Hearthstone - Collecting Cards Digitally 

Hearthstone is Blizzard’s take on a Collectible Card Game. As it is all digital, it is a Digital Collectible Card Game. This is a little different from the likes of the Trading Card Games such as Yugioh and Pokemon or Magik, as the cards are not tradeable but are more or less something you collect within the game and then play one on one against other people or the AI.

 

It is above all else a Casual game but hosts a small scale competitive scene and acts as an outlet for people who wanted a new TCG.

What is Hearthstone? 

How do you play Hearthstone? 

You are given a base set of cards and pre formed Decks that are represented by Heroes from the Blizzard universe. Each Hero’s Deck Style is slightly different and has many ways to play the game depending on the combination of cards in a deck. There is quite the variety which adds an insane layer of replayability and really took the Card Game style to a new level. Many people assume that it is a Pay to Win game but in all reality that isn’t the case at all. While many people can get ahead of the pack by putting in a lot of money, the more casual or less affluent player can earn free packs at an alarming rate, especially if they play the single player modes. Eventually you will have to pay for an expansion pack to earn more packs in new solo player modes and storylines, but that’s even on par with most TCGs anyway. 

There are also some micro transactions that are merely aesthetic but there is no obligation to pay for these and some of them are free for certain events. The moral here is don’t be dissuaded from playing it because it may cost you a couple of bucks down the road, it is a fun game that has a lot to offer to people who enjoy this style of game and want it on a more accessible venue, the internet. 

What are the Heroes in Hearthstone? 

There are 10 main types of Heros that form the majority of Class Cards. They stem from Blizzard’s Warcraft Universe and are labeled as follows along with the specific heroes associated with them at the time of writing:

  • Warlock - Gul’dan, Nemsy Necrofizzle, Mecha-Jaraxxus
  • Shaman - Thrall, Morgl the Oracle, King Rastakhan, The Thunder King
  • Warrior - Garrosh Hellscream, Magni Bronzebeard
  • Rogue - Valeera Sanguinar, Maiev Shadowsong
  • Mage - Jaina Proudmoore, Khadgar, Medivh
  • Priest - Anduin Wrynn, Tyrande Whisperwind, Madame Lazul
  • Paladin -Uther Lightbringer, Lady Liadrin, Prince Arthas, Sir Annoy-O
  • Hunter - Rexxar, Alleria Windrunner
  • Druid - Malfurion Stormrage, Lunara 
  • Demon Hunter - Illidan Stormrage 

There are a few more intricate Hero types that depend on specific cards in your deck and things that can alter your specific Hero Deck Type but we will have to cover those in another guide. 

These 9 main hero Decks are buffered by Neutral cards that can be mixed in with any of these 9 Deck Types, so you can still play many different styles within each Type with some Neutral’s mixed in if you don’t have every card you need quite yet. 

What game modes can you play in Hearthstone? 

There are plenty of different ways to play Hearthstone and most offer the player rewards in game that make the paywall exceptionally small. Tutorial mode is what all players experience in the beginning of the game and it of course shows you the ropes of the game. Adventure mode is a single player mode that makes up the entirety of the single player mode, there is a Practice mode, specific Missions and Adventures available to the player where the can utilize custom decks to play. Adventures and Missions usually come with the expansion packs and offer the most lucrative rewards at varying levels of difficulty. 

There are also a few Multiplayer features that range from Casual to Competitive. While the only true competitive mode is Ranked Play Mode which offers a ranking system from tier 25 to tier 1 with varying stars per tier set. There are also 25 extra tiers before tier 25 that signify new players to the game, whereas the highest tier is Legend after surpassing tier 1. 

There is also the Arena, Tavern Brawl, and Casual Play Mode where there are still rewards and various other challenges, without the competitiveness of Ranked mode. 

 Friendly Challenge is another mode in which the player can challenge someone on their friends list to a pickup game with no real reward or pressure to win. Both players gain experience towards their Deck Type though. 

Why should I play Hearthstone? 

Hearthstone all around is a less serious game with many outlets for players not looking for a hard time getting into a game. TCG are a popular hobby and being able to access all of your cards and decks whether it be on your mobile device or Desktop makes the game even more appealing. You can play with anybody virtually anywhere or complete grindy tasks while on your lunch break. The allure of a Card Game with the finesse of the digital age come together well and offer a lot to the player as a whole. 

There isn’t much to get upset over even if you do have a slightly too competitive side and the consistent updates to the game to keep it fresh and add more material to play around with. You can discover an infinite amount of combinations for decks and store them easily for when you want to use them, and that’s half the fun. 

Where do I go from here? 

Hearthstone is a fairly simple game that only begins to get complex once the player learns how to play. It is a fun way to pass the time and if you are someone who likes a challenge then there are multiple ways to find one. If you want to play it competitively there is a Ranked mode and a Meta that goes along with it. It has a little bit of everything and is a surefire fun game to play, provided you don’t mind grinding for cards or can put a little bit of extra cash into the game. For more complex information and tips for Ranked, make sure to check out our other guides! 

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