Q: How many cards are available in the game?
A: There are over 300 cards in Hearthstone. Some cards are granted as you unlock and level up your heroes, some are earned from completing hidden quests, and others are found inside card packs that can be purchased with gold earned through completing quests or participating in the Arena. We plan to introduce additional cards over time.
Q: Can I trade cards to other players or sell cards for real cash?
A: No, Hearthstone is not designed to support these types of transactions. The crafting system gives players a way to easily and quickly disenchant cards they don’t want—and create the cards they do want—without the complexities of a trading system.
Q: Can players choose to battle against their friends in addition to taking part in match-made duels?
A: Of course! You will be able to play against your friends via your Battle.net friends list.
THE LAUNCH DETAILS (SO FAR)
Q: When will Hearthstone be released?
A: We are aiming to have Hearthstone in everyone’s hands this year, but we’re going to take as much time as necessary to make sure Hearthstone is as fun and polished as possible.
Q: How do I get Hearthstone?
A: Once the game is live, you’ll be able to download it free directly from Blizzard. We’ll provide further details, including how to purchase card packs, as we get closer to launch.
Q: What ages are appropriate?
A: Hearthstone has not yet received its final rating.
Q: On which platforms will Hearthstone be available?
A: Hearthstone will initially be available for Windows® and Macintosh®, with a version for iPad coming later.
Q: Where will Hearthstone be available?
A: Our goal is to make Hearthstone available in the same regions where World of Warcraft is supported, but we don’t have details to share just yet.
Q: When will the iPad version be available?
A: Hearthstone will be available in the App Store as soon as possible after its release for Windows and Macintosh.
Q: Will Hearthstone be localized? Which languages will it be available in?
A: We’re planning to localize Hearthstone in the same languages as World of Warcraft wherever possible. We’ll provide the final language list as soon as we can.
Q: I play World of Warcraft, too! Can I earn anything for my WoW characters by playing Hearthstone?
A: We’re looking into a few possibilities and hope to have more details to share in the future.
Q: How do Hearthstone and World of Warcraft relate to each other?
A: Both games take place in the Warcraft universe, and World of Warcraft players will recognize a lot of aspects of Azeroth in Hearthstone. That said, you don’t need to know anything about World of Warcraft to have loads of fun in Hearthstone.
THE GAME MECHANICS
Q: What makes Hearthstone different from other card games?
A: We’ve designed Hearthstone to be easy to learn so that anyone can get into it—but it’s also deep enough that even the most elite duelists will find it a challenge to master. Hearthstone is designed around short, action-packed duels that generally take 10–15 minutes to play.
Q: How many players can play in a multiplayer game?
A: More than one, but fewer than three.
Q: Which heroes are featured in Hearthstone?
A: You’ll be able to build a deck based on one of nine epic Warcraft heroes, each representing one of the original World of Warcraft classes: Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, and Warrior.
Q: Wait, what about Monk? Where’s Death Knight?!
A: The roster of heroes represents the nine classes that were available at World of Warcraft’s launch. It’s still too early to discuss our plans for heroes aside from these, though the game will continue to evolve over time. So practice patience, young monk! And death knight, you’re immortal, so you can chill for now too, right?
Q: Will additional content be available in the future?
A: We plan to add more content and additional cards as the game evolves, but we don’t have any details to share just yet. Right now, our focus is making sure the game is as fun and polished as possible right out of the gate.
Q: How does Practice mode work?
A: In the game’s Practice mode, you play against a computer-controlled hero of any class at one of two different difficulty levels. Challenging that hero will unlock it for play and expand the types of cards you’re able to add to your collection. Players will earn a fledgling Mage deck just by launching the game, but that’s only the beginning of the journey. . . .
Q: Can I create new decks or modify my current deck?
A: Absolutely! Customizing the perfect deck to suit your play style or to counter a rival is a huge part of Hearthstone. As your card collection grows, the in-game Collection Manager will help you create, save, and edit multiple decks for whatever situation or play style you can think of.
Q: What if I’m new at deck-building and need some help?
A: We want anyone to be able to get into Hearthstone and build a deck without having to understand all the nuances of deck building. To that end, we’re developing a feature that will examine your deck and card collection and provide suggestions for what you should add. You’ll be provided with brief reasoning behind these recommendations so that you can learn a little more about how to build a great deck.
Q: What comes in a card pack?
A: Each pack comes with five cards. Your chance to receive a particular card depends on its rarity: common (white), rare (blue), epic (purple), or legendary (orange). You’re guaranteed to receive at least one rare or better card per pack. Each card in the pack also has a chance to upgrade to a “Golden” version of the same card.
Q: What is a Golden card?
A: All cards found in a card pack have a chance to be upgraded to a Golden card when the pack is opened. This upgrade will affect the appearance of the card but not its power. Cards can also be crafted into their Golden version and acquired while leveling.
Q: Does Hearthstone support asynchronous play?
A: Hearthstone is designed to be a fast-paced experience. That being said, we recognize that players may want to play the game in short bursts with their friends over a longer period of time, so we’re looking into the possibility of supporting asynchronous play.
Q: How does The Arena work?
A: You’ll be able to purchase entry into the Arena with either gold or real money. Once you’re in, you will build a special Arena deck, choosing one card at a time from a series of card options until you have a full deck of 30. You’ll then duel with that deck against other Arena participants until you win or lose a specific number of matches. At the end, you will open a chest of loot based on how you did that can contain a variety of rewards like gold, card packs, and more!
Q: How do I disenchant and craft cards?
A: Expert cards can be “disenchanted”—giving the player a resource called Arcane Dust but destroying the card in the process. Once a player collects enough dust, they can use it to create any card in the game, including Golden cards, permanently adding that card to the player’s collection. The amount of Arcane Dust received and/or the cost of the card created depends on the card’s rarity (common, rare, epic, or legendary).
Only expert cards—that is, cards that come in card packs or are earned through playing in the Arena—can be disenchanted. Basic cards (i.e., cards with no rarity indicator) cannot be disenchanted.
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