Explained: Hearthstone Basics

This is a general article for some basic informations you may, or may not know.

Pack Opening

  • RARE – At least 1 rare or better in each pack.
  • EPIC – Average of 1 every 5 packs.
    • Pity Timer: After 10 packs you will open a epic
  • LEGENDARY – Average of 1 every 20 packs.
    • In the first 10 packs of an expansion you are guaranteed to get one
    • Pity Timer: After 40 packs you will open a Legendary
    • You can’t get duplicates

Stats for packs

  • A pack is worth around 118 dust
  • If you open your first 100 packs of an expansion you will get
    • 75% of the collection cards in the set
    • 40% of the dust needed for a full set (270 for a full collection)
    • 95,6 new commons
    • 57,4 new rares
    • 18,1 new epics
    • 5,3 new legendaries

Packs: Beeing Lucky

  • The chances of getting a pack with any 5 legendary cards is one in a million
  • The chances of getting a pack with any 5 golden legendary cards is 1 in 3.2 billion
  • There’s a 0.04% (that is, 1 in 2,500) probability of getting 2 legendaries in a single pack
  • The probability of getting a pack with only one common card is about ~0.80%
  • There’s a 16.26% (slightly less than 1 in 6) probability of getting a pack with any golden card

Pack: Costs (Money)

With no special bundle or deal packs costs

  • 2 Packs – $2.99 (1.50 per pack)
  • 7 Packs – $9.99 (1.43 per pack)
  • 15 Packs – $19.99 (1.33 per pack)
  • 40 Packs – $49.99 (1.25 per pack)
  • 60 Packs – $69.99 (1.17 per pack)

In specials deals you often get a pack for $1 + a little bonus

Tracker

Hearthstone Collection Manager

  • By typing “extra” you will find cards you own more than the deck limit.
  • By typing “golden” you will find cards you own in golden (Note: You will also see basic golden cards, which aren’t craftable and disenchantable)
  • Card type can be found by typing the term, for example minion, spell, weapon, hero

Hall of Fame and Nerfs

  • When a card get nerfed you can dust the card for the orginal craft cost (1600 for a legendary or 400 for a golden rare as a example)
  • When a card get moved into the Hall of Fame, you automatic get the original craft costs (There is a trick to farm Dust, click here for more infos)
    • Hall of Fame normaly happens shortly before the yearly rotation

Rotation

With the first expansion of each year (april) only the new expansion, the expanions from the previous year, basic and classic cards are playable in the Standard Format.

Decks

Most (not budget) Decks costs around 8000 dust, cheap ones can be found for 4.000 and controlish Decks can easily cost more than 15.000 dust.

Expansions

Hearthstone has 3 expansions per year. Each one has 135 cards. They are released in April, August and December
Each class gets:

  • 2 Legendaries
  • 2 Epics
  • 3 Rares
  • 3 Commons

The neutral cards are:

  • 5-6 Legendaries
  • 8-9 Epics
  • 9-10 rares
  • 22 commons

Monthly Rewards

  • Rank 20-16: 1 golden common, 5 dust (+5 for each rank)
    • Dust value: 55+5 each rank
  • Rank 15-11: 1 golden rare, 1 golden common, 5 dust (+5 for each rank)
    • Dust value: 155+5 each rank
  • Rank 10-6: 1 golden rare, 2 golden common, 5 dust (+5 for each rank)
    • Dust value: 205+5 each rank
  • Rank 5-1: 1 golden epic, 2 golden common, 5 dust (+5 for each rank)
    • Dust value: 505+5 each rank
  • Legend: 1 golden epic, 3 golden common
    • Dust value: 550

Arena Rewards

  • You need 3.5 wins to not loose gold (worth equals 150 gold)
  • You need 7 wins to go infinite (get 150+ gold)
Wins Key No. Guaranteed rewards Random reward pools
Reward pool #1 Reward pool #2
0 Novice 2
  • One card pack
  • One random reward
  • 25-30 gold
  • 25-30 dust
  • 1 common card
1 Apprentice 2
  • One card pack
  • One random reward
  • 30-35 gold
  • 30-35 dust
  • 1 common card
2 Journeyman 2
  • One card pack
  • One random reward
  • 40-50 gold
  • 40-50 dust
  • 1 common card
  • 1 rare card
3 Copper 3
  • One card pack
  • 25-35 gold
  • One random reward
  • 20-25 gold
  • 10-25 dust
  • 1 rare card
4 Silver 3
  • One card pack
  • 50-60 gold
  • One random reward
  • 20-25 gold
  • 10-25 dust
  • 1 rare card
5 Gold 3
  • One card pack
  • 50-60 gold
  • One random reward
  • 45-60 gold
  • 45-60 dust
  • 1 rare card
6 Platinum 3
  • One card pack
  • 75-85 gold
  • One random reward
  • 45-60 gold
  • 45-60 dust
  • 1 rare card
7 Diamond 3
  • One card pack
  • 150-160 gold
  • One random reward
  • 20-25 gold
  • 10-25 dust
  • 1 rare card
8 Champion 4
  • One card pack
  • 150-160 gold
  • Two random rewards
  • 20-25 gold
  • 10-25 dust
  • 1 rare card
  • 35-50 gold
  • 1 epic card
  • 1 legendary card
  • 1 golden common card
  • 1 golden rare card
9 Ruby 4
  • One card pack
  • 150-160 gold
  • Two random rewards
  • 20-25 gold
  • 10-25 dust
  • 1 rare card
  • 85-125 gold
  • 1 epic card
  • 1 legendary card
  • 1 golden common card
  • 1 golden rare card
10 Frostborn 4
  • One card pack
  • 170-180 gold
  • Two random rewards
  • 65-95 gold
  • 65-95 dust
  • 1 rare card
  • 85-125 gold
  • 1 epic card
  • 1 legendary card
  • 1 golden common card
  • 1 golden rare card
11 Molten 4
  • One card pack
  • 195-205 gold
  • Two random rewards
  • 65-95 gold
  • 65-95 dust
  • 1 rare card
  • 140-180 gold
  • 1 epic card
  • 1 legendary card
  • 1 golden common card
  • 1 golden rare card
12 Lightforge
5
  • One card pack
  • 215-225 gold
  • 25-35 gold
  • Two random rewards
  • 70-100 gold
  • One pack
  • 1 golden rare card
  • 1 golden epic card
  • 1 golden legendary card
  • 140-180 gold
  • 1 epic card
  • 1 legendary card
  • 1 golden common card
  • 1 golden rare card