Hey, how about even more trading card news? Blizzard has announced their Free-to-Play card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, has begun closed beta testing on both PC and Mac.




Beta access is being granted in waves with the first batch having already been sent out. The beta isn’t under NDA which means beta testers can already begin streaming and posting video of the game. Those who are interested in signing up can do so by visiting the official site or by opting in through their Battle.net account settings.

While all progress will be wiped after the beta ends, Blizzard is already letting players purchase cards in Hearthstone’s cash shop using real money. Blizzard says once Hearthstone goes live, the company will refund players who made a purchase from the in-game store will receive a gold credit equivalent to their purchases. Anyone who purchased anything during the beta will also receive a Golden Legendary card. Player’s who aren’t planning on purchasing anything during the game’s closed beta period can still earn cards and card packs through normal gameplay.

I managed to catch a few videos online and was impressed by how slick the game looked. For being a card game, Blizzard does an excellent job bringing the cards and spells to life with impressive visuals and sound effects.

Hearthstone is slated for a release sometime this year.

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  1. Teemo on August 20, 2013

    It isnt that complicated its easy honestly the cards in the game tell u what they do so u dont need to memorise anything plus its an easy play style nothing to hard , it is like wow tcg with no ‘complicated’ things

  2. P2W on August 20, 2013

    P2W game.

    • M-16 on August 21, 2013

      Have you played it to make such a statement?

  3. bigguy on August 19, 2013

    boring

  4. Truth on August 19, 2013

    M&M: Duel of Champions mechanics are way better.

  5. scorcher23 on August 18, 2013

    this gameplay just isnt the type of game that i like it seems kinda slow paced and boring

    • LordHikaru on August 18, 2013

      its a card game.. There isn’t really anything fast paced about most card games. Maybe if you had a 10 second timer per move then games might pace a little faster than usual. Would certainly make games interesting but I don’t think people would like it much.

    • ExHuman on August 18, 2013

      card games is all about strategy and risk, not about speed..

  6. MarTrix on August 18, 2013

    Is there gonna be a giveaway for the keys?

    • asd on August 18, 2013

      Don’t think Blizzard gonna give any keys other than in waves to those who have signed up

    • Name (Required) on August 18, 2013

      some fan sites are doing contests…. but that’s probably a waste of time (and rigged) so you’re better off waiting for open beta. everything gets wiped after closed beta anyway.

  7. LordHikaru on August 18, 2013

    If I enjoy this game I can see myself actually getting on D3 more and farming the heck out of it just to sell items on the RMAH to buy packs on Hearthstone lol.

    Game does look fun if just something to pass the time with.

  8. Hawaif on August 18, 2013

    hmmm. looks interisting no.? heh….

  9. Rufinus on August 18, 2013

    looks complicated

    • LordHikaru on August 18, 2013

      Watched a stream tonight earlier. It didn’t look all that complicated as I watched. It might seem complicated first looking at it(I had the same thoughts at first) but after watching a match or two its pretty simple to follow as far as basically playing a game.

    • yeayea on September 26, 2013

      yeah if you’re a dumbass who can’t work anything more complicated than Call Of Duty.

  10. unmarked on August 17, 2013

    mounted

  11. Name (Required) on August 17, 2013

    a little late…

  12. Tim Harrison on August 17, 2013

    I’ve never wanted to play a game so badly in my life. Arghhhh! I need a key!

    • cs on August 18, 2013

      you need a life, ARGH!

      • VTEC on August 18, 2013

        He dont need a life, he´s a gamer he has many life´s

        • Yes!! on August 19, 2013

          Exactly VTEC LVL+999 Up!

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