Just got back into the game after getting the giftpackage for not playing for over half a year.
Never had a problem with it before.
But now, in addition to the powercreep being taken to 11/10 the cards themselves are so complex. I imagine if you play the game consistently this may not be a huge problem, but the barrier of entry for a returning or god forbid new player is now almost insurmountable.
Nearly every card now has one ability, many have two, some have three or more. Some are complex abilities that have conditions and some even have conditions for what happens if you fail those conditions.
I´ve played some Arena games that have far more muted cards and I almost never ran out of time. Trying some normal hearthstone, even at Bronze with a very low MMR I am simply overburdened.
Thinking of installing some of those tooltip programs that help you keep track of whats happened in the game, what cards you have left and what have been played for no other reason this time than to read the cards while the opponent plays his. At this point they really should be standard, at least the card tracker.
The game has those become both more complex and complicated. Add to this all the cards that now have random effects (Played against a mage that essentially played “Random card go Boom” every two cards) and the near bottomless pit that is discovering cards that many classes have access to and it feels like the clock just isn´t enough.
Im enjoying some aspects of this from a gameplay perspective, though I do feel its a bit too much randomness in general but I simply cant keep up anymore.
In regards to the randomness, I feel that even if I was super tuned in and quick to re-construct a strategy ad hoc every two turns Im almost only optimizing my cards for myself, because predicting the kind of cards someone else will pull out of their random-generating magic hat and accounting for the possibilities of what effects one must defend against is near impossible.
How about you?