Garry Kasparov may be the best chess player in history, but it turns out that he prefers to fall in Hearthstone’s tavern, and of course he faces a lot more RNG there than when he is working during the day.The former world champion recently spoke with PC Gamer to promote his new master class Kasparovchess.com Moreover, in our chat, the topic turned to his strong aversion to sneaky Rogue courses. Kasparov also told us to get involved in other Blizzard games, such as Warcraft.
PCGamer: You mentioned Hearthstone: Do you play?
Gary Kasparov: Yeah! I participated in a new activity, but yes, I am indeed playing Hearthstone. Diamond Five!
Sorry not! To enter the legendary level, you need to spend more time. I don’t have more time, but I have many, many decks. Because yes, you have to give your full attention. If I push, I can enter the legendary level, but I can easily get Diamond Five.
what are you playing? Are you a thief?
No thieves, no mages! I think Rogue may be the strongest deck right now, because you know, it can basically kill you in the seventh round. So if the combination appears, this is 30+ damage. But it needs your work. So this is how I play: this is a holy knight, yes, I play holy man, or taunting druids. So there are these two, although I did try my own, you know, customized my priest…just trying to play some interesting builds, but again, it’s at a fairly primitive level. So for sure: Libra and Druid. I tried pirate, pirate warrior, but somehow, I think it is not good and not suitable.
[Ed’s note: Since we spoke to Kasparov, Hearthstone has seen the release of The Deadmines mini-set, which has boosted the power of Pirate Warrior substantially—partly thanks to the monstrosity that is Mr Smite.]
When did you play World of Warcraft?
When my eldest son was 6 years old, 7 years old, 8 years old, I played ball, it was 2003-2004, yes, we need a computer game. So I played, maybe in 2005, we played Warcraft 3 and the Frozen Throne.So I remember only you know, I told him okay, you don’t play that [without me]. This is the rule! [laughs] So we did some battles, and I think his favorite is the orcs, anyway he uses them like this. I think my favorite is the league, but I’m not sure. Yes, that was a long time ago.
But again, these are games that require speed. This is the dexterity of the hands. So that’s why I prefer a game like Hearthstone because it is more strategic and you have a time limit. But this is only about strategy, about making calculations and understanding connections. Again, I like this unbalanced value, so that’s why, you know, you can change things, you can have endless combinations that give you the opportunity to defeat even powerful opponents.
What is your favorite video game?
I don’t have a favorite! [laughs] I just, look, I think it’s like this: I play Hearthstone. I found it, I found it in an advertisement that I collaborated with Blizzard, and this is the game I play now.
You can view Complete master class on kasparovchess.com, with You can read our longer interview with Kasparov here to learn about his history in computers and chess.