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Hearthstone Always-on

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When Blizzard launched Diablo 3, people raged about always-on DRM. There was no single player, because of the auction house and they wanted a more ‘social’ experience, allowing your friends to jump in at any time. Now I’m playing Hearthstone in beta, and I noticed that this is also always-on. I don’t like it. Not at all.

I noticed the always-on when I played the tutorial. When you start the game for the first time, you have to play a few rounds to get used to the mechanics. During the last tutorial, one card away from winning, my internet disconnected (yay, wifi) and I had to redo the whole match. This also happened later when I was playing in practice mode. These modes can be offline, and I would really like that. My wifi wavers a lot and I notice these lags during a play against AI. I don’t see what my card does, I’ve to wait two to three seconds before I can play another card. It annoys the hell out of me, mostly because I lose my flow. This is even more annoying in PvP, but that can’t be helped.

I would like to know what you think. Should AI battles in Hearthstone be offline? Is Always-on essential to Hearthstone?

Hearthstone key

I finally got one, but not from Blizzard. Hearthstone is Blizzard’s new WoW themed card game and is currently in beta. The game will be free to play when it’s released, but will have microtransactions. You can buy booster packs with gold, the in-game currency or with real money. I checked yesterday and it’s €44, 99 for 40 packs. Each of the packs you buy with real money has a guaranteed rare or higher. The packs you buy with gold don’t have this guarantee.

I didn’t have much time to play yet, but I finished all the tutorials and unlocked the shaman and druid deck. Hopefully I can unlock the rest this weekend. After unlocking all the decks and leveling them up, I’ll probably buy some booster packs. Maybe with a video. Who knows 🙂

I will post more about Hearthstone. If you also have access to the beta, feel free to add me. My Battle tag is on the right side of the page.