Hearthstone Enters Open Beta

Now everyone can play Blizzard's addictive digital collectible card game.

News by Mike Williams, .

Blizzard Entertainment has finally taken its collectible card game, Hearthstone, into open beta in North America. That means anyone in the US who somehow hasn't gotten a Hearthstone beta key already can just jump right in. If you're interested just head to the official site and download the client!

Now that the game is in open beta, Blizzard has said that they won't be performing any more card wipes. You know what that means veterans: it's time to take what you've learned and finally build your ultimate deck. Blizzard Entertainment has released a blog post on the company's card balance philosophy, so you can be aware of what cards may change in the future.

"I want you all to know that once we go into Open Beta with, we plan to make very few card changes, unless they are absolutely necessary. We want players to find their own creative solutions to different decks, not to wait for us to nerf the flavor the month," wrote Hearthstone lead designer Eric Dodds.

"Giving you confidence in your cards and the play environment is very important to us, and each card change we make potentially undermines that confidence. If players find a really great deck, we'll try and slip some fun counters to that deck into the next expansion for you, instead of nerfing those cards directly."

Hearthstone's ramp up to launch has been pretty quick. The game was a surprise announcement at PAX East in March 2013 and it hit closed beta in August. Open beta in other regions is coming "within the next few days." The game is already available PC of course, but iOS and Android versions are still forthcoming. Players should expect the iPad version to touchdown before the iPhone and Android versions, so adjust expectations accordingly.

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