Blizzard decided to delay the open beta release of Hearthstone by just a little bit to better prepare for the onslaught of players.
“We believe the right thing to do for the game is to not rush it out into open beta, but to instead hold onto it a little longer to make sure it’s ready for wider testing. At BlizzCon, we mentioned that we hoped to get the game into a state where it’s ready for open beta this month, but we’re just not quite there yet. The development team has been working hard to get this out before the end of the year, but our highest priority is that Hearthstone has an awesome launch when all gates are lifted and everyone can download it and play at the same time.”
Invites have been sent out to anyone that signed up for the beta as of early December and it’s expected Blizzard will do the same again in early January.