The Curse of Naxxramus is a solo adventure that you can play in Hearthstone.  At the time I am writing this blog, the Arachnid Quarter is available for players to open up.  More new content will unlock in the weeks to come. First, you must defeat the 3 bosses in “Normal” difficulty.  That is how you unlock the Class Challenges for this section of the Curse of Naxxramus content.

There are two Class Challenges: one for the Druid deck, and one for the Rogue deck.  I decided to start with the Druid Class Challenge.  It took two tries for me to get through it.  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on July 27, 2014.

This screenshot shows that I’ve already completed the content in “Normal” for the Arachnid Quarter.  There is a little 2 sitting next to the box that says “Class Challenge”  It indicates that there are 2 Class Challenges waiting for me.  I selected the Druid Challenge.

Your only option is to play the Druid Deck.  The boss you must defeat is Grand Widow Faerlina, who was the second boss in the “Normal” Arachnid Quarter.

Druid Challenge – Rematch!  Can you defeat the boss using this special Druid deck?  Defeat her and gain a Druid card!

What kind of Druid card is hiding in the trunk?  Poison Seeds – Destroy all minions and summon 2/2 Treants to replace them.  You get 2 of these cards if you manage to defeat Grand Widow Faerlina.

Here we go!  I’m using the “special” Druid deck (having no idea what is in it).  It is personified by Malfurion Stormrage. My opponent is Grand Widow Faerlina (once again).  I’ve barely used the Druid deck after unlocking it, so I’m not super familiar with it.  I figure that some “special” cards had been added to it – but don’t know enough about the deck to be able to identify them.

Last time I fought Grand Widow Faerlina, I learned that the trick is to get rid of all your cards as fast as possible.  Her Hero Power lets her toss one fireball at you for each card you have in your hand.  The fewer cards you hold, the fewer fireballs she can throw at you (or your minions).

Things did not go well for me.  This match went very quickly and was over before I knew it.  We both had a lot of stuff on the board, but it didn’t help me much.

My “special” Druid deck was defeated.  The only good thing about losing is that you can still earn experience points from it.  This Level 1 Druid deck was now a little less than halfway to Level 2.

My second try was a whole lot more successful.  Rather than go through a “play-by-play” of the match, I am going to point out my favorite thing from it.

Take a look at the green slime minions that I have placed on the board.  They are Echoing Ooze – Battlecry: Summon an exact copy of this minion at the end of a turn.  Put one down, and he makes another one for you!  (I’ve no idea how Taunt got onto that card, but it was helpful.)

The awesome Echoing Ooze cards helped me to win the match.  It only took me two tries to beat Grand Widow Faerlina in the Druid Challenge.

There are two things happening in the above screenshot.  One was that I earned a VICTORY!  The second thing was that the Druid deck had reached Level 2.

The reward for completing the Druid Challenge is: 2 Poison Seeds cards.

The reward for hitting Level 2 as a Druid is: 2 Starfire cards – Deal 5 damage.  Draw a card.

The next thing I need to do in Naxxramus: Arachnid Quarter is the Rogue Challenge.  I’m looking forward to it.  The Naxxramus content has barely been released, and there is a lot more to come. Already, I find myself “hooked” on it.

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