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The Collection's Card Backs tab
Some of the game's card backs

Card backs are a feature which allows players to replace the standard design on the reverse of their cards with alternate designs.

Players can select which card back to display through the Card Backs pane of the Collection, with the selected design displayed in-game, visible to both the player and their opponent. Numerous different card backs are available to collect, with each offering a distinct animated design.

Players can assign a specific card back to each custom deck, as well as choosing a "favorite" card back to be used by default for any deck for which a specific card back has not been chosen, as well as in all non-match appearances, such as when opening card packs and receiving leveling rewards.

Players can earn alternate card backs through fulfilling various criteria, such as participating in a season of Ranked play, or completing certain quests. Ranked participation card backs are rewarded for reaching Rank 20 in that season, awarded at the end of the season (for more information, see here).

Card backs are purely decorative and do not affect gameplay in any way.[1]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Different methods of acquisition have varying timings. The Legend card back, and card backs unlocked through quests, are available immediately once the requirement has been met. Card backs unlocked through attaining Rank 20 in Ranked play are granted upon the conclusion of the season. Once Rank 20 is achieved it is not possible to drop below that rank in that season, therefore the card back unlock is guaranteed even if all subsequent games are lost.
  • Currently, there is no way to acquire limited-availability card backs, such as Ranked Play season card backs, once the qualifying period has passed. However, Ben Brode has stated that it is "likely there will be some way to obtain them in the future."[2] To date only one limited-availability card back has been made available again: the "Winter Veil Wreath" card back, awarded as part of the seasonal Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl.
  • Card backs are 'deactivated' while the card is in the deck, with their full colours and animations only appearing when they enter the player's hand.[3] Limited versions of the designs' animations are shown outside of combat for some designs.
  • While appearing flat, card backs are in fact fully 3D assets. However, they are almost entirely flattened, with only slight rises for the border and details. This can be seen briefly when first inspecting a card back in the collection manager, making the card back swivel for a moment. The form of each card back can be seen more fully in the video "A Closer look at Hearthstone card backs".

Designs[edit | edit source]

In order to be used, card backs must first be acquired. Some card backs are available for players to acquire on an ongoing basis, while others are only available for a limited period. Once acquired, all card backs can be used regardless of current availability.

Each card back has its own flavor text when viewed in the Collection; this is stated below the card back's requirements.

Click on any design to view a larger image. For full animated versions, see Hearthpwn's card back gallery.

Obtainable[edit | edit source]

Classic
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Available to all players

The only card back you’ll ever need.

Legend
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Achieving Legend Rank in Ranked play

Wow. Hardcore.

Un'Goro Mystery
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 37 (April 2017)

These long-lost card backs require a machete to shuffle.

The Blue Portal
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Completing One Night in Karazhan in Heroic mode

Don't tell Netherspite, but mischievous guests have been getting into all manner of shenanigans with his portals!

Staff of Origination
Card back-Staff of Origination.png
Completing The League of Explorers in Heroic mode

Wait, isn't this staff supposed to be in the museum? RENO!!!

Nefarian
Card back-Nefarian.png
Completing Blackrock Mountain in Heroic mode

You didn’t actually believe someone named “Lord Victor Nefarious” wasn’t up to anything nefarious, did you?

Heroic Naxxramas
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Completing Curse of Naxxramas in Heroic mode

You can tell a lot about an Abomination by his stitching. This one just screams “insane”. Literally.

Fireside
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Play three matches against another player on the same subnet, with at least three players total on that subnet[4][5] (Quest: Fireside Friends)

A generous gift from the Innkeeper. He loves to see his guests having a good time together.

Medivh
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Purchasing Medivh

He certainly has a thing for crows and ravens.

Alleria
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Purchasing Alleria Windrunner

When she wants to shoot an apple on your head, you don’t have to worry. Unless you’re an orc.

Magni
Card back-Magni.png
Purchasing Magni Bronzebeard

As the eldest of the three Bronzebeard brothers, Magni always got the coolest toys. He always shared, though!

Heroes of the Storm
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Getting to level 12 in Heroes of the Storm[6]

This arrived for you from the Nexus. Might want to watch out for those whirling blade thingies.

Samsung Galaxy
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Playing Hearthstone on a Samsung Galaxy S6, S7 or Note 5 series phone will award three free Classic card packs and the Samsung Galaxy card back.[7]

Gifts from the Galaxy! This card back is truly out of this world.

Legacy of the Void
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Purchasing the Digital Deluxe Edition of Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void

Came with a note. What on Azeroth does "En Taro Adun" mean?

Overwatch
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Acquired from Overwatch: Originsor Overwatch: Collector's Edition(s)

"The cavalry's here!"

Warlords
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Temporarily available
Purchasing the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector's/Digital Deluxe Edition or Warlords of Draenor Digital Deluxe Items

When they aren’t plotting to kill everyone and take over the world, even the Iron Horde enjoy a game of Hearthstone.

Power Core
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"The Power Core card back will be available to players who participate in or attend select Hearthstone eSports tournaments around the world."[8] It was also awarded to all attendees of BlizzCon 2015.[9]

We can feel the energy in the air. And it's coming from... YOU!

Golden Celebration
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Acquired with a high level finish in approved eSports events.

Solid gold, baby.

Dalaran Flame
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Available to active members of TeSPA (The eSports Association) Local Chapters with at least 25 members. Full conditions here.

Also granted to all attendees of Heroes of the Dorm finals on April 26, 2015[10], on April 9-10, 2016[11] and on April 8, 2017.

Mascot of Dalaran University. Rarely seen, because no one ever shows up to football games there.

Hearthstone Championship Tour
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Acquired from attending approved eSports events.

Celebrate the intensity of competition with this, the Hearthstone equivalent of a gigantic foam finger.

Not yet obtainable[edit | edit source]

Sunwell
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 38 (May 2017)

Arthas' corruption of the Sunwell really put a damper on the tourism industry of Quel'Thalas.

No longer obtainable[edit | edit source]

NB: Some of these card backs may become available again in the future.

Pandaria
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 1 (April 2014)

Hearthstone is a very popular game in Pandaria. Official card game of the Shado-Pan!

Black Temple
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 2 (May 2014)

"Fel Flame Green" is always in fashion at the Black Temple.''

Rainbow!
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 3 (June 2014)

Unfortunately, the rainbow generator can only produce oval rainbows. Gnomish technology still has a ways to go.

Naxxramas
Card back-Naxxramas.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 4 (July 2014)

The gooey center is Ooze slime. Don’t lick it.

Icecrown
Card back-Icecrown.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 5 (August 2014)

In the frozen heart of Icecrown Citadel, a hero’s mettle will be tested. Bring a parka.

Pirates!
Card back-Pirates!.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 6 (September 2014)

Treasure. Grog. Hooks for hands. Way better than Ninjas!

Hallow's End
Card back-Hallow's End.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 7 (October 2014)

The Hallow’s End candy bucket! Or the Headless Horseman’s spare head! Stick your hand in and find out.

Goblins
Card back-Goblins.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 8 (November 2014)

4 out of 5 goblins agree: This card back doesn’t explode!

Blizzard 2014
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Buying a ticket or Virtual Ticket to BlizzCon 2014

The year Hearthstone was born. What a great year!

Gnomes
Card back-Gnomes.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 9 (December 2014)

This multifunctional device also works as a gnomish army knife, a shoe horn and a pass to the Deeprun Tram. Gnomish ingenuity!

Maraad
Card back-Maraad.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 10 (January 2015)

Vindicator Maraad was a paladin of great courage and strength. Don’t let the pretty pastel tones fool you.

Lunar New Year
Card back-Lunar New Year.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 11 (February 2015)

Happy New Year!

Molten Core
Card back-Molten Core.png
Obtained by pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain adventure

The Molten Core of Azeroth and not a chocolate lava cake, unfortunately.

Ragnaros
Card back-Ragnaros.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 12 (March 2015)

The Firelord is most often seen relaxing in his hot tub, even when he’s trying to burn down the world.

Cupcake
Card back-Cupcake.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 13 (April 2015)

"Is that a cupcake on a cake?” you ask? Yes. Yes it is.

Ninjas!
Card back-Ninjas!.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 14 (May 2015)

Stealth. Style. Shurikens. Way better than Pirates!

Darnassus
Card back-Darnassus.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 15 (June 2015)

Nestled in the boughs a giant tree, Darnassus is the capital city of the night elves. Also home of the world famous Darnassus Kimchi Pie!

Darkspear
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 16 (July 2015)

Vol'jin's tribe, the Darkspear trolls, no longer practices cannibalism. Officially.

The Grand Tournament
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Pre-ordering 50 Grand Tournament card packs

After the fall of the Lich King, it was suggested that we celebrate then go home. Those of us who stayed decided to continue the Tournament with a new mission: FUN!

Tournament Grounds
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 17 (August 2015)

All over The Grand Tournament's grounds, you can find knights at jousting practice. Poor target dummies. So much senseless hay shed on the path to glory...

Exodar
Card back-Exodar.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 18 (September 2015)

The capital city of the draenei is actually a dimensional ship that crash landed on Azeroth after traveling through the Twisting Nether. Despite its wonders and Velen's best efforts, its tourism industry is sluggish due to its remote location (and possibly also the man-eating mutant plants).

Highmaul
Card back-Highmaul.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 19 (October 2015)

5 out of 10 ogres agree: this card back is SMASHING!

Blizzard 2015
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Buying a ticket or Virtual Ticket to BlizzCon 2015

Hearthstone on phones, Tavern Brawls, Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament and more! A very cool year, indeed.

Explorer's Map
Card back-Explorer's Map.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 20 (November 2015)

A League of Explorers treasure map! Or the Cartographer's grocery list? Let's find out!

Shaman Thrall
Card back-Shaman Thrall.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 21 (December 2015)

The World Shaman is probably THE best known celebrity in Azeroth. It's a mystery that his signature necklace never caught on as a fashion trend.

Love Is in the Air
Card back-Love Is in the Air.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 22 (January 2016)

Many believe goblins made up this holiday to sell candy. It's not true! They also sell flowers and perfume!

Tauren Thunderbluff
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 23 (February 2016)

Unofficial slogan: "Great warriors come from happy Tauren tribes. Happy Tauren come from Thunder Bluff!"

Hogger
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 24 (March 2016)

The Terror of Elwynn, the King of Gnolls. They say he bathes in the tears of young heroes, hence the wet dog smell.

Eyes of C'Thun
Card back-Eyes of C'Thun.png
Pre-ordering 50 Whispers of the Old Gods card packs

For an Old God who's stuck in the lightless depths of an ancient temple, C'Thun sure has a lot of eyeballs.

Clutch of Yogg-Saron
Card back-Clutch of Yogg-Saron.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 25 (April 2016)

There are several cults trying to summon the Old God Yogg-Saron, and the competition for cultists is causing salaries to skyrocket.

Shadowmoon Valley
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 26 (May 2016)

After Outland became what it is, Shadowmoon Valley has always been full of demonic energy. Gul'dan's favorite spa destination!

Zul'Drak
Card back-Zul'Drak.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 27 (June 2016)

Home of the Drakkari ice trolls, Zul'Drak consistently produces the best figure skaters of all the troll tribes.

Tinyfin Beach
Card back-Tinyfin Beach.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 28 (July 2016)

Be sure to pack your picnic basket, towel, and Anti-Murloc Spray.

Karazhan Nights
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Awarded by purchasing all wings of One Night in Karazhan within one week of launch.

Watch your step! Dancing Tauren are notorious for accidentally crushing toes.

Medivh's Invitation
Card back-Medivh's Invitation.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 29 (August 2016).

You're Invited! Please leave your giant bear with the valet.

Legion
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 30 (September 2016).

The Burning Legion attempted to invade Azeroth three times in the last 10,000 years. Fourth time's the charm?

Pie
Card back-Pie.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 31 (October 2016)

Pilgrim's Bounty feasters await the arrival of delicious cherry pie. The bakers have only one request: Please eat a piece before the FOOD FIGHT begins!

Welcome Inn
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Buying a ticket or Virtual Ticket for BlizzCon 2016

Pull up a chair by the fireside at BlizzCon's Hearthstone Tavern, then play a few hands with this year's convention-innspired card back.

Halfhill
Card back-Halfhill.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 32 (November 2016)

Surrounded by fertile farmland that grows delectable giant produce, Halfhill is the culinary heart of Pandaria. "Come to Halfhill! Double your weight!"

Jade Lotus
Card back-Jade Lotus.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 33 (December 2016)

The Jade Lotus is the newest of the three groups vying for Gadgetzan. They're hip with today's criminal youth.

Secret Level
Card back-Secret Level.png
Acquired from the The Dark Wanderer Tavern Brawl, January 2017.

Moo. That’s right. You heard me.

Grimy Goons
Card back-Grimy Goons.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 34 (January 2017)

The Grimy Goons once kicked a guy out for tucking a Ragnaros up his sleeve.

Winter Veil Wreath
Card back-Winter Veil Wreath.png
Winning in the Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl

A beautiful Winter Veil wreath around a snow globe full of THE FROSTY DESTRUCTION OF YOUR OPPONENTS! I mean, good cheer.

Kabal
Card back-Kabal.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 35 (February 2017)

The Kabal are notorious for potions, treachery, and accidentally blowing themselves up with 10-mana spells.

Tyrande
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Unlocking Tyrande Whisperwind (Was offered only during a Twitch Prime promotion and an SEA-region-only promotion) However, will again be available in the future.[12]

Every Midsummer's Eve, night elf children gather in the Temple of the Moon for Tyrande's amazing planetarium show, "By the Light of Elune."

Year of the Kraken
Card back-Year of the Kraken.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 36 (March 2017)

RELEASE THE CARDBACK!

Fossil
Card back-Fossil.png
Pre-ordering 50 Journey to Un'Goro card packs.

Recent discoveries from the tarp pits of Un'Goro have shed greate insight on the evolution of card backs!

Videos[edit | edit source]

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch 5.0.0.12574 (2016-04-24): The "Galaxy Gifts" card back has been renamed "Samsung Galaxy".
  • The League of Explorers logo.png Patch 4.2.0.12051 (2016-03-14): Card backs now swivel when inspected in the collection manager, highlighting their three-dimensional design.
  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch 2.7.0.9166 (2015-06-15):
    • Card backs are now selected through the Collection instead of the Options menu. Card backs therefore cannot be changed without entering the Collection, meaning they cannot be changed mid-match or while in any other screen.
    • A specific card back can now be assigned to each custom deck.
    • Flavor text has been added for each card back, viewable in the Collection.
  • Unknown patch: (Prior to October 2014) The 'Default' card back is now named 'Classic'.
  • Patch 1.0.0.4944 (2014-03-11): The card back system is added.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dev Interview: New Heroes, Gameboards, Adventure Mode; Legends of Hearthstone BS2W2
  2. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-07-24). 
  3. John Zwicker on Twitter. (2014-8-22). 
  4. Blizzard Entertainment (2014-04-17). Fireside Gatherings
  5. Zeriyah (2014-04-17). Pull Up a Chair: Introducing Fireside Gatherings
  6. http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/893-new-heroes-of-the-storm-themed-card-back
  7. http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/19819223
  8. http://eu.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/19868024/introducing-the-power-core-card-back-18-08-2015
  9. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2015-11-10). 
  10. Hearthstone Heroes of the Dorm!. (2015-04-17). 
  11. Heroes of the Dorm is Coming to Seattle, Washington!. (2016-03-13). 
  12. Interview with Yong Woo. (2017-02-24). Retrieved on 2017-02-26.