Welcome to our beginner’s guide to hearthstone where we will discuss the best way to get started in the game. We start this guide from after the tutorial as we feel you will benefit from having a play around first. The aim is to give you a general idea of how to build up your collection without having to spend any money.
Wild and Standard formats
In recent times Hearthstone has changed slightly to accommodate new players into the game. People can feel overwhelmed with collecting the 877 cards available. Blizzards idea for this was to not include cards from some of the previous sets and adventures which have been released over Hearthstone’s 4 year life span. This cycle will now change every year and only the standard cards, which were available at release, and the last two years worth of expansions and adventure cards will now be available to play in standard format. Blizzard hoped this would help with creating more decks and not having a handful of overpowered decks which would dominate the meta and only be available by buying certain adventures.
This is where most of your early experimenting and deck building will be played out. It is basically a tool for players to touch up on their skills and test strategies without losing rank. You will be set against a random person who could be trying any sort of weird and wonderful deck type or just another beginner like yourself who is also getting to grips with the general feel of the game.
Play: Ranked (Standard)
The main game mode of hearthstone is ranked play. Whether that be under the wild format or the standard format. We’ll start with standard. As explained earlier this only includes cards from the base set and the last two years of expansions and adventures.
In ranked you are given a rank from 25 – Legend, (25 lowest and Legend highest) and you have to work your way up. You start the season at 25 and each win gives you a star towards the next level. Levels require 3 stars to progress and the higher up the rankings you go the more stars are needed to progress. To start, you only need 3 stars to progress up a level and cannot lose stars until you reach level 20. At this point, every win still earns you a star but losing will take one away. If however you win 3 games in a row you are given a bonus star. This is a quick way to progress up the ranks. For every win during the streak you will still obtain the bonus star until you eventually lose and the streak resets.
To start, we recommend experimenting with mainly one hero that you find easiest/most fun to use and trying to build up your card collection for that particular hero. Reading up on current decks that are being used or budget decks can really help you to adapt to different styles of play.
Play: Ranked (Wild)
A daunting place for even the most experienced Hearthstoner. Wild is exactly what it says, a place to see, create and play the most weird, wild and wonderful decks the imagination can think of. This is more aimed at people who have in depth knowledge of the deck builds and play styles. In Wild format, players are allowed to use any of the 877 cards available ( if they have collected them) and you will see some of the more obscure match-ups. For a beginner we recommend you stay clear of Wild format for now.
The arena is a very exciting place to play hearthstone. It can leave you with no hope or an unbeatable deck depending on the cards you draw.
Arena works by allowing the player to create a random deck of 30 cards by choosing 1 of 3 heroes presented to them. After this, the player is required to build a deck by picking 1 of 3 random cards until you have a deck of 30. You are then pitted against fellow arena goers who also have a random deck. In Arena a player will start with 3 ‘lives’ and each time you suffer defeat a ‘life’ will be taken until you have none remaining. The maximum wins a player can reach is 12 and with each successful win a key is rewarded, the more wins the better the key. These keys unlock boxes which reward the player for taking part in Arena and will guarantee at least 1 pack.
The first time you enter Arena you are given a free try to see for yourself what it’s all about. We recommend saving this until you have played around with the heroes and cards in casual play. Arena is a great place to potentially earn coins and card packs by just winning games. It does require an understanding of which cards work together and different types of deck however.
Disenchanting and Crafting
Crafting in Hearthstone is a way of getting rid of cards you have duplicates of, or will never use, and potentially obtaining better cards which fit in more with how you play. All cards can be disenchanted with the exception of the cards you will receive for leveling up your hero.
Disenchanting works by destroying cards for arcane dust and then using the dust collected to create another card. Arcane dust can be saved and built up for some of the more expensive cards you may need.
Every card will have a coloured gem just below the picture which tells you what rarity your card is. They are labelled as such; Common (White), Rare (Blue), Epic (Purple), Legendary (Orange).
Here’s the breakdown of how much Arcane Dust you get from each card rarity:
Common (White) Cards – Disenchant for 5 Arcane Dust / Craft a Common card for 40 Arcane Dust
Rare (Blue) Cards – Disenchant for 20 Arcane Dust / Craft a Rare card for 100 Arcane Dust
Epic (Purple) Cards – Disenchant for 100 Arcane Dust / Craft an Epic card for 400 Arcane Dust
Legendary (Orange) Cards – Disenchant for 400 Arcane Dust / Craft a Legendary card for 1600 Arcane Dust
Golden cards are the cream of the crop for any avid collector and are generally obtained by opening packs. They can be very rare and frustrating to find. So if you have your heart set on a specific golden card, expect to be waiting a long time. With the golden cards being harder to obtain it means that the crafting value of these cards also increase;
Common Golden Cards – Disenchant for 50 Arcane Dust / Craft a Golden Common card for 400 Arcane Dust
Rare Golden Cards – Disenchant for 100 Arcane Dust / Craft a Golden Rare card for 800 Arcane Dust
Epic Golden Cards – Disenchant for 400 Arcane Dust / Craft a Golden Epic card for 1600 Arcane Dust
Legendary Golden Cards – Disenchant for 1600 Arcane Dust / Craft a Legendary Golden card for 3200 Arcane Dust
Hearthstone is very much a f2p game for anyone who just wants a casual game. However for someone who really enjoys the game and wants to get more out of it, it can be hard to keep up with the players who have built up their collection over years. Packs cost gold, adventures cost gold, arena costs gold. Now all these are purchasable by using cash transactions but for someone hoping to play the game without any financial involvement, there are ways to build up your collection without ever purchasing anything. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a long process and even after playing the game for as long as I have, I still do not own all the cards available but it is a way for people to play for free and still be able to build up their collection over time.
One of these methods is by questing. Each day a player will be given a new quest which rewards them with anything from 40 -100 gold. The quests can be done at any time but you may only have 3 active quests at a time. If you already have 3 quests open when the next day rolls around, you will not receive a new quest. This is why it is best to complete a quest everyday. You also get the chance of re rolling your quest to receive a new one . This is beneficial as you could have a quest which rewards 40 gold but after rolling you could get a quest which rewards 100 gold. Below is the list of quests you can receive.
Daily Quest List
|Druid or Hunter Victory||Win 2 games with Druid or Hunter||40|
|Druid or Rogue Victory||Win 2 games with Druid or Rogue||40|
|Hunter or Mage Victory||Win 2 games with Hunter or Mage||40|
|Mage or Shaman Victory||Win 2 games with Mage or Shaman||40|
|Paladin or Priest Victory||Win 2 games with Paladin or Priest||40|
|Paladin or Warrior Victory||Win 2 games with Paladin or Warrior||40|
|Priest or Warlock Victory||Win 2 games with Priest or Warlock||40|
|Rogue or Warrior Victory||Win 2 games with Rogue or Warrior||40|
|3 Victories!||Win 3 games with any class||40|
|Destroy them All||Destroy 40 minions||40|
|Only the Mighty||Play 20 minions that cost 5 or more||40|
|The Meek Shall Inherit||Play 40 minions that cost 2 or less||40|
|Spell Master||Cast 40 spells||40|
|Beat Down||Deal 100 damage to enemy heroes||40|
|Druid or Hunter Dominance||Win 5 games with Druid or Hunter||60|
|Druid or Rogue Dominance||Win 5 games with Druid or Rogue||60|
|Hunter or Mage Dominance||Win 5 games with Hunter or Mage||60|
|Mage or Shaman Dominance||Win 5 games with Mage or Shaman||60|
|Paladin or Priest Dominance||Win 5 games with Paladin or Priest||60|
|Paladin or Warrior Dominance||Win 5 games with Paladin or Warrior||60|
|Priest or Warlock Dominance||Win 5 games with Priest or Warlock||60|
|Rogue or Warrior Dominance||Win 5 games with Rogue or Warrior||60|
|Total Dominance||Win 7 games with any class||100|
Other than your daily quests, you also receive unique quests which aren’t visible. These are paticualry helpful as the rewards received from completing them can be very helpful. Here is a list of these quests.
|Chicken Dinner||Win 100 games in any mode||300 Gold|
|Big Winner||Win 1000 games in any mode||300 Gold|
|Ready to Go!||Unlock every hero||100 Gold|
|Crushed Them All!||Defeat every Expert AI hero||100 Gold|
|Got the Basics!||Collect every card in the Basic set||100 Gold|
|One of Everything||Collect every card in the Expert set||100 Gold|
|The Duelist||Play 3 games in Play Mode||100 Gold|
|Crafting Time||Disenchant a card||95 Arcane Dust|
|Enter the Arena||Start an Arena run||1 free Arena entry|
|First Blood||Complete a game in Play Mode||1 Expect card pack|
|Level Up||Get any class to level 10||1 Expect card pack|
|Arrrrrr!!!||Acquire every pirate card||2 x Captain’s Parrot|
|Golden Arrrrrr!!!||Acquire every golden pirate||2 x Captain’s Parrot|
|Mrglglglglgl!||Acquire every murloc card||2 x Old Murk-Eye|
|Golden Mrglglglglgl!||Acquire every golden murloc||2 x Old Murk-Eye|
That about wraps it for our beginners guide. We hope you have at least taken something from our guide that you may not have known before. Remember to experiment with different deck combinations and strategies. Most of all have fun and hopefully we will see you in game, dominating the ranks.
And lastly, Mrglglglglglg.