Tips

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Tips are offered to players on the Finding Opponent and Starting Game loading screens, prior to the beginning of each game. Tips are randomly chosen from a selection of possible tips, partly determined by the current game mode. Variants of certain tips are displayed for players when using touch-screen devices.

Default[edit]

These tips may be offered in any game mode, except Adventures, Missions, and Battlegrounds.

  • You can purchase additional packs of cards from the Shop.
  • Click on your hero while editing a deck to change your deck's name.
    • [Touch] Tap your hero while editing a deck to change your deck's name.
  • Right-click on your hero to emote.
    • [Touch] Tap your hero to emote.
  • If you need help building a deck, look at the "Suggested Cards".
  • You can tell what rarity a card is by the colored gem in the center.
  • Rarity colors, in order: White is Common, Blue is Rare, Purple is Epic and Orange is Legendary.
  • Each pack of cards has at least one rare or better card, but it could have more!
  • If you run out of quests, come back tomorrow for a new one!
  • If you win 5 Ranked games in a season, you'll earn that season's special card back.
  • Complete quests to earn Gold. Gold can be used to buy packs or enter The Arena.
  • The Arena lets you build a deck from random cards. You can also win prizes!
  • Basic cards are earned by leveling up. They cannot be disenchanted or crafted.
  • Golden cards can be disenchanted for a lot of dust.
  • You can use the Search field in your collection to find all cards with 'Taunt'.
  • Basic cards are earned by leveling up a class. Classic cards come from Classic Packs.
  • Playing against real players grants you bonus XP.
  • You can right-click your opponent to "Squelch" his emotes.
    • [Touch] You can tap your opponent's hero to "Squelch" his emotes.
  • If you win 500 games in Ranked mode with a class, you'll earn a Golden Hero.
  • You can add friends to your friends list with the button on the bottom left.
    • [Phone] You can add friends to your friends list with the button on the top left.
  • There are 25 different ranks to earn in Ranked Mode, and above those: The "Legend" rank.
  • Watch a friend play by hitting the "Eye" button in your friends list while they're in a match!
  • Play Hearthstone on the phone, tablet and computer. Use the same card collection on all three!
  • Standard uses Basic, Classic and the most recent two years of cards.
  • Click on your hero while editing a deck to swap between Standard and Wild.
    • [Touch] Tap on your hero while editing a deck to swap between Standard and Wild.
  • This is the year of the Kraken! (Each year will have a new theme)
  • When viewing your collection, click on the bottom left filter button to choose which sets are shown.
    • [Touch] When viewing your collection, tap on the bottom left filter button to choose which sets are shown.
  • Whenever a new set is released you can use its cards in both Wild and Standard.
  • Wild is exactly that, WILD! Any cards can be used!
  • In Standard, new strategies are constantly evolving.
  • New deck recipes will be released over time.
  • In Standard, the newest sets are in play so you don't have to learn all the old cards.

Practice[edit]

These tips are only offered while in Practice mode.

  • You can unlock classic heroes by defeating them in Practice Mode.
  • Practice Mode is just preparation for Play Mode!
  • Play mode will match you against someone of similar skill!
  • You can build a custom deck with your cards by visiting your Collection.
  • Each class has 5 different Basic cards you can unlock as you level up.
  • Complete quests in "Play" mode to earn Gold!
  • Attack the hero? Or the enemy minions? Answering correctly can often turn the tide of battle.
  • You'll earn more XP after level 10 by playing against real players.

Play mode[edit]

These tips are only offered while in Play mode.

  • You are being matched against a player of your skill.
  • As you win and lose games it will track your skill and match you against a fair opponent.
  • Each class has 5 different Basic cards you can unlock as you level up.
  • Complete quests to earn Gold. Gold can be used to buy packs or enter The Arena.
  • There are 25 different ranks to earn in Ranked Mode, and above those: The "Legend" rank.
  • Decks can contain two copies of each card, but only one copy of a Legendary card.
  • The Arena is a great way of earning rewards while playing in a mini competition.
  • You don’t have to play all of your Arena games at once.
  • If you achieve Rank 20 in a season, you'll earn that season's special card back.

Arena[edit]

These tips are only offered while waiting to play an Arena game.

  • Your Arena Deck will expire after you lose 3 games.
  • Your Arena prize gets better with each game you win!
  • You don’t have to play all of your Arena games at once.

Tavern Brawl[edit]

These tips are only offered while waiting to play a Tavern Brawl.

  • Each week there's a crazy new way to play in Tavern Brawl!
  • We need a couple days to clean up the mess after a Brawl ends, so if you can't get in, check back soon!
  • Win a classic pack for your first Tavern Brawl win each week during the launch celebration!
  • Winning multiple games in Tavern Brawl doesn't award additional packs – it's just for fun!
  • Some weeks you'll be provided a deck, and sometimes you'll need to create one. You never know!
  • Some Tavern Brawls might come back again in the future.
  • You can challenge a friend to a Brawl if you challenge them while you're on the Tavern Brawl screen.
  • You can complete your daily quests while in a Tavern Brawl!
  • For every three games you win in Tavern Brawl, you'll earn 10 gold, just like in "Play" mode.

Adventures[edit]

These tips are only offered during an Adventure.

  • You'll need to build a custom deck to defeat the most difficult bosses.
  • Don't let tough bosses get you down. Build a custom deck to crush them.
  • If you lose to a boss, you may want to modify your deck.
  • Be prepared! Build a deck to counter the boss you're going to challenge.

Missions[edit]

These tips are only offered during their related Mission.

Dungeon Run[edit]

These tips are only offered during Dungeon Run.

  • Encounters get more difficult as you delve deeper into the dungeon.
  • There are five notorious final bosses at the bottom of the dungeon.
  • You'll never know what boss is around the corner. Build a mighty deck!
  • Certain encounters are very rare... and might offer bonus loot!
  • You'll "never" assemble the legendary sword of Quel'delar. Nope.
  • "Passive" treasures are always in effect and impact your whole run.
  • Tailor your deck around the treasures you find to maximize their impact!
  • The nine classes all have different loot options to tackle the dungeon.
  • Defeat the whole dungeon with all nine classes to unlock a unique card back!
  • The Amulet of Domination adds minions to your deck. Use it wisely!
  • When all else fails... there's always the Rod of Roasting.

Monster Hunt[edit]

These tips are only offered during Monster Hunt.

  • Encounters get more difficult as you delve deeper into the Witchwood.
  • Each monster hunter has his or her own personal nemesis.
  • You'll never know what monster is around the corner. Build a mighty deck!
  • Certain monsters drop unique treasures when you defeat them.
  • You'll never assemble the legendary sword of Quel'delar. Not here, at least.
  • "Passive" treasures are always in effect and impact your whole run.
  • Tailor your deck around the treasures you find to maximize their impact!
  • The four monster hunters each have their own approaches to the Witchwood.
  • Where is Hagatha? All four monster hunters must work together to find her!
  • There are more than 40 different monster encounters in the Witchwood.
  • When all else fails... there's always the Ricochet Shot.

Puzzle Lab[edit]

These tips are only offered during Puzzle Lab.

  • Puzzles reset quickly. Don't be afraid to play around and experiment!
  • Not every card is used in every solution.
  • Don't give up. Look for unusual card interactions.
  • Sometimes the order in which you play cards dramatically alters the outcome.
  • Don't be afraid to do bad things to your own minions. Dr. Boom would approve.
  • Some cards are exclusive to the Boomsday Project puzzles.
  • "Mirror" puzzles look for an exact match top to bottom - including health!
  • You can do it. Dr. Boom believes in you! (But if you fail you will be liquidated.)
  • Complete each wing to unlock the challenging Dr. Boom puzzles!
  • Warning: Boom Bots may explode. Actually, most of the stuff here does.

Rumble Run[edit]

These tips are only offered during Rumble Run.

  • The champions you face will grow progressively more difficult.
  • Get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the other champions!
  • Pay attention to your shrine. Your power is diminished without it.
  • Some teammates will start in your hand at the beginning of the game.
  • Play defensively when your shrine is dormant. Bide your time.
  • Your enemy is weak without his or her shrine. Make it a target!
  • Each team has three unique shrines and six unique teammates.
  • Build a flexible deck! Depending on a single strategy might backfire.
  • Pick teammates that synergize with your shrine… or offset its weaknesses!
  • If you’re defeated in battle, you’ll have to start all over again.

The Dalaran Heist[edit]

These tips are only offered during The Dalaran Heist.

  • This time, YOU are the bad guy! Create unfair combos and evil decks.
  • Complete objectives to unlock additional hero powers for characters.
  • Defeating encounters will unlock new starting deck options.
  • Want an unpredictable run? Enable Anomaly Mode!
  • Encounters will grow more difficult as you move through the city.
  • Each chapter has a unique Twist, such as crowded streets or extra bosses.
  • Build a flexible deck – different encounters require different strategies.
  • Once unlocked, any hero can be used in any chapter.
  • Some heroes take better advantage of each chapter’s unique Twist.
  • Once defeated, you’ll have to start your run all over again.
  • "Passive" treasures are always in effect and impact your whole run.
  • Tailor your deck around the treasures you find for maximum impact!
  • When all else fails… You can always rely on the Fly-By.
  • Defeat all five chapters to earn a card back.
  • Unlock all five chapters to gain access to Anomaly Mode.
  • Heroic Mode is for master criminals. All the encounters are more difficult!
  • Non-Combat encounters allow you to tinker with your deck in the middle of a run.
  • The League of E.V.I.L. does NOT tolerate FAILURE! But you can always try again.
  • The Kirin Tor are an elite group of the most powerful mages in the world.
  • The League of E.V.I.L. has gathered together miscreants from all of Azeroth.
  • Adventurers and townspeople in Dalaran will try to thwart your schemes!

Battlegrounds[edit]

These tips are only offered while starting a Battlegrounds game.

  • When you get a triple, you also discover a minion of your Tavern Tier +1.
  • Minions will attack from left to right with random targets, unless an enemy minion has taunt.
  • Shifter Zerus can transform into a minion of any Tavern Tier!
  • When you win, your hero and minions deal damage equal to their Tavern Tier.
  • The cost to upgrade your Tavern decreases by 1 each turn.
  • There are only seven copies of the Tier 6 minions. When bought, they are gone for everyone!
  • Freeze minions to buy them next turn, or do it again to unfreeze them.
  • Three golden minions do not combine into a bigger Triple.
  • You can see your next opponent indented on the scoreboard. Prepare yourself.
  • When an odd number of players remain, Kel'Thuzad will resurrect the minions of a fallen opponent and join the battle.
  • Win streaks are shown on the scoreboard with an "On Fire" symbol.
  • Only buffs that happen in the Tavern are permanent. Combat buffs go away after fighting.
  • If your opponents purchase many copies of one minion, you will see less of it.
  • If a minion is sold, it returns to the pool, so you will see it again more often.
  • If you spend all your gold increasing your Tavern Tier, your warband will fall behind, and you may lose.
  • If you never increase your Tavern Tier, your warband will fall behind, and you may lose.
  • Murlocs are stronger in the early game, while Mechs are stronger in the late game.
  • If you have 1 gold left over, refresh the Tavern – if you see a minion you like, freeze it for the next turn.
  • With 8 players, being in the Top 4 is a win! First place gets you the Crown!
  • All players recruit minions from the same shared pool.
  • When you wipe out an opponent, their minions go back into the pool.

Removed tips[edit]

Quest Log[edit]

Previously offered through the Quest Log, these tips were removed with Patch 2.7.

  • Unlock Other Heroes in Practice Mode – Defeat an AI to unlock it!
  • You can earn additional basic cards for a class by playing games as that class.
  • Try heading over to play mode, you can earn Classic card packs by playing!
  • There are still Expert AIs that you can test your skill against!
  • There are still more packs to earn in play mode!
  • Check out the quests for stuff you can complete.
  • Give The Arena a try, craft a deck on the fly and then do battle with it!

Trivia[edit]

The currently unused tip "DEFAULT_zz_unused" states: "You can still play against your friends while they are offline!" This tip is a remnant from the game's alpha, and does not refer to any known game feature.

Patch changes[edit]

  • Ashes of Outland logo.pngPatch 17.0.0.44222 (2020-03-26): "If you achieve Rank 20 in a season, you'll earn that season's special card back." replaced with "If you win 5 Ranked games in a season, you'll earn that season's special card back."
  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch 5.0.0.12574 (2016-04-24): Several new default tips added, mostly involving game formats:
    • Standard uses Basic, Classic and the most recent two years of cards.
    • Click on your hero while editing a deck to swap between Standard and Wild.
      • [Touch] Tap on your hero while editing a deck to swap between Standard and Wild.
    • This is the year of the Kraken! (Each year will have a new theme)
    • When viewing your collection, click on the bottom left filter button to choose which sets are shown.
      • [Touch] When viewing your collection, tap on the bottom left filter button to choose which sets are shown.
    • Whenever a new set is released you can use its cards in both Wild and Standard.
    • Wild is exactly that, WILD! Any cards can be used!
    • In Standard, new strategies are constantly evolving.
    • New deck recipes will be released over time.
    • In Standard, the newest sets are in play so you don't have to learn all the old cards.
  • The Grand Tournament logo.png Patch 3.0.0.9786 (2015-08-18): Changed: "If you win 500 games in Ranked mode with a class, you'll earn its a Golden classic hero Hero."
  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch 2.8.0.9554 (2015-07-29): Tavern Brawls tips added, currently featuring 9 tips.
  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch 2.7.0.9166 (2015-06-15):
    • Quest Log tips have been removed.
    • A new default tip has been added: "Play Hearthstone on the phone, tablet and computer. Use the same card collection on all three!""
    • A new phone-only version of a default tip has been added: "You can add friends to your friends list with the button on the top left."
    • Two tips have been changed:
      • "If you win 500 games in Ranked mode with a class, you'll earn the its Golden Hero for that class.classic hero."
      • "You can unlock classic heroes by defeating them in Practice Mode.
  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch 2.4.0.8311 (2015-03-31):
    • A new default tip was added: "Watch a friend play by hitting the "Eye" button in your friends list while they're in a match!"
    • The default tip "If you run out of quests, you can come back tomorrow for a new one." was changed to "If you run out of quests, come back tomorrow for a new one!"
    • Three of the four adventure tips were altered slightly, mostly in order to allow them to be used for Blackrock Mountain as well as Curse of Naxxramas:
      • You'll need to build a custom deck to defeat the most difficult bosses in Naxxramas.
      • Don't let Naxxramas tough bosses get you down. Build a custom deck to crush them.
      • If you lose to a boss, you may want to tweak modify your deck.
  • Goblins vs Gnomes logo.png Patch 2.0.0.7234 (2014-12-04): Several tips mentioning card packs have been altered to reflect the renaming of the Expert set to "Classic".
    • "Try heading over to play mode, you can earn expert Classic card packs by playing!"
    • "Basic cards are earned by leveling up a class. Expert Classic cards come from Expert Classic Packs."
    • "Each pack of Expert cards has at least one rare or better card, but it could have more!"
    • "You can purchase additional Packs packs of Expert cards from the shop."
  • Curse of Naxxramas logo.png Patch 1.1.0.6024 (2014-07-22):
    • Four tips have been added for the Curse of Naxxramas adventure.
    • One default tip has been altered: "You can [right-click on/tap] your opponent's hero to "Squelch" his emotes."
  • Patch 1.0.0.4944 (2014-03-11):
    • Several variants of existing tips have been added for players using touch-screen devices.
    • "If you play Ranked games, you will get a medal that shows off your skill." has been replaced with "If you achieve Rank 20 in a season, you'll earn that season's special card back."
    • "The medals are Apprentice, Journeyman, Copper, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Master." has been replaced with "There are 25 different ranks to earn in Ranked Mode, and above those: The "Legend" rank." and is now also a default tip.
    • "You can right-click your opponent to "Squelch" his emotes." has been replaced with "You can right-click on your opponent's hero to "Squelch" his emotes."
    • Two new default tips added:
      • "If you win 500 games in Ranked mode with a class, you'll earn the Golden Hero for that class."
      • "You can add friends to your friends list with the button on the bottom left."
  • Patch 1.0.0.4217 (2013-12-10): Minor changes; the Store is now called the Shop, and Ranked medals have changed.