The hand is where each player keeps the cards currently available to them. The player can see their hand face-up at the bottom of the screen, while the opponent's hand is shown face-down at the top of the screen.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- To see the number of cards currently held in your hand, hover your cursor over your deck.
- To see the number of cards in the opponent's hand, hover your cursor over the opponent's deck.
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
The player can only play cards that are currently in their hand. Players place cards into their hand through drawing cards from their deck. A few other methods such as return effects and generate effects can also add cards to the player's hand.
Players can have a maximum of 10 cards in their hand at any time. Attempting to add a card to the hand when it is already full will cause that card to be destroyed, sometimes referred to as overdraw. Cards destroyed in this way are revealed to both players.
Playing a card removes it from the player's hand, and puts it into play. This is the main way for players to empty their hand. The only other way is through discard effects, which force the player to discard cards from their hand without playing them. Like overdraw, discard effects reveal the discarded cards to both players.
Hand size has some synergy with specific cards, such as Mountain Giant, Midnight Drake and Twilight Drake. It can also have strategic impact on the use of discard effects, and card draw mechanics such as Northshire Cleric.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Hand tracking is a strategy used to track and predict what cards are in the opponent's hand. This can also be done during the mulligan phase to see how many cards the opponent kept in their opening hand.
For tips related to drawing cards and the size of your hand, see Card draw.
Related cards[edit | edit source]
Certain cards have effects specifically related to the size or contents of the player's hand; these are listed below.
For cards with effect that activate while in the player's hand, see In-hand effect.
|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
Each player transforms a random minion in their hand into a Demon. Another group project where Jaraxxus doesn't do any work.
Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each spell in your hand. Her hair was always like that.
Battlecry: If you're holding a spell that costs (5) or more, gain +1/+1. Carefully assembled from two Electrowrongs.
Draw a card.
Gain +1 Armor for each card in your hand. Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon?
Battlecry: Gain +1 Attack for each spell in your hand. If you have to wield a spell and a sword, then neither is performing to expectation.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Taunt. They think they're trusted guardians. Dragons think they're convenient snacks.
Give the left-most minion in your hand +2/+2. People called him a soulless monster. We're not sure this is better.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a spell. If your tree is on fire - stop, drop, and troll.
Battlecry: If you're holding a card from another class, gain +1/+1 and Rush. She'll take anything you have—except scruples and a good work ethic.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Rush. A popular local alternative to bananas.
Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each card in your hand. Twilight drakes feed on Mystical Energy. And Tacos.
Deal 4 damage to a minion. Costs (0) if you're holding a card from another class. A vengeful and vicarious vanguard against violent villains or vexed victims.
Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each card in your hand. Amwitched. Beingwitched. Beenwitched.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain 5 Armor. The third little dragon made his armor out of adamantite.
Copy all Beasts in your hand. Not sure I'd call it a good party if everyone ends up beside themselves.
Battlecry: If you're holding a spell that costs (5) or more, deal 4 damage. What, did you expect the Sunreavers to be coldages?
Battlecry: Lose 1 Health for each card in your opponent's hand. You know what they say about people with big hands? Small bears.
Battlecry: For each card in your hand, deal 1 damage to a random enemy. Some say the world will end in fire. Some say in ice. Why not BOTH?
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain Taunt and Divine Shield. Fly like an eagle, drop like a rock.
Discover a Druid minion. If you hand has no minions, keep all 3. Experience the draw of the wild!
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a damaged enemy minion. Here comes “The Smolder.”
Summon a 1/1 Wisp for each card in your hand. We didn't actually fire the guy who named Dark Wispers.
Battlecry: Your opponent casts a random spell from their hand (targets chosen randomly). Far more effective than the flamboyant saboteur.
Battlecry: Summon a random minion with Cost equal to your hand size. All signs point to Antonidas.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 7 damage to an enemy minion. Every major show has an opening act to warm up the crowd.
Costs (1) less for each other card in your hand. His mother said that he was just big boned.
Each turn this is in your hand, transform it into a card your opponent is holding. He's everyone you want to be.
Battlecry: Discover a copy of a card in your oppponent's hand. Of course she knows the future, she's been looking at your cards the WHOLE TIME!
After you play the right-most card in your hand, draw a card. She's Dr. Boom's right-hand mage.
While in your hand, this is a 3/4 copy of the last minion you played. Of all the scientists, he has the most knowledge (when measured in volume).
|War Master Voone||Legendary||Minion||General||Warrior||4||4||3|
Battlecry: Copy all Dragons in your hand. War Master sounds cooler than Dragon Sitter.
Minions in your hand have Echo. Summon an unlimited* number of minions!** *Six **Wisps
|Hex Lord Malacrass||Legendary||Minion||General||Mage||8||5||5|
Battlecry: Add a copy of your opening hand to your hand (except this card). Extremely awkward cousin of Hex Lord Malaclass.
Battlecry: Double the Attack and Health of all minions in your hand. Taste your world's corruption! It tastes like chicken.
Deathrattle: If you have no cards in your deck, hand, and battlefield, destroy the enemy hero. "Your software will fail. Your users will abandon you. You are already obsolete."
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|Name / Desc||Rarity||Type||Subtype||Class||Cost||Atk||HP||Description|
Inspire: If your hand is empty, deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. This is a "bearly" concealed reference.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +2 Health. The twilight whelps are basically magic-vampires. Despite this, they are not a reference to any popular series of novels.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a Dragon. She can tell you all about the history of people not STANDING IN THE GREEN BEAM!
Deal 3 damage.
If your hand is empty, draw a card. Han shot first.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1/+1. This is who you go to when your Blackwing needs a tune up. Don't go to a cut rate Blackwing tune up shop!
Battlecry: If you're holding a minion with 5 or more Attack, Adapt. And so the bartender says, “Why the long neck?”
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, summon two 1/1 Whelps. Originally joined to be Arcanagos’ Templar, but has to admit that ordering pizza has become waaaay easier.
Battlecry: If your opponent's hand is empty, gain Charge. The Hogchoppers are well-known throughout Kalimdor for being a real, actual group.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage. He got his name when he gave Blackwing some comic books and rock & roll records.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Charge. "Put more spikes on her. No, more spikes. What part of 'more spikes' do you not understand? MORE SPIKES!" - Alexstrasza
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Taunt. Keeping tabs on the Grand Tournament is priority #1 for the five mighty Dragonflights!
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!
Has +4 Attack while your opponent has 6 or more cards in hand. He’s not such a binge exploder anymore. These days, he only explodes socially.
Battlecry: If your hand is empty, gain +3/+3. It takes a special kind of hunter to venture deep into a firey lava pit and convince a monster who lives there to come home and be a cuddly housepet.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all other minions. Waking up at the break of dusk is just not as impressive.
Battlecry: Gain +1 Attack for each other card in your hand. Still fearsome in the daytime.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a card in your opponent's deck. His job is to spy on the Goons and the Jade Lotus, but he's OBVIOUSLY a dragon so it's pretty hard work.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy an enemy minion with 3 Attack or less. His favorites are classic tragedies like "The Hobbit" and "Grendel".
|Dead Man's Hand||Epic||Spell||Warrior||2|
Shuffle a copy of your hand into your deck. I got two pair, Rags and Armorsmiths. What you got?
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, swap this minion's Attack with another minion's. The dragons mostly keep him around as a snack.
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Taunt. A result of magical experiments carried out by the Black Dragonflight, it's not his fault that he's a vicious killer.
Battlecry: If your opponent has 6 or more cards in hand, gain Charge. The Hogchoppers, the terrors of Tanaris, can always be found at one tavern or another in Gadgetzan, refueling for totally real and legit adventures that they go on.
Costs (1) less for each card in your opponent's hand. He and Mountain Giant don't get along.
Deathrattle: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all minions. Chillmaw keeps trying to ruin the Grand Tournament, and she would've done it too, if it weren't for those dang kids!
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a Legendary minion. Rend believes he is the True Warchief of the Horde and he keeps editing the wikipedia page for "Warchief of the Horde" to include his picture.
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