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[Preview] General: Analyzing Blizzard’s Hearthstone

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,619MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

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.


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  • expressoexpresso mePosts: 2,183Member Uncommon
    I have very much warmed to the game now, the turning point was when I watch the game they played and one of the players played a card called "the beast" and when the opponent defeated that card a card appear in his deck called "finkle eihorn" with a little voice sample "I've been inside there for months"  ( http://youtu.be/5GSXh6ThLQw?t=4m44s ), such a good throw back to vanillia WoW that I was hooked and want to play just to see what else there could be.
  • nomadienomadie Lynnwood, WAPosts: 43Member Uncommon
    I can say I saw that a mile away, Everquest did it with Legends of Norrath...was just a matter of time before Blizzard did it.
  • AwDiddumsAwDiddums Great YarmouthPosts: 395Member Uncommon

    I've always been intrigued with these types of games. If blizzards claims are true that it's for anyone and everyone then I may just have to give this a go. I hope it has a strong tie in with WoW itself in that there is a chance to get in-game card drops from mobs/dungeons/raids/pet battles etc.

     

     

  • Ramonski7Ramonski7 Aurora, ILPosts: 2,656Member Uncommon
    I just hope this quells the fires Blizzard has for the mobile market. I have very little interest in anything coming from Blizzard other than CN: Titan. And hope this is the only visit down this path. On a more positive note I may have to give Reign of Dragons a rest in order to check this out.

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  • TsumoroTsumoro EozeaPosts: 408Member Uncommon
    I am very very much looking forward to this game. I loved games like Tetra master back when you used ot play it so a themed game based around the WoW universe sounds right up my alley!

  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,212Member Uncommon
    I think this will only be the first. I expect to a whole slew of odd little games from Blizzard. They also have a bunch of IP's Activision owns to draw from. Some of the old Sierra properties may come back one day.

    "Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause" ~Victor Hugo

  • EladiEladi ArnhemPosts: 1,100Member Uncommon
    No thanks, yet a other exsample of game company's trying to sell you vitural junk. these kind of games used to be free indy games back in 2000 or if realy well done they were one time payment games you could do whit friends. todays digital cardgames are all about selling as mutch as possible often by adding a gamble adiction function like ingame loot.
  • just1opinionjust1opinion Kansas City, MOPosts: 4,844Member
    Originally posted by nomadie
    I can say I saw that a mile away, Everquest did it with Legends of Norrath...was just a matter of time before Blizzard did it.

     

    I just hope you can play it from within the game like LoN and that you get five free decks every month like LoN.  Of course, I'm assuming LoN still does that.  I haven't played in years now.

    On your other point.....it's amazing how many things Blizz copies from other games, isn't it?

     

    Note: I'm referring to Everquest 2 not Everquest, when I speak of LoN or Legends of Norrath.

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  • YaevinduskYaevindusk Ul''dah, CAPosts: 1,537Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Eladi
    No thanks, yet a other exsample of game company's trying to sell you vitural junk. these kind of games used to be free indy games back in 2000 or if realy well done they were one time payment games you could do whit friends. todays digital cardgames are all about selling as mutch as possible often by adding a gamble adiction function like ingame loot.

    Please note:  Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free to play game whereby you are able to earn more cards simply by playing (or crafting).  Other than that, games are not free to make, and if you're of the mind that everything should be free for you because of something in the past, then you likely won't enjoy how most of the world works.

    I'm skeptical as a whole of a card game, but I'm definitely glad it's a choice for those who enjoy them.  Might check it out myself at some point when it's released.

     

    When faced with strife or discontent, the true nature of a man is brought forth. It is then when we see the character of the individual. It is then we are able to tell if he is mature enough to grin and bare it, or subject his fellow man to his complaints and woes.

  • strangiato2112strangiato2112 Richmond, VAPosts: 1,538Member Common
    Originally posted by just1opinion
    Originally posted by nomadie
    I can say I saw that a mile away, Everquest did it with Legends of Norrath...was just a matter of time before Blizzard did it.

     

    I just hope you can play it from within the game like LoN and that you get five free decks every month like LoN.  Of course, I'm assuming LoN still does that.  I haven't played in years now.

    On your other point.....it's amazing how many things Blizz copies from other games, isn't it?

     

    Note: I'm referring to Everquest 2 not Everquest, when I speak of LoN or Legends of Norrath.

    LoN was for EQ and EQ2, and actually a standalone client.  And yes, subscribers to either game still get 5 free packs a month.

     

    Pretty sure LoN copied the WoW TCG first, but SoE made it digital (improved upon what WoW did).  the whole point of both was to get people to spend money for in game loot.

  • just1opinionjust1opinion Kansas City, MOPosts: 4,844Member
    Originally posted by strangiato2112
    Originally posted by just1opinion
    Originally posted by nomadie
    I can say I saw that a mile away, Everquest did it with Legends of Norrath...was just a matter of time before Blizzard did it.

     

    I just hope you can play it from within the game like LoN and that you get five free decks every month like LoN.  Of course, I'm assuming LoN still does that.  I haven't played in years now.

    On your other point.....it's amazing how many things Blizz copies from other games, isn't it?

     

    Note: I'm referring to Everquest 2 not Everquest, when I speak of LoN or Legends of Norrath.

    LoN was for EQ and EQ2, and actually a standalone client.  And yes, subscribers to either game still get 5 free packs a month.

     

    Pretty sure LoN copied the WoW TCG first, but SoE made it digital (improved upon what WoW did).  the whole point of both was to get people to spend money for in game loot.

     

    You could play it as a standalone game OR from within EQ2's interface while staying IN game.....but yeah. :)

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  • strangiato2112strangiato2112 Richmond, VAPosts: 1,538Member Common
    Originally posted by just1opinion
    Originally posted by strangiato2112
    Originally posted by just1opinion
    Originally posted by nomadie
    I can say I saw that a mile away, Everquest did it with Legends of Norrath...was just a matter of time before Blizzard did it.

     

    I just hope you can play it from within the game like LoN and that you get five free decks every month like LoN.  Of course, I'm assuming LoN still does that.  I haven't played in years now.

    On your other point.....it's amazing how many things Blizz copies from other games, isn't it?

     

    Note: I'm referring to Everquest 2 not Everquest, when I speak of LoN or Legends of Norrath.

    LoN was for EQ and EQ2, and actually a standalone client.  And yes, subscribers to either game still get 5 free packs a month.

     

    Pretty sure LoN copied the WoW TCG first, but SoE made it digital (improved upon what WoW did).  the whole point of both was to get people to spend money for in game loot.

     

    You could play it as a standalone game OR from within EQ2's interface while staying IN game.....but yeah. :)

    Yeah, I played LoN a bit in EQ when i had some time to kill before a raid.  Got a kirin mount from a free pack too, loved my goat.  the other EQ mounts at the time fromn LoN looked like long turds.  this was a time when EQ mounts were not that diversified (mostly horses and Drogmors) so they really stood out

  • SenadinaSenadina San Diego, CAPosts: 896Member Uncommon
    I was very happy to hear this game announced. My absolutely favorite game is Magic:TG. That Hearthstone is FTP, with cards earned and crafted in game ( or cheaply purchased, I saw a $1 pack price somewhere), makes me even more excited for this game.

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  • YamotaYamota LondonPosts: 6,620Member
    Looks like a Magic: the Gathering clone. Still, will be fun to try it out once released.
  • bbbb42bbbb42 none, FLPosts: 297Member Uncommon
    dueling network > this out of the park ~.~ just sayin

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  • RazeeksterRazeekster Solon, MEPosts: 2,201Member Uncommon
    This actually looks like fun to me and I never have really gotten into the card realm of MMOs.

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  • Eir_SEir_S Argyle, NYPosts: 4,623Member
    Well while it's true that it isn't anything I wanted, it's nice to see some diversity from Blizzard... as it were (they never really invented a single system they use in their games, just tweak someone else's, including CCG's).
  • tauraktaurak rock cave, WVPosts: 174Member

    The sooner Blizzard crashes and burns, the sooner we can get back to having some real MMORPG's.

     

    Thanks for ruining the entire genre of games, and the entire community. Burn in hell BLizzard.

  • fivorothfivoroth LondonPosts: 3,665Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by taurak

    The sooner Blizzard crashes and burns, the sooner we can get back to having some real MMORPG's.

     

    Thanks for ruining the entire genre of games, and the entire community. Burn in hell BLizzard.

    Hahah, you seem extremely bitter?

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  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,212Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Yamota
    Looks like a Magic: the Gathering clone. Still, will be fun to try it out once released.

     Simpler. Much simpler and no trading of cards. New card releases shouldn't turn your deck that you sweated over for months into drek overnight either. It's going to be an almost unbearably cheerful cutesie game too. No rules lawyers or scorched earth tactics. A clone in the sense that a house kitten is a clone of a man-eating bengal tiger.

    "Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause" ~Victor Hugo

  • oubersoubers bazelPosts: 876Member Common

    BIG news? a card game....rly? (talking about a niche market hehe)

    They better hit us with info about "titan" or something because i aint impressed with a card game for my tablet tbh.

    imo another greedy stunt.....selling you card at (only) 1$ per 3 cards (just guessing here) and you'll want them all right.....maybe they put a total of about 600 cards in it ? that's 200$ thank u for a card game if you want the whole game....hehe.

    Enjoy, i'll pass thank u blizz.

     

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  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,212Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by oubers

    BIG news? a card game....rly? (talking about a niche market hehe)

    They better hit us with info about "titan" or something because i aint impressed with a card game for my tablet tbh.

    imo another greedy stunt.....selling you card at (only) 1$ per 3 cards (just guessing here) and you'll want them all right.....maybe they put a total of about 600 cards in it ? that's 200$ thank u for a card game if you want the whole game....hehe.

    Enjoy, i'll pass thank u blizz.

     

     About one dollar for a pack of five but you can earn them free just by playing. You can also craft new cards from some of the ones you don't want. Three hundred cards at release. The free starter deck is about one hundred cards and a game deck is made up of thirty.Your game deck can have two of any card(s). So no it's won't cost $200, or anything, to play.

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  • oubersoubers bazelPosts: 876Member Common
    Originally posted by zymurgeist
    Originally posted by oubers

    BIG news? a card game....rly? (talking about a niche market hehe)

    They better hit us with info about "titan" or something because i aint impressed with a card game for my tablet tbh.

    imo another greedy stunt.....selling you card at (only) 1$ per 3 cards (just guessing here) and you'll want them all right.....maybe they put a total of about 600 cards in it ? that's 200$ thank u for a card game if you want the whole game....hehe.

    Enjoy, i'll pass thank u blizz.

     

     About one dollar for a pack of five but you can earn them free just by playing. You can also craft new cards from some of the ones you don't want. Three hundred cards at release. The free starter deck is about one hundred cards and a game deck is made up of thirty.Your game deck can have two of any card(s). So no it's won't cost $200, or anything, to play.

    i hope you are right on this one and the game is (almost) totaly free 2 play for you and people who enjoy these card games.

    Like i sayd i was just guessing, but the same thing could be sayd about D3.....you dont have to use the AH if you are willing to grind for 4 hours a day and waiting weeks or even months until the item drops you can can advance with in the game.

    Just saying that imho it seems like they are giving you a game but that's just not the way blizzard works anymore.....they want the money and nothing else for as little effort as possible, but again that is just mho.

    Hope it IS free and it wont cost the fans of card games a dime but blizz isnt realy known for giving free stuff in the last years. (20$ mounts anyone?)

     

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  • observerobserver Houston, TXPosts: 3,006Member Uncommon
    I guess it's good for those who want warcraft in other mediums besides video games.  I'm not personally interested though.
  • Xstatic912Xstatic912 New York, NYPosts: 365Member
    The price thing they set is easily playing on the instant gratification buyers.. But just as you can get duplicates from just winning decks you will get duplicates from buying the cards making it more annoying than just playing the thing.. UNLESS blizz numbers the decks so they is no repeat cards in each deck, that's the only way they'll get me to buy decks and maybe if they offer WOW mount card, lol...

    Looking forward to it, as I always wished they made a Magic Gathering or Yugioh for tablets and smartphones..
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