Posts Tagged ‘Hearthstone’

Getting Better At Hearthstone With Computers

By Ben Barrett on September 4th, 2014.

Dr. Elie Bursztein is a computer security expert employed at Google who, for the past few months of his free time, has been focused on Blizzard’s card game Hearthstone. He and his wife Celine used math and machine learning to understand more about the game, detailing their results in blog posts. They started out wanting to identify cards that were “undervalued”–where you got the most power for your mana–using an algorithm. Separately, they began analysing games and decklists to build a model to predict what cards would be played by opponents based on what had already happened. It ended up pretty dang accurate all right.

He gave a talk about all this at the DEF CON 22 hacking conference last month, and now it’s online for us to watch.

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How Much Hearthstone’s Expansion Will (Or Won’t) Cost You

By Nathan Grayson on July 9th, 2014.

Sometimes I don’t think I’ll ever be able to escape how much Blizzard shaped young me as a gamer and a person. Case in point: while I haven’t really invested much time (or any money) into Hearthstone, I saw that the first section in Blizzard’s outline of expansion Curse of Naxxramas‘ pricing structure is titled “All Naxx-cess Pass” and thought, “Damn it, now I can’t use my pun.” I guess I should  dig into Hearthstone soon. Now seems to be a fairly opportune time given that the Naxx expansion will offer the improbably popular card game’s first real single-player campaign, unlockable or purchasable bit-by-bit or all at once.

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Merry Naxxramas: Hearthstone Single-Player Announced

By Alice O'Connor on April 11th, 2014.

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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World of Warcraft Still Pulls A Crowd

By Alec Meer on February 7th, 2014.

Received wisdom tends to be that World of Warcraft is a game in slow decline, still very much a going concern but nonetheless the last great dinosaur of the subscription MMO. Turns out that’s not quite the case – while its 12 million+ subscriber glory days might be behind it, its global population is ever so slightly on the rise. That didn’t stop owner Activision losing a wee bit of money over the last year, though.
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Wot I Think (Of The Open Beta): Hearthstone

By Rich Stanton on January 31st, 2014.

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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Crafting A Better War: Hearthstone Open Beta Delayed

By Nathan Grayson on December 23rd, 2013.

I'm glad that I'm winning this card game and also that evolution was cruel enough to only make you the size of my hand.

Are all of your friends in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft‘s closed beta? Have they replaced the you-shaped hole in their lives with shiny virtual trading cards? Well, for one, you should probably get new friends. Yours sound a bit, um, terrible. But, if you reeeeally want to join them in their quest for gold and glory and more trading cards, I’m afraid I have a bit of bad news for you: the open beta’s been delayed. The already nicely polished card battler was supposed to open its floodgates to every Tom, Dick, and Yu-Gi-Oh around this month, but now that won’t be happening until January-ish.

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Riot Changes Mind On Pro LoL Streams, But Issues Persist

By Nathan Grayson on December 9th, 2013.

The witch is dead, League of Legends pros can once again stream whatever they want, and eSports is saved! OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but I really didn’t like the potential implications of Riot’s decision to contractually forbid its pros from streaming Dota 2, Hearthstone, World of Tanks, and tens of other extremely popular games. Fortunately, after copious uproarious outcry, Riot decided to rethink its portentously controlling decision. Now pros are able to stream whatever strikes their fancy or tickles their murder bones, though certain sponsorships/promotional angles are still off-limits. This is admittedly much better, but I’m still concerned about Riot’s position near the top of the eSports food chain. Allow me to explain why.

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Why Riot Really Needs To Rethink Pro Stream Restrictions

By Nathan Grayson on December 5th, 2013.

When I wrote my Homeric epic about attending League of Legends’ Championship Series, one of my biggest fears was that Riot’s stranglehold on its own game’s eSports scene could eventually suffocate pros and the scene itself. A game creator, after all, will inevitably have different priorities than a dyed-in-the-wool sports organization – especially compared to the way eSports leagues currently operate. And yet, here we are. LCS season 4 contracts are now in the hands of pros, and they contain some sticky stipulations. The most worrisome among them? The one that forbids all contracted pros from streaming DOTA 2, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Heroes of Newerth, World of Tanks, and many more for the duration of the season.

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Gold, Gambling, And Getting The Most Out Of Hearthstone

By Rich Stanton on November 25th, 2013.

“Ho ho ho, it’s good ta see ya again,” says Hearthstone as I load it up for the hundredth time. “Save it you Scottish dwarf,” I think, “And SHOW ME THE MONEY.”

Call me a Venture Co. Mercenary, but after a month or so immersed in the collectible card game’s beta I’ve eyes for Gold and Gold alone. Blizzard’s in-game currency is a fickle mistress, there in great lumps one day and on others falling through your fingers like sand.

I’m all about a phat hoard. So hit the jump to find out how you, too, can have one.

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