Play: Blizzard’s easy going collectible card game, Hearthstone

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Blizzard?s best-known for its RTS franchises and insanely popular MMORPG World of Warcraft, not to mention the Diablo series. With fans of the publisher?s prior work kept sated and docile by sequels and expansions, Blizzard?s turned some of its attention to other genres, like the early stage MOBA Heroes of the Storm, and the card-based game we?re talking about here: Hearthstone. Hear the words ?card game,? and it?s hard not to think of the deep mechanics of Magic: The Gathering that may appear inhospitable to newcomers, like starting to watch LOST half-way through the third series. One of Hearthstone?s main strengths, however, is accessibility.

Basically, there are two types of cards, representing spells and minions that fight for you. Stronger cards ? like bigger, badder minions ? cost more resources (called mana) to play than lesser ones, and resources become more plentiful each turn, creating a nice…

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