As of August 16th, the Hearthstone beta has begun!!
In case you missed it – somehow - Hearthstone is now in closed beta. A variety of players who opted in, as well as fansites and press, were given the opportunities to try out the ridiculously addictive card game. It’s a good thing no other games had betas beginning on the 16th!!
Hearthstone has no NDA, which means players are free to stream their duels, post screenshots, and create video guides. So, even if you didn’t get in to closed beta this round, you’ll still be able to watch the gazillion and one Hearthstone livestreams that are happening right now.
How Do I Opt In?
First off, you’re going to need a battle.net account. If you need to make an account, you can do it along the way. Head to the beta profile page in your battle.net account and download and run the system check tool. This will attach your computer’s specifications to your beta profile. Now, you wait.
Many fansites are also giving away beta keys. Keep an eye out, perhaps you’ll be lucky.
The Hearthstone beta is currently only available for North American servers. However, European, Korean, and Taiwan beta invites are to follow eventually – “as closely as possibly.” As well, the Hearthstone beta is only available on PC and Mac. The iPad version is on its way, though.
If you don’t manage to get into closed beta, do not fear!! There will be an open beta at some point down the road.
Have I Been Selected, Or Is It A Fake?
You will know you are selected when Blizzard sends you an email. This email will have a beta key included, as well as instructions on what to do with it. Naturally during this time, there will be quite a few fake beta invites going around. The easiest way to avoid being sent to a site and having your info stolen, is to take your key and head directly to your battle.net account. If it is a legit beta key, then you’ll be able to download the client. If it’s a fake, well… keep waiting.
Remember!! This Is A Beta!!
Something that needs to be kept in mind is that this is a beta. There are features in the game that may not even make it to launch. There may even be – gasp- bugs that will need reporting.
As with most betas, once Hearthstone launches everything will be wiped. This includes any amazing cards you have collected, decks you’ve built, and all of your progress. For those players who spent money on the in-game store, those cards will also be wiped from your account. With that being said, you will be given a special gift – a gold Gelbin Mekkatorque card - for your help in testing the store and the amount of booster packs you purchased will be returned as new, unopened packs.
Did you get your invite yet? If you did, what do you think of Hearthstone so far? Let me know in the comments below!!