Their digital product is Hearthstone. We already do NOT own anything here. If they decide tomorrow to shutdown their servers, we’re left with a web browser named Hearthstone, that connects to nothing.
In a regular CCG we physically have the cards and we can actually meet our friends and play, in real life. We have a day each month when we meet and play like this. No competition names, because I don’t want my message deleted, but I guess you all know what game I say.
SO, back to the original idea. Their digital product is the GAME, not the packs. The packs are containing 135 cards. 80% of those cards are useless … just filler so we could get junk.
What Blizzard / Activision / Team 5 should do ? Release a reduced number of cards each expansion to 20-30 (even launch more expansions / year, so the game should be often refreshed with new decks and mechanics).
Sell more cosmetic items and reduce the impact of the pay 2 win factor.
As it is for now, most players cannot afford a large cards collection, are limited to 2-3 maxed heroes and cannot “taste” the real game with all the classes and the fun meme decks.
What happens in the end ? Seeing the HUGE amount of released cards, new players aren’t even embarking in this journey, so the player database is always decreasing instead of increasing, leaving open spots on the market for the competition. It is a good thing … but my favorite game is DYING like this … I love Hearthstone.
For myself, as an old player, the game is painful when I need to buy the next expansion and I’m always thinking if it is worth buying or not. This time I still bought it, but the decision is harder to make each expansion, because the quality of the product is diminished and there are always less players.
The number of playable decks is very limited and in the time between expansions I don’t even play Hearthstone anymore, because I’m bored seeing always the same decks, even if we have 135 new cards. Then what’s the point releasing so many cards ? Just to take our money and make us quit for the huge price of randomizing our real money rewards ?
Ok. Calculating, I’ve spent more than 3.000 euro on this game. I used the money that I would of used to buy cigarettes. So I don’t feel not even for a second that I lost my money on Hearthstone. Actually I’m happy with my purchase. But the game is now dying. i’m writing you here also to protect my investment … I would like to be able to play Hearthstone in 5 years from now too … but the direction this game is going now it’s just wrong.
Conclusion: Team 5 should offer in each pack NON repeatable cards, until you have a full collection. Each card should contain 100 guaranteed dust, not 40, so you could craft with dust all missing cards. This way, the players saving gold to buy packs would have almost a full collection too. No more pay 2 win.
Thank you for reading.
This is my last recorded video of my cards collection. I wasn’t in the mood to record it again after the last expansions. Anyway, I have all the cards there with 1-2 really useless exceptions.