Hearthstone- Warcraft Champs Wrecking the Digital Tabletop

If you like Magic the Gathering, Yu Gi Oh, or other card games, but interested in the World of Warcraft Characters; then you are in luck. Hearthstone will be a win win for you and your need to relieve boredom.

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Launch application for Blizzard/ Battle.net Games. Image capture courtesy by Tahulla Setsena live game play.
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Landing Screen in HearthStone to choose what type of game play. Image captured from live play courtesy of Tahulla Setsena. 

No need to buy protectors, cases, or just lug around your backpack full of rare cards. Blizzard ENT has you covered with this game. Hearthstone is the digital adaptation of the physical card game released years ago from Blizzard. The same rules apply, but with the perk of playing anywhere across the internet. Servers are based where you live, but has the options for switching connections.

If you’re good, join the online and/or in person tournaments. Players can yield some high ranking dollars. This is a super reward for those brave enough to master ranked gaming. Who knew that counting and reading would be useful in this way…? 😉

With the launch of its’ New Year, “The Year of the Mammoth,” more and more people are signing up to play the latest installment. Un’Goro is a card set based around the Dinosaurs (God Lands) Jungle Crater in the World of Warcraft map. Blizzard does a wonderful job of taking segments from the Warcraft experience and bringing them to life across various platforms. Fear not if you are not a WoW player, you can still have a good time gaining gold, extra cards, ranks, deck building, and player progression.

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Live game play in Tavern Brawl. Image capture courtesy of Tahulla Setsena live game play.

During game play the background images can change. Each board has added features in the corners to click while waiting for you turn. New players are encouraged to do the tutorial to get the over all feel of things. Once you do that, you can go on Solo Adventures (Themed based missions with extra cards, points, and varying levels, against the A.I./ Bots), and/or Play (Playing against random players or with friends).  After achieving a certain rank and unlocking all of the main characters, you have the option for The Arena (Pick cards at random for PVP play with win to loose ratio), and/ or Tavern Brawl (Themed game play against PVP that changes each week. Prizes usually are a basic pack of cards and points, but it can vary from week to week.).

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Solo Adventure options with Black Rock Mountain and League of Explores ending soon in April 2017. If you want these adventures login to HearthStone before the new card deck becomes live. Image capture by Tahulla Setsena live game play. 

Most games last anywhere from 5min- 45min +. If you need to quit there is a Concede option under settings. In Solo Adventures, you can Restart the match if you feel like you are going to loose.

Daily quests keep you on your toes to enhance the over all game play. These side missions do not gain points if you are playing with a friend or in Solo Adventures. To advance your card options, you can purchase additional packs with in-game gold, or regular money via your Battle.net account. To create additional cards, you can craft them with dust, under the my collection option. To get dust, you have to disenchant cards. It would be wise to disenchant cards your duplicates. It is best to disenchant regular cards. Some people like to have the animated golden cards for extra effects on the battle field.

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Quest log and player progression. Image capture courtesy of Tahulla Setsena live game play.  

Your ranking will change each month with bonuses from the prior months advancements. Hero levels can be maxed out at 500 per champ. If you take some time off from game play, your levels and wins will remain the same. Great for those who do causal play.

Socializing and building your friends list is easy. If you know your friends battle tag, or if you have an opponent that you liked their style, you can send them a request in game. For those who like to talk instead of type, Blizzard offers a chat option within the regular app launch screen.

Overall, this is a fun game to play either solo or with a buddy. Getting on a winning streak can cause the hours to go by. There is various ways to learn how to become the best player you can be. Online cheat sheet www.icy-veins.com can help with deck building, news, and other info. Personally, I prefer to play around in Tavern Brawl because you get to see a variety of cards used in various ways. For me it helps to know how to counter, or predict what type of build my opponent has.

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Image capture courtesy of Tahulla Setsena

Sometimes you win some, sometimes you loose some. It’s all good fun with catchy remarks as the cards as they drop. If you get bored, miss playing table top card games, or just want to try something new; give Hearthstone a try. You might just find yourself by the fireside, sipping a brew, and collecting coins as the Murlocs gurgle near by.


Do you play HearthStone or a similar game? What do you think about it, and how does it compare? Leave your comments below and/or on our Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr page. Don’t forget to follow us on Soundcloud, iTunes, Instagram, and Youtube.

As always, stay awesome!- Tahulla Setsena April 6, 2017

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