I played World of Warcraft for years, and I had a fun time for the most part. Eventually I got tired of it though since I was mostly just a PVP player. I found questing and raiding to be tedious, and I hated the politics and dramas of guilds.\nSo imagine my delight when I discovered Hearthstone in the iOS app store. It\u2019s a card game that basically lets you PVP using World of Warcraft heroes. Instead of moving a character around in a 3D world like in WOW, you battle your opponent via a deck of cards.\nHere\u2019s the official description of Hearthstone from the iOS App Store:\n\nDECEPTIVELY SIMPLE. INSANELY FUN.\nPick up your cards and throw down the gauntlet! In Hearthstone, you play the hero in a fast-paced, whimsical card game of cunning strategy. In minutes, you\u2019ll be unleashing powerful cards to sling spells, summon minions, and seize control of an ever-shifting battlefield. Whether it\u2019s your first card game or you\u2019re an experienced pro, the depth and charm of Hearthstone will draw you in.\nJUMP RIGHT IN: Fun introductory missions bring you into the world of Hearthstone\u2019s intuitive gameplay.\nBUILD YOUR DECK: With hundreds of additional cards to win and craft - your collection grows with you.\nHONE YOUR SKILLS: Play in practice matches against computer-controlled heroes of the Warcraft universe. Thrall, Uther, Gul\u2019dan - they\u2019re all here!\nCOLLECTION TRAVELS WITH YOU: Your card collection is linked to your Battle.net account - enabling you to switch your play between tablet and desktop with ease.\nAND FIGHT FOR GLORY: When you\u2019re ready, step into the Arena and duel other players for the chance to win awesome prizes!\n\nThe description of Hearthstone is dead on, it is deceptively simple and it\u2019s very fun. I found it pretty easy to jump right into the game, though perhaps that\u2019s because I had played World of Warcraft for so long. I already understood the basic premise and each of the different classes of heroes. But it's not hard to learn how to play the game, even if you've never played World of Warcraft.\nPlay different classes and different Warcraft heroes\nYou can choose from the following classes: Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior. Each class has advantages and disadvantages while in battle with other players. The mage is probably my favorite class right now as I started out playing WOW as a mage, so I'm following in the footsteps of my original World of Warcraft character.\nWhile you can buy additional heroes as you progress in the game, you start out with the ability to play Jaina Proudmoore, Rexxar, Uther Lightbringer, Garossh Hellscream, Malfurion Stormrage, Gul'dan, Thrall, Anduin Wrynn, and Valeera Sanguinar. Each hero represents a particular class in the game.\nHearthstone trailers\nBlizzard has some great trailers that will whet your appetite for the game. Here's the original Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft trailer:\n\n\n \n\n\nAnd here's the trailer for Whispers of the Old Gods, the latest Hearthstone expansion pack:\n\n\n \n\n\nCheck out the Blackrock Mountain adventure trailer:\n\n\n \n\n\nThere's also a ton of other trailers and videos on the official Hearthstone channel on YouTube.\nIn Hearthstone, it\u2019s all about the cards\nEach card in the game has different abilities and mana costs. Some cards are designed for defense, while others are geared toward doing damage to your opponent. You start out with a set of basic cards for each class, and you can win or buy additional decks.\nYou also have the ability to choose cards to play with from your decks. Picking the right balance of cards is important if you want to win. You have to be able to defend your hero as well as do damage as the game progresses.\nI made the mistake when I first started playing of picking cards that required a lot of mana. That didn\u2019t work out too well for me in the early rounds of the game, and I ended up losing a lot. So I had to reconfigure my deck so I had some lower mana cost cards to use at the beginning of each game.\nChanging my cards helped me out a lot. I was able to defend my mage, and start whittling down my opponent's life. But even so I ended up making a few additional tweaks to my play deck after realizing that some of the cards I'd picked just weren't working well for the mage class.\nSo if you find yourself initially losing a lot, take a step back and reevaluate the cards you've chosen to play with and you can improve your chances to win.\n\n\nHearthstone in OS X on the 5K iMac\nWhile I really enjoyed playing Hearthstone on my iPad Pro and even my iPhone 6s Plus, I wondered if it was also available for the Mac. I checked the Mac App Store but didn\u2019t see it, then I remembered that Blizzard generally doesn\u2019t put its games in the Mac App Store.\nSo I headed over to Blizzard\u2019s Hearthstone site and soon found the download link for the OS X version of Hearthstone. I installed it on my 5K iMac and logged in with my Battle.net account.\nThe game and played great on my 5K iMac, it was even better on the big 27-inch screen than it was on my iPad Pro. Unfortunately, I cannot actually run it at 5K or even 4K. The maximum resolution offered by Hearthstone on the Mac is 2560x1440. Even at that resolution, the game still looks very good on my iMac.\nIt\u2019s unfortunate that Blizzard hasn\u2019t updated Hearthstone to offer a higher resolution for the 5K iMac. I hope they get around to it soon. Even 4K would add to the overall experience of playing Hearthstone on the larger screen.\nHearthstone is a freemium game I can tolerate\nIf you\u2019ve read some of my earlier posts, you know that I\u2019m not big on freemium games. I generally dislike them because far too many of them let you start playing then require you to fork over lots of money to progress in the game.\nSo far I have not encountered that problem in Hearthstone. Yes, there are card decks, adventures and heroes you can buy in Hearthstone. But I haven\u2019t hit a point in the game yet where I felt I absolutely had to buy them just to have fun or progress further.\nThis might change as I get more into the game, but right now Hearthstone strikes me as the right way to do a freemium game. You can play it and have fun without hitting a wall and having to pay to get any further into the game.\nSo far the only thing I\u2019ve bought is the mage hero Medivh for $9.99. I didn\u2019t need to buy him, but I liked the animation in his image and I was enjoying the game so much that I didn\u2019t mind giving Blizzard a few bucks to play it.\n\n\n \n\n\nBlizzard seems to have deliberately designed Hearthstone in a way that makes in-game purchases feel optional rather than obligatory. I wish more game developers would follow in their footsteps, if they did it would make the freemium business model much more enjoyable for players.\nMore information about Hearthstone\nIf you\u2019re still not sold on trying Hearthstone, visit the official Hearthstone site. There\u2019s tons of information there about the game that will help you get started. I recommend starting with the How to Play page.\nBlizzard also has some very helpful Hearthstone forums if you run into problems and have questions. You can also connect with other Hearthstone players to discuss the latest game strategies, expansion pack and other relevant topics.\nNow, if you\u2019ll excuse me, I have some opponents to obliterate with my mage.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.