Welcome new and beginning players to Hearthstone! I know that Hearthstone might seem a bit complicated at first, but our Hearthstone Beginners Guide will help you learn the ins and outs of the game. This guide can also help you if you’re coming back to Hearthstone after a recent hiatus, or if you are an intermediate player looking to learn some things you may have missed along the way.
Hearthstone & Card Game Basics
If you’ve never played a card game, or it’s been a while this is a good place to start.
If you haven’t played Hearthstone yet then the official Hearthstone site has a pretty good rundown on how everything works.
One of the overwhelming things about coming into a new game can be some of the terms used that you may have never heard before. This list will help you get a basic understanding of the majority of these terms.
When you’re starting out it can be easy to get a bit lost, especially if this is your first card game. These tips written by our resident Legend player Stonekeep should help you get ahead!
A good skill to learn even early on is how to build your own deck. Not all the decks you build are going to be top tier, but the process will help you understand why certain cards are played in successful decks. This post also teaches you how to know which cards are good replacements for cards you might not have in meta decks.
Gaining Gold & Purchasing Cheaper Packs
A big part of starting out is compiling gold and purchasing packs. You will likely want to start with purchasing Classic Packs, they have the most bang for your buck and have a lot of cards that fit in the majority of the top decks. After that it’s generally best to start focusing on the most recent expansion.
This method can sometimes be a hassle, but if you keep an eye out for Amazon Coin promotions it will be worth your while. Amazon will run deals where they’ll kick back percentages of coins, or just flat out give you coins for purchasing certain things. Also, be aware of the coin tax if you live in the United States (certain states) or a country that has a tax on Amazon Coins purchases.
The guide above will help you understand which quests you should be trying to complete. It also directs you to places that will help you up your Arena game which is the best way to get cards and gain gold.
Free & Budget Hearthstone Decks for Beginners
Here’s a couple of posts that feature decks you can use when you are just starting out.
These are decks that cost zero dust and can be played in casual or on the ladder. Keep in mind that you are better off in Casual mode for the most part because you are paired against people more your level.
Now these decks are a bit more serious and can be used to climb higher onto the ladder. Rank 15 on the ladder is doable with these type of decks, but you’ll want to be starting to look towards the top meta decks if you want to climb further. I currently recommend going with the Aggro Pirate Warrior, as it will lead you directly to the full version of the deck which is near the top of the meta.
Hearthstone General Knowledge Guides & Tools
This section is just for a few guides and tools that can help you understand concepts that have to do with Hearthstone, but aren’t necessarily related to players just starting in Hearthstone.
Have you just opened a Legendary card and are unsure what deck it might belong in? Well, this tool will help make that search easier. Just input the Legendary you just got and it will output decks it was listed in from the last five seasons!
If you are unfamiliar with how a Standard rotation is handled then this guide will help you understand the process.
You’ll find checkboxes on pages that list multiple decks and on deck pages as well. These allow you to compare decks together and see how some players build certain archetypes compared to others. You can also go to the tool page itself and check it out as it lists a bunch of popular deck types.
When you first start out it can be pretty difficult to remember what each Secret card does. These cheat sheets should help give you an easy reminder.
Journey to Un’Goro Information
The newest expansion for Hearthstone is Journey to Un’Goro, and with it comes some new mechanics and unique effects! Check out some of the guides below to get a handle on what’s new.
One of the new mechanics coming in Un’Goro is Adapt! You’ll be given three randomly chosen options from a pool of ten which will buff your minion(s)!
The second big addition coming to Hearthstone is the Quest mechanic. Once you play the Quest, it requires you to fulfill a unique set of circumstances that will give you a big reward!