The MOP Up: Hearthstone gets ready to banish dozens of cards (February 19, 2017)

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This week we have stories and videos from Overwatch, League of LegendsEVE OnlineMabinogi DuelSpace EngineersIngressEternal CrusadeElder Scrolls OnlineFinal BladeHearthstoneGod Eater OnlineDrakensang Online, and EVE Valkyrie, all waiting for you after the break!

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Once this spring’s expansion set arrives, Blizzard will banish several older card sets from Hearthstone’s standard play and make them exclusive to the wild format. Here’s how it’ll work:

“The wormhole has awoken.” Are you ready for EVE Valkyrie’s newest game mode? Probably not, but you can test the waters with this trailer.

NCsoft has a new mobile fantasy MMO on the market, Final Blade, and you can check out this Asian-themed title if you can get ahold of the Korean version.

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nevyn

so, buy cards, then have Bliz make them pretty much worthless.

Yeah, no. glad I stopped playign that game ages ago,

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Armsbend

Magic started this maybe 2 decades ago? Otherwise you can’t ever develop new stuff because it is impossible to keep all the mechanics straight. In wild it’s all willy nilly.

That said, HS is garbage now.

Mewmew
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Mewmew

They’re not doing it in Hearthstone because they’re worried about confusing the mechanics. You can still use all the cards in Wild mode, so the mechanics still have to fit together with all the cards and decks anyway.

You can read through the article and see their excuses. There’s one about giving freedom in designing new cards, which sort of sounds like they want to sell new cards that aren’t that different from what some existing cards are. This way they can put a new picture on them and sell basically the same cards over and over again to people.

Secondly they’re retiring cards that they consider too popular. If a card is so good that people start to say it’s required in your deck, they’re going to retire it… And then they’ll get you to pay up to get new stuff that will become too popular and be retired too. It will be a never ending cycle of payment and retiring of cards.

And hey whatever, it’s one way to do it I guess. Other games that want to keep getting you to spend money keep introducing more and more powerful cards as time goes on making your old ones pretty much worthless anyway. I can’t say that this way is any more shady or cheesy than the constant power raising other TCGs do to get people to keep spending.

pepperzine
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pepperzine

I don’t know what you’re talking about, they’re not useless at all. You can still play with cards from any adventure in both casual and ranked Wild mode, so just choose that mode instead. Having two options is a win-win.

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Dean Dean

Looks like the industry is shifting to mobile devices. I guess it’s not too surprising, considering that many MMOs are just freemium garbage anyway. Maybe it’ll give desktop developers room to grow, and we’ll see the return of subscription based MMOs.

pepperzine
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pepperzine

Great news for hearthstone. Can’t wait for Reno to be cycled out too, then my Murloc deck will be in a much better place.

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Nordavind

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