Complete Hearthstone Beginner’s Guide: Basic things you need to know about the game
Bizzard somewhat surprised his fans by announcing a certain HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft during PAX East last March, especially as a collectible card game based on the universe of WoW already exists. Almost a year later, the title enters open beta, brings together several thousand players and is talked about in the middle of the esport. Why such a success? Everything simply because the studio gives us once again a game accessible but technical and addictive gameplay, relies on a universe and a design that made their evidence and plays the card of free-to-play. If you want a full strategy guide check the new arena guide at http://hearthstoneguide.org/hearthstone-arena-guide/
From the first minutes, fans of World of Warcraft (and Warcraft in general) feel known terrain, both the graphics and sound of HearthStone atmosphere recalls the famous MMO. There are nine classes of basis of the game (Warrior, mage, rogue, shaman, Warlock, paladin, Hunter, Druid and priest), some iconic environments (Orgrimmar, Stranglethorn Vale, etc.), not to mention the spells and creatures present in the title of Blizzard. But before start you fully in the adventure, it will go through the training mode in order to learn the basics of the gameplay as we previously explained in our game review.
You start the tutorial as the mage Jaina and must defeat each of the other eight classes of the game (controlled by the AI) to unlock Expert mode and access the other game modes. Very easy to take in hand, the mage deck is ideal for start and learn the basic mechanics of the app. Each participant has 30 points of life and a deck of 30 cards, consisting of spells and various servants, that he must use strategically to dropping his opponent to zero hit points. In addition, heroes earn mana Crystal to each round, up to a maximum of ten. Spells cost a number of crystals, symbolized by the number located at the top left of the map, and inflict a number given damage, shown at the bottom left. The servants have also an amount of life points, represented by the figure in the bottom right. Finally, each class has a heroic power suited to his style of fighting (care for the priest, armor for the Warrior, etc.).
The gameplay is therefore extremely classic but has the merit of being accessible to all and intuitive. Measurement of your games and you rake a certain number of experience points, climb in level and complete your collection of cards of basis corresponding to the chosen class.
The construction of the deck
Very quickly, you felt the desire to deal with real players, but it is necessary to first go through a step essential and dear to fans of card games collectible: the construction of the deck. As explained previously, a deck consists of 30 maximum cards, knowing that it is impossible to put more than two copies of a same card in a package (one for the legendary).
Therefore sometimes make difficult choices, taking into account your style of game, the cost of the cards and their effects. Thus, some cards, in addition to inflict damage, will grant bonus or malus based on their text: Provocation means that the opponent is forced to destroy the card in question before tackling to others (except as noted), support allows the servant concerned to attack from its invocation, etc. Other cards to draw, the sinews of war in the TCG.
There is therefore no doubt you will spend a lot of time in the realization of your deck, to create the deck that kills. And it is very likely that during your first hours of play, you are missing some maps to strengthen or balance your game. It is there that the craft system and shop come in.
Purchase and creation of maps
As in any good free-to-play self-respecting, has HearthStone to an in-game store, which allows you to buy packages of cards against real money in order to complete your collection. Each package contains five cards and contains at least one card of uncommon or better quality. If you do not want to put their hands in the Pocket, you have the opportunity to purchase a package against parts of gold, collected all three victories, completing daily quests (kill X servants, win X matches with a class, etc.) or as a reward for the arena mode.
This method solely dependent on luck, you may prefer to perhaps create cards of your choice, désenchantant spells or servants that you do not use. You will then get arcane dust, that allow you to then crafter other cards. Of course, plus a card is rare, more reports of dust it is expensive to create. For example, a community card reports 5 dust and costs 40 to crafter, while one legendary gives 400 dust but costs $ 1,600. The two methods are quite viable, real money only allows you to save time.
Part and arena modes
Once the perfect deck is built, you’ve more to embark on the part (classified or unclassified) mode, which confronts you with real players. Uncategorized mode is a great leg and allows to test the effectiveness of its deck. But it is in class mode that you’ll fully experience HearthStone, pitting you against opponents of your level. Indeed, Blizzard included a system of classification, ranging from level 25 in its legend. There are already players using cheats and other exploits to gain an advantage over everybody else.
The victories make you earn stars and mount in level but attention, from a certain stage, a defeat is synonymous with loss of stars. Part mode is extremely exciting and addictive, as it makes you to imprison the parties and to climb the ladder to be among the best players. Not forget mode arena (paid against real money or gold coins), which will delight gamers the most hardcore: you must build your deck among three cards imposed by the machine. Difficult then to create a balanced game (you must capitulate and build another deck after three defeats) but the sequence of victories and obtaining of valuable rewards are even more rewarding…