Hearthstone’s community is in open revolt over the new reward system

    
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Hearthstone’s community is in open revolt over the new reward system

It’s been an ugly month in Hearthstone’s neck of the woods — and it’s only getting worse. Community outcry over what it’s seeing as stingy and greedy business tactics with the game’s revised reward structure and new its Tavern Pass system are sparking riots and protests pretty much anywhere that Hearthstone and its studio rears its head.

Considering that, it was probably not the best time for Blizzard to try to break out a light-hearted “Ask An Old God Anything” Q&A session this week. In fact, this event only got as far as the announcement before it was bombarded with furious player tweets, prompting Blizzard to quietly pull the announcement and cancel the AMA.

And over at the game’s Reddit, a full-blown Hearthstone revolt is raging up and down the posts with players condemning “Blizzard Greed” and publicly quitting. Blizzard promised a couple of weeks ago to make fixes and improvements to the game’s business model, but so far, the community isn’t buying it.

“We have been listening to your feedback regarding the rewards track and it’s clear we missed the mark both in how we communicated and implemented the full functionality of this first version of our rewards system,” the studio posted on November 17th.

Source: Reddit, InvenGlobal. Thanks Schlag!

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Dobablo

When Hearthstone launched, the F2P rewards were about as generous as it got (because the the CCG industry was a horrible mess of growing and exploiting whales). The next gen of games provided better F2P alternatives and Hearthstone rewards fall behind. The new F2P system is a bit more generous, but because of both the gamification the reward track and being less generous than its rivals, it feels like a downgrade.

When will game devs learn that the minimum expectations for big changes are for more transparent systems with rewards that are at least twice as good? Anything that fails to reach that threshold will be seen as manipulative changes done to milk the player for more money.

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Nathan Aldana

here’s a hint blizzard. Nobody is fooled by “clearly we missed the mark”, we all know thats a corporate mealy mouthed admission you wont do anything substantial. Its the excuse EA gives about lockboxes.

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I sometimes make the mistake of assuming that my words will be as clear in meaning to others as they are to me, despite repeated demonstrations of the old adage “assume makes an ass of u and me” being apt.

The linked clip is to Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part 1, and features a satiric depiction of French King Louis XVI’s despotic greed and utter contempt for the poor among his own people.

Posting this here was meant as a comparison between this tone-deaf king and the money-grubbing “leadership” of Activision Blizzard, not as an insult to Hearthstone players, or to poor people. I think a post made yesterday and since removed misunderstood my intent.

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styopa

I’ve long since stopped underestimating the internet people’s ability to misconstrue a genuinely amusing comment, often deliberately for maximum outrage and bathos.

Your comment was amusing, ironic, erudite. Don’t apologize that stupid people didn’t get it.

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Not an apology, just an explanation.

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Neurotic

As soon as I see that phrase, I can’t help smiling because I immediately think of Brooks smirking at the camera and saying “It’s good to be the king”. :D