Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Blizzard Entertainment's digital card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has publicly launched on the Mac after a brief public beta period. The free-to-play collectible card game is set in the Warcraft universe, allowing players to compete with Magic-style decks in one-on-one fights via Battle.Net -- Blizzard's online gaming platform -- or against the computer.

    Though it's only launching on Mac and PC today, Blizzard has promised iPhone and iPad versions of the game as well.
    System requirements are fairly generous, requiring an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, although Blizzard recommends an Intel Core i3 or better, along with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M or ATI Radeon HD 5670 or better graphics card.

    Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free download from Blizzard's website.

    Article Link: Blizzard's Free-to-Play 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on Mac
  2. macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2004
  3. macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    It's launched on OS X and Windows. And in the future Blizzard will put out iOS and Android clients of the app so it'll be tablet playable too. Blizzard has not promise iPhone and iPad. They just said iOS and Android so far. After playing the game I don't think it'll get an iPhone release, only iPad.


    Freemium. But you can play 100% free without buying any card packs (you can earn them) and without buying arena entries (you can earn those too). The game is more pay to grind less.
  4. macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2010
    Have been playing the beta for a long time now and i like the game
    Will be nice once it comes for iPad :)
  5. macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2009
    They have stated an iPhone version will also be released, in addition to iPad.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2013
  8. macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2011
    Richmond, VA
  9. macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2008
    No problem. It ran fine for me on a white MacBook with the 9400m.
  10. Oppressed, Mar 11, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2014

    macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    I'm an experienced player that has been playing the beta since September so if you are looking for a friend add Oppressed#1555 to your friends list.

    To answer some questions so far in the thread. This is F2P with IAP. Packs of 5 cards are 1.99 or less, but the same packs of cards can be earned just by playing the game naturally. You should on average earn a pack of cards every two days with a casual amount of play time.

    Also you can be the best at this game (legend rank) without spending a penny. Many streamers on demonstrated this.

    Lastly this WILL come to the iPad later this year. This has already been announced, and your game will transfer over from the Mac version.

    Feel free to add me in game and I'll try to answer your questions.
  11. macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Thanks i'll download it.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    It's a CCG where you can either earn card packs slowly over time or buy them with real money.
  13. Decbaux, Mar 11, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2014

    macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2013
    I'm also looking for more players for deck-testing, chat, etc. Decbaux#1963.

    This game has been built from day 1 to be used on the iPad. It's going to be fantastic having a competitive game for it.

    There have been countless arguments over Hearthstone being free to play or pay to win, the fact is that skillful players have shown repeatedly you can get to the highest rank (legendary) without spending a cent in the game.

    For anyone coming from a traditional TCG, Hearthstone is massively cheaper, and also gives you the ability to take ANY 'useless' card, turn it to dust, and use that dust to craft the cards you need. It's a great system.
  14. macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005

    No interest in playing till it is on iPad.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
    I've been playing the beta casually and I've got to say its a good deal of fun. You can definitely play for free, but it is very tempting to spend cash on card packs to get into the game quicker. That being said, you're given a reasonably large number of "basic" cards for free and can earn more class specific basic cards by practicing with a given class.

    It's already been said that a card pack has 5 cards, and these are considered "expert" cards. Each one has a rarity denoted by the color of the gem in the center of the card: common, rare, epic, or legendary. Those basic cards I mentioned earlier have no center gem. A pack costs 100 gold or you can get 2 packs for $2.99 (real cash). The guy who said you can buy a pack for $1.99 is wrong; that price point is reserved for a single entry into the Arena... but I'm not going to get into Arena here. You can look it up.

    There are three primary means of accruing gold:
    1. You get 10 gold for every 3 wins against a real person.
    2. You are given a single random quest every day that will award either 40, 60, or 100 gold upon completion, depending on the quest.
    3. There are hidden quests, sort of like achievements, that award as much as 300 gold when completed.

    Grinding can be slow but it's enjoyable and you're learning along the way. That being said, I've spent some real cash. :D
  16. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Everyone I play Magic with just prints out and laminates their own decks - it's a lot cheaper than buying decks and ensures you don't end up with crap for cards.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2013
    Yeah using proxies (printing a card instead of using the legitimate one) is fine at home but you cannot use those cards during any sort of competitive game.
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    Well said... I'm aliso playing the game since january and it is a very fun game.
    Actually, the other guy was kind of correct since you can buy a Arena Entrance for 1.99 and in every arena you will get at least one pack...
  19. macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    Fun game, but how about release it on the iPad already.
  20. macrumors 601


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Blizzard designed the game with large touch targets, the UI frankly looks kind of comically large on the desktop. However, that will be great for the iPad version, this is a game that should work really, really well on an iPad. There's a lot of dragging involved, which is a lot easier on a tablet than with a mouse IMO (and will be a lot more RSI-friendly).
  21. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2012
    I've been playing the Beta as well, but it doesn't let me add friends or see the one's I have. I had a friend send me a friend request, and it wouldn't come through. I did see the request on Diablo though. I hope they fixed this.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2012
    This is true. I stand corrected. And as a matter of fact, I recently drafted a lousy Hunter deck in the Arena and will soon find out what rewards I get for 0 wins and 3 losses...
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    New Jersey
    If anyone wants someone to play with, add me epsilon#1425. I'm not a fantastic player but I know the basics, and I've had the beta for a few months now.

    Also, newbies can check out this.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2013
    I've been using the beta version for a few months on my I5 Mini with out any problems.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2011
    Also for Wow players, if you win 3 Play or Arena matches, you get the Hearthsteed mount.

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