Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is the latest video game from Blizzard Entertainment. Hearthstone is a digital CCG (Collectible Card Game) in which you play as one of nine heroes from the Warcraft universe and battle either the computer or other players using a variety of different cards to your advantage.
There is a lot of strategy involved in Hearthstone and a lot to learn. In this guide, I will share a few tips and tricks and help teach you everything you need to know to get started with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
When you first play Hearthstone, you will be taken through a short but informative tutorial that will teach you many of the basics you need to know. You will start off playing as Jaina Proudmoore and the tutorial will teach you things such as how minions work, taunts, mana crystals, hero powers, and more.
Once you have finished the tutorial you will have a good understanding of how to play the game, but there is still plenty left to learn.
Practice against the computer
After you have finished the tutorial, you will want to get some practice in and get used to playing real games against an opponent. This is where practice mode comes into play.
In practice mode, you will play against one of the nine computer-controlled heroes. You will start off playing against them on normal but once you’ve beaten them all a harder difficulty will unlock.
You will still only be able to play as Jaina for now, but after you have beaten one of the computer-controlled heroes, you can then play as that hero.
Not only is it important to play in practice mode to help hone your skills but you also need to play it if you want to unlock any heroes besides Jaina.
Leveling your hero
Each hero starts at level one and gains experience and new levels ad you play as them in either practice mode or online. Leveling your character is important as it unlocks cards for you to use as that hero. One you hit level ten with a hero you will unlock all the basic cards for that hero, so it is worth it to level your main hero to at least ten before playing online against other people.
Every day you will get a new quest to complete. These are usually very easy to do and will range from quests such as winning three games as the Paladin hero to winning five games as any hero. There are several different daily quests and they are randomized for everyone each day.
Completing the daily quests isn’t required but it is a good idea as they can reward you with gold to spend on more packs of cards.
The Arena game mode is similar to a “Draft” in physical trading card games. You will be given a choice between three different heroes and a bunch of random cards in which to build a deck with.
Once you have selected your hero and built your deck you will play against real life players online. You can keep playing until you hit either nine wins or three losses. The more wins you get in arena the better reward you will get.
The rewards range from in-game gold, to packs of cards, to dust used for crafting cards.
The cost to enter the Arena is currently $1.99 or 150 in-game gold.
You should now have a good grasp of the basics of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. There is still a lot more you can learn, such as deck building and various strategies for different heroes. A lot of this you will learn as you play, so as long as you keep practicing you will eventually get the hang of it all.