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Jul 11, 2014Posted in: The Arena
What is Arena?
Arena is a fun, yet challenging game mode that gives you an opportunity to improve your playing skills and earn some serious rewards. You select the class you want to play from a choice of three randomized Heroes, then select cards to compile your deck, also from 3 randomized choices, until you have 30 cards. After your deck is complete, you will play against other players with the same or similar win/loss record until you have either lost 3 games or won 12, whichever comes first. The entry fee for the Arena is 150 gold or $1.99 USD (€1.99 EUR, £1.99 GBP or R$4.50 BRL). Check out the video below to see more details about the Arena game mode.
What kind of rewards can I earn?
For competing in the Arena you can earn Gold, Arcane Dust, regular or golden cards, and packs of cards. Regardless of your final score you will always be awarded at least 1 pack of cards from the current expansion. If you'd like to see a complete list of possible rewards you can view them HERE.
How do I get started?
If you are playing on a new account you will need to unlock ALL 9 classes before you are eligible to enter the Arena. You can go to Solo Adventures > Practice Mode to defeat each hero at least once in order to unlock them. After you unlock all the classes your first entry fee into the Arena will be free, as part of a one-time promotion.
Which class should I choose to play?
Ideally, you should play the class that you are most comfortable with, but your favorite hero may not be one of your choices. If you want to know how each class is currently rated you should check out the stats on HSReplay. Currently the top 4 classes according to win rates are Rogue, Warlock, Druid, and Paladin (in that order). You can find more detailed discussion on who the players think are the best classes on the tier lists HERE.
What is a mana curve?
A mana curve is a graphical representation of the card distribution for the deck that you've drafted. You will be able to see this during your actual draft, so you can more effectively plan which cards to pick based on the type of deck you're trying to build (i.e. Aggro, Midrange, Control, etc.) and how many cards you've already selected for a particular slot. You can learn more about the mana curve from the article found HERE.
How do I know which cards to pick?
These decisions are always up for a lot of debate, but the most important things to consider are value, cost, and effect. You should give preference to solid 2-drops, cards that offer removal, and cards that include the Discover mechanic or draw effects. Below is a current list of cards that are potent enough on their own that they should always be on the forefront of your decision-making. I've only included five cards from each class and omitted any Legendaries, so it will not include absolutely everything that should be given consideration. When viewing this list keep in mind there will always be exceptions, but it's a good reference point. You can also find a detailed tier list put together by HearthArena, right HERE. They also have a handy tool that creates an overlay on your screen and will give you draft advice in real time. You can download the HearthArena Companion App (Overwolf) for free right HERE.
Neutral: Bog Creeper, Primordial Drake, Tar Creeper, Bonemare, and Cobalt Scalebane.
Druid: Swipe, Druid of the Claw, Wrath, Shellshifter, and Spreading Plague.
Hunter: Kill Command, Savannah Highmane, Alleycat, Crackling Razormaw, and Bearshark.
Mage: Flamestrike, Fireball, Firelands Portal, Meteor, and Ice Walker.
Paladin: Truesilver Champion, Blessing of Kings, Aldor Peacekeeper, Vinecleaver, and Spikeridged Steed.
Priest: Holy Nova, Shifting Shade, Dragonfire Potion, Free From Amber, and Obsidian Statue.
Rogue: Assassinate, SI:7 Agent, Eviscerate, Vilespine Slayer, and Shadowblade.
Shaman: Fire Elemental, Hex, Lightning Storm, Flamewreathed Faceless, and Volcano.
Warlock: Dread Infernal, Siphon Soul, Abyssal Enforcer, Blastcrystal Potion, and Defile.
Warrior: Arcanite Reaper, Execute, Gorehowl, Brawl and Blood Razor.
I've already drafted two Eviscerate, can I draft a third one?
Absolutely! Arena does not follow the same deckbuilding rules as Constructed and you can draft multiple copies of the same card. You can even draft more than one of the same Legendary card.
I never see certain cards in Arena. Is something wrong?
There are certain cards that are not offered for Arena drafts or have a significantly lowered drop rate. You will not find any Quest or C'thun cards and several others were removed that were either too situational or negatively impacted the game. You can find a complete list of changes on the official Blizzard forum, HERE. On average your Arena drafts will be offered 60% Commons, 28% Rare, 10% Epic, and about 2% Legendary cards, with Class Minions being offered 100% more than Neutral cards and Class Spells and Weapons showing up 175% more often than Neutral cards.
Do I have to play all my games in one sitting?
No. You can take as long as you like to finish your current Arena draft. If you close the game and go back to the Arena button later you'll find your deck intact and ready for you to continue. You can also retire a deck early if you choose not to finish your games, but I don't recommend it, as you will always get less of a reward than would be possible if you played to completion.
I'm terrible! I went 0-3 on my last Arena run!
Don't beat yourself up too bad, because according to statistics found on the Hearthstone Wiki, only 50% of players will reach three wins during a run and less than 1% will actually achieve twelve wins! Even the best streamers sometimes have bad games and end up with zero wins too.
What is the program that shows your decklist on the screen, and is it legal?
There are several programs that will display your decklist for constructed or Arena play and they are perfectly legal and accepted by Blizzard for use with Hearthstone. You can download our very own Innkeeper to keep track of everything for you, or try another popular one called Hearthstone Deck Tracker.
I'm trying hard, but I really need help to get better. What can I do?
There are a LOT of things you can do to improve your gameplay and start gaining some consistency in your Arena drafts.
- Minimize distractions when you play. It's best if you can find some place quiet so it's easier to concentrate, but you definitely want to turn OFF the TV. I'm guilty of this infraction and I can attest that it's just not possible to pay attention to what's on the TV and simultaneously play your best game. Be prepared for lots of frustration if you choose to ignore this suggestion.
- Watch popular streamers to see how they draft, evaluate cards, and win in tough situations. You'll find links to some of my favorites below:
- Record your games. Being able to go back and see where you made a mistake or should have done something differently will really help to develop your evaluation skills.
- Participate in discussions here on the Arena forum. People are always willing to assist players and give suggestions when they can. You'll find that other players can be a great resource for improving.
- Take plenty of time to complete your turns. It's not a race and if you make snap decisions just to end your turn quickly you will discover that you're often making the wrong plays. Give yourself a moment to think about ALL the possible actions for your turn and you'll see your gameplay improve drastically.
- Even though it's from several years ago, Pilleri wrote an excellent Guide that still holds up pretty well today. He also put together a great resource to familiarize yourself with many of the terms you will encounter in Arena and Hearthstone in general. It can be found HERE.
Below you will find quick links for all the sources in this article.
- Blizzard Arena Forums
- Hearthpwn Arena Forums
- Hearthstone Wiki
- Pilleri's Arena Guide
- Shadybunny's Going Infinite Guide
Dec 4, 2015Posted in: Heroic Naz'jar - RNG Required
Swapped out the Mana Wyrms for Elven Archers, the Water Elementals for Stormwind Knights, and the Leper Gnomes for Echoing Oozes (since deathrattles don't trigger if she changes). Focused on immediate benefits as opposed to higher toughness since she rarely hits my minions anyway.
Jul 19, 2014Posted in: General Deck Building
I second what the above poster said, though there are a couple of really bad commons I dust when they can save me a rare and I have copies of them. Also, I recommend budgeting how much dust you need and then using a spread sheet to get that dust in a way that least hinders other mid to long term goals you have deck building wise. Also, make sure you have done all of the easy to do achievements including beating all of the hard difficulty AI opponents. Finally, design your first ladder deck to be less than 2,000 total dust, so that you have something you enjoy playing to pass the time between dailies that you can play on the ladder.
The Arena can be hit or miss. THe problem with it is that in order to do well enough at it to make a profit at it you have to be familiar with most of the cards in the game and understand the balance of the three major resources of the game. Even then it can be frustrating when someone just top decks and wins in a close match. I don't play arena often, but on average I win about 3-6 games per run. I sometimes end up at 2 or 7, but I have never made it to 12 wins. I just find arena to be to much of a grind. Constructed is a funner way, for me, to gain gold.
Jul 15, 2014Posted in: General Deck Building
At the start of the game the best way to "grind" the card u want now or will need later is the arena. start it when you have enough experience in the game (i.e. you know all the class cards and neutrals), and you will be better and better, watch stream and you will learn what to pick (for example Kripp on twitch), its not so hard to run infinite arena. And dont buy packs! arena is more fun, you will learn more and u will get cheaper packs + gold/card/dust etc.
Jul 15, 2014Posted in: General Deck Building
Once you have a decent collection you should be able to just keep playing Arena and get dust that way. You'll normally get at least 40+ dust each run because you're dusting everything you get at that point.
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