Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a game from Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., originally released 16th April, 2014

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Review

Does any company have a better grasp on what makes a game triple-A than Blizzard? The company responsible for Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, three genre-defining blockbuster franchises, has decided to step into the collectible card game genre with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Although this is Blizzard’s first attempt at an online card game, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s packed with detail and play-tested to perfection.

Similar to other iPad card-battling games like Rage of Bahamut or Magic 2014, Hearthstone is a free download that gives you the option of spending money to build your in-game deck. Fortunately, you can still get hours of enjoyment without paying a dime– just be warned, you might encounter a few players with deep pockets and a deck full of dragons.

From the way the screen rumbles when you take heavy damage to the interactive catapults and banners that line the edges of the screen, Hearthstone  is an unbelievably absorbing online experience. Even if you’re already invested in other online card games, Hearthstone will dominate your attention for months. Don’t miss out on this incredibly fun, free game– it may be the best iOS app you’ll download all year.



After a lengthy tutorial that breaks down the game’s simple mechanics, you’ll have the ability to jump into an online match, customize your deck, or practice against the game’s artificial intelligence. When you start playing online, your characters will level up with each win or loss, unlocking unique cards that can only be used by that character type. With each new character you defeat online, you’ll be able to play as them, for a total of nine playable classes.

Once all nine classes are unlocked, there’s an extremely fun and challenging bonus mode called The Arena. Here, you’re given a supercharged deck and are expected to last as long as possible against a string of online opponents with equally overpowered cards. The longer you survive, the larger your rewards. While your first entrance into The Arena is free, subsequent visits will cost 150 units of in-game currency, which can alternatively buy you a card booster pack or cost you several hours of playtime.


With so many cards to unlocked, the best way to advance is to just keep playing, and it’s not a chore at all. Each match can last ten to fifteen minutes, and while the luck of the draw is a factor, you can customize your deck to take advantage of emerging strategies. For example, playing as the Warlock means that you can sacrifice two hits of damage for an extra card. Balancing your hit points and hand is a recurring theme of every online match, which often comes down to the wire in a dramatic showdown.

If this was a bare-bones card game with well-balanced gameplay, that’d probably be enough to make it worth a try. But then again, it wouldn’t be Blizzard. Every piece of card art, background screen, and attack animation in Hearthstone shows a great deal of planning, with perfect execution. Cards shimmer with special effects to indicate their abilities– they’ll cloud over with smoke when they’re stealthy, or flutter in the wind when they have extra attacks. The card art is evocative, with many familiar Warcraft faces like trolls and murlocs. And the epic cards, when you encounter them, will blow you away with their devastating attacks.



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Hearthstone Grand Tournament Expansion Coming August 24

If waiting for Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament expansion has left you as restless as an orc with fire ants down its loincloth, here’s some good news: The Grand Tournament begins on Monday August 24.

If you want to get a head-start or simply want to get a really good deal on new packs, go do the pre-order. The new cards look really fun, with some really crazy ones joining the fray.

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Weekly Hearthstone Update: Art and Artists, and Blizzard’s Bottom Line

Still no Grand Tournament expansion, but there’s plenty of Hearthstone news for Touch Arcade to recap, regardless.

Still waiting, Blizzard…We have officially entered the third week of August and still haven’t been invited to The Grand Tournament, Hearthstone’s [Free] upcoming expansion. There’s plenty of chatter that the expansion will be released on the 24th of this month, so that might actually be the date I get to open all my TGT packs.

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Weekly Hearthstone Update: Why There’s No Tournament Mode in The Grand Tournament, and More

As usual, Touch Arcade seeks to make your Monday a little more jolly with a roundup of Hearthstone news.

What a couple of week’s we’ve had! After Blizzard finally announced The Grand Tournament (TGT) expansion and its Inspire mechanic, most thought that that was all that there was to the new expansion in terms of mechanics. Yet, Blizzard apparently has decided to try even harder to slow down the meta by introducing another mechanic, Joust. No matter what the effect of the new expansion is on the game, I think it’s safe to say that Blizzard isn’t afraid to rock the boat when it comes to Hearthstone, which is good news if you, like me, enjoy playing with new toys often.

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Don’t Sweat It if Your ‘Hearthstone’ Card Collection is Kind of Weak

A new Hearthstone expansion is gearing up to drop into our laps, which has made a few Internet pundits and apprehensive gamers bemoan that it’s not even worth trying to get into the game because it’ll take so much time/money to get the good cards. Touch Arcade says don’t sweat it, son. From the “pep talk”:

It’s like anything in life, if you don’t learn from your failures, you’re just doomed to continue to fail. Don’t get discouraged, keep plugging away, and try to absorb as muchHearthstone knowledge as possible through your defeats.

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Hearthstone Update Adds Pre-Order Option for The Grand Tournament

Hearthstone just updated with the option to pre-order The Grand Tournament. There are other fun little fixes as well.

What’s New in Version 2.8.9554
* Pre-purchase “The Grand Tournament”
— Starting late July, you can pre-purchase “The Grand Tournament” 50 card pack bundle from the in-game shop and unlock a special card back. The Grand Tournament packs can be opened in August when the expansion releases but the card back is available immediately!
* The following card backs have been added:
— Darkspear – Acquired by reaching Rank 20 or higher in Ranked Play mode during the month of July.