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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Blizzard's first F2P

Blizzard announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft today at PAX East. The free-to-play online collectible card game is set in the Warcraft universe.

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Today at Blizzard's PAX East panel, the company announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The collectible card strategy game is Blizzard's first stab at the free-to-play model, allowing players to compete as heroes from nine WoW classes, all set in the Warcraft universe.

In a series of video demonstrations, Blizzard showed off opening a "pack" of cards, trashing duplicate cards to make a more powerful one, and the deck-building tools. The game will either suggest cards that you might want to put in your deck, or just auto-create a deck by type. Playing one-on-one online battles will boost your medal ranking, which is managed through Battle.net. The game is aiming for a spectator element as well, as Blizzard showed off a game match with shoutcasting commentary.

Blizzard says it will have roughly 300 cards available at launch, among common, rare, epic, and legendary types. Each pack, which can be earned or purchased, will net you five cards. The brief glimpse at game showed an animated board with a battle between a Mage and a Warrior.

It will launch on Windows and Mac first, then iPad shortly thereafter. Blizzard is planning a beta this summer, with a release later this year. If you're attending PAX East, you can play it on PC and iPad this weekend.

The game is being developed by a separate Blizzard team of about 15 members, who are tasked with faster development cycles and experimental games instead of the studio's usual big-budget titles.

You can sign up for the beta and the newly launched official site.

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    March 22, 2013 7:25 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Blizzard's first F2P.

    Blizzard announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft today at PAX East. The free-to-play online collectible card game is set in the Warcraft universe.

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      March 22, 2013 7:26 AM

      freemium is a better term as packs cost $1/each

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      March 22, 2013 7:34 AM

      I guess this is that game announcement they hyped up last week?

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      March 22, 2013 8:40 AM

      Is it compatible with their existing card game? Does this mean that they might be dropping it?

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        March 22, 2013 8:43 AM

        Separate product, similar gameplay. I'm not sure if they'll drop the physical game but I wouldn't be surprised either.

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          March 22, 2013 9:19 AM

          I don't think there's any plans of that. Cryptozoic does a great job with the physical game.

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      March 22, 2013 8:43 AM

      The game is being developed by a separate Blizzard team of about 15 members, who are tasked with faster development cycles and experimental games instead of the studio's usual big-budget titles.

      I'm not a CCG fan, but the thought of a team at Blizzard just spitting out small experimental stuff is very cool.

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        March 22, 2013 1:24 PM

        Agreed, if this is one of the things we get out of it so be it. As long as some one over there is trying to inovate instead of rehash I'll be happy.

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      March 22, 2013 8:51 AM

      All that buildup for this? Wtf is this shit :(

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        March 22, 2013 8:56 AM

        What build up? All I remember was "We have something new to show you", followed by them saying "It's not an MMO or Titan", and the Blizzard DOTA wouldn't be new.

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          March 22, 2013 9:26 AM

          We (friends) kinda went kinda nuts on just the announcement, so i guess it is our own fault. Still... meh. :(

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      March 22, 2013 9:21 AM

      All that money they have, and what do they make? A virtual card game. Whatever...?

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      March 22, 2013 9:22 AM

      I know my PoV is biased, but this is actually pretty damn fun. You can play a game in about 5-8 minutes, there's a ton of little effects that sell the experience, and you still have the tactical depth of a CCG just without land management.

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      March 22, 2013 9:27 AM

      I'm going to try it. I just got into magic recently and a simplified version I could play with my wife sounds awesome.

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      March 22, 2013 9:32 AM

      Somewhat interested.

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      March 22, 2013 9:47 AM

      Sounds cool to me.

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      March 22, 2013 10:29 AM

      I think this looks pretty sweet. Especially if it's on iPad. The presentation, UI and animations look really awesome. We will see if the gameplay hold up, and we will see just how annoying their in-app purchase nagging is.

      It may also make Wizard's of the Coast realize how shitty the Duels of the Planeswalkers UI is.

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        March 22, 2013 4:00 PM

        Duels of the Planeswalkers has the worst UI ever. Why should theirs be so bad while Ascension's and most other's be so good?

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          March 22, 2013 5:06 PM

          And slow as balls on an iPad too. I'm sure blizzard will do better.

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            March 22, 2013 5:24 PM

            I'm certain of it, DoP is the exception to the rule. Why is everything else so smooth and intuitive?

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      March 22, 2013 11:32 AM

      ugh, not another card game

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      March 22, 2013 11:55 AM

      Yo Blizzard...EA Sports called. They want their Ultimate Team back!

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      March 22, 2013 12:12 PM

      I was hoping for Thrall Desktop Stories and Raynor Desktop Adventures for the Windows operating system

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      March 22, 2013 1:24 PM

      yeah. woo. cards woo. can't wait to play some cards.

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        March 22, 2013 1:49 PM

        To be fair, it might be a decent ipad game.

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          March 22, 2013 1:57 PM

          we have a laptop with a rotatable touch screen, should be good

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        March 22, 2013 2:22 PM

        also can't wait to hear people pronounce it "hurth stone" and make me want to kill myself

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          March 22, 2013 2:33 PM

          That's one that anyone with a basic understanding of English should be able to pronounce, but sometimes I wish the place names in games like WoW came with a damn pronunciation guide. I mean, how the fuck do you say "Auchindoun", really?

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            March 22, 2013 2:57 PM

            Aw-kin-doon? Aw-kin-down? Aw-SHIN-doon? lol, no idea I always wondered that myself.

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              March 22, 2013 3:00 PM

              I always pronounced it "Aw-kin-down" in my head but I'm not even remotely convinced that that's correct.

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            March 22, 2013 2:58 PM

            I eventually settled on pronouncing that as "fuck the Shadow Labyrinth"

            Seriously, I always said it as "O-kin-do-in"

            I think because it was easy to say that way haha

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      March 22, 2013 2:26 PM

      what is happening to blizzard

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        March 22, 2013 2:32 PM

        They've had a CCG version of WoW for several years now, this isn't exactly out of the blue or unsurprising.

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        March 22, 2013 2:34 PM

        they're making games and making money?

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          March 22, 2013 2:48 PM

          just strange to see them make small games thats all

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            March 22, 2013 7:04 PM

            Yeah, I can see that. I think its awesome though and I wish they would have more smaller games. They certainly have the staff and money to do so.

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      March 22, 2013 2:55 PM

      All they need to do is have this game give you mounts and pets in WoW to make this a massive success.

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      March 22, 2013 3:08 PM

      Digital CCG is so fucking dumb... They should have done something like the LCG instead.

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        March 22, 2013 3:20 PM

        I must agree. The "blind buy" model is such a deterrent for me when it comes to card packs.

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          March 22, 2013 4:49 PM

          You can also disenchant cards you don't need and use them to make the card you want.

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            March 22, 2013 6:04 PM

            Oh really? So it's possible to "build" the rare?

            That's my main gripe: games should be determined by a player’s deck building skills and play strategies, rather than who spent the most money in pursuit of hard-to-find ultra rare cards.

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      March 22, 2013 3:14 PM

      Be kind of neat is if you can acquire cards for this game via intergame activity. IE playing Battlegrounds on WoW and earning enough honor/rep

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      March 22, 2013 3:15 PM

      Posting to indicate how much I don't care.

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      March 22, 2013 3:22 PM

      Buying the crap out of this on iPad

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      March 22, 2013 4:39 PM

      I am so fucking pumped to play this. It is right up my alley and it looks great. Summertime needs to happen yesterday.

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      March 22, 2013 6:28 PM

      I love the idea of the Forge mode. Its basically draft/sealed, something I haven't seen in any of the other iOS or PC card games I've played.

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        March 22, 2013 6:38 PM

        http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/blizzard-announces-new-game-hearthstone-heroes-of-warcraft

        The Forge: Put your skills to the test in this mode where deck-building is half the fun. Assemble a new deck by choosing from a selection of cards provided for the match, and then duel other Forge participants for a chance to win card packs. The cards you select to build your deck with are yours to keep and can be added to other decks in your collection after your Forge duels are complete. Note that you must trade in a certain number of card packs to participate in a Forge match (further details to be announced later).

        Free to play drafting, yup!

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          March 23, 2013 5:43 AM

          It's not free to play... You have to pay packs, just like the MTGO game on PC.

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        March 22, 2013 6:44 PM

        Yeah, that's what it sounds like. My Magic playing friends love drafting. It eliminates the frustration of playing against one guy's unstoppable crafted deck.

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      March 22, 2013 6:45 PM

      I bet this guy's excited: http://chattypics.com/files/iPhoneUpload_re5xr78as0.jpg

      It says WOW TCG with a World of Warcraft license plate frame.