Hearthstone's final version will feature cross-platform play

Hearthstone's mobile versions won't feature a beta, like its PC counterpart, however once all versions are final and released, they'll all be able to play against each other.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is also coming to iOS and Android. And once all versions are finalized and released, they'll be able to interact with one another.

Lead designer Eric Dodds confirmed that the PC version of Hearthstone will release first, with iOS and Android versions coming later. However, since Hearthstone decks are tied to a player's Battle.net account, cards can be accessed across all platforms. Not only that, but card battles can also be conducted cross-platform.

"You could start in the morning playing on your PC and then, in the afternoon, pick up your iPad and you'll have all of your decks there," Dodds added. "When you're choosing to play, I might be playing against some other iPad person or I might be playing against the PC version."

Hearthstone's mobile version is expected to release in the second half of 2014.

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    November 11, 2013 10:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Hearthstone's final version will feature cross-platform play.

    Hearthstone's mobile versions won't feature a beta, like its PC counterpart, however once all versions are final and released, they'll all be able to play against each other.

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      November 11, 2013 10:05 AM

      These people must like money. Look at them with all their fancy cross-play stuff...

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      November 11, 2013 10:15 AM

      I have just started playing this as of last week and it's pretty fun but not totally what I want as a PC game. On the otherhand I heard it is coming to android and that will be a perfect fit.

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      November 11, 2013 10:19 AM

      My productivity is going to drop a solid 20% when a mobile version of hearthstone hits.

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        November 11, 2013 10:22 AM

        I saw this and same thing. I don't get to play it much but man I have such a long commute, train time!

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      November 11, 2013 10:36 AM

      I never got into the whole CCG format. So was excited to try the beta. ugh. Man, I've gotten old and crusty. I totally suck. Other than the overly simple tutorial I haven't won a single battle yet (vs the ai). I guess the hard part for someone totally new the genre is that I can't tell if it's just my strategy or if my deck is all wrong. Guess I need to just come up with a few different decks and see what works for me.

      Cross platform play would be pretty cool.

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      November 11, 2013 12:18 PM

      Congrats to DianeOfTheMoon and the whole Hearthstone iOS login team!

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      November 11, 2013 12:35 PM

      I hope you can move your decks between platforms.

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        November 11, 2013 12:37 PM

        Your whole library is stored server-side, so you should get everything the same no matter what client you're on.

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        November 11, 2013 12:40 PM

        I'd imagine they are bound to the same account and you're just logging into the same one, no? Would be pretty silly otherwise.

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        November 11, 2013 12:58 PM

        Safe to assume the mobile version is online only as all other Blizz products are these days, so it'll all reside server-side.

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        November 11, 2013 1:01 PM

        "However, since Hearthstone decks are tied to a player's Battle.net account, cards can be accessed across all platforms."

        That's a yes.

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      November 11, 2013 1:29 PM

      I hope they make it more complex in the future. There isn't much choices to be made in the game yet.

      Access to better cards (and knowing how to deckbuild..) is the main factor to win a game.

      Shit I want Netrunner on mobile :(

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      November 11, 2013 2:01 PM

      What are people's thoughts on the topic of first turn advantage? I thought it was pretty much common knowledge in threads here that the player who goes second and gets the coin is strongly favored. But in their panel, they showed that statistically, the first player has a slight lead in wins, though it's closer to even than first turn advantage in chess. Is anyone rethinking some of their strategies knowing this?

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        November 11, 2013 2:47 PM

        I think it's pretty even now that they've nerfed a couple of the problem combo cards. I don't think the coin is a big deal other than combo interactions and some shaman overload stuff. A lot of times when I get a coin I'm playing it on like turn 3 or 4.

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