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Card sets are categories into which collectible cards are divided, reflecting how they can be obtained, and determining whether they are eligible for use in Standard format.

Card set does not otherwise affect gameplay in any way. For cards from expansions and adventures, the name of the card set matches the name of the content with which the card was released.

List[edit | edit source]

NB: All Standard sets are also part of Wild format, by definition.

Format Set Release Type Year Rarity* Collectible
Standard Basic March 11, 2014** Free/Common[1] 133
Classic March 11, 2014** 94/81/37/33 245
Blackrock Mountain April 2, 2015 Adventure 15/11/0/5 31
The Grand Tournament August 24, 2015 Expansion 49/36/27/20 132
League of Explorers November 12, 2015 Adventure 25/13/2/5 45
Whispers of the Old Gods April 26, 2016 Expansion Kraken 50/36/27/21 134††
One Night in Karazhan August 11, 2016 Adventure Kraken 27/12/1/5 45
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan December 1, 2016 Expansion Kraken 49/36/27/20 132
Journey to Un'Goro (Upcoming, April 2017) Expansion Mammoth (??/??/??/23) (135)
Wild
Reward*** 0/0/1/1 2
Promo 0/0/0/2 2
Hall of Fame (Upcoming, April 2017) Mammoth (3/1/1/3) (8)
Naxxramas July 22, 2014 Adventure 18/4/2/6 30
Goblins vs Gnomes December 8, 2014 Expansion 40/37/26/20 123

* Rarity distribution is provided in the format: Common/Rare/Epic/Legendary.

** March 11th 2014 is the official release date of Hearthstone. Closed beta began on August 26th 2013 in the Americas region, and September 4th 2013 in the Europe region. The game entered its open beta phase on January 21st 2014.

*** With the start of the Year of the Mammoth, all cards in the Reward set will be moved to the Hall of Fame set, effectively closing the Reward set.

† In total, there are 1054 collectible cards in Hearthstone, following the release of Mean Streets of Gadgetzan.

†† The non-golden versions of C'Thun and Beckoner of Evil are currently uncraftable, but players can obtain them for free by opening their first Whispers of the Old Gods pack.

Goblins vs Gnomes was heralded with a special launch event, running from December 4-8, which saw all Goblins vs Gnomes cards available in Arena, as well as some uncollectible cards available in constructed play.[2][3]

Categories[edit | edit source]

Card sets can be divided into several categories:

  • Basic cards are either automatically included in the player's collection from the start, or are gained through leveling the corresponding class to level 10. Golden versions are obtained through reaching higher levels with each class. All Basic cards are Soulbound, meaning that they can never be crafted or disenchanted. As such, they are the only cards to not feature the colored gems that are found on all other cards.
  • Expansion cards are those cards added through expansions - for example Goblins vs Gnomes, The Grand Tournament and Whispers of the Old Gods - or the Classic or Hall of Fame sets. Standard format expansion cards can be obtained through card packs of the corresponding set, as well as through crafting, as Arena rewards, or in their golden form through the Highest Rank Bonus chest. Wild format expansion cards can only be obtained through crafting.
  • Adventure cards are those cards added through adventures, for example Curse of Naxxramas, Blackrock Mountain, The League of Explorers and One Night in Karazhan. Standard format adventure cards can only be obtained through the corresponding adventure, with golden versions of each becoming craftable once the regular version has been obtained. Both regular and golden versions of Wild format adventure cards can be crafted without participating in the corresponding adventure.
  • Reward cards could previously be obtained through completing special quests, but are now only obtained through crafting, for the usual amounts.
  • Promo cards are those that were added through Blizzard promotions of Hearthstone. Golden Promo cards were previously available as part of their corresponding promotion, and are no longer available to be obtained. However, with the introduction of Standard format, non-golden versions of these cards are now available through crafting.

For the purposes of the wiki, further categories can be realized.

  • Boss cards are used to categorize cards used by bosses. While not collectible by players, they are encountered during play in Adventures and Tavern Brawls.
  • Tavern Brawl cards are used to categorize cards used exclusively in Tavern Brawl decks. These are not collectible and are not featured outside of Tavern Brawl.

Basic[edit | edit source]

See also: Basic card list

Basic is the second largest card set with 150 cards, 133 of which are collectible. The vast majority of Basic cards are available to heroes of any class. There are 10 Basic cards exclusive to each class. Because of the nature of the game system, Hero Powers and even heroes themselves are also categorized as Basic cards, but do not count toward this total. Other miscellaneous cards such as The Coin are also considered Basic cards.

Roughly half of all Basic cards are of free rarity, and half common. There are no Basic cards above common rarity. All collectible free cards are Basic cards.

All neutral Basic cards are automatically included in players' collections. Half of all class-specific Basic cards are free and therefore known by heroes as soon as they are unlocked; the other half are common, and are gained by advancing those heroes in level. A new Basic card is granted for each of the first two levels reached, with the last Basic cards granted upon reaching level 10. All Basic cards are granted in pairs, enabling players to immediately include two of them in their deck if they so desire. Basic cards are considered uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

A golden version of each Basic card can be obtained by levelling a specific class of hero to a certain level. Raising a hero of the correct class to the required level will 'unlock' the card, granting the player two of the golden version of that card. However, golden cards are still considered uncraftable and cannot be disenchanted or crafted. While all class-specific golden Basic cards require a hero of the corresponding class to unlock, the required class for non-class-specific cards varies. Some non-class-specific cards have two possible classes.

A common misconception is that all Basic cards are free; half of all Basic cards are in fact common,[1] but unlike other common cards do not feature a gem. As the only card set to affect a card's rarity gem, many assume that the lack of a gem reflects free rarity, when it actually reflects the Basic set. In the case of Basic class cards, the common rarity indicates that they must be obtained through levelling the hero, while for Basic neutral cards the free rarity indicates the cards made available to your hero in the tutorial, with the exception of Goldshire Footman, which is common.

Examples
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Classic[edit | edit source]

See also: Classic card list

Classic (formerly known as Expert) is the largest card set, with 303 cards, 245 of which are collectible. It features 135 collectible class cards (15 for each class) and 110 collectible neutral cards. Classic cards can be recognised by the distinctive swirl behind the card text, not found on other cards.

The largest of the 'evergreen' sets included in Standard format, cards from the Classic set frequently feature as core cards in successful decks, and the developers constantly monitor the set's power to ensure it does not form too large a proportion of decklists, thus causing the meta to become excessively stale. As of early 2017 the Classic set is "the most powerful set by a wide margin".[4]

Classic cards may be common, rare, epic or legendary, and almost two thirds of all rare, epic and legendary cards are Classic cards.

Regular Classic cards can be obtained in three ways:

Examples
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Expansion cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Expansion

Card sets based on expansions are the largest sets after Classic and Basic, usually bringing around 130-150 new collectible cards.

Cards from Standard format expansions can be obtained through the same means as Classic cards:

Cards from Wild format expansions can only be obtained through crafting. However, there are plans to make Wild-exclusive cards easier for players to obtain in the future.[5] (See also Wild format#Availability).

Neither individual cards nor card packs are offered as rewards in the Arena, nor do they feature in the Highest Rank Bonus chest. Card packs for Wild format expansions are not available in the shop, although any card packs already obtained can still be opened as usual.

For information on specific expansion sets, see expansion pages, e.g., Whispers of the Old Gods.

Adventure cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Adventure

Card sets based on adventures are smaller than expansion sets, usually bringing around 30-45 new collectible cards. Four adventures exist in total:

Cards from Standard format adventures can only be obtained through defeating their corresponding adventure wing, which will grant regular copies of the card. Once the player has obtained the regular version, they can then be able to craft and disenchant both the regular and golden versions of that card.

Cards from Wild format adventures can still be obtained through defeating adventure wings, but can now be crafted and disenchanted regardless of whether the corresponding adventure wing was defeated or not. Since Wild format adventures are not available in the shop, the gained ability to craft these cards, introduced with the beginning of Standard, allows players who did not purchase the adventure during its Standard year to still obtain these cards.

Hall of Fame[edit | edit source]

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
See also: Standard format (Hall of Fame)

Hall of Fame is a new card set, coming with the Year of the Mammoth. It will be exclusive to Wild format, and will initially contain 8 collectible cards.

Unlike other sets, the Hall of Fame will be composed of cards previously belonging to other sets, which have been moved to the Hall of Fame in order to remove them from Standard format. As such, the set is expected to grow over time, with cards moved as necessary to the Hall of Fame to ensure a fresh meta, rather than according to a schedule.[6]

As of February 2017, all planned Hall of Fame cards will come from the Classic and Reward sets. The developers state that, in the future, they will more likely move problematic Classic cards to the Hall of Fame set, whereas problematic cards from other sets will be nerfed instead.[7]

As Wild format cards, Hall of Fame cards will only be obtained through crafting.[8] When cards are moved to the Hall of Fame set, they will be removed from their previous sets, and will no longer appear in card packs or be offered as rewards in the Arena, Highest Rank Bonus chest, or Heroic Tavern Brawl.[9]

The following cards pictured below will be moved to the Hall of Fame.[10] Full dust refunds will be granted for those cards moving from the Classic set (and not the Rewards set) to the Hall of Fame,[11] up to the maximum usable number of copies owned, preferring golden copies over regular copies. For more details on how the dust refund works and how to maximize dust rewards, please see Standard format#Hall of Fame.

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Reward[edit | edit source]

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.

Reward cards are cards that were originally earned through completing certain unique quests, as reward for specific in-game accomplishments. However, the associated quests have since been removed, and Reward cards are now obtained through crafting, for the usual amounts.

The current Reward cards are epic and legendary.

There are currently only 2 cards belonging to the Reward set, namely Old Murk-Eye and Captain's Parrot, both of which are shown below.

With the start of the Year of the Mammoth, all cards in the Reward set will be moved to the Hall of Fame set, effectively closing the Reward set.

Cards
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Captain's Parrot Epic Minion Beast Any 2 1 1 Battlecry: Draw a Pirate from your deck. Pirates and Parrots go together like Virmen and Carrots.
Old Murk-Eye Legendary Minion Murloc Any 4 2 4 Charge. Has +1 Attack for each other Murloc on the battlefield. He's a legend among murlocs. "Mrghllghghllghg!", they say.
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Promo[edit | edit source]

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.

Promo or Promotion cards are special cards awarded as part of specific promotions. The Promo set features 11 cards, 2 of which are collectible. Promo cards are notable for being the only card set not available in Arena picks.[12][13] Promo cards can be viewed in the collection by choosing 'Reward' - the two sets are filtered together.

Golden Promo cards are only available as part of the corresponding promotion. Once the promotion has ended, it is no longer possible to obtain golden versions of these cards. Regular versions of these cards are not initially available, but are made available to craft at a later date for the usual cost for their rarity. Golden Promo cards cannot be disenchanted, but regular versions can.

There are currently only a few cards belonging to the Promo set, namely the golden versions of Gelbin Mekkatorque, Elite Tauren Chieftain, and the uncollectible cards and minions they create.

Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque was offered as a reward for beta testers who helped test the in-game store by making a real-money transaction during the game's beta test. Golden Elite Tauren Chieftain was available exclusively as a reward for purchasing a ticket to Blizzcon 2013. The regular versions of both these cards can be crafted, but cannot be obtained through other means such as card packs.

Golden Promo cards are only available for a limited period, and only in exchange for spending often a reasonable sum of real money. For this reason, Promo cards are typically selected to not offer any substantial advantage to the owner, but rather to bring entertainment or RNG factors to the game. This prevents promotions from affecting players' success, and stops Promo cards from becoming required cards for higher level play, even if only until the regular versions become craftable.

This leads many players to consider most Promo cards to be weak or undesirable cards. However, if Promo cards were significantly useful in competitive play, their purchase (and accompanying fee) could be considered mandatory in order to compete with other players who had those cards, with players who had not participated in the promotion placed at a disadvantage. Likely for this very reason, Promo cards tend to focus on entertainment value rather than effectiveness.

Cards
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Elite Tauren Chieftain Legendary Minion General Any 5 5 5 Battlecry: Give both players the power to ROCK! (with a Power Chord card) He's looking for a drummer. The current candidates are: Novice Engineer, Sen'jin Shieldmasta', and Ragnaros the Firelord.
Gelbin Mekkatorque Legendary Minion General Any 6 6 6 Battlecry: Summon an AWESOME invention. He's the leader of the gnomes, and an incredible inventor. He's getting better, too; He turns things into chickens WAY less than he used to.
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Uncollectible
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Chicken Common Minion Beast Any 0 1 1 Hey Chicken! 
Emboldener 3000 Common Minion Mech Any 1 0 4 At the end of your turn, give a random minion +1/+1. 
Homing Chicken Common Minion Mech Any 1 0 1 At the start of your turn, destroy this minion and draw 3 cards. 
I Am Murloc Common Spell Any 4 Summon three, four, or five 1/1 Murlocs. 
Murloc Common Minion Murloc Any 1 1 1
Poultryizer Common Minion Mech Any 1 0 3 At the start of your turn, transform a random minion into a 1/1 Chicken. 
Power of the Horde Common Spell Any 4 Summon a random Horde Warrior. 
Repair Bot Common Minion Mech Any 1 0 3 At the end of your turn, restore 6 Health to a damaged character. 
Rogues Do It... Common Spell Any 4 Deal 4 damage. Draw a card. 
Showing all 9 cards
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Homing Chicken(423).png
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Poultryizer(405).png
Power of the Horde(717).png
Repair Bot(439).png
Rogues Do It...(716).png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The developers consider it important to keep cards from the Basic set relatively simple and their functions easy to understand.[14][15] This allows newer players to get to grips with the game's mechanics before being forced to grasp the subtleties of cards in the other sets. In at least one case this has caused the developers to significantly change the function of a card in development, due to new players finding the function's subtleties too confusing.[16]

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Journey to Un'Goro logo.png Not yet implemented, planned April 2017: Hall of Fame set added. Reward set removed.
  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch 5.0.0.12574 (2016-04-24): Cards from the Reward set are no longer uncraftable. [This change was quickly reverted, before finally being reinstated in a hotfix on May 4.]
  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch 2.7.0.9166 (2015-06-15):
    • Promo cards are now listed when viewing the reward set.
  • Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch 2.0.0.7234 (2014-12-04):
    • The Expert card set has been renamed to “Classic”.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 In Hearthstone's game files, cards in the Basic set are tagged as being either of free or common rarity.
  2. I got a new hunter legend from web spinner : constructed! (Hearthpwn.com forums). (2014-12-04). 
  3. Zeriyah on Twitter. (2014-12-04). 
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-18). 
  5. Jaeic "Koth" Lee (2017-02-24). Q&A with Yong Woo (transcribed from Korean Twitch stream) - InvenGlobal
  6. Dev interview with Producer Yong Woo about the Mammoth-sized changes in Hearthstone. (2017-02-17). 
  7. Developer Insights Live - Year of the Mammoth Q&A. (2017-02-21). 
  8. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16). 
  9. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16). 
  10. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-18). 
  11. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-24). 
  12. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-07-22). 
  13. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-01-25). 
  14. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-09-14). 
  15. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-01-13). 
  16. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-09-12).