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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft screenshots show cards, characters

Friday, 8th November 2013 22:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

During BlizzCon 2013, Blizzard’s CCO Rob Pardo took the stage to discuss Hearthstone, the developer’s strategy card battle game. The game will go into open-beta next month and the tablet version is playable at the show today.

Attendees will receive a special Hearthstone card – the Elite Tauren Chieftain. iPhone and Android versions of Hearthstone are in development and slated for release during the second half of 2014.

Key game modes and features include:

  • Practice mode: Hone your abilities and test out new deck ideas against A.I. opponents of basic or expert skill levels, and unlock playable heroes in the process.
  • Play mode: Duel other players to level up your heroes and complete quests along the way. To see how you stack up against the competition, enter Ranked mode, where you’ll increase your medal ranking as you duel others in a tiered ladder system. Whether you’re a grizzled veteran, a curious newcomer, or fall somewhere in between, Battle.net matchmaking will pair you up against a worthy opponent.
  • The Arena: Put your skills to the test in this mode where deck-building is half the fun. Assemble a new deck by choosing from a selection of randomized cards provided for the match, and then duel other Arena participants for a chance to win rewards. Players can use gold or real money in order to gain entry into the Arena. After winning or losing a specific number of matches, you will unlock a chest of loot based on how well you did.
  • Quests: Players can immerse themselves in new, ever-changing quests that will reward them with gold when completed. Gold can be used to purchase more card packs or gain entry into the Arena.
  • Collection Manager: Browse your ever-expanding card collection, disenchant cards for raw materials to craft new ones, and build a variety of custom decks to suit your shifting strategies.
  • Practice Mode: Play against A.I. opponents representing different classes to unlock new heroes and basic cards.
  • Play Mode: Participate in traditional head-to-head matches to complete quests and earn gold for purchasing card packs.
  • The Arena: Build a deck by selecting one card from each of a series of randomized card choices, and then play against other Arena participants. After winning or losing a specific number of matches, you will open a chest of loot based on how well you did.
  • Crafting: Disenchant expert cards in your collection to receive Arcane Dust, and then use your collected Dust to craft other cards of your choosing. Basic cards cannot be disenchanted.
  • Card Packs: Purchase card packs containing five cards each using your Battle.net Balance or a variety of supported payment methods. One of the cards will always be “rare” or greater. In some cases, you can get more than one rare, or even an epic or legendary card.
  • Leveling: Participate in a duel against the AI or another player, and earn experience whether you win or lose. Once enough experience is earned, your hero will level up, potentially granting access to new cards for your collection. As you level, you’ll also unlock Golden versions of each class’s basic cards.

Screenshots and artwork are below. Looking for Hearthstone strategies? We’ve got you covered.

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13 Comments

  1. Stephany Nunneley

    Please, if you guys love me even in the slightest – look at these shots. It took my connection over 30 minutes to upload them. *waves smoke coming from router*

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Erthazus

    Yeah. amazing shots. Blood elfs as always the best. :3

    thank you Steph.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    <3

    #3 11 months ago
  4. fearmonkey

    Beautiful Artwork featuring characters from Warcraft Lore, whats not to love? Love the Malfurion and Gul’dan cards.

    Thanks Steph :)Do we need to start a collection for a new router?…lol

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Erthazus

    ^ Lol. If Steph will get me a key for HOTS I will kickstart router for Steph : D

    #5 11 months ago
  6. DSB

    I know people who are in the beta, and they’re saying it’s “AMAZING”.

    So I don’t know. If you use the word AMAZING to describe any sort of card game, it must be pretty fucking awesome, no?

    My old rogue was a belf. I have no idea why. He looked like one of those German transgender kids from one of those emo bands. I had a seriously hard time taking my own avatar seriously.

    Should’ve gone with a troll, that would’ve been much more fitting.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    @6 I have a couple friends in it as well – they said it can be a bit addicting, whatever that means, but they seem to be having fun with it.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Obernox

    DAT american connection :p

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Killiden

    @6 & 7
    I can confirm that yes, amazing and addicting are two words that you can use to describe this game.
    Woke up one day at 8am, played for what felt like a hour, realized it was already 2pm…

    #9 11 months ago
  10. redwood

    where do these elf-women get the lipstick and the make-up from?

    #10 11 months ago
  11. Erthazus

    @10, From a shop.

    Especially from Blood Elf’s shop. They have the entire industry in their homelnd with fantastic barbershop :D

    You can see it in the game.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. Llewelyn_MT

    I’d love to try it out, but beta keys are hard to come by. :-(

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Darkfield

    @Erth no point it’ll go public soon. If I had an extra key I’d have given it to u long ago but rob pardo said it’ll go public very soon in about a month.

    @DSB it’s cool but I wouldn’t say it’ll blow you away, it’s good and fun to play.

    #13 11 months ago

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