I will probably just try this new game mode a bit (at launch day) to see what it is about personally ONLY because it is in the same client/mobile app.
However, I doubt Mercenaries will be my cup of tea, just like Battlegrounds which is nothing like traditional (collectible) card games. I started playing Hearthstone as it is for me a more accessible alternative to Magic: The Gathering. Duels on the other hand is still very similar to traditional Hearthstone which is probably why I do enjoy that game mode every now and then. There is only so much time to spend in a single day and playing any other game would just take away time from playing traditional Hearthstone.
The fact that Diablo is in Mercenaries is probably the only interesting thing for me. Hopefully, he will join traditional Hearthstone soon™ too.
I hit level 130 with Tavern Pass today. Not sure if this was sooner or later compared to the previous Rewards Track.
Overall feeling is that I am less motivated since the launch of the United in Stormwind expansion. If the upcoming mini-set and new nerfs/buffs do not stir up the meta quite a bit, I doubt I will even reach my desired level 300 at the very end.
How are you doing up till now?
I am going to play each class and get all of them very close to 1500 wins, because that will most probably be the next milestone or treshold. Along the way, I will be passing 1337 wins and if this happens for all ten classes at the same time (when the stars align), I will take that awesome screenshot of course (especially for you anchorm4n).
Let us hope the eleventh class does not get added any time soon, coz that is gonna be the grandmother of all grinds.
@Tetsuo: I did not test if the exploit was fixed in the meantime since I completed the achievement already weeks ago. I think there was no mention of it in the patch notes. So, please report back to us all whether it still works after your try 😅
@Alleria: If only you had Bolner Hammerbeak in your collection, there is an easy exploitable bug which will instantly complete all 3 tiers of that XP achievement. I have put the details in: Achievement Hunting: United in Stormwind edition
Only casual Duels games count towards achievement progression. Casual (traditional Hearthstone) ladder however does not unfortunately. Tavern Brawl which is IMO also casual, does not contribute as well. Inconsistencies galore, really weird.
I am at level 106. In the meantime, I also got 1000 wins with Demon Hunter which was my last hero to reach 1K wins.
Besides doing daily/weekly quests, I guess there is nothing else for me to do except to wait for the mini-set to release.
The new Mercenaries game mode does not look like my cup of tea and seems expensive from a collectors point of view.
How are you doing so far?
I finally did it, I reached 1000 wins with Demon Hunter! My sweet reward when I crossed the finish line: Demonic Illidan.
Now I feel like celebrations are in order! 🍾🎉🥳🍻🥂
So, what is next for me to accomplish? Your suggestions are much appreciated. Also, good luck with your portrait grinds!
@Tetsuo; I do not play HS all day 😉
However, I did run several optimized decks which efficiently add progress to the completion of multiple achievements simultaneously but do not necessarily have great success for climbing the Wild ranked ladder.
I never care much about that latter aspect though, since I mostly do achievement hunting on rank floors and afterwards there usually is sufficient time to still reach Legend with some high tier meta decks.
Offended? No, because that is too strong of a word choice for me personally. Semantics aside, to open the Hearthstone app and seeing the Hearthstone game mode does feel truly weird, almost like opening a Matroesjka doll. They probably could have chosen a more suitable word like: Constructed.
I just reached 900 wins with Demon Hunter which means the light at the end of the tunnel has become visible to me. I can almost taste the bitter sweet victory and finally collect the awesome Demonic Illidan hero portrait. My motivation to complete this long run is now greater than ever before. I am so hyped!
See you when I cross the finish line in approximately two more weeks! 🏁
I reached level 87 and I have finished all of the Stormwind achievements in the meantime. I think most of us here agree that the current meta is not really enjoyable. This has to be the earliest into a new expansion that I have felt this way. I already cannot wait for the upcoming mini-set to arrive and stir up the meta again in a positive way.
I must say that I am not too hopeful if the new Questlines are left untouched by Team 5. Surely, we do not have to wait for them to rotate out to Wild before any Control deck is able to return again in Standard? The Stormwind Questlines have also completely warped the Wild meta and there we do not even have the option of a rotate out solution (sigh).
Current Demon Hunter wins: 847 (+38).
Since I am rapidly closing in on the 1K Demonic Illidan hero portrait, this will be my one and only focus until I achieve it.
Ideally, the game should allow to have a balance between the trifecta of Aggro vs. Combo vs. Control indeed. However, the new questlines have made it impossible for Control players to have any fun at this moment which is not ok at all.
As for the Win 5 games of ranked play mode weekly quest, I just played Questline Druid in Wild 5 times which really kicks the asses out of the other rampant Questline combo decks (solid 69% winrate) and be done with the ladder until the new weekly quests arrive again. Of course, this is still not a Control deck, but it does feel somewhat enjoyable to stomp the current meta decks very efficiently for the 3000 XP (with 20% XP boost). Perhaps you could try to do the same as I did.
I just reached level 79. My Stormwind achievements progression is at 98% and I only have the Spam Caller achievement (62/75) left to complete.
Current Demon Hunter wins: 809 (+69).
I am looking forward to collect another two T1 and T2 hero portraits in roughly two more weeks. I wonder which ones I should choose this time though?
How is the meta treating you all after the recent nerfs?
In the long past I played Magic: The Gathering and I have many fond memories of that game, but it got really expensive. Also, less and less friends played it which lead me to stop playing as well. I figured out that I liked card games a lot and I was looking for a decent digital replacement/alternative ever since.
Fast forward to 2014, my brother introduced me to HearthStone and I liked the animations and the fact there is a steadily growing mana curve. I did not take the game serious at all and as a noob I dusted my Leeroy Jenkins to craft a freaking Pyroblast. Such ignorance. Then I suddenly stopped playing the game for a few seasons, which is why I missed out on a few of the seasonal cardbacks. It was only since Blackrock Mountain when I really started to play HearthStone seriously.
The fondest HearthStone memory I have was to reach Legend for the very first time with Machine Gun Priest back in January 2018 just before the ranked ladder got revamped. I had noone around me to share this personal milestone achievement immediately with, but it was such an amazing feeling back then and even remembering it now still makes me fill with joy 🥳
I hit level 71 and reached my secondary objective of getting the 20% XP boost. Upcoming minor objectives are to collect the remaining milestone cosmetics: UiS coin + Hero portraits. I collected all cards of the new expansion in the meantime.
My United in Stormwind XP achievements progression is currently at 95%. I only have 2 left to complete, which are:
I am already anxiously waiting for the upcoming nerfs which will hopefully improve and invigorate the meta again.
Confirmed, I completed the Not the face! achievement a few days ago without killing my opponent and totally forgot to report back about this bug.
If you have an extra device, you could also use an extra F2P account and concede matches against your main account to complete these quests within 2 minutes. Do not take this as advice, but rather an alternative way to tackle these quests.
You can actually quantify how bugged The Brave and the Bolner achievement really is by revisiting it after completion:
This would paint a picture of a seriously aggressive grind if not for the serendipitous bug 🤣
Yes, it immediately triggered the XP achievement and at the end of the match you get to see the reminder notification.