Hero card

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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. However, the player's current and maximum Health remains the same.

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 unique emotes.[3][4][5]
  • If a player plays a hero card from a different class, the new class the hero card belongs to will replace the 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 will not be included in Arena picks.[14] However, they can still appear in Arena games through random effects.
  • While your hero is Frozen, if you play a Hero card, your new hero will be thawed out. This also works with triggering Majordomo Executus's Deathrattle and playing Lord Jaraxxus.

Hero cards[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
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…"
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."
Dr. Boom, Mad Genius Legendary Hero card Warrior 7
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?"
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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 12 cards
Bloodreaver Gul'dan(62934).png
Deathstalker Rexxar(58724).png
Dr. Boom, Mad Genius(89827).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png
Hagatha the Witch(89355).png
Malfurion the Pestilent(62904).png
Scourgelord Garrosh(62927).png
Shadowreaper Anduin(62889).png
Thrall, Deathseer(62861).png
Uther of the Ebon Blade(62906).png
Valeera the Hollow(62876).png

Generated Hero Powers[edit | edit source]

Siphon Life(62935).png
Big Red Button(89828).png
Icy Touch(62843).png
Plague Lord(62908).png
Transmute Spirit(62862).png
The Four Horsemen(62913).png
Death's Shadow(62877).png
Berserker Throw(90249).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 each new set normally only featuring a hero card for a single class. 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]
  • 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.[17][18]
  • The Knights of the Frozen Throne death knight hero cards were originally available in the Arena,[13][19][20] 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 restricted to classes and only to Legendary rarity.

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 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). 
  9. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-07-07). 
  10. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-07-07). 
  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. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-07-07). 
  18. Puffin on reddit. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  19. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2017-07-07). 
  20. Puffin on reddit. (2017-07-08). Retrieved on 2017-07-26.