Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft
Well Blizzard has done it again and has created Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft and it sucks away my days like a bad acid trip. However, being a Blizzard loyalist for more years then I am comfortable admitting, and also being a fan of the WoW TCG (trading card game), I can’t say I am surprised. So Hearthstone is still in beta stages but, due to the fact that it is a card game there are not any glitches that is going to distract you from gameplay. There is occasionally a card stacking glitch and I did see a text glitch on the “end turn” button the other day but after rebooting the game it went away.
So after finally ripping myself away from Hearthstone to write this article, (I actually am typing this on my girlfriend’s computer because I can’t be trusted), I will have to say I am a very solid fan of the game. Blizzard has made the introduction of this game very user friendly for players of all skill levels. If you are not familiar with TCG’s you still will have no problem picking it up cause the game makes you take baby steps to help everyone learn the game. Everyone starts with the mage class and completes six practice games, that after completing they allow you to make your first deck with the stock set of cards. Then you play to win your 1st booster pack by striking “First Blood.” You are able to buy as many extra packs of cards as you wish with gold or of course real money. However, if you don’t want to pay for cards it is also possible to make any of the cards you want through the “crafting mode.” Crafting mode allows you to disenchant cards into arcane dust and then use that dust to make any card in the game. It is kind of a grind to get gold in Hearthstone but, Blizzard has made that a little easier as well by making daily quests that give you gold as a reward.
After completing practice mode and unlocking all the classes you are able to play arena mode. This is the third mode available but unlike the free to play modes, (casual and ranked), arena mode costs 150 gold or $1.99 to play. In arena mode you start out by choosing one of three random classes and then build a deck from a random selection of cards. After your deck is made you are able to play as many games as you can until you lose three. The more games you win the better your prizes are. I found arena to be very enjoyable and it is also a great way to play with many cards that you may have not unlocked yet, which in turn helps you decide which cards that you may want to craft in the future.
For being in beta stage, Blizzard seems to once again struck gold with Hearthstone. With its addictive gameplay, familiar characters, and tons of options for customizing your deck TCG players will be in heaven. Unfortunately, there is no option to trade cards with your friends which is strange for a trading card game. But I can understand that Blizzard figured this would cause them to not only lose money on card packs but also create issues that plagued Diablo III with the auction house. With the unlimited possibilities for expansion packs in the future, as well as new classes that could come available, I expect to see Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft around for many years to come.
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