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  • Summary: Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose one of nine epic Warcraft heroes to play as, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons or abilities, or summon powerful characters toHearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose one of nine epic Warcraft heroes to play as, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons or abilities, or summon powerful characters to crush their opponent. Expand

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  1. Apr 25, 2014
    100
    Between its friendly design and its flexible approach to a free-to-play economy, Hearthstone has successfully pulled me into a genre that I didn't care about in the least. But even more incredibly, it's kept me rapt longer than any games I've played in years, and shows no signs of letting up.
  2. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    Blizzard's first Free to Play-game offers depth without becoming complex. It takes players seriously and is very playable without spending (a lot of) money. Atmosphere, speed and great sound effects make for fast yet satisfying games, where luck and tactics go hand in hand.
  3. Mar 14, 2014
    90
    Hearthstone is a wonderful game. Nostalgic, simple and best of all: fun. This is the best online collectible card game you can play. Just be careful how much you spend in it.
  4. May 26, 2014
    90
    Hearthstone, the newest card game from Blizzard, will keep you hooked for hours thanks to the amazing presentation and the tactical, deep gameplay. This is free to play done right.
  5. 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]
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    May 11, 2014
    84
    One of the best free-to-play games on the market because you can actually play this one for free and have a good time while doing so. It is easy to learn and fun to master. [Apr 2014]
  7. Apr 8, 2014
    79
    Hearthstone is a well-executed and fun card game, one which lives the “easy to learn, hard to master” mantra to the utmost.

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  1. 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 isHearthstone 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.
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  2. May 5, 2014
    9
    Great and fun game, the problem is luck determinant in a lot of matches, and also opening packs, but well, is a card game so i guess it shouldGreat and fun game, the problem is luck determinant in a lot of matches, and also opening packs, but well, is a card game so i guess it should be ok.
    The second problem i found is the game needs something else to keep me playing it, i just log in do my dailies and quit.
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  3. May 30, 2014
    8
    Hearthstone is hardly a flawless card game, but it is not nearly as bad as the sore losers here try to make it sound. Yes it has a terribleHearthstone is hardly a flawless card game, but it is not nearly as bad as the sore losers here try to make it sound. Yes it has a terrible reliance on RNG, but it is nowhere near as bad as MTG. MTG is a lot more creative and aged with higher fantasy elements, but it also makes you rely on chance when it comes to your resource (mana). Both games have numerous examples of topdecks being the turning point in high level play and both games require you to pay substantial money to stay relevant in the meta. Trump might get to legend with a free mage deck but hardly anyone else can, nearly all of the legend rank players have decks with legendary cards. However more legendary cards do not make you a better player. A lot of decks only use 1-3 legendaries, because cards like Sylvanas/Cairne are typically used on an either/or basis. The meta is flexible in that you can replace many legendary cards with another if you don't happen to own it.

    I really want to address the claim that arena is pay to win. That is 100% absolutely wrong. That is not what pay to win means. Technically any game except completely free games are pay to win on that regard, because you have to pay in order to play them. Theoretically you could NEVER pay for a single arena game in HS, because your first arena deck is on the house. If you were to reach 8~ish wins or more, you'd have enough gold from rewards to cover your next draft deck. Any seasoned MTG limited player can dive head first into HS arena play and dominate. It's straightforward with familiar mechanics and fundamental strategies: importance of mana curves, aggro/control spectrum, tempo, card advantage, etc. The only legitimate complaint about arena is how AOE spells are not consistent across all classes. In arena mass removal is a HUGE tempo swing and frequent game-decider and some classes (rogue, priest, paladin) have fairly weak mass removal and are entirely reliant on getting it to perform well.

    I think HS will be a lot more fun when more sets come out, because I think we're all getting tired of the same old cards. When the playing field diversifies and the meta gets more robust (*cross fingers*) then it won't get as stale as it seems to currently. It's still a good release for me, but it does get old with just the same old cards.
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  4. Jun 5, 2014
    5
    Overall then it is a great game, I just feel like that you have to be EXTREMLY lucky, to win a match if you don't get good cards at gameOverall then it is a great game, I just feel like that you have to be EXTREMLY lucky, to win a match if you don't get good cards at game starts

    The game itself has a amazing atsmophere and its just nice to play and just look at, but the overall functionality isn't that great when you played it from some hours (or at least I think so).
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  5. 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 notGames 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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  6. Nov 6, 2016
    0
    The online netcode for Hearthstone is crap. I get multiple disconnects on almost every single online match I play. This is unacceptable.The online netcode for Hearthstone is crap. I get multiple disconnects on almost every single online match I play. This is unacceptable. Blizzard seriously needs to fix the online servers for Hearthstone. This game is pretty much unplayable at this point.

    At least the uninstall button works!
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  7. 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 forFree2Grind 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. Expand

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