Information in Hearthstone: Playing Like the Pros11 months ago
Playing Like the Pros
By Alex "pinksparklygamer" Booker
Unlike skills like trade managing and knowing when to go face, managing information and psychology is rarely ever talked about in Hearthstone, and so it’s usually one of the last developed skills of any given player. Even watching professional streamers, it’s actually quite common to see these sorts of misplays. So if even professional players are making these mistakes how can an aspiring pro, or even an ordinary player, hope to learn to manage these skills?
Getting Better Without Really Trying
Most of the time, in Hearthstone, if you want to get better then you’ll usually have to practice. However, managing information isn't a skill that happens over time; it happens immediately. This means that as soon as you learn it, you’re automatically a master. Some deck trackers even come with features that let you easily manage your opponent's information.
If you aren't familiar with managing information, the best way to start is through counting your opponent's cards and when they drew them. By keeping track of whether their yeti has been in hand for 8 turns, it lets you get a good idea of what your opponent's hand looks like. Although some deck trackers will do this for you, for the sake of getting better, I suggest you avoid them. Just make sure that you also keep track of which cards your opponent mulligans, since it lets you tell if your opponent has a strong opener or not.
Hiding Your Information
Since having information on your opponent is good, then that means that if your opponent has information on you then it should be equally as important to hide your information from your opponent. Although this is easier said than done. For the most part, players will just play the best card in their hand, regardless of the information, it gives away. One trick that I picked up is to play the card farthest to the left if I have multiple copies of a card. That way, my opponent is more likely to have more information on that card, since I drew it earlier. You have no idea how often players will play the Frostbolt that they topdecked, instead of the one that they’ve had since turn 1. The other trick I picked up is avoiding giving the opponent any signs that I have a board clear. If it’s turn 5 and I’m holding a blizzard, rather than pinging a 3 health minion to set it up for the clear, the right play is often to ping a one health minion. This way, your opponent might play into the blizzard, allowing for extra value.
Ultimately, information is a rarely used skill in Hearthstone. Even just by being aware of its existence, you can increase your win rate. Not only is counting your opponent's cards a valuable ability but being able to minimize on feeding your opponent information is just as important. By using these skills, you should be able to increase your win rate, which is all this article aims to do.
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