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Deathstalker Rexxar, the first hero card revealed prior to the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne.

Hero cards are a type of card first introduced in the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Upon being played, a hero card will replace the player's hero, give them a small amount of Armor and replace their Hero Power with a new one.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • When a hero card is played, the player's current and maximum Health remain the same, but they gain a specific amount of Armor[1][2] and their Hero Power is replaced with a new one unique to each card. Their hero portrait changes to that of the hero card, and they gain a new set of emotes unique to the new hero.[3][4][5]
  • Hero cards can be randomly generated and Discovered, just like any other collectible card.[6]
  • Similarly to Lord Jaraxxus, playing a hero card will always transform the player into that hero, regardless of their current class or hero.[4][7][8][9][10] For example, a Hunter who plays Deathstalker Rexxar will always transform into Deathstalker Rexxar, regardless of whether they are using Rexxar or Alleria Windrunner as their hero,[4] and a Priest can transform into another class' hero card if they obtain that card from Thoughtsteal or Mind Vision.[11] In this case, the class the hero card belongs to will replace the player's original class for the purposes of mechanics such as Discover.[12] Experience and win count rewarded at the end of the match will also apply to the new class.
  • Hero cards are not included in Arena picks.[14] However, they can still appear in Arena games through random effects.
  • Galakrond hero cards have many special rules. For specifics on them, see Invoke#Notes.

Hero cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Hagatha the Witch Legendary Hero card Shaman 8
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to all minions. Curse-bringer, tree-twister, mother of wretched things…Hanzo main.
Dr. Boom, Mad Genius Legendary Hero card Warrior 9
Battlecry: For the rest of the game, your Mechs have Rush"Of course I've gone mad with power. Ever try going mad without it?"
Zul'jin Legendary Hero card Hunter 10
Battlecry: Cast all spells you've played this game (targets chosen randomly)If you can dodge an axe, you can dodge a ball.
Showing all 3 cards
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Dr. Boom, Mad Genius(89827).png

Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Thrall, Deathseer Legendary Hero card Shaman 5
Battlecry: Transform your minions into random ones that cost (2) more. "Do not be afraid. Approach. The dead will sleep… for now."
Deathstalker Rexxar Legendary Hero card Hunter 6
Battlecry: Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. "You were too slow, old friend. The hunt began long ago. And now... it will never end."
Malfurion the Pestilent Legendary Hero card Druid 7
Choose One - Summon 2 Poisonous Spiders; or 2 Scarabs with Taunt"Cenarius once taught me about the precarious balance between life and death. I have come to understand: there IS no balance. Death always wins."
Scourgelord Garrosh Legendary Hero card Warrior 8
Battlecry: Equip a 4/3 Shadowmourne that also damages adjacent minions. "You dare to challenge me? Come! Draw your last breath - and then, you are mine."
Shadowreaper Anduin Legendary Hero card Priest 8
Battlecry: Destroy all minions with 5 or more Attack. "I will tell you what Velen never taught me. Whosoever stands before the Light… inevitably casts a shadow."
Frost Lich Jaina Legendary Hero card Mage 9
Battlecry: Summon a 3/6 Water Elemental. Your Elementals have Lifesteal for the rest of the game. "Arthas was a spoiled child, playing with toys he could neither control nor understand. Come into the cold. I will show you the true power of the Frozen Throne."
Uther of the Ebon Blade Legendary Hero card Paladin 9
Battlecry: Equip a 5/3 Lifesteal weapon. "Step forward. Confess! Once I was a mere servant of the Light. Now I alone stand in judgement."
Valeera the Hollow Legendary Hero card Rogue 9
Battlecry: Gain Stealth until your next turn. "Run away. Hide in your precious keeps, behind your walls and your bodyguards. Night always falls, and shadows will fill your hallowed halls. One day, one of those shadows will be me."
Bloodreaver Gul'dan Legendary Hero card Warlock 10
Battlecry: Summon all friendly Demons that died this game. "Still you refuse to bend your knee? None can escape death, you old fool. And in death… all will serve me…"
Showing all 9 cards
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Deathstalker Rexxar(58724).png
Malfurion the Pestilent(62904).png
Scourgelord Garrosh(62927).png
Shadowreaper Anduin(62889).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png
Uther of the Ebon Blade(62906).png
Valeera the Hollow(62876).png
Bloodreaver Gul'dan(62934).png

Descent of Dragons

The below cards are planned for release with Descent of Dragons, coming December 10, 2019.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Galakrond, the Nightmare Legendary Hero card Rogue 7
Battlecry: Draw 1 card. It costs (0).
(Invoke twice to upgrade.) The enormous creature unfurled terrifying claws dripping with poisonous ichor. King Togwaggle was pleased, but inwardly disappointed the great Nightmare refused to wear the candle.
Galakrond, the Tempest Legendary Hero card Shaman 7
Battlecry: Summon two 2/2 Storms with Rush. (Invoke twice to upgrade.) Hagatha cried out over the winds: "Truly, you are as powerful as the Maelstrom!" To which the Tempest answered: "I AM THE MAELSTROM."
Galakrond, the Unbreakable Legendary Hero card Warrior 7
Battlecry: Draw 1 minion. Give it +4/+4.
(Invoke twice to upgrade.) The ground quaked beneath the behemoth as Dr. Boom continued: "…with over 400 TONS of solid Storm Silver plate." Then he beeped a small remote. "And luxury spikes!"
Galakrond, the Unspeakable Legendary Hero card Priest 7
Battlecry: Destroy 1 random enemy minion. (Invoke twice to upgrade.) Lazul called Galakrond's name, her voice echoed by whispers from the deep. Both of Galakrond's eyes opened... and then other eyes opened, as well.
Galakrond, the Wretched Legendary Hero card Warlock 7
Battlecry: Summon 1 random demon. (Invoke twice to upgrade.) Fel-flames slowly writhed around the skeleton, until the great bones knit themselves together into a demonic monstrosity. Rafaam shielded his face from the heat but could not hide his grin.
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Galakrond, the Tempest(151398).png
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Generated Hero Powers[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Bewitch None Hero Power Shaman
Passive Hero Power.
After you play a minion, add a random Shaman spell to your hand. 
Berserker Throw None Hero Power Hunter 2
Hero Power
Deal 2 damage. 
Big Red Button None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Activate this turn's Mech Suit power! 
Blast Shield None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Gain 7 Armor.
Swaps each turn. 
Delivery Drone None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Discover a Mech.
Swaps each turn. 
KABOOM! None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Deal 1 damage to all enemies. Swaps each turn. 
Micro-Squad None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Summon three 1/1 Microbots.
Swaps each turn. 
Zap Cannon None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Deal 3 damage.
Swaps each turn. 
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Big Red Button(89828).png
Blast Shield(89832).png
Delivery Drone(89831).png
Zap Cannon(89830).png

Descent of Dragons

The below cards are planned for release with Descent of Dragons, coming December 10, 2019.

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Galakrond's Fury None Hero Power Shaman 2
Hero Power
Summon a 2/1 Elemental with Rush
Galakrond's Guile None Hero Power Rogue 2
Hero Power
Add a Lackey to your hand. 
Galakrond's Malice None Hero Power Warlock 2
Hero Power
Summon two 1/1 Imps. 
Galakrond's Might None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Give your hero +3 Attack this turn. 
Galakrond's Wit None Hero Power Priest 2
Hero Power
Add a random Priest minion to your hand. 
Showing all 5 cards
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Galakrond's Guile(127285).png
Galakrond's Malice(127284).png
Galakrond's Might(151327).png
Galakrond's Wit(127304).png

Wild format

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.
Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Death's Shadow None Hero Power Rogue
Passive Hero Power
During your turn, add a 'Shadow Reflection' to your hand. 
Bladestorm None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Deal 1 damage to all minions. 
Build-A-Beast None Hero Power Hunter 2
Hero Power
Craft a custom Zombeast. 
Icy Touch None Hero Power Mage 2
Hero Power
Deal 1 damage. If this kills a minion, summon a Water Elemental. 
Plague Lord None Hero Power Druid 2
Hero Power
Choose One - +3 Attack this turn; or Gain 3 Armor. 
Siphon Life None Hero Power Warlock 2
Hero Power
Deal 3 damage. 
The Four Horsemen None Hero Power Paladin 2
Hero Power
Summon a 2/2 Horseman. If you have all 4, destroy the enemy hero. 
Transmute Spirit None Hero Power Shaman 2
Hero Power: Transform a friendly minion into a random one that costs (1) more. 
Voidform None Hero Power Priest 2
Hero Power
Deal 2 damage. After you play a card, refresh this. 
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Icy Touch(62843).png
Plague Lord(62908).png
Siphon Life(62935).png
The Four Horsemen(62913).png
Transmute Spirit(62862).png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While Knights of the Frozen Throne introduced one hero card for each class, they have since been more spaced out, with sets thereafter usually featuring only a single hero card each. According to Principal Game Designer Mike Donais and Senior Game Designer Peter Whalen, making a character a hero card is an effective way of signifying that the character is the central focus of the set and draws attention to the fact that it is a character that players should know and care about.[15][16] According to Whalen, however, this does not mean that they've completely settled on a precedent for how many hero cards they'll include in future sets; the team will likely continue to experiment and do whatever's right for the expansion in question.[17]
  • According to Peter Whalen, one design lesson learned since the introduction of the first hero cards is that ones that generate infinite late-game value through use of their Hero Powers (such as Deathstalker Rexxar and Frost Lich Jaina) tend to feel repetitive and frustrating to play against, especially when they lead to one player slowly losing a game over several turns. As a result, the developers have tried to create less of that sort of experience with later hero cards, with Hagatha the Witch and Dr. Boom, Mad Genius both having inherently random Hero Powers, while Zul'jin has most of his power contained in his over-the-top Battlecry with a relatively mundane Hero Power to compensate.[17]
  • While Lord Jaraxxus and Majordomo Executus work similarly to hero cards, they were not reclassified as such at the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne. This is due to the fact that they work slightly differently from hero cards; most notably, they set the hero's Health to a predetermined amount rather than retaining the hero's current Health.[18][19]
  • The Knights of the Frozen Throne death knight hero cards were originally available in the Arena,[13][20][21] but on November 14, 2017, they were removed from the Arena draft pool since "while the Death Knight Hero Cards are exciting and powerful to play, their permanent Hero Power upgrades are hard to combat in a format where answers are limited".[14]
  • Hero cards are the only card type so far to only be featured in Legendary rarity. Furthermore, there are no neutral hero cards, a distinction shared with collectible weapons.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Eloise interviews the Hearthstone game designer Dave Kosak [Hearthstone] - YouTube. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-21.
  2. Mike Donais on reddit. (2017-07-20). Retrieved on 2017-07-21.
  3. Hearthstone: Announcing the Knights of the Frozen Throne. (2017-06-07). Retrieved on 2017-07-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 FardHast (2017-07-07). Mike Donais on Deathstalker Rexxar in Trumps Chat. Retrieved on 2017-07-08.
  5. Mike Donais on reddit. (2017-07-22). Retrieved on 2017-07-22.
  6. Puffin on reddit. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  7. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-07-07). 
  8. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-07-07). 
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  11. Puffin on reddit. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  12. Mike Donais on reddit. (2017-07-20). Retrieved on 2017-07-21.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ozzie Mejia (2017-07-20). Hearthstone designers talk Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hero Cards, Rogue, and more | Shacknews. Retrieved on 2017-07-21.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Zeriyah (2017-11-10). Upcoming Arena Changes - 11/14/2017. Retrieved on 2017-11-23.
  15. Mike Donais on reddit. (2018-03-13). Retrieved on 2018-07-23.
  16. Card Reveal Livestream - The Boomsday Project (49:03). (2018-07-23). YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-07-23.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Cam Shea (2019-02-04). Hearthstone's Peter Whalen on Designing Zul'jin and Moving Away From Infinite Late Game Value. IGN. Retrieved on 2019-02-05.
  18. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-07-07). 
  19. Puffin on reddit. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  20. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-07-07). 
  21. Puffin on reddit. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-26.