Hearthstone Open Beta is Here!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

The wait is over: The Hearthstone Open Beta Test is now live in North America! If you haven’t had the chance to partake in all of the crazy card-slinging action yet, now is the perfect chance to start casting powerful spells, summon mighty minions and duel your friends in this fast-paced strategy card game that anyone can dive into right away!

It’s been a crazy past few months for all of us on the Hearthstone team. We announced Hearthstone at PAX East back in March, began the Closed Beta Test in August, had a great Hearthstone event at BlizzCon with the Innkeeper’s Invitational along with our announcements for Android and iPhone support, and now we’re ready to unleash the awesomeness of Hearthstone to you with Open Beta!

So what does this mean for you? If you didn’t get the chance to participate in the Hearthstone Closed Beta Test, now is your chance to download the game! Just click here to download Hearthstone, or you can use the Play Free Now button at the top of playhearthstone.com. We have no plans to perform any more wipes of Hearthstone, so feel free to amass your collection and play against your friends!

What if you don’t play in the North American region? Don’t worry; we plan to go to Open Beta for all of the other regions within the next few days as well, so stay tuned for more information!

As open beta is still a beta phase, we will be closely monitoring many aspects of the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone. Please be aware that if smoke starts curling out of our servers due to unexpectedly high demand to play Hearthstone, we may have to temporarily disable open beta account activations for a time until we’re ready to take on more players.

Download, play and enjoy Hearthstone now - We’ll see you in-game!

HearthPwn - Hearthstone Database, Tools, and News
Now that everyone has access to the Hearthstone Beta, now is a good time to remind you about HearthPwn, our sister site for Hearthstone news! You can find much more frequent Hearthstone news updates there, along with the cards database, deck builder, and decks database.

You can participate in the discussion on the HearthPwn Forums or on our Hearthstone forum!

Card Database
Take a look at all of the cards in the Card Database!

  • Many Views - There are three different ways to browse cards:
    • Visual - View both the picture and all the card information in text form. Gives all the information you could need about the card (including if it can be gold).
    • Images - View every card in picture form (Great for looking at all the art)
    • Listing - Simply lists the name, and basic stats. Great for quick browsing.
  • Filters - We have a filter for every class, type, and attribute there is. We also list the set names and more that you will only find on HearthPwn.
  • Artist Names - The database also has the name of the artist for each and every card.
  • Card Flavor Text - Many cards have flavor text, such as "Alexstrasza the Life-Binder brings life and hope to everyone. Except Deathwing. And Malygos. And Nekros."
  • See Decks That Include Your Favorite Cards - Every card page has both a graph showing how many decks hold that card, along with links to every deck that has that card in it. Find a new fun card, and instantly find decks based off it!

Deck Builder
Build your deck using the current cards available in Hearthstone or browse some great decks by other players!

Hearthstone Wiki
The Hearthstone Wiki is also a great source of information!

Beginner Decks
Once you've played through the tutorial and started to unlock classes through practice mode, try out some of these decks!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Hearthstone Open Beta is Here! started by chaud View original post
Comments 64 Comments
  1. imabanana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodNewsEveryone View Post
    Hearthstone is a fun game but I think I'll give it a miss till launch.

    Monetizing a beta doesn't sit well with me. I think it's a incredibly bad business model for consumers and don't want to see it in the future, it's the same reason why I don't purchase Early Access Alpha games.

    The worrying thing is I appear to be in the minority on these kinds of issues.
    Sadly that's the way lots of games work now.

    Beta is soooo convenient for developers. They gain this magical almost unlimited joker "Oh yeah, the game is broken, but well, it's beta, not our fault".

    Was mostly used on web applications for a long time (hi gmail), but seems to gain on the gaming developers. And I can understand that, they keep the best parts of both worlds (well, both parts for them) : money, and the magical joker for any failure on their side.
  1. twothe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodNewsEveryone View Post
    The worrying thing is I appear to be in the minority on these kinds of issues.
    Maybe... but not alone.

    Those starter decks from Trump seem outdated to me
    I just had a look at the Paladin deck and that one was nothing but random cards put together. Not sure why anyone would play that deck.
  1. Elestia's Avatar
    I think the Trump starters are pretty lacking-- they're the most basic of basic cards you get at the start. If you could update them or perhaps build ideal decks, that would be great. I tried rebuilding my druid deck with the recommended cards,-- not that I expected them to work, but to at least try it out. The deck was garbage. There's maybe 4 minion removal in the druid deck... the rest card-draw battle-cry with no attack.

    Also as a few people have mentioned, there isn't a whole lot of strategy involved. Sure, you can predict what your opponent has, but most smart players of a class will have certain spells, so the game becomes predictable and a matter of luck. Examples: Playing as my rogue today against a warrior. I did a turn 3 alarm-o-bot with Norzdormu and 2 assasinates and a sap in my hand. That's gg, there's nothing he can do about it, except scramble a low cost 3:2 and hope to have a charge. Or when playing a mage, surviving long enough to cast your nukes. Or playing a priest, Mogu'shan warden with 2 divine spirits and inner fire (turn 4 -turn 5 gg).

    The game completely gets boiled down to minion removal at all costs (part of why the starter decks are so bad). Mages and priests (arguably Warlocks too) do so well because they're spells are so powerful--cheap and straightforward. All classes have removal, but most actually require some planning to set up. For example, Swipe and FoK are useless without spell power. That's not to say Arcane explosion doesn't need SP, but having a spell power rogue deck? I've seen it done, but it weird. Imo, hero based abilities is great, but when it comes down to who has the better balance of removal with damage that they can sneak in, the game is lacking, the rules and latitude in strategy is stagnated. If there is an exception, its likely unique to one class or another, like brawl for warriors, or auchenai soul priests for priests. Even then, these are weak examples because they don't necessarily require detailed execution or ensure a win when pulled off. They just help kill minions.

    I have fun playing so far. I've won amazing games, spent a few bucks for extra cards. ("Testing the store, lol." In a beta. -.-) Pay to win? Yes it is a thing. I've seen some of the most ridiculous constructed decks. Just when you beat an epic/legendary and think, 'oh wow that's cool they got that card' no sooner do you think that, they use another 5 of them during the game, either winning by the skin of their teeth, or vice versa, where maybe you happened to pull one. Definitely not a game to take seriously, and as such, probably won't be spending more money on it.
  1. peterpan007's Avatar
    Very addictive. Never played a card game before and I'm really like this. Need more time to play ....

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