The secret to being a professional Hearthstone player has finally been revealed by staff working on the game. It’s pure luck. The illusion of high win ratios is kept by players blaming all of their losses on chance.Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a card game based on Blizzard’s World of Warcraft series. This casual card game has been a massive hit with live streamers who say that the game’s luck-based gameplay makes for very exciting matches which brings in the large crowds. The main reason for this is because viewers can not determine who will win based on any semblance of skill.
“By design, everyone who plays this game is a winner,” said Hearthstone production director Jason Chayes, “Beginners can easily win no matter how poorly they play because of how the game works. And the best part is, beginners will never feel discouraged because of their lack of skill. They just pick themselves right back up after a loss and say that the random number generator will be nicer next time.”
It’s this simplistic gameplay that gets so many people involved on gaming streams as viewers feel that they too could become a professional Hearthstone player. Each person watching thinks that they could have made the same move as the streamer. In reality, nothing is stopping anyone from becoming a professional Hearthstone player.
“It’s kind of hard to be a professional at this game,” continued Chayes, “Common sense dictates most of the moves people should make. In fact, we have determined that ninety-five percent of the games played are solely determined by chance. There is an element of skill involved, but that is only because some people lack common sense. If you’re smart enough, you have a fifty percent chance of winning every game you play.”
The game’s popularity is a testament to how far gaming has come. The best games always look extremely difficult but in reality are very easy to play. But the best part about this game is that it’s pretty much free.
“This game definitely lives up to the free-to-play title,” explained Chayes, “No matter what cards you buy with real money, you will still have the same equal footing as someone playing the game for the first time who hasn’t bought anything. The real reason people are buying our booster packs is just to collect all these wonderful virtual cards. Pretty much everyone playing knows that legendary cards are essentially worthless.”
Blizzard plans on using some of the lessons learned from Hearthstone and applying it to the next World of Warcraft expansion. One proposed change is giving every attack a fifty percent chance to hit.