I started playing Magic: The Gathering
in 1995. I've loved the game ever since a friend introduced me to it. I've played both face to face and online, in one-on-one tournaments and in 12-player free-for-alls. It's the only collectible card game I've ever committed myself to playing.
Then along came Hearthstone
. I received an invitation to the closed beta. I gave it a few hours and then I dismissed it. I had a long list of reasons
. The game was too simple. I felt helpless during my opponent's turn. I couldn't protect my most valuable creatures by keeping them out of combat. I didn't have enough interesting cards to develop the quirky strategies that I prefer in Magic
A few weeks ago, on the advice of a fellow Magic
player who had been playing Hearthstone
nonstop since open beta, I gave it another shot. I tried to approach the game without my Magic
prejudices. I soon discovered that Hearthstone
has a lot more to offer than I first thought.
Here's how Blizzard won me over.
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