What Is Hearthstone?

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What is Hearthstone?

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Hearthstone, originally known as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, is a free-to-play online collectible card video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Hearthstone is a fast-paced strategy card game that's easy to learn and apparently very fun. You start with a free game and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of strategy.

What are Hearthstone Cards?

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Every Hearthstone card is part of a set. Cards are the basic pieces that make up the game of Hearthstone. Each card represents an action that the player can take by playing that card.

You can complete the Basic Set simply by playing the game, but to get cards from the other sets you’ll have to either spend some gold or real money. Card Expansions add new types of packs for you to buy; Adventures let you add new card sets through unique new gameplay.

There are four main types of cards: spell cards, weapon cards, minion cards and hero cards.

Cards come from a plethora of sets, including expansions, adventures, and Tavern Brawls. Collectible Hearthstone cards are used by players to build custom decks, normally composed of 30 cards in regular play.

As of Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone features 1324 cards which can be collected by players. The game also features a myriad of special uncollectible cards, exclusive to specific boss encounters and Tavern Brawl events.

Hearthstone Cards

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All cards feature a mana cost in the top-left corner, which indicates the amount of resource (i.e. mana) that must be spent to play that card, typically ranging from 0 to 10 mana. (A few cards cost more than 10 mana, such as Molten Giant or Mountain Giant.) Each card also features a portrait, a title, and a main panel describing card text. For minion and weapon cards, the main panel text describes any special effects or abilities that the card possesses, while for spells the main panel text describes the effect of playing that card.

Additionally, minion cards feature an Attack value attribute in the bottom-left corner, and a Health value attribute in the bottom-right corner. Equipment cards similarly feature an Attack value in the bottom-left corner, with a Durability value attribute in the bottom-right corner. Hero cards lack an Attack value, and rather than Health, they have an Armor value attribute in the bottom-right corner. Spell cards feature only a mana cost attribute, with the bulk of its ability described by its card text.

Card text described in the main text panel of a card is arguably the most important feature of a card. Card text can appear on any card and can describe any number of abilities. Some abilities appear frequently on cards, and these are bold-faced as keyword abilities. Some keyword abilities worth mentioning are Battlecries, Taunts, and Deathrattles. The descriptions of these abilities can be found on their respective pages. Most, but not all, abilities can be removed, such as by using Silence effects (e.g. from Spellbreaker).