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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[1] 133
Classic March 11, 2014 91/80/37/31 239
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 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
Wild
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
League of Explorers November 12, 2015 Adventure 25/13/2/5 45
Hall of Fame** April 4, 2017 Mammoth 3/1/1/5 10

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

** At 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.

† In total, there are 1,324 collectible cards in Hearthstone, following the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne.

†† 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.

‡ March 11th 2014 was 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.

‡‡ 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]

One of the most critical distinctions between sets is whether its cards are usable in Standard format games, or only in Wild format.

However, card sets can be divided into several more specific categories:

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]

See also: Basic card list

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.[4][5] 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.[6]

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.

Examples
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Sen'jin Shieldmasta(326).png
Truesilver Champion(293).png
Hex(270).png
Stonetusk Boar(76).png

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 "hearthstone swirl" behind the card text, not found on other cards.

As the largest 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".[7]

Classic cards may be common, rare, epic or legendary.

Regular and golden Classic cards can be obtained in three ways:

Examples
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Shadowflame(673).png
Gorehowl(96).png
Argent Commander(463).png
Archmage Antonidas(220).png

Expansion cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Expansion

Card sets based on expansions are the largest sets after Classic and sometimes 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 were once obtainable the same way, but now can only be obtained through crafting. However, there are plans to make Wild-exclusive cards easier for players to obtain in the future.[8] 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. (See also Wild format#Availability.)

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 special Wild format card set, created on April 4, 2017 just before the start of the Year of the Mammoth. The set contains 10 collectible cards.

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.[9]

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.[10]

Being Wild format cards, Hall of Fame cards can only be obtained through crafting.[11] 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.[12]

All Hall of Fame cards are pictured below.[13] 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,[14] 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 Standard format#Hall of Fame.


Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Conceal Common Spell Rogue 1 Give your minions Stealth until your next turn. Rogues conceal everything but their emotions. You can't get 'em to shut up about feelings.
Ice Lance Common Spell Mage 1 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.
Power Overwhelming Common Spell Warlock 1 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.
Azure Drake Rare Minion Dragon Any 5 4 4 Spell Damage +1. Battlecry: Draw a card. They initially planned to be the Beryl or Cerulean drakes, but those felt a tad too pretentious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sylvanas Windrunner Legendary Minion General Any 6 5 5 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.
Showing all 10 cards
Conceal(284).png
Ice Lance(188).png
Power Overwhelming(170).png
Azure Drake(280).png
Captain's Parrot(559).png
Elite Tauren Chieftain(682).png
Gelbin Mekkatorque(251).png
Old Murk-Eye(217).png
Ragnaros the Firelord(503).png
Sylvanas Windrunner(33).png
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
Chicken(552).png
Emboldener 3000(240).png
Homing Chicken(423).png
I Am Murloc(714).png
Murloc(715).png
Poultryizer(405).png
Power of the Horde(717).png
Repair Bot(439).png
Rogues Do It...(716).png

Removed sets[edit | edit source]

Reward[edit | edit source]

Wild icon.png  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.

The associated quests have since been removed, and Reward cards are now obtained through regular crafting, like all Wild format cards. For a list of associated removed quests, see Quest#Removed.

Promo[edit | edit source]

Wild icon.png  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, 2 of which are 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.

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.

Promo cards were notable for being the only card set not available in Arena picks.[15][16]

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Journey to Un'Goro logo.png Patch 8.0.0.18336 (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".
  • 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. 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.
  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. (2014-09-14). 
  5. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-01-13). 
  6. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-09-12). 
  7. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-18). 
  8. Jaeic "Koth" Lee (2017-02-24). Q&A with Yong Woo (transcribed from Korean Twitch stream) - InvenGlobal
  9. Developer Insights Live - Year of the Mammoth Q&A. (2017-02-21). 
  10. Dev interview with Producer Yong Woo about the Mammoth-sized changes in Hearthstone. (2017-02-17). Retrieved on 2017-04-04.
  11. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16). 
  12. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16). 
  13. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-18). 
  14. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-24). 
  15. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-07-22). 
  16. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-01-25). 
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