Game Mechanics Updates

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Game Mechanics Updates are large changes to the game mechanics in Hearthstone, released in various patches.

See also: Advanced_rulebook#Changes_to_game_rules

History[edit | edit source]

October 2017[edit | edit source]

  • This update addresses the unintuitive resolution of "whenever" and "after" effects. Now, in order for a card's trigger to activate during a sequence of triggers, the card needs to be present and valid before the sequence of triggers begins. In other words, all triggers in a trigger sequence are validated before any can activate. Since all triggers are initially validated, new triggers that appear during a trigger sequence are invalid and no longer activate.
    • Example: Player 1 has a Mad Scientist on the board, and a Mirror Entity in their deck. Player 2 plays Stampeding Kodo. Stampeding Kodo kills Mad Scientist. Mad Scientist pulls Mirror Entity into play. Mirror Entity does NOT trigger, because it did not exist when Stampeding Kodo was played.
    • Example: Player 1 has a Piloted Sky Golem and a Wisp on the board (played in that order). Player 1 plays Deathwing. The Piloted Sky Golem spawns a Cult Master from its Deathrattle. The Cult Master does not trigger off the Wisp's death, because it wasn’t present to see the Wisp destroyed.
    • Example: Player 1 has Starving Buzzard and Rotface on the board. Player 1 also has a Flame Leviathan on top of their deck. Player 1 plays Savannah Highmane. Starving Buzzard triggers off of Savannah Highmane, causing Player 1 to draw Flame Leviathan. Flame Leviathan triggers, dealing 2 damage to all characters. Rotface triggers off the damage and summons Spiritsinger Umbra. Spiritsinger Umbra does not trigger off the Savannah Highmane, because she was not present when Savannah Highmane was played.


Game mechanics update video, titled Hearthside Chat: Game Mechanics Update. (October 2017)

June 2018[edit | edit source]

  • Counterspell beats whenever and after triggers.
  • Summon and Play triggers are now evaluated using their in-hand stats before they are affected by board modifiers and their Battlecry.
  • Minions that enter the battlefield without being played from hand will have any (Whenever or After) summon triggers evaluated before board modifiers are applied.
  • Choose One minions that Transform now consider their transformation effects before entering play.
    • Example: Playing Shellshifter and selecting the 5/3 option will count as a 5-attack minion and advance Jungle Giants.

July 2018[edit | edit source]

  • If a card is copied, the copy will now retain enchantments, unless copying to a different zone in a "backward" direction.
    • Example: If a card is copied from deck to a deck, the copy retains enchantments. (eg. Archbishop Benedictus)
    • Example: If a card is copied from a hand to a hand, the copy retains enchantments. (eg. Mind Vision)
    • Example: If a card is copied from play to play, the copy retains enchantments. (eg. Molten Reflection)
    • Example: If a card is copied from a deck to a hand, the copy retains enchantments. (eg. Thoughtsteal)
    • Example: If a card is copied from a deck to play, the copy retains enchantments. (eg. Mindgames)
    • Example: If a card is copied from hand to play, the copy retains enchantments. (eg. Kobold Illusionist)
    • Example: If a card is copied from a hand to a deck, the copy does not retain enchantments. (eg. Dead Man's Hand)
    • Example: If a card is copied from play to a deck, the copy does not retain enchantments. (eg. Baleful Banker)
    • Example: If a card is copied from play to a hand, the copy does not retain enchantments. (eg. Feral Gibberer)
  • Cards that transform will no longer keep any enchantments when they transform.

November 2018[edit | edit source]

Advanced rulebook[edit | edit source]

Main article: Advanced rulebook

This wiki provides an advanced rulebook providing extensive information on the game mechanics of Hearthstone.