There are quite a few issues with HS I have, and then I recently saw CGPGrey play MtG and it seemed interesting enough, so it made me curious about if maybe another card game might be worth checking out. Plus it might be interesting to all here to see the pros and cons of different cardgames laid out, maybe we even walk away with newfound appreciation for HS who knows :P
1. How diverse is the game? Seems to me Blizzard wants all games to be some midrange minion trading snoozefest. I meanwhile like exciting new decks, with novel mechanics and ways to win. So it is a bonus if the game has many kinds of decks and win conditions. The primary criteria is diversity in the way games go and the decks that can be played. But secondarily I guess this is also about how fun and exciting the game is, as hard as that is to quantify.
2. How F2P friendly is it? I don't really have a lot of money to spend on a CCG atm, and tbh I don't like the idea of spending much money on something so immaterial period. So it is an important criteria that the game be readily accessible for free. I do not care if it charges outrageous sums for cosmetic things as long as the actual gameplay is easily available. Bonus points to the game if the prices for cards (and to a lesser extent cosmetics) are affordable in the case I do choose to spend money on the game.
3. How popular is it? Tbh I don't need a huge crowd, but having enough people for easy matchmaking sure is nice. And ofc if there is a ton of people then there is more content about it online, ways to learn to play, people to talk to or even just to meme. It is also about the longevity of the game, if it has few players and is barely breathing that is maybe not a game to get into. OTOH maybe it has few people but the cost to run it is low and the business model works. Primarily though this is about the ease of finding matches in the game.
I'd love to hear from as many people as care to answer and about any online card game you can think of. Tell me your thoughts people!
PS. Not sure if this kind of thread is kosher, I know some places have weird hangups about discussing other games and if that is the case mods can close this thread I suppose. Still I am curious about your opinions so feel free to PM me with your thoughts if you want.