Hearthstone: Initial thoughts

hearthstone03I’ve had the opportunity to play Hearthstone: Heroes of Azeroth thanks to being sent a beta key from the lovely folks at Blizzard (thank you Zarhym!!!).

So far, its simply fun and addictive. The UI is clean and easy to understand. There are great flourishes all around and nothing in the UI serves zero purposes. Hint: try clicking on the various artwork all around the game board – lots of surprises abound.

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Starting out…

You begin as Jaina Proudmoore (aka the Mage deck) and as you go through each duel the computer pauses momentarily to teach you about the various parts of game play and provide info on the UI.

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The cards themselves contain fairly intuitive instructions and information as to cost, abilities, effects, etc. There are various counter abilities that effect game play outside of your direct control:

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  1. Taunt: forces the enemy and enemy minions to attack it before attacking you or other targets.
  2. Charge: Allows a minion to attack immediately upon being placed on the play mat.
  3. Secret: A Card whose actions are only revealed when activated.
  4. Battlecry: Performs the described action upon placing the card on the play mat.
  5. Stealth: These are untargetable until they first attack.

Cards also come in various rarities, and also can be class specific or class neutral.hearthstone_snaketrap

In addition to the cards themselves you also get a hero ability specific to your class. These abilities are fairly familiar for each class to any experienced WoW player. Example Hunter ability is Arcane Shot. 2 mana cost and causes 2 damage to the enemy Hero.

I find a couple of the cards fairly annoying for which to contend.

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Cards like these are hard to defend against and simply put can destroy your best moves. Its rather annoying when it happens.

The rarest cards which are legendary are quite powerful, and work better with some classes than others. There are many support type cards that help buff common minions and provide additional benefits and abilities.hearthstone_Malygos

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I bet you all can guess which deck is so far been my favorite. In another article I will talk more about actual game play. For now, me and Rexxar have some fun to attend to…

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