My Hearthstone Story

Defeat!

 

I recently passed the ‘100 hours played’ milestone for Hearthstone and I’ve been reflecting upon my time spent with it. After getting access to Hearthstone close to the end of the beta, I decide to pick a single class and stick with it. At the time not wishing to spend too much (if any) money in the game, it made sense to me to focus on a single class and spend gold and arcane dust making cards to make a single deck better. I loved how simple the Mage was. There are so many ‘Deal X damage’ spells, and spell damage creatures allow you to ramp up the damage and make silly plays.

As I played more, I was able to invest more into making the Mage deck of my dreams. I took to the Hearthstone Ladder around the time that they started the first Test season, and was pleased with the results. I never made it far beyond rank 18 or so, but I had fun with a Turn 1 Mana Wyrm into Coin and Mirror Image. Even after Pyroblast took a significant nerf, I continued on playing Mage, casting all other classes aside to focus on making a fun burn deck.. Continue reading

Some thoughts about Hearthstone

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

I’ve been playing quite a bit of Hearthstone recently and it’s gotten me to thinking about the Free to Play model of the game. Free to Play in a CCG (Collectible Card Game) is an interesting concept which is a huge change from more classic paper CCGs & TCGs like Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh.

I got really into Magic about a year ago, around the time of the Gatecrash expansion release. Just starting off, I was happy to just be able to play, but it quickly became apparent that if I wanted to play in any kind of competitive capacity that it would be a serious investment of time and money.

Terms like ‘Pay to Win’ are often used when describing games like Magic, and while they’re not entirely wrong, I’d like to think that things aren’t that black and white. Casual play is an often underestimated format in many games, especially for a game like Magic where large tournaments are held and hundreds of thousands of dollars given away every year to the best of the best.

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