Hearthstone is one of the most famous free-to-play digital collectible card games. The game is developed and published by one of the biggest esports companies, Blizzard Entertainment. The game is developed on Unity by the major designers Ben Brode, Eric Dodds, and Mike Donias. Hearthstone was initially released on March 11, 2014. The game has won multiple awards for the best card game, throughout its journey. Hearthstone still builds upon the lore of the Warcraft series. The game uses the same characters and elements as that of Warcraft, till now. Let’s dig down and find more about Hearthstone.
Blizzard Entertainment invented the digital card collectible game in 2014. Hearthstone is officially inspired by the Warcraft series and uses the same characters and elements till now. The game was first released on Microsoft Windows and macOS in 2014. However, the ports of the game came out next year for iOS and Android devices. Hearthstone is one of the games which contains the cross-platform plays. This means that regardless of the type of platform a user is playing through, he/she can connect to any other platform’s Hearthstone player. For example, a macOS player can connect to an Android mobile device player in a game, with no differences.
The game is a turn-based card game, which consists of two people playing against each other. Both players can use the constructed decks of 30 cards in the game. The players also have to select a hero with a unique ability that they can use during the match. Players can also use their mana crystals to summon the minions to attack the opponent. The main goal of the game is to destroy the enemy’s hero.
Gameplay Modes in Hearthstone
Winning a Hearthstone game provides you in-game gold and new cards. The game also focuses on in-game purchases. Players can buy a new style of cards through in-game gold or real money. The game includes multiple modes that a player can play. These modes are casual, ranked, single-player adventures, and drafter arena battles.
In addition to the other games by Blizzard, the company admits that Hearthstone was an experimental game with a smaller development team size. However, the game has earned a lot of success over the years. In August 2017, Blizzard revealed that the company was making around $40 million each month through Hearthstone. The next year, in November 2018, the company reported that Hearthstone now has more than 100 million players. Blizzard now organises multiple tournaments for the game around the year, just like any other esports game.
Hearthstone covers a total of 24 game heroes. Each player in the game starts with the most basic hero Jaina Proudmoore, the Mage in other words. All the other heroes are locked initially. As you progress in the game, you keep on unlocking the heroes with the gold you win during the matches. A player can also be unlocked by defeating it.
Each hero has alternatives available to him. For example, for the hero Demon Hunter, the alternatives are Demonic Illidan and Aranna Starseeker. As you keep on moving in the game, your hero becomes stronger.
Buying new heroes also opens multiple voice lines and special effects during the fights. The 10 basic heroes of Hearthstone are Mage, Druid, Hunter, Paladin, Demon Hunter, Rogue, Priest, Shaman, Warlock, and Warrior.
All of these heroes come with a unique ability. For example, Warrior can absorb multiple enemy attacks. His basic spell provides him 2 Armor gain. Besides the abilities, each hero has its class of cards. Playing with any hero provides you a deck of cards that you can use to counter your enemy’s attacks. A player can unlock all the heroes by defeating them in the practice mode.
There are some heroes with whom you have to finish the whole game, while there are some that can be replaced during a match. The top strongest heroes of Hearthstone are Priest, Rogue, Druid, Warlock, and Demon Hunter. These heroes are very good at increasing the mana crystals very early and so they can use their strong cards in the early phase of the game. As they use the cards early, they are hard to beat.
Throughout the year, Hearthstone manages to bring out multiple tournaments. As the game received huge success and audience, Blizzard put the game into the esports scene and took it to the next level. Hearthstone witnesses a lot of tournaments including some of them from Blizzard Entertainment, while others from the esports event organisers.
As of 2020, Blizzard Entertainment introduced a three-tiered tournament system for Hearthstone instead of just a World Championship. Blizzard Entertainment organised three major tournaments for the game in a single year. The tournaments are Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers, Hearthstone Masters Tour, and Hearthstone Grandmasters.
The Blizzard’s Hearthstone World Championship got replaced by these three-tiered tournaments this year. Blizzard says that this step has been taken to simplify the tournaments more. All of these tournaments offer huge prize pools for the winners.
Multiple other Hearthstone tournaments like Hearthstone Global Games, Hearthstone Collegiate National Championship, Fireside Gatherings, Hearthstone Championship Tour, Tavern Hero Tournaments, and many more.
This game has earned so much following over the years. Who knew that Blizzard’s experimental work would do wonders in the future.