Hearthstone Card Backs List and How-To Unlock Them

What is a Card Back?

A card back is the art on the back of your cards. It is viewed in game by you and your opponent, when you open a pack, and when you view your cards in the my collection viewer.

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How Do I Use Card Backs?

At the Hearthstone menu, click on My Collection and on the top right (to the left of “My Decks”) look for a card icon. Click on it and select a card back and make it a favorite. Favoriting a card back will make it the default card back for all of your decks. To select a specific card back for a particular deck, select the deck you want in the My Collection area. Click on the card icon and select your card back.

How do I Earn Card Backs?

Some card backs can be obtained by ranking passed rank 20 in each play season. The card back is received at the END of the season, which is at the end of the month. You’ll know a season is coming to an end when you start receiving pop ups indicating how many days are left in that play season.

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You can earn a card back by obtaining a legendary rank during a constructed season. This card back is instantly obtained once you rank to legendary.

The last way you can earn a card back is by completing the Fireside Friends quest.

Card Backs List and Availability

Classic

Fireside

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Fireside Friends Card Back Notes

  • The “Fireside Friends” card back is earned by completing the Fireside Friends Quest. To complete the quest, you need to be on a subnet (network) with at least THREE other people that are logged into Hearthstone. You must then play one of those connected people at least three times and you’ll receive the card back.
  • This card back is available for a LIMITED TIME! If you want it then time is of the essence, it was released Saturday, April 26th 2014 and the end date has not been announced.
  • You can play the same person three times as long as there are three players (including yourself) logged into the same subnet.
  • Winning or losing does not matter.
  • I obtained my Fireside card back by playing with people on my home network and instantly conceding three times.
  • There are Fireside Events you can attend that are really what this card back is all about! Find out more about them here: Fireside Gatherings.
  • If you’re really desperate you can use other methods to obtain the card back which are explained here: Reddit

Legend

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Legendary Card Back

Here’s the one that every ranked player aspires to receive! This card back is gained by obtaining a legendary rank during a ranked play season.

How-to Get Legendary Rank

Well, there’s no fool-proof method to obtain legendary rank. What I will say is that it takes the following: Time, Skill, Luck, and Patience.

You’ll have to get through these ranks:

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Each of these ranks has a certain amount of stars you must obtain via wins to move down in rank. 25 – 21 require 2 stars, 20 – 16 require 3 stars, 15 – 11 require 4 stars, and 10 – 1 require 5 stars. Above rank 21 you cannot lose stars, but after that you can lose stars and go back in rank. Once you’ve passed rank 20, you can no longer move back passed rank 20. If you’re a solid player, you will undoubtedly start to string wins together which allows you to gain a win streak bonus. After winning your third game in a row you will receive one extra bonus star for every win up until rank 5. Once you hit rank 5, you stop receiving a bonus for three straight wins. This makes the ranking process a lot more difficult and you tend to bounce around back and forth between ranks based on your skill level and luck.

The best strategy is to use an Aggro style deck until rank 5. This allows you more consistent wins against a lot of different decks. Once you hit rank 5 the decks start to become more predictable and the importance is on learning what each opponent is playing and how to mulligan. You should stick to the same deck so you learn all of the match-ups and how to mulligan in every match. After that it’s about remaining consistent and getting a bit of luck in what opponents you match up against.

Ranked Play Season Card Backs

This card back is fairly easy to obtain! All you need to do is hit rank 20 during this ranked play season. Seasons are as of now, one month long and each season has a new card back. This may be your one and only chance to get this card back, so if you fancy yourself a collector you’ll want to make sure you obtain at least a rank of 20 every season! Keep in mind you receive the card back at the END of the season.

Sunwell

Un’Goro Mystery

Coming Soon
Season 38 (May 2017)
Available
Season 37 (April 2017)

Year of the Kraken

Kabal

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Unavailable
Season 36 (March 2017)
Unavailable
Season 35 (February 2017)

Grimy Goons

Jade Lotus

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Unavailable
Season 34 (January 2017)
Unavailable
Season 33 (December 2016)

Halfhill

Pie

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Unavailable
Season 32 (November 2016)
Unavailable
Season 31 (October 2016)

Legion

Medivh’s Invitation

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Unavailable
Season 30 (September 2016)
Unavailable
Season 29 (August 2016)

Tinyfin Beach

Zul’Drak

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Unavailable
Season 28 (July 2016)
Unavailable
Season 27 (June 2016)

Shadowmoon Valley

Clutch of Yogg-Saron

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Unavailable
Season 26 (May 2016)
Unavailable
Season 25 (April 2016)

Hogger

Thunder Bluff

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Unavailable
Season 24 (March 2016)
Unavailable
Season 23 (February 2016)

Love is in the Air

Thrall

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Unavailable
Season 22 (January 2016)
Unavailable
Season 21 (December 2015)

Explorer’s Map

Highmaul

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Unavailable
Season 20 (November 2015)
Unavailable
Season 19 (October 2015)

Exodar

Tournament Grounds

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Unavailable
Season 18 (September 2015)
Unavailable
Season 17 (August 2015)

Darkspear

Darnassus

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Unavailable
Season 16 (July 2015)
Unavailable
Season 15 (June 2015)

Ninja

Cupcake

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Unavailable
Season 14 (May 2015)
Unavailable
Season 13 (April 2015)

Raging Ragnaros

Lunar

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Unavailable
Season 12 (March 2015)
Unavailable
Season 11 (February 2015)

Maraad

Gnome

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Unavailable
Season 10 (January 2015)
Unavailable
Season 9 (December 2014)

Goblin

Hallow’s End

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Unavailable
Season 8 (November 2014)
Unavailable
Season 7 (October 2014)

Plunderin’ Pirates

Icecrown

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Unavailable
Season 6 (September 2014)
Unavailable
Season 5 (August 2014)

Naxxramas

Rainbow!

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Unavailable
Season 4 (July 2014)
Unavailable
Season 3 (June 2014)

Black Temple

Pandaren

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Unavailable
Season 2 (May 2014)
Unavailable
Season 1 (April 2014)

Alternate Hero Card Backs

When you purchase a new Alternate Hero Skin you receive a card back! Each alternate hero costs $9.99 USD ($12.99 AUD).

Tyrande Whisperwind

Alleria Windrunner

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Unavailable Available

Magni Bronzebeard

Medivh

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Available Available

Expansion/Adventure Pre-Orders

Fossil

Unavailable
Journey to Un’Goro Pre-Purchase

Karazhan Nights

Eyes of C’Thun

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Unavailable
One Night in Karazhan Pre-Purchase
Unavailable
Whispers of the Old Gods Pre-Purchase

The Grand Tournament

Molten Core

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Unavailable
The Grand Tournament Pre-Purchase
Unavailable
Blackrock Mountain Pre-Purchase

Heroic Adventure Rewards

Heroic One Night in Karazhan

Heroic League of Explorers

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Available
Complete One Night in Karazhan on Heroic Difficulty
Available
Complete League of Explorers on Heroic Difficulty

Heroic Blackrock Mountain

Heroic Naxxramas

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Available
Complete Blackrock Mountain on Heroic Difficulty
Available
Complete Curse of Naxxramas on Heroic Difficulty

Holiday/Promotions/Misc

Secret Level

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Unavailable
The Dark Wanderer Brawl

Winter Veil Wreath

Galaxy Gifts

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Unavailable
Feast of Winter Veil Tavern Brawl, 2015
Available
Samsung Galaxy Gifts Promotion

Hearthstone eSports

HCT Championships 2017

Dalaran Flame – TeSPA

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Available
Attend an HCT Championship Event
Available
Be a Member of TeSPA

TeSPA

Here are the requirements for obtaining the TeSPA card back:

We’re sure many of you are chomping at the bit to see this card back in your repertoire, so to get started, there’s just a few quick things to mention:

  • The reward will be available to active members of TeSPA Local Chapters
  • This card back is available to TeSPA members belonging to chapters with at least 25 members
  • Official members will be able to claim this reward in “My TeSPA”, our dashboard for Local Chapters
  • This reward becomes available Fall 2014

Source

The TeSPA card back is redeemed using a key. This has lead certain individuals to sell the key for profit. A few popular streamers have received keys from their fans.

Power Core

Golden Celebration

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Available
Attend an Approved eSports Event
Available
China & HCT

Golden Celebration

The Golden Celebration card back was originally only available in the China Hearthstone Region. It is now a reward for paticipating in Hearthstone Championship Tour events.

Collector’s Editions/Other Blizzard Games

Overwatch

Legacy of the Void

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Available
Purchase Overwatch’s “Origins Edition”
Available
Purchase Legacy of the Void Deluxe Edition

Hero of the Storm

Warlords of Draenor

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Available
Hit Level 12 in Heroes of the Storm
Available (Maybe)
Purchase Collector’s Edition of Warlords of Draenor

BlizzCon Card Backs

BlizzCon 2016

Unavailable
Attend or Purchase a Virtual Ticket to BlizzCon

BlizzCon 2015

BlizzCon 2014

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Unavailable
Attend or Purchase a Virtual Ticket to BlizzCon
Unavailable
Attend or Purchase a Virtual Ticket of BlizzCon
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