Hearthstone Secret Cheat Sheets (Standard)

It can sometimes be difficult to remember exactly what condition must be met for a secret to trigger in Hearthstone. These secret cheat sheets will give you a quick way to know which secrets are possible, and what you can do to play around them.

We’ll cover the Secrets that are currently in Standard, because a) it’s a much more popular format and b) the sheer number of Secrets in Wild format makes the cheat sheet less and less usable each expansion (because your turn timer will run out by the time you look through and analyze all of them anyway).

We’ve also included a general guide on playing around Secrets from each class – what to do first, what minions you want to play or attack with etc.

Update: Rise of Shadows – June 2019

All secret cheat sheets have been updated for the recent rotation and Rise of Shadows expansion!

Hunter Secret Cheat Sheet

Hunter’s secrets can be quite powerful and take a lot of tempo away from their opponent. The easiest one to identify is Snipe. Either play a low health minion that you don’t really need (preferably one with Deathrattle), or a bigger minion that will survive the damage. Most of Hunter Secrets trigger when attacking the opponent’s Hero or minions. If your board is full of low health minions, then there’s a high chance that you face Explosive Trap. If that’s the case, try buffing them out of range or trading into minions first. Trading into minions might help you identify whether you face Freezing Trap (that’s why open attack with a minion you don’t mind having back in your hand – e.g. a cheap minion or minion with a powerful Battlecry) or Snake Trap. Freezing Trap is more likely if you have only one big minion on the board. Finally, Misdirection, while not popular, is also best triggered with a small minion. No matter what it hits (including your Hero), it won’t be a big deal. If no Secrets trigger after doing all of it, then it means that your opponent has Rat Trap – there are two ways to play the game since then. You can either limit yourself to two cards per turn (it might not be a problem in some decks), or you can trigger it and try to kill it in the same turn. Try to not trigger it until you’re ahead or want to AoE the board anyway, because otherwise the 6/6 can crush you.

Mage Secret Cheat Sheet

Mage has a wide variety of secrets that can really force their opponent into bad plays. In general, you should check for Counterspell first, since it’s the most popular one (do it by playing Coin or another cheap spell – ideally if it targets minion, then you can also play around Spellbender). If you think that your opponent might have Mirror Entity, open your turn with a small minion in case it gets copied. When attacking your opponent, lead attack with the lowest value minion, since it can die to Vaporize.

Paladin Secret Cheat Sheet

Even though Paladin Secrets are the least impactful, they can be quite difficult to identify, since they trigger under many different conditions – hitting minion, killing minion, hitting Hero, playing spell, playing minion and playing three cards in a turn. To best play around Paladin Secrets, you need to follow a few rules. When you attack into one of their minions, expect that it will survive thanks to either Autodefense Matrix or Noble Sacrifice. Before you commit and try to clear board with AoE, you might want to make sure that Never Surrender is not present. Sometimes it’s worth going for a bigger AoE just in case, for example if your opponent has only 1-2 health minions on the board, you might still want to play Flamestrike over Blizzard because of it. If you don’t want to AoE and just play another spell, do trades first so lower number of minions will get buffed in case of Never Surrender. When you pick which minion to kill, try to go for the smallest one (preferably a 1/1 Silver Hand Recruit) first in case of Redemption. Avoid killing Divine Shield or Deathrattle minions first, because they take biggest advantage of Redemption. When you play your minions – open with the lowest health one to play around Repentance. Eye for an Eye is probably the least harmless one – just remember to attack with the lowest attack minion first when you hit your opponent. It will rarely do more than 2-3 damage. And finally, just like in case of Rat Trap, if you eliminated all other Secrets, it means that it’s Hidden Wisdom. If you play 3 or more cards in a single turn, Paladin draws 2 cards. To be honest, it’s not as powerful as Rat Trap, so if you play a deck that wants to play many cards in a single turn, just do it and let them draw. However, if you can play around it, try to do it as long as possible – delaying the card draw is obviously good, because they will have less options.

38 Comments

  1. AryannaLao20
    March 27, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Looking forward to this post’s Year of the Dragon update.

  2. Timmy0001
    December 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Hi i know it just realised but when can we expect an update for the Kobold expansion i really like the visual guides and think that there are strong secrets espetially the hunter one thanks in advance.

  3. Bling
    September 18, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Will we get an update for Knights of the Frozen Throne Evident?

    • Evident - Author
      September 27, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Done, sorry about the delay!

      • Bling
        September 28, 2017 at 7:34 am

        No worries, thanks for getting around to it!

      • TwistingPlanets
        November 2, 2017 at 8:44 am

        Hurrah!

      • xperio28
        July 23, 2018 at 3:22 pm

        u have to update it again some of the cards are wild now

  4. TwistingPlanets
    April 19, 2017 at 9:41 am

    And now needs updating after Un’Goro.

    • Jimmy Pomerleau
      September 16, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      I wish someone would upgrade it for KFT/UNG

  5. Boysano
    December 23, 2016 at 1:06 am

    First thing I did is try to make it my desktop background, but the quality was not full HD – so sad.

    Please update and pop me an email, if you have the time I’d really appreciate it.

    • Evident - Author
      December 23, 2016 at 7:51 am

      I’ll see what I can do. What is your screen size?

  6. Andy Groff
    November 30, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    These are very useful. I wanted to also offer an interactive secret cheat sheet I through together last night to help me figure out the best way to test for secrets. Hopefully its useful for some people:

    http://agroff.github.io/hearthstone-secret-guesser/

    • Evident - Author
      November 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Looks pretty awesome!

    • TwistingPlanets
      April 19, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Yes, this is nice. Could use an update now as well. Definitely something I would use.

  7. Subishii
    November 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    This might be the most cordial comment section on the internet

    • Evident - Author
      November 7, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      I’m glad to hear that, I do have to moderate comments to accomplish it though!

      • Oliver Howard
        November 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        How often do you have to not approve stuff?? Or do people not bother trolling/flaming when they know it has to be approved before being posted?

        • Evident - Author
          November 28, 2016 at 3:07 pm

          Not too often, but there’s been some stuff today that I didn’t approve. I think it’s not so bad when people know it’s moderated.

  8. iGehenna
    November 19, 2015 at 7:17 am

    needs another update after LoE

  9. Martin
    November 16, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Hi,

    Menu reads “Secret Cheet Sheet”- spelling error.
    Also Paladin and hunter need to be updated after LoE.

  10. mjo2892
    September 2, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Hey just letting you know, under the “Features” tab there is a spelling error for this. It reads, “Hearthstone Secret Cheet Sheets.”

    • Evident - Author
      September 2, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Thanks for letting me know! It should be fixed now.

  11. Ridanculous
    August 30, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Needs another update after TGT. Especially with that damn Challenger.

  12. Bilk
    August 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Needs TGT update

  13. Fobos2
    August 27, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Needs an update after TGT, Btw nice work with the web 😀 gl!

  14. Ethcaria
    August 26, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Now that TGT brings more secrets to the fray, this page needs to be updated.

  15. IceKing
    August 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Needs updating after tgt released

  16. Avatarchaos
    January 9, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Great perspective. Cya in the game.

  17. Charley
    August 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Needs updating after Naxx

    • Evident - Author
      August 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Thanks for letting me know, I went ahead and updated them!

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