This week’s eSports Report has the details on the biggest tournament of the past weekend, the League of Legends Midseason Invitational, and the potentially game-changing details on the sale of pro league ESL. But first, meet the gold-card seeking gamer who bought 2,700 Hearthstone card packs all in one night’s work.
Last Wednesday night, a rather interesting post went up on the Hearthstone subreddit. User MattCauthron made a post claiming that he had just purchased 2,700 card packs for a total of around $3,400. Not surprisingly, he added that he was a bit tipsy at the time of the transaction.
Matt is not a professional on the eSports scene by any means, but the post still attracted a lot of attention on Reddit and around the web. Millions of Hearthstone players around the world have fantasized about what it would be like to have the funds to go on an epic card-opening binge. Matt’s post provided a unique opportunity for pro players and casuals alike to get an inside glance at just how much money it takes be a Hearthstone “whale”.
PC Gamer caught up with Matt in the aftermath of the post, and he shed some insight into the business of opening packs. Click through for the full interview, but here are some of the more interesting tidbits:
On why he did it:
“I already have every card. I knew I would have to buy a sizable amount of packs to get all the gold cards I wanted. I’m playing economies of scale here. The more packs I open, the more gold cards I’ll get and the less I’ll have to craft. “
On how much dust he’s gotten:
I have opened 1700 packs and have 1000 packs left to open, but it’s 1 a.m. and I must go to sleep. My disenchant dust is at 145,980. I’m expecting to be in the range of 160K to 200K when I finish. Not nearly enough to craft every golden card, but it should be enough to craft all the ones people actually play.
On what his girlfriend thinks:
At this moment, she does not know. We have separate bank accounts, maybe you should leave this question out, haha.
On what he does for a living:
I am a CPA. I do large corporate and partnership tax work, mainly in the oil and gas industry. I believe (Hearthstone pro) Reynad said on his stream last night that college education was a waste, I should note my job would not be possible without my Masters’ degree.
On how he justifies spending that much on a game:
There’s a large number in my bank account that just became a slightly less larger number. I have enough money, to the point where I rarely look at my bank accept every few months to make sure it is going in an upward direction. This game is my biggest pastime. Let’s say I’ve spent $5,000 on this game total, and received 1,000 hours of entertainment. That’s only $5 an hour of entertainment. I’ll spend 60 bucks on a game that I play for $15 minutes and never touch again.