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Blizzard's Hearthstone is out!

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Hearthstone launch

Hearthstone was a ridiculously popular closed beta. It went into open beta a few months back, and apparently it’s already ready for launch. That’s right, you can go and press the purple button today and start playing.

That’s right, if you want to play Hearthstone and have been waiting for it to be really and truly released, that time has finally come. So head on over to the official site and download it. But wait, there’s more.

Blizzard has added some in-game extras to celebrate its coming out of beta:

Winning three matches in unranked Play mode gets you an electric-blue Hearthsteed mount for your World of Warcraft character to stylishly block everyone’s access to the mailbox. If you rack up an impressive 500 wins in ranked Play mode, your chosen hero portrait turns golden and gets a couple extra special animations while casting spells or fighting.

Wow, something for my WoW character? Must be a way to lure people back in considering the expansion is coming. But hey, I suppose it is Blizzard’s prerogative to offer cool things across their Battle.net offering. I think people would rather get some awesome Hearthstone battle gear in Diablo, though.

I’m still waiting for this to come to iPad, where it will be invincible. I love the idea of it going big on eSports, but on iPad. I’d love to see all that awesome concentration and hoopla around eSports, while everyone reclines on easy chairs with their tablets. That will be the day. I wonder if third party people will release special eSports iPad covers. I would totally cover my iPad with Na’Vi branding.

Last Updated: March 12, 2014

60 Comments

  1. TiMsTeR1033

    March 12, 2014 at 14:18

    Sorry Zoe…. but I just can’t see myself being absorbed in a card game.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 14:21

      Blackjack then?

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 12, 2014 at 14:22

        Dude, I will only play card games when have no power and bored outta my skull.

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 12, 2014 at 14:25

      Magic the Gathering?

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 12, 2014 at 14:27

        That I played long long ago. It got old for me rather quickly.

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 12, 2014 at 14:30

        We play munchkin at some braais. Quite a bit of fun.

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        • Gerhard Davids

          March 12, 2014 at 14:31

          Do agree. Munchin is hectic fun.

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          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 14:31

            Want to get me the Axe Cop one sometime, looks great.

          • Gerhard Davids

            March 12, 2014 at 14:40

            Cthulhu one is boss hey.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 14:56

            O_O

        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 12, 2014 at 14:31

          munchkin?

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 14:32

      I know, Strip Poker

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 12, 2014 at 14:32

        Nah, normal poker if someone taught me how. I’d play for the $$$

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        • General JJ the Fett

          March 12, 2014 at 14:33

          Strip poker is better.

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 14:34

            Guessing you know from experience?

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 14:56

            I can neither confirm or deny such things at this juncture.

        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 12, 2014 at 14:34

          Strip poker is more fun… or you play until everyone (Except 1 person) is broke, and then change to strip poker.

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 14:35

            One day someone will teach me poker.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 14:37

            The basics of poker is easy… the rest is really up to you.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 14:37

            hmmm I shall try this one day.

          • Kensei Seraph

            March 12, 2014 at 14:38

            Yeah but it’s hard to count cards and bluff at the same time.

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            March 12, 2014 at 14:39

            especially while stripping

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 14:49

            Bluffing gets harder once more people are closer to being in the buff.

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            March 12, 2014 at 15:05

            *beavis and butthead laugh* harder

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 15:17

            lol! #actlikeakid

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 12, 2014 at 14:51

            So when are we doing Lazygamer poker?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 14:50

            That’s why you mess with the cards while dealing… no one can count the cards then.

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      March 12, 2014 at 15:03

      Dude, i used to feel the same way. BUT ITS SOOOO GOOD!.

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      March 12, 2014 at 15:06

      I will want to play cards against humanity. everyone raves about it

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    • Estian Hough

      March 12, 2014 at 15:08

      Hearthstone is cool yo!
      Saying that as I am not a massive card game fan myself!

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  2. VampyreSquirrel

    March 12, 2014 at 14:21

    I’d do that win thing for the mount… if someone buys me WoW game time lol

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 12, 2014 at 14:23

      Win… Thing.. Should I ask for an explanation?

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        March 12, 2014 at 14:25

        nah, that would make less sense

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  3. Kensei Seraph

    March 12, 2014 at 14:27

    I find the games are to simple, long and are decided halfway through (at least in comparison to MTG), that being said I’ve seen some amazing plays.
    I’ve literally had games last 5 turns before it was over and I’ve managed to turn around a game at 1 health. You simply can’t do that in Hearthstone.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 12, 2014 at 14:34

      You should have a look at Spectromancer on Steam. It’s a fun little card game.

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      • Kensei Seraph

        March 12, 2014 at 14:38

        The best card game I’ve ever played on PC has got to be Triple Triads though.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 12, 2014 at 14:39

          I spent hours playing that. I enjoyed the card mini-game in KOTOR too.

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          • Willem Swanepoel

            March 12, 2014 at 14:45

            PAZAAK!!!

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 12, 2014 at 14:47

            AWWWWW JISSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

            Have teh upvooooooooooooooote

          • Willem Swanepoel

            March 12, 2014 at 14:51

            Would be awesome if they include it in SWTOR 🙂

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 12, 2014 at 14:47

            Like a baws!

    • ToshZA

      March 12, 2014 at 15:12

      I beg to differ. I’ve turned games around at 1hp, I’ve seen games decided in the last play. It’s all about deck composition and a bit of luck of the draw. Just get that 1 card, and bam.

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  4. General JJ the Fett

    March 12, 2014 at 14:28

    “come to iPad, where it will be invincible.” Talk about oxymorons

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    • Kensei Seraph

      March 12, 2014 at 14:29

      I think she means all tablets not just iPad.

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 12, 2014 at 14:31

        Apple people never mean tablets when they say iPad! Hehe.
        Though I must agree. Should be great fun on a tablet.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 12, 2014 at 14:33

      I’m still trying to figure out what kind of Apple product a “nvincible” is.

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      • Kensei Seraph

        March 12, 2014 at 14:35

        It’s basically a full body Apple version of Google Glass, it’s still in the prototype phase.
        Biggest problem is that when you move you break it.

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  5. Gerhard Davids

    March 12, 2014 at 14:30

    This game is very fun BUT as you said.. It needs to be on my tablet before I would play it more than a single match.

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  6. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    March 12, 2014 at 15:06

    This game is so addictive, really. Been playing it for just over a month now, and the first thing I play when I turn my PC on nowadays is Hearthstone so I can complete the daily challenge.
    Priest, Paladin and Mage classes are the best imo

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    • Kensei Seraph

      March 12, 2014 at 15:11

      I personally prefer Rogue.
      There’s some lovely tricks in there.

      Managed to get a creature out with more than 25 power and about 23 toughness on my 7th turn 😀
      My opponent then played a creature with a battlecry that allows him to destroy any creature with 5 or more power.

      I congratulated him and cried a little inside.

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      • Verrayne

        March 12, 2014 at 15:20

        I personally play a Rogue and have the most success with it so far in the DGL.

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        • Ultimo_Cleric N7

          March 13, 2014 at 09:25

          Where can I sign up for DGL?

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      • Sk3tz0

        March 12, 2014 at 15:38

        Mages and their Polymorphs Piss me off to no fucking end..

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        • Ultimo_Cleric N7

          March 13, 2014 at 09:24

          2 words…..divine shield. Most annoying ability in game, and the paladin can just spam it constantly.

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      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        March 13, 2014 at 09:23

        My most played classs is Priest. Made a 40/40 a few weeks back. Nether dragon + 9 cards in hand = 4/10
        Had a Taunt on the field so the guy went for that and went straight for my hitpoints, he thought he had me……until I used 3 blessing cards in a row…double creatures hit points, double creatures hit points…….make attack equal to health…….the guy was in shock. Amazing
        Also like the rogue class, got its legendary Edwin van Cleef…..+2 +2 for each card you play that turn before you play him.

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        • Kensei Seraph

          March 13, 2014 at 10:58

          That’s the one I played.
          I played 8 or 9 cards in one turn, one of them twice :P.

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  7. Sk3tz0

    March 12, 2014 at 15:35

    Been Playing it for a few months and its an awesome game looking forward to this weekends Hearthbattle Tournament on Saturday ..

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  8. DadGamer

    March 13, 2014 at 09:41

    Interesting to see how many people (including myself) are waiting for a tablet version. I guess some game types do work better on them.

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