Can you ever really beat Hearthstone? Probably not but I did beat the Naxxramas expansion and I figured the game was worth a write-up.
I was invited to the Beta of the game but I didn’t think it was very fun because I was constantly getting stomped by the insane lunatics that make playing this game their entire life. Without a single player mode there wasn’t anything for me to do in the game except lose. I shelved the game for a long time until the iOS version came out. One day, I was dorking around on my wife’s iPad and I noticed that Hearthstone was installed on it. Since we share an iTunes account It had been automatically installed for her when I downloaded the game on the computer. I asked myself, “What’s the harm in giving the game another try?”. I created a new Battle.net account for my wife because I didn’t want to log in to her iPad with my account and got started. After rushing through the tutorial the game gave her a pack of cards, which I opened only to find a Legendary Illidain Stormrage card.
NOT FAIR. I’d opened several packs and had never found a Legendary card, and had only found one Epic card (For reference in Hearthstone it goes Common, Rare, Epic, Legendary). The game doesn’t allow for the trading of cards, so my wife (who is unlikely to ever play the game) now had a Legendary, and everything I had seemed like absolute garbage in comparison. This sparked my quest to get my own Legendary card.
Weeks later I found myself playing the daily Hearthstone quest for in-game gold. I must have earned enough to buy dozens of packs of cards but I still didn’t have any Legendaries. My wife was complaining I was playing too much – and she was right but when I obsess over something I go all-in. I’d spent too much time now to give up now. Then Naxxramas came out and everything changed. ‘Common’ Legendary cards were offered as rewards for beating each wing of Naxxramas. It was no longer hard to get a Legendary card – everyone had Legendaries!
I was thrown into a deep and dark depression, that lasted about as long as it too me to realize that it’s just a game and it doesn’t matter. Nothing mattered anymore. I gave up on my quest. I continued playing, but my heart wasn’t in it anymore. Some friends and I held a double elimination tournament, which I lost spectacularly and I found I didn’t care. One day I resolved to quit playing the game entirely. Then it happened…
I got a Legendary!! A legitimate, non-Naxxramas Legendary! It wasn’t a crappy one either, it was the card that was pivotal in many of the strategies for beating the ultra-bosses of the Naxxramas expansion. Unfortunately like many things in life, achieving my ultimate goal in Hearthstone was kind of a let down. I played a few more times after picking up my card, and haven’t launched it since. When the next expansion comes out I’ll probably be back for awhile, but I think my days of insane jealousy towards my wife’s Illidain Stormrage (Come On! She doesn’t even play!) and obsessive playing are over. For now, I have achieved my goals and I can lay this game to rest.