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Hearthstone Mercenaries Isn’t Hearthstone – Here’s What You Need To Know

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Hearthstone Mercenaries is available today in the Hearthstone client. With this release, Hearthstone effectively becomes a platform, home to the core Hearthstone game you may be familiar with, which is a traditional digital card game, the Battlegrounds auto-battler (auto-chess) game, and now a new one. game, Hearthstone Mercenaries. Let’s eliminate some key information before we dig. Hearthstone Mercenaries:

  • Does not use any of your existing Hearthstone collection
  • Uses the same in-game currency as Hearthstone, gold
  • Does not play with the same rules or mechanics as Hearthstone
  • Is it turn-based, with speed being a factor on abilities (i.e. an ability with speed 1 will trigger before a slower skill, possibly stronger with speed 9)
  • Players don’t build decks; instead, bring a party of 6 characters into each bounty mission or PVP battle
  • Characters level up, unlock new abilities and gain equipment as you play them and gain resources through missions

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Mercenaries is, in fact, a sort of compact RPG experience with roguelite qualities and varying elements to consider with each run. Each time you play in an area, enemy combat may be different and some special bonuses you receive are temporary. However, the experience points you earn and the resources you gain are permanent, which means your roster is usually always stronger, regardless of the outcome of the race. When you first start the game, your options will be limited due to your character’s low levels and abilities – you’ll likely be limited to just one skill to use on each character for a while – and your roster won’t be that large. . Think of this phase as you head towards the Barrens as sort of a moment in a first RPG where you kill rats, sludge, and spiders. While you don’t get the chance to experience a lot of complexity or counter-play here, it will teach you the essential basics as you move up early enough to a harder, more interesting fare.

What should you try to learn here during your business hours? Two things – timing and the triangle of weakness. Essentially, all of the characters in Hearthstone Mercenaries fall into three archetypal buckets. The protectors are your great warriors and brawlers, the fighters are your most agile thieves, rangers and beasts, and the casters are your priests, warlocks and mages. Each role has a color associated with it, and that color is important as it dictates how the fight can go through the triangle of weakness. Protectors deal double damage to fighters, fighters deal double damage to spellcasters, and spellcasters deal double damage to protectors. There are also classless, colorless entities that have neither strengths nor weaknesses when it comes to combat.

At the most basic level, this means that if you embark on a mission knowing that the boss will be an evil mage, you will probably want to stack your party with a crew of fighters for the best chance of winning the day. Of course, this is only a basic strategy, but having the ability to deal double the usual damage to any target is a huge advantage to starting each battle, so keep that in mind. When it comes to PVP, you won’t be able to see the Opponent Board until you drop your own, which means there will be all kinds of meta-strategies in the pre-match versions, or maybe -being that people will just start playing one of each type in an opening drop… we’ll have to see.

As you fight, upgrade character abilities, and unlock new characters, new options easily present themselves. Complexity increases as characters unlock gear options, allowing you to fundamentally change or upgrade any of their skills via gear. Eventually, your groups that would come in and just do minor dungeons and enemies with a skill will be tested in all kinds of diverse challenges, some of which boil down to timing puzzles and others that are best served with combinations and synergies. interesting.

Sylvanas, for example, is a great example of a character who’s actually not too impressive outside of a party designed to use her, but she can turn into a huge wrecking ball when properly fueled. Slyvanas can tap into the Souls of the Dead to dramatically improve her own attack value, and if it’s creatively managed with, say, a ton of fodder like summoned characters designed to die, you can have an absolute Banshee Queen out there. the field when all is said And .. Voila. That said, don’t be too greedy, because figuring out exactly when to put her on the set in this situation can be the tricky part. She can go out and upgrade to a dizzying attack value, but if the battle is already far in favor of the enemy with a setup position, that might not matter at all.

If that doesn’t make sense, that’s okay – it’s much easier to see in action than to explain. Other synergies are immediately obvious, like getting all your Murloc champions together to create a fishy and fun moment. Not all pairings are so obvious, and it’s satisfying enough to walk around with your list trying to find combinations that aren’t among the simple choices.

Since Mercenaries is a free-to-play mode (it’s really its own game) that gives you everything you need to play, the best way to understand exactly how it works is to jump in and do a few battles.


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