Blizzard hires Hearthstone pro

Ryan 'Realz' Masterson to be associate game designer

Blizzard has appointed Hearthstone pro player Ryan 'Realz' Masterson as an associate game designer on the hit title.

He describes himself as having "over a decade of high-level competitive experience in Magic: the Gathering, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone" and is well-respected in the eSports scene.

He took to Reddit to share his excitement about the appointment.

"This is a truly exciting opportunity for me, and (to rephrase the words of someone I have long admired, who once entered a similar position) I hope my association with the continuing development of Hearthstone will serve to comfort fellow ladder grinders, competitors, and players at large that "one of us" is behind the scenes looking out for the interests of the player. I really can't wait to get started. #TheDream"

You can read our interview with Jason Chayes, production director for Hearthstone and game director Eric Dodds here.

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Latest comments (2)

Christophe Danguien games developer 2 years ago
Good for him, but isn't it a bit like some one won many football competition, then you appoint him ball designer or pitch designer...It's not because you're good at something than you can "make" the thing well too...
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
More like a player becoming a trainer I would say. A player is the best feedback when it comes to gameplay balancing and Blizzard has been always relying on the community in that regard. I can understand how well it work for them; it allowed them (for example) to turn a mediocre game like Diablo III into the balanced and good experience for that player that it is now.
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