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Since the release of Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Journey to Un’Goro, many players have complained about the horrible drop rate of useful cards and the increasingly common “coincidence” to receive duplicates of the same card over the cards they actually need. Hearthstone is free-to-play, but for those who want to jump into the competitive scene right away and have a variety of decks to play from the barrier to entry is staggering. A reddit user estimated that it will take roughly $400 worth of Journey to Un’Goro card packs to collect the full set of cards, a price which many are finding too rich for their tastes.

Despite the many issues people have reported with the drop rates in Journey to Un’Goro card packs, Blizzard has insisted the drop rates are as intended and that everything is fine. Reddit user Seaserpent02 wrote a python script that seems to suggest otherwise, however. Using data from over 1000 card pack openings, Seaserpent02 determined the probability of obtaining each of Journey to Un’goro’s cards using a Monte Carlo simulation.

“Five cards were randomly generated in accordance with their rates, and the number of cards collected were tallied. Repeats and all goldens are dusted, and two of each common, rare, and epic card are collected. Once the simulation had a sizable collection and enough dust to craft the missing cards, the number of packs opened was recorded. This process was repeated for 10,000 trials.”

The simulation found that it takes an average of 316 packs to obtain all 135 new Journey to Un’Goro cards. Using the best deal of the $49.99 bundle packs, this would take around $400 dollars to complete. As we mentioned above, trying to get up to speed and competitive in Hearthstone either requires a lot of time or a lot of money, and this price we’ve mentioned is only for the Journey to Un’Goro cards. There are cards from the base game and previous expansions that are still really competitive, so the price just skyrockets from there. It’s definitely possible to climb the Hearthstone ranks with just a single well-constructed deck, but for those who want variety it’s going to be a huge time sink or a punch to the wallet.

Some players have pointed out that this price may be reasonable considering the price of some cards from physical card games, but the difference between games like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone is that Hearthstone cards aren’t tradeable or transferable in any way. With physical cards, it’s much easier to sell or trade off what you don’t need. While Hearthstone allows you to disenchant cards and craft the ones you need, the system can in no way compete with the experience a physical card game offers players.

If this price way too out there? Is Blizzard justified in charging $400 for 135 cards? Sound off in the comments below.

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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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