain their stats. Golden: [Tier 4, Demon/Dragon] 0/2. Battlecry: Consume 3 minions in the Tavern to gain double their stats.
Blazing Skyfin
[Tier 2, Dragon/Murloc] 1/3. After you trigger a Battlecry, gain +1/+1.
Blazing Skyfin artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Blazing Skyfin artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
New Tavern Spells
Description
Fluidity
[Tier 3, 1 Gold] Swap a friendly non-Golden minion with a random one in the Tavern.
Toxic Tumbleweed
[Tier 4, 2 Gold] Start of Combat: Summon a 1/1 Tumbling Assassin with Venomous. It attacks immediately.
Channel the Devourer
[Tier 6, 4 Gold] Remove a minion. Give its stats to a random friendly minion.
Scavenge for Parts
[Tier 4, 4 Gold] At the end of your turn, get a random Magnetic minion. Lasts 3 turns.
Cloning Conch
[Tier 5, 5 Gold] Get a copy of a Murloc in your hand.
Guzzle the Goop
[Tier 4, 4 Gold] At the end of your turn, give your Dragons +4 attack. Lasts 3 turns.
Boon of Beetles
[Tier 4, 2 Gold] Start of Combat: Give your minions “Deathrattle: Summon a 2/2 Beetle.”
Butchering
[Tier 4, 2 Gold] Destroy a friendly Undead. Your Undead have extra attack equal to its Tier this game.
Suspicious Stimulant
[Tier 3, 2 Gold] Freeze a minion in the Tavern. If it’s Frozen at the end of this turn, double its stats.
Spitescale Special
[Tier 3, 2 Gold] Get 3 random Spellcraft spells.
Corrupted Cupcakes
[Tier 5, 3 Gold] Choose a friendly Demon. It consumes all minions in the Tavern to gain their stats.
Plunder Seeker
[Tier 4, 6 Gold] Steal a random card from the Tavern. Repeat for each friendly Pirate.
Gem Confiscation
[Tier 4, 1 Gold] Play 2 Blood Gems on a friendly minion. It steals all Blood Gems from its neighbors.
Fairy Tale Caroler artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Fairy Tale Caroler artwork (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Card Pool Updates
Cards
Removed Minions
Fairy Tale Caroler, Transmuted Bramblewitch, Observer of Myths, Scourfin, Withered Spearhide, Relentless Mur’ghoul, Mecha-Jaraxxus, Imposing Percussionist, Octosari, Wrap God, Niuzao, Bejeweled Duelist, Trembling Trolley, Adaptable Barricade, and Necrolyte.
Returned Minions
Thorncaller, Crackling Cyclone, Yrel, Rendle the Mistermind, Tortollan Blue Shell, and Mantid Queen.
Removed Tavern Spells
Jaws of Fate and Buddy Up.

That's all for now. Hearthstone's 10-year anniversary patch also features some in-game activities such as a special rewards track that runs from Feb. 27 to March 19. Until then, jump into the game for some free cards and experience the updated Battlegrounds mode!

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