The League of Explorers

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"We've traversed the tombs of Naxxramas; we've climbed every cliff on Blackrock. Now, the world cries out for heroes, as a new evil rises. There will be danger! There will be doom! There will be ancient temples, filled with relics, treasures and traps! Who will answer the call?"

The League of Explorers (LoE) is the third adventure for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, released November 12/13, 2015. An assortment of boss battles and Class Challenges with both Normal and Heroic modes, the adventure features 45 new collectible cards.[1] With a strong theme of exploration, the adventure brought 2 new battlefields, and also a new keyword - Discover. In addition to the usual boss battles, the adventure also debuted a new kind of encounter - where the player must survive through several rounds of traps, ambushes and environmental events to escape to safety.

The adventure sees the player following four famed adventurers - Elise Starseeker, Reno Jackson, Sir Finley Mrrgglton, and Brann Bronzebeard - on a journey through some of Azeroth's most exotic and dangerous locations, on a quest to recover an ancient Titan artifact - the Staff of Origination. As each wing is completed, players gather pieces of the Staff, and put them on display in the museum. However, the League of Explorers are not the only ones searching for the artifact, and danger waits within the shadows.

The adventure went live on November 12 in the Americas region, and on November 13 in all other regions.[2] The data for the adventure was added on November 10, 2015, with Patch 4.0.0.10833.

Structure[edit | edit source]

The League of Explorers menu screenshot.jpg

For general information on adventures, see Adventure.

  • The League of Explorers comprises 4 wings and 13 boss encounters
    • Defeating each encounter for the first time will award copies of one or more new cards, which may be neutral or class-specific
    • Completing each wing for the first time will award copies of at least one new card, including a legendary card corresponding to that wing
  • The adventure features 9 Class Challenges, one for each class
    • Completing a Class Challenge will award 2 copies of a new class card
    • Class Challenges can be unlocked through completing wings
  • The adventure has both Normal and Heroic modes, with the latter featuring "immensely difficult" versions of the same bosses
    • Defeating all Heroic bosses will award a special card back

Summary[edit | edit source]

The below table summarises the structure of the adventure, with bosses matched with their corresponding rewards. The placement of the Class Challenge sections indicate which boss features in each Challenge, as well as which wing must be completed in order to unlock it. The "Dust value" column shows the amount of Arcane Dust the cards in that wing will produce if disenchanted. For deck listings and strategy for Class Challenges, see The League of Explorers Class Challenges.

Wing Boss Boss reward Wing reward Class Challenge Challenge reward Dust value
Purchasing the adventure Explorer's Hat and Forgotten Torch Total: 3170
Temple of Orsis
(November 12)
Zinaar Djinni of Zephyrs
Jeweled Scarab
Reno Jackson
Ancient Shade
Warrior Obsidian Destroyer 740
Sun Raider Phaerix Anubisath Sentinel
Summoning Stone
Warlock Dark Peddler
Temple Escape Rumbling Elemental
Sacred Trial
Uldaman
(November 19)
Chieftain Scarvash Tunnel Trogg
Ethereal Conjurer
Brann Bronzebeard
Excavated Evil
Druid Mounted Raptor 580
Mine Cart Rush Tomb Spider
Unearthed Raptor
Archaedas Fierce Monkey
Reliquary Seeker
Paladin Keeper of Uldaman
The Ruined City
(December 3)
Lord Slitherspear Huge Toad
Gorillabot A-3
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Jungle Moonkin
Hunter Dart Trap 780
Giantfin Anyfin Can Happen
Murloc Tinyfin
Shaman Everyfin is Awesome
Lady Naz'jar Pit Snake
Naga Sea Witch
Priest Entomb
Hall of Explorers
(December 10)
Skelesaurus Hex Fossilized Devilsaur
Raven Idol
Elise Starseeker
Arch-Thief Rafaam
Rogue Tomb Pillager 1020
The Steel Sentinel Cursed Blade
Museum Curator
Mage Animated Armor
Arch-Thief Rafaam Curse of Rafaam
Wobbling Runts
Rafaam Unleashed Desert Camel
Eerie Statue

Access[edit | edit source]

The League of Explorers logo.png
  • Each wing of the adventure must be purchased before it can be played
  • The fourth and final wing can only be purchased once the bosses in each of the other wings have been defeated (in any mode)
  • In order to access the adventure, the player must have unlocked all 9 heroes.[3]
  • Each wing was originally unlocked one per week following the initial release on November 12, with a one week break in the middle to accommodate the American Thanksgiving.[4][1]

Pricing[edit | edit source]

Players can purchase wings using either gold or real money. A discount is if purchasing the entire adventure at one time using real money. "Bundle" discounts are also offered if purchasing all remaining locked wings at one time using real money.

Note while players can purchase a variable number of wings, all options above a single wing involve buying all remaining wings. For example, it is not possible to use real money to purchase the first 3 wings, and then buy the final wing later; in order to buy multiple wings using real money, the player must buy all remaining wings. It is however possible to buy individual wings, and later buy all remaining wings at once.

The following prices are for PC/Mac/Android. iPad prices may differ.

Package USD EUR GBP AUD BRL RUR MXN Gold
All 4 wings $19.99 €17.99 £13.99 $24.99 R$44,90 R999 $259
Remaining 3 $14.99 €13.99 £10.49 $18.99 R$33,90 R749 $189
Remaining 2 $9.99 €8.99 £6.99 $12.99 R$22,90 R499 $129
Individual wings $6.99 €5.99 £4.99 $8.99 R$15,90 R329 $89 700 gold

Encounters[edit | edit source]

Making decisions as you attempt to escape a crumbling temple

The League of Explorers features numerous boss encounters, mostly of the kind familiar from earlier adventures - see Boss for details.

However, League also features some more unusual encounters, which do not involve a boss, but rather a situation from which the player must escape, such as a crumbling temple which is falling down around their ears. Instead of an enemy hero, these encounters feature a timer, counting down the player's attempt to escape their predicament. Each turn, events will take place, which may include being ambushed by new attackers, Choose One-like decisions on how to proceed through the area's traps or which treasure to grab, and environmental events such as crushing boulders.

These encounters still feature a game board as usual, with the player's minions mostly serving to defend against attack from the nefarious denizens of the zone. However, with no enemy hero, the only goal of the encounter is to survive for the stated number of turns, as the conditions grow increasingly dangerous.

Cards[edit | edit source]

The League of Explorers adds 45 new collectible cards to the game, including 27 collectible class cards (3 for each class) and 18 collectible neutral cards, as well as 15 uncollectible cards. League of Explorers cards can be recognised by a special watermark (an explorer's hat) behind the card text, not found on other cards.

Regular versions of the cards can be obtained through beating bosses, completing wings, and defeating Class Challenges. Once the regular version of a card has been obtained, both regular and golden versions can be crafted and disenchanted for the usual amounts. Explorer's Hat and Forgotten Torch are exceptions, being awarded upon purchasing the adventure.

All cards are available for selection in the Arena, regardless of whether the player has purchased or completed the corresponding wing.

Neutral cards[edit | edit source]

Murloc Tinyfin(27225).png
Huge Toad(27219).png
Jeweled Scarab(27211).png
Tomb Spider(27226).png
Gorillabot A-3(27237).png
Anubisath Sentinel(27241).png
Fossilized Devilsaur(27235).png
Ancient Shade(27245).png
Eerie Statue(27233).png
Summoning Stone(27239).png
Wobbling Runts(27223).png
Djinni of Zephyrs(27234).png
Naga Sea Witch(27231).png
Sir Finley Mrrgglton(27215).png
Brann Bronzebeard(27214).png
Elise Starseeker(27210).png
Reno Jackson(27228).png
Arch-Thief Rafaam(27254).png

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

Ancient Curse(27503).png
Grumbly Runt(27501).png
Rascally Runt(27499).png
Wily Runt(27500).png
Map to the Golden Monkey(27213).png
Mummy Zombie(27473).png
Golden Monkey(27212).png
Mirror of Doom(27257).png
Timepiece of Horror(27258).png
Lantern of Power(27259).png

Class cards[edit | edit source]

The adventure brings 27 new collectible class-specific cards. Some are obtained through completing Class Challenges, while others are obtained through defeating regular bosses. Explorer's Hat and Forgotten Torch are special exceptions, with 2 copies of each of these cards being given to players automatically upon purchasing the first wing of the adventure.

Each class receives 3 new cards: 1 rare and 2 common. There is no connection between rarity and the means by which the cards are obtained.

Raven Idol(27230).png
Mounted Raptor(27253).png
Jungle Moonkin(27236).png
Druid
Dart Trap(27227).png
Desert Camel(27251).png
Explorer's Hat(27209).png
Hunter
Forgotten Torch(27216).png
Ethereal Conjurer(27249).png
Animated Armor(27252).png
Mage
Sacred Trial(27217).png
Keeper of Uldaman(27260).png
Anyfin Can Happen(27240).png
Paladin
Museum Curator(27250).png
Entomb(27238).png
Excavated Evil(27242).png
Priest
Pit Snake(27221).png
Tomb Pillager(27229).png
Unearthed Raptor(27220).png
Rogue
Tunnel Trogg(27246).png
Rumbling Elemental(27244).png
Everyfin is Awesome(27224).png
Shaman
Curse of Rafaam(27232).png
Dark Peddler(27243).png
Reliquary Seeker(27256).png
Warlock
Fierce Monkey(27255).png
Obsidian Destroyer(27222).png
Cursed Blade(27248).png
Warrior

Uncollectible[edit | edit source]

Scarab(27486).png
Cursed!(27482).png
Roaring Torch(27481).png
Raven Idol(27505).png
Raven Idol(27506).png

Boss cards and Hero Powers[edit | edit source]

Main article: The League of Explorers boss cards

In addition to the playable cards listed above, The League of Explorers brings 122 unique cards and Hero Powers available only during the adventure's boss encounters. For a full list, see The League of Explorers boss cards.

Discover[edit | edit source]

Discover in action
Main article: Discover

The adventure brings a new keyword: Discover. This ability presents the player with three possible cards, which are usable by the player's current class, but which are generated, not drawn from the deck. The player can choose one of these to add to their hand. The keyword involves strong elements of both RNG and strategy, with players having to predict their needs and what will best suit their deck.

Replace[edit | edit source]

Main article: Replace

Debuting with Golden Monkey, Replace replaces cards in the player's hand or deck with other cards, without destroying or discarding them in the process.

Themes[edit | edit source]

Murlocs[edit | edit source]

From the gentleman and scholar Sir Finley Mrrgglton to the fearsome boss Giantfin, this adventure features an array of murlocs. Most importantly, players are able to obtain the following Murloc minions and related spells:

Shuffle into deck[edit | edit source]

With its overarching theme of discovery, it's perhaps unsurprising that this adventure doubles the amount of shuffle into deck effects previously in the game, rewarding players for digging through their decks - or punishing them for digging a little too deep.

Battlefields[edit | edit source]

The League of Explorers includes two new battlefields. Matches in the first and second wings are played exclusively upon the first battlefield, while matches in the fourth wing are played exclusively on the second battlefield. The third wing reuses the Stranglethorn battlefield, though it uses music from the prior wings.

"Excavation" - The battlefield used for the adventure's first two wings
"The Hall of Explorers" - The battlefield used for the adventure's fourth wing

Card backs[edit | edit source]

A special card back is awarded to players for defeating all bosses in Heroic mode. The card back for Ranked play Season 20 (during which the adventure was launched) also matches the adventure.

Images
Explorer's Map
Card back-Explorer's Map.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 20 (November 2015)

A League of Explorers treasure map! Or the Cartographer's grocery list? Let's find out!

Staff of Origination
Card back-Staff of Origination.png
Defeating all bosses in The League of Explorers in Heroic mode

Wait, isn't this staff supposed to be in the museum? RENO!!!

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This is the first content addition not to feature any Demons (or related cards).
  • The League of Explorers sold over 20% more units in the first 6 weeks post-launch than its predecessor Blackrock Mountain.[5][6]
  • There was no pre-purchase option for this adventure, in part because of its release shortly after BlizzCon 2015.[7] This is because adding an in-game pre-purchase option would have required a patch, which would have required "significant lead time"; something that was unavailable due to the short time window between revealing the set and its release. The patch could not have been made until after the reveal since this would have spoiled the adventure.[7]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

For background information on the main characters, see Lore, below.

The League of Explorers are seeking a brave adventurer to assist them in finding the Staff of Origination - an ancient Titan artifact that will fit perfectly as a centrepiece in their museum. Elise Starseeker has a lead on where the three pieces of the Staff are, and the first one lies in the Temple of Orsis.

The Staff of Origination

Temple of Orsis[edit | edit source]

Assisting the player in their investigation of the Temple of Orsis is the impulsive treasure hunter Reno Jackson, who claims to have already cleared most of the traps from the Temple. However, when the two venture together into the Temple, Jackson can't resist grabbing an ancient lamp, unwittingly unleashing a certain djinni - Zinaar. Eventually the two reach the temple's treasure room, and find the first piece of the Staff - the Rod of the Sun. Unfortunately, the adventurers find it in the hands of the massive guardian Sun Raider Phaerix. Worse still, while it is only one piece of the Staff, the Rod is incredibly powerful, and grants the holder total immunity to damage.

After wresting control of the Staff from Phaerix, the adventurers find the Temple of Orsis crumbling around them, discovering too late that the Rod was the only thing keeping the Temple standing. Racing out of the collapsing structure, the two treasure hunters must avoid traps, navigate obstacles and make critical decisions as they attempt to escape, all the while contending with the ambushes of the Temple's deadly denizens.

Uldaman[edit | edit source]

With the first piece safely on display in the Hall of Explorers, Elise sends the player to the digsite Uldaman, once a mighty Titan city. With the dwarves having already partially excavated the site, Brann Bronzebeard is quick to volunteer his assistance in searching for the second piece. However, things have changed since the dwarves were at the digsite. While always plagued by troggs, one trogg has recently risen to dominance - Chieftain Scarvash - and is unwilling to allow outsiders passage within Uldaman.

While the adventurers eventually succeed in dethroning Scarvash, the Chieftain's loyal trogg followers are not too pleased with this, and the two must take flight. Luckily, Brann is familiar with some mine tracks laid by the dwarves during their earlier excavations of the site, and the two are able ride this to the centre of Uldaman, dodging attacks from the raging troggs all the while. However, waiting for them at the centre of the city is Archaedas, Titanic watcher, guardian of the vault containing the city's treasures, and holder of the second piece of the Staff.

The Temple of Orsis

The Ruined City[edit | edit source]

The third and final piece is believed to be deep within The Ruined City, a previously lost ruin deep in the jungles of Stranglethorn. With Sir Finley Mrrgglton already stationed in the area doing research on the local primates, the murloc gentleman is the perfect candidate to assist the player in hunting down the city, and the third piece of the Staff. However, it is Sir Finley himself who is first in need of the player's assistance, finding himself on the dinner menu of the local naga. To prevent Finley from being turned into murloc soup, the player must defeat Lord Slitherspear, with the naga hordes all the while growing hungrier and hungrier.

After freeing Finley from the cauldron, the two escape into The Ruined City. However, Finley is not the only murloc around, and the two soon run into trouble in the form of the gigantic Giantfin. After defeating the monstrous murloc, the two at last find the third piece of the Staff, the Pearl of the Tides - but it is already in the grasp of the naga sea witch, Lady Naz'jar. The adventurers will have to snatch the Pearl from the sea witch and turn it against her in order to escape.

Hall of Explorers[edit | edit source]

With all three pieces in their possession, the two return to the Hall of Explorers, to assemble the pieces of the Staff. However, they soon discover that they are not the only ones seeking the ancient artifact. A shadowy figure has been watching their every move in eager anticipation of their victorious return, and has no intention of letting them keep the Staff for the museum.

By assembling the Staff, the adventurers unwittingly trigger a curse laid upon it by the Supreme Archaeologist Arch-Thief Rafaam. The curse allows the ethereal to break through the wards surrounding the Hall of Explorers and teleport into the museum, where he uses magic from his many stolen artifacts to bring the exhibits to life, attacking the explorers.

With armies of exhibits springing to life around them, the five adventurers must band together in a fight unlike anything they've faced before, as the Arch-Thief Rafaam seizes the Staff of Origination and turns its powers to his own nefarious ends.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Most dialogue within the adventure takes place inside specific encounters, comprising threats, celebrations, and banter between the bosses and the player's companions. See individual boss pages for full listings, e.g., Zinaar#Dialogue.

However, some dialogue takes place within the menu screens of the adventure itself. This dialogue is listed below.

Launch blog[edit | edit source]

The following dialogue was featured in the launch blog.

Elise Starseeker
The Staff of Origination has been divided into three pieces, and they’ve been scattered across the face of Azeroth. If our translations are correct, now we know where the pieces are.
Brann Bronzebeard
Aye, we’re close! An ancient Titan artifact! Imagine what it’ll teach us!
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Right-o, chap! Imagine how absolutely smashing it will look in the collection!
Reno Jackson
I imagine that it’s worth a fortune. . . Why are you all looking at me like that?

Adventure screen[edit | edit source]

Elise Starseeker
Good timing, adventurer; welcome to the Hall of Explorers!
We’ve got a lead on the three pieces of the Staff of Origination! Can you help us recover them?

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Elise Starseeker
I am Elise Starseeker, the Cartographer. We’ve got a lead on the three pieces of the Staff of Origination and could use your help!
I'll stay here and direct, but the other explorers are already in the field. Could you assist them?
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
We were just embarking on a mrrrgle of discovery. AHEM. A voyage of discovery, I should say!

Wing 1[edit | edit source]

Introduction

Elise Starseeker
The first piece of the Staff lies in the ancient Temple of Orsis. Reno's inside already and he needs your help!

Completion

Arch-Thief Rafaam
So they’re looking for the Staff. Heh heh heh.

Wing 2[edit | edit source]

Introduction

Brann Bronzebeard
Hail, fellow explorer! I'm Brann Bronzebeard, the League's founder. I’ve got a lead on the headpiece of the staff! It’s somewhere here in Uldaman.

Blog

Elise Starseeker
The Staff of Origination’s headpiece is located in Uldaman. I should caution you, Brann. It won’t be easy to get there, the excavation site is found deep within the forbidding wastes of the badlands.
Brann Bronzebeard
True!
Elise Starseeker
If you survive the journey to the site, the caverns are potentially unstable, and likely filled with venomous vermin of the most deadly sort.
Brann Bronzebeard
Yep!
Elise Starseeker
Also, we have reason to believe that the excavation is home to an entire tribe’s worth of savage, primitive, ill-tempered, and violent Troggs.
Brann Bronzebeard
Aye, that sounds like the place! I can’t wait to get started![8]

Completion

Arch-Thief Rafaam
They’ve found the second piece. My plan is nearly complete.

Wing 3[edit | edit source]

The Staff of Origination

Opening

Elise Starseeker
The third piece of the Staff, the Pearl of the Tides, is in Stranglethorn Jungle. Sir Finley's there, but I've lost contact with him.

Blog

Reno Jackson
Hey there little buddy! Are you all packed up for your expedition to Stranglethorn?
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Indeed I am, Reno! I find the tropical climate quite agreeable, and I’m even fluent in the dialect of the local murloc tribes. I’m quite confident I can recover the Pearl of the Tides for the League!
Reno Jackson
Sensational. Great. Say, speaking of murlocs—did I ever tell you about the time I made a murloc disguise to sneak into--
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Oh, yes! Very droll story, that. Still funny the hundredth time you tell it, ha ha. Why, would you look at the time! I really must be going. Immediately. Good bye, Reno![9]
Rafaam stealing the Staff

Completion

Elise Starseeker
Explorers, we've done it! After so many years, the Staff of Origination is complete.
Arch-Thief Rafaam
The final piece falls into place.
Reno Jackson
Hey, what?!
Arch-Thief Rafaam
Hello explorers. I am Rafaam, the Supreme Archaeologist!
Thank you for finding my staff. Let me give you a demonstration of its power!

Wing 4[edit | edit source]

Opening

Elise Starseeker
Rafaam's stolen the Staff and taken over the museum. He's animating the exhibits and stealing everything!

Blog[edit | edit source]

Elise Starseeker
Gentlemen, we must act quickly! Arch-Thief Rafaam has stolen the Staff of Origination, and now he plans to use its power to plunder the museum’s collection!
Brann Bronzebeard
Let ‘im try! Not one artifact passes through those gates on our watch!
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Stand fast and prepare yourselves, my compatriots! Who knows what sorceries the Staff will unleash?
Reno Jackson
Relaaaaax. We’re the good guys. We can’t lose! Hey, did that suit of armor just wink at me?

Assembling the Staff[edit | edit source]

Early

Elise Starseeker
We finally have a lead on the Staff of Origination. It would be a great centerpiece for the museum.

Completion

Elise Starseeker
The Staff of Origination! Thanks to your heroism, the reassembled staff now lies safely in the Hall of Explorers.

Lore[edit | edit source]

The League of Explorers promo.jpg
Scattered across ancient sites of Azeroth are pieces of a powerful Titan artifact: the Staff of Origination.[10]
The League of Explorers follows four adventurers—Elise Starseeker, Reno Jackson, Sir Finley Mrrgglton, and Brann Bronzebeard—on their journey through the deepest jungles and hidden temples of Azeroth to recover an ancient artifact. These brave explorers will face many perils as they navigate through the Temple of Orsis, Uldaman, The Ruined City, and the Hall of Explorers on their most daring quest yet![1]
Adventure awaits! Grab your hat and join the League of Explorers to reclaim an ancient artifact of immense power. Prepare to journey to remote and exotic locales, defy insidious traps in the depths of forgotten temples, and dodge unfathomable doom at every turn to discover ancient treasures.[11]
Travel alongside famous treasure hunter Brann Bronzebeard and his merry band of intrepid action-archeologists on a race to uncover the pieces of the Staff of Origination, a priceless, ancient artifact. But beware, for you are not the only one who's hunting the artifact. Others have picked up the scent as well, so you'll have to play your cards right to stay one step ahead of the competition and keep the Staff of Origination from falling into the wrong hands![3]

The League[edit | edit source]

"We are the Explorer's League, and we are in need of explorers! Adventure we seek, 'cross land and sea, won't you come and join us?"

The League of Explorers, also known as the Explorer's League, is a globe-trotting, adventure-seeking, treasure-hunting team that seeks to acquire artifacts from around the world, with the goal of preserving them in the Hall of Explorers, the greatest museum on Azeroth.[12] Home to the League of Explorers, the Hall is set deep within the dwarven city of Ironforge, and is filled with artifacts and archaeological rarities from around Azeroth, from skeletons of primordial beasts and clanking suits of armor, to dusty tomes and ancient astrolabes.

The League consists of four prominent members: its founder Brann Bronzebeard, famous explorer and younger brother of Muradin and Magni Bronzebeard; Elise Starseeker, the mysterious mastermind behind the League's operations; Sir Finley Mrrgglton, a gentleman, scholar, and murloc; and Reno Jackson, a profit-chasing treasure hunter currently on probation for bad behaviour. Recently however the League has sought help from brave adventurers to aid them in seeking the Staff of Origination.[12]

For background lore about the league in World of Warcraft and its difference in Hearthstone, see Hearthstone lore.

Brann Bronzebeard full.jpg

Brann Bronzebeard[edit | edit source]

"Who knows what secrets we'll uncover?"
The youngest of the three Bronzebeard brothers, Brann is one of the greatest explorers to ever wander Azeroth.
From the frigid mountains of Northrend to the depths of Uldaman, wherever ancient mysteries call, he will follow.[11]

Founder of the League, the famous dwarven explorer Brann Bronzebeard accompanies the player in investigating the ancient halls of Uldaman.

Whether it’s frigid mountains or broiling badlands, you’ll always find Brann wherever the action is. It must be said that Brann suffers from an excess of courage, so you’ll have to stay on your toes if you want to keep up and keep Brann safe.[8]

In World of Warcraft[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

Brann Bronzebeard is the youngest of the three Bronzebeard brothers, with King Magni Bronzebeard and Muradin Bronzebeard being his elders. Brann is an active member of the Explorers' League, following closely in the footsteps of his brother Muradin.
One of the greatest explorers to ever wander the lands of Azeroth, Brann is recognized and welcomed across the known world. The warm, courageous dwarf has made friends and acquaintances in nearly every charted land - and presumably those uncharted as well. Brann has spent many years mapping out the remote corners and hidden nooks of the Eastern Kingdoms for his beloved Explorers' Guild, which he helped to found. With the discovery of Kalimdor, Brann was one of the first dwarves to tread the unknown paths of the ancients. He has a monkey pet named Glibb.
Elise Starseeker full.jpg

Elise Starseeker[edit | edit source]

"Do you have the artifact?"
Known to most by her code name, The Cartographer, the mysterious Elise is the mastermind behind countless successful League operations.
She's got a lead on the long-lost Staff of Origination - and she needs your help to find it![11]
"Elise has been on hundreds of League expeditions, she's created a huge catalog of maps and charts, she loves navigation and cartography, but her biggest joy is locating ancient artifacts, that are so old that they are just whispered about in taverns."[12]

The night elf Elise Starseeker is original to Hearthstone.

Reno Jackson full.jpg

Reno Jackson[edit | edit source]

"We're gonna be rich!"
World-renowned archaeologist, explorer, and treasure hunter... or so he says.
His membership in the League of Explorers is currently on probation. Just make sure that all artifacts you collect with Reno are properly accounted for upon your return.[11]

The impulsive treasure hunter Reno Jackson has already cleared most of the traps from the Temple of Orsis... or so he says.[12]

Reno is quite the dashing adventurer, as he’s sure to inform you, but sometimes he gets a little confused about the difference between treasure hunter and archeologist. While his fingers can be a little sticky, Reno’s heart is in the right place. He’s out to prove that he deserves his place in the League of Explorers, with a little help from you.[13]

Reno is original to Hearthstone.

Sir Finley Mrrgglton[edit | edit source]

Sir Finley Mrrgglton full.jpg
"Hello, explorer! Fancy a cup of tea?"
A sophisticated gentleman and an accomplished scholar. Also happens to be a murloc.
How Elise found him as an egg, his joining the League of Explorers, and his eventual knighthood... these are stories for another time![11]

Sir Finley Mrrgglton has spent the last few months stationed in Stranglethorn Vale, studying the local gorillas and attempting to infiltrate their culture.[12] As such, he is the perfect candidate to journey with the player to the previously lost Ruined City, deep within the jungle.

Sir Finley Mrrgglton is a sophisticated gentleman, a valiant explorer, and an accomplished scholar—he even has a knighthood! He also just happens to be a murloc. Sir Finley is confident that his diplomatic and linguistic skills will allow him to negotiate with the jungle’s residents and retrieve the Pearl post-haste! Do hurry and check up on him though, will you? It’s quite likely that the natives are rather more restless than Sir Finley has anticipated.[9]

Sir Finley is original to Hearthstone. His upright posture in comparison to other murlocs, as well as his distinguished demeanor, appears to be a result from hatching and growing up within the League of Explorers. He has since appeared in World of Warcraft with the Legion expansion, where players can embark on a quest line with him in Stormheim on the Broken Isles.

Arch-Thief Rafaam[edit | edit source]

Little is known about the villainous Arch-Thief Rafaam. Known as "the supreme archaeologist", this ethereal travels across worlds seeking powerful artifacts, and most recently appears to have set his sights upon the League of Explorers and their expedition to find the Staff of Origination. Watching the adventurers' every move, the Arch-Thief has no intention of allowing the Staff to be put into the museum.[12]

The Staff of Origination[edit | edit source]

"There is an artifact that is so ancient, so powerful, and so cool, that it would be the perfect addition to the museum. It's called the Staff of Origination, and one explorer has been working tirelessly to find it."[12]

The Staff of Origination is the overall objective of the adventure, with the League seeking it to serve as the centrepiece in their museum.[12] The Staff has been broken into three pieces, and Elise Starseeker thinks she knows where to find them. However, the League are not the only ones hunting the artifact.

This ancient artifact was once used by the Titans, perhaps in relation to the Halls of Origination.

Constructed by the great titans, the Halls of Origination are filled with ancient relics and the fearsome guardians that protect them. Rumors abound that the complex also contains a devastating weapon capable of reordering all life on Azeroth. Deathwing has moved to obtain this terrifying device through his agent, Al'Akir the Windlord. Thus far the facility's communication systems have been fully corrupted, but the weapon inside continues to elude Deathwing's grasp.[14]

Temple of Orsis[edit | edit source]

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Pack your satchel, grab a torch, and put on your explorer’s hat, because your first expedition in The League of Explorers is taking you to the mysterious Temple of Orsis! You won’t be going alone, though! You’ll be joined by world famous explorer (and exceedingly modest hero) Reno Jackson.
It’ll take all of your combined cunning, wit, and above all else, restraint, to overcome the Temple’s trials and acquire the first piece of the staff for the League of Explorers![13]

Orsis is the city of the Orsis tribe of tol'vir. When Deathwing returned and offered the tol'vir immortality in exchange for their allegiance, the Orsis tol'vir refused. Deathwing's ally Al'Akir punished them by burying their city in the choking sands of Uldum.

While the League are not the first to explore the buried city, clearly many treasures remain unsalvaged within its ruined buildings. The Temple of Orsis in particular houses a number of artifacts including a shiny lamp, as well as the first piece of the Staff of Origination - the Rod of the Sun. However, the Rod has not been left unguarded...

While the inhabitants of the temple are dangerous enough, an even great threat awaits the explorers - the collapsing walls of the temple itself.

Uldaman[edit | edit source]

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Uldaman, now that’s the place for a true explorer! Venomous scorpions, creepy stone guardians, ancient Titan machinery. . . it’s great! Well, except for the Troggs. Nobody likes Troggs. Anyway, world-renowned explorer Brann Bronzebeard is heading to Uldaman in pursuit of the Staff of Origination’s headpiece, and he’s graciously agreed to let you tag along!
It will take daring, bravery, and wit to explore Uldaman and claim the staff’s headpiece for the League of Explorers! Can you help Brann emerge unscathed from the Trogg-infested depths of Uldaman?[8]

In World of Warcraft, Uldaman is a level 30 dungeon, found in the Badlands.

From Wowpedia:

Uldaman is an old, earthen complex buried deep within the Khaz Mountains. It was partially excavated, but has since fallen into the hands of the Dark Irons, who find the place ideal to dig for earthly riches. It is one of the three known ancient Titan cities in the world, the two others being Uldum in southern Tanaris and Ulduar in the Storm Peaks.

The Ruined City[edit | edit source]

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The Staff of Origination is nearly complete! All that’s missing now is the gem that fits into the headpiece: the Pearl of the Tides. It is, alas, secreted away somewhere in The Ruined City; an overgrown ruins set within the jungle of Stranglethorn Vale. Stranglethorn is no tropical paradise! it’s a dense, steamy jungle teeming with malignant murlocs and nefarious naga—indeed, danger lurks behind every leaf and vine! Fortunately, Sir Finley Mrrgglton is prepared to help you navigate through the wilderness to reach the ruins.[9]

Stranglethorn Vale is a vast jungle located on the south-eastern corner of the Eastern Kingdoms. In the eastern Vale is found the ancient troll city of Zul'Gurub, while at its southern tip lies the goblin port-town of Booty Bay. The Cataclysm resulting from Deathwing's ascent split the sprawling zone in two, with it now separated by a huge and endlessly swirling whirlpool. To the south of Stranglethorn lies Jaguero Isle, home to King Mukla.

The exact location of The Ruined City is unknown, but judging by the ferocity of its inhabitants, Sir Finley Mrrgglton is likely among the first to discover it - or at least, the first to have lived to tell the tale. The city's less than welcoming denizens include Giantfin, Lady Naz'jar and Lord Slitherspear.

The Hall of Explorers[edit | edit source]

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On the eve of triumph, disaster strikes! The pieces of the Staff of Origination have been recovered, but now they’ve fallen into the wrong hands! Now you’ll have to return to the hallowed headquarters of the League of Explorers itself and recover the staff from the vile grip of evil! Beware the artifact’s power, because who knows what havoc will be wrought once the pieces of the staff are combined! The League of Explorers is in a bind, and they need your help.[15]

History[edit | edit source]

Development[edit | edit source]

  • The designers first brainstormed the idea for what would become The League of Explorers back in 2011.[16]
  • Then Senior Vice President of Story & Franchise Development of Blizzard Entertainment Chris Metzen inspired the adventure when he mentioned that World of Warcraft had never really explored the Explorer's League's potential, giving the developers an idea for a setting.[16]
  • The escape encounters such as Temple Escape are one of the most original and striking features of the adventure. The designers had a prototype of this type of encounter in 2011, but it was not until The League of Explorers in 2015 that they found the right fit for it.[12][17]
  • The Discover keyword was developed "kind of" independently of The League of Explorers. Ben Brode states, "We just kind of smashed them together and it turned out that they felt very natural together."[18]

Announcement[edit | edit source]

The adventure was revealed at BlizzCon 2015, on November 6. The announcement of the adventure featured the shortest delay of any content released so far. Eric Dodds announced:

"I'm also happy to announce that we're going to be releasing League of Explorers later this year."
*crowd cheers*
"And I guess since this month is technically part of "later this year"... I should probably be more specific and say we're actually launching League of Explorers later this month."
*bigger crowd cheer*
"Actually, I should probably be a little bit more specific than that..."
*crowd reacts with disbelief*
"...and tell you that League of Explorers is going live, the first wing starting this coming Thursday!"
*crowd explodes*

The release delay of only six days caught many by surprise, given that each previous adventure and expansion had had around a month long delay following the initial announcement - with the exception of Curse of Naxxramas, which saw a now infamous delay of three and a half months.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Banners
The League of Explorers prepare to venture forth
The latest wing is unlocked
Arch-Thief Rafaam? More like Ex-Thief Rafaam!
Trailer
Exploring Naxxramas
Scaling Blackrock Mountain
Armies of mummies...
...under the command of Arch-Thief Rafaam?
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The Golden Monkey glittering at the end of a deadly gauntlet
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Coming to a cinema near you...
"We are in need of explorers!"
"Won't you come and join us?"

Videos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Official press kit. Retrieved on 2015-11-06.
  2. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2015-11-12). 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Official site - The League of Explorers. Retrieved on 2015-11-06.
  4. League of Explorer's Wing Release Schedule. (2015-11-20). 
  5. Activision Blizzard Fourth Quarter 2015 Results. (2016-02-11). 
  6. ACTIVISION BLIZZARD ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2015 FINANCIAL RESULTS. (2016-02-11). 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Yong Woo on reddit. (2016-11-05). 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The League of Explorers: Uldaman - Now Live!. (2015-11-19). 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 The League of Explorers: The Ruined City – Now Live. (2015-12-03). 
  10. Hearthstone: The League of Explorers Adventure Full Match. (2015-11-06). 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Join the League of Explorers on November 12!. (2015-11-06). 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 Blizzcon 2015 Hearthstone League of Explorers Panel – 1080p. (2015-11-07). 
  13. 13.0 13.1 The League of Explorers is Now Live!. (2015-11-10). 
  14. World of Warcraft Dungeon Journal
  15. The League of Explorers: The Hall of Explorers – Now Live!. (2015-12-10). 
  16. 16.0 16.1 Hearthpwn: Tavern Brawls and Open Q&A - BlizzCon 2015 Live Panel Recap (Fireside Chat). (2015-11-07). 
  17. Hearthstone’s League of Explorers add-on is its most risky adventure yet. (2015-11-10). 
  18. IGN.com - HEARTHSTONE: CREATING THE DISCOVER MECHANIC. (2016-01-17). 

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