Great post OP!
After playing Hearthstone from beta until November 2019, I absolutely refuse to play this game ever again.
I could just regurgitate the same complaints people have had with this game for years, but instead I will state something that I think people do not point out that is how much LUCK is part of the equation to who wins.
You can have the top tier deck that the grand champs are using, and if the right card does not pop out at the right time, the right card does not end up in your hand at the beginning, then you most of the time you do not have a chance of winning.
If the other play gets the luck…they win.
This is why Hearthstone is unplayable anymore for me. I just cannot tolerate that skill is not the number one factor when it comes to the game.
This is why I now play Gwent an absolutely love the game.
Not only do you get to play any card at any time that is sitting in your hand, in between rounds you can eliminate and chose new cards to strengthen your hand.
Skill is a much higher commodity in winning in Gwent, which makes the game much more entertaining and fun to play.
Hearthstone was great years ago…but the competition has made Hearthstone null and void. It just is not fun…and cost an absolute fortune.