155 - Velen's Chosen: Balancing Life & Hearthstone
This week we’ll be discussing life balancing with the game balancing for Hearthstone and also what we’ve been doing this last week.
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Show Topic: Tips from the Community for Refreshing
This week we we’re gonna hear from the community and what they recommend in order to balance life and Hearthstone/gaming:
Setting a time frame or cut off time to stop playing and engage with family and friends has helped me.
Dust your goldens.
That may seem obvious to some but I never really realized how much dust I had tied up in them. Freeing that up really helped me to manage the amount of money I felt I "needed" to put in the game. And not feeling bad about the money you're spending on the game really helps you enjoy it more.
Typically wait to game until the wife has gone to sleep. That way I don’t take away time from her and my daughter. At first she didn’t understand why I was staying up later but once I explained to her why she understood and actually kind of appreciated it.
I lose a little sleep because of it but oh well
These are the things I think about, when I try to improve my experience:
Find your fun.
--Everyone has different goals, available time, financial means, etc, so figure out what you like about the game (and what you do not like), which seems obvious/easy but can be difficult to realize. Don't compare your results or experiences to others.
Learning what decks you like can take time;
--not every deck is for everyone and finding your preferred styles can help your enjoyment immensely.
Practice new decks with friends or in casual, if you are afraid of losing stars on ladder.
--Know that you are likely to lose more than win as you figure out a deck. Read guides, ask questions here, or watch replays for tips.
Try not to focus on individual games or sessions (or even seasons).
--Variance in this game is far too great to have one game, or even several games, mean that your deck or play is "bad." Some days the luck just is not ever in your favor.
Luck plays a factor in the game but is not controllable or predictable.
--When you lose to a "lucky draw/RNG" try not to focus on that bad beat and instead review what plays you could've changed to help your outcome and set you up for better results moving forward; every player makes mistakes in every game so focus on what you can improve rather than lament your poor fortune.
Take breaks when you're having a rough session.
--Sometimes even 5 minutes can help you reset your mindset and start a new game making better plays. Sometimes several days, or a change in gamemode, is what's needed to feel refreshed.
Every three games of hearthstone I play I stop and do something else. Mostly it’s read a book but it can be anything
My little advice is if you lose three in a row on ladder, stop playing for a bit. Doing something else, be it another mode of hearthstone (the arena draft is like a built in break), another game, or something entirely different (walks are great), greatly reduces the possibility of tilt spirals and keeps you from playing a game you're not enjoying.
I've been playing Hearthstone on mobile almost exclusively since it came out on that platform. I find it's easier to balance with my daily life because I'm able to multitask it with other things. If you do this, though, both your gameplay and the task you're trying to accomplish on the side can suffer just a bit. Like if you're doing the laundry while playing a game, it'll take you longer to finish the load you're working on, AND you'll make sub-optimal plays in Hearthstone. That said, it can still be a fun way to break up the day. I recommend if you do this kind of thing a lot, get to a ranked floor that you're comfortable with and just try out some new decks. That way if you lose due to RL intervening, at least you'll have gained something from the game--perhaps a deeper knowledge of the matchup you were in, or at the very least, you had some fun!
I use Hearthstone to help balance my work life. Like many people, I have a high stress job. I find that if I shut my office door for 15 minutes and play a game of Hearthstone a couple of times a day, that I can then re-focus on work, get back to being productive and generally be more pleasant with others.
Something I learned last month is that is that you need to have other games and hobbies for unwinding besides Hearthstone. I got really burned out last season, and I think it's largely because I wanted to play Hearthstone competitively, but also play it for fun, and it kinda can't be both. If I got home from a stressful day of work and tried relax with some ladder, that just adds to the frustration, and just doesn't let you play in the right mindset. I took some time off from ladder and played some other games and played more casual when I wanted to play, but not play seriously, and it made a world of difference.
1. Recognize that if any game - Hearthstone or otherwise - dictates my self-esteem through external and results-based stimuli, that there is likely a need for me to focus on myself as a fundamental level rather than use the game as a way to seek validation
2. Be self-aware and honest with myself about my emotional state in connection with the game and outside of it. If I am particularly upset while playing, attempt to fearlessly identify where that pain and negativity is coming from - it is almost always external to the game.
3. If I can confidently identify a meta, deck, design decision, or some other legitimate concern with the state of Hearthstone, allow myself to take a step back and find other outlets until I am able to reconnect in a healthy way - if I decide I want to do so.
4. Ensure that my internal commitment to hearthstone is viewed as one that I want to make, not have to make. The beliefs that I have spent too much money/am too involved in the community/identify with the game turn it into an obligation, and obligations are not enjoyable.
5. If I find myself playing because I "need a win" or "just need to do better" or "I'm not going to end the night on a loss", walk away. It's not healthy.
There's way, way more, but the most important thing is to identify the why. That can inform any number of healthier behaviors - mindset is the most important thing.
Malion_HS from USA (Sept. 12)
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