Hearthstone open beta begins

After a brief delay, Hearthstone has begun its open beta period in North America. So you can stop asking your friends for beta codes now.

Battle.net explains how to get in on the action. Players can simple download or play the beta directly from Hearthstone home page.

"As open beta is still a beta phase, we will be closely monitoring many aspects of the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone," adds the Battle.net post. "Please be aware that if smoke starts curling out of our servers due to unexpectedly high demand to play Hearthstone, we may have to temporarily disable open beta account activations for a time until we’re ready to take on more players."

Blizzard plans to roll out Hearthstone's open beta to other regions in the coming days. The final version of Hearthstone is slated to release later in 2014, alongside iOS and Android versions.