Has Hearthstone gotten boring?

My short answer is: of course not! But after playing a couple games on ranked, the ranked system lacks replay value after you attain the grand goal of being a legend ranked player. I face this every season as I enjoy the strategy and gameplay of the ranked ladder, but don’t wish to spend many hours on grinding to the legendary ranks over and over. Although there are incentives in getting a golden portrait and earning 100 gold daily, I believe there are some other rewards that can be introduced to make the game more entertaining. There are also some possible game modes that could be introduced to spice up play. I already know the Fireside trials hosted by ESL have created a new approach to playing by introducing various limitations, like only use of basic cards or no spells. Other than ranked and arena, perhaps Blizzard could introduce some other game modes to spice up the play.

Tournaments: This idea has been thrown around a lot and there exists a lot of weekly tournaments to get involved. However, there are still people who want to practice a tournament setting more often. There are some websites that have tried to set up tournaments at any time of the day but none of them have gotten great popularity. If Blizzard was to set up a client for managing tournaments, I would envision great success, especially if there were rewards to those who played well in the tournament.

Pre-set modes with limitations: Expanding on the idea started by the Fireside trials, what if those limitations were also included for some play on the ladder? It would be really interesting to build decks without spells or with just basic cards. It would really test deck building abilities, as well as challenge players to novel scenarios. The only issue here is how to make these limitations stick.

Multiplayer modes: I know the whole deal with the screen being too small, especially for Android users, but I think this mode is completely possible for PC gamers. This mode would reinforce teamplay in a game where it’s completely single player and could even make it as a format for highly watched tournaments. I’m not sure how the exact mode would work, perhaps splitting the screen down the middle and having two player play as the same hero but have different hands? Or there could be just two completely different players vs. two different players, each with their own hero. However it is made though, I feel that multiplayer is a great path for the card game to expand.

Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film.

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