Merry Naxxramas

Blizzard announces first wing of the Curse of Naxxramas expansion for Hearthstone is now available, noting this is free for a limited time. Here's how this works:
The first wing of Curse of Naxxramas™: A Hearthstone™ Adventure has opened! Players can now put their decks to the test against the malevolent undead who roam Azeroth’s most infamous floating necropolis—without spending a single coin. The Arachnid Quarter, the first of the Adventure’s five sinister wings, is now available—free for a limited time—to all Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft™ players who step into the necropolis during the Curse of Naxxramas launch event, taking place now through early September.

“Curse of Naxxramas introduces a whole new way to play Hearthstone”

Curse of Naxxramas pits solo Hearthstone players against a series of iconic, necrotic bosses, each with its own unique powers and cards to command. Heroes will need to draw on all of their wits and deck-building prowess to prevail over Naxxramas’s horrors, earning a total of 30 new cards along the way that can be used in regular play—including a new Legendary card for completing each wing.

“Curse of Naxxramas introduces a whole new way to play Hearthstone,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Players of all skill levels will find plenty to challenge them within Naxxramas’s haunted corridors—and plenty of new options for their decks with the new cards we’re adding.”

A new wing of Naxxramas will open each week, and access to these four additional wings may be purchased for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 per wing. Players can earn the in-game gold needed to unlock the next wing by completing various quests or emerging victorious from the game’s Arena mode—or they can choose to unlock the next available Naxxramas wing using real money.
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descender wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 19:25:
I agree that each individual game is a little "luck of the draw" but... what card game isn't?

I don't agree that there is "limited deck design".

Eh. Its more of a relative thing. Yes, the nature of card games have a general random element to them in the draw, but deck design and overall game structure can do a lot to mitigate that if you know how. Hearthstones design cripples your ability to do that in multiple ways. You can only build a deck with cards for a single class, limit of 30 cards in a deck, limit of 2/1 (Legendary) cards for a single deck, resource management completely removed (except for Druid and reduce cost cards). There are other smaller points, but those are the main ones.

Is this bad? Not really and it makes it vastly easier to jump right into the game and even be competitive. The barrier to entry is much lower in Hearthstone when compared to games like Hex TCG or Magic or Scrolls. But these same design choices, in my opinion, add a lot more variance to a single game and give Blizzard a much tighter control on deck designs and the metagame. Less options for you, easier for Blizzard to balance. Same methodology they've been using in WoW for years now.

I will say, I've never played a CCG that has caused me so much rage when losing a game due to random luck. Not even playing against Blue control decks in Magic and people that play Blue control are horrible people and should feel bad.
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