Did Magic: The Gathering just get less or more nerdy?
By Alice Lynton on March 23, 2013 at 10:08 am
So you remember how Blizzard said it was brining something new and different to PAX East? And we were all like “ha ha, yeah, Blizzard All-Stars, wink wink”? Boy, is there a lot of hat-eating today, because instead we got Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a free-to-play card battler with cross-platform play between PC, Mac and iPad.
The game’s “hundreds” of cards are themed around Warcraft’s nine classes, and apparently allow you to follow your heart’s desire in terms of using magic, brawn, or stealth. Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime said he hopes Hearthstone will be easy to pick up and play, but still have a lot of depth.
Duels will be conducted online via Battle.net, and can challenge each other in Play Mode, which lets you bring your best deck, or The Forge, where you’re given a sealed deck and have to build on the fly. In both cases, you can win new cards, sacrifice cards to craft new ones, or just purchase booster packs. There’s an offline practice mode, too.
Hearthstone will go into beta testing soon, with Blizzard cheekily adding “no, seriously”; keep abreast of update’s on its website.
Well! This is good news. Now where’s All-Stars?