Same here. I haven't touched ladder since Battlegrounds came out which is kinda annoying because I know I'm missing out on gold from quests in the month before Dragons releases. But I just can't help it - really enjoying the game so far. Mechs need some kind of toning down or the other tribes need some kind of boost but overall I'm having a blast. And it's wierdly not as tilting as HS can be but that could be because it's quite new and there's a novelty to it. I think Blizzard have another winner on their hands. Looking forward to the full version!
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Nov 11, 2019Posted in: General Discussion
When a new set launches it can sometimes be difficult to get into the game the day it launches. But it's been much better lately, I've had no problem logging on day 1 of the last two or three sets now.
The update requires you to update HS via the app store or Battlenet app on PC. There is no downtime other than the time it takes you to download the update.
Nov 10, 2019Posted in: General Discussion
Battlegrounds is really good. I think they hit a home run with it. It manages to keep the same heart and feel of HS but it’s a totally new game. I actually haven’t played ladder once since it came out. There is some rng but decisions really matter as well. Minion placement, when to sell or upgrade. Changing strategy mid game from beasts to mechs for example, it’s not easy.
Battlegrounds is still in beta and does need some balancing because mechs are pretty insane but the game is a lot of fun. Have a look on YouTube for some videos and you will get an idea of what it’s about. The overall response has been very positive, game is super addictive!
Edit - worth adding that you play with sever other players. Over the last week I haven't had to wait in the queue longer than 20 seconds which means a lot of people are playing Battlegrounds so I think it's proving to be a hit.
Nov 9, 2019Posted in: General Discussion
Hearthstone is doing great. The Standard meta is a bit stale right now but still ok. The new Battlegrounds Mode is pretty sweet though and I think most people are playing that. You have to buy the preorder bundle for early access because the game is still in beta but it’s worth it imo. They’ve managed to keep the heart and feel of HS while offering an entirely new game. It’s only been out a few days but it’s really fun and I think a lot of people are enjoying it. As always there will be tons of folks on this forum and Reddit who will say the new Mode is rubbish blah blah and how they’d rather have tournament mode blah blah but I wouldn’t pay any attention to them.
Hearthstone is a great game, in four and a half years of playing I’ve never thought otherwise, even when I’m having one of those days where I can’t seem to buy a win. The cards from the new set look awesome so if you’re thinking about coming back then now is a great time to do so - provided you buy one of the preorder bundles so you can try out Battlegrounds.
Nov 7, 2019Posted in: Battlegrounds
Wow, deep and insightful post OP. You really raised some interesting points. I’m going to have to think long and hard about this before I reply properly but here are some initial thoughts.
I played Battlegrounds for the first time yesterday and I enjoyed it. It seems like an interesting mode, totally different from anything else we’ve seen in HS to date. It will make a nice change from ladder especially while we wait for the new expansion. Is it the bestest thing in the all the world ever? No, I don’t think it is. But it is a lot of fun and it’s essentially a new game. I can see it getting very popular though. While Rng is a factor there are so many little choices that affect how games turn out. The time limit is also quite stressful and there’s a lot to think about in the minute you have to get everything setup. I’ll definitely be playing more and trying to improve. I would kind of describe Battlegrounds as Deceptively simple, insanely fun. Hmm, now where have I hear d that before??
Re Tournament Mode, I really think that not more than 5% of the people who want it would actually use it more than once. It’s now been blown so out of proportion that everyone is mad that we don’t have it but nobody would actually use it. If they delayed Tournament Mode for Battlegrounds then I think that was an excellent move. Tournament Mode would have been fun for maybe a small group of players but Battlegrounds is something that everyone can enjoy.
Also remember the Battlegrounds is still in beta so it will get better.
Nov 5, 2019Posted in: General Discussion
So far I have to say that it looks pretty sweet! Not many people around who don't like dragons and it seems like they'll be descending in a flight soon enough (see what I did there?)!
I also really like how they're giving everyone all 5 Galakronds. That should help build the hype.
I'm normally pretty amped when a new set is announced and this time is no different. Really like the theme and it seems like some of the new cards are the nuts - especially the 2 mana Druid Wild Growth draw a card one!
Nov 5, 2019Posted in: General Discussion
Been a bit bored with the meta lately so I decided to just faff around with some Plot Twist Quest Warlock... Man, I can't believe I've waited so long to play this deck! It's up there with the most fun deck I've played a long time plus I've yet to lose a game. Currently 8-0 and destroying everything in my path incl Evolve Shamans. Highly recommened.
Nov 5, 2019ThisWasTheOnlyUsernameAvailable posted a message on Weekly Card Design Competition 10.12 - Finalist PollPosted in: Fan Creations
Vicious Spitting Grub got my vote. Seems quite busted tbh but I really liked the feel of it.
Oct 31, 2019Posted in: General Discussion
Dogs, no contest. I have nothing against cats but I'm a dog person through and through. Had dogs my entire life, currently have two little ones plus we're looking after my in-law's puppy for the next two weeks... Home just isn't home without dogs.
Oct 18, 2019Posted in: General Discussion
Just the other day I decided to play some Reno N’Zoth Mage in Standard. Being the genius that I am I put in two Arcane Intellects and didn’t notice.
queued yup on ladder into a Wall N’Zoth Priest and we had a good long game. Finally got into a perfect Reno board clear and dropped him only to realize he wasn’t active. Ugh. Even later on I drew Zepheres and then played him but I hadn’t drawn either AI yet. Double whoops.
best part is I still won the game! My opponent must have been pissed!
ive also made many Reno decks in Wild and forgot to add Reno...
Oct 17, 2019ThisWasTheOnlyUsernameAvailable posted a message on Hearthstone is slowly dying, will it do any good?Posted in: General Discussion
Yes, HS is slowly dying. This happens at the mid way point between expansions, every expansion without fail. The viewship numbers go down and some people get a bit bored of the meta. But when a new set launches, then it's back to being one of the top games on Twitch.
For me, the number of Twitch viewers is meaningless. A more important measure is how long I have to wait in the queue for a game. If I play Standard I seldom have to wait more than 20 seconds to find a match. Wild can take a bit longer depending on the time of day but it rarely takes me longer than 45 seconds to find an opponent.
That people don't chose to watch HS on Twitch or stream it means little to me although I would miss some player's YT videos if they switched to other games. As long as I can play the game when I want and not have to waste time finding an opponent then I take that as a good sign of the overall health of the game.
Btw, from a financial perspective, companies don't usually pour money into failing ventures. Blizz have continued to invest in HS and the game has not lost any quality. To me this means that I am still willing to drop good money on pre-orders or normal packs from the store.
This isn't to say that things won't change. For now I'm not worried at all. I think HS will be around for another few years at least.
Also, looking at other online TCG's, absolutely none of them appeal to me. MtG is awesome, but I'm not getting sucked into that money death trap again. The new Riot game looks OK but the mechanics don't do it for me and the play style seems clunky and choppy. Gwent sucked from day one and I didn't even bother with Artifact. Just because people play and enjoy Hearthstone doesn't mean they like online TCG's in general. HS has something special about it, the look, the feel, there's just something there that sets it apart from everything else. If HS were to fade away I won't go looking for another online TCG to replace it. I would probably just not play games anymore since HS is the only game I play.
Oct 9, 2019Posted in: General Discussion
Yeah, I really like the idea but some of them are really bad. Valeera and Malfurion are just ugh. I saw the Warrior one and it looks better than I thought it would.
Jaina, Gul’dan and Anduin are probably my favs. Not that it matters tho. I’m at least 430 wins away from 1000 with Druid and that’s the class I’m closest with. Given how little time I have to play the game theres a good chance Hearthstone won’t be around before I get my first 1,000 win portrait.
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