If you were hoping to play the Hearthstone open beta before the end of the year, you’re out of luck. Blizzard has decided it needs more time fine tuning the CCG and has now set its sights on releasing the game sometime in January 2014.

Blizzard originally intended to launch the open beta this December, but after the most recent update to Hearthstone, the team felt their were still too many things in need of fixing before Hearthstone was ready for a wider audience. In a blog post on Battle.net, Production Director Jason Chayes explained the team has “been making great progress on improving server stability, but there are still a few things that have come up that we want to fix before we leave the closed beta phase.” He goes on to say the team is “very close” to the open beta and urged everyone to continue to provide feedback and report bugs.

Chayes did have some good news though. As of yesterday, everyone who opted into the closed beta prior to Monday, December 16th should have received a beta key. If you happen to check your inbox and find no key, some users are reporting the invite emails are landing in spam folders and Gmail’s new Promotions tab.

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  1. Dokkodo on December 27, 2013

    I’m in the closed beta, it’s not all that great. Kingdoms CCG is basically the exact same game but more polished and with a singleplayer mode.

  2. extasist on December 26, 2013

    people that says its p2w are dumb, arena have nothing to do with what cards got in your collection, you get to select 1 card out of 3 till you get 30 cards, from this points you play till 12 wins depends how good you are, im not the best one, usually i get from 5 to7 wins, 5 wins gets me 100 gold + pack, 7 wins 160~ gold and pack, so its free pack and one more free run in arena, when you start game first time you get simple card deck, but with that deck in play mode i got 7 wins out of 8 plays, so its not about p2w its about how good you are in strategy.

    • Yup on December 30, 2013

      PAY TO WIN.
      At momment when u get 1w / 3-4L cause people have a lot of epic cards, are absolutely pay to win.
      Its no about strategy,its about MONEY.

      • Nope on December 31, 2013

        You just mad cause you suck. Game is fine, you just need to bring your A-game, noob. Cry to your mother about how much you suck balls.

        • Yup on January 2, 2014

          Go to school, u need it.

  3. blabla on December 24, 2013

    game looks like its for kids

    • lol? on December 24, 2013

      Surely you don’t play alot of TCG like, Magic: The gathering, etc… If it’s not your type just don’t play it ^^

  4. Rareloot on December 23, 2013

    Sort of pay to win. Basically the situation is this: without paying, you have an extremely limited pool of cards from which to make your decks. Now you can grind gold and not pay for it, but who wants to do that? Play like 10 games in a row for the sole purpose of getting one new pack, which may or may not even have the cards you want. On the other hand, you can pay from the start, and have a huge pool of cards to choose from immediately. More cards = more wins because you can make a deck that can adapt to more situations. Playing it strictly F2P means until you grind up all those packs, which should literally take hundreds of games to do, you will have a pretty boring experience because you won’t be able to enjoy forming new strategies and making a lot of good decks from a large pool of cards and you will be losing a lot because you lack the cards you need to deal with certain tactics top ranked players are using.

  5. Trenix on December 23, 2013

    The game is pay to win, which is expected since most card games are. Played the game for over a month only to have my cousin finally get into beta, spend over $50 on cards, and beat me easily like I even had a chance. Its kind of hard to play a game after experiencing something like that. It’s an ok game to play once in awhile, but I’m sure I’ll eventually forget about it.

  6. Bleh! on December 21, 2013

    Most pay to win and forever alone game just no.Aready quit (Actually Beta player Rank 20/older system Gold)

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    • extasist on December 22, 2013

      not sure what you wanted to say there, but this game isn’t p2w, if you are good at this game you wont need to spend a dime on it, yes it will take time to get all cards, but playing arena doesn’t require to have them, first arena match is free, and there is few ways to get gold just by playing game.

      • golgo28 on December 22, 2013

        Ignore Bleh! he’s one of those people that doesn’t even play a game.But will assume it’s p2w because it has a cash shop.He probaly thinks p2p mmos are p2w.

        • Bleh! on December 23, 2013

          Still pay to win. :3
          I know it
          Balanced cash shop system>>Overpriced cash shop.

  7. I'm 7 on December 21, 2013

    and what is this?

  8. Im Superman Five Thousand on December 21, 2013

    Good job like i said

  9. im batman on December 20, 2013

    i get invite to play this and… is the best card game i ever played… but card game? seriously… in my opinion card games are thing of the past. my little brother likes it. i let you think

    • userius? on December 20, 2013

      Card games will never be games of the past, get used to it

      • asd on December 21, 2013

        don’t bother answering any of them, mmobomb community is 90% trolls it dosnt even make any sense

  10. Neosapience on December 20, 2013

    Oh yeah Blizzard, polish that turd.

    I don’t know why people continue to support developers that obviously don’t play the kind of games they’re pushing. You know why D3 sucked so bad? Nobody making it knew what the initialism ‘RPG’ stood for.

    If these guys played even one game of Yu-Gi-Oh, they would have spotted their balance issues 10 builds ago.

    • JustMats on December 21, 2013

      Yugioh with over 9000 banned cards…

    • Anon on December 23, 2013

      I’m a huge fan of Yugioh but LOL BALANCE ARE YOU JOKING?!

      you have no idea what you’re talking about.

    • keith on January 13, 2014

      D3 is fake seems the creators made path of exile try that