If you haven’t tried Blizzard Entertainment’s pixel based strategy card game dubbed Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, then you are really missing out. You don’t need to be a fan of World of Warcraft to appreciate the enjoyment it has to offer, in fact some of my friends that are now hooked openly despise MMOs in general.

Hearthstone  is very beginner friendly and requires you to complete a training session to unlock your first starter deck and try your hand at real life opponents. To unlock other decks simply use that deck to defeat the class deck you are trying to unlock.

The first hero/class deck you unlock is that of a Mage and considering it has one of the best out-of-the box deck options, that is a great place to start. Other classes available to you are Hunter, Warrior, Paladin, Druid, Warlock, Shaman, Priest, and Rogue. A total of 9 classes each with cards unique to them paired with a pool of cards that can be used by all give you the freedom to customize your deck strategy based on your unique play style.

I can’t say it enough, Hearthstone  is great fun and best of all, it’s free.

If the starter deck isn’t enough for you, there are several ways you can increase your selection.

As you level your class you will unlock new ability cards specific to the class you are playing. These cards can not be obtained by any other means.

The other, all be it, time consuming way to unlock packs is to win games and/or win games per the requirements of the daily quests. The amount of points allotted here verses the time investment required to win the games is a bit off in my opinion so if you are in a hurry to expand your deck this could be frustrating but if you aren’t this is a nice bonus.

Lastly, you can purchase packs if you like, but I’d like to reiterate that there are plenty of class based decks that play well out of the box with a little customization, so you don’t need to spend money to have fun and/or win. If you do decide to start spending real life money on these digital decks I’d like to issue you a friendly word of caution, the rush that comes with hovering over an unlocking these digital packs is not that different from the rush you get playing an MMO when the boss is downed and you are waiting for loot to be linked, in other words, it can become very addictive and the charges can rack up fairly quickly.

The above video was the only one I could find that embodied the rush of opening a pack without a talking head placed in the corner of it telling you how awesome they are. Of course the end result of the video above is a joke, everything else is pretty accurate.

The only downside to this game is that you can’t trade cards with your friends, however the system does have a mechanic in place to help make use of any duplicates or unwanted cards you gather. You can disenchant them into dust that can be used to craft cards you desire. The ratio of dust rewarded to dust required is a bit steep but it’s not meant to be a quick building mechanic.

Overall the game’s pros greatly outweigh any cons so if you think this is something you might be interested in I recommend giving it a try.

Hearthstone is currently available on the PC, MAC, and Ipad.


  1. RIP Pokemon
    1996 – 2010/2013

    I think by now that I have always enjoyed playing Pokemon on my Gameboy when I was a child!! Many great games came out for the Gameboy Color especially Pokemon GSC!! RSE for the GBA wasn’t as good GSC!! I heard DPPlatinum wasn’t that great in the end!! When Black and White came out, it looked like shit!! When XY came out, WTF IS THIS SHIT!? WORST POKEMON GAME I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!! WHEN THE NEW BW/XY SERIES FOR THE ANIME CAME OUT, THEY KILLED THE SERIES!!! BEST WISHES AND XY ARE A FUCKING JOKE!!! THEY KILLED THE POKEMON FRANCHISE!!! About Pokemon XY game, they look like shit!! The graphics for Pokemon XY!? More like a PS2 game!! How can they get away with such blatant rubbish!? CALL OF DUTY 4 HAD BETTER GRAPHICS THAN POKEMON XY!!! WHAT ABOUT CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS!? IT WAS A FUCKING 2010 GAME JUST LIKE BLACK AND WHITE AND HAD BETTER GRAPHICS THAN BLACK AND WHITE!!! THE NEW POKEMON LOOK LIKE SHIT!!! If you think Best Wishes was bad, Pokemon XY is WORSE than bad!! You thought Pokemon XY couldn’t top Best Wishes but they somehow did!! Another thing that killed Pokemon, you guessed it, Mega-Evolutions!! THEY LOOK LIKE FUCKING SHIT!!! THEY RUINED MEWTWO AND THE GEN 1 STARTERS AND RUINED MY CHILDHOOD!!! IT IS A — USELESS GIMMICK THAT ADDS NOTHING TO THE GAMEPLAY!!! You know the worst part!? Fans were ACTUALLY defending this!! Fans DEFENDED this useless gimmick BUT made a BIG deal when PETA made fun of Pokemon!! That’s right!! They care more when somebody makes fun of their game!! When Nintendo changed stuff in HeartGold/SoulSilver a long time ago, the replaced the slots with some Minesweeper rip-off which some people hated!! You know the worst part!? Fans were ACTUALLY defending this!! Fans DEFENDED this change!! When Nintendo changes stuff, they don’t care, they’ll buy it anyway instead of complaining or doing anything!! Basically they’ll buy up anything!! This is the most hardest proof yet!! Pokemon hasn’t changed!! Nintendo should just end the series IMMEDIATELY!! THE ANIME IS A JOKE!!! THEY KILLED THE FRANCHISE!!! HOW THE HELL IS SATOSHI GONNA BECOME A POKEMON MASTER!? AND JUST FOR THE RECORD, THE ANIME HAS BEEN OUT FOR 17 YEARS AND HE STILL HASN’T BECOME A POKEMON MASTER!! REALLY!? POKEMON HAS BEEN OUT FOR 18 YEARS!! If Satoshi doesn’t even become a Pokemon Master by the time it’s 2016/2017 and if the Pokemon Anime doesn’t even end immediately, everybody’s gonna be very FUCKING pissed!! Game Freak has already made the series a complete joke because they haven’t even changed!! I’ve played and seen many series I liked turned to shit!! Pokemon has became one of them, Nintendo is just gonna keep milking these out and eventually the review scores will catch up with them!! It’ll be like the Mario series!! People will start to realize they’re getting milked, who aren’t fanboys and it’s all going to come down!! In the end, Pokemon isn’t even great of a series in my opinion, I mean it’s just terrible!! It’s the same game each time, the plot is formulatic, basically you play as a bunch of GUYS who are like, 「OMG LETZ BECUM DA POKEMON MASTA!!!」 and it’s a formula!! There’s a Professor, there’s a region, there’s a bunch of Pokemon!! You have to fight and evil gang, beat the Gym Leader, beat the Four Heavenly Kings/Elite Four and the Champion, you win!! Black and White tried to make the story more forced!! Nintendo is basically 「nickel-ing and dime-ing」 Pokemon fans and miliking until it’s dry!! All in all, Pokemon is just a 「meh」 series!! Save your money and DON’T BUY IT!! Put your money on games that are actually innovative and games that came out in the same year as Pokemon!! As you can tell they saw some Mass Effect 2, Black Ops, Mortal Kombat 9, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 in stores!! And when you find Pokemon Black and White, nope, you still have to find!! And if you can only find Pokemon XY, which SUCKED!! I’m putting this up on Rip-Ten NEWS and have everyone in the whole world to see it!! If you think Pokemon XY Anime and game is good, you are MENTALLY INFECTED AND HAVE NO LIFE!! You need to go see a Psychotherapist IMMEDIATELY!! You are a MAJOR THREAT to public safety and bring GRAVE DANGER to our society!! Thank you very much for reading this and have a nice day!!