A Look Into The Hearthstone Closed Beta
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is the new free-to-play Blizzard Entertainment game which is currently in closed beta and is slated to be released later this year.
Hearthstone is a fast-paced turn-based card game. The game is very similar to the trading card game Magic: The Gathering, which has seen a massive resurgence the past couple of years. Hearthstone is, at its core, basically a simplified version of Magic which relies less on complex strategy and long combos in exchange for more fast-paced excitement. Anyone interested in starting up Magic might find Hearthstone as the prefect step in the right direction.
In Hearthstone you’ll be playing 1v1 card battles against your friends, the computer, random people on ladder, or in the arena. You’ll be able to compete in 9 leagues on ladder and in the arena, assuring that you are always playing people of your own skill level. Play games in order to earn Gold (in-game currency) which can be used to buy booster packs and build your deck with new cards. You are allowed 30 cards per deck, with a maximum of 2 of the same card allowed per deck and 1 legendary card. Play creature and monster cards to battle your opponent’s minions, buff your minions, or use spell cards to deal massive damage. String up combos to try and do as much harm to your opponent as possible.
Before you begin building your deck you’ll have to pick one of 9 heroes. Each hero has 30 HP; the goal of the game is to kill your opponents’ hero and to protect your own.
Gold and Real Money
Gold can be earned by winning matches on the ladder or by completing daily missions. With Gold you can also buy your way into the arena. The more consecutive wins you get, the better your prizes will be. Prizes include gold, arcane dust (which can be used to craft cards you need), and a pack of cards. Any cards you don’t need can also be salvaged into arcane dust, which can be used to craft cards you need. This has been implemented instead of using an in-game auction house or trade system.
Alternatively, you can spend real money to buy booster packs and admission to the Arena. Booster packs cost $1.00 and the Arena costs $2.00.
What is the ladder and what is the Arena? How do they differ?
When playing on ladder you will choose your own custom deck and queue against players of similar skill. You will duel it out in 1v1 card combat until one player is defeated.
If you’re playing Arena, you’ll have to pay an admission fee either in gold or real money. Once you are into the Arena you’ll be given a choice of 3 random heroes. You pick one of them and move on to deck building. In the deck building part you are shown 3 cards at random, you pick one of them. That card is the first card of your deck. Next, it gives you 3 new, random cards and you pick one of them as the second card in your deck. This continues until you have 30 cards. You use that deck to play people who went through the exact same process.
When in the Arena the more wins you get, the better prizes you receive. If you lose 3 games, you get kicked out. If you win 9 games, your prizes come from the highest prize pool. Whether you win 9 games or lose 3, the deck you made disappears but you keep the prizes you’ve earned.
our beta experience so far