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Hearthstone Play Log – 02/12/2014

So, I’m playing Hearthstone. I’m not very good at it. In fact, I’m not very good at these types of games in general. For as long as I played Magic, I only had a couple of really great decks that could win on a regular basis. So, I want to keep a record of how I’m doing in Hearthstone, to maybe allow myself to improve by actually, y’know, learning from my damn mistakes for once.

So, I unlocked Hunter, Warrior, and Shaman tonight. Hunter only took me one try, I think. I took it down with a Mage. The Warrior, though. Man. What a pain. I got destroyed three or four times before finally taking him out in about 5 turns. It looks like the key there was just attack early and attack often. I may have gotten lucky, though; the AI may have just gotten a bad draw and had nothing but > 5 cost cards in hand. One of my losses ot he warrior was due in part to the Gurubashi Berserker. That thing is just absolutely brutal. It’s high health allows it to attack weaker cards and trigger it’s own ability, boosting it’s attack score. Which is exactly how I got my ass handed to me by a 14/2 Gurubashi Berserker.

After that whole thing, I decided to switch over to the Shaman, which didn’t go much better. He had so many damn minions out by the time I was about to get rolling with my deck that there was no way I could have pulled out a win. After that loss, I figured I’d try the Warrior again, and nailed him to the wall. That confidence rolled into my next battle with the Shaman. It wasn’t an easy fight, but in the end I pulled through thanks to the Hunter’s Steady Shot ability. Being able to do direct damage even with taunts on the field is awesome.

I think I’ll unlock all the decks/characters first, then try building my own custom deck before playing online. I’m always incredibly nervous about trying to play a game like this online. I assume that I’m just bottom of the barrel awful and will be mercilessly mocked for even attempting to play another human being; like I’m not really playing, I’m just sort of bothering them and sucking all the fun out of their game time. That’s sort of how I feel about all random gaming interaction on the web, though, so nothing new there, really. Luckily I have an extraordinarily long list of friends thanks to TVGP. One of these nights I’ll have to make myself available online while other people are also online. I really can’t wait for the Android version of the game so I don’t have to sit at my computer to play.

All in all, I’m having fun with Hearthstone. The game can feel unbalanced at times, like when your opponent has 5 minions, a weapon, and enough mana to use their ability, while you have your thumb up your ass and no minions with taunt to soak up the impending onslaught. I’m sure those will be worked out throughout the beta. But really, an open beta is practically the final game most of the time. I just hope I learn and improve my game. It would be a nice change from the usual “Oh well, I guess I suck and I’m never going to play again” mentality I’ve suffered with for the last few years with other games.

Edit: I also attempted to beat the Druid, but that was just death by 1000 cuts, which appears to be how the Druid deck works.

Edit 2: Just finished off the Druid! I’m on a roll. I think I’m getting a better sense of when to play certain cards, and when to take out minions rather than deal direct damage to the opposing player. This seems to be a fairly nuanced game, and I’m getting an instinct for certain things. Feels good, man.

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