Whereas it's the Kickstarter game I've easily gotten the most value out of so far. I like Hearthstone, but eventually drifted away after too many games kept playing out in very similar ways without many interesting non-obvious decision points popping up. And while I like Magic, it's by turns inconvenient and expensive, clunky/ugly and expensive, or crippled and locked down, for the paper, online, and DotP versions respectively. But I just completed draft #50 in Hex, and am continuing to enjoy each one and look forward to the new set and the single-player stuff (though I'm certainly annoyed at the slow pace of progress on them).
Out of curiosity, are you just regretting it because of the delays, or have you given up on it ever living up to your expectations? I backed primarily for drafting with everything else as nice bonuses, so I've been satisfied, but I can definitely see how anyone with other priorities would be disappointed so far.
Good point. There's not a whole lot to do for free players at this point. There are starter trials (series of matches against AI decks that gradually unlock new cards for your starter), or if you ask in chat to play against other starter decks there's a good chance someone will oblige. But really, the main thing to do is draft, which works out to around $1 per hour of entertainment on average. If that's out of the question, you're probably better off waiting for the PvE stuff to arrive. If you do decide to check it out, though, send me a friend request and I'll spot you the three packs for your first draft.