Blizzard wants to know why you’re not playing Hearthstone anymore

    
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So what WILL you take?

It seems that Blizzard’s free(ish)-to-play digital TCG Hearthstone has hit a bit of a rough patch recently. According to PC Gamer, Blizzard COO Coddy Johnson said in the company’s now-infamous earnings call — which preceded the “bloodbath” of firings at Blizzard — that Hearthstone has “experienced sequential declines in net bookings from players making in-game purchases.”

Obviously, players just aren’t as into Hearthstone as they used to be, and Lead Balance Designer August Dean Ayala wants players to tell him why. In a recent tweet, Ayala asked, “If Hearthstone used to be your main game but isn’t anymore, what would get you back?”

The range of replies to Ayala’s question has varied wildly, though there seem to be some patterns emerging: Many players complain about meta stagnation, while others say there’s just not much of a reason to log on and play anymore. Many pro players have come out of the woodwork to provide their feedback as well. It remains to be seen what the devs will actually do with all this feedback, but still, it may be a start to getting the game back into the spotlight. Worth pointing out too is that the game has stayed in the top 10 for watched games on Twitch, so the problem might not be interest on its own.

Source: PC Gamer

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Drago

Blizzard = old games just keeps rehashing them time and time again. Try and make new games again.

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Joe Smith

Correction, the title should be instead “Blizzard wants to know why you’re not giving them more money. I mean, don’t you have a phone?”.

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Roger Melly

Because it’s Blizzard and they have a tendency to come up with gold and turn it into lead .

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Andrew

The issue is not really the game itself, it is just how the new cards come out at a rather quick speed and they have a theme but are not very strong. Sure a few cards of that theme come out,but it should work with the old decks that people have used rather than always forcing them to play meta, sure there are meta players but they only care about making a large winstreak with their decks that have been perfected.

But if the only cards that come are crazy effects for meta then this game is falling far from Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon. The difference is that for the other two that they may have the meta all in but they remember that this is a game not a combination spree of combos, this should be about having the cards on a simple descriptions for players and that have easy access to a few higher rank cards rather than having to open ten packs and blow a dozen or so bucks for a legendary.

The point is this used to be a game for fun and enjoying with a few simple mechanics,but with all the other cool stuff you are adding in it is straying away from the core of what makes this game so fun rather than cool. One of the things I used to like so much about the game is that it was simple, quick, and that I could find many different players to throw cards down with.

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oldandgrumpy

Not interested in digital card games

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Baemir

Too casual and P2W and the oval shape for the art is stupid.

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Bruno Brito

Because fuck that. Magic Arena is way better.

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Rayzzor

Oh I still play Hearthstone as much as I use to, I just don’t spend money on it anymore. Why should I? Card design has gotten worse each expansion. For example, some may remember when the legendary quests first came out and the issue some players had with quest rouge. Eventually they nerfed it and it died out, only for them to make cards in a future expansion that made it a problem again, therefore causing it to get nerfed AGAIN. So of course in another future expansion they designed new cards that briefly brought it back again, only this time they didn’t nerf the rouge quest once more, they just nerfed the “offending” card(s). When I see things like that it makes me feel like they just either don’t put thought into what they design or they don’t test things well enough.

Also why should I spend money on a ton of packs when, after an expansion comes out, the meta will soon settle down to the same 4-6 decks? I just save up gold, get however many packs I can get when the expansion drops and then wait to see what I have and what I need to craft to try to stay somewhat competitive. Makes no sense for me to spend money to try and get all the cards and experiment when they design the crap so poorly that everyone ends up playing the same damn decks in the ladder.

At a certain point you become the problem you hate because you want to compete and be different but it’s hard when you feel you HAVE to play a set amount of classes because they decided to only design good cards for certain classes any given expansion. Or at least that’s how I see it.

I could complain more but nah lol.

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psytic

Personally I cant play a card game as a main game and i’m not spending the money needed to keep relevant with this crappy system they have of shuffling card out of rotation every season. So you cant really play it casually and be relevant.

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K38FishTacos

Too expensive.

It’s *not* an investment. There are too many things you have to buy too often. I’m not staying on that treadmill.