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Play Hearthstone with real cards in this knockoff

A physical version of Hearthstone featuring actual decks and tokens to count spell damage has been developed in China, and is now available to purchase — however, the unofficial release has nothing to do with Blizzard.

The physical edition, which is available from Chinese website Taobao for roughly $50, still features everything from the digital version prior to the release of the Curse of Naxxramas add-on. This includes status effects like Taunt, game pieces that allow up to seven minions in your hand at once, and a mechanic for drawing random cards needed for the Priest's Mind Vision.

While Blizzard has yet to bring its digital release to the real world, production director Jason Hayes told us last year that the company is considering bringing Hearthstone to World of Warcraft."That's something we've talked about internally," Chayes said. "It's not something we're going to have for launch, but there's always that possibility in the future."

Lead designer Eric Dodds confirmed at the time that there are no plans for a physical release of the game.

"We made a whole bunch of decisions from card design to how the gameplay flows to make it great online," Dodds said. "Turning it into a physical card game, there's already a great physical card game: WoW: TCG."

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