In less than two weeks after signing up, I received an email from Blizzard containing a closed beta invitation for its upcoming digital collectible card game called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. To be specific, I got entitled to beta testing “for the Americas,” and will join other testers to help devs polish the game for a gold release based on our feedback.
Proceeding with the beta registration is simple. Contained in the invitation is the Hearthstone game key that I’ll be claiming through my Blizzard Battle.net account. The link to the code redemption page is also there, so all I have to do is click on it, enter my game key, and gain a download access to the game.
To spice things up, Blizzard is also giving away an exclusive Golden Legendary card (Gelbin Mekkatorque) for those who spend real money to buy a card pack or Arena ticket during the beta. This is an incentive for testers to also try out the in-game store.
If you also like to be a part of the game’s development, you can register for Hearthstone beta. Simply go to the game’s official web page and click on the beta sign-up button. Registration involves downloading a small tool that will scan for your computer’s hardware profile and upload it to Blizzard’s database. This will allow the game to be tested on a variety of hardware, from entry-level laptops to high-end gaming rigs. Signing up is also done once, which also lets you opt to receive a beta invitation from other games by Blizzard: Diablo, Starcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone’s source of all its beauty and wonder – Warcraft itself.
Still don’t have a freaking idea of what Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is all about? It’s Blizzard’s free-to-play card game that will be available only in digital form. In other words, they don’t plan to release any physical collectible cards a la Magic: The Gathering. In Hearthstone, you embody one of nine venerable Warcraft characters, customize a deck of cards (composed of spells, heroic weapons, abilities, and summons of creatures), and attempt to defeat the other player. It’s easy to play, requiring no background knowledge of other card games and previous Warcraft titles. Windows and Mac platforms are supported, with iPad compatibility becoming available in the future.