Why I’ve Moved On From Hearthstone

HaiSayaka recently announced that she will be moving from Hearthstone to Apex Legends after a 2 year Hearthstone career on September 10th. Here is her story.

I’ve been playing Hearthstone since college, the first time I hit legend was in 2019, and I went as high as rank 11 legend in Sept 2019. I loved Hearthstone, it was my favorite game for all these years and I would play every single day for anywhere between 10 to 13 hours a day in my prime to get to high legend every month.

On Quitting Hearthstone

I quit Hearthstone for several reasons.

Lack of Fun
The biggest factor for me was the state of the game. I asked my viewers why they don’t play ranked standard as much anymore, and the sentiment aligns with me: it’s not fun anymore. For me it is the introduction of the “Discover” meta, which in my opinion, took away some of the skill factor in the game. If you can discover a card that will help you in certain scenarios rather than rely on the deck you crafted, then the skill in those situations are taken away by the simple fact that you discovered what you needed. Deck building becomes less individualized, since Discover is almost always better than any tech cards you can put in. The state of the game had deteriorated so much that many players had moved to Battlegrounds in order to maintain their career with Hearthstone and keep their player base, but not lose their minds playing ranked standard anymore. For a while I tried Battlegrounds, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did standard ladder. So, I ended up slowly stopping altogether.

Viewership Decline
Another reason for me is that the viewership of Hearthstone on Twitch has gone down significantly. A big part of the decline happened when Blizzard decided to move the Grandmaster games from Twitch to Youtube. The Championship Games used to garner anywhere from 100k to 200k views each time, but after it was moved to Youtube it sat at anywhere between 3k to 20k. While I understand that Blizzard got a monetary deal with Youtube to do this, it significantly hurt the Grandmaster players because they began to lose exposure through their own streaming of the games which in turn hurt their ability to generate revenue. It was another example of Blizzard’s decision-making that hurt their players in order to make more money for themselves as a company. I also noticed that the overall viewership for Standard declined dramatically. The viewers that stuck around for Hearthstone were there primarily for Battlegrounds, because many of their favorite Hearthstone streamers switched to it. The decline in viewership led to an decline in revenue for me as a streamer.

Loss of Trust
Lastly, once the news broke about the mistreatment of female employees at Blizzard Headquarters, I decided to finally quit all Blizzard games altogether. I unsubscribed from Classic WoW and I didn’t buy the newest bundle for Hearthstone. I no longer wanted to support the company because it has been a long time build up of all the poor decisions the company has chosen to make. From the mistreatment of their employees to the money-over-player mentality, Blizzard has consistently allowed poor management of our trust, as players and content creators.

HaiSayaka Instagram

“I’m the Kill Leader. Ready to bear.”
I love streaming, but my entire viewer base is centered around Hearthstone. I know my loyal followers will come with me to Apex, but it will be like starting over in gathering a new audience. Hopefully, I will develop more of an Apex following after I transition my stream! I will also be open to playing some variety games to break up the monotony of streaming the same thing all the time. I will be returning to streaming on September 10th. Please join me, and support my decision to move to another game to provide quality content for all of you!

-HaiSayaka

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