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Story of the Day 1/21/2014 - Hearthstone Open Beta!

Posted by garrett Tuesday January 21 2014 at 5:50PM
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Hearthstone Open Beta!

Fans of Blizzard can rejoice and the hardened players in closed beta will now have fresh meat for Hearthstone. The collectible online card game has now entered open beta and will bring in thousands of players. Anyone who has not tried a demo at a show or been lucky to get a closed beta key can now try the game out. With other games like this, open beta is basically similar to a soft launch.

One of the changes that Hearthstone added for OBT is a new ranking system. The new system looks to be more friendly and easier to interpret. Now rank mode will last for one month and allow players a chance to reach Top Rank of the Innkeeper. They are also adding in the Players Near Me feature which will show who on your friends list are close by. The other addition to the social network of Hearthstone is the Recently Played Opponent which will allow you to see the last played opponent after the game if you wanted to add them to your friends list.

Hearthstone can be called a starter drug. For me personally I got into beta and then found myself hooked for months. It also brought me back into playing World of Warcraft again. The main reason to join Hearthstone is the fast and furious gameplay which doesn’t take a lot of time and gives you a quick sort of satisfaction. It keeps you connected to the world of Azeroth. The fun of the game really is the simplicity.

When we were at BlizzCon we saw Hearthstone playable on the iPad. The team at Blizzard also said an Android version is being made for phones. This is definitely where Hearthstone will win over a huge amount of players. For now, the game is downloadable in the Battle.Net to try out on your computer. It is when the game goes mobile that it really will take off. I cannot imagine people working seriously all day when they can quickly log in and fight battles at any time. Lunch time games of Magic the Gathering will soon be replaced by anytime games of Hearthstone. 

adam_nox writes: I haven't played it for weeks now.  It's just no magic the gathering.  Tue Jan 21 2014 10:35PM Report
Jeauseoff writes:

I was able to try it out @ Blizzcon this past fall, and was intrigued by the game.  Got into beta last week or so, and have played fairly consistently since then.  The game is pretty fun, but I don't see an amount of depth to the game comparable to MTG at this point.  I'm more looking forward the HEX at this point than HS's release.

 

That may change as I spend more time w/ HS though.

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