Hearthstone: Battlegrounds feels like it only just dropped and already we're seeing some new characters and balance changes. For those not in the know, it's an eight-player auto-battler along the lines of DOTA Underlords, Chess Rush, and Auto Chess.

You'll recruit various Hearthstone minions from the game's many tribes, work to hone your strategy, and tweak your battle formations to claim victory. What sets it apart from the competition is its ties to the Hearthstone universe, including iconic minions from the Demon, Murloc, and Mech tribes.

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The mode's latest characters each come with a fresh hero skill to test out. Here are the latest characters and their skills:

  • Sindragosa – Stay Frosty: At the end of your turn, Frozen minions get +1/+1
  • Elise Starseeker – Lead Explorer: When you upgrade Bob’s Tavern get a Recruitment Map
  • Brann Bronzebeard – Battle Brand: When you play a Battlecry minion, give a random friendly minion +1/+1
  • Sir Finley Mrrgglton – Power Up!: Give a random friendly minion +1/+1. After you sell a minion, refresh this

To make way for these new heroes, some characters have been given the boot. The following characters may return in future updates:

  • King Mukla
  • Giantfin
  • Millificent Manastorm
  • Lich Baz’hial

The team behind Battlegrounds are currently prepping further updates for early December. More minion and hero balance updates will soon arrive, as well as two all-new minions to recruit. The Stats feature is also set to be updated.

If you fancy giving it a go, you'll find Hearthstone available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

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