The Jeweled Macaw, a key card in Disguised Toast’s Midrange Hunter deck. While we were all out complaining about the cost of Hearthstone and getting salty about the slow stagnation of its metagame, the Canadian streamer known as Disguised Toast was getting his hands dirty with a brand new Hearthstone account and a dream to reach the game’s highest ranks—for free. The F2P challenge, in which players create a new account and attempt to climb the Hearthstone ladder without spending money, is an age-old tradition. (In Hearthstone years, anyway.) Jeffrey “Trump” Shih is known for his frugal climbs to the Legend ranks with cheap F2P decks, and in the earliest days of the game, it was possible make it to Legend without ever opening a card pack at all. So if it’s all been done before, what makes Toast’s run impressive? The fact that he did it in a Hearthstone era with a far larger card pool, in three weeks, with a brutal set of self-imposed restrictions. Advertisement Whereas Trump beefed up his decks with prizes from Hearthstone’s Arena mode, Disguised Toast refused to play any Arenas, and hopped right into ranked READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
It’s been just over a month since the release of Hearthstone’s Journey to Un’Goro expansion, so you know what that means: it’s time for the Hearthstone community to remember how much they hate the game. But don’t worry, they’ll get over it. It’s all one big cycle. If you’ve ever followed any game with a player base as dogged as Blizzard’s online collectible card game’s, you know how fickle the core can be. Any change to the game is viewed with intense scrutiny, every developer decision interpreted as either a money grab or completely out-of-touch. On this familiar seesaw between excitement and brutal criticism, hype is never just hype—it’s also a precursor to eventual disappointment. I call it the Hearthstone Salt Cycle, and this is how it always plays out. Last week, the popular Hearthstone streamer Octavian “Kripparrian” Morosan released a video in which he complains about what he sees as major problems with Hearthstone, specifically about the game’s randomness and prohibitive pricing. This is nothing unusual for Morosan, who’s known in the community for his brutal, honest opinions. What’s surprising is the speed with which he turned from enthusiasm about the new Un’Goro expansion, to legitimate concern READ FULL…
Even in a Buffalo Wild Wings, some people will always get salty when a Quest Rogue wins. (Photo courtesy of Buffalo Wild Wings) Think you’ve got what it takes to qualify for the Hearthstone Spring Championships? Okay, but can you do it in a Buffalo Wild Wings? If you’re looking to compete in this year’s Hearthstone Spring Playoffs, you might have to throw down in a loud room that smells like honey barbecue sauce. Advertisement Blizzard Entertainment announced this week that this year’s Hearthstone Spring Playoffs—which will determine who qualifies for the $250,000 Hearthstone Spring Championship in Shanghai—will take place on May 27 and 28 in 10 venues across the United States. Five of those venues are Buffalo Wild Wings locations. Blizzard has approved BWW as a venue in the past for Hearthstone’s Winter Tavern Hero qualifiers, and some players say the setting was a huge distraction. In one participant’s account, the shoddy internet led to multiple disconnections, and the wait staff who came to the table actually interrupted the flow of the game. Photo: Blizzard Let’s be clear: as a digital collectible card game, Hearthstone is not a good READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!