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The Game of Ropes – Heroes of Warcraft: #Hearthstone – Game Review

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As a player of several card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic the Gathering, I am experienced enough to play something simple like Hearthstone. Right?

When I started playing this game I didn’t realize how in depth Hearthstone is. Compared to the other titles like Yu-Gi-Oh, every single turn counts and the possibilities seem endless.

All nine classes

Druid, Rogue, Hunter, Shaman, Warrior, Paladin, Mage, Priest  and Warlock. Each class has a completely different play style according  to their class ability and given class cards.

Some might say they feel like the characters in the game ‘World of Warcraft’, because you stack up a ton of armor with the warrior while you play combos and use different buffs for your weapon like a Rogue would in WoW.

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To explain all features would go beyond the scope, so let us focus on the two different types of gameplay: Arena and Constructed.

Constructed is fairly easily explained, you use your given class cards and the cards that you unlock. The longer you play, the better your deck gets and you might be able to climb ladder in ranked.

Arena Draft
Arena Draft

Arena is the other side of the medal and here is the point where it gets interesting. You choose 1 of 3 cards given at this moment till up to 30 out of 90 cards. Once your deck is drafted you get queued into other random decks. Your goal is it to get to 12 wins without losing more then 3 times, otherwise you get knocked out and your run with this deck ends.

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Knowing how to out value your opponent and playing around the cards that can lose you the game is where you can shine, the longer you play the better you get.

Arena is not easy so I recommend watching some guides or streamers before you lay your hands on arena for the first time cause it costs gold that you need to unlock adventures  or to buy new card packs.

Here 2 of my favourite arena “infinite” streamers

Retrogold
Twitch Streamer: Retrogold
Phleetwood
Twitch Streamer: Phleetwood

Going infinite means having an average score higher then 7 wins. When you get decent enough and you start to get more then 5 wins you will realize that you get more value out of playing arena then just buying straight up card packs. Being able to make the right calls and right plays will take a long time and the learning curve is huge! That is the point where the “rope” comes in. It is a mechanic that forces you to make a play because each turn lasts a maximum of 75 seconds. After a while playing you will see it appear more often, cause you think about your turns and solutions how to stay  in the game and don’t fall behind.

How often do you rope? Let us know in the comment section below. Don’t forget to share this review with your friends and family and found out what they think!

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Trickylady's Rating

8/10

    Pros

    • - Addicting
    • - Fun
    • - Free to Play

    Cons

    • - Pay to Win
    • - Can be Grindy
    • - Fixes can take a long time