The mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is still running strong and despite numerous complaints, people are still playing it. I’m guilty as charged, but I’ve not spent a single cent on the game. Yet, they’ve made over US$40 million thanks to Potterheads making in-app purchases. What’s it all about? You can read my review of it here, but long story short: you’re in Hogwarts 7 years before Harry Potter.
Just recently, Hogwarts Mystery introduced a new multiplayer event: Duelling Club. During the event, you have the chance to duel other players using Facebook Connect for a few days. The duels run like any other duel you’ve come across thus far, minus the need to spend Coins. I’m quite sure you’re not actually duelling a person in real time, but the whole process is honestly pretty boring and there’s not much reason to want to continue duelling other players since I don’t care for cosmetics and there isn’t a reason for me to want to get Coins either. There is no ‘leaderboard’ so any aspects of competition is thrown out the window too.
Similar to Hearthstone’s Arena Mode, you have three lives (here called ‘tickets’) so if you lose three games, you’re out. But the main difference is that Hogwarts Mystery uses this as yet another cash-grabbing attempt as the tickets won’t refresh, so you’ll have to use 120 Gems to buy three more. Gems are the game’s premium currency so to get Gems you’ll either have to get lucky and be rewarded with some, watch an advert or pay real cash. You can’t use Coins to get Gems.
Here's what duelling is like so you can judge for yourself:
Another issue is the complete imbalance of damage taken by your opponent versus damage taken by you. In multiple reports (and my own experience), 5 damage taken by your opponent is far less than 5 damage taken by you. Doesn’t make sense, does it? But that’s what happens.
Looking back to Jam City’s history, it doesn’t look like they’re going to listen to the players. Especially not if so many people are still paying to play. Either way, we’ll have to wait for the next Duelling Club event to see if they make any changes.