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It took a couple of days before I felt comfortable entering the Arena in Hearthstone. Having mostly played a priest deck and a bit of the mage in the opening rounds, I wanted to try a few of the other hero classes before I even thought about attempting the arena.
Here you are given a choice of three heroes. Luckily the priest was an option in my first two arena entries so at least I had a better idea of how to play that class of cards.
My first experience was short-changed as my second match bugged out from an opponent’s use of a Brewmaster card. I thought it was odd since there was still no timer after a couple of minutes but after 5mins or so, I checked to see if there was anything in the forums about it. Someone suggested that the player might have held up the match deliberately (as an exploit) but the fuse should have come into play after a short time so I reluctantly closed the game hoping it wouldn’t register as an automatic loss but it did /sigh. Not a great first impression when it takes quite a bit of time and effort to accumulate 150 coins. My first two arena matches already had two losses with nothing much to show for it.
Yesterday, Cool bought me a couple of packs from the store. It was exciting to open them because you never know what you’ll find inside. I was especially excited about my Gelbin Mekkatorque card as I’ve seen a number of people use them in their decks against me. He’s been a lot of fun to play (when I actually have a chance to use him) and can last a while.
After three arena tournaments, I’ve managed to win 4 matches although two were won with a paladin deck. At first I was disappointed since I haven’t played the pali much but it seemed a pretty easy win against two warrior opponents.
Maybe one day I can even win that uber crown key on the right. I have noticed zero wins can still net you a pack of cards so that’s some consolation for the time invested. I wonder if that will change when the game goes live…
I admit the main reason I opted into the Hearthstone beta was because of the Hearthsteed. Up until yesterday, I had no real knowledge of the game or games like it. I had purchased a number of TCG packs over the years, purely for a chance at the loot cards and no real interest in the game itself. Unfortunately, the only two loot cards I managed to see came from the Wrath and Cata Collector’s Editions. I even tried my luck with the new Reign of Fire set, buying four booster packs but no loot cards inside.
A couple of days ago, I received my own beta invite prompting me to install the Battle.net desktop app which is a requirement to play. As soon as I saw the opening screen, I was pleasantly surprised. There was so much animation and the heroes even talk to each other making the opening matches fun to play through. You can even interact with the corners of the board and use emotes to communicate with the other player.
As soon as I finished battling Illidan I was eager to get a priest deck going. Around the same time, Coolidge had made a paladin deck so he was eager to challenge me to a match. I have never played this sort of game before so with only the practice matches to go by, I sent him a challenge.
I was so used to my hero ability doing damage (after playing Jaina) that I made a few boo boos during the match. Let’s just say I didn’t make things any easier for myself and Cool didn’t help much :P
A few hours later, I logged back in to try a few matches in Play mode which meant I was playing against other people. I was able to beat six other players meaning I could start making decks for several other classes. After each win, I slowly began to tweak my custom priest deck so it’s been quite fun incorporating some of the more interesting cards available.
This afternoon I logged in to find a challenge from Arv. OMG, he has a lot more experience with this so I didn’t have high hopes. I immediately messaged him saying “[he was] going to kick my ass” but he said “I’ll go easy on you”. Yeah, right! After a particular move he apologised. Apologies, my ass!
For now, I’ll keep playing for the experience and hopefully some really nice cards. I might have a go at the Hunter, Shaman and Warlock decks before I step into the arena, I’ll just have to wait and see.