Hearthstone is Blizzard's popular virtual CCG for multiple platforms including mobile handsets that's based on the World of Warcraft universe. Recently, Blizzard released a custom card back that was made exclusively available for those playing the game on a Galaxy S6. If you don't have a Galaxy S6, but you're OCD about collecting every card back in the game, that means there will always be one missing from your collection... or does it?
Well, there's a work around available for players who want that card back, while not playing it on the Galaxy S6. The tl;dr version is to download and root using an emulator for the SGS5 for PC, and going from there. All the steps are outlined below, as well as a video from YouTube that shows everything as well ( at bottom of the article). Happy emulating!
Part I: Installing the Android emulator:
- Download the Genymotion tool, which emulates Android, from the Genymotion website (Website/Download here) - You’ll have to create a Genymotion account, it’s worth it if you want the card back. - Install the Genymotion app that you just downloaded. - Boot up Genymotion. - Say yes when it asks you if you want to create a virtual machine. - Log into your Genymotion account. - Once signed in, search the list of potential devices for: Samsung Galaxy S5 – 4.4.4 – API 19 1080×1920 - Click through to select that device, and then start it up when you’re given the option.
Part II: Downloading Hearthstone:
- Once you have your virtual Galaxy phone running, hit the menu button on the right hand side. - Click “System Settings” then “Security.” - Scroll down to “Unknown sources” and click it so that there is a check in the box. - Hit the home button. - Type “Amazon App Store” in the Google search bar at the top. - Scroll down to and click on “Amazon Appstore: Getting Started.” - Click the button to download that program. - Click at the top of the virtual phone screen and drag down to open the notification bar. - Click on the download to install it. - Now, click on the Amazon Appstore link that should appear on your home page (or in the list of apps). - Sign into your Amazon account. - Search for and install the Hearthstone app. - Do not launch the game yet.
Part III: Turning your virtual Galaxy S5 into a virtual S6
- Hit the home button and open up your list of apps. - Click File Manager. - Click the menu button at the top left (it looks like a hamburger mmmmm...). - Click the settings cog icon on the bottom left. - Click “General Settings” then “Access Mode” then “Root Access mode.” - Click “Remember choice forever” then “Allow.” - Still in the File Manager app, click on the hamburger menu button at the top left. - Click “System folder.” - Scroll down to and click on “build.prop.” - Select “Editor” and then click “Open.” - Find the following line: “ro.product.brand=generic” - Change “generic” to “samsung” (no quotations for any of this when you’re actually typing it). - Now hit the enter button to make a new line, and type the following: “ro.product.model=SM-G920F” - Click the disk icon on the top right to save. - Close the Genymotion emulator. - Start it up again. - Load up Hearthstone, sign in, ???? and profit with a new card back.