Hearthstone is a digital-only collectible card game that revolves around turn-based matches between two opponents using pre-made decks of cards. Players can choose from a number of game modes, with each offering a slightly different experience. Players start the game with a limited collection of basic cards, but can gain rarer and more powerful cards through purchasing packs of cards or as rewards from specific game modes. Hearthstone is purposely designed to exclude card trading, instead allowing players to disenchant unwanted cards into a quantity of arcane dust, which can then be used to craft new cards of the player’s choice. Players customize their decks with any gained cards to improve their chances of winning and gaining further rewards.
Hearthstone is free-to-play, only requiring the player to download the game client for their computer or device after setting up a free Battle.net account; supporting ongoing development of the game comes from micropayments. Players can earn in-game gold by winning play mode matches and completing daily quests, such as winning a certain number of matches while in play mode with a particular hero class. A player can have up to three active daily quests which carry over until completed or the quest is declined by the player then a new daily quest is given once a day. Gold can be used for booster packs, entry tickets for arena and access to adventure wings. Alternatively, players can spend real money to purchase these items directly, and can buy exclusive card-back skins and alternate heroes.
Hearthstone is set within the Warcraft universe, with its characters, spells and locations drawing from existing lore.
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