Okay, let’s put this straight, as a huge fan of and long time card gamer I’ve learned through the years how to act around card games. What to say, what not to say, how you fake cards & hands (even tho I’m horrible at it), but the most important lesson is how we treat eachother. Trading Card Games has always been a very social hobby and game form. And because of that we need to know how to treat eachother to make everyone feel welcome and enjoying the game!
So, why are Hearthstone players so bad at understanding when it’s approperiate to say ”Well Played” and when not to? This blog entry is about how we can use the ingame emotes as a proper communication tool (and how not to), but also how to use them to mindgame your opponent.
“Well Played” aka. The handshake
This is the one that we all “need” to learn how to use properley. Mostly it’s right now used to taunt your opponent when your just about to win by hitting them with lethal, this is just horribly bad manners. Let’s go back to the IRL card games and how tournaments work there. If you win a match against your opponent no matter how good or bad or excellent the win was, you always wait for your opponent to stretch out their hand for a handshake. It’s up to them to decide if they want to do that. Why?
Becuase imagine this, you’ve just won the final in a tournament, the game itself wasn’t even close. You beat down your opponent, he never had a chance with the cards he drew and you pull of a quick and decicive win. Directly after this you smile happily about the win and try to shake your opponents hand. Seems nice right? No. On the other side of the table you have a person that may feel beaten down, defeated and humiliated and as he look up from the table he can see your smiling face and stretched out hand, would you shake it joyfully or would it feel like he’s adding insult to injury?
So in the future let’s try and use the “Well Played” emote the way it’s supposed to be used.
How to use “Well played.”
When you lose and want to gratulate the opponent.
When your opponent actually pulls of a good combination of actions that is indeed impressive.
How not to use “Well played.”
When you’re the winning player.
When your opponent uses the “Oops” emote.
The mindgame of “Well Played”:
If you use the “Well Played” emote before you actually have lost the game and you see that your opponent have exactly lethal on the board, he may actually notice is just because you said “Well Played.” His first thought may have been to try and kill your big minions to defend himself instead of actually killing you, not saying “Well Played” before it’s actually over can actually save you a few games of losses. This may not sound important, but trust me, people miss lethal more often then you think.
“Thanks.” aka. You suck
To say thanks is to show appretiation for a positive comment directed at you, in most cases. In Hearthstone you use it to taunt your opponent when they do a play that will favor you on your turn. It’s not quite as bad as the “Well Played” when you win manoveur, but I would say it’s still heavily frowned upon. To say “Thanks” just because your opponent makes an error they’re not aware of is kinda pointless. Just be happy to know that you’re now able to pull of some advanteges from their misshap. Oh, and of course remember that when you say “Thanks” and they end up acutally answering your play because they thought you had a certain card in your hand and they accounted for it… well. Karma.
How to use “Thanks.”
Say thanks when your opponent says “Well Played” because of a cool/good play you did.
Actually that’s about it.
How to not use “Thanks.”
In a taunting way when you believe that your opponent maid the wrong play.
The mindgame of “Thanks”
To quite honest there arent a lot of situations where you can use this effectily in HS, because there is a lack of interaction inbetween you and your opponent during one single turn, you basicly observe and hope for the best outcome. Secretss is really the only way to mindgame with “Thanks.” Let’s say your opponent makes a play that is actually quite strong, but in the situation you see that a certain secret would be a perfect answer, but you don’t have that particular secret in hand. Say “Thanks” and play the secret as soon as it’s your turn, this may create a situation where your opponent plays badly to get around a certain secret. For this interaction to work you will have to know about the deck your facing, what kinds of cards it usualy plays and how they usualy react to a certain the secret. On a case to case basis you will have to decide how worth it is to set the “wrong” secret just to fool them.
And of course, your opponent actually has to know about the secrets to make it valid.
(PS. Honestly you don’t have to say thanks to create this kind of dilemma for your opponent when you play secrets. 🙂 )
“Oops” aka. Did I do that?
The “Oops” emote can be used whenver you want since it’s a emote to show your mistakes, not your opponents (“Thanks” is usualy used for that).
Also the “Oops” emote is really the only emote that you can use for mindgames. This really works in a similar manner to the mindgame of “Thanks”, you do a series of plays and you follow it up with a moment of thinking and looking through your cards, followed by “Oops”, by doing this you can create a situation where your opponent believes you have made an error tho you actually have not. This way your opponent may use his/hers turn to go all offensive instead of defensive, which may set up a next turn win for you.
Of course it’s always hard to say if it was correct or not until your opponent plays thorugh their turn. Once again it’s important to know about the decks and cards that are popular at the moment. This way it’s easier to know if your plays are correct and strong or just weak.
How to use “Oops.”
Let’s be honest, you didn’t mean to kill that minion when you played “Demonfire”.
How to not use “Oops.”
Let’s be honest, use it whenever you want as long as you dont spam.
The mindgame of “Oops.”
See the text above.
How to not use “Greetings.”
Don’t spam it. Please.
The mindgame of “Greetings.”
When you say a greeting your opponent may instantly be effected by their invert side and leave the game.
How not to use “Sorry.”
Many use the “Sorry” emote in a similar way as the “Well Played” emote, dont use it when you’re about to win. It’s just bad manners.
The mindgame of “Sorry.”
The only thing I can really see on this is if you use it once or twice during your opponents turn when they’ve played a card to make them uncertain of their action. Most usefull if you have a secret, “Sorry that my secret is just the secret I need right now to kill you.”
Side note: Is kinda fun how the ingame “Threaten” emote is the least threatening/annoying one. I actually find it kinda fun.
How to not use “Threaten.”
As long as you don’t spam it, I don’t mind the roleplaying.
The mindgame of…. THREATEN.
It’s THREATENING! RAWR!
That was that, I hope you find some of the information usefull and I will see you guys around.
Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Just wanted to share some work related news for you all! Well for all of you that are interested in working in the gaming industry. I know I am, but moving to the states really don’t feel like my path. Not right now anyway. But for all of you over there with the possibility to do so:
Cryptozoic is looking for a new Game Designer for the World Of Warcraft TCG.
And here is the posting talking about it:
Do you love the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game? Have you dreamed of working in the gaming industry as a designer? Well, this is your chance! We’re looking for talented designers that have a passion for innovation and strong sense of how clever design can bring entirely new gameplay experiences to life.
Experience is great but not necessary — sometimes talent just needs a chance to prove itself — so apply now and receive our short, World of Warcraft Trading Card Game-specific design test. All tests will be reviewed by our design staff, and who knows? You may be on your way to join the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game team before too long.
Also check out our other job listings on http://www.cryptozoic.com/careers.
If you’re interested, take the chance! Good luck!
Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Just got this little info poster here on the blog from Vasa Gaming here in Gothenburg. They will be holding 4 National Qualifiers for the World Of Warcraft TCG. The first one takes place July 30th.
The format is Core Constructed and everyone is welcome, if you pay the fee of 75kr of course.
Check out their website (www.vasagamin.se) or their facebook (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/VasaGaming) for more information on them and tournaments. ^^
Here is some general info (in Swedish)
National Qualifier (Core) Wow – TCG 2011
Lördagen den 30:e Juli.
1:a kvalet (Kommer vara 4st kval i Gbg sammanlagt)
Start tid: 13:00
Registrering : 12:00 och 13:00
Kostnad : 75kr
Booster stege, 1st booster till alla som deltar samt promo kort så länge lagret räcker.
Under hela dagen från öppning kan man drafta om ett Guldkantat kort antingen “Cunning” eller “Time”. (1 worldbreaker, 1 war of the elements och 1 twilight of the dragons)
Draft kostar : 130kr
Första gången vi har ett stort kval på Vasa Gaming, Och vi önskar er alla som spelar Wow – Tcg Hjärtligt välkomna till en heldag i GBG.
(Viss del av informationen kommer ändras fick inte tillräckligt men dagen och tiden är spikad.)
Hello everyone, the gaming news has been awfully slow lately, great games are coming our way but other than that there isn’t really much that I find very interesting, you all know this is a personal blog so every new thing about gaming in the world won’t be poster here, sorry.
As soon as I get the time, I will also keep my promise about making a few cast / review / game play videos. It will come soon. Back on topic!
There’s a lot of games out there that’s been going free, free to try, free to a certain level and so on lately. Here’s a small list for all of you that’s waiting for the more interesting game releases later this year.
TEAM FORTESS 2
Get on steam, download and play, all free! If you haven’t heard about Team Fortress 2 it’s a FPS multiplayer game created by Valve. I was never a big fan of it myself, always preferred games with more a tactic feel to it. When this went free though, of course I tried it and I do enjoy it now for what it is. It’s a fun game to sit down with for a moment when you just don’t want to over think things. It’s fast, it got humor and it’s enjoyable… and free!
WORLD OF WARCRAFT (to level 20)
I know it’s not a big thing, the previous free WoW trial, was for 10 days and let you to level 10. According to most people that play WoW (that I know), often say that the fun starts at later levels. So this may just be a chance for you to try out the game and see what you think of it.
AGE OF CONAN
Compared to World Of Warcraft, Age of Conan is giving you a great access to its content. There’s still a premium version available to unlock everything, like any game out there, they still want to be able to make some money on it even though it’s free. If you didn’t realize when I compared it to WoW, this is also a MMORPG, so check it out!
There are plenty more free games out there, and I’m currently planning a few reviews, and for that reason they are not listed here, they will be given their own spot later on.