Card sets are categories into which all collectible cards are divided into. Card sets consist of all expansions and adventures, the two core sets of Basic and Classic, and the Hall of Fame set. Card sets reflect how collectible cards can be obtained, and they also determine whether collectible cards can be used in Standard format.
In Standard format, only the card sets from the first two Standard years are allowed to be played. In Standard, a card set rotation occurs every year at the beginning of April in which the 3 oldest card sets from Standard are removed from Standard format play.
List[edit | edit source]
NB: All Standard sets are also part of Wild format, by definition.
|Standard||Basic||March 11, 2014||Free||133|
|Classic||March 11, 2014||94/81/37/33||245|
|The Witchwood||April 12, 2018||Expansion||Raven||48/35/25/21||129|
|The Boomsday Project||August 7, 2018||Expansion||Raven||49/36/27/24||136 d|
|Rastakhan's Rumble||December 4, 2018||Expansion||Raven||49/36/27/23||135|
|Rise of Shadows||April 9, 2019||Expansion||Dragon||49/37/26/24||136 c|
|Saviors of Uldum||August 6, 2019||Expansion||Dragon||49/36/27/23||135|
|Curse of Naxxramas||July 22, 2014||Adventure||18/4/2/6||30|
|Goblins vs Gnomes||December 8, 2014||Expansion||40/37/26/20||123|
|Blackrock Mountain||April 2, 2015||Adventure||15/11/0/5||31|
|The Grand Tournament||August 24, 2015||Expansion||49/36/27/20||132|
|The 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 a|
|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|
|Hall of Fame||April 4, 2017||7/5/5/7||24|
|Journey to Un'Goro||April 6, 2017||Expansion||Mammoth||49/36/27/23||135|
|Knights of the Frozen Throne||August 10, 2017||Expansion||Mammoth||49/36/27/23||135|
|Kobolds & Catacombs||December 7, 2017||Expansion||Mammoth||49/36/27/23||135 b|
* Rarity distribution is provided in the format: Common/Rare/Epic/Legendary.
a The non-golden versions of C'Thun and Beckoner of Evil are uncraftable, but players can obtain them for free by opening their first Whispers of the Old Gods pack. The golden versions are craftable with dust. These cards were released on April 26, 2016 with the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion.
b Both versions of Marin the Fox are uncraftable, but players can obtain a regular copy by simply logging in or opening a Kobolds & Catacombs pack. A golden copy was given to players who purchased the BlizzCon 2017 Digital Ticket. This card was released on November 6th, 2017 just after BlizzCon 2017 ended.
c The golden version of Zayle, Shadow Cloak is uncraftable, but a golden copy is automatically given to players who own all five chapters of The Dalaran Heist. The normal version is craftable. This card was released on May 16, 2019 with the release of The Dalaran Heist.
d The golden version of SN1P-SN4P is uncraftable, and players were only able to obtain a golden copy if they logged into Hearthstone from June 3 to July 1, 2019. The normal version is craftable. This card was released on June 3, 2019 with the Rise of the Mech update.
- Closed beta began on August 26th 2013 in the Americas region, and September 4th 2013 in the Europe region.
- On January 21st 2014, the game entered its open beta phase.
- March 11th 2014 was the official release date of Hearthstone.
- 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.
- Journey to Un'Goro was heralded by a special launch event in which Volcanosaur was released to the game several days prior to the official release of the expansion.
- On April 4, 2017, near the start of the Year of the Mammoth, all cards in the Reward and Promo sets were moved to the Hall of Fame, effectively closing both sets.
- The Boomsday Project was heralded with a special pre-release event on August 4-5 in which players could open their packs in special Fireside Gatherings and play with their cards in unique Fireside Brawls before the expansion's official release.
- On November 5, 2018, four new cards were added to the Classic set: Tome of Intellect, Pilfer, Call of the Void, and Icicle.
- Rastakhan's Rumble was heralded with a special pre-release event on November 10 to December 3 in which players could open their packs early and play with them in special Fireside Brawls.
- Players who logged in starting on April 4, 2019, five days before the official release of Rise of Shadows, received the free legendary card Archmage Vargoth and were able to play with it in normal games.
- On July 1, 2019, eight new cards were added to the Classic set: Siegebreaker, Gift of the Wild, Righteousness, Brightwing, High Inquisitor Whitemane, Barrens Stablehand, SI:7 Infiltrator, and Arcane Devourer. Furthermore, two new cards were added to the Basic set, Radiance and Plaguebringer, replacing the old cards Mind Blast and Vanish, which were moved to the Hall of Fame in the same update.
- Saviors of Uldum was heralded by a week-long livestreams event in which broadcasters and content creators had early access to the new cards. Fireside Brawl participants also had special early access to the cards.
- On October 8, 2019, in the Doom in the Tomb event, 23 cards from old sets were added as Event cards to Standard play. These cards were temporary copies and not permanent additions to a player's collection. Even if a player already owned some of these cards, they still received copies of the Event cards. When the event ended, the cards disappeared from a player's collection. In total, there were 4 common, 4 rare, 6 epic, and 9 legendary cards temporarily added for this event.
Categories[edit | edit source]
However, card sets can be divided into several more specific categories:
- Basic cards are the first cards players get in the game, received through the starting experience and leveling. Basic cards are permanently part of the Standard format.
- Classic cards are the vast majority of the cards that were available to collect at the launch of Hearthstone, forming the initial core of the game together with the Basic cards. They too are indefinitely in Standard format.
- Expansion cards are those cards added through expansions - for example Goblins vs Gnomes, The Grand Tournament and Whispers of the Old Gods. Expansion cards released in the last two calendar years are part of Standard, while earlier cards are in Wild.
- Adventure cards are those cards added through adventures, for example Curse of Naxxramas, Blackrock Mountain, The League of Explorers and One Night in Karazhan. Similar to expansion cards, they may be in Standard or Wild format based on the calendar year their adventures were released.
- Hall of Fame cards contain all cards formerly in the now-defunct Promo and Reward sets, as well as a few cards from Classic moved for game balance reasons. They are now collected and played as Wild format cards.
The sets could alternatively be categorized by the way players obtain its cards:
- Basic cards are uncraftable and are obtained through the starting experience of the game and leveling classes.
- Standard expansion and Classic cards are found through card packs of the corresponding set, crafting, as Arena rewards, or (for Golden cards only) through the Highest Rank Bonus chest.
- Standard adventure cards can be earned by completing the corresponding adventure, and then by crafting (for Golden versions or re-collection after disenchanting).
- Wild format cards can only be collected by crafting, with the exception of the now-unobtainable Golden Promo cards.
For the purposes of the wiki, further categories can be realized for uncollectible cards.
- 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]
Basic is a large, freely available card set, with 150 cards, 133 of which are collectible. Many Basic cards are neutral, available to heroes of any class. There are also 10 Basic cards exclusive to each class. The Coin is also considered part of the Basic set. Because of the nature of the game system, Hero Powers and even heroes themselves are also categorized as Basic cards, but are not counted in this total.
All Basic cards are of free rarity, except for a few uncollectible cards that are common or have no rarity. All free cards are in the Basic set. "Basic cards" and "free cards" are therefore almost, but not exactly, synonymous. All Basic cards lack the gem that normally indicates card rarity, leading to a common misconception that all Basic cards are free.
All neutral Basic cards are automatically included in players' collections. Five of the class-specific Basic cards are known by heroes as soon as they are unlocked; the other five are gained by advancing those classes in level. A new Basic card is granted for every two levels reached, up to level 10 in each class. 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 uncraftable and therefore cannot be crafted or disenchanted.
A golden version of each Basic card can be obtained by leveling 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 one copy of the golden version of that card. (The second golden copy of the same card is unlocked at a later level). Like the plain versions, golden versions cannot be crafted or disenchanted. While all class-specific golden Basic cards require a hero of the corresponding class to unlock, the required class for neutral cards varies.
The developers consider it important to keep cards from the Basic set relatively simple and their functions easy to understand. 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.
The common rarity originally applied to approximately half of collectible Basic cards, identifying class cards that had to be unlocked by leveling up, and neutral cards that were not available until after the tutorial (with one exception, Goldshire Footman). However, the Year of the Mammoth changed these to be uniformly free. Among uncollectible Basic cards, common rarity still indicates tokens created by other cards, free rarity is used on cards created by Hero Powers, and The Coin and Excess Mana have no rarity at all.
Classic[edit | edit source]
Classic (formerly known as Expert) is the largest card set, with 294 cards, 240 of which are collectible. It features 135 collectible class cards (15 for each class) and 105 collectible neutral cards. Classic cards can be recognized by the distinctive "Hearthstone swirl" behind the card text, not found on other cards.
As the larger and more advanced of the two "permanent" sets included in Standard format, Classic cards 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".
Regular and golden Classic cards can be obtained in four ways:
- through opening Classic card packs;
- through crafting;
- as Arena rewards;
- or through the Highest Rank Bonus chest, for Golden cards only.
Expansions[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Expansion
Cards from Standard format expansions can be obtained through the same means as Classic cards:
- opening card packs matching the expansion
- through crafting
- as Arena rewards
- golden cards can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest
Cards from Wild format expansions were once obtainable the same way, but now can only be obtained through crafting or purchasing card packs. Neither individual cards nor card packs are offered as rewards in the Arena, nor do they feature in the Highest Rank Bonus chest. However card packs for Wild format expansions are available in the shop and any card packs already obtained can still be opened as usual. (See also Wild format#Availability.)
For information on specific expansion sets, see expansion pages, e.g., Whispers of the Old Gods.
Adventures[edit | edit source]
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. As of the Year of the Raven, there are no more Standard format adventures. One Night in Karazhan was the last adventure set to move to Wild format.
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]
Cards are inducted into the Hall of Fame from the Classic, Reward, and Promo sets. Problematic, frequently-played, and design-hindering cards are moved to the Hall of Fame to remove them from Standard format. Cards were also moved to the Hall of Fame to eliminate the Reward and Promo sets. The developers state that, in the future, they will more likely move problematic Classic cards to the Hall of Fame, whereas problematic cards from other sets will be nerfed instead.
According to Yong Woo, if a metagame largely consists of decks with too similar cores and ideas, the development team will consider making changes to problematic cards found in such decks. Moving problematic cards into the Hall of Fame is one way in which a fresh meta can be ensured; however, it is not something that the designers plan to do on a regular basis.
Being Wild format cards, Hall of Fame cards can only be obtained through crafting. 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.
All Hall of Fame cards are pictured below. Full dust refunds were granted on April 6th 2017 for those cards that moved from the Classic set (and not the Reward or Promo set) to the Hall of Fame set, up to the maximum usable number of copies owned, preferring golden copies over regular copies. For details on how the past dust refund worked, please see Hall_of_Fame#Dust_refunds.
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
Give your minions Stealth until your next turn. Rogues conceal everything but their emotions. You can't get 'em to shut up about feelings.
Freeze a character. If it was already Frozen, deal 4 damage instead. The trick is not to break the lance. Otherwise, you have "Ice Pieces." Ice Pieces aren't as effective.
Destroy a minion. Your opponent draws 2 cards. Another one bites the dust.
Give a friendly minion +4/+4 until end of turn. Then, it dies. Horribly. We cannot even describe how horrible the death is. It's CRAZY bad! Maybe worse than that. Just don't do it.
Deal 5 damage to the enemy hero. This spell blasts you directly in the MIND.
Spell Damage +1
Battlecry: If your deck has only odd-Cost cards, draw a card. She's so odd, you can't even.
Return all minions to their owner's hand.
Battlecry: If your deck has only even-Cost cards, deal 2 damage. Makes shockingly good unagi.
Battlecry: Each player draws 2 cards. They can see the future. In that future both players draw more cards. Spoooky.
Draw cards until you have as many in hand as your opponent. This is not just a favor, but a divine one, like helping someone move a couch with a fold out bed!
Spell Damage +1. Battlecry: Draw a card. They initially planned to be the Beryl or Cerulean drakes, but those felt a tad too pretentious.
Charge. Battlecry: Discard two random cards. Summoning a doomguard is risky. Someone is going to die.
Battlecry: Draw a Pirate from your deck. Pirates and Parrots go together like Virmen and Carrots.
Secret: When your hero takes fatal damage, prevent it and become Immune this turn. Ice is nice, and will suffice!
Battlecry: If your deck has only odd-Cost cards, double the Health of your other minions. Some moths are attracted to flame. This one's attracted to disco.
Battlecry: If your deck has only odd-Cost cards, gain +2/+2. Majestic. Ethereal. Still pretty down in the dumps, though.
Costs (1) less for each damage your hero has taken. He gets terrible heartburn. BECAUSE HE IS FULL OF LAVA.
Charge. Has +1 Attack for each other Murloc on the battlefield. He's a legend among murlocs. "Mrghllghghllghg!", they say.
|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.
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.
Start of Game: If your deck has only even-Cost cards, your starting Hero Power costs (1). Ever since Sylvanas killed his son, he's dreamed of getting… even.
Deathrattle: Take control of a random enemy minion. Sylvanas was turned into the Banshee Queen by Arthas, but he probably should have just killed her because it just pissed her off.
|Ragnaros the Firelord||Legendary||Minion||Elemental||Any||8||8||8|
Can't attack. At the end of your turn, deal 8 damage to a random enemy. Ragnaros was summoned by the Dark Iron dwarves, who were eventually enslaved by the Firelord. Summoning Ragnaros often doesn’t work out the way you want it to.
|Baku the Mooneater||Legendary||Minion||Beast||Any||9||7||8|
Start of Game: If your deck has only odd-Cost cards, upgrade your Hero Power. In her defense, it did look like a cookie.
|Showing all 24 cards|
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
At the end of your turn, give a random minion +1/+1.
At the start of your turn, destroy this minion and draw 3 cards.
At the start of your turn, transform a random minion into a 1/1 Chicken.
At the end of your turn, restore 6 Health to a damaged character.
|I Am Murloc||Common||Spell||Any||4|
Summon three, four, or five 1/1 Murlocs.
|Power of the Horde||Common||Spell||Any||4|
Summon a random Horde Warrior.
|Rogues Do It...||Common||Spell||Any||4|
Deal 4 damage. Draw a card.
|Showing all 9 cards|
Removed sets[edit | edit source]
Reward[edit | edit source]
- This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Reward cards were moved to the Hall of Fame set on April 4, 2017 with the start of the Year of the Mammoth, effectively closing the Reward set. Reward cards were formerly two cards, Old Murk-Eye and Captain's Parrot, both of which were originally earned through completing certain unique quests.
- Old Murk-Eye was formerly rewarded for free upon collecting at least one of every Murloc in the Basic and Classic sets. Golden Old Murk-Eye was rewarded for free upon collecting at least one of every golden version of those cards.
- Captain's Parrot was formerly rewarded for free upon collecting at least one of every Pirate in the Basic and Classic sets. Golden Captain's Parrot was rewarded for free upon collecting at least one of every golden version of those cards.
Promo[edit | edit source]
- This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Promo or Promotion cards were moved to the Hall of Fame set on April 4, 2017 with the start of the Year of the Mammoth, effectively closing the Promo set. Promo cards were special cards awarded as part of specific Blizzard promotions. The Promo set featured 11 cards, only 2 of which were collectible, namely Gelbin Mekkatorque and Elite Tauren Chieftain.
Golden Promo cards were formerly available to be obtained as part of their corresponding promotions; it is no longer possible to obtain these golden cards. Following their promotion periods, regular versions of these cards were uncraftable, but were later made available for crafting. Golden Promo cards cannot be disenchanted, but regular versions can. For the removed promotional quests that offered golden Promo cards, see Quest#No longer attainable.
- 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.
Promo cards were created with a design in mind that they offered no substantial advantage to the owner, since the cards were exclusive and of limited availability. Rather, the cards were designed to bring more of an entertainment and RNG aspect into the game. This prevented Promo cards from becoming "must-have" cards for higher-level play.
Patch changes[edit | edit source]
- See also: Patches
- Patch 184.108.40.20636 (2017-04-04) Hall of Fame set added. Reward and Promo sets removed. Collectible cards in Basic set which were "common" rarity changed to "free".
- Patch 220.127.116.1174 (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.]
- Patch 18.104.22.16866 (2015-06-15): Promo cards are now listed when viewing the reward set.
- Patch 22.214.171.12434 (2014-12-04): The Expert card set has been renamed to “Classic”.
References[edit | edit source]
- Before the release of Journey to Un'Goro, in Hearthstone's game files, cards in the Basic set were tagged as being either of Free or Common rarity, but they are now all tagged as being of Free rarity.
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- Zeriyah on Twitter. (2014-12-04).
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- Blizzard Entertainment (November 8, 2018). Pre-Release Is Back for Rastakhan’s Rumble—And Rowdier Than Ever!. Retrieved on 2018-12-05.
- Blizzard Entertainment (July 1, 2019). Hearthstone Update – July 1 – Preparing for Saviors of Uldum!. Retrieved on 2019-07-06.
- Blizzard Entertainment (July 29, 2019). Saviors of Uldum Livestream Events!. Retrieved on 2019-08-08.
- Blizzard Entertainment (July 17, 2019). The League of Explorers Needs You to Join a Pre-Release Event!. Retrieved on 2019-08-08.
- Blizzard Entertainment (October 4, 2019). Can you survive… the Doom in the Tomb!?. Retrieved on 2019-10-05.
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- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-18).
- Jaeic "Koth" Lee (2017-02-24). Q&A with Yong Woo (transcribed from Korean Twitch stream) - InvenGlobal.
- Developer Insights Live - Year of the Mammoth Q&A. (2017-02-21).
- Dev interview with Producer Yong Woo about the Mammoth-sized changes in Hearthstone. (2017-02-17). Retrieved on 2017-04-04.
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16).
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- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-01-25).