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Blizzard's big announcement at this year's PAX East convention was Hearthstone, a new collectible trading card game based on the Warcraft universe. We managed to get a look at Hearthstone and have a full analysis of what we saw. Check it out before heading to the comments to discuss.
Coming to PAX to hear that Blizzard was making an announcement really was a big deal. For weeks we went back and forth about what it was. Blizzard All-Stars was our first guess. Then came the idea of a Diablo expansion. At last we sat down to see Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft a collectible card game for the PC, Mac, and soon after the iPad. I know it does not really fit into the MMO genre, but Hearthstone is a good step for Blizzard in a business sense, and it was certainly unexpected by those in attendance. If nothing else, it shows that the core of Blizzard's team are true gamers, that they love all sorts of gaming experiences. The WoW card game has been a money-maker for years now, and this seems poised to go even further when it hits the iPad.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Analyzing Blizzard's Hearthstone.