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  1. May 22, 2014
    4
    If you like Pay 2 Win, you'll love this game. Because Hearthstone is about as pay 2 win as you can get without placing a button that says. "Click to win ($4.99)"

    First the positives. Hearthstone is a functional game that has decent flow to it. It has minimal issues with bugs and runs well on older machines. The game does have a rather kitschy feel to it, as well as a sense of
    If you like Pay 2 Win, you'll love this game. Because Hearthstone is about as pay 2 win as you can get without placing a button that says. "Click to win ($4.99)"

    First the positives. Hearthstone is a functional game that has decent flow to it. It has minimal issues with bugs and runs well on older machines. The game does have a rather kitschy feel to it, as well as a sense of self-parody for the WoW mythos. The gameplay is smooth and the interface is easy to navigate.

    Hearthstone falls short in several areas, however. For example, players must either buy boosters or earn them at an extremely slow rate, made slower by the fact that in-game currency is only earned through victories. Players are started out with the same set of basic cards and must grind packs or buy them. There are daily quests, but they usually involve winning matches to gain extra gold. While it is possible to win with the basic set of cards, many of the pack cards far stronger and some are actually game breaking. Which makes a player who pays for packs far more likely to get ahead in the game. Discounting daily quests, booster packs can be obtained with gold for WINNING 30 matches. I emphasize that intentionally, as no gold is gained for a loss, essentially punishing the player who is learning or can't afford to buy cards. Exacerbating this problem is that matchmaking is quite poor, and so called "Casual Matches" are well populated with "noob-stompers" looking for easy gold which slows down the rate which gold and subsequently packs are acquired. Another problem with the game is there is a lack of balance. Priest and Hunter decks have access to cards that swing the game too much, IMO. (Mind Control and Unleash the Hounds being the most infamous.) Other classes also have cards of this type but not nearly as strong or numerous.

    In addition to this is the Arena mode which can be entered for 150 game gold. (Whereas a pack costs 100 gold.) But can be instead accessed with cash, You are given a choice of three random decks and them create a deck from card options given to you. Everything is RNG based. Then you take your deck and play other players must win as many games as you can (up to 9) before losing 3. The mode rewards you with booster packs, gold and dust depending on how well you did. If you did well you will get more, if you did poorly you will get little and possibly not get a pack. Again this feeds into the demand that players win in order to progress.

    There is also a way to craft cards using the aforementioned dust. Although it is not at all efficient, cards can be broken down using dust, but creating one of a certain rank requires the equivalent amount of dust from breaking down 8 cards of the same rank. Like everything in this game it is a slow process, crafted to exasperate the player and make the cash shop more appealing.

    Finally the game deserves criticism for doing little to instruct new players in basic deckbuilding strategies. And has a notably annoying "response" system that many players use to taunt their opponents. It can be disabled, but only for the duration of your current game and must be disabled every single time you play a game. There is also no function for players to trade cards which was omitted simply to push the P2W game system.

    Hearthstone is hardly the worst game out there right now. In fact it could be good, but the P2W model and the frustrations involved with CCG mechanics that are quite faithfully ported over from card games like Magic: the Gathering are front and center without any of the social benefits. A potentially good, game but ruined by the P2W model. Only the most diehard CCG enthusiasts with money to burn will enjoy this game. For everyone else, it's more frustration than actual fun.
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  2. Mar 16, 2014
    0
    Blizzard under Activision has turned from a company that creates stories and experiences into a company that exploits the worst of the human condition by turning their games into virtual casinos. Hearthstone folows the same formula WoW and the Diablo series, by providing flashy, happy graphics and glittering interfaces interfaces (remind you of a Casino?) for the player to do the sameBlizzard under Activision has turned from a company that creates stories and experiences into a company that exploits the worst of the human condition by turning their games into virtual casinos. Hearthstone folows the same formula WoW and the Diablo series, by providing flashy, happy graphics and glittering interfaces interfaces (remind you of a Casino?) for the player to do the same actions over and over in hopes of a payoff (remind you of a Casino?).

    In Diablo it's killing the same monsters in the same acts over and over in hopes of legendary. in WoW it's going to the raid casino every tuesday and in Hearthstone it's play games in order to buy decks to maybe get the right cards. The thing is that it is an empty, soul sucking, life wasting endeavor.... when you get all your best cards, legendaries or raid loot, what is there to do? What is the payoff?

    They just start the hamster wheel again by introducing better cards/loots/legendaries. Love yourself as a human being and avoid anything made by Activision/Blizzard, they are not game makers, they make 21st century slot machines.
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  3. Apr 5, 2014
    3
    'A game lacking depth that was put in the rock tumbler so long it came out smooth' is the best way I've seen it described. This very quickly becomes a Pay-to-win game. You'll get some packs and gold from doing the tutorial, and it leads you to believe that you'll actually get a reasonable flow of cards. Nope.

    Look forward to sitting on your stagnant deck, and if you're good at playing,
    'A game lacking depth that was put in the rock tumbler so long it came out smooth' is the best way I've seen it described. This very quickly becomes a Pay-to-win game. You'll get some packs and gold from doing the tutorial, and it leads you to believe that you'll actually get a reasonable flow of cards. Nope.

    Look forward to sitting on your stagnant deck, and if you're good at playing, you eventually hit the wall of people with better cards. Period. Further, because your available cards are based on the class you're playing as, every class plays the same strategy and there is a definite rock-paper-scissors balancing act going on between classes.

    The only reason this game isn't getting a lower rating is because the production is just so good. I tell everyone, if Magic the Gathering had made their computer games look and feel like Hearthstone, they would have been good games. Blizzard setup a great platform, but the game is crap.
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  4. Mar 16, 2014
    0
    Free2Grind for 100s and 100s of hours to build some good decks? Or just Pay2Win from the start? Both actually, this game has something for everybody that likes those things. I am however left disappointed.
  5. Mar 16, 2014
    3
    Critics give it way too much praise. Most (good) decks are composed of about 90-95% of the same cards (excluding class cards, which are the same among the decks of those classes), so every match comes down to "who drew what first". I know most card games use luck as a factor, but skill can usually overcome that. In this game, no such level of complexity exists. Decks are too small, no wayCritics give it way too much praise. Most (good) decks are composed of about 90-95% of the same cards (excluding class cards, which are the same among the decks of those classes), so every match comes down to "who drew what first". I know most card games use luck as a factor, but skill can usually overcome that. In this game, no such level of complexity exists. Decks are too small, no way to counterattack unless you're one of the few classes with Secrets (trap cards), it's a total crapshoot! If you enjoy games of little to no skill in a fun, casual, Warcraft theme, then this is definitely for you.

    Aside from giving the gameplay an absolute 0, the sound effects, music, graphics, and overall theme, however, are very delightful. For the few months that I played, it was definitely fun, until I realized how luck was everything. Still, outside of the gameplay, it's pleasant, but sadly, games without good gameplay get scores such as these, if not worse. If it ever comes to smartphones (and not just the iPad), I'd vote it a 6 or 7 as a Mobile game, but for a PC game, it doesn't deserve the ridiculous praise people are giving it.
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  6. Mar 28, 2014
    2
    Games like this should be regulated like gambling. If a person under the age of 18 is not allowed to gamble, because their judgement is not considered mature yet, why is Blizzard developing a virtual casino for 9-13 year olds? Sure they will ask their parents or just buy prepaid cards to buy decks. Some will get seriously addicted, as they chase the next "rush" of random battles.

    Arena
    Games like this should be regulated like gambling. If a person under the age of 18 is not allowed to gamble, because their judgement is not considered mature yet, why is Blizzard developing a virtual casino for 9-13 year olds? Sure they will ask their parents or just buy prepaid cards to buy decks. Some will get seriously addicted, as they chase the next "rush" of random battles.

    Arena requires you to grind for hours and hours to get a free entry (150 gold to enter, 10 gold per 3 wins, at 50% win rate you need 90 games to get free entry. at 10 minutes per game that's 15 hours of grinding.

    Once you are in the arena, it becomes apparent just how broken it is - the "random" draft lets you stay and fight for long if you have a good deck. But you soon realize that weak decks get eliminated quickly, and you are left fighting players who are either using OP builds, or just have a bunch of OP orange cards in their decks (ex: Ragnaros).

    Introducing PVP is the driver of the pay to win system. Once you see how many people at low ranks have rare and legendary cards in their decks, the feeling of "unfair" will make you buy decks. Once you buy decks, you realize that because they give you cards for all 9 classes, and lots of common cards, you need A WHOLE LOAD of decks to get your favorite class on par with the rest of the players.

    Or you can build one of the rush decks and just overwhelm the enemy. Got frothing berserker? Got void horror? Got buzzard, hyena and unleash the hounds?

    After a while, this game made me sick to my stomach because of how such flashy and seemingly user friendly game exploits the human brain.
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  7. Mar 25, 2014
    0
    Hearthstone is casual at first glance, second glance, third glance, fourth.... You get the idea.

    There is actually very little strategy involved in Hearthstone. You have RNG in Arena, RNG in what cards you draw, and RNG in what the cards do when you play them. I laugh at anyone who uses the word "depth" to describe Hearthstone without the phrase "a lack of" preceding it. An
    Hearthstone is casual at first glance, second glance, third glance, fourth.... You get the idea.

    There is actually very little strategy involved in Hearthstone. You have RNG in Arena, RNG in what cards you draw, and RNG in what the cards do when you play them.

    I laugh at anyone who uses the word "depth" to describe Hearthstone without the phrase "a lack of" preceding it. An absolutely abysmal, shameless cash grab by an Activision owned developer.
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  8. Jun 8, 2014
    0
    Although the game has potential, it is ruined by the repulsive business model. It's pay to win (constructed) or pay to play (arena), otherwise your options are to grind endlessly for ridiculously low gold rewards (3.3 gold for a win), or limit playing and wait for the daily quests. The daily quests provide more gold, but they're only once a day and a 40 gold quest is the most common questAlthough the game has potential, it is ruined by the repulsive business model. It's pay to win (constructed) or pay to play (arena), otherwise your options are to grind endlessly for ridiculously low gold rewards (3.3 gold for a win), or limit playing and wait for the daily quests. The daily quests provide more gold, but they're only once a day and a 40 gold quest is the most common quest by far.

    The arena is the most fun game mode, but it's expensive to play and too random and luck based (depending on the cards you get draft from). Also, you can get ridiculous streaks like playing several times in a row against the same class and taking the second turn. The arena rewards have also been downgraded. It's very possible get crappy cards and dust as rewards even though performing reasonably well in the arena.

    Updated observations:

    - The overall balance is pretty bad and Blizzard does little to improve things. In arena and constructed certain classes are clearly better than others.
    - There are few truly viable strategies for each class.
    - At the beginning it's possible to play for a while with basic, common and rare cards, but eventually you'll hit the wall without epic and legendary cards.
    - Unless you invest real money, it takes forever to get the good legendary cards.
    - The more you play Hearthstone, the more you feel like it's another Blizzard grinding game.
    - It's a card game, but you cannot trade the cards with your friends. Absurd.
    - After a while it becomes obvious that the game lacks depth.
    - It's 2014 and there's no chat. All you have is six lousy premade emotes.
    - Statistics are practically non-existent, although they would be useful in this kind of game.
    - Certain UI bugs persist patch after patch.
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  9. Mar 17, 2014
    4
    The animations and mechanics are extremely satisfying. The voice acting is as good as Blizzard has always delivered, and makes you reminisce about what made WC3 so great. But this game is plain and simple a pay to accelerate to drain the pockets of preteens. Not worth anyones time.
  10. Mar 16, 2014
    0
    Let me get this straight. Blizzard now has a luck based card game. They then add a random number generator to this luck based game. Then they add possibly the worst card collecting system in CCG history in which 5 very likely crap cards cost a total of 2 bucks (so each virtual card costs 40 cents ea.) OR you have to grind for AT LEAST 3 hours (Each pack costs 100. 10 gold every 3 wins. 30Let me get this straight. Blizzard now has a luck based card game. They then add a random number generator to this luck based game. Then they add possibly the worst card collecting system in CCG history in which 5 very likely crap cards cost a total of 2 bucks (so each virtual card costs 40 cents ea.) OR you have to grind for AT LEAST 3 hours (Each pack costs 100. 10 gold every 3 wins. 30 wins for one deck. ~60 games assuming you're lucky enough to win half. 60 * about 10 minutes per game = 600 minutes. THAT'S 10 HOURS FOLKS. You've got daily quests which if you're lucky take off about 6 hours from the grind. Then they give people , legendaries meaning the win rate for a grinder drops down to 30%. Then you got the fact that some classes will hands down destroy your deck. They expect you to plan for everything and your mother in 30 cards.
    Bout the only thing going for this game are it's aesthetics. OOoooo shiny colors and explosions Ahhhh *watches as 2 flame strikes, 2 arcane explosions, (insert aoe and/or removal spell(s))*
    In terms of gameplay, there is none. Figuratively. Literally. You draw cards. You play what you can since the number of options in this game is extremely limited. You hope your opponent doesn't have that card. He does. You curse at the computer and a terrible chat system (maybe it was intentional) that doesn't allow any communication between you or your opponent between 6 generic phrases. The end. I understand how card games are supposed to be luck based but the main problem is this game is too luck based and too damn simplified. The main crux being there is absolutely no counter play. None. They picked up counter play and threw it out of a 10 story window. You got what you can do on your turn and then you watch as your opponent does what he does. If that happens to be the complete destruction of your side of the field from a card he just drew from the top of his deck; well too bad (justification from hearthstone fanatics: should've planned for that). Magic allows you to choose what creature you want defending. Yu Gi Oh has trap cards. Even the damn Blizzard World of Warcraft card game had counter play. What's that you say? Secrets? You mean the "trap" cards only 3/9 of the classes have and that there are only 3 of? You can literally google "Mage Traps Hearthstone" and it'll show you the whopping list of 5 possible traps (2 of which are crap that a mage should never have) allowing you to easily sidestep these token cards.
    Which leads me to the next point. Hearthstone has 465 playable cards; about 30 of them are legendaries basically making them unaccesible for anyone but the lucky or the pay-to-win. Furthermore of these cards about 80 are useful. Why? It's the meta. All of the rest are useless. They're situational, inefficient, or just downright bad. One of the fun things typical card games do is allow you to experiment; in Hearthstone if you experiment you lose. That simple. Of course unless you go against someone else who doesn't get the meta.
    But back to the legendary issue. They are the meta breakers simply because they're rare. Rare and downright unbalanced; Now I do have to give Blizzard props, they tried to balance this. Unfortunately the way they tried to balance it is figuratively mentally retarded. They added removal cards. As in if you don't like a card you pick it out and say gtfo. Now I'm all for arbitrary death but seriously...in an already luck base card game. Now as if getting lucky wasn't enough you can get really lucky or more likely unlikely as in that card you finally managed to get out and buffed for the win now gets destroyed cause the other guy top decks a "kill-anything-you-feel-like-card". Well done except that took literally no skill. It also means that the luck based level of the game has now dropped down to the point that a 2 year old with the same cards as a professional player can now beat that player. Good job blizzard. All in all excellent work on the balance and luck issues. I do have to give it a one thought because the graphics are nice and the game is mind-numbingly simplistic. Also at least it wasn't Diablo 3 Blizzard. At least it wasn't.

    Things to make it bearable: In ranked, before a match begins allow people to see what class they're up against and allow them to build a deck. Use a removal card to remove the removal cards from this game completely permanently. Nerf the legends. This isn't league. Set the cards so a random number generator doesn't determine whether you live or die.

    p.s. It's quite sad when the signature game mode (which you have to pay to play) is Arena Mode. When literally your entire deck is composed of RANDOM cards.
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  11. Mar 14, 2014
    3
    This game is touted as a casual way to get into trading card games and in a way they are right. Hearthstone certainly looks pretty enough, given how Blizzard has a fairly deep art talent pool for its games and most mechanics seem to work well, with only a few bugs that I am sure will be worked out soon. The very basic mechanics are covered in a 5 game tutorial that gives a quick "This doesThis game is touted as a casual way to get into trading card games and in a way they are right. Hearthstone certainly looks pretty enough, given how Blizzard has a fairly deep art talent pool for its games and most mechanics seem to work well, with only a few bugs that I am sure will be worked out soon. The very basic mechanics are covered in a 5 game tutorial that gives a quick "This does that" explanation via game play. There are fun animations for summoning and attacks and for other actions on the board that can really be entertaining as well. and there are several kinds of decks you can build and a decent practice mode.

    Unfortunately any entertainment value is destroyed by several factors. All deck types have their own unique Hero ability and set of basic cards, while no one class has any clear advantage on the other 8, each class has gimmicky cards that can make any strategy for attack or defense suddenly impossible to beat or impossible to lose against. While there is no perfect deck type which is a plus, any strategy into building a deck only usually makes a deck good against one or two other types of deck and easily defeated by many others
    New players do get a decent set of basic cards but the card draw system is a complete mess. You gain additional mana crystals each turn that let you summon more powerful creatures and spells but the deck draw system is far to fond of pulling cards you can't use long before you could actually use them, regardless of how many cards have that cost in your deck. Out of the 30 maximum cards in a deck i tested 30 games with 24 cards with a mana cost of 4 or less and 3 cards of 5 mana and 3 above that, of the 30 games played I got the 5+ cards either with the Initial draw, after the mulligan option of discarding some or all of a starting hand for different cards, (which is a nice feature even if it doesn't seem to help alot) or within the first 4 turns. One of those three options occurred during every one of those 30 tests. Often I would get the same cards i discarded with the mulligan back into the starting hand again.
    I would not call this pay to win, pay to catch up with players in the Beta for amount of cards? Yes. It is possible to buy more cards either directly for cash or with gold earned in game. You can also get cards by doing well in the arena mode, which is where you build a deck out of random sets of 3 cards untill you have 30. the better you do in arena the better your reward, be it gold, cards or dust. Dust is a crafting material that you gain for disenchanting spare cards from your latter deck as you can only have 2 of each kind of a card in ladder deck. Dust is used to make any card you want, with some cards costing more than others. While this is a good feature to let players pick certain cards, you gain miniscule amounts of dust for disenchanting most cards. Gold earned in game is also earned at low rates, 10 for the first 3 wins of the day and 40 for completeing a mission. It costs 100 gold for 1 pack at the card shop and 150 gold to try your hand at arena mode without paying the $2.00 real money entry fee. So largely its 2 days of playing for a deck of cards or 3 days for an arena attempt. Its also about 2 dollars for a pack of cards as well, with various bundles for more packs for more money available.
    I cannot recommend spending any money on this game, as they are obviously hoping that you will either spend more money buying packs and attempting the arena enough times that they will make more money off you than they would for a retail game like Diablo or Starcraft. All in all, the gimmicky nature of the decks and the poor randomization for drawing cards from your deck make Hearthstone the fastest way to have a bad time short of a sudden injury. For card game enthusiasts only,
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  12. Mar 18, 2014
    0
    No idea how the critics rated it this high unless they only played for the first hour. The first hour or two is fun, because it's against computers who don't have decks full of 90% rares & legendaries. Once you hit your first few PvP battles, you'll quickly realize that this is just a P2W (Pay To Win) money grab.

    Is it as obscene at the new Dungeon Keeper on Android? No. Do you have
    No idea how the critics rated it this high unless they only played for the first hour. The first hour or two is fun, because it's against computers who don't have decks full of 90% rares & legendaries. Once you hit your first few PvP battles, you'll quickly realize that this is just a P2W (Pay To Win) money grab.

    Is it as obscene at the new Dungeon Keeper on Android? No. Do you have a chance at winning this game without out PAYing your opponents? No.

    TL;DR - Do NOT believe the Blizzard fanboy 10/10 ratings. Avoid this game and play ACTUAL free to play games like DotA 2 / Team Fortress / League of Legends instead.
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  13. Apr 3, 2014
    0
    P2P + P2W. Unenjoyable for F2P
    #01This is a TCG.
    You are ment to spend money in order to get cards. If you are not OK with that idea you will spend time getting wasted in the ranking plays by decks that compose mostly of epics and legendaries. Which will lead to you getting angry, irritated and feeling suffocated. And that will lead you to write a 0/10 review. I got to rank 14. That was
    P2P + P2W. Unenjoyable for F2P
    #01This is a TCG.
    You are ment to spend money in order to get cards. If you are not OK with that idea you will spend time getting wasted in the ranking plays by decks that compose mostly of epics and legendaries. Which will lead to you getting angry, irritated and feeling suffocated. And that will lead you to write a 0/10 review. I got to rank 14. That was at the end of the month. Now at the start of the month i see decks packed with 4~5 legendaries on ranks 20~18...

    #02 But why does the game system match F2P players that don't have any epics and legendaries in their decks against P2W players whose decks are packed with them?!
    Here comes out the awful truth. F2P players are just cannon fodder for the players that pay for the cards.
    I don't have any of those. Had to deal with an enemy that played Ragnaros, then on the next turn Ysera and in the end Grommash...Does that seem to you like something to be enjoyable for me if i don't have any epics on rares myself?

    #03 The only chance for me to get epics and legends is opening packs. Which cost gold. Which you get from daily quests...Sorry. Quest
    ONE FOR EACH DAY...Only 40~60 GOLD a DAY. On average a F2P player will squeeze out 2 packs every 3 days.That clearly hits you in the face about Blizzards intentions.
    #04 Arena. Probably the best instalment of Hearthstone. Watched all TotalBiscuit's arena episodes. Played it once myself. Got a **** draft. Ended 5-3. From what i saw it's 45% that you get a great draft, 45% that you get a great hand and follow up and 10% that you won't make any stupid mistake. It's a great gambleSo addictive. And the 2$ entry fee isn't that high right? Just think about it. If every day hundreds of thousands people play several times 2$...AWESOME
    #05 Why P2P? If you haven't figured it out by now then lol. Because if you really want to compete then you have to pay money, silly!

    I told my friend that I'm gonna give this a 0/10. He told me not do it. Give it something betwen 1~3 but not 0. I seem to enjoy it...His words unfortunately confirmed me in my judgement. I don't enjoy it.
    Secondly a 0/10 is controversial and will lure more people to reading a review like this. This game clearly does not deserve an 88 from critics...Yeah I'm gonna bet on that one. I'm a little afraid of stagnation in Hearthstone. How will this game evolve. Are they considering inserting discard cards? That would ruin the game.
    In the end this game is clearly intended for people who are ready to throw money at it. It will be a great game for those people. Especially arena runs. You will buy cards, construct decks that are most popular in the top circles. Test them out on ranked. Disenchant unwanted cards, make golden ones. The illustrations are beautiful. The mechanics is original. The cards have many combinations to test out. Lot's of fun. great but not a 9/10...Blizzard keeps nerfing some cards. Defias got nerfed. Didn't see any rogues on Fight Night(am at S03e03). Shaman totem doesn't heal the hero anymore...That makes sense...

    .I want to to uninstall it...But maybe I'll just keep with doing dailies. Just to get a kick out of opening "Expert packs". One every second, third day...In the end for me Hearthstone is a game i enjoy watching being played like TotalBiscuit's videos or Fight Night.
    BUT IF YOU ARE A F2P THEN STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM IT!
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  14. Mar 17, 2014
    0
    The game is fun only for first several weeks, after that you will realize how stupid and toxic this game is.

    In constructed, almost everyone is net-decking some kind of low-budget cheesy rush or legendary heavy control because this game has no depth, so you will have to face same decks over and over again if you want to climb up the ladder, also, you get almost nothing upon losing, only
    The game is fun only for first several weeks, after that you will realize how stupid and toxic this game is.

    In constructed, almost everyone is net-decking some kind of low-budget cheesy rush or legendary heavy control because this game has no depth, so you will have to face same decks over and over again if you want to climb up the ladder, also, you get almost nothing upon losing, only some slight exp gain which is required to unlock foil cards/hero portraits.

    The arena is absurdly unbalanced, totally dominated by AoE heavy Mages who have bunch of board clear spells to win, some say it's fun but I found it toxic after playing like a month, not even competitive thanks to RNG hell.

    Please remind that The Blizzard already stated they won't be touching much balancing issue after the release, which means this game is as good as dead.

    If you want to try you luck, just play some online-poker, and never pay a dime into this game.
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  15. Aug 21, 2014
    5
    Hearthstone is... a troubled title, to say the least. On the first hand, you have a card game that's clearly better than all the rest, and well done. It gives a good first impression. It runs well. It looks well. All of the cards are recognizable from the WoW source material that they are drawn from. The UI is convenient. It doesn't do any stupid crap like having cards sidewaysor upsideHearthstone is... a troubled title, to say the least. On the first hand, you have a card game that's clearly better than all the rest, and well done. It gives a good first impression. It runs well. It looks well. All of the cards are recognizable from the WoW source material that they are drawn from. The UI is convenient. It doesn't do any stupid crap like having cards sidewaysor upside down like certain other games(No idea why they do that, quite stupid for a video game where 2 players are not sharing the same monitor). It even allows you to disenchant unwanted cards to build up a dust supply to eventually craft what you do want, something other games don't have. This is a real game seller. Those other crappy card games just expect you to lottery until you get what you want, to hell with copies or cards you don't want piling up.

    But on the other hand, you have a game that is being treated very poorly by its developer's. Not only is the balance in the game non existent because it focuses on a meta instead(Blizzard openly admits this)... but It's now over run with bots that they still refuse to do anything about. Bots are farming this game day and night now, so don't be surprised when you fight the same exact bot decks again and again. The bots have even infested the forum now, creating a slew of garbage spam threads every single night that persist until they're pushed off the next morning by real posters. Blizzard couldn't care less about these issues. They don't even use their own forum most of the time, opting instead to go to social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook. That means that instead of caring about the users they have, they care only about drawing more in, which is the overall feel of the game. It's one big cash grab of a product, probably made solely to draw in revenue which they're now no doubt using on Heroes of the Storm instead of using it to improve Hearthstone.

    The competitive play for the game is in shambles because of it's non existent balance. Every player with a class runs the same exact build because, when you run a meta, that's how it works. They all run what is best, to hell with anything else. If you come into this expecting a balanced game... you're going to be gravely disappointed. Half of the cards in this game are garbage no one uses or has any reason to use, while a small fraction are best and auto slotted into every deck. Many players like myself(1k+ posts) have spent all year trying to talk Blizzard into fixing this game, including all problems I've pointed out here, and we've only gotten deaf ears turned to us. As usual with Blizzard games, the months roll by and little to no problems are actually addressed. They take the game down for entire days to apply no patches, or patch with 1 or 2 lines in the patch log that didn't fix anything people were trying to get them to look at for months on end.

    The biggest thing they did for the game this year was add Naxx, which basically just hands out a slew of cards very cheaply to anyone that wants them. Naxx is an all around bust in my opinion. It's too cheap to enter, too easy to beat, then has no reason to even replay it once you got all the cards. The only difficulty even in this "adventure" is Heroic Mode, which makes the bosses impossibly difficult without tailor made decks to beat them. And what's your reward for all the trouble? Nothing. You get nothing for beating every boss on Heroic except a card back no one cares about. It needed a middle ground, instead of having a "too easy" mode that hands out all the cards, and a "too hard" mode that gives you nothing for your trouble. Bust. Just a bust. Replayability would have helped, but there is none for it. After doing all of Naxx, I finally decided to retire. I've waited long enough for Blizzard to do something with this title, anything other than treating it like a lottery machine.

    I should point out the embarrassing Kel Thuzad voice acting. What used to be an evil Lich is now a clown cracking jokes for bored children at a birthday party. That sets the overall tone and disappointing nature of the game perfectly.

    But like all controversial games with nothing but biased fanboy or hater reviews; it's both over rated and under rated. Speaking from an objective point of view, it's not a bad game, it just isn't as great as it easily could have been if Blizzard cared at all about it. I'd like to point out that despite what a lot of ignorant people say, it is not P2W either. You can competitive with cheap decks; it's been proven time and time again. The debate about this has been beaten to death, with threads made nearly every day trying to convince you one way or the other. I've been competitive myself and never put in more than 10$. So I can't really thumbs this up or down; I'm just going to leave it up to you as I retire. In summery Hearthstone is a decent enough card game, but it's easy to be disappointed when you look at all the wasted potential.
    -Drain (Steam)
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  16. Mar 12, 2014
    3
    Negative reviews sum it up, this is basically the warcraft CCG that they released a while back as a flop. Overly simplified gameplay which would be a bonus if they didn't break the golden rule of F2P models

    "NEVER, SELL POWER" Perhaps if they hadn't been so filled with greed and hubris this would have been a real contender with the other F2P titles on the market, but right now it's
    Negative reviews sum it up, this is basically the warcraft CCG that they released a while back as a flop. Overly simplified gameplay which would be a bonus if they didn't break the golden rule of F2P models

    "NEVER, SELL POWER"

    Perhaps if they hadn't been so filled with greed and hubris this would have been a real contender with the other F2P titles on the market, but right now it's not competing and doesn't deserve a good review.
    They can do better.

    Alongside the financial model issues is the heavy reliance on RNG in their card design, a problem which alongside the cost was noted by many of my friends on the actual CCG's release.

    Overall due to the fact there are many documented bugs and flaws, and the fact they've had an active cash shop for months now while still being a "beta" product, I cannot in good conscience give this any higher than a 3, worth some time if you don't take it seriously, but a monumental let down in terms of potential... YgoPro etc won't be quaking in their boots from this "official" release.
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  17. Mar 12, 2014
    0
    So you like PW2 card games?
    Sure go ahead and play this game.
    It's fun at beginning, I mean the only fun party is tutorial. When you get into multiplayer your oppents dish out **** legendaries over your common cards, which is you can't do **** about it.

    0/10 would not play again.
  18. Mar 16, 2014
    0
    This game is rubbish. Pay to win and luck, you dont need anymore. You can turn your brain off and win win win win (paying first of course :D). Dont waste your time here.
  19. Mar 15, 2014
    0
    As of right now it's the best virtual CCG on the market and probably will be for many years to come. Although the fact that it's impossible to trade cards is a big letdown and you can expect to grind for several hours or shell out $100+ to build just a few of the competitive decks you want. It's fun and addicting but it will never be a true competitive "esport" because of the randomnessAs of right now it's the best virtual CCG on the market and probably will be for many years to come. Although the fact that it's impossible to trade cards is a big letdown and you can expect to grind for several hours or shell out $100+ to build just a few of the competitive decks you want. It's fun and addicting but it will never be a true competitive "esport" because of the randomness that all card games have. If you take two equally skilled opponent it comes down to about 90% luck to determine the victor. Expand
  20. Mar 12, 2014
    7
    I usually play Hearthstone while waiting for other things to load or just when I want to play something short. The game is fairly casual there's no real pressure to win other than you can accumulate gold. I find it relaxing to just play without stressing out. One of the negative things is the fact that you can pay to dominate. Buying the $50 card pack will make your decks ridiculouslyI usually play Hearthstone while waiting for other things to load or just when I want to play something short. The game is fairly casual there's no real pressure to win other than you can accumulate gold. I find it relaxing to just play without stressing out. One of the negative things is the fact that you can pay to dominate. Buying the $50 card pack will make your decks ridiculously good. Also, like any card game luck has to do with how well you do which can get annoying or make you laugh hysterically when you get just the right cards to wreck your opponent. All in all worth checking out as it costs you nothing. Expand
  21. Mar 12, 2014
    0
    Pointless game at best, It's a CCG (Card Collecting Game) You spend REAL money to buy VIRTUAL cards, but this is not like a real life CTG (Card Trading Game), You can't trade your cards, you can't sell them and they don't get valuable over the years so card rarity is worthless. The most funny thing is whilst you spend real money to acquire these cards, remember they are always blizzard'sPointless game at best, It's a CCG (Card Collecting Game) You spend REAL money to buy VIRTUAL cards, but this is not like a real life CTG (Card Trading Game), You can't trade your cards, you can't sell them and they don't get valuable over the years so card rarity is worthless. The most funny thing is whilst you spend real money to acquire these cards, remember they are always blizzard's property, you basically renting ****ing virtual cards, so pathetic. NOW I'm not saying to bring these features into the game, games should NOT be Pay2Win or about making money it should be something that you pay once for a product that is truly yours which you can indulge in to have fun and escape reality, get it blizzard? Game's should = FUN, however Blizzard's Formula is: Money Milking + Grinding + Fake Reward system (Virtual items), they treat people like addicted rats with a reward system. Yes it is a F2P game, if you don't mind Grinding for hours and hours to earn the same cards as it would cost £34.99 then yes It's FREE. This game is so simplistic in nature and development it should only have a Retail price of around £20 with no P2W module and gold grinding could be made easier with 5 daily quests as appose to 1 but that wouldn’t be enough “Money Whoring” for Blizzard. Sh!t Game with the wrong intentions, end of story. Is Blizzard even run by the same people before World of Warcraft?? Expand
  22. Mar 12, 2014
    10
    Hearthstone is casual at first glance but I am unsurprisingly terrible at it, as it has depth that isn't that noticeable at first. It is extremely fun though, even losing is enjoyable to me and I can't wait for Blizzard to start expanding upon the game.

    For what it is now, I give it a 10/10 for being a well balanced and extremely fun game with enough depth to last for quite a while.
  23. Jun 24, 2014
    0
    Completely uneven gameplay, elite cards that you BUY with CASH MONEY are completely unbalanced and beyond what you earn in basic play. Once one of these 'elite' cards is put into play at any point in the game it is over, and no amount of skill or luck will save you. Since card draws are random, you can't even strategize a way around them.
  24. Aug 22, 2014
    1
    Garbage. Pay to win, Nuff said. Dont waste your time. You will enjoy the first 2 weeks, then you will be destroyed by retards that spend money in this game and can buy better cards. Dont play this game.
  25. Aug 2, 2014
    0
    Another prime example of the nowadays popular f2p p2w model. Prepare to be disappointed if you want to have fun without spending a penny. Most of your opponents will be players who pay a lot, and that means a HUGE advantage against the non-paying gamers. Skip this game if you want to avoid a headache.
  26. Oct 4, 2014
    0
    This game looks ok but it has a horrible pay-to-win business model. Anyone starting the game now faces a massive disadvantage to players who have invested a great deal of time and money into this game. There is a serious flaw in the inability to trade cards, meaning any dollar spent on this game is extremely wasteful. This cash grab by blizzard should be avoided.
  27. Jul 17, 2014
    0
    By far one of the worst TCG out F2P is jip if you want to get ahead of Zoo stomps or 4 card focus decks your going to have to pay to get it painlessly then do the same as everyone else, for people talking about diveristy of the decks yes lots of cards but most are just rehash fillers with little meaning behind them just more fodder for your mindless clicking, the map is about as shallow asBy far one of the worst TCG out F2P is jip if you want to get ahead of Zoo stomps or 4 card focus decks your going to have to pay to get it painlessly then do the same as everyone else, for people talking about diveristy of the decks yes lots of cards but most are just rehash fillers with little meaning behind them just more fodder for your mindless clicking, the map is about as shallow as the real card selection but it comes with a few click animations that really pads out the life of this game as you spam click the barracks door or the troll icon or spam you emotes at the enemy. Expand
  28. Jun 1, 2014
    4
    The over simplified mechanic doesn't do it for me
    I'm a great magic and yugioh fan
    I played quite some heartstone, and I just don't feel it's as good the higher tier cardgames I know a lot of people will disagree and I'm fine with that This is my humble opnion, If you like simple card games or want to pick up a cardgame to start off with this is certainly a great game. Maybe if
    The over simplified mechanic doesn't do it for me
    I'm a great magic and yugioh fan
    I played quite some heartstone, and I just don't feel it's as good the higher tier cardgames
    I know a lot of people will disagree and I'm fine with that

    This is my humble opnion,
    If you like simple card games or want to pick up a cardgame to start off with this is certainly a great game.
    Maybe if there are a ton of new cards and abilities I'll concider picking it up again
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  29. Oct 2, 2014
    0
    Worst **** game on the market right now. They call this "free to play" but the game is completely pay to win . The only way to get good cards is to buy packs. Good luck trying to buy packs with gold because it will taking you **** forever to get something decent. If you have time to waste, then play this game.
  30. Sep 8, 2014
    0
    Someone summed this game up with words "digital casino".
    And that's exactly what this game is. Rule-wise it's bare bones and unbalanced beyond comprehension. The only mechanic this game has is **** you I destroy all minions" cards, which are hilarious. It could be fun for a minute, but the problem there is the bussiness model. You can't even buy decks or cards you actually want. You need
    Someone summed this game up with words "digital casino".
    And that's exactly what this game is. Rule-wise it's bare bones and unbalanced beyond comprehension. The only mechanic this game has is **** you I destroy all minions" cards, which are hilarious. It could be fun for a minute, but the problem there is the bussiness model. You can't even buy decks or cards you actually want. You need to roll a dice (casino!) and count for the best, but most probably you will open hundreds of packs before you will be able to build an actual working deck. And then all there is gameplay-wise is top-decking counting to get "that" one or two **** you cards" the opponent can do nothing about. I think any other card game out there is better than this, unfortunately. Even the theme can't save it.
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  31. Sep 9, 2014
    4
    Magic the Gathering: Warcraft Edition. Ages 6+. That is all this all hearthstone feels like, a simplified MtG.

    There is too much grinding for even the basic cards, let alone the strong legendary cards. Games usually come down to the RNG of card draw. Arena doubly so with the RNG of drafting. Constructed play consists of everyone playing only the strongest two classes with the same two
    Magic the Gathering: Warcraft Edition. Ages 6+. That is all this all hearthstone feels like, a simplified MtG.

    There is too much grinding for even the basic cards, let alone the strong legendary cards. Games usually come down to the RNG of card draw. Arena doubly so with the RNG of drafting. Constructed play consists of everyone playing only the strongest two classes with the same two decks.
    The UI is amazing. That is the only nice thing I can really say about the game.
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  32. Jan 5, 2015
    0
    I've watched a video where certain youtuber recommended Heartstone. This game was supposed to be fun, addictive and with decent f2p model. Well, f*** anyone who recommends this.

    Free to play? Cool, lets try it out. I was a bit sceptical. I mean - we're talking about Blizzard - the company that butchered and ruined WoW and Diablo series just for some extra money, but maybe they changed
    I've watched a video where certain youtuber recommended Heartstone. This game was supposed to be fun, addictive and with decent f2p model. Well, f*** anyone who recommends this.

    Free to play? Cool, lets try it out.
    I was a bit sceptical. I mean - we're talking about Blizzard - the company that butchered and ruined WoW and Diablo series just for some extra money, but maybe they changed their ways?

    It actually it is free, so anyone can test it.
    The beginnings were quite fine. Couple of battles that teach us basic mechanics, everything looks nice, gameplay is smooth. Then we get access to training battles, we get to unlock new classes (each comes with some class-specific cards), we unlock more basic cards and try to build our own decks.

    First few hours were really enjoyable. I was having fun, playing against AI, playing some battles vs other players. I've completed some "tasks" or "quests" and got some extra cards.

    Then I tried playing training vs expert AI. Turns out it means that AI just uses better cards. I was beaten several times, all those rare/epic cards make a ton of difference. Then I've tried unlocking all the basic cards for all the classes. That was a big mistake.

    It seems like matchmaker rather than looking at your win/loss ratio checks the level of your characters. Try unlocking all the basic cards (which means leveling all the characters till lvl 10) and suddenly you're fcked. I've done all those leveling against AI then I played 10 games versus other players.

    First day of playing I went 6-1. Not bad.
    Second day (after some leveling) I went 0-10. Yes, 10 losses. 9 of those games I've faced opponents who had max ~5 basic cards (out of 30). Better cards give MASSIVE advantage. I've even tried looking for some builds that include just basic cards, but I didn't make any difference. Last fight was quite ok: playing against a guy that only used basic cards - just like me. Close fight, going head to head for 8 rounds. Then he pops 2 legendary cards and I'm done.

    Long story short: I need better cards if I want to have any chance of winning vs other players.
    How do you get them?

    1. Spend $$
    2. Play the single player campaing - which costs $$ to unlock
    3. Grind gold (virtual currency) to buy extra packs

    You can get gold by: winning vs other players (10 gold per 3 wins).
    Completing daily quests: 40-60 gold per quest. 2 quests per day.

    Single pack costs 100 gold. It contains 5 cards, usually 1-2 rare cards in a pack.

    You can't complete quests playing vs AI.

    I can either pay money or grind for weeks, months while getting beaten by everyone because matchmaker sucks.

    F*** this game.
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  33. Jun 25, 2014
    1
    The design of only best out of 1 when randomly paired along with the large competitive focus of ranked play (due to there being only a loss in resources and a huge feel of grindiness while winning) results in a feeling of resentment for my opponents.
  34. Sep 6, 2014
    2
    At first this free to play, magic the gathering style, 'build your deck and play as a magic wielding hero' game seems like fun. It's very well presented in typical interface and graphics quality expected from such a large publisher. However, after quite a few hours of play, having built up tactics and got a good feel for the game, you realise the depth is lacking. 30 card decks with 2 cardAt first this free to play, magic the gathering style, 'build your deck and play as a magic wielding hero' game seems like fun. It's very well presented in typical interface and graphics quality expected from such a large publisher. However, after quite a few hours of play, having built up tactics and got a good feel for the game, you realise the depth is lacking. 30 card decks with 2 card limits and only limited card pools to choose from leave a sour taste in the mouth every time you lose (and it will be frequently) to the very high weighting luck has in this card game. The character powers add some depth to the gameplay, but at the end of the day you'll play people using almost the same cards and win or lose on luck. The mechanics are quite restricted too, so I'm not sure that they can make a card base large enough to add the required variation to at least mask this element.
    Those getting higher into the rankings will also realise that free to play gets you so far. The number of players using high %s of rares, even low in rankings, is very surprising and will limit the fun for the casual player.
    It's certainly fun for a quick game here or there, and it's a shiny, we'll presented blizzard package, but if you're looking for some depth to your skill base in a card game, look elsewhere, as ultimately this is half built game mechanics with CCG-esc pay for power rankings.
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  35. Oct 1, 2014
    0
    Hearthstone is quite addictive, however while the game looks good at the start, unfortunately it becomes terribly dull terribly quickly. Gameplay is based almost entirely on randomness and luck (card draw and random results), with skill a very small factor in the occasional game. There are countless technical issues which the developers seem unwilling or unable to address effectively.
  36. Oct 7, 2014
    3
    Strategically too simple and with an unnerving amount of unnecesairy random elements.

    Personally I'd urge people to give the VERY underrated game Might & magic: Duel of champions a try instead of Hearthstone. Tried it while I was waiting for my HS beta-key, haven't looked back since. (well, tbh I do still grind a few dailys now and then, and played through the Naxx-expansion)
  37. Jan 31, 2015
    0
    So unbalanced game. Forget to get ranking without using a lot of money and when u play for a month they reset the ranking so no meaning playing ranked for the first 3 weeks because you meet ppl that have awsome cardcollections.

    It is like if all soccer teams restarted so the div 5 teams will lose first 100 matches with no chance at all. Gameplay is all about getting your combo before
    So unbalanced game. Forget to get ranking without using a lot of money and when u play for a month they reset the ranking so no meaning playing ranked for the first 3 weeks because you meet ppl that have awsome cardcollections.

    It is like if all soccer teams restarted so the div 5 teams will lose first 100 matches with no chance at all.

    Gameplay is all about getting your combo before the opponent.
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  38. Jan 17, 2015
    0
    Unbalanced for new players what makes not very motivating in the beginning. After a few matches I got bored, mainly because of the way too simple game mechanics.
  39. Jun 9, 2015
    4
    Hearthstone is a bit like playing Backgammon against an opponent that has dice where 3 sides are jokers and he can just pick a number suiting his needs.
    There's really not much you can do from a tactical point of view to outplay someone with a better deck.
    A massive waste of time unless you are willing to throw in some coins to build your decks. While that's the business model of
    Hearthstone is a bit like playing Backgammon against an opponent that has dice where 3 sides are jokers and he can just pick a number suiting his needs.
    There's really not much you can do from a tactical point of view to outplay someone with a better deck.

    A massive waste of time unless you are willing to throw in some coins to build your decks.
    While that's the business model of course, there's not much a free-to-play player can do except getting wrecked every game. Thus, the f2p model is ****
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  40. Feb 28, 2015
    0
    This game is pay2win at it's finest. If you start to play the game you get matched with new players like you. But shortly after you will get matched with everyone and winning becomes nearly impossible. I am a decent online player and my winrate is probably something like 20-30% because you get destroyed by players with OP cards
  41. Oct 14, 2014
    6
    Lack of cards, and everyone just runs the same kind of decks later in the game! so its just a luck and count wich cards your opponent already used game!
  42. Feb 16, 2015
    0
    Do you want to know how this game best works and how to succeed? Here is an explanation in its simplest form:

    1. Buy a metric **** of decks (grinding is not worth it as it will take you ages) 2. After you have almost entirely bought a lot of strong cards, carbon copy the most successful decks (as about 90% of people do already anyway) There you go, that is primarily the game in a
    Do you want to know how this game best works and how to succeed? Here is an explanation in its simplest form:

    1. Buy a metric **** of decks (grinding is not worth it as it will take you ages)
    2. After you have almost entirely bought a lot of strong cards, carbon copy the most successful decks (as about 90% of people do already anyway)

    There you go, that is primarily the game in a nutshell at the competitive and productive level.

    Want to be creative?
    You will lose 90% of your games and make no progress when even winning gives you the equivalent gold of a lump of coal, so you need to win a LOT to have enough "coal" aka gold of value for anything (think an entire coal mining enterprise for a deck would be about right).

    Want to not buy a **** of decks?
    Even if you carbon copy the best freebie decks, you will still lose a lot of the time to other people who carbon copied the other best decks, but also have better cards then you, and keep in mind you are just copying a deck like tons of other players, why not just have a bot play the game for you. I mean honestly what the **** is the point?

    So are you prepared to lose a lot since you didn't buy cards then? Are you prepared to lose a lot since you didn't completely copy a competitive deck then? Unless you are insane of course not.

    Hearthstone in a nutshell. Give Blizzard your monies kids!
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  43. Oct 18, 2015
    0
    Blizzard fanbois may tell you that this game is deep, full of content, complex and fun. But dont be fooled, the game have nowhere the complexitiy of other card games out there and is simply a RNG fest. Each expansion introduces even more RNG, games are just a flip of the coin. Although, blizzard has pushed out several expansions since release, Blizzard being the stupid fools that they areBlizzard fanbois may tell you that this game is deep, full of content, complex and fun. But dont be fooled, the game have nowhere the complexitiy of other card games out there and is simply a RNG fest. Each expansion introduces even more RNG, games are just a flip of the coin. Although, blizzard has pushed out several expansions since release, Blizzard being the stupid fools that they are refuse to balance the game(a virtual one at that). That means that due to overpowered cards from previous expansions, most newer cards are completely unplayable, of the cards from the latest expansion, the number of cards that are viable can be counted on one hand. Oh and dont let me get started on how overpriced content is in this game. Expand
  44. Jun 19, 2014
    4
    Although this game is a fun game i would really like to get into. It is also a game which is not friendly to new players. There is a sort of tutorial, which includes 6 missions however they never actually teach you the mechanics of the game and the last missions is a pain to even try and finish.

    At this point you may think it's okay i'll just go play against AI or even online against
    Although this game is a fun game i would really like to get into. It is also a game which is not friendly to new players. There is a sort of tutorial, which includes 6 missions however they never actually teach you the mechanics of the game and the last missions is a pain to even try and finish.

    At this point you may think it's okay i'll just go play against AI or even online against people my level.
    This however is not the case. The majority of the ai is pretty easy to defeat, except for the warrior which requires one of two things. Luck, or skill. This is painful because of the fact that the game has not yet taught you the skill you need to defeat this opponent.

    After getting tired of this AI, i though "Maybe going online against people my level is easier." However after loosing almost 10 games in a row, i thought maybe not. And i don't mean to say they just beat me by inches. I mean to say if i had done any worse i think i would have reported the game for a bug where i lose 30 hp at the end of the third round.

    Another problem i had with the game is that although the people online were my level, almost all of them had cards i'd only seen in popular Hearthstone videos " e.g. Baumi or Blitz" It's at this point where i realized they had payed for these special cards which i had to access to as a free to play player.

    To summarize this game has some really fun features and is very entertaining, but its lack of noob friendly setting and pay to win features mean its very frustrating to play, and overall its just another Blizzard pay to win which feels as if an indie developer would have done better.
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  45. Oct 18, 2014
    3
    You need spent many time for playable deck or DONATE, DONATE AND DONATE!!!!!!!!!!!!! If u lucky and collected good deck you will encounter with "awry" random system.....
  46. Oct 21, 2014
    0
    This game is no fun at all. Matchmaking is bad, arena is very very bad, paying players are OP. Don't even bother playing this while you could be playing any other FUN game.
  47. Jan 11, 2015
    0
    Lol Blizzard games....This one is pay2win nothing more to say then it's trash along with the people who stream this because it's ease of play so they can beg for money like street bums. Game for internet bums.
  48. Jan 22, 2015
    0
    Totally P2W game, i just create a account, try to get a basic priest desk, and in 1 game, i match with a guy have 3 legendary card, and win 3 game give u only 10 gold, and 100 gold(1.5$) for a card pack which contain 5 random card, it often contain 3~4 common card, and 1~2 rare card, if u buy 20 card pack u will get a legendary card, which very powerful compare to other card with same manaTotally P2W game, i just create a account, try to get a basic priest desk, and in 1 game, i match with a guy have 3 legendary card, and win 3 game give u only 10 gold, and 100 gold(1.5$) for a card pack which contain 5 random card, it often contain 3~4 common card, and 1~2 rare card, if u buy 20 card pack u will get a legendary card, which very powerful compare to other card with same mana cost( mana use to call minion card(similar monster in Yugi Oh), spell card), and if u want to play arena, u have to pay 150 gold, and if u lose 3 game, u lost 150 gold and receive 25~50 gold and some other card( often common card with a mark golden, it give no effect ). And if u want 1 card, u can't find it in market, u only can craft it, with can make create your favorite desk may take very long, expensive (because the ingredient to create card -Which call Arcane Dust- u can have it only by destroying ur card, or go to arena and play there, and if it is a rare, or epic card, it will cost many common or same rarity card to create it-as i know now often cost 8,5,4,4-each was card for rarity from common,rare,epic,legendary. Expand
  49. Feb 8, 2015
    0
    Worst kind of pay 2 win game you can imagine. The general idea of the game is very good the game itself is very fun to play but this great gameconcept just gets crushed.
    If you dont want to spend loads of money you will get frustrated very fast. The dayli quests allow a constant but slow gold income of 40gold per quest while you can get a boosterpack for 100gold.
    But since many of the
    Worst kind of pay 2 win game you can imagine. The general idea of the game is very good the game itself is very fun to play but this great gameconcept just gets crushed.
    If you dont want to spend loads of money you will get frustrated very fast. The dayli quests allow a constant but slow gold income of 40gold per quest while you can get a boosterpack for 100gold.
    But since many of the quests are like this "Win 2 matches with hero X or X in PvP" sometimes its just impossible. The quote "Worthy opponent" that you get everytime you get an enemy is the biggest joke of all when going for quests like this with a hero on level 0.
    Matchmaking as a new player is like showing up to a gunfight with a rubberknive. While you sit on your basic cards which have nearly 0 impact on the game your "worthy opponent" pulles out one legendary after the other or other extremly powerful cards that need to be unlocked first and crushes you like an insect.
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  50. Feb 8, 2015
    0
    After collecting the standard Mage deck, I played few games against other players. To my surprise, even thought I just started playing the game, I was always assigned against players with LEGENDARY DECKS. I got rekt so bad.
    For the love of God. Please boycott this trash. Forcing new players to spend lots of money to craft imbalanced cards. How low could this game be?
  51. Feb 16, 2015
    0
    Very hostile game to the newcomers. Random is set this way you get absolutely unplayable hands 2 times of 3, which makes it senseless to waste time on it. You are supposed to play not for any goal, but only for loving ingame mechanics for first couple of month. And that is impossible cause the game itself simply annoying. Total waste of good idea by Blizzard as usual. Company becameVery hostile game to the newcomers. Random is set this way you get absolutely unplayable hands 2 times of 3, which makes it senseless to waste time on it. You are supposed to play not for any goal, but only for loving ingame mechanics for first couple of month. And that is impossible cause the game itself simply annoying. Total waste of good idea by Blizzard as usual. Company became infamous for its bad customers treatment. Expand
  52. Oct 22, 2015
    0
    Horrible game that is completely unplayable on my brand new android...so I tried it on PC and just wow what a bad pat-to-win game.

    If you don't want to pay anything don't play this game.
  53. Jan 3, 2016
    0
    As long as cards such as Dr. Boom and Mysterious Challenger exist, this game can not be taken seriously. Hell, even the developer team obviously doesn't care about it since there are such obvious massive imbalances. This could be a great game, but as usual since Activision took over Blizzard, they simply don't put in very much effort into it. There is nothing to talk about as the game hasAs long as cards such as Dr. Boom and Mysterious Challenger exist, this game can not be taken seriously. Hell, even the developer team obviously doesn't care about it since there are such obvious massive imbalances. This could be a great game, but as usual since Activision took over Blizzard, they simply don't put in very much effort into it. There is nothing to talk about as the game has serious balance issues. 0/10 not even a discussion. Expand
  54. Jan 23, 2016
    0
    The game is just too RNG dependent. The game features little skill and solemnly lies on who gets the better top decks. Another thing that makes matters worse is the fact that there is a large card pool, and to create an "efficient" deck requires a lot of time to gather the proper cards. This makes the game extremely challenging for new players to get into it.
  55. May 10, 2015
    3
    The game is quite a lot of fun but there are so many things that pull it down from being as good as it could be. I want everyone to know that this game has so much potential but it just throws it out the door with all it's flaws.

    The good: It's better than other virtual card games I have played and it's free.. The lame: Most cards in this game are exactly the same and it's usually easy
    The game is quite a lot of fun but there are so many things that pull it down from being as good as it could be. I want everyone to know that this game has so much potential but it just throws it out the door with all it's flaws.

    The good: It's better than other virtual card games I have played and it's free..
    The lame: Most cards in this game are exactly the same and it's usually easy to read what your opponent will do next
    The bad: This game is extremely luck based even though it's a card game it takes luck to a whole new level
    The ugly: There are multiple characters you can play as that have different abilities and some are completely obsolete while others have extreme advantages.
    The Horrid: The Arena (draft mode) is yet again VERY luck based and you get to choose a character out of 3 random choices that usually suck compared to the rest and people can get the overpowered characters already giving them a HUGE edge in the game as well as getting God-like cards that make your deck completely useless. This is very very sad because it's beyond better than draft mode in Magic the gathering, etc. but you have to pay real money or in-game points to play and then just get completely screwed over with a crap character and crap cards. (the character choice being the worst)
    The Worst: Completely Pay to win
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  56. Nov 30, 2015
    1
    This game is completly a p2w. I had playing since it lauched, at start it wasn't p2w , but it begins to introduce more and more aventures ($$$$$$$$$$$) ,more and more new booster packs......and with the low rewards its imposible to get all cards if you dont pay....
    I had more than 1500wins and 400 arena wins , i know what im talking about. If you want to start play this game, think before
    This game is completly a p2w. I had playing since it lauched, at start it wasn't p2w , but it begins to introduce more and more aventures ($$$$$$$$$$$) ,more and more new booster packs......and with the low rewards its imposible to get all cards if you dont pay....
    I had more than 1500wins and 400 arena wins , i know what im talking about. If you want to start play this game, think before , that you wont be competitive if u dont pay
    Boring of this p2w . They will say to you that it isn't a p2w , ofc not if you play 24hours per day 1 year, if you play normal or casual 1-2hours per day , u wont have good cards for being competitive.
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  57. Oct 6, 2015
    0
    Sorry, but I cannot appreciate a game who's abusing human stupidity.
    there is a real card game named MAGIC, that gives the players the opportunity to use approx 70% strategy and 30% luck, on heartstone on the other way, it's 60% luck (not including OP cards) and 40% strategy. over the years human's realized that luck enters more money than strategy, therefor many good strategy games were
    Sorry, but I cannot appreciate a game who's abusing human stupidity.
    there is a real card game named MAGIC, that gives the players the opportunity to use approx 70% strategy and 30% luck, on heartstone on the other way, it's 60% luck (not including OP cards) and 40% strategy. over the years human's realized that luck enters more money than strategy, therefor many good strategy games were closed because of there complexity and there ability to serve games which force human's to play tactics and not pray for good cards.

    yes, sound and graphics are very nice, but arent they similar to those of a slot machine? the sound uppon choosing a match triggers something on the back of each player, its a one huge slot machine in a huge disguise.

    all the good review of this game are consequences of the followed:
    kids or not intellectual enough who played against other players and realized they have to buy many packs/play many games until they will get rare/epic/legendary cards to win.
    they don't realize what's hiding behind the intention of this game, obviously money.
    try not to buy any packs and win someone who bought 10+ packs, its nearly impossible, you must have either 60% luck which gives the other player no luck and or fight against someone's stupid.
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  58. Sep 9, 2014
    3
    Ну кароч играли с посонами а у ниху данат(знаю пиздец)и кароче не винису нихуя игра пиздец нахуй играйте луче в диабло 1.5(ну хелфаер епт)и привет Тохе иди ты нахуй 10 гейбов из 10 близардов
  59. Jun 4, 2015
    4
    Completly unbalanced game.

    And this just because of Blizzard only want money from the Players. They should shame !

    New players have to play against players with much bigger card pool and experience.
    Matchmaking is also very bad.

    The game itself is one of the best card games i have ever seen but this doesn´t matter in front of the problems.
  60. Oct 18, 2015
    0
    The game is as pay 2 win as it gets. Cards are more expensive than some physical card games and are untradeable and heck, adventures and skins are more expensive than some paid games out there. That really pisses me off because hearthstone is based on the Warcraft franchise and warcraft III was an amazing game. Such a shame that Blizzard has fallen to such low money-grabbing practices.
  61. Jul 29, 2015
    3
    Ok so I come from a really grand blizzard past, and I was a beta tester in hearthstone, I really love Blizzard, I love Diablo, Warcraft and Starcraft, I have always been with them since SC1, D1 and WC2, all blizzard games excelled technically in all aspects of gaming, and were top products on their time, every game had a way to improve the market around it and inspire people to do betterOk so I come from a really grand blizzard past, and I was a beta tester in hearthstone, I really love Blizzard, I love Diablo, Warcraft and Starcraft, I have always been with them since SC1, D1 and WC2, all blizzard games excelled technically in all aspects of gaming, and were top products on their time, every game had a way to improve the market around it and inspire people to do better stuff and try to be like Blizzard, but too bad that Hearthstone cam out, a gambling machine that operates on high grinds or loads of money needed, Welcome to "RNG, The Game", where your skill will never matter. This game is about 5% skill or so, and that's what pisses me off the most. If it was more "Magic The Gathering'er" and they didn't spend their resources on more luck based cards on every single expansion, if they researched and put more ways for new players to dive into the game, and improved the free to playesque capabilities of the game, maybe the game could be good, but as of now, I rate it a 3. Expand
  62. Jan 7, 2015
    3
    I started playing at this thinking about it as the next gen CCG that would revolutionize the genre. By the time I decided to give it a try It was already so famous it had to be like that, there was no other explanation for its fame. Then, after a few weeks of standoffish play I finally understood.

    This is a dumbed down CCG with some very smart aesthetic details and some very bad
    I started playing at this thinking about it as the next gen CCG that would revolutionize the genre. By the time I decided to give it a try It was already so famous it had to be like that, there was no other explanation for its fame. Then, after a few weeks of standoffish play I finally understood.

    This is a dumbed down CCG with some very smart aesthetic details and some very bad money/time devouring game concepts at base. It is a pity since it could have been a really fun and well designed game. Unfortunately devs have decided to come across too many compromises in order to make the game playable and light. It is really playable by everyone, shame this is a bad thing for a CCG: everyone here can win at least a match, it doesn't matter how smart you are, how skilled or what. It's really a matter of having the good cards and playing them when you get them, and having the luck to have random effects actually work. No real strategy here, not at a level you can expect from a CCG, at least.

    The game soon comes to be repetitive, cards are few and mostly the same in all decks (why define classes with less than 20 types of cards and A TON of generic cards every class can use??). Getting new cards is pure pain due to ridiculous rewards for winning, boring mission system and incredibly high costs of everything.

    It still has very good and funny graphics, and even a really smart and nice way to interact with other players, but after few days of playing it is really not enough to keep you in the game.

    Simply put, a good time waster for casuals, a bad CCG for everyone else.
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  63. Jul 1, 2015
    0
    Theres no doubt in my mind that this game sets you up for failure. They like to set you up against players with superior cards to instill the idea that "well if i buy cards then ill be able to compete with them". Its just one big money grab that shamelessly promotes its other games while consistently ripping you off. The fact that activision is involved raises suspicions but when you playTheres no doubt in my mind that this game sets you up for failure. They like to set you up against players with superior cards to instill the idea that "well if i buy cards then ill be able to compete with them". Its just one big money grab that shamelessly promotes its other games while consistently ripping you off. The fact that activision is involved raises suspicions but when you play and constantly get the shaft you know its a huge scam. 25 dollars to play just one of its multiple "add ons" and when youre done with that you get a legendary so 25 for a legendary. Ive gotten about 20 packs from grinding and ive only gotten one atrocious legendary. Plus look up the pros they all use the same legendaries so its not even a complex game in any right its pretty much pay us until you get 1 of these 3 legendaries then maaaaaybe you can enjoy the game but by that time itll be a huge bore anyways. I only recommend this for people who dont mind funnelling money into a below average game. Expand
  64. Dec 24, 2015
    1
    Pay 2 Win, completely random unless you have amounts of overpowered cards (that you get from spending your sweet munies on packs). Luck let alone, even if you facerolling your enemy 90% of game, they will then pull this unbalanced legendary card (10/10 drag that will wipe whole your army as battlecry when entering the game, and then rekt you in 2 rounds) and you will taste your sour tears,Pay 2 Win, completely random unless you have amounts of overpowered cards (that you get from spending your sweet munies on packs). Luck let alone, even if you facerolling your enemy 90% of game, they will then pull this unbalanced legendary card (10/10 drag that will wipe whole your army as battlecry when entering the game, and then rekt you in 2 rounds) and you will taste your sour tears, made of pain that inflicted you the **** by blizzard, completely selling every last piece of game balance to everyone, who is willing to milk their wallets to oblivion.

    I have 10 hours in and I got to 15 Rank thanks to quite decent deck guide for Mage, but at this point, no matter how clever I am trying to be, trying to predict and take some aspects into consideration I will always get facerolled by someone pulling out these cheesy Legendary/Epic cards and turning tide of battle with 1-2 cards. Sadly for me, I didnt get any epic/legendary from my decks. Thats exactly what blizzard want, they want me to pay a fortune now to get dem cards - gambling like tard for excessive amounts of money.

    No thanks.

    Art is quite nice tho, interface too. Would give it 8/10, but I definitely cant with this business model that ruins game completely.

    Soon this game will fall and no one ever will remember it, as It has no serious competitive potential.
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  65. Oct 12, 2014
    3
    At first glance this game is pretty good, at second glance it gets worse, at final glance it is a frustrating piece of ****

    The main problem is the card decks and the element of luck in every game you play, for example you can play the same deck against the same opponent and the first time you can beat them without them even hitting you once, then you can reload and they will destroy
    At first glance this game is pretty good, at second glance it gets worse, at final glance it is a frustrating piece of ****

    The main problem is the card decks and the element of luck in every game you play, for example you can play the same deck against the same opponent and the first time you can beat them without them even hitting you once, then you can reload and they will destroy you by move 8, you retry and destroy them by move 8. This has nothing to do with playing the cards you are dealt, since if luck isn't on your side you can end up with 4 cards that need 8 crystals and the opponent will have a zerg rush waiting to kick your ass.

    It gets a 3 because it is a well crafted game like anything Blizzard make, but as for the gameplay mechanics it gets a big fat 0 since it isn't even a game that you can be good at, you just sit there and hope that *this* time your cards will come out in the right order and you can't actually be a GOOD Hearthstone player, just someone hedging his or her bets that the deck you've built is going to beat the odds so you don't need to be lucky to win it.

    Which also means if you want to be good at Hearthstone you just need to buy the cards you need to win and play a lot, since there is no actual skill involved to become a good player, just the bare basics of gameplay where you don't make really stupid decisions. Get the basic elements of play down (don't use a group damage spell when the enemy has no minions, don't be stupid.) and you will win, and the reverse of that if you have a **** deck and luck isn't on your side you will fail.

    I really wouldn't mind any of the luck element if the skill element could make up for bad luck, but it doesn't. You can be a brilliant strategist but you will lose against a lucky retard rolling his face across the keys and summoning a murloc zerg while you hold 2 core hounds you can't use for 3 turns. You might as well just download a higher/lower card game app on a tablet, because that's basically what Hearthstone is, just a random number generator with nice graphics.
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  66. Dec 2, 2014
    5
    I previously scored this game much higher then now. The reason I lowered the score (7/10 previously) is because Blizzard continues to make the game much more pay to win and increasingly difficult for free to play gamers to break through. Basically with the actual trend on the horizon there is no way for a free to play gamer to do anything besides sitting in lower ranks and play highlyI previously scored this game much higher then now. The reason I lowered the score (7/10 previously) is because Blizzard continues to make the game much more pay to win and increasingly difficult for free to play gamers to break through. Basically with the actual trend on the horizon there is no way for a free to play gamer to do anything besides sitting in lower ranks and play highly unbalanced and frustrating matches. Why is that ?

    If you want to be competitive you need decks from different sets (Naxxranas, Expert and the new GvG). You need to spend 3500 gold for Naxx, about 6000 gold for expert packs and something like 4000 gold for the new expansion deck. Assuming that on average you get 50-60 gold daily it would take you several months of farming the gold while experiencing unpleasant and unbalanced matches where you have to face players that spend a lot of money on cards. It means that in the farming meantime (about half a year) they will launch yet another expansion that will leave free player even further behind (more money to farm whil you are still behind). It is impossible to catch up. That's what the game looks like. If you want to compete with other players you have to pay. I do not like the idea of games that are based on this model. There are better and actually free to play games where you do not see this money based match up because Hearthstone is all about money.

    This game is no longer for me as I prefer to support other gaming companies.
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  67. Feb 2, 2015
    2
    Hearthstone is an usual card based game with a simple yet ingenuine twist - it's marketing strategy. The cards in Hearthstone are as in any Blizzard game could be of common, rare, epic and legendary quality. Cards could be obtained through buying card packs - for game currency (100 gold ) or real currency. Game currency could be obtained via daily quests - 40/60 gold + 30 wins wouldHearthstone is an usual card based game with a simple yet ingenuine twist - it's marketing strategy. The cards in Hearthstone are as in any Blizzard game could be of common, rare, epic and legendary quality. Cards could be obtained through buying card packs - for game currency (100 gold ) or real currency. Game currency could be obtained via daily quests - 40/60 gold + 30 wins would provide additional 100 gold ( first 1000 gold could be earned through onetime "achievements" ). Which means around of 1 pack per day or via fight on arena which provide you with 2 packs per day at least for additional 12 games. Which translates into 2-4 hours of play everyday. On average one in five packs would be epic card and one in 20 packs would be random legendary card. However, since many cards are belongs to specific class a chance of obtaining specific card is very low so deck's building strategy revolves around random cards or you could transform cards into "Arcane dust" at very low conversion rate e.g. one specific common card costs 40 points while result of conversion of common card is only 5 points, one pack in average converted to 40 points, in order to buy specific rare card required 100 points, in order to buy specific epic card you would need 400 points e.g. 10 packs while legendary card is equal to 160 packs. So in order to built some average deck you would need to spend about 160 hours of game's play during 40 days or pay to Blizzard about 200$. Now would you be willing to participate in tournament where are fundamental advantage could be bought via real money ?
    Gameplay itself isn't bad except couple of severe bugs for Mac client which probably already fixed, the expansion Naxxramas isn't bad either, although all 5 wings on Normal mode could be eliminated in a couple of hours , however cards from Naxxramas quite useful so expansion is also part of marketing strategy , in terms of money it's a really good deal since it's provides specific valuable cards for a low price. The game is theme is all about World of Warcraft universe and some cards provides nostalgic value to fan's of "wrath of the lich king" expansion. If you are looking for a long term time investment and rewarding competitive gaming you will find this game as a huge disappointment. Surely as any card game results of every match could be quite random so if you are lover of carefully crafted strategies and well deserved rewards you should stay away from this game as well.
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  68. Jan 2, 2015
    0
    Is a bad game and like others says, is a Pay to win game, because 90% of players have bought many legendary cards that beats you in 2 minutes max.
    Blizzard is a great company with great games before the Hearthstone that is ruined and is not favorable for new players.
  69. Feb 14, 2015
    0
    This game is a complete waste of time. If you aren't willing to pay real money to buy cards, you'll never be competitive. The game is free to play for a reason. If you're willing to throw a ton of money at it, of course you'll be good. Having a deck of "legendary" cards does not equal skill. Nice try Blizzard... It's interesting how you've been selling decks of cards for real moneyThis game is a complete waste of time. If you aren't willing to pay real money to buy cards, you'll never be competitive. The game is free to play for a reason. If you're willing to throw a ton of money at it, of course you'll be good. Having a deck of "legendary" cards does not equal skill. Nice try Blizzard... It's interesting how you've been selling decks of cards for real money since "beta." Another obvious example of corporate greed. Expand
  70. Apr 17, 2016
    1
    Its a shame how a game with such little development in the cards themselves gets so much popularity, ive played it for a bit to give it a chance but it just can't even come close to a lot of other card games. If you like hearthstone for the card aspect, please do yourself a favor and just give some others a chance. Trust me you'll enjoy them a lot more if you get into them.
  71. May 17, 2015
    2
    Отыграв 600+ игр,я смело могу сказать - игра скатилась в деньговысасывающий мусор, даже уже нету места стратегии - пулл в 30 карт и хп превратил всю стратегическую составляющую в веселый аттракцион:"Раш в лицо или задонать часть своей зарплаты на карточки".
    Вот небольшой расчет для новичка,решившего выбрать второй путь: В 2400 рублей вам выйдет два текущих дополнения дополнения - без
    Отыграв 600+ игр,я смело могу сказать - игра скатилась в деньговысасывающий мусор, даже уже нету места стратегии - пулл в 30 карт и хп превратил всю стратегическую составляющую в веселый аттракцион:"Раш в лицо или задонать часть своей зарплаты на карточки".
    Вот небольшой расчет для новичка,решившего выбрать второй путь: В 2400 рублей вам выйдет два текущих дополнения дополнения - без хотя бы первых двух кварталов первого можете даже не пробовать играть,так же вам понадобятся хотя бы 60 классических паков и 40 паков что выйдет в какие-то 6000 рублей - итого 8400,неплохо для f2p игры,правда?Нет,ну конечно вы можете годик другой делать ежедневные квесты (40/60/100 золота в день) и тратить 150 золота на арену,которую одно дело научиться собирать,а другое - играть с тем что есть(читай:насасывать),а это то еще испытание.мой вам совет - не тратьте время на эту игру,в ней нет ничего сложного и требующего смекалки - любой кто умеет считать до 30 с легкостью освоит топовые деки этой игры - фейсханта и мехомага
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  72. Jun 4, 2015
    0
    Absolutely ridiculous. They actually expect me, a F2P Control Hunter, to pay $10 for a cosmetic I don't have to buy in order to have a completely different hero for the Warrior class. It's insane how they're trying to milk me of my money that I never spent to begin with instead of adding features I beg for on /r/hearthstone every chance I can get! Instead of adding more deck slots (for allAbsolutely ridiculous. They actually expect me, a F2P Control Hunter, to pay $10 for a cosmetic I don't have to buy in order to have a completely different hero for the Warrior class. It's insane how they're trying to milk me of my money that I never spent to begin with instead of adding features I beg for on /r/hearthstone every chance I can get! Instead of adding more deck slots (for all my Hunter decks I cannot keep track of) and the ability to add a card back for each deck, as well as giving me 1000 free packs (classic, btw) a day just for considering the notion of their game being fun, they take the time to animate a picture, put voiceacting on it, add some particles, throw in a card back, and expect me to pay $10 for it.

    It's unbelievable how greedy Blizzard has become now and I don't want to spend another dime on them anymore. It's just ridiculous.
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  73. Jul 24, 2015
    0
    Heartstone looks like an amazing game on the surface. But it is pay to win like no other game i have ever seen or for that matter heard of.
    You need to spend a lot of money to be able to compete with anyone. Even though the game says you are matched with a fair opponent you meet people with 5 Legendary cards played in your first pvp match.
    This is the worst game experience i have had,
    Heartstone looks like an amazing game on the surface. But it is pay to win like no other game i have ever seen or for that matter heard of.
    You need to spend a lot of money to be able to compete with anyone. Even though the game says you are matched with a fair opponent you meet people with 5 Legendary cards played in your first pvp match.
    This is the worst game experience i have had, and that says a lot.
    I would recommend staying away from this game if you are not ready to throw 100+ bucks into the drain.
    Go play some indie games many of at least deserve some money.
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  74. Jul 26, 2015
    0
    This game is pathetic. At this point I am done with all Blizzard made games.
    User interface is ridiculous, I can't believe that someone will release a game with so dysfunctional interface - need countless clicks to do simple things (if you find them), useless popups show up hiding buttons, ...
    Also why is this game always "connected"? If I close my iPad and then restore the game 5
    This game is pathetic. At this point I am done with all Blizzard made games.
    User interface is ridiculous, I can't believe that someone will release a game with so dysfunctional interface - need countless clicks to do simple things (if you find them), useless popups show up hiding buttons, ...
    Also why is this game always "connected"? If I close my iPad and then restore the game 5 minutes later it says "Disconnected" and have to click a million buttons to start a game again. Why can't they just connect me?
    No customer support from the game, no control over anything - just played a guy named **** and Blizzard doesn't even care.
    Now for the gameplay - unless you spend hundreds on this game - don't even think you can be competitive. Do you know how many Epic and Legendary cards I got from opening 30 packs? You guessed - 0.
    Don't even bother starting this game, or any Blizzard game for that matter.
    And for the "Critics" that all game a positive review? - find another job as you suck at this.
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  75. Aug 3, 2015
    0
    Hearthstone, Heroes of Visa.
    If you did not start playing this game back in the beta you are going to have a very difficult time earning your cards in this game.
    I admit the game has it's fun, but as a new player it's very difficult to win unless you throw the buck. And the funny thing is that even throwing the buck wouldn't ensure you win, because the packs are totally random and you
    Hearthstone, Heroes of Visa.
    If you did not start playing this game back in the beta you are going to have a very difficult time earning your cards in this game.
    I admit the game has it's fun, but as a new player it's very difficult to win unless you throw the buck. And the funny thing is that even throwing the buck wouldn't ensure you win, because the packs are totally random and you can easily get up to 60 packs with no legendary (that is about 60-70$). And even if you do get the legendary, it can be a horrible one. So unless you actually overflow them with $$$ you will likely not be on par with most of the active players.
    All in all this game has a spectacular, but also evil design.
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  76. Aug 17, 2015
    0
    pull your head out of your asses blizzard SMH. straight up rage quit. SMH. WoW is taking a huge **** storm too. SMH. I have been literally been playing d2 for the past month. thanks blizz
  77. Dec 11, 2015
    0
    After around playing this for 2 years I decided to stop and you will know why. Each new expansion Blizzard brings to keep the "meta" more stronger and unbalance between the classes, so it is impossible you get out of this situation without using the similiar overpowered classes. This new course from Adventure of Explorer's and TGT brings the idea that will never balance the cards andAfter around playing this for 2 years I decided to stop and you will know why. Each new expansion Blizzard brings to keep the "meta" more stronger and unbalance between the classes, so it is impossible you get out of this situation without using the similiar overpowered classes. This new course from Adventure of Explorer's and TGT brings the idea that will never balance the cards and modes, an example of that if you play a 10 paladin mana card you can deal 30 damage in one turn if you get lucky otherwise it deal around 15 damage(check Anyfin Can Happen) this is absurd because you don't have the correct tools or space in your deck to counter that. Finishing my review of this game I would like to compare Hearthstone to a Casino but if you are young and like new adventurer with RNG you can play the game. Expand
  78. Jul 14, 2014
    7
    Great little card game, needs way more frequent updates and new cards from Blizzard though because as is you will get burned out fast seeing the same cards and decks over and over.
  79. Oct 30, 2015
    4
    There's a lot to like about Hearthstone. It's very addictive, fun, and good to play with friends. The only problem is, it is completely Pay 2 Win. If you decide to play this game for free don't expect to win against anybody who's been paying. Don't expect to play competitively. There are normally about three decks which are viable to play and have a good chance of winning, and if you don'tThere's a lot to like about Hearthstone. It's very addictive, fun, and good to play with friends. The only problem is, it is completely Pay 2 Win. If you decide to play this game for free don't expect to win against anybody who's been paying. Don't expect to play competitively. There are normally about three decks which are viable to play and have a good chance of winning, and if you don't have the cards required for them you can either grind losing games for hours and hours or pay up.
    Good game in theory, but like almost every other F2P in existence, a good theory is ruined by need to extract money.
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  80. Dec 11, 2014
    2
    Pros:
    - easy to learn with nice tutorial
    - nice graphics and animations for a card game - warcraft universe - localization (polish language) Cons: - pay to win, free players play against premium players which have better legendary cards - lacks depth, doesn't require much strategic thinking - grind based for free players - luck to win, cards you get are random, even cards you
    Pros:
    - easy to learn with nice tutorial
    - nice graphics and animations for a card game
    - warcraft universe
    - localization (polish language)

    Cons:
    - pay to win, free players play against premium players which have better legendary cards
    - lacks depth, doesn't require much strategic thinking
    - grind based for free players
    - luck to win, cards you get are random, even cards you use have random effects
    - lacks single player content

    Summary avoid this game it is all about trying to get you to pay money.
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  81. Nov 8, 2015
    1
    This game is Pay 2 Win, unless you're willing to shell out a couple hundred or you've been playing since release you stand no chance of ever catching up or competing. Sure you can sort of compete by grinding and dusting everything in to the current OP flavor of the month deck but you'll be right back at the beginning once it's nerfed.

    PAY 2 WIN, AVOID AVOID AVOID.
  82. Feb 25, 2015
    10
    I've been playing Hearthstone for almost a year and a half now, with almost the same passion I had for it when I first started playing the beta. The game has continued to stay fresh, with the additions of new cards and expansions that have added more to the experience. The added ability to be mobile with it on an iPad has provided levity to the boring parts of my life like sitting at theI've been playing Hearthstone for almost a year and a half now, with almost the same passion I had for it when I first started playing the beta. The game has continued to stay fresh, with the additions of new cards and expansions that have added more to the experience. The added ability to be mobile with it on an iPad has provided levity to the boring parts of my life like sitting at the airport waiting for a delayed flight, or using the bathroom! (yeah, i went there)

    Reading through some of the user reviews, I don't really understand the negativity towards the in-game purchases for this game. I look at this game with the same eyes i used to play Magic: The gathering with. Growing up i was never able to play Magic for free and to be able to play this game for free is AMAZING. Kicking down money into something I enjoy not only helps my decks but it helps the developers that made the game. I don't see a problem with that. In fact I think it's a great model for a game like this. Growing up I spent hundreds on booster packs for magic without the ability to work towards "free packs." On Hearthstone I can, and that's infinity better for my wallet :)

    Hearthstone is a great game. It's provided me with countless hours of fun, and it's worth every penny I've put into it since beta (which includes another $20 I just put into it last night). It's crazy to me that a game this polished, and this well rounded could be given away for FREE and still have to deal with unwarranted negativity.

    Congrats to Blizzard. They make good games, Hearthstone is by far my favorite.
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  83. Mar 31, 2015
    9
    I swear all of these people who are calling this pay to win obviously haven't played more than a couple ranked games. Of course you aren't going to know the strategies, or what cards to play (which are good or bad) when you start. I remember thinking certain cards were OP until realizing they were trash. This game has an amazing community, with several streamers and tutorials. If youI swear all of these people who are calling this pay to win obviously haven't played more than a couple ranked games. Of course you aren't going to know the strategies, or what cards to play (which are good or bad) when you start. I remember thinking certain cards were OP until realizing they were trash. This game has an amazing community, with several streamers and tutorials. If you give this game a chance you will realize its not a game about endless grinding or paying to win. Expand
  84. Oct 3, 2015
    2
    Easiest game in the world. The game requires nearly no thinking and hardly any skill. It's extremely difficult to be bad at this game, and if hell freezes over and pigs begin to fly and someone is terrible at this game, all they have to do is google a good deck and hope they get lucky with RNG. The RNG in this game is also crap, and making the game require less skill from the little itEasiest game in the world. The game requires nearly no thinking and hardly any skill. It's extremely difficult to be bad at this game, and if hell freezes over and pigs begin to fly and someone is terrible at this game, all they have to do is google a good deck and hope they get lucky with RNG. The RNG in this game is also crap, and making the game require less skill from the little it already needs. Honestly, you would probably have better luck playing poker than playing this game because it is 80% luck, 10 % knowledge, 5 % skill, and 5 % grinding all day. Other than the **** game mechanics and constant grind or pay to win system, the game is good for 5 mins of fun every here and there before you begin to constantly vomit, so I'll rate it as a 2. Expand
  85. Apr 12, 2016
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a rip off & rigged game the AI bot will know you hand when you play arena or rank games the game is designed to rip you off (DO NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THIS RIP OFF GAME) the people that run the game are greedy & very nasty people trying to make child gamble when the card are all way stack in the house forever (DO NOT LET THEM RIP YOU OFF

    DO NOT PAY TO PLAY THIS RIP OFF GAME

    THIS GAME SHOULD BE RE NAME RIPSTONE
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  86. May 2, 2016
    0
    **** garbage ass game. Was fun till this retardedass joke of a company shafted the whole thing with the new trash expansion and "standard" **** Incredibly disappointing considering how many hours I sunk into the game back when it was actually fun.
  87. May 13, 2016
    4
    Tried the game for the first time in 2014. Didnt have time to get into it at the time. Fast forward to 2016. I try the game again since I now have the time for it. I enjoyed it but it soon became clear that I had to pay some cash to get a quick start into the game as others have progressed with their card decks for 2 years now. Bought 40€ worth of cards. Got jack **** to show for it. MyTried the game for the first time in 2014. Didnt have time to get into it at the time. Fast forward to 2016. I try the game again since I now have the time for it. I enjoyed it but it soon became clear that I had to pay some cash to get a quick start into the game as others have progressed with their card decks for 2 years now. Bought 40€ worth of cards. Got jack **** to show for it. My current W/L ratio is around 1 win per 10 games and that is purely because the matchmaking in any mode does not consider decks into the matchmaking when finding a opponent. There is no way to win someone who has put more time/money into the game than I have and since the matchmaking cant see that I am facing opponents with better cards and more experience in the game than myself. It was fun for a while but after a 20 lose streak I started wondering if theres something really wrong with the game. There is. Its pure pay to win if you dont have the time to grind months for full decks before facing off against other players. I found a compiled list of cost / time to own all the cards in the game. As of 5/2016 it would cost you thousands of real life currency to get all the cards to play in an even field with the veterans the matchmaking places you with. Or in time. A whooping 8 months of daily grinding to get your decks to the state the veterans have them already.

    All in all. The game itself is really good but if you want to compete with other players you either need to drop over 1000 USD at once when you start playing or grind matches against bots for 8 months to stand a chance against veterans players.

    I am disappointed. I expected more from a "free to play" game.

    Shame on you blizzard.

    The only game mode that gives a fair chance at winning is the arena. Which lets you choose 30 cards from totally random cards to form a deck that you compete against other players whom have forged their own random card decks. But that game mode costs you. The entry fee for the arena is 2€ which lasts you until you lose 3 games in total or 100 ingame gold. After 15 hours of farming I got 160 gold. Not worth it.

    DL;DR Money grab. Pure p2w. Stay away.
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  88. Jul 23, 2014
    2
    Graphics are nice, but the game itself is pay to win at its worst. Add to that how incredibly imbalanced the game is along with many, many bugs, and you have a huge waste of time. If they bothered to balance the game and simply gave us a game that we could purchase instead of being nickle and dime'd, there might be potential.
  89. Jun 15, 2014
    0
    Pay to win, pure and simple. The "Arena" game mode isn't pay to win, but has such a ridiculously high entry cost that it takes around 10 hours of playing constructed to play a single Arena run.
  90. Aug 1, 2014
    0
    Terrible game, terrible support, pay to win. That's all what you must know about this game. I don't wanna blame Blizzard, but this is the worst game from them.
  91. May 16, 2014
    3
    Some key issues with the game. No1, they have a casual mode, but people play casual to stomp and a lot are BM. They need to remove casual mode because it doesn't seem casual friendly. No2, golden card rewards... Yeah, we aren't trading cards, Blizzardv2.

    I don't like the large range in mana costs, it adds to the randomness of the game and makes it less strategic. Certain cards just make
    Some key issues with the game. No1, they have a casual mode, but people play casual to stomp and a lot are BM. They need to remove casual mode because it doesn't seem casual friendly. No2, golden card rewards... Yeah, we aren't trading cards, Blizzardv2.

    I don't like the large range in mana costs, it adds to the randomness of the game and makes it less strategic. Certain cards just make the game more kinda like a "yay I drew this card" which is okay except it rewards luck greatly. The varied mana costs and card efficiencies makes it feel frustrating in general when luck doesn't go your way. The game highly revolves around around the classes, but how you stop the deadliest tools your opponent is with generic answers, just throwing down minions, having a silence, nerfbat or taunt ready or just a combo which isn't really designed to counter anything. Then there is the golem meta, draw and throw out golems... Ugh.
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  92. Aug 25, 2014
    0
    p2w, bad matchmaking.

    Yes you can buy card packs with ingame currency(gold) but earn gold in this game is very frustrating, lets do some simple maths, you need 100 gold for buy 1 card pack so you need to win 30 games(crazy) but you will loose 50% of games so you have to play 60 games(lol 60 games for buy 1 card pack), 10 min for every game = 600 min = 10 hours.
  93. Oct 17, 2014
    2
    I originally rated this a 6 since at the core it's a great game, but was moderately pay-to-win.

    I'm adjusting the rating again since it's has become completely pay-to-win. I've played since beta without paying and don't have a single legendary. I've earned $100+ of cards for free over a year or so to give you a scope of how much money/time DOESN'T get you a legendary. You simply
    I originally rated this a 6 since at the core it's a great game, but was moderately pay-to-win.

    I'm adjusting the rating again since it's has become completely pay-to-win.

    I've played since beta without paying and don't have a single legendary. I've earned $100+ of cards for free over a year or so to give you a scope of how much money/time DOESN'T get you a legendary. You simply don't get them without paying money. That would be fine if it was the business model to pay for a card, but it's not. You dump money into a RNG card generator hoping for a good card.

    I play ranked primarily and I've always reached a point where it's not skill that matters, but having legendary cards. I've accepted that because I didn't play enough to hit that point quickly every month (rank resets every month), so it was still fun.

    Now they've modified the model again and it's easier to get specific legendaries, but ONLY if you'll dump $40 into 15 minutes of content and three card rewards. The result is that the ranked cutoff where you need very rare and legendary cards to succeed is hit very early now in a matter of a few sittings.

    Plus you can stack as many legendaries as you like. I played someone that I had dead to rights and then he played four legendary cards in a row. That's not deck-building, that's Bliz rewarding careless $$$ spending.

    It's impossible to put my support behind a model like this because I just don't know whether my investment ends up useless three months down the road when they rework the system again. A lump sum up front for all cards, then for follow-up expansions would be ideal. Then you can have fun deck building. As it stands right now I haven't seen a card I can use in my favorite decks in months. It just feels like a treadmill.

    It's a shame because I love games like this and I wanted this to succeed, but a Blizzard got in it's way.
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  94. Jun 7, 2014
    0
    This game sucks so much dick, I thought for a second, that I took a wrong turn in an african whore house. I would rather suck off the entire Burning Legion instead of play another round of this **** game, just to get a free mount.

    Dear Blizzard, DIAF and I hate you forever for nerfing Shamans in WoW.

    GG NO RE.
  95. May 16, 2014
    0
    Hearthstone has to be the most unbalanced game I have ever played and it does not seem as if Blizzard truly cares to balance it. Everything in the game is about the money you spend or you will basically get nowhere without spending 500+ hours just to get a decent deck. I've been playing it for a couple weeks and still can barely beat anyone I'm matched against. When I play ranked, I'mHearthstone has to be the most unbalanced game I have ever played and it does not seem as if Blizzard truly cares to balance it. Everything in the game is about the money you spend or you will basically get nowhere without spending 500+ hours just to get a decent deck. I've been playing it for a couple weeks and still can barely beat anyone I'm matched against. When I play ranked, I'm usually matched with someone 3-5 ranks higher than me rather than around my own rank. The arena costs money to play or you can grind for hours to get the gold for it and the card selection you're given is usually very poor. I'm uninstalling because it's just like every other pay to win game. Expand
  96. May 29, 2014
    1
    Very poorly excuted, graphics for warcraft 1 maybe or some facebook games...
    very slow game play, for a fight you have to wait for the animation...
    Game mechanics is shallow and no creativity like other card games. Putting Heroes of warcraft title to draw the crowds no creative work like in other Blizzard titles. Pay 2 win like all of card games... nothing new. Don't bother
    Very poorly excuted, graphics for warcraft 1 maybe or some facebook games...
    very slow game play, for a fight you have to wait for the animation...
    Game mechanics is shallow and no creativity like other card games.

    Putting Heroes of warcraft title to draw the crowds no creative work like in other Blizzard titles.

    Pay 2 win like all of card games... nothing new. Don't bother yourself with this game. unless you like the graphics and want to play any crap game have a warcraft name in it ... your choice... free to play but its pure pay 2 win and pay to enjoy...

    1 point only for the audio...
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  97. Jul 20, 2014
    1
    Terrible balance, and connection issues in iPad version.

    The game is deceptively expensive, and insanely boring! The in-game transaction is expensive, 2 dollars per card pack which only has 5 cards. And chance of getting epic or legendary cards is smaller than being hit by lightening. And after a while, you will get common cards that you already have. So don't waste I your money in
    Terrible balance, and connection issues in iPad version.

    The game is deceptively expensive, and insanely boring!

    The in-game transaction is expensive, 2 dollars per card pack which only has 5 cards. And chance of getting epic or legendary cards is smaller than being hit by lightening. And after a while, you will get common cards that you already have. So don't waste I your money in this game buying card packs. Arena entry is another money robber, for 2 dollars you get to play the arena game with random cards. This is all depends on luck, someone will get nice cards in their decks, some one will get all useless cards. Balance takes a small role, luck rules all.

    The balance in this game is terrible, because the designers are on ok lazy that they create a lot of cards with random effects. For those who has played a lot or has spent lots of money buying cards, they can form a deck with all epic or legendary. New players will be crushed. Thus there is no fun for new players. Because the game is so imbalanced, now only a few certain decks almost wins all the time, and most old players only play those decks to win. There is no diversity and no fun.

    If you are new, STAY AWAY from this game, don't waste your time and money.
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  98. May 23, 2014
    0
    Complete and total pay to win game. the game is build just to milk money from people. there is like 10% skill involved and all else is pay or RNG to win.
  99. May 10, 2014
    0
    Its a free-to-play game, but it costs to win.
    This game come down to who wants to spend the most money, on the cards with the best stats. PAY-2-WIN
    It’s a numbers game, in more than one sense.
    And also, its really boring…
  100. May 7, 2014
    0
    Random-number game build around a predatory pay-2-win business model that tries to lull players in with flashy graphics and sounds. Do not waste your time. Also keep your kids away from it if you do not want them to become gambling addicts.
Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
  3. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Jul 6, 2014
    90
    When Blizzard announced they were making a digital CCG, we all expected it to look and sound beautiful, and there was little doubt that it would be well-balanced, but I don’t think anyone anticipated this level of sophistication and subtle brilliance.
  2. CD-Action
    Jun 28, 2014
    85
    Simple rules, high production values, low system requirements and huge tactical freedom make Hearthstone one of the best card games available. And if you take into account the free-to-play model – it’s the best one. [05/2014, p.62]
  3. Jun 7, 2014
    85
    A fine example of a great free-to-play game. Hearthstone is not only an addictive and well designed card game, but absolutely fair with gamers that do not wish to spend money on it.