If you're looking around wondering why your place of business seems a little emptier today, you probably work with some Hearthstone addicts. The Grand Tournament, the second expansion to the wildly popular collectible card game is now live on mobile devices. It brings some new gameplay mechanics and more than 130 cards to collect and take into battle.

The Grand Tournament adds a new hero power that allows you to inspire minions. Inspired minions can attack harder, regenerate health, and even call in more minions without wasting your precious gems. You can also challenge your opponents to a joust, a one-on-one battle between two minions. The winner of a joust gets a significant bonus in the match.

Cards from the new expansion can be purchased in the game with gold or real money. You can also get Grand Tournament cards by crafting them or by winning matches in the arena. Blizzards servers are taking a hit right now, but give it some time and you'll be jousting before you know it.

Press Release

HEAR YE, HEAR YE: THE GRAND TOURNAMENT™ HAS BEGUN!
Second Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™ expansion adds over 130 cards

IRVINE, Calif.—August 24, 2015—The Grand Tournament™, the second expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning online strategy card game,Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™, is now live, and players around the world are invited to join in on the fun. This expansion brings over 130 knightly cardsto the (round) table, along with exciting new game mechanics that will delight duelists and inspire creative new deck strategies.

The Grand Tournament takes players to the frost-covered continent of Northrend, where the heroes of the Argent Crusade once held a prestigious tournament to select the bravest and mightiest champions in all the land. Though the evil that once held this realm captive has been vanquished and order restored, the jousting continues in the spirit of fun and friendly competition!

This expansion presents duelists with powerful new tools for their arsenals, allowing them to motivate their brave champions through the Inspire mechanic or challenge an opponent to single combat in its most honorable form—the joust. Inspired minions, which are triggered by using a Hero Power, can grow in strength, restore health, and even call for reinforcements. Jousts are one-on-one contests between random minions drawn from each player’s deck. The stakes are high—if the initiating player wins a joust, they’ll earn a substantial bonus.

“With the new Inspire and Joust mechanics, and over 130 new cards to play with, The Grand Tournament brings a fun medieval-tournament vibe toHearthstone,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see what players come up with now that they have their hands full with tons of new deck and strategy options.”

The Grand Tournament is available now for Windows® and Mac® PCs, iOS and Android™ tablets, and mobile phones. Card packs can be purchased individually or in discounted bundles from the in-game Shop for gold or real-world currency (same pricing as all other Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft card packs). Players now also have the chance to win The Grand Tournament card packs as rewards in Arena Mode, or craft cards from the expansion by using Arcane Dust, which is collected from disenchanting unwanted cards.

For more information on all things related to The Grand Tournament, visit www.thegrandtourney.com.