In what looks to be Blizzard’s answer to Duels of the Planeswalkers from Wizards of the Coast, Their new online card game “Hearthstone” is in open beta right now at Battle.net. Hearthstone is set in the Warcraft universe, and I have already spent two hours this morning playing this excellent game. So far, tons of fun and since it is in beta, it is absolutely free to download and play on your computer.
If you have played Magic or Magic: Online, then the rules will be simple for you to pick up. In fact, they seem easier than MTG rules at this point, but of course they haven’t been around for 25 years either. Here are the details, and I highly recommend it.
The wait is over: The Hearthstone Open Beta Test is now live in the North American region! If you haven’t joined in on all of the crazy card-slinging action yet, now is your chance! Pull up a chair and prepare to start casting powerful spells, summoning mighty minions, and dueling your friends in a fast-paced strategy card game for everyone.
It’s been a crazy past few months for all of us on the Hearthstone team. We announced Hearthstone at PAX East back in March, began the Closed Beta Test in August, had a blast at BlizzCon with the Innkeeper’s Invitational, and we were excited to announce Android and iPhone support. Now we’re ready to unleash the awesomeness of Hearthstone to you with Open Beta.
So what does this mean for you? If you didn’t get the chance to participate in the Hearthstone Closed Beta Test, you can now download the game. Just click here to download Hearthstone, or you can use the Play Free Now button at the top of playhearthstone.com. We have no plans to perform any more card wipes, so feel free to amass your collection and play against your friends.
What if you don’t play in the North American region? Don’t worry; we plan to go to Open Beta in all our other regions within the next few days, so stay tuned for more information!
Open Beta is still not a final release, and we will be closely monitoring many aspects of the game to ensure a positive play experience for everyone. Please be aware that if smoke starts curling out of our servers due to unexpectedly high demand for Hearthstone, we may have to temporarily disable Open Beta account activations until we’re ready to take on more players.
Download, play and enjoy Hearthstone now – we’ll see you in-game!