Zen And The Art Of Hearthstone

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Hearthstone can be frustrating at times, because of the inherent randomness of the game, or because your opponent got a great hand, while you got a poor one. However, there are many things that can be done to keep cool under the pressure that the game dishes out. If you’ve ever watched your favorite streamer experience a crushing defeat, and queue up again instantly like nothing happened, you know that mindset has a lot to do with the ability to keep going. Join me, as we examine the various ways you can get into the correct habits for long sessions of the game we all know and love.

There are many ways to mitigate the frustration that Hearthstone can bring about. Often, a good thing to do is to take short breaks at regular intervals to help avoid going on tilt. When you’re “tilting” you tend to make poor decisions, and view things in a negative connotation. Another great method is to switch decks, or game modes when you just can’t seem to win a match with the deck you’re trying to rank up with. Even a game or two of Tavern Brawl can help to alleviate negativity bias when it starts to creep up during ranked play. Speaking of taking a break when the chips are down, something I’m fond of doing when RNG gets to me is tuning into a pro player that’s skilled at the deck I’m looking to master. Not only does it help to know their thought processes, but it can be a boon to see them lose, and realize that they lose just like normal players do. No one can boast a 100% win rate in Hearthstone, and it is important to remember that even reaching a steady 51% win rate can take you to Legend ranks.

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The way you think about losing is very important to the ability to push ahead, and play for two or three hours straight. It is important to always keep in mind that your opponent is a person too. They get very excited when they make an amazing play that ends in your defeat, just like you would if the tables were turned. Think about that time you did some outstanding, next level play to outsmart the poor sod you were up against. It probably felt pretty good, but on the flip side your opponent probably didn’t think it felt all that great. Remember, we all have the same range of emotions from the highs to the lows. The next time you experience a crushing loss, when you thought you had the win lined up perfectly, think about how awesome the person playing you must have felt to win on the back foot, so to speak. There’s always the next game, a mere 15 or 20 minutes away, and therein lies the beauty of Hearthstone.

As we enter into the era of The Grand Tournament, take a moment to reflect on the ways that you can keep the game fun. Losing isn’t easy, but as with all things in life, it is a matter of perception. Keep an open mind to your opponent’s feelings, and smile when he does well for he has shown you where your weaknesses are, and given you the golden opportunity to improve as a player. Only through loss are we able to strive for perfection.

Dave Eaton

An avid Hearthstone player after the game released. When he isn't writing, he can be found sipping on coffee, enjoying some EDM, and gaming with his girlfriend. Don't let him fool you, she's better than he is.

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