More Beta Keys on the Way!

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The last few weeks have been some what of a blur for me. I have been writing guides that will be releasing soon, going to school full time, going to work, being a father of three and trying to get the websites new features out to public as quickly as possible. Do not worry Hearthstone fans I have not forgot you guys. I got an email just this morning from Zeriyah about more keys potentially coming my way.  I would like to personally thank all the people who have helped prohearthstone.com out this far.

I will keep everyone posted about the status of the new keys and how to earn them, since we are in the beta a few weeks now. I will give them out quickly, no long contest or waiting, so make sure you check in with us frequently so you do not miss your chance to grab a key and join us.

 

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Beta Key Giveaway!

*UPDATE!  8/22/2013

Congrats to all the people who have received keys from signing up for the website. All winners have been chosen so check your email to see if you have been selected (All winners were chosen at random). We will put up our streaming schedule for twitch.tv soon. Join us! Ask us questions live. Thanks to all who have supported us this far looking forward to more. Another big announcement is coming in the next week. Stay Tuned!

*UPDATE! We added yet another way to earn a Beta key by checking out our twitch.tv live stream. Not only do you have a chance to earn a beta key sometime during our live stream but you can watch our founder Snow crush his enemies.(He will be getting crushed more an likely). Just check in form time to time and we will be giving away a few beta keys this way. Do not worry we will have a way to get it to you. Not every live stream will have a beta key just check in time to time and check the website as well.

Our twitch.tv stream is: http://www.twitch.tv/prohearthstone

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All next week Prohearthstone.com will be giving quite a few beta keys away.

I have been extensively playing the game clocked in over 50+ hours in thus far and have to say it is extremely smooth and very fun.

We have an in-depth guide we are working on from beginner level to expert. We hope to see you all in the beta soon. We wish we had enough keys to give to all the people who come here and support us.

To enter the sweepstakes simply register with us at prohearthstone.com. To earn an additional entry in the drawing go to our forums and post your favorite card in the ProHearthstone giveaway thread. Winners will be choosen throughout the week. Use a good email so if you win we can send you your beta key.

There will also be a chance to win beta keys by commenting on a post within an hour after the post is made on this website by simply answering a Warcraft related question. After one hour no more correct answers will be counted towards the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the hour has ended.

Thanks,

Snow

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Hearthstone Community – Fansites and Beta Key Giveaways!

Originally Posted by Zeriyah (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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The Hearthstone beta is live! Haven’t had the chance to opt in to the beta yet? Be sure to do so  here  for your chance to join in on all the fun!

Many of our fansites have finally gotten their hands on the game and have been playing it extensively, so there’s a wealth of new Hearthstone information out there. There’s definitely a little something for everyone curious about the game. . . .

In addition, some of the fansites below are holding Hearthstone beta key giveaways at various points during the beta test. Stop by for a chance to win a beta key of your very own! While you’re at it, be sure to check out some awesome fansite podcasts, watch a live stream of the game, or even enjoy a stellar blog or two. We hope to see you pulling up a chair in the Hearthstone tavern soon!

 

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Hearthstone Closed Beta Test Begins!

Originally Posted by Zeriyah (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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Here’s a card we’ve been dying to play: The closed beta test for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has begun in the Americas region!

During the closed beta test, we’ll be inviting a range of duelers from our opt-in pool (along with folks from press and fansites) to try their hand at Hearthstone and let us know what they think. There’s no NDA during the beta, and we’d love to hear all about your epic victories, watch your live streamed matches, and see screenshots and videos sharing your experiences with the game. Please note that Hearthstone is still in development, and what you see and play in the beta test isn’t necessarily representative of what to expect in the final game.

Want to participate in beta testing Hearthstone? Read on!

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How do I opt in to the closed beta test?

Once you’ve set up a Battle.net account, you can choose to opt in to our beta test from the Beta Profile page. You’ll need to download and run the System Check tool to attach your computer’s specifications to your beta profile. Once that’s complete it’s simply a matter of waiting for an invite.

You can also opt in through our website here.

How do I know if I’m selected?

We’ll send you an email letting you know if you’re selected. The email will contain a beta key—just follow the instructions inside to get started.

As always, please be aware of phishing attempts—falsified emails sent by unscrupulous individuals purporting to be from Blizzard, but their real goal is to steal your login credentials. For more information on how to identify these emails, please refer to our Battle.net Security site.

One easy way to ensure your invite is legit is to avoid clicking on links in any invite emails you receive. Instead, just log in to your Battle.net account and add the beta key from your invite email to your account.

How many players do you plan on inviting to the beta test?

The number of players we invite to the Hearthstone beta will be based on our testing needs. During the course of testing we’ll be inviting additional opt-ins as necessary in waves.

Is there an NDA?

There is no NDA for the Hearthstone beta test. Take screenshots, live-stream matches, record movies—whatever your heart desires! Please keep in mind that the game is still a work in progress, and we appreciate your understanding when you encounter bugs, graphical errors, or other issues. Help us create a better game for everyone to enjoy by reporting them here!

How long will the beta test last?

We have not determined an exact date for the end of the beta test. We’ll post a notice when the beta test is nearing completion.

Do I get to keep all my beta cards?

We are planning to wipe all player collections partway through the closed beta. We anticipate needing to rebalance some cards based on the feedback we get in the closed beta, and recognize that players may have made decisions on which cards to disenchant or craft based on information that’s changing. After we’ve completed that wave of balance testing and wiped cards, we do not anticipate needing to reset collections again.

Players who purchased card packs or Arena entry with real money prior to the collection wipe will be credited back with an equivalent amount of gold following the wipe, which can be used to re-purchase packs and/or Arena entry to re-establish their collection. These packs will not contain the same configuration of cards as the packs acquired previous to the collection reset.

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State of the Game

Originally Posted by Jason Chayes (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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So, many of you have been asking about how development on the Hearthstone beta has been coming along. Rightly so! We’ve had previews of new cards and features for a few months now, but haven’t talked a whole lot about how overall progress is going and, more importantly, how that lines up with getting the game into your hands.

To start with, we hit an important milestone last week when we finished implementation of all features planned for the release of the beta. A few of the things we just wrapped up include:

  • A revamp of the Arena, including a new rewards system
  • Lots of quest tuning, particularly for new players
  • UI updates to make it clear what the next basic card you’re destined to unlock will be

While we’re psyched to have wrapped up feature development, it doesn’t mean we’re done quite yet. Our overall focus has shifted onto fixing bugs and improving our infrastructure so that it can support a larger number of players. We’re making good progress, and while we definitely won’t fix every bug before releasing the beta, we do think it’s important to address any issues that would pull focus away from the core game experience. What that means is that we’re not days away from launching the beta, but we’re not months away either. At the Hearthstone announcement we committed to going into beta testing before the summer was over, and the team has been pulling out all the stops to make that happen. Sometimes that has meant ditching meetings to fix a gnarly bug, and it’s often meant working long hours to get that additional layer of polish in. It’s a pretty intense time, and what keeps us going is that we’re just as excited as you guys about the release of the beta. Here’s a quick snapshot of some important scientifically derived metrics from the last week alone:

  • Bugs marked “fixed”: 187
  • Golden cards added to the build: 30
  • Boxes of donuts eaten: 2

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A lot of our discussion so far has been centered on the North American beta, so we just wanted to mention to players in Europe, Korea, and Taiwan: your feedback on the game is equally important to us! We are thus planning a dedicated beta in these regions with fully localized builds. These will follow the start of the North American beta test as closely as possible and we’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

We’ve mentioned previously that you’ll be able to spend real money in the beta to purchase card packs and Arena entry. Now, it is a beta, so we don’t expect everything to be in tip-top shape quite yet. With that in mind, we previously noted that as a thank-you for helping us test the in-game store, we’d be offering a special token of appreciation to beta testers who make a real-money in-game purchase during the beta test. We’re pleased to reveal that that gift will be a golden version of Gelbin Mekkatorque, which will be available throughout the closed and open beta tests. When you purchase card packs or an Arena ticket in any phase of the beta test, you will be granted the golden Gelbin Mekkatorque; he won’t be available through crafting or getting a lucky hit inside a card pack. Once the game has released, you can still craft a regular Mekkatorque if you save up enough arcane dust.

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One last point on the beta test: while we’re going to kick it off with a relatively small number of invites, we’re going to gradually roll in more and more players over time. If you don’t get in initially, don’t worry too much, as new players will be brought in frequently. In fact, everyone who’s interested in playing Hearthstone during the beta period will be able to get in when we transition to an open beta test a bit later in the testing cycle. All you’ll need to do is create a Battle.net account if you don’t already have one, and download the client, and you’ll be set to go! No invitation necessary!

Although our top priority is getting the beta out for Windows and Mac, we haven’t taken our sights off the iPad. In fact, the team hit an awesome milestone with our iPad development not too long ago with our first end-to-end test of cross-platform play. One of our team members jumped into the Hearthstone App on his iPad, saw his Battle.net buddy who happened to be playing on the PC, chatted with him and then went head-to-head in a vicious cross-platform duel. For the record: iPad 1: PC 0.

As we’re getting closer to the beta launch, one thing we want to reiterate is that Hearthstone started out as an experiment for a different approach to game development at Blizzard. While the game has grown a lot since then, it’s important to us that we continue to test out new ideas as the game makes its way towards release. That means working with our community team to try a bunch of different approaches for blog posts, news updates, and content we’d like to share with you all. Some of these updates may provide just the information you wanted. If so, awesome . . . tell us about it. Others may not hit the mark or speak to what interests you most. Tell us about that too. You definitely have a part to play as we move into the final phases of Hearthstone development, and we’re probably going to have some misses along the way, so share your thoughts and help us make Hearthstone awesome!

We’re listening!

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Hearthstone Live: The Arena (The Forge) Reaction

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If you did not get a chance to check out “The Arena” (previously known as the forge) there was a lot information talked about along with a few unanswered questions finally answered.

Here is a link to watch it yourself: http://www.twitch.tv/playhearthstone/c/2639827

The overall presentation of The Arena was solid. Blizzard explained a few details not yet known to the community. Eric Doods and Ben Brode did a fine job  presenting the new material. Their first big announcement Blizzard decided to go on ahead and change the name “The Forge” to the “The Arena”. The reasoning Blizzard did not want to confuse the players with hearthstones crafting system. I believe this was a smart move by Blizzard.

The commentary they provided was entertaining, they could never decide on card they both agreed on, the struggle to get their favorite card in the deck was delightful.  They choose the mage class hero Jaina Proudmoore. Eric and Ben went through about 90 cards explaining the different ways cards are picked and how the rarity works. If you want to get a feel for how “The Arena” works I strongly recommend watching the video.

Here is some basic information on some of the changes in hearthstone:

 

The Arena has an award system the more wins a player acquires the better rewards they will receive.  As a player wins in “The Arena” they are granted an upgraded version of their current key. The key opens a lock box that contains rewards ranging from gold to packs of cards.

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Arena Keys

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Awards inside a lock box each contain a different reward ranging form gold to packs of cards

Zeriyah made a post recently that explained the wins earned to the keys granted.

Originally Posted by Zeriyah (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

0 wins = Novice
1 win = Apprentice
2 wins = Journeyman
3 wins = Copper
4 wins = Silver
5 wins = Gold
6 wins = Platinum
7 wins = Diamond
8 wins = Master
9 wins = Grand Master

 

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The Key to the Hearthstone Arena

Originally Posted by Zeriyah (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

 

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Last week, you may have joined us for our first ever live stream of The Arena. We hope you had just as much fun as we did! In that hour, we discussed the basics of this alternative, competitive deck-building game mode. In today’s blog, we’ll be going over some more of The Arena details in depth, and recapping some of the essentials in case you missed anything in the excitement.

What is The Arena?

The Arena is our “build-and-battle” mode where you construct a 30-card deck on the fly, and then battle it out with other Arena players. You’ll be presented with three random cards at a time, and you’ll choose one of the presented cards to go into your deck. After 30 cards have been selected, you’ll have a full deck of destruction that you’ll use to crush your opponents. The Arena really puts your deck-building knowledge to the test, and it’s just one of the many fun ways you can play Hearthstone.

How can I step into The Arena?

It’s easy to access The Arena. Each time you want to start a new Arena playthrough, you simply pay the entry fee with gold acquired from Play mode and quests, or with real money.

What can I expect inside The Arena?

Inside The Arena, your first decision is to choose the Hero that you’ll base your deck around. Three random Heroes out of the total nine are presented. Perhaps you’ll be in the mood for a bit of spell-slinging with Gul’dan the Warlock, or maybe you’d like to try smashing the competition with the brutality of Garrosh the Warrior. The choice is up to you!

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 With your trusted Hero by your side, you’re ready to test your deck-building skills by selecting cards. For your first pick, three different cards will be displayed to you, and it’s your job to decide which one you want to use for your deck. Any neutral card or card specific to your class could be displayed, and it doesn’t need to already be in your collection.

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Your choices might be tough—and you can’t go back and change your cards later—so pick wisely! For example, you may have selected Uther as your Hero, and you’ll have to make a difficult decision between Coldlight Seer, Violet Teacher, or Blessed Champion. You might then decide to base your deck around that choice, or you may change your strategy halfway down the line—you never know what may come up! Don’t rush through this process—there’s no time limit. You can even stop halfway through making your choices, come back a week later, and pick back up where you left off.

Whew! You finally picked the first card of your deck and you’re feeling really good about the decision. You’ll be faced with three card choices a total of 30 times, eventually giving you a 30-card deck when all is said and done. You may have even picked up a Legendary along the way, and you can’t wait to unleash it against the competition. There’s no limit to how many of each card you can have, so if you were lucky enough to pick up five of your favorite spell card, more (arcane) power to you!

TO BATTLE!

This might be your first time stepping into The Arena. Don’t be nervous! You’ll be pitted against opponents with a similar win and loss record to yours. It’s time to test your skills: Take that deck and venture into The Arena!

To the victor go the spoils!

You won your first battle (as if there was any doubt!) and you’re ready for more action. But when does the action stop? Even the most battle-hardened warrior can get tired—or, you know, has to get back to work.

Each win you accumulate will level up a key you’ll see on The Arena screen—the better your key, the better treasure it unlocks for you. Losses aren’t factored into your rewards, just wins. Rewards can be gold, Arcane Dust, Golden commons and rares, or even packs of cards! The more you win, the better your rewards will be.

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There are a couple of limits: If you win 9 times, your key will fully upgraded to the max level: the Grand Master Key, which grants the best rewards possible. If you lose three times, that’s it for that deck, hero. You’ll receive rewards based on how much your key has been upgraded before you reached three losses. So, for example, if you earn 5 wins before you reach three losses, you’ll get better rewards than if you had had 0 wins and 3 losses. If at any time you need to take a break from dueling in The Arena, just hit the back button to come back later. The deck you made before leaving will be the deck you use until you lose 3 games or win 9 games. Fight hard!

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I bet you want to know what’s inside.

 Once you’ve finished your epic run in The Arena and claimed your rewards, you can venture back in at any time and start a new Arena challenge from scratch using gold or real money. If you were skilled enough to receive a Diamond Key or higher in The Arena, you’ll have enough gold from your rewards to immediately play it again—and undoubtedly, a few fallen foes will be eager for revenge. Once you pay the entry fee again, you’ll get to create a brand new deck from new Heroes and new card choices, and soon you’ll be a renowned deck-building machine in Hearthstone. May your opponents tremble at the mere sight of your name!

Hey wait a minute, wasn’t this called The Forge?

The Forge was the original name of The Arena. We decided to change it because many people assumed that The Forge was where you engaged in Crafting. The word “forge” invoked the imagery of creation rather than the idea you were tempering your skill (which is what we were going for), so we decided to change it to something that better captured the competitive nature—a place where you battled others.

You’ve got the hang of it now!

That’s it for The Arena basics! If you’re ready to do some serious theory crafting to get a leg up on the competition before the Hearthstone beta, come by and visit our forums or visit one of our amazing fansites!

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Our Official Beta Release!

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Welcome to Prohearthstone.com! We’re excited to announce our new Hearthstone community resource. There are many features still in the works but we hope you enjoy what we have for you so far. As this is a work in progress.

Current features include:

  • Database - Fully populated with the currently known Cards.
  • Tooltips - Full card tooltips all linking back to Wowhead.
  • Blue Tracker - An up to date look at what Blizzard is saying about Hearthstone.
  • News - Stay up to date on the latest announcements and updates in the game and its community.
  • Forums – Share your ideas or ask a question.

The current features in the development are:

  • Deck Builder - Plan out and share your deck ideas.
  • Community Guides - Find guides on a variety of subjects or submit your own.

We have a few other features floating around we are toying with as well.

Stay tuned for contest and other giveaways we will be conducting. We will not just give away Hearthstone products but goodies from all Blizzards current games World of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo 3.
Again we would like to thank you for visiting the website and welcome you to the Beta version of Prohearthstone.com

Enjoy,

Snow

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Honing Hearthstone’s Heroes – Live Today!