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I was mocked Blizzard when the studio announced in March the free-to-play HearthStone, a deck of cards to simple (a priori) mechanical and design karani. Before my addiction to the game and my ring Size XXL, is worldwide which is now mocking me.
After receiving my beta key, and after playing 3 or 4 parts, I immediately recited in full open space that HearthStone was a sous-Magic (let us understand, nothing happens to the ankle of Magic). The quality of the illustrations of the Blizzard game cards was far from that of the game of Wizards of the Coast, the bestiary at base of Knights and other dragons has been viewed 1000 times, and mechanical seemed too basic to make the game interesting on the duration. Take the management of resources for example. Unlike Magic, you don’t have to worry about to land or focus you on colors of mana. Here, you have simply a Crystal extra at every turn, “and then it’s all” as said Philippe Lucas.
Mastering The Hearthstone Arena
Okay, I quickly revised my opinion. Apart from the design with which I still struggled, HearthStone surprised party after party. In reality, it complies with this expensive adage in American society: “easy to learn but difficult to master. When you’ve played Magic, you will not need more than 4 or 5 parts to understand the bulk of the game: you play as a character (paladin, priest, mage, etc. 9 classes available in all) who has 30 points of life (more a fate that it is clean). Besides that, you have a deck of 30 cards consisting of spells and creatures (who attack X, X in defence). Many creatures. HearthStone is much more ‘aggro’ as a Magic. There are of course plenty of possible synergies between the cards, but it has not seemed possible to construct a true deck combo (not tutors, less picks). Say that it looks more like the T2 to Vintage; Here, we gain to shots of beasts. Last point: you start the game with 3 (or 4) cards, then draw a card in turn. So much for the basics. If you wanna learn how to play and get easy wins in the arena, check the new Arena guide and become a Hearthstone Pro.
The originality of the title (from a Magic-like) lies in three mechanical: 1) the attacker chooses the targets (creatures or enemy champion) that it will attack. Type the opposing champion directly? Unless the Defender has a creature that has the ability to “provoke”, it is possible (each creature has capabilities: provocation, Celerity, auras, shields, etc.). Of course, this implies that next round, this same opponent will have free rein to tap your creatures or your champion. (2) It played during his tour. It also changes the way to approach things (and it frustrates some also when one takes full figure without being able to respond). (3) The injured creatures do not recover their points of defence at the end of the round. If you paste 2 points of damage to a creature that has 3 in defence, it will remain at 1. These three crucial points, it shows an oiled mechanics, where one learns, defeat after defeat, feel when one must attack the enemy creatures or when can the enemy champion rusher.
Current Beta Modes
Currently in beta, the game features three modes of play: training mode, where you can unlock the base for each class maps; a PvP mode in one on one on matchmaking (not happy); and an arena mode where it comes, after having drafted its package (a draft simplified), to try to win 10 games before losing 3 in PvP still. More you play, the more you earn, you earn Gold. Gold can buy new packages to enrich its collection (and its decks, that can build from A to Z) and participate in the arenas, precisely. Okay, it warns you, it takes much grinder to get the correct cards, and arenas are expensive! The most impatient can pay real cash to buy packages and participate in the Bullring.
So much for this first overview. If HearthStone will not replace the Magic sessions at the bistro on Saturday afternoon with Mathieu, Julien, Clement, Geoffroy / insert the name of your friends, the title of Blizzard is one of the games of cards the better thought out and more addictive that it has been seen lately. Besides me, I return would like.