Blizzard announces Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft was officially announced at PAX East. The title is a digital collectible card game that was developed by fifteen developers, a new team part of Blizzard Entertainment. The free-to-play card game will allow players to play as a mage or warrior like in World of Warcraft.

Additionally, players will be able to complete in-game purchases to expand their card decks. Also you may craft cards by disenchanting unwanted cards in order to receive one that would better suit your deck.

The game has been announced for PC, Mac, and iPad. It might come to Android as well. The beta is slated for the summer and you can sign up at HearthStone’s site.

More details from WoW Insider:

Cards and Decks

  • Initial launch will contain 300 cards.
  • You’ll be able earn booster packs (just like MT:G booster packs). You can also buy them.
  • The price Blizzard is throwing around for the booster packs right now is $1/pack.
  • Each pack comes with five random cards. Guaranteed to get a rare or better in each pack.
  • Chance also to upgrade to a “golden” version of the same card (like MT:G foil cards).
  • You’ll be able to build your own decks, but also can let the game build it for you.
  • Two classifications of cards: basic and expert.
  • Multiple rarity levels of expert cards: common, rare, epic, and legendary.
  • Anything buy in the beta will be credited back to your live version of the game at equal value in the form of an unopened pack.

Playing the Game

  • The game is built around 1v1 match.
  • Battle.net is used to set up the matches, you also can play against an AI (normal and expert mode).
  • You earn medals every week for winning matches.
  • You play the game as one of nine “heroes” of the Warcraft universe. Like a mage, druid, rogue, warlock, etc…
  • Anyone who is familiar with MT:G or the WoW TCG should be able to pick this up pretty quickly, it looks like.
  • Some cards demonstrated had AoE damage.
  • Play field looks pretty standard: your hand, discard pile, health, mana, draw pile, battle field.
  • In the screenshots and gameplay footage you start off with 30 health.

Other Notes

  • We don’t know yet if cards are going to be tradeable.

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