Hearthstone Hands-On Preview: Blizzard Deals a New Hand

So how do you get new cards? Well, there are a number of ways to grow your collection. Besides winning booster packs in the Forge as mentioned earlier, you can also buy booster packs. Each pack contains 5 cards, and while no final price has been set for boosters, Rob Pardo said in the reveal that they were looking at around one dollar.

Blizzard has also come up with a way to combat one of the biggest problems with collectible card games: duplicate cards. In Hearthstone, you can disenchant your duplicate cards to receive Arcane Dust. This dust can then be used to create new cards, so if you’re looking for that one specific card to fill out your favorite deck, you’ll be able to craft it if you can disenchant enough other cards that you don’t want.

When Hearthstone was announced, there was a fair bit of hate directed at it from all corners of the internet. I asked Jason Chayes about that response, and he said it wasn’t a big surprise, as that was very similar to the response that they got from people inside Blizzard. That all changed he said, once they started playing Hearthstone. Chayes said that once they’d gotten their hands on it, “People say ‘Oh, I totally get it. This feels like a Blizzard game.’”

But Chayes doesn’t dismiss the challenges involved. “This is different for us,” he said. “We basically need to figure out how we can make sure that everyone understands that they should give the game a shot. Ultimately, we really feel confident that this is an awesome game, a game that’s consistent with all the other games we’ve produced from the standpoint of its epic quality, but it’s different than what people have come to expect from Blizzard.” Chayes added that he thought, “If people give it a shot, they’ll totally be digging the game.”

But will Hearthstone be able to appeal to the hardcore Blizzard fanbase that’s clamoring for Warcraft 4, Titan, and other huge titles? We’ll have to wait and see. I can say that it definitely has my attention. Blizzard’s aiming for a summer Hearthstone beta, with release to follow later in the year.

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