10 years. A decade. Three hundred fifteen and a half million seconds, give or take. A long time. If you had a time machine, or perhaps some arcane magic, and could go back that far in time, you would find a completely different world.
A world where Iron Man 3 is the movie everyone is talking about. Where the hottest dance song is "Get Lucky", a Daft Punk collaboration with Pharrell Williams. Where Nelson Mandela, Shirley Temple and Fast and Furious' Paul Walker are all still alive. Where we were playing games on Playstation 3's and Xbox 360's. Different times.
And if you go back precisely 10 years, then on that day, the 23rd of May 2013, the database and news site called HearthPwn, for the recently announced Blizzard game Hearthstone, was officially launched. First by word of mouth, and shortly after that with an official announcement on sister site MMO-Champion.
When visiting the site on that first day you were greeted with this post, announcing that HearthPwn was the only site around with a datamined and complete collection of the cards in the game so far.
The game was at that point not even playable outside Blizzard offices. People made due with physical cards, made with cropped art, and simulation programs like Cockatrice, where people had to maintain and apply the rules of the game manually, like you would in physical card games.
Many parts of the game were not invented yet, or were in a totally different state. There's no Battlegrounds, Standard mode or even Tavern Brawl yet. The Arena was at that point still called "The Forge" and was initially announced as being a game mode where you would have multiple people pay several unopened card packs to start the game and then work like a physical card game Draft mode, where all the packs get opened and people pick 1 card from the total before the next person picks a card, round and round till the cards are gone. You were supposed to craft a deck this way and then play the other players with it. And at the end of this you would keep your cards you picked for your collection.
But there's a thread of familiarity running through the decade since then. A string of posts and guides and forum discussions centered around the greatest online collectible cardgame there ever was.
There were news posts and guide posts, big posts and small posts. Arena posts and Brawl posts and esports posts. Serious posts and silly posts and all kinds of posts.
And there were decks. Literally more than a million decks. Upvoted decks and downvoted decks and decks that went really hard. Decks with stories.
And there is 1 other connecting factor between the then and the now. People. People who made the site and used it. Moderated it and wrote for it. This site would not have become what it is and what it was without people. Tons of people. So we want to thank all of them, from the developers to those word of mouth visitors in the early evening of May the 23rd 2013, to the people who only today signed up, the freelancers and the volunteers, even the people that got banned occasionally.
You are all part of what made this decade on HearthPwn what it was, so from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
glad to see the site still going with it potentially closing down a few years ago its my go to site for everything hearthstone
Congrats and really great job over the years, so well deserved.
Now, where are the freebies?! :) Not even a single new achievement to celebrate your 10th anniversary? (perhaps it could have been for the people who logged today in particular or something like that).
For such an important and memorable occasion, we definitely expect more than just a post/article :)
P.S. Member for 7 years, 8 months, and 17 days.
Congrats ! - can you fix innkeeper app ?
Been playing since season 2. I love that the idea of hearthstone is that it's a warm inn you can enter after a rough day. It's like that cute granny that always welcomes you with warm food. I've been enjoying the ride and will continue to do so as long as there are frequent expansions that keep the meta changing and fresh. Thanks hearthpwn team for keeping us updated with the latest news <3
Member for 7 years, 9 months, and 16 days, damn the time flies!
Congrats to 10 wonderful years HearthPwn! You all are awesome!
A toast, to the wonderful staff of this site.
You are awesome.
Couldn't do it without users like you holding us down. Helpful assists like the one you did with the Buff/Nerf list are what makes our jobs easy. <3
10 years, 10 people still using this site. Very fitting
Living up to your name I see. But that's okay, you are still part of the community, and we are thankful for you too. <3
Thank YOU! 💙
The best HS site in the Internet
" games on Playstation 3"
Now I feel old. Glad this site is still around!
this been so long. i remember when this site almost died and it reveal all current hidden user achievement
According to my email archives, I first subscribed on April 28th 2016 which is just 2 days after the release of Whispers of the Old Gods.
I've been a consistent visitor ever since. I really appreciate all the hard work you put over the years.
Congrats and here's to another decade!
And to give you something to do other than offer congratulations: When did you first come to HearthPwn?
My account says: "Member for 7 years, 3 months, and 17 days"
Awesome. Glad you are still around <3