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A Letter to Blizzard (Legendary Quests)

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Dear Blizzard,

I appreciate legendary quests as they offer a greater (typically) benefit than regular quests without too much more effort on the part of the player. I think these quests are great, and an awesome way to help the player base stay engaged in Hearthstone. These are fun additions to the normal flow of the game, and I am glad to see them whenever they present themselves.

However, your handling of these quests has been a bit questionable. Recently, for a brief window, it was possible to have your normal 3 quest slots and an additional legendary quest slot as well. This meant that you as a player were not punished for waiting to complete quests. In general, I think most everyone can agree this is a benefit to the player. I thought it was an excellent QoL adjustment that had been planned. Unfortunately, this was not the case. It was a bug! Soon after its discovery the decision was made to revert the system back to the old way of having a legendary quests override current quest slots. I understand that from a developer point of view, the bug might have caused problems elsewhere and thus warranted temporary removal. As a player though, I do feel a bit slighted, but I can't fault you for ensuring that the game state remain in tact, which is clearly a bigger priority.

So we need to live with Legendary Quest overrides for now. I think this is disappointing, but otherwise OK, because generally an announcement is made regarding Legendary quests, either through set launches, marketing, or 3rd party data mining. If I know ahead of time that these quests are coming, then I as the player can make time management choices regarding the completion of regular quests to ensure that they are not deleted by the Legendary Quests.

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Now, to the point. With today's Tavern Brawl a new legendary quest was available. Unfortunately, there was no communication about it (or if there was, I missed it and cannot find it now), and as a result, I lost a regular quest. Now, I spend well over $200 per expansion, and during the first few months of the year I lose quests all the time due to work. So losing out on 50g shouldn't bother me that much. But for some reason, this quest I lost today rubbed me a bit wrong. Why?

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Maybe its because you fixed a bug that would have prevented this, and didn't implement it as a feature after players gave positive feedback about the change. Maybe because there was a lack of communication about the quest coming today (or I missed it). Maybe I'm just taking it personally because, for the first time in months I have time to play again on a regular basis, and was planning on completing that quest today, and was surprised to see it gone. Maybe its because I was trying to complete one of the quests this morning (win a single game with Mage) and lost 3-4 times in a row, which inevitably caused me to lose this quest indirectly. Maybe its because its raining outside right now, and has nothing to do with Hearthstone at all. I can't say for certain…

Anyway, I had some time to spare since I couldn't complete that deleted quest and decided to write you this letter. I'm not angry or anything. I'm glad I got a Rise of Shadows pack from a legendary quest, and I really like them in general. I just think you could handle them better in the future.

Sincerely,

A Hearthstone Player

TLDR:

  • Tavern Brawl came with a Legendary Quest (good!)
  • Legendary Quest replaced a Regular Quest (bad…)
  • No warning in advance (or I missed it :P)
  • Please fix or better communicate these in the future

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