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Duels is a game mode where players face off against other players, attempting to claim 12 victories before they suffer 3 losses, similar to Arena. However, instead of drafting a deck, players are offered a choice between 4 of Hearthstone's 10 classes, then one of three of that class's Hero Powers, followed by one of six of that class's Signature Treasures. Players then must build a 16-card deck, using 15 cards from their collection, and the treasure they selected.

At the end of each round, whether it was a win or a loss, the player gains 5 higher maximum health and chooses three cards to add to their deck from three different choices, similar to Dungeon Run and other single-player missions. Occasionally, the player can also pick a Passive or active treasure to add to their deck.

Getting started[edit | edit source]

Entry fee[edit | edit source]

Duels' methods of play
Tavern Ticket, previously called Arena Ticket

Duels offers two methods of play with separate matchmaking pools: Casual and Heroic.

  • Casual runs are completely free.
  • A Heroic run costs 150 gold or a Tavern Ticket. However, Heroic runs feature success-based rewards identical to Arena rewards, including gold, arcane dust, cards, golden cards, and card packs from the latest expansion.
    • Since Patch 18.6 Arena Ticket is renamed to Tavern Ticket, which means if the player is sitting on unspent tickets, those tickets can be used in both Arena and Duels.

Selection[edit | edit source]

After starting a Duels run, the player gets to choose the following:

  • One of four randomly-offered heroes (classes)
  • One of six Signature Treasures of the chosen class
    • Some Signature Treasures can only be unlocked after the player completes their specific goals.
  • One of three Hero Powers of the chosen class
    • Some Hero Powers can only be unlocked after the player completes their specific goals.

Then, the player builds a starter deck, which

  • Includes the chosen Signature Treasures and 15 unique (no duplicates) cards, from their own collection
  • Includes cards available from a certain number of sets, depending on the season
  • Does not include card in the ban list.

For more details about available selections and ban list in the current season, see #Current season.

Choosing a Hero or class
Choosing a Signature Treasure
Choosing a Hero Power

After round[edit | edit source]

Similar to Dungeon Run and similar modes, regardless of winning or losing, after a round is finished, the player gets the opportunity to add new cards to their current deck, by:

  • Choosing one of three Passive treasures (after rounds 1 and 5)
  • Choosing one of three active treasures (after rounds 3, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13)
  • Choosing one of three loot buckets, each consisting of three cards or none (after rounds 1-8)

For more details about available treasures in the current season, see #Current season.

Choosing a Passive treasure
Choosing an active treasure
Choosing a loot bucket

Playing Duels[edit | edit source]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

A Duels run with 0 wins and 0 losses (3 lives remaining)
A Duels round or game

Play in Duels consists of a series of rounds between Arena players, with each player using their specially constructed deck.

During each Duel run, the player can only suffer up to 3 losses, with the number of losses so far displayed as "lost lives" on the "box" screen. Once a player has lost 3 times, or won 12 times, their run will end, along with their deck destroyed and cannot be viewed or played again.

If the player has a Heroic run, rewards befitting their success will be offered.

Players can also choose to retire their deck at any time after a run's first match. However, it should be noted that, in case you are playing a Heroic run, completing all of a deck's rounds cannot reduce the reward on offer, only improve it. Retiring a deck should therefore be a last resort used only when unwilling to play with the deck any longer.

It should also be noted that if either player is disconnected from the server during a match and fails to return through the reconnection feature, that round is counted as a loss for the disconnector.

The player plays in a Duels round like how they play in Constructed or Arena, except the fact that Duels use their own season's format of card sets and unique cards only available in Duels.

Any cards randomly generated during a match is restricted to the initial card sets. This affects cards generated from any effect and ability.

Matchmaking[edit | edit source]

Similar to Arena, matchmaking for each pairing is determined by the player's win/loss record for the current run, attempting to find a player with as similar a record as possible. Other factors such as class, deck and past Duels performance do not affect matchmaking.

It is possible for a player to be matched twice against the same player over the course of a single Duels run.

Heroic rewards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Arena#Claiming rewards

Similar to Arena, after a Heroic run ends (gets 12 wins or 3 losses ), they will be given a reward chest, containing up to five prize boxes with gold, dust, cards, and card packs. The range of possible items and values able to be given in each prize box is shown in the a rewards table exactly like what Arena currently has.

Current season[edit | edit source]

Wizard Duels

Currently, Duels is at Season One with the theme Wizard Duels.

Card sets[edit | edit source]

Classes[edit | edit source]

This section lists all current heroes, Hero Powers and Signature Treasures of each class. For more information about strategies, see indiviual pages.

For a list of each class' loot buckets, see individual Hero pages. For example: Star Student Stelina (Duels hero).

Demon Hunter[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
Star Student Stelina(368812).png
Infernal Strike(368905).png
Signature Treasures
Summoning Ritual(368907).png
Mo'arg Outcast(389203).png
Gift of the Legion(389197).png

Druid[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
Forest Warden Omu(368809).png
Nature's Gifts(368909).png
Invigorating Bloom(389204).png
Signature Treasures
Warden's Insight(368915).png
Herding Horn(389240).png

Hunter[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
Professor Slate(368811).png
Survival Training(368916).png
Death Games(389207).png
Signature Treasures
Slate's Syringe(368713).png
Stalking Pride(389208).png

Mage[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
Mozaki, Master Duelist(368808).png
Wyrm Bolt(368918).png
Secret Studies(389209).png
Signature Treasures
Wand of Dueling(368919).png
Elemental Learning(389199).png
Infinite Arcane(389242).png

Paladin[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
Turalyon, the Tenured(368813).png
From Golden Light(368920).png
Bring on Recruits(389210).png
Signature Treasures
Royal Greatsword(368921).png
Men at Arms(389211).png

Priest[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
Mindrender Illucia(368804).png
Shadow Mend(368948).png
Mind Tether(389220).png
Signature Treasures
Fractured Spirits(368949).png
Droplet of Insanity(389222).png
Scion of the Deep(389221).png

Rogue[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
Infiltrator Lilian(368807).png
Roguish Maneuvers(368950).png
Signature Treasures
Deadly Weapons 101(368951).png
Nerubian Peddler(389225).png
Acquired Allies(389227).png

Shaman[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
Instructor Fireheart(368802).png
Totemic Power(368954).png
Ferocious Flurry(389228).png
Signature Treasures
Fluctuating Totem(368955).png
Tempest's Fury(389230).png
Invoke the Void(389231).png

Warlock[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
Archwitch Willow(368814).png
Dark Arts(368957).png
Demon Blood(389232).png
Signature Treasures
Impish Aid(368711).png
Gift of the Old Gods(389234).png
Killmox, the Banished One(389269).png

Warrior[edit | edit source]

Hero and Hero Powers
No Guts, No Glory(368960).png
Signature Treasures
Collector's Ire(389236).png
Brewster, the Brutal(389237).png

Passive treasures[edit | edit source]

Pool 1

This lists all Passive treasures that can be drafted after round 1.

Crystal Gem(368938).png
Dragon Affinity(389248).png
Ever-Changing Elixir(92374).png
Grommash's Armguards(389216).png
Mysterious Tome(368924).png
Pillage the Fallen(368942).png
Rhonin's Scrying Orb(368922).png
Robe of the Apprentice(368929).png
Robes of Shrinking(368925).png
Rocket Backpacks(368932).png
Sandy Surprise(389261).png
Scattered Caltrops(368940).png
Small Pouches(368928).png
Staking A Claim(389264).png
Sticky Fingers(389218).png
Unlocked Potential(92304).png
Pool 2

This lists all Passive treasures that can be drafted after round 5.

Battle Totem(77224).png
Book of Wonders.png
Disks of Legend(92310).png
Double Time(89602).png
Dragonbone Ritual(389250).png
Emerald Goggles(368935).png
From the Swamp(389255).png
Hagatha's Embrace.png
Khadgar's Scrying Orb(77191).png
Mummy Magic(92297).png
Scepter of Summoning(77171).png
Totem of the Dead(77223).png
Pool 2 Ultra Rare

This lists all Passive treasures that can be drafted after round 5, but have only 1% chance to be offered.

Band of Bees(92356).png
Captured Flag(77197).png
Elixir of Vigor.png
Robe of the Magi(77193).png

Active treasures[edit | edit source]

Pool 1

This lists all active treasures that can be drafted after rounds 3, 9 and 13.

Bag of Coins(368827).png
Blade of Quel'Delar(368838).png
Hilt of Quel'Delar(77219).png
Gentleman's Top Hat(89578).png
Hunter's Insight(368828).png
Party Portal(368824).png
Sow the Seeds(368819).png
Loyal Henchman(368879).png
Mask of Mimicry(368817).png
Necrotic Poison(368891).png
Blood Moon(368851).png
Clockwork Assistant(368877).png
Coin Pouch(368853).png
Creepy Curio(368843).png
Golden Kobold(27212).png
Looming Presence(27479).png
Murloc Holmes(368856).png
Mutating Injection(7782).png
Old Militia Horn(368857).png
Puzzle Box(368818).png
Surly Mob(368864).png
The Exorcisor(368867).png
Vampiric Fangs(89641).png
Gattling Gunner(89553).png
Greedy Pickaxe(368842).png
Loyal Sidekick(368841).png
Royal Gift(89577).png
Beastly Beauty(368849).png
Crusty the Crustacean(368883).png
Pure Cold(368897).png
Holy Book(368868).png
Pool 2

This lists all active treasures that can be drafted after rounds 7 and 11.

Archmage Staff(368825).png
Grimmer Patron.png
Ancient Reflections(368834).png
Bag of Stuffing(368826).png
Blade of the Burning Sun(92352).png
Gnomish Army Knife.png
Banana Split(368836).png
Canopic Jars(368830).png
Phaoris' Blade(368832).png
Staff of Scales(92302).png
Wand of Disintegration(368823).png
Book of the Dead(368888).png
Pool 2 Ultra Rare

This lists all active treasures that can be drafted after rounds 7 and 11, but have only 1% chance to be offered.

Chaos Theory(368878).png
Wax Rager(77215).png
Dreamgrove Ring.png
Embers of Ragnaros(368889).png

Ban list[edit | edit source]

Currently, these cards have been banned from being added to the starter deck.

Self-Sharpening Sword(329994).png

Passive treasure pools also have the ban list.

Lunar Band(368930).png
Robes of Gaudiness.png

Seasons[edit | edit source]

The Hearthstone team will also be adding new Hero Powers and treasures in a mid-season update early next year, and plan to reset Duels ratings at that time as well. At the end of each season, new heroes will be added, and some treasures will rotate out to make room for new ones.

Each season also has a theme tied to it. For example, Early Access and Season One's theme is Wizard Duels, which brings several familiar professors and luminaries from Scholomance Academy.

The following table lists all past seasons of Duels in Hearthstone history.

Season Start date End date Theme Notes
Season One November 17 TBA Wizard Duels 2 new sets added
Early Access October 22 November 17 Wizard Duels

History[edit | edit source]

Duels was announced October 22, 2020 during the Hearthstone Fall Reveal Stream and the trailer. Afterwards, Duels was immediately launched into season Early Access as a part of Patch 18.6, available to players who either:

Duels was set officially launch on November 17, with the transition from Early Access to Season One.

Card changes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Duels/Card changes

Card changes are the alteration of cards from their previous designs. Hearthstone's designers prefer to avoid changing cards, but when the need arises, card changes will be implemented within patches.

Like collectible and Battlegrounds cards, Duels cards have been design-changed intentionally through the patches.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]