New ‘Hearthstone’ expansion ‘Mean Streets of Gadgetzan’ could be just what free-to-play players needed

Activision-Blizzard’s famed digital collectible card game “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” (2014) is back again with its latest expansion, “Mean Streets of Gadgetzan,” and its arrival could not come soon enough. Anyone who’s been trying to climb the ladder in “Hearthstone” or get a decent result in the Arena as anything that’s not a Mage has been in for […]

Persistent balance issues in ‘Hearthstone’ unable to be solved without more developer intervention

After lavishing praise upon Blizzard Entertainment for innovative card design in last fall’s adventure “The League of Explorers,” which is the third adventure Blizzard has released for “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (2014),” this writer is disappointed that the developers seem to be taking the digital collectible card game (CCG) in a less inspired direction. More specifically, […]

‘Duelyst’ could be the ‘Hearthstone’ competitor we’ve been waiting for

“Hearthstone” (2014) has run virtually unopposed in the casual CCG (collectible card game) genre since its release, with primary competitors like “Magic: The Gathering” (1993 – present) being far less accessible due to its steeper learning curve and a visually-uninspired video game version. Now that Hearthstone’s barriers to entry have risen substantially, the time is […]