I think all my files are playable in alteil, and most of them are not the normal metas you see running around...so that makes at least 25+ different "playable" files.
Also, remember Hearthstone is opening with 300 cards (basically their set 1? Yell at me if i'm wrong about this
). Our set 1 is 100 cards. Of course, I don't know how many cards are coming out later in hearthstone, but alteil is really only getting like 60ish cards/set now, or 180 cards for playsets of everything.
In alteil, rares start at the 3* level, or at least I've always thought of them starting there, making gold packs guaranteed rare at $2.50. I think hearthstone "rares" are probably equivalent to our 3*s, as it's really the 3rd level of rarity (free -> common -> rare -> epic -> legendary). Don't get me wrong, I personally hate gold packs, they're probably overpriced, and always seem to give me crap. I'd rather get 10 normal packs than 6 gold packs.
As for the cost, you have to factor in the speed of release into how easy it will be to get cards. At the rate of 2 sets/year, I'm really against making it 1 pack/day grindable, purely because it's like ~ 25k-26k gran equivalent in total by the time a set comes out...in which case, why would there be any reason to spend on the game? that's >200 dollars equivalent (including bonus gran, its like $210ish). It's pretty stupid to do that. (Note: Complete set of ex is ~ $50 +/-, $150 gets you approx 90-95% of a set currently, so it's nearly 3x of every card)
However, I'd personally like them to outline HOW to get cards in their new models...like FM to buy packs, you get FM by playing in arena, how to get point cards, gran can buy packs too, gran gotten by spending irl money, prebuilts/set releases/ex packs, that kind of thing.
Side note: Refess and Falkow, NOT
ess and Falkr