When I was thinking about what I’d write for today’s article, I decided to check out the news. After opening a handful of tabs in my browser, it hit me: lots of players probably don’t know about these resources. There’s no shortage of Hearthstone communities, both small and large, that can help you improve at the game. Today, we’re going to go over some of my favorite places to go for Hearthstone information, and hopefully we’ll be introducing you to some new digital stomping grounds.
This is the most obvious one on the list, and one that nearly everyone will already know. Still, the Hearthstone subreddit will always be the easiest place to find the biggest Hearthstone news, and it’s the most logical place to start this list of communities. Found at www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone, it’s one of the best place for Hearthstone news in general. You’ll also find a lot of fluff, comedy, rants, and some fundamentally useless content. Either way, it’s a great thing to be aware of.
The Hearthstone subreddit is particularly great to visit when Blizzard is releasing an expansion. They find sources from all over the world, translate them, and create a comprehensive list of cards. But most importantly, you can chat about everything listed here. Want to talk about pros, tournaments, cards, or the meta? The Hearthstone subreddit is where to go.
This is a bit of a continuation of the one above, but they are entirely different communities. Where the Hearthstone subreddit is largely focused around jokes and lighter content, the Competitive Hearthstone subreddit is pure strategy. In fact, in the sidebar they state: “We aim to maintain a serious atmosphere devoid of jokes, memes and low-effort content.” If you’re into quality conversation about strategy, here is where to go.
Posts on /r/CompetitiveHS are a mixture of guides, deck reviews, theorycrafting, and general meta discussion. If you want to get better at the game, immersing yourself in these conversations is a great place to start.
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Hearthstone’s Twitch scene is similar to the Competitive Hearthstone subreddit in at least one respect: if you want to learn to play, watching streamers is a great way to do so. However, if you want quality conversation, Twitch is absolutely the worst place for it. Simply watch the streamers play, or find one who is running an educational stream. Twitch is full of hundreds of tiny communities, find a few that help you, and stick around.
Tempo Storm is great for one major reason: the Meta Snapshot they put out is fantastic. There’s a lot of arguments that go on about particular decklists, but Tempo Storm is an incredible resource. You can easily go there and quickly find out which decks are top tier. You can also find decklists, many of which can be used as foundations for decks of your own. They’ve also brought back their Wild Meta Snapshot recently, so it’s doubly as useful. Check out Tempo Storm to learn more about how to give yourself an edge during the ladder grind.
It would be wrong of me to talk about Tempo Storm without talking about Vicious Syndicate as well. While Tempo Storm focuses on more general trends in Hearthstone’s meta, Vicious Syndicate deals strictly in the realm of statistics. The site does a weekly meta report as well, based entirely on actual data from the game. You may not find the decklist that you want, but they do let you examine the win percentage for every deck against every deck at every rank. If you’re trying to understand the meta better, Vicious Syndicate is a great resource. It’s not for beginners, as you have to understand the game well before you can fully take advantage of what they have to offer. However, for advanced players, this is one of the best tools available.
I listed most of the sites I use regularly, but there are many many other communities out there. HearthPwn, GosuGamers, and HearthstoneTopDecks are all useful, and YouTube is an incredible resource if you know what to look for.
If you’re serious about getting better at the game, or simply want people to chat to, it’s easy to find other people who are just as interested in Hearthstone as you are.