The free-to-play digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment has entered its open beta phase in North America, and will be available in other regions within the next few days. Announced at Penny Arcade Expo in March 2013, Hearthstone began its closed beta period August 16th. The game, which has been described as a more casual Magic: The Gathering by many due to its fairly deep levels of strategy in deck-building and play, pits players against each other in one-on-one matches where they control heroes from Blizzard’s popular Warcraft games in a competitive card game. By buying or crafting new cards, players can customize their decks, and play in various modes, including against other players via Blizzard’s Battle.net , or versus the computer to earn in-game currency for buying packs of cards. Cards can be bought either through in-game gold or with real money (1 five-card booster pack costs 100 in-game gold, while 2 cost $2.99 USD, for example).
Hearthstone is a very fun, easy-to-learn game which will likely grow as new cards continue to be introduced. Players can download the client for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft from Blizzard’s Battle.net page for Mac or PC. The final game is expected to be released in Q2 2014, and will be available on Mac, PC, as well as Android and iOS tablets.