Hand

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A typical hand. The green highlighted cards can be played, while the yellow highlighted card has a special effect enabled by the current state of the game.

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, unless Valdris Felgorge was played. 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.

How to track the opponent's hand (part 1 of 2).


How to track the opponent's hand (part 2 of 2).

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
Arcane Breath Rare Spell Mage 1 Deal 2 damage to a minion. If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a spell.
Cleric of Scales Rare Minion General Priest 1 1 1 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a spell from your deck.
Felosophy Epic Spell 1 Copy the lowest Cost Demon in your hand.
Outcast: Give both +1/+1.
Helboar Common Minion Beast Hunter 1 2 1 Deathrattle: Give a random Beast in your hand +1/+1.
Safety Inspector Rare Minion General Any 1 1 3 Battlecry: Shuffle the lowest-Cost card from your hand into your deck. Draw a card.
Sand Breath Common Spell Paladin 1 Give a minion +1/+2. Give it Divine Shield if you're holding a Dragon.
Secret Passage Epic Spell Rogue 1 Replace your hand with 4 cards from your deck. Swap back next turn.
Shadow Council Epic Spell Warlock 1 Replace your hand with random Demons. Give them +2/+2.
Stage Dive Rare Spell Warrior 1 Corrupted
Draw a Rush minion and give it +2/+1.
Breath of Dreams Rare Spell Druid 2 Draw a card. If you're holding a Dragon, gain an empty Mana Crystal.
Corrosive Breath Common Spell Hunter 2 Deal 3 damage to a minion. If you're holding a Dragon, it also hits the enemy hero.
Costumed Entertainer Common Minion General Any 2 1 2 Battlecry: Give a random minion in your hand +2/+2.
Crystalsong Portal Epic Spell Druid 2 Discover a Druid minion. If you hand has no minions, keep all 3.
Don't Feed the Animals Epic Spell Hunter 2 Give all Beasts in your hand +1/+1.
Corrupt: Give them +2/+2 instead.
Don't Feed the Animals Epic Spell Hunter 2 Corrupted
Give all Beasts in your hand +2/+2.
Dragonmaw Sentinel Rare Minion General Priest 2 1 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Lifesteal.
Envoy of Lazul Epic Minion General Priest 2 2 2 Battlecry: Look at 3 cards. Guess which one is in your opponent's hand to get a copy of it.
Evocation Legendary Spell Mage 2 Fill your hand with random Mage spells. At the end of your turn, discard them.
Imprisoned Scrap Imp Rare Minion Demon Warlock 2 3 3 Dormant for 2 turns. When this awakens, give all minions in your hand +2/+1.
Nether Breath Rare Spell Warlock 2 Deal 2 damage. If you're holding a Dragon, deal 4 damage with Lifesteal instead.
Parachute Brigand Common Minion Pirate Any 2 2 2 After you play a Pirate, summon this minion from your hand.
Stage Hand Common Minion Mech Warrior 2 3 2 Battlecry: Give a random minion in your hand +1/+1.
Tasty Flyfish Common Minion Murloc Any 2 2 2 Deathrattle: Give a Dragon in your hand +2/+2.
Underbelly Fence Rare Minion General Rogue 2 2 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a card from another class, gain +1/+1 and Rush.
Breath of the Infinite Rare Spell Priest 3 Deal 2 damage to all minions. If you're holding a Dragon, only damage enemies.
Chaos Gazer Epic Minion Demon Warlock 3 4 3 Battlecry: Curse a playable card in your opponent's hand. They have 1 turn to play it!
Dark Skies Epic Spell Warlock 3 Deal 1 damage to a random minion. Repeat for each card in your hand.
Dragonrider Talritha Legendary Minion General Paladin 3 3 3 Deathrattle: Give a Dragon in your hand +3/+3 and this Deathrattle.
Feat of Strength Rare Spell Warrior 3 Give a random Taunt minion in your hand +5/+5.
Fire Hawk Common Minion Elemental Any 3 1 3 Battlecry: Gain +1 Attack for each card in your opponent's hand.
Grand Totem Eys'or Legendary Minion Totem Shaman 3 0 4 At the end of your turn, give +1/+1 to all other Totems in your hand, deck and battlefield.
Lightning Breath Rare Spell Shaman 3 Deal 4 damage to a minion. If you're holding a Dragon, also damage its neighbors.
Madame Lazul Legendary Minion General Priest 3 3 2 Battlecry: Discover a copy of a card in your oppponent's hand.
Mindrender Illucia Legendary Minion General Priest 3 1 3 Battlecry: Swap hands and decks with your opponent until your next turn.
Nazmani Bloodweaver Rare Minion General Priest 3 2 5 After you cast a spell, reduce the cost of a random card in your hand by (1).
Palm Reading Rare Spell Priest 3 Discover a spell. Reduce the Cost of spells in your hand by (1).
Scalerider Common Minion General Any 3 3 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 2 damage.
Sparkjoy Cheat Rare Minion General Rogue 3 3 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a Secret, cast it and draw a card.
Voracious Reader Rare Minion General Any 3 1 3 At the end of your turn, draw until you have 3 cards.
Altruis the Outcast Legendary Minion General Demon Hunter 4 4 2 After you play the left- or right-most card in your hand, deal 1 damage to all enemies.
Garden Gnome Rare Minion General Druid 4 2 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a spell that costs (5) or more, summon two 2/2 Treants.
Groundskeeper Rare Minion General 4 4 5 Taunt
Battlecry: If you're holding a spell that costs (5) or more, restore 5 Health.
Molten Breath Rare Spell Warrior 4 Deal 5 damage to a minion. If you're holding a Dragon, gain 5 Armor.
Scrap Shot Rare Spell Hunter 4 Deal 3 damage. Give a random Beast in your hand +3/+3.
Star Student Stelina Legendary Minion General Demon Hunter 4 4 3 Outcast: Look at 3 cards in your opponent's hand. Shuffle one of them into their deck.
The Dark Portal Rare Spell Warlock 4 Draw a minion. If you have at least 8 cards in hand, it costs (5) less.
Twilight Drake Rare Minion Dragon Any 4 4 1 Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each card in your hand.
Vendetta Rare Spell Rogue 4 Deal 4 damage to a minion. Costs (0) if you're holding a card from another class.
Violet Spellsword Common Minion General Any 4 1 6 Battlecry: Gain +1 Attack for each spell in your hand.
Wing Commander Common Minion General Any 4 2 5 Has +2 Attack for each Dragon in your hand.
Chronobreaker Rare Minion Dragon Priest 5 4 5 Deathrattle: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all enemy minions.
Crazed Netherwing Rare Minion Dragon Warlock 5 5 5 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all other characters.
Dark Inquisitor Xanesh Legendary Minion General Priest 5 3 5 Battlecry: Reduce the Cost of all Corrupt cards in your hand and deck by (2).
Derailed Coaster Rare Minion General Any 5 3 2 Battlecry: Summon a 1/1 Rider with Rush for each minion in your hand.
Fortune Teller Common Minion Mech Priest 5 3 3 Taunt
Battlecry: Gain +1/+1 for each spell in your hand.
Glowfly Swarm Epic Spell Druid 5 Summon a 2/2 Glowfly for each spell in your hand.
Hunting Party Rare Spell Hunter 5 Copy all Beasts in your hand.
Malygos, Aspect of Magic Legendary Minion Dragon Mage 5 2 8 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover an upgraded Mage spell.
Rotnest Drake Rare Minion Dragon Hunter 5 6 5 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a random enemy minion.
Sunreaver Warmage Rare Minion General Any 5 4 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a spell that costs (5) or more, deal 4 damage.
Zai, the Incredible Legendary Minion General Demon Hunter 5 5 3 Battlecry: Copy the left- and right-most cards in your hand.
Abyssal Summoner Common Minion General Warlock 6 2 2 Battlecry: Summon a Demon with Taunt and stats equal to your hand size.
Candle Breath Common Spell Rogue 6 Draw 3 cards. Costs (3) less while you're holding a Dragon.
Fel Summoner Common Minion General Demon Hunter 6 8 3 Deathrattle: Summon a random Demon from your hand.
Flik Skyshiv Legendary Minion General Rogue 6 4 4 Battlecry: Destroy a minion and all copies of it (wherever they are).
Unseen Saboteur Epic Minion General Any 6 5 6 Battlecry: Your opponent casts a random spell from their hand (targets chosen randomly).
Dragoncaster Rare Minion General Mage 7 4 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, your next spell this turn costs (0).
Valdris Felgorge Legendary Minion General Warlock 7 4 4 Battlecry: Increase your maximum hand size to 12. Draw 4 cards.
Archwitch Willow Legendary Minion General Warlock 8 5 5 Battlecry: Summon a random Demon from your hand and deck.
Beastmaster Leoroxx Legendary Minion General Hunter 8 5 5 Battlecry: Summon 3 Beasts from your hand.
Mana Giant Epic Minion Elemental Mage 8 8 8 Costs (1) less for each card you've played this game that didn't start in your deck.
Nethrandamus Legendary Minion Dragon Demon Hunter 9 8 8 Battlecry: Summon two random 0-Cost minions.
(Upgrades each time a friendly minion dies!)
King Phaoris Legendary Minion General Any 10 5 5 Battlecry: For each spell in your hand, summon a random minion of the same Cost.
Survival of the Fittest Epic Spell Druid 10 Give +4/+4 to all minions in your hand, deck, and battlefield.
Showing all 74 cards
Arcane Breath(151359).png
Cleric of Scales(184962).png
Felosophy(329896).png
Helboar(210835).png
Safety Inspector(389021).png
Sand Breath(127291).png
Secret Passage(329903).png
Shadow Council(210704).png
Stage Dive(389145).png
Breath of Dreams(127269).png
Corrosive Breath(127289).png
Costumed Entertainer(389023).png
Crystalsong Portal(90586).png
Don't Feed the Animals(378837).png
Don't Feed the Animals(378836).png
Dragonmaw Sentinel(210802).png
Envoy of Lazul(151322).png
Evocation(210741).png
Imprisoned Scrap Imp(210716).png
Nether Breath(151328).png
Parachute Brigand(151425).png
Stage Hand(389037).png
Tasty Flyfish(151390).png
Underbelly Fence(90565).png
Breath of the Infinite(151353).png
Chaos Gazer(176349).png
Dark Skies(151380).png
Dragonrider Talritha(151321).png
Feat of Strength(389022).png
Fire Hawk(151401).png
Grand Totem Eys'or(388960).png
Lightning Breath(127263).png
Madame Lazul(90560).png
Mindrender Illucia(329978).png
Nazmani Bloodweaver(388991).png
Palm Reading(388982).png
Scalerider(151405).png
Sparkjoy Cheat(442051).png
Voracious Reader(329956).png
Altruis the Outcast(210776).png
Garden Gnome(90810).png
Groundskeeper(329911).png
Molten Breath(127302).png
Scrap Shot(210819).png
Star Student Stelina(329901).png
The Dark Portal(210680).png
Twilight Drake(360).png
Vendetta(90581).png
Violet Spellsword(90657).png
Wing Commander(151411).png
Chronobreaker(151369).png
Crazed Netherwing(151329).png
Dark Inquisitor Xanesh(442066).png
Derailed Coaster(389033).png
Fortune Teller(378806).png
Glowfly Swarm(210771).png
Hunting Party(90666).png
Malygos, Aspect of Magic(127294).png
Rotnest Drake(184985).png
Sunreaver Warmage(90642).png
Zai, the Incredible(388949).png
Abyssal Summoner(151343).png
Candle Breath(127290).png
Fel Summoner(210763).png
Flik Skyshiv(151342).png
Unseen Saboteur(90610).png
Dragoncaster(151360).png
Valdris Felgorge(151344).png
Archwitch Willow(329898).png
Beastmaster Leoroxx(210735).png
Mana Giant(151419).png
Nethrandamus(210772).png
King Phaoris(90792).png
Survival of the Fittest(329905).png


Forged in the Barrens

The below cards are planned for release with Forged in the Barrens, coming March 22nd, 2021.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Overlord Runthak Legendary Minion General Any 5 3 6 Rush. Whenever this attacks, give +1/+1 to all minions in your hand.
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Overlord Runthak(463942).png


Wild format

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Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Brave Archer Common Minion General Hunter 1 2 1 Inspire: If your hand is empty, deal 2 damage to the enemy hero.
Chameleos Legendary Minion Beast Priest 1 1 1 Each turn this is in your hand, transform it into a card your opponent is holding.
Soul Infusion Rare Spell Warlock 1 Give the left-most minion in your hand +2/+2.
Twilight Whelp Common Minion Dragon Priest 1 2 1 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +2 Health.
Alexstrasza's Champion Rare Minion General Warrior 2 2 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Charge.
Cathedral Gargoyle Epic Minion General Paladin 2 2 2 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain Taunt and Divine Shield.
Dead Man's Hand Epic Spell Warrior 2 Shuffle a copy of your hand into your deck.
Demonic Project Common Spell Warlock 2 Each player transforms a random minion in their hand into a Demon.
Firetree Witchdoctor Rare Minion General Any 2 2 2 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a spell.
Netherspite Historian Common Minion General Any 2 1 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a Dragon.
Quick Shot Common Spell Hunter 2 Deal 3 damage.
If your hand is empty, draw a card.
Transfer Student Epic Minion General Any 2 2 2 Battlecry: Give a random minion in your hand +2/+2.
Transfer Student Epic Minion General Any 2 2 2 At the end of your turn, reduce the Cost of a random card in your hand by (2).
Wyrmrest Agent Rare Minion General Priest 2 1 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Taunt.
Blackwing Technician Common Minion General Any 3 2 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1/+1.
Brainstormer Common Minion General Any 3 3 1 Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each spell in your hand.
Divine Favor Rare Spell Paladin 3 Draw cards until you have as many in hand as your opponent.
Elder Longneck Common Minion Beast Druid 3 5 1 Battlecry: If you're holding a minion with 5 or more Attack, Adapt.
Electrowright Common Minion General Any 3 3 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a spell that costs (5) or more, gain +1/+1.
Ferocious Howl Common Spell Druid 3 Draw a card.
Gain +1 Armor for each card in your hand.
Goblin Sapper Rare Minion General Any 3 2 4 Has +4 Attack while your opponent has 6 or more cards in hand.
Nightbane Templar Common Minion General Paladin 3 2 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, summon two 1/1 Whelps.
Smolderthorn Lancer Epic Minion General Warrior 3 3 2 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a damaged enemy minion.
Stargazer Luna Legendary Minion General Mage 3 2 4 After you play the right-most card in your hand, draw a card.
Twilight Acolyte Epic Minion General Priest 3 2 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, swap this minion's Attack with another minion's.
Core Rager Rare Minion Beast Hunter 4 4 4 Battlecry: If your hand is empty, gain +3/+3.
Duskbreaker Rare Minion Dragon Priest 4 3 3 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all other minions.
Flobbidinous Floop Legendary Minion General Druid 4 3 4 While in your hand, this is a 3/4 copy of the last minion you played.
Midnight Drake Rare Minion Dragon Any 4 1 4 Battlecry: Gain +1 Attack for each other card in your hand.
Scaleworm Rare Minion Beast Any 4 4 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Rush.
Tanaris Hogchopper Common Minion General Any 4 4 4 Battlecry: If your opponent's hand is empty, gain Charge.
Twilight Guardian Epic Minion Dragon Any 4 2 6 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Taunt.
War Master Voone Legendary Minion General Warrior 4 4 3 Battlecry: Copy all Dragons in your hand.
Wispering Woods Epic Spell Druid 4 Summon a 1/1 Wisp for each card in your hand.
Bewitched Guardian Rare Minion General Druid 5 4 1 Taunt
Battlecry: Gain +1 Health for each card in your hand.
Blackwing Corruptor Common Minion General Any 5 5 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage.
Drakonid Operative Rare Minion Dragon Priest 5 5 6 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, Discover a copy of a card in your opponent's deck.
Emberscale Drake Rare Minion Dragon Warrior 5 5 5 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain 5 Armor.
Witchwood Grizzly Rare Minion Beast Any 5 3 12 Taunt
Battlecry: Lose 1 Health for each card in your opponent's hand.
Book Wyrm Rare Minion Dragon Any 6 3 6 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy an enemy minion with 3 Attack or less.
Emperor Thaurissan Legendary Minion General Any 6 5 5 At the end of your turn, reduce the Cost of cards in your hand by (1).
Glinda Crowskin Legendary Minion General Warlock 6 3 7 Minions in your hand have Echo.
Leatherclad Hogleader Epic Minion General Any 6 6 6 Battlecry: If your opponent has 6 or more cards in hand, gain Charge.
Meteorologist Rare Minion General Mage 6 3 3 Battlecry: For each card in your hand, deal 1 damage to a random enemy.
The Mistcaller Legendary Minion General Shaman 6 4 4 Battlecry: Give all minions in your hand and deck +1/+1.
Astromancer Epic Minion General Mage 7 5 5 Battlecry: Summon a random minion with Cost equal to your hand size.
Chillmaw Legendary Minion Dragon Any 7 6 6 Taunt
Deathrattle: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 3 damage to all minions.
Crowd Roaster Epic Minion Dragon Any 7 7 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, deal 7 damage to an enemy minion.
Rend Blackhand Legendary Minion General Any 7 8 4 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, destroy a Legendary minion.
Wyrmguard Common Minion General Any 7 3 11 Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1 Attack and Taunt.
Hex Lord Malacrass Legendary Minion General Mage 8 5 5 Battlecry: Add a copy of your opening hand to your hand (except this card).
Emeriss Legendary Minion Dragon Hunter 10 8 8 Battlecry: Double the Attack and Health of all minions in your hand.
Mecha'thun Legendary Minion Mech Any 10 10 10 Deathrattle: If you have no cards in your deck, hand, and battlefield, destroy the enemy hero.
Clockwork Giant Epic Minion Mech Any 12 8 8 Costs (1) less for each card in your opponent's hand.
Mountain Giant Epic Minion Elemental Any 12 8 8 Costs (1) less for each other card in your hand.
Showing all 55 cards
Brave Archer(22310).png
Chameleos(89377).png
Soul Infusion(89907).png
Twilight Whelp(14460).png
Alexstrasza's Champion(22333).png
Cathedral Gargoyle(89382).png
Dead Man's Hand(62842).png
Demonic Project(89825).png
Firetree Witchdoctor(90194).png
Netherspite Historian(42039).png
Quick Shot(14459).png
Transfer Student(211506).png
Transfer Student(211528).png
Wyrmrest Agent(22398).png
Blackwing Technician(14437).png
Brainstormer(89946).png
Divine Favor(581).png
Elder Longneck(55541).png
Electrowright(89940).png
Ferocious Howl(89432).png
Goblin Sapper(12213).png
Nightbane Templar(42052).png
Smolderthorn Lancer(90183).png
Stargazer Luna(89805).png
Twilight Acolyte(76974).png
Core Rager(14444).png
Duskbreaker(76868).png
Flobbidinous Floop(89812).png
Midnight Drake(35247).png
Scaleworm(89364).png
Tanaris Hogchopper(49688).png
Twilight Guardian(22351).png
War Master Voone(90193).png
Wispering Woods(89349).png
Bewitched Guardian(89431).png
Blackwing Corruptor(14447).png
Drakonid Operative(49638).png
Emberscale Drake(90230).png
Witchwood Grizzly(89381).png
Book Wyrm(42029).png
Emperor Thaurissan(14454).png
Glinda Crowskin(89352).png
Leatherclad Hogleader(49686).png
Meteorologist(89884).png
The Mistcaller(22349).png
Astromancer(89835).png
Chillmaw(22353).png
Crowd Roaster(90219).png
Rend Blackhand(14438).png
Wyrmguard(89442).png
Hex Lord Malacrass(90159).png
Emeriss(89370).png
Mecha'thun(89877).png
Clockwork Giant(12201).png
Mountain Giant(264).png