Goodbye, Hearthstone

After many years, I have finally decided to uninstall Hearthstone.

Broken Hearthstone Logo

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll probably be aware that I have like/hate relationship with Hearthstone. I got into Hearthstone way back when Blizzard gave out beta keys. I’d initially found out about Hearthstone when TotalBiscuit had reviewed it and enjoyed playing it with my friends.

But the relationship between Hearthstone and I turned sour after the introduction of exclusive card backs. I’ve done several rants in the past, which you can find here and here if you’d like to read them. This post isn’t particularly a rant.

Funnily enough, there was nothing in particular that prompted me to uninstall Hearthstone. It wasn’t a game that I lost, or changes by the developer, which I’ve been extremely critical of. It was just… random? Somewhat ironic for a game that is governed by randomness.

My regular interactions with Hearthstone involve me logging on near the end of the month. I’d then play five or so games until I hit the minimum requirements to get the seasonal card back and then log off. That was basically my routine.

However, I did still support the game. I’d still buy expansions at a discount and adventures. I still wanted those exclusive card backs. Those card backs were a very nice hook for me.

But lately, I just realized that it was becoming laborious. I found that I dreaded the end of the month because it meant that I had to go play Hearthstone for that card back. As someone that suffers from ladder anxiety, it was not a pleasant experience.

Recently, I quit my job because it made me miserable. I’ve started doing that with my whole life. Looking at the things that make me unhappy and not doing them if I had the option. My life is significantly more enjoyable as a result. Given that I have not enjoyed playing Hearthstone on the ladder for several years now, why do I keep playing? This was a tough question I had to answer. I think the answer is the “sunk cost” fallacy. The fact that I feel that I have invested so much time and money into the game that I think it would be a waste to not keep playing.

However, I finally decided to take that step and uninstall Hearthstone. And I couldn’t be happier. The sense of relief that I felt now that I know I don’t have to play that game ever again is just great. Is there anything that would have kept me playing Hearthstone? Definitely. If I could earn my card back without playing on the ladder (for example, the dungeon runs), I would have definitely kept playing, because that mode was actually somewhat fun.

Now, is there anything that would make me come back? Probably not. In fact, I’d say extremely unlikely that I’d come back. The game has lacked direction ever since its inception. Combined with the high price point of cards, and the other issues I complained about in my other posts, I highly doubt Blizzard will do a full 180 on the game. This is especially true given the fact that it is one of their most profitable games yet.

So, goodbye Hearthstone. I won’t be missing you any time soon. Perhaps ever.

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