With Blizzard again under scrutiny, the community had started comparing Hearthstone to Raid Shadow Legends when it was announced they would add $50 card packs to the event.
All eyes are on Diablo, Overwatch, and Hearthstone as Blizzard's saviors as players abandon titles like World of Warcraft in droves.
As fans eagerly await the upcoming release of Diablo 2 Resurrected, Blizzard's decision to add a $50 Diablo-themed card pack into their collectible card game has ignited the community.
Hearthstone players are at the end of their rope and compared the move to Raid Shadow Legends (known for its hefty microtransactions).
Despite Diablo himself arriving in Hearthstone, taming evil is not free. During the upcoming Mercenaries event, iconic Blizzard characters such as Diablo and Sylvanas Windrunner will be coming to Hearthstone – for a price.
Diablo and Lich King Mercenaries packs cost $50 each (£46). Cards are usually sold for $3 (£3) or $20 (£17), more than twice the price of earlier packs.
This was met with immediate backlash, as you might expect. In another post, a user writes that they “thought Blizzard couldn't go any lower” due to the Raid Shadow Legends clone in Hearthstone.
It's also a harrowing experience to read the Reddit comments. People are desperate and losing money. One upset fan writes, “Their greed and disdain for their player base know no bounds.”.
Another one fumes, “This is outrageous to me.”. ‘You can purchase an entire game for that price.' There is a charge of that alone for a bundle of cards that results in 1% of the content inside the game? The charges are outrageous.
The impact of this backlash on Blizzard's pricing strategy remains to be seen, but for now, the price remains at $50.