Hearthstone is a fun and exciting collectible card battle game from Blizzard that is set in the familiar Warcraft universe. Fans of Warcraft games, especially World of Warcraft, will feel right at home in Hearthstone with its fantasy RPG theme, lush graphics, and quirky and fun sense of humor. All of these elements help set Hearthstone apart from the crowded field of collectible card battle games. With lots of playable heroes, hundreds of spells and cards, and several playable modes, there’s a lot of action packed into the game. This collection of Hearthstone cheats, secrets and tips will have you playing like an expert in no time at all.
Hearthstone is a series of 1 vs. 1 battles between different players in the game. Each battle plays out in a series of turns, in which each player has the opportunity to play different cards from their hand. With these cards, players can cast powerful spells, equip incredible weapons, or summon various minions to fight on the battlefield. The game is primarily played between two human opponents, but several game modes allow for a single human player to compete against the computer as an opponent.
A key concept in Hearthstone is that of the hero, and each player chooses a hero from their collection before the battle begins. Each of the playable heroes is part of a particular class, which determines the full set of cards available to them. Heroes begin the battle with 30 Health, and the object is to reduce your opponent’s hero health to zero. When a hero gets down to zero health, the game is over and the remaining player wins.
At the beginning of each turn, each player draws a new card from their deck, which is a collection of 30 cards that have been selected before the battle began. There are several “basic” decks available for beginning players, and advanced players can create their own custom decks based on their overall strategy and the cards they have collected in the game. Most of the cards are available to all heroes, but each hero also has a limited set of cards that are unique to them.
During each turn, a player has a certain amount of Mana to use for various card, powers or moves by their minions. The amount of Mana available increases with each turn in the battle. Because each card costs a certain number of Mana points to play, strategy comes into the picture early in the game. Unused Mana points do not carry forward to the next turn.
Both the winner and loser in each battle earn experience points, which increases the hero level for the player. Over time, this grants access to extra cards.
Heroes and Classes
There are nine playable heroes in Hearthstone, each one belongs to a particular class (see below) that helps shape and define how the game is played. You begin the game with Jaina Proudmoore, the Mage, but as you progress through the game and defeat other players, you can unlock additional heroes to round out your collection. Each hero can draw from a pool of common cards, but also has many special powers that are unique to that hero/class.
- Malfurion Stormrage (Druid)
- Rexxar (Hunter)
- Jaina Proudmoore (Mage)
- Uther the Lightbringer (Paladin)
- Anduin Wrynn (Priest)
- Valeera Sanguinar (Rogue)
- Thrall (Shaman)
- Gul’dan (Warlock)
- Garrosh Hellscream (Warrior)
There are several main play modes in the game:
- Practice mode
In Practice mode, players are able to compete against a selection of computer opponents. This mode exists primarily to give players a chance to learn the basics of playing against different heroes/classes in the game. Players have the option to battle either “basic” or “expert” opponents.
- Play mode
This is the heart and soul of the Hearthstone experience, where human players are pitted against each other. Players are matched in an effort to create games with opponents of equal skill. The games can be Casual/friendly bouts for experience, or Ranked matches, where players can earn various ranks and special rewards in the game.
The Arena provides an additional challenge to Hearthstone players. It forces players to forge a new deck from a random selection of cards before entering battle in a series of matches. Success in the Arena can translate to many special rewards.
This mode exists largely for friends to challenge each other to simple contests for clout and bragging rights.
Hearthstone is all about the cards, and there are hundreds of them available (more than 400 at last count!). The playable cards in the game can be loosely grouped into a few distinct categories:
Within the Minions category, there are additional subcategories of cards:
Beginner’s Deck Building Guide
In the early stages of playing Hearthstone, when both you and your opponents will likely have the same basic decks, there’s a heavy component of luck when it comes to which cards are drawn from the standard decks. But good habits start early, and following these tips towards building your starting custom decks will go a long way to getting you competitive early on.
Spread Your Mana
A well-balanced deck means having a good distribution of low and high mana cost cards. You’ll need enough low cost cards in your deck so that the odds of getting them in the early rounds is high. Otherwise, you might have no moves available in the early going–a sure way to dig a hole for yourself quickly. You’ll want a few high cost cards in your deck for the later rounds, when you want to deal heavy damage or defend yourself from big attacks. Bear in mind, though, that in the early going, it’s better to have a large pool of low- to mid-tier cards at your disposal, which tend to be more efficient. Don’t overdo it on adding high mana cards to your deck just because they look cool.
Look for Card Synergies
Hearthstone is often a game of subtleties and building a deck with cards that play off each other is often the key to victory. Look for cards that provide a bonus to other cards and combine them accordingly. In the early stages of the game, when you’re playing Jaina Proudmoore (mage), you’ll find that your minions are relatively weak compared to other heroes. But both the Archmage and Ogre Magi have abilities that increase the spell damage of others, and having these cards in your deck can create some impressive results. This holds true especially towards the later ound of a battle, when several minions are on the battlefield.
Update Your Deck with New Cards
When you begin playing with a certain hero/class, you’ll start off with a simple set of basic cards. Each time you gain two levels with a hero up to level 10, you’ll earn a pair of additional cards to add to your deck. After level 10, the cards become “golden” cards which add flashier looks and effects to your gameplay, but do not have a strategic impact or material difference. Whenever you earn a new card, be sure to examine it closely and see if it should replace another card in your deck. As a general rule, class-specific cards are improvements over neutral/basic cards of the same mana cost.
Hearthstone Gold Guide
Gold is the lifeblood currency of the game. You use it to purchase entry into the Arena and to acquire new card packs. Gold can be difficult and laborious to acquire without spending real money to get it via in-app purchases. But there are some efficient pathways to earning lots of Hearthstone gold simply by focusing on certain activities in the game. Here’s your quick guide to earning the most gold for free in Hearthstone.
Focus on Achievements
These are designed with the beginning player in mind and while it might be tempting to jump off to the Arena (where the real action is), hold off until you’ve completed all of your achievements. It’s possible to get 900 gold just for finishing a certain set of achievements and quests in the game. Although these aren’t all quick (winning 1,000 games takes a lot of time!) they are a great way to earn gold without having to spend real money. Plus, the experience from playing several battles and multiple heroes gives you the knowledge and preparation you need to be successful in Arena play.
- Unlock every hero – 100 gold
- Win 100 games in any mode – 300 gold
- Win 1,000 games in any mode – 300 gold
- Defeat all expert A.I. – 100 gold
- Collect every card in the Basic Set – 100 gold
- Collect every card in the Expert Set – 100 gold
Repeat the Daily Quests
Even though you know deep down inside that daily quests are just a sneaky way to get you to return to play the game every single day, they are a valuable way to earn free gold in the game. Daily quests offer either 40, 60 or 100 gold and often involve winning a series of battles with a particular class/hero or accomplishing a slightly more challenging feat. Doing these quests will earn you a steady supply of gold. Daily quests refresh at 1 am Pacific Time each day.