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Hearthstone launches

Hearthstone launches

Hearthstone was first announced last year and has been in open beta since January

Blizzard's digital collectible card game Hearthstone has abandoned its open beta tag and launched.

First announced last year, the game launched its closed beta last June with the doors opened wider with an open beta at the beginning of 2014. Currently available on PC and Mac, Blizzard is also working on an iPad version that is going to be released soon.

Future development will also bring the game to iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets.

'We saw some reports early on that Hearthstone might destroy the planet,' said Blizzard chief executive Mike Morhaime. 'We're pleased to see that the game has been released and the planet is still here, though we apologise for all the lost productivity.'

Hearthstone is free to download and play. Warcraft players can also earn the Hearthsteed mount by winning three matches in the arena or play modes.

Following the end of the beta, a few changes have been made to the game, including balances to existing cards, a golden hero avatar unlocked after winning 500 ranked matches, new card backs and the ability to connect to regions other than the one you are playing in.

Hearthstone has also undergone some minor graphical tweaks to add a little more polish and a long list of bugs have been squashed with the help of beta player feedback that brought them to light.

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hoochy 12th March 2014, 09:30 Quote
Lost my gaming time to this over the last few months! Managed to get into the closed beta just before Christmas. I was very surprised with its popularity; constantly one of the top games streamed on twitch - I can only assume popularity will continue to so at once an iPad and Android version is released (sometime this year apparently)

Good game - despite what others may think I don't believe its pay 2 win, bit I admit I did dump £35 on a 40 card pack in a nerd rage moment :)


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Ljs 12th March 2014, 10:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by hoochy
Good game - despite what others may think I don't believe its pay 2 win, bit I admit I did dump £35 on a 40 card pack in a nerd rage moment :)

Was it worth it?

I actually only just started up at the weekend after being nagged for months by some friends.

Really enjoying it althought the matchmaking is b******t! My first real game against a player he was whipping out fancy cards left right and centre.
GeorgeStorm 12th March 2014, 10:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ljs
Was it worth it?

I actually only just started up at the weekend after being nagged for months by some friends.

Really enjoying it althought the matchmaking is b******t! My first real game against a player he was whipping out fancy cards left right and centre.

It's only partially the matchmaking at fault, as the ranks are reset every month, so even the top ranks guys start at the bottom again, so it's quite possible you were unlucky and bumped into some of them on their way back to the top.
Also of course those who aren't very good but who've been playing for ages will probably have lots of cards you don't.

I used to play it a bit, got in the closed beta quite a while ago, but haven't really played since Christmas, still watch a bit most days but don't have much desire to play.
DriftCarl 12th March 2014, 11:16 Quote
Some of the popular streamers do "free to play" decks only, and they are very high ranks with these free decks.
I do enjoy the game, but I get pretty annoyed when someone wins by pure luck, but I guess that's part of the game.
Harlequin 12th March 2014, 11:22 Quote
had a fantastic game earlier - thought I was a gonna in early game (I play druid vs warrior) - but after a couple of board wipes I ground him down. was a good win was happy
hoochy 12th March 2014, 12:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ljs
Was it worth it?

I actually only just started up at the weekend after being nagged for months by some friends.

Really enjoying it althought the matchmaking is b******t! My first real game against a player he was whipping out fancy cards left right and centre.

I did get a couple of legendaries and other good cards, but more importantly I was able to dust duplicate cards that allowed me to craft some core cards that seemed to appear in most decks that at the time i didnt have. In that respect, yes it was worth it!


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Originally Posted by GeorgeStorm
It's only partially the matchmaking at fault, as the ranks are reset every month, so even the top ranks guys start at the bottom again, so it's quite possible you were unlucky and bumped into some of them on their way back to the top.
Also of course those who aren't very good but who've been playing for ages will probably have lots of cards you don't.

I used to play it a bit, got in the closed beta quite a while ago, but haven't really played since Christmas, still watch a bit most days but don't have much desire to play.

Now HS has launched the seasons are changing so that the frustration of the above is eased. Essentially the lower the rank you achieve in the previous season will give you a headstart in the next season. Eg. If you finish a season at legendary you start the next at level 16 I think.

There's a post on reddit with the exact details - I will dig it out



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Ljs 12th March 2014, 13:01 Quote
Although it's been in beta for a while I am suprised they have realised it as it is still pretty buggy.
StaticFX 12th March 2014, 13:26 Quote
they released a large patch (or are going to?) to make some fixes and changes... personally, I found it fun for about a week. Then it really got boring..
Ljs 12th March 2014, 15:19 Quote
Yeah, there was a patch this morning which was around 350mb.

Still buggy though!
rollo 12th March 2014, 15:44 Quote
Game is fun to play whilst waiting on league of legends queues. Wether it's a great game if you played it for more than 20 mins.
hoochy 22nd March 2014, 22:17 Quote
Still playing and loving HS; had a week away from it to play Titanfall but managed to get a couple of hours of playing in this afternoon.

My druid deck seems to be still be going strong, was able to go from rank 14 down to 8 which I was happy with - I will reach legendary in a season at some point!

How is everyone else getting on?
hoochy 21st April 2014, 22:37 Quote
Just to note; Hearthstone is now available on iPad :)

I only have a android..... :(

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hoochy 28th April 2014, 00:00 Quote
We'll that didn't take long...as per the latest purchase thread I now have an iPad! Anyway....having now spent most of the evening playing HS on the tablet with the native app...it is awesome!

Getting this out was one of the smartest things Blizzard could do I think. It's a joy playing this game sat in the sofa with the telly on (+ the misses is happy!) watching a film or something.

On a side note, impressed with the iPad air battery - lost 20% over a few hours solid HS
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