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Hearthstone, then: what do you make of it?

The 1,600 of you fortunate enough to win a Hearthstone beta key in the giveaway that almost killed our poor site will have spent at least a night with Blizzard’s TCG by now. That’s long enough to take in its scent, or get sick of its snoring. So: what do you think?

Our own thoughts are still much the same as those we recording in our Hearthstone first impressions piece: it’s a marvellous and typically Blizzard blend of polish and potted compulsion. And best of all, you never have to hear the horrible things your opponents are undoubtedly saying about you.

The game has changed ever so slightly since then: gold rewards have gone right up, for starters, making the Arena a marginally more viable prospect for those without the RL cash to pay for entry.

Do you like it? And have you unlocked the Arena yet? Nick’s been playing a lot of that on our Twitch stream, to varying degrees of success.

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Excessum Avatar
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4 Years ago

The Good

-It's incredibly addictive and competitive.

-Very accessible.

-I enjoy the fact that Blizz have taken the lessons they learned from developing SC2's matchmaking and ladder system and applied to HS.

-It runs great on older hardware (such as my office pc *cough*).

-You can get all the cards (except one) without dishing out a dime

-Simplified in-game communication is not only great for the tablet port, it also reduces the incoming bm from players who have trouble controlling themselves.

The Bad

-It's quite simplistic when compared to other major CCG's

-The CCG p2w aspect is a bummer, but on the other hand it makes defeating people who have spent hundreds of dollars on the game that much more satisfying.

-A lot of work still has to be done in the balance department.

The Ugly

-It's still ridden with bugs, let's hope that they clean it up prior to the release

-Server performance seems to be an issue as of late

-The interface is a bit clunky. Some functions should be more readily accessible (going from deck selection in the "play" screen, to editing said deck in the "collection" screen takes too much time).

-The quest system needs to be fleshed out more.

-NO SAVE/VIEW REPLAY FUNCTION!!!!

So yeah, i enjoy the game quite a lot, and i am glad to report that Blizzard have managed to turn me, as well as many others who frowned upon the game when first hearing about it, into fans.

My biggest concern is the longevity of the title due to its simplicity and the f2p aspect, which allows to reach the "end game" part rather quickly. The Arena might be the saving grace when it comes down to it, but it's hardly competitive due to balancing issues and, obviously, the high stake of luck in the outcome of matches.

Regardless, i will keep playing it and continue to kick some p2w ass until i reach the top!

...or get bored of it :D

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Tim Edwards Avatar
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4 Years ago

I am amazed in the amount of graphical glitches I get. It really doesn't like Alt-Tab right now. Agree with almost everything you've said.

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Excessum Avatar
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4 Years ago

Well, i am not surprised to see graphical glitches in the beta, especially in a blizzard game, as they seem to prioritize the development of core mechanics over graphical polish while building their games.

But i've never had any issues with alt-tabbing, even on my ultra-low-end office pc. What happens when you minimize the game?

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Jeremy Peel Avatar
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4 Years ago

I've been running it windowed, which works well enough and sees to a lot of those issues.

Coming off Card Hunter, though, I'm still not quite sure why it isn't a browser game. Think I might be spoilt.

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Excessum Avatar
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4 Years ago

Because it's meant to be released for tablet PCs as well (i'm not sure about the supported OSes tho). Touchscreen Hearthstone should be the bomb, especially with crossplay capability with the PC crowd.

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Fraser Brown Avatar
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4 Years ago

A view replay feature would be wonderful. I didn't even realise I wanted such a thing until you mentioned it.

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disco Avatar
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4 Years ago

You guys gave me this beta and i love you for it, excellent game, great fun and I own at it! >:)

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Eooo Avatar
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4 Years ago

Didn't manage to get a key so Im still learning the game from other streamers. Will be interesting to see when I try the game myself if I have actually learner to play the game just by watching streams.

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Ozric Avatar
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4 Years ago

I have so far unlocked all the basic cards and run arena once, it's an amazing game. I think that the rate at which you get gold might be a bit slow, two dailies per day wouldn't be too bad in my opinion. I used to play Magic the Gathering back in the 90s, and not having to deal with physical pieces of paper and the trading/selling market of cards just makes it so more convenient to me, and the fact that they have the possibility to change cards for balance means that you don't end up with the situation Magic is in where older cards get banned from tournaments constantly because they want you to buy the new hotness.

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Excessum Avatar
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4 Years ago

You make a good point. The physical cards are cumbersome. I personally much rather enjoy MTG DotP over the original paper card version, even despite all of its shortcomings and limitations, just because the gameplay is that much more streamlined and you don't have to dish out hundreds upon hundreds of dollars just to stay competitive.

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Blaze89 Avatar
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4 Years ago

@Kr7stof

Totalbiscuit's vids are nice to watch indeed, currently I am at arena vid 5, watched the others from beginning to end.

Gonna know how to play this game before actually having played it >.

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Excessum Avatar
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4 Years ago

Man, you've got some catching up to do... Just watched Ep23. :D

But, to be honest, TB is not the best source for learning how to play. Check out Force Strategy Gaming channel on youtube, there's a Hearthstone playlist with different deck reviews and general gameplay with great and helpful commentary, They're mostly pre-patch, so some of the info might be outdated, but when it comes to explaining general gameplay, Force does an awesome job!

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vedomedo Avatar
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4 Years ago

I think the game is really fun, it just takes a while to get some cards together/learning the ropes, but thats not a bad thing really.

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deathrip Avatar
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4 Years ago

Big thanks for a key. Enjoying the game alot!. Lost my first three arena's pretty bad tho xd

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trecko88 Avatar
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4 Years ago

I'm sad for not getting one :'(

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iCynexe Avatar
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4 Years ago

I envy everyone that got a key :P Thanks for having the giveaway though :) !

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xiaocl0ud Avatar
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4 Years ago

It's great! Awesome game enjoying it every moment. Once again thanks for the key!

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nickymagri Avatar
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4 Years ago

its an awesome game, im enjoying it a hell lot ! :)

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fcbf Avatar
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4 Years ago

I didn't get a key but from what i have seen on streams constructed can get a little boring after a while. I think the mode that will keep the game going is arena.

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reghardt7 Avatar
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4 Years ago

I'm one of the many unlucky few who did not a key. But we should not despair! there are now 1600 less gamers trying to get what we want!(Hopefully they are not scumbags trying to snag a extra key for eBay or something) I know its not much, but when it comes to hope, not much is needed :) thanks for the opportunity guys, its really nice to see sites like you doing the best you can to help us out with our crazy obsessions. And for those of us whose time has not yet come, we still have the HearthHead give away(http://www.wowhead.com/news=221679/wowhead-and-hearthheads-hearthstone-key-giveaway, Check it out, end next Monday) and various smaller giveaways in between. And of course, the thing that haunts our emails...Opt-ins. Good luck to all of us, and I hope to see you in the Arena soon.(Sorry for the long post)

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corvis Avatar
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4 Years ago

My key hasn't arrived yet.

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IceGum Avatar
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4 Years ago

Well i tried in both events to get beta keys from you guys in both but seems like Lady Luck just didn't like me but from what i've seen from the games and streamers the game is pretty incredibly addictive and amazing to play! The bad parts are that there are few bugs that are still needing to be fixed also the game cards sometime bugs and it looks different (from what i've seen in streams) but anyway thanks for the give away and gratz to all the winners :)

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Kr7stof Avatar
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4 Years ago

This is my first card game so i'm still learning and i cannot give to much comment on the mechanics of the game against other card games but i for one find this very addictive and fun. I have not encountered bugs or glitches so i'm lucky. Like Excessum said the one thing i'm missing is a replay button to see where i got it wrong. I'm learning from other players on youtube now:) Totalbiscuit and force are making regular video's so thats definitely something to watch.

Excualy wouldn't mind if pcgamesN have regular lets play video's;)

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Tim Edwards Avatar
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4 Years ago

twitch.tv/pcgamesn - Nick's experimenting with a few streams. Try evening UK time.

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Kr7stof Avatar
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4 Years ago

Oh i didn't notice you already did this. Will keep an eye on that.

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Shriven Avatar
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4 Years ago

I can playing while Football Manager is on a Manager Holiday. Its perfect for me :D

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UntoldAv3nGer Avatar
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4 Years ago

The best card came I've played. The only one I've gotten into.

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DoornboschG Avatar
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4 Years ago

played it last week with a friend who got a key, it looks awesome and i defiantly going to play priest like my WoW char :P

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Simseh Avatar
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4 Years ago

I haven't managed to get a key, but I have watched enough streams to have an opinion about it at least =) It's a really simplistic but addicting TCG that is open to a huge audience. The aspect that you have to buy cards for real money, and that they are hard to obtain without spending money on the game, is a factor I don't like, but pretty much everything else is flawless except for the bugs, obviously :)

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Yallah Avatar
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4 Years ago

I want this game so baad ! ! ! ! !

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rembered Avatar
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4 Years ago

Thank you for the beta key :) First of all i wonder how could hearthstone evolve in the future.

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cgerrr Avatar
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4 Years ago

The fate of Hearthstone is hard to determine while it's still in beta phase. However if nothing would change for constructed game type it become horrible grind for the sake of the grind machine.

However as of now I'm enjoying Hearthstone throughly thanks for the beta key provided by this resource. My gratitude.

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tarku5 Avatar
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4 Years ago

First I want to thank PCgamesN for the fantastic HS giveaway I still can't believe I won a key without having to tell the world I 'like' you on every social media platform known to man and without having to spam my F5 button for hours on end.

After watching many videos and streams for the last 2 months, I've really been enjoying the opportunity to actually play instead of spectating. But, it comes as a bit of a shock and a definite challenge to attempt constructing competitive decks from basic cards and getting stomped by P2W decks. Still, having fun and haven't even attempted Arena yet.

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bleach1221 Avatar
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4 Years ago

Im enjoying it. Although the fact that i havent been winning a lot of games its nice to learn how this game works. Overall the game is fantastic, just not liking the soft P2W with the cards.

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Japjer Avatar
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4 Years ago

Thanks for the giveaway, sadly I wasn't able to win a Key. One day... :)

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Ede27 Avatar
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4 Years ago

Kudos to those who got a key; I Keep watching streams and videos from here and there.

Blizz needs to really polish the game for a real RC. ETA is Q1 2014 or so ? Can't wait...

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Ragi91 Avatar
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4 Years ago

It's a very good and fun way to spend time and work my brain a bit. I played a few hours, and i really enjoyed it, and i'm going to play a lot!

Thank you for the giveaway, i "we" really appreciate your hard work to make us happy!! :D

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Blaze89 Avatar
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4 Years ago

Made 3 attempts to add a comment to the contest, they all disappeared. So not even having the chance to win sucks.

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