Posts Tagged ‘Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft’

The Bestest Best CCG Of 2014: Hearthstone

2014 saw the release of three or four interesting and excellent card games, but it was Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft that most captured our attention and drew us back for match after match.

Alec: I’ve shied away from multiplayer in the last couple of years. Partly it’s self-consciousness, and partly because the constant background sound of bloodcurdling screaming* whenever my microphone was turned on didn’t seem fair on everyone else. Hearthstone was very much a way back, and not simply because it worked pretty well on my Surface Pro’s touchscreen (though that was very much a factor). Given it comes from a developer which once thought that making its players’ real names public was a good idea, the way Hearthstone strips everything back to anonymity is impressive. It’s about the deck you face, not the player you face. I needn’t worry about being scrutinised or humiliated – win or lose, I’d be out of there and never seen again by my opponent. And I don’t care about them, either. I just care about the cards.

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Goblins vs Gnomes Arrives At The Hearthstone Tavern

Lovely cards for my horribly mangled decks

Hearthstone‘s Goblins vs Gnomes expansion is finally out, meaning there are more than 120 new Warcrafty cards in the game with which to bolster your deck potential. Or, y’know, more cards which you think have bolstered your deck potential but it turns out you’ve accidentally done something which makes you explode yourself with the power of overthinking and hubris.

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Hearthstone: Goblins Vs. Gnomes Clanking Out Next Week


That’s a nice-looking Hearthstone deck you’ve got there. What’s that, a wolf, yeah? Cool, cool. And some dogs? A load of forest friends hanging out? Great, great, lovely. Here’s a thought: why not replace them with bombs and robots? Those are cool. All the cool kids do robots now.

The free-to-play card game’s technowizarding expansion Goblins vs. Gnomes will launch next week, Blizzard have announced. I hope you’ve been saving your dust to brew up new cards, chums.

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Hearthstone Banwave Is Warning Shot To Botters

Given the tavern setting, surely

Beware, Hearthstone bot users. Well, beware-ish. Blizzard have followed up their forum post from August about botting being a violation of the Hearthstone terms of service and have banned several thousand Hearthstone accounts until 2015.

“As we’ve stated, fair play is at the core of the Hearthstone experience, and cheating and botting will not be tolerated,” said Blizzard via an official blog post by community manager, Christina ‘Zeriyah’ Sims. At the heart of the issue are third party programs which automate gameplay and let players earn gold, unlock card backs and so on.

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The Thought Processes Of A Serial Hearthstone Loser

I’m pretty new to Hearthstone, Blizzard’s none-more-slick digital card game. I’ve just about clawed past the point where I’m randomly spamming stuff and hoping for the best, and now have a custom deck I’m continually tweaking and a few solid wins under my belt. Now I’m no longer facing total greenhorns, it’s a different game. I’m losing a lot. This doesn’t particularly depress me, as I know the key is learning, and I know that I’ve got a whole lot of that left to do. It’s rare for me to not run a mile at that kind of prospect, but Hearthstone’s doing a great job of pulling me back and making me battle human opponents – years-long entrenchment is slowing being eroded. I’ll probably do a few videos while I continue to learn the ropes, but let’s start with one that reveals my exact thought processes during a particularly embarrassing match, which involved an epic comeback from my opponent.
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You’re Probably Prepared: Curse of Naxxramas Released

The left hand side of this image lovingly dedicated to Richard Cobbett

As we enter the third year of the Valve-Blizzard-Riot war for all of the money, everywhere, ever, the latest offensive from the mega-juggernaut weather system has arrived. While the above picture is supposedly a marketing image, I choose to believe it’s a photograph of Mike Morhaime offering up this morsel to those who’d broken the Hearthstone habit. Curse of Naxxramas is the first expansion to the free-to-play, difficult-to-quit card game and went live last night, with the first of five “wings” free to all who step foot in it before September.

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Esports Org Divides Men & Women, Changes After Outcry

There are many ways to go about legitimizing a sport. Cleaning up your broadcast, treating players well and ensuring they have good post-pro-career options, maybe referring to players by real names instead of handles like “Balls,” etc. I would say, then, that the Finnish Assembly eSports Tournament was on The Wrong Track. They decided to prohibit women from competing against men in games like Hearthstone and Street Fighter, and women pros only had two options (StarCraft 2 and Tekken Tag 2) instead of men’s four (Dota 2, Starcraft 2, Hearthstone, Ultra Street Fighter IV). They did it in the name of making the sport “legitimate.”

All this in a sport where traditional physical prowess – the kind that’s necessitated men and women’s divisions in other sports – doesn’t factor. However, after a day of fielding confused and incensed responses from fans, pros, media, and Blizzard itself, the larger league that Finnish Assembly is a part of, IeSF, decided to rethink its policy.

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Merry Naxxramas: Hearthstone Single-Player Announced

A little colourful artwork

The wonder and terror of collectible card games is that they evolve and expand over time to continue demanding your time and money and attention and love and it’s just too much and I can’t deal with it, as I may have mentioned earlier today. Blizzard are hooked into this cruel cycle with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and today announced the first major addition to its virtual CCG since last month’s launch.

Hearthstone will kick off its single-player Adventure Mode with Curse of Naxxramas, an adaptation of a raid from World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Expect boss battles, new cards to collect, and new ways to pay.

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Wot I Think (Of The Open Beta): Hearthstone

Every time Hearthstone launches the first thing you see is a box. The camera lingers on the bevelled edges of the lid, gaining height before tilting to settle on a top-down view. The inset stone glows with restive energy, clunks backwards and spins – in a surprise twist, the lid doesn’t flip open but splits vertically. Hearthstone‘s roots are in the real-world, and a big part of the joy in card games is the physical pleasure of playing with them. This lovingly-crafted box is the opening volley in answering one question; can Blizzard make a digital card game that feels like a real one?
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Burning Down The House: Hearthstone Enters Open Beta

A straight flush!

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a tremendously dull name for a game, but let’s unpick this. The game is the hearthstone, the bottom of a fireplace. The players are the kindling, being rapidly consumed in that fiery furnace. The closed beta is the flames, locked in place so only those lucky enough to have a key can enter.

Only now the fire is spreading. North America has already been consumed, and the rest of the world will fall in “the next few days.” Run. Run! Hearthstone has entered open beta.
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