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    Posted 3 days, 16 hours ago

    I really enjoy this card. With the 5 energy it'll cost, we won't get to play it until late-game, but that isn't a problem when we consider that we're going to be playing this either to simply block late-game options for our opponent, or turn the tides in a location that we didn't invest much into early on. I could see Hobgoblin being a key part of winning games.

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    Posted 3 days, 23 hours ago

    Ben Brode gives us a deep dive into MARVEL SNAP, Second Dinner's upcoming card game. What do you think about the gameplay?

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    Posted 3 days, 23 hours ago

    Second Dinner posted an announcement trailer!

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    Administrator 1835 2688 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month ago
    Quote From aposteljoe

    First of all you all are doing a great job to keep this forum spam free. One thing I'd like to know (or get changed if not already) is that spammers in old threads move them to the recent threads and the threads stay there even after deletion. So there is something like "Last Post 1 year and 3 months ago" showing up in the recent threads.

    Yeah, that's something we still need to figure out on how to handle. It ends up being the way we deal with caching that information. Our forums aren't exactly the best piece of software that I've ever written. Hopefully we end up with some time to give them a face lift in the future to get rid of oddities like this.

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    Posted 1 month ago
    Quote From NebuchadnezzarHS

    All this being said, I cannot help but wonder if these spam posts are completely random or somehow targeted because it seems to happen very regularly. Does someone have a personal vendetta or any other bad motive against this wonderful community site? I certainly hope not, but since you hinted at the other HS site it only further fuels my train of thought that something more is going on here.

    Spam is just a thing you get to deal with on the internet, and it's a bit of a "you've made it" thing.

    Spammers can't find your website if you aren't listed anywhere. We're being targeted because we're considered worth targeting. If we don't nuke their links, their job has been accomplished and will help them boost their client's traffic which means they can earn more $$$. 

    Spam very much is a "throw shit everywhere and it'll stick somewhere" type of game. A lot of it is automated by bots so once you end up on a spammer's list, there's not much you can do about it.

    Unfortunately, IP blocks don't work very well anymore - everyone uses these super cheap VPN services and the "good" spammers will rotate their IP address for every single post they make. Although I won't publicly talk about what we do to prevent spam, I can say that we've got some new tech in recently that has made it harder for them to do their "job". I also know for a fact that the people spamming on Out of Cards are doing so manually, so I'm glad to see we're worth their time.


    All our newish spammer friends are from mainland China right now. I don't know who upset that Winnie the Pooh lookin' guy, but all I'm saying is they've got a Winnie the Pooh lookin' guy in charge of their country. That photo of Winnie the Pooh beside Barack Obama - good times.


    Overall though, we're definitely pretty quick at dealing with spam posts and looking at our statistics compared to last year, we're getting around a tenth of what we used to get, and from that tenth even less of it actually ends up bypassing any of our anti-spam stuff. Overall I'm quite happy where things are at, even if it isn't perfect.

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    Administrator 1835 2688 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month ago

    Thanks for the report :)

    If you report a single one of their posts, it'll put an icon on all staff member's screens which will alert us to the problem.

    Stupid asshat spammers. I wish they'd get the message and figure out their posts don't last very long here so they gain 0 traction by posting here. There's another site though that is purely focused on Hearthstone that doesn't seem to delete spam comments though.

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    Administrator 1835 2688 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month ago

    Heya,

    Thanks for the report. I've fixed the issue and it should be working as expected now.

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    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

    I'm marking this as resolved. I've tested the importer with my most recent HSR data and it is working.

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    Administrator 1835 2688 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

    After a long afternoon, the collection page should be loading data again. On the plus side, the deckbuilder also got faster because of my changes.

    Manual edits should be working though our collection processor is quite busy today though with everyone opening their packs so it can take a bit of time for this to reflect on the website. I'm not sure if the JSON Importer is working right now, that I'll have to dig into later.

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    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

    Can confirm, iPads run the game pretty well, even the older ones. If you want to save a bit on one, if you go down that route, Apple might have a certified refurbished program for your country (they usually list them at the bottom of their sites), and you can get a nice discount on something new or a little older. The nice thing about their refurb program, last I checked anyway, is for tablets they replace their screen, battery, and shell so that they're brand new - the only thing that isn't replaced is the electronics. I'd definitely confirm that's still the case though if you end up going that route, don't just take my word for it.

    On the Android side of things, I can speak to the fact that the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is able to play Hearthstone pretty well. Haven't seen it in Battlegrounds but it shouldn't be all that different. S20 Ultra, phone, ran the game wonderfully in all modes, though I cannot stand Hearthstone on a phone due to the small screen.

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    Administrator 1835 2688 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

    Collection fixes are on the to do list. I know how frustrating it is when a core site mechanic isn't behaving.

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    Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

    I'm aware we've got some deckbuilder problems. Our current deckbuilder and overall deck system just doesn't work in a way that makes this an easy change but believe me, it's something I'd like to address. Unfortunately, there's only so many hours in a day anyone can work so we end up with it being pushed off to the side. 

    Not my favourite response, but I'm just being real with everyone.

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    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Just don't wait until the very last minute ;)

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    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    There's no "deckbuilder" for meals. We definitely didn't have the time to pull that off this time around, though looking back on it, I don't know if we'd want to give everyone the ability to add meals because we'd likely get a lot of junk that would just ruin the joke.

    Meal subforum is definitely a great place to share meals though =)

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    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Here's how we're going to decommission "Out of Carbs".

    In the future, probably this upcoming weekend, we'll deactivate Out of Carbs since it'll have been live for a week.

    • The navigation links will be removed.
    • The subforum will move to the bottom of the Out of Cards forums.
    • The Discord channel will move to the bottom of the Out of Cards Discord.
    • Forum threads from the Out of Carbs subforum will no longer appear in the forum thread widgets seen on the homepage and game portals.

    Other than that, everything will remain accessible if you know how to find it. There has already been talk about having some more fun with it next year, so we'll keep everything around to support that in the future. 

    If you want to contribute a recipe on the forums, definitely go for it! 

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    Administrator 1835 2688 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Mech Mage is 100% back! One of my all-time favourite archetypes returning to Hearthstone. DIS GONNA BE A GOOD YEAR.

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    Posted 2 months ago

    On Duels, maybe you never asked for it, but there was definitely people talking about wanting a PVP version of Dungeon Run back when it was first introduced with Kobolds & Catacombs. To say no one asked for it isn't factual nor is it nice.

    But yes, Tournament mode would be a nice addition to the game.


    2v2 is definitely more difficult to add with how Hearthstone's UI is setup and how it must be mobile-accessible too. Would it make Hearthstone better? Sure. Personally, I'd rather see development time spent on something more innovative that wouldn't be a niche part of the game.


    Dean Ayala has mentioned wanting to do a Sandbox mode several times and I agree, Hearthstone would be more awesome with it. It brings that feel of kitchen table card games into the digital world and it kinda blows my mind that no one has really done it in any of the big card games. Being able to force rules on players through that type of mode would tie-in nicely to tournaments!


    I know this isn't what you'd like to hear, but I think Hearthstone is one of the cheaper games to play. Considering that the game is a card game, there is a certain amount of money any non-casual player should expect to pay to continue to be a part of the meta. Hearthstone is cheaper now than it used to be (don't include cosmetics), the bundles have even been better if you look at them historically. Hearthstone is a small drop in the bucket compared to what it costs to play Magic competitively, and many players are completely Free to Play and have some great collections. Hearthstone is generous.

    You are right though, cheaper Hearthstone has a possibility of being better. 


    Blizzard has stated in recent times that they are working on Arena and trying to see where they want to go with it. (Source 1) (Source 2)

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    Posted 2 months, 1 week ago

    We don't have a concept of games with the countdowns, that's why it doesn't display. Known problem, eventually will be solved.

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    Posted 2 months, 1 week ago

    I grabbed it from Twitter and put it on ours

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    Administrator 1835 2688 Posts Joined 10/19/2018
    Posted 2 months, 1 week ago

    Our Mercenaries data isn't perfect right now. There's certain relationships that haven't been made in the data (Mercs data spans many different points in the client) and our process doesn't allow for a manual intervention. I'd love to get some time to give it a look at again, other things are just taking priority.

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