Cards are what is used to play the Hearthstone digital card game.
Each card falls into either the “basic” or “expert” card set.
Basic cards are the “starter” cards that form the foundation of each hero’s class, and are earned each time you play a game (you can have up to two of every basic card in your deck)
Expert cards are cards that can only be found in card packs or created using the crafting system (certain achievements grant them as well).
The rarities of the Expert cards are distinguished with a gem:
- Common (white gem)
- Rare (blue gem)
- Epic (purple gem)
- Legendary (orange gem)
Generally the rarer a card is, the more complex it is, often providing you with new strategic options.
You can have any number of expert cards in your collection, though only two of any common, rare, or epic card, and one of any legendary card, can be placed in a deck.
Both basic and expert cards have important roles to play in all decks, regardless of whether you’re just starting out or are a Hearthstone grandmaster.
Disenchant those extra cards in your collection to receive arcane dust, the building block used to construct Hearthstone cards. You can then use this dust to craft the cards needed to complete one or more of your decks or your overall collection.
In addition to crafting, players may also acquire cards in the following ways:
- Players may collect new cards by participating in the game modes (Practice, Play, The Arena).
- Purchase: Purchase card packs containing five random cards using your Battle.net Balance or a variety of supported payment methods. One of the cards will always be of "rare" rarity or greater; in some cases, you may find that one or more additional cards has also "upgraded" to a higher tier of rarity.
Card backs Edit
Decorate the backs of your hard-earned cards, each with unique art and a different way to acquire them. You and your opponent can see your card backs in-game as you duel! Card backs replace the default artwork on the reverse side of your decks. The game interface will allow you to easily swap between any card back you’ve added to your collection. To obtain them, most card backs require the player to reach some sort of achievement. By playing in Ranked mode and achieving a rank of at least 20 will reward you with a new back once the next month's season starts.
- Hover over to see the cards.
Patch changes Edit
- (Patch 18.104.22.16856) Note: Winter Veil Wreath, Shaman Thrall, Love is in the Air, and Tauren Thunderbluff added to client.
- (Patch 22.214.171.12457) Note: Exodar and Power Core released.
- (Patch 126.96.36.19954) Note: Darkspear card back released.
- (Patch 188.8.131.5234) Note: Ninja and Heroes of the Storm card backs released.
- (Patch 184.108.40.20608) Note: Ragnaros and Molten Core card backs released.
- (Patch 220.127.116.1135) Note: Lunar card back released.
- (Patch 18.104.22.16828) Note: Maraad card back released.
- (Patch 22.214.171.12498) Note: Hallow's End, BlizzCon 2014, Warlords, and Goblin card backs released.
- (Patch 126.96.36.19944) Note: Released.
| Game modes|
Adventure ● Arena ● Practice ● Play Mode ● Ranked ● Tavern Brawl
Competitive Game modes
Last Hero Standing ● Conquest
Classes / Heroes