With the advent of Hearthstone and other hugely popular fantasy card games which are now being played on a competitive level, players are looking at different ways to take their games to new heights and overcome opponents. It stands to reason that these professional gamers should look to games like poker to improve their overall skills, because most of the fantasy games on the market have taken inspiration from the popular game of bluffing and skill.
Gamers who want to take their fantasy card game skills to the next level should take note of well-known and successful players who straddle the realms of poker and games like Hearthstone. Daniel Negreanu is renowned for being one of the best poker players in the world due to his ability to read his opponents and predict what they have or how they are going to play. He knows when to act aggressively and when to play his hands cautiously. These are all aspects of his game that he has found have translated well to the world of Hearthstone, which he also now plays professionally.
Bertrand Grospellier, otherwise known as ElkY, has gone the other way, and made his name in fantasy circuits and eSports competitions before taking to the tables to play Texas Hold 'Em. He started his career off playing StarCraft: Brood War and Warcraft III before going on to compete in the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker. Since finding success in that field he has then returned to the eSports scene to play Hearthstone as a member of Team Liquid.
Both players have said that poker and Hearthstone each require players to think about what the other player will do when you make a certain move. In that sense, the strategies and tactics employed in the two different games are easily transferable. Players who wish to develop these skills can do so at many various sites online where there are poker tournaments taking place all the time. It’s also easy to play mobile poker on the go and maximise the amount of time you get to practice.
When you take your poker strategy to games of Hearthstone or newer titles like Gwent, it will make you think more about what kinds of cards your opponent may be holding and what they plan to do with them. In poker, players will have set methods about what they do when they are dealt certain cards. For instance, when faced with an open-ended straight draw on the flop, players may try to lead the betting and make others think they have hit a set. If on the turn or river they receive the card that completes their straight they are left with a seriously strong hand. Hearthstone players can also predict what the other player might do based on their first few moves. For instance, if the player is using a mage build, they’re probably going to try and hit you with fireballs and flamestrikes.
Even though it’s clear that playing both games can help gamers improve at either of them, fans of poker would probably quite like Hearthstone, and vice versa. They both operate on the same principles, and getting good at one will help you improve with the other.
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