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Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft arrives on the iPad in select regions

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Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft arrives on the iPad in select regions
Blizzard, the company behind one of the most successful and popular PC games ever, announced today that it's launching its free-to-play collectible card game – Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – for the Apple iPad in select regions. At the time of writing, the free-to-play title is already available in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and it is stated that Hearthstone will soon be available for the iPad worldwide.

But what's all the fuss about? Well, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft allows players to engage in card duels against real or AI opponents. As you may have guessed, the collectible cards in Hearthstone feature heroes and characters from the Warcraft universe - Arthas Menethil, the Lich King, Thrall, and Jaina Proudmoore are all aboard along with the regular orc peons and death knights.

Blizzard revealed that it has developed an iPad version of the game due to the constant demands of a portion players, who insisted on duelling with cards while on the go.

“Hearthstone’s player base has already grown to more than 10 million registered accounts following the official Windows and Mac release, but we saw that a few people online were holding out for the iPad version,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Instead of calling those folks up individually, we figured we might as well let everyone know that the global iPad rollout for Hearthstone has begun, and pretty soon it’ll be available everywhere. The game is a natural fit for tablets—we encourage everyone to check it out on their couch, in their backyard, in a coffee shop... or anywhere else they take their iPads,” Blizzard ssaid. 

Blizzard also revealed that their Warcraft-inspired card game will become a universal iOS app and will land on Android “in the future”. A version forWindows RT-powered tablets is under development, as well. Hearthstone versions for these platforms are currently being worked on and will be most probably released, in a Blizzard-like fashion, “when they are done”.

source: Blizzard via Engadget

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posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:58

1. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

Free to pay lol.... You're going to be shelling out $100s or maybe even $1000s into this roulette style system to even access all the content the game has to offer. I wish it was subscription based only.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 11:03 2

3. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Uhhh, I assume you don't have any idea what you're talking about (although the author seems to be a bit naive about the game too). The game requires no money to actually win, you start off with the basic cards after fighting against the AI (which also nets you some gold to get started). You can buy card packs for 100g or a round in the Arena for 150g. You can alternatively pay $3 for 2 packs or $2 per arena run. You can play regular ladder for free and can also gain 10g for ever 3 games won. You can play non-ladder for a slightly easier time to test decks or make money. There is one daily quest given per day which nets you about 40-100g which you can do whenever you want. All the content in the game is attainable without money so far, it just takes a bit of time. For example, I have been in it since beta (5 months) and have spent about $10 maximum (just for kicks early on). I have most of the advanced cards with several legendaries and several top tier decks made.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 11:09

4. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Also, an arena run can get you 1 pack guaranteed. You get 3 losses before you are knocked out and can go up to 12 wins. As you get more wins the more prizes you receive. For example, 7 wins gets you at least 150g, 1 card pack and some arcane dust (to craft cards you want). 12 wins can get you about 400-600 gold, 2 card packs or some amount of dust or gold cards to off set less gold and so on.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:56

5. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

Well, I didn't, just stating anecdotal experience from past game experiences. As long as the rate of progression is not unreasonably terrible as a non-paying customer. I like to pay now and then, but I don't like games that stop feeling like games, unless I keep paying

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 17:12

7. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

You literally never have to pay for this game ever, I only did for fun (at least for now). But if you do want to pay, you can and that will likely be the only time you pay because once you have the cards you need, you don't really spend any more money. If you play the game regularly enough, you will get the cards you don't need as well and likely keep up.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 21:30

8. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

I have to disagree when you said "it just takes a bit of time" since you said it yourself it took you 5 months to get your most advanced cards and "just several legs". I've been playing for a month now and unpacked around 30-40 packs and all I got was a lousy legendary that is second to useless for my mage deck. I can play well in the arena but when it comes to ranked games, my ass get beat up most of the time by decks overflowing with legendaries, no matter how well I play my hand and no matter how my opponent suck.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:19

2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

I'll give it a try as long as they don't try to bleed me dry like most free games with IAP.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 16:12

6. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

try duel of champions from ubisoft much better

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 22:14

9. frickbot (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)

been playing this on the pc for a few months and its pretty fun, i'd definitely play it on my phone if they bring it to android devices.

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