Call in sick today: Hearthstone just went into open beta

Hearthstone open beta

By on January 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

Blizzard’s Hearthstone card game, the game that was so popular that you guys ended up DDOSing us when we tried to give away twelve keys, has now hit open beta.

Head on over to the official website, hit the big “Play Free” button, and get the client downloading.

The open beta is for the North American region, with Blizzard saying that open betas for the other regions will follow “in the next few days”. Australia and New Zealand are included in the North American region, which means you get access right now.

Enjoy!

40 comments (Leave your own)
Artful-dodgeR

As someone who’s had a beta pass for a while all I can say is “meh”.

 

It’s a fun game, but not rewarding enough.

And I’ve heard they aren’t doing a wipe which is ridiculous, since players that have been playing for the past years would have all the better cards.

 

felixinside,

What would be ridiculous is wiping people’s cards which they have paid real money for.

If you want to have the same strength of cards as those people, paying around about the same amount of money in purchasing decks should in theory do so.

If you don’t want to spend money on decks and want to just earn a few packs a week through questing and doing Arena mode, you can do that too. Of course you will only have the same strength of cards as other players who have played it in a similar way.

 

sathias:
felixinside,

What would be ridiculous is wiping people’s cards which they have paid real money for.

If you want to have the same strength of cards as those people, paying around about the same amount of money in purchasing decks should in theory do so.

If you don’t want to spend money on decks and want to just earn a few packs a week through questing and doing Arena mode, you can do that too. Of course you will only have the same strength of cards as other players who have played it in a similar way.

Blizzard originally said that the people that paid real money for cards in the beta would have that money credited to their account on the wipe.

But now it looks like they are more interested in $$$ than game quality so they are not going to do a wipe, stupid.

New people coming in are going to get slaughtered. Blizzard used to be better than this.

Anyway, I lose interest in Pay2Win games pretty quickly these days.

 

felixinside,

I’m surprised they said they would credit the money back, that would be an absolute logistical nightmare.

 

sathias:
felixinside,

I’m surprised they said they would credit the money back, that would be an absolute logistical nightmare.

Not money back, credit on their account, as in credit in the Hearthstone Store (sorry, I should have been clearer)

 

They already did a wipe where people had put money into it. They just returned the amount of gold they had bought in buying packs and what not. People then went ahead and re bought packs.

So they’ve already set it up logistically, they just think that not wiping is a reward for the beta testers, which is nice, but it’s also a massive kick to the nuts to the new players coming in. Imagine trying to win in arena when you first start, you earn your first 150 gold and the first dude you come up against it’s throwing down legendaries galore?

 

I’ve never played this but wouldn’t they just match players of similar deck strength? That way if a player jumps in and buys several hundred dollars worth of expensive, high-tiered cards he’d end up playing with somebody with a deck of similar worth, right? That would make sense to me, though as I say I’ve never played it or really read too much about it.

 

kinkykel:
They already did a wipe where people had put money into it. They just returned the amount of gold they had bought in buying packs and what not. People then went ahead and re bought packs.

So they’ve already set it up logistically, they just think that not wiping is a reward for the beta testers, which is nice, but it’s also a massive kick to the nuts to the new players coming in. Imagine trying to win in arena when you first start, you earn your first 150 gold and the first dude you come up against it’s throwing down legendaries galore?

That’s supposed to be the point. There are two game modes for a reason. Arena which you pay 150 gold then you pick 1 of 3 cards 30 times, all the cards are available regardless of whether or not you have unlocked them. Arena and packs is where Blizzard will be making their money. It’s entirely logical that people will have better cards than other people in constructed because not only can those cards be bought via packs they can be crafted. Arena on the other hand it’s entirely a random pool of cards you select from.

In constructed though it has a ranking system so you won’t be matched against someone in the legendary tier when you’ve just started the game. You will however have some games where someone news dropped $50 in to the game and has a few legendaries but in most cases it’s not the cards that win you the game it’s your plays.

 

kinkykel:
They already did a wipe where people had put money into it. They just returned the amount of gold they had bought in buying packs and what not. People then went ahead and re bought packs.

So they’ve already set it up logistically, they just think that not wiping is a reward for the beta testers, which is nice, but it’s also a massive kick to the nuts to the new players coming in. Imagine trying to win in arena when you first start, you earn your first 150 gold and the first dude you come up against it’s throwing down legendaries galore?

Arena mode uses random pre-selection of cards to build a deck, everyone is on an even footing.

I really don’t see the difference if people are refunded their money as credit, as you said they just re-buy their decks? I came pretty late into the closed beta and I’ve never really felt at a huge disadvantage except against really quick Murlock decks.

 

vcatkiller:
I’ve never played this but wouldn’t they just match players of similar deck strength?That way if a player jumps in and buys several hundred dollars worth of expensive, high-tiered cards he’d end up playing with somebody with a deck of similar worth, right?That would make sense to me, though as I say I’ve never played it or really read too much about it.

In effect yes, once they have got to the later tiers in Ranked mode. In Casual mode, you can get matched up with anyone.

I generally tend to test my decks in Casual mode then when I am happy, go to Ranked mode.

Then, when I have enough gold from quests to get into Arena mode, I build a new Arena deck and see how long I last.

 

wanell: That’s supposed to be the point. There are two game modes for a reason. Arena which you pay 150 gold then you pick 1 of 3 cards 30 times, all the cards are available regardless of whether or not you have unlocked them. Arena and packs is where Blizzard will be making their money. It’s entirely logical that people will have better cards than other people in constructed because not only can those cards be bought via packs they can be crafted. Arena on the other hand it’s entirely a random pool of cards you select from.

In constructed though it has a ranking system so you won’t be matched against someone in the legendary tier when you’ve just started the game. You will however have some games where someone news dropped $50 in to the game and has a few legendaries but in most cases it’s not the cards that win you the game it’s your plays.

Problem is ARENA costs MONEY.

If they had Arena but free than I would be all for this game….cause you would have a fair playing ground as well as OPEN Mode (constructed)

 

I’ve been in the beta for a little while.

And by that I mean the game hangs on a black screen indefinitely whenever I try to launch it. I got some help from one of the Blue forum reps, but we didn’t get to a solution. One of the problems is that it hangs right away and won’t even produce an error log :/

Same thing is still happening now. Anyone else having this problem? I’d really like to play this.

e: Also all CCGs are pay to win. What do you really expect here?

 

phylum:
I’ve been in the beta for a little while.

And by that I mean the game hangs on a black screen indefinitely whenever I try to launch it. I got some help from one of the Blue forum reps, but we didn’t get to a solution. One of the problems is that it hangs right away and won’t even produce an error log :/

Same thing is still happening now. Anyone else having this problem? I’d really like to play this.

e: Also all CCGs are pay to win. What do you really expect here?

Nope, game has always worked for me.

Can u get into the game at least sometimes?

Run it as admin, compatibility mode etc?

 

oh I know how arena works. Random decks can still be filled with Legendaries. There’s enough of them to go around.

 

Yeah, but that has no relevance to the wipe?

felixinside,

It hangs like that every time. I’ve bumped my thread on the forum because I didn’t get a response to my last piece of information.

 
Artful-dodgeR

felixinside: Problem is ARENA costs MONEY.

That’s because they know that’s the fun mode. I’d probably play 90% Arena if it was free, however because you have to pay or do those stupid daily quests it limits how much I come back.

Which in the last month has been a total of 0 times.

 

felixinside: Blizzard originally said that the people that paid real money for cards in the beta would have that money credited to their account on the wipe.

But now it looks like they are more interested in $$$ than game quality so they are not going to do a wipe, stupid.

They aren’t wiping for open beta, but they will before the game’s proper release. Not sure why you’re so butthurt about that. Blizzard provided statistics at Blizzcon showing something like 50% of top tier ranked players had never paid real money for a deck of cards.

felixinside: Problem is ARENA costs MONEY.

If they had Arena but free than I would be all for this game….cause you would have a fair playing ground as well as OPEN Mode (constructed)

It costs money, or in-game currency which you can earn from winning matches and daily quests. 150 gold isn’t hard to come by, and if you get enough wins in your Arena run you’ll earn 150 gold as part of your rewards anyway.

 

El_Funko:
“It costs money, or in-game currency which you can earn from winning matches and daily quests.”

Winning matches against those that have better cards because they have a bigger wallet you mean?

All I’m saying shame it’s a Pay2Win game, I was hoping for something more even and fair on the gaming side, but Blizzard has only cared about $$$ in the last 10 years so I shouldn’t be surprised.

 

omg blizzard are expanding into the popular F2P area to make money the bastards

 
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