Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hero / Character Classes

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Guide

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As you begin your new game one of the elements that you must declare is the type of character you are playing - or your Hero Type - which comes in the following nine types.

To keep this educational and informative as we played the game for review and learning purposes one of the things that we did was engage other players in conversation asking for suggestions for sample decks for each of the classes - explaining that we were writing a basic guide for the game.

We include the sample decks that we were sent - and suggest that you study the makeup of each deck as well as the deck that belongs to your preferred class - because each deck actually teaches you a lot about the class and both its strengths and its weaknesses.

These are the types of decks you can expect to come up against when you play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft!

Druid: A Warrior/Priest with animistic leanings, whose idea of a good battle involves sacrifices on both sides of the field.

Sample Druid Deck
x2 Acidic Swamp Ooze
x2 Claw
x2 Dragonling Mechanic
x2 Gnomish Inventor
x2 Goldshire Footman
x2 Healing Touch
x2 Ironfur Grizzly
x2 Lord of the Arena
x2 Mark of the Wild
x2 Murloc Tidehunter
x2 Novice Engineer
x2 Raid Leader
x2 Shattered Sun Cleric
x2 Stormpike Commando
x2 Stormwind Champion

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Hunter: A minion-centric and minion-focused class, the Hunter is very good at taking low-end minions that other classes might consider inferior or a joke and transforming them in to large groups of nearly instant death. Don't discount what looks like a pack of vermin, because under the hands of the Hunter that vermin pack may be the death of you!

Sample Hunter Deck
x2 Animal Companion
x2 Bloodfen Raptor
x2 Core Hound
x2 Dire Wolf Alpha
x2 Houndmaster
x2 Ironfur Grizzly
x2 Kill Command
x2 Raid Leader
x2 Silverback Patriarch
x2 Starving Buzzard
x2 Stonetusk Boar
x2 Stormwind Champion
x2 Timberwolf
x2 Tracking
x2 Tundra Rhino

Mage: The Hero that is used to introduce the player to the game in the tutorial is a Mage, and that might explain why it is among the most popular classes... Or it could be the wicked nasty spells that the Mage can unleash? Either way the Mage is the primary magic-using hero in the game and a force to be reckoned with and feared.

Sample Mage Deck
x1 Arcane Explosion
x2 Arcane Intellect
x1 Arcane Missiles
x1 Azure Drake
x1 Blizzard
x1 Counterspell
x2 Fireball
x2 Flamestrike
x2 Frostbolt
x1 Frost Elemental
x1 Gadgetzan Auctioneer
x1 Ice Barrier
x1 Ice Lance
x1 Kirin Tor Mage
x1 Mana Addict
x1 Mana Wraith
x1 Mana Wyrm
x1 Mirror Entity
x1 Mirror Image
x2 Polymorph
x1 Ragnaros the Firelord
x1 Sorcerer’s Apprentice
x1 Vaporize
x2 Water Elemental

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Paladin: The Warrior-Priest with a touch of passive magic, the Paladin relies upon its minions and luck for the most part, their specialty being defensive strategies and attrition. The most common victory for this Hero often comes close to being a Pyrrhic one, but in the right hands the Paladin is a truly fearsome opponent.

Sample Paladin Deck
x2 Blessing of Kings
x2 Blessing of Might
x2 Consecration
x2 Darkscale Healer
x2 Frostwolf Grunt
x2 Goldshier Footman
x2 Guardian of Kings
x2 Hammer of Wrath
x2 Hand of Protection
x2 Holy Light
x2 Ironfur Grizzly
x2 Novice Engineer
x2 Shattered Sun Cleric
x2 Stormwind Champion
x2 Truesilver Champion

Priest: Another Hero who is closely patterned after its Warcraft version, the Priest is a warrior and healing mage who specializes in dishing out the damage, marshaling minions - and keeping them healthy and in the field for longer periods of time than the other classes.

Sample Priest Deck
x1 Acidic Swamp Ooze
x2 Boulderfist Ogre
x2 Chillwind Yeti
x2 Darkscale Healer
x1 Divine Spirit
x1 Gnomish Inventor
x1 Gurubashi Berserker
x2 Holy Nova
x2 Holy Smite
x2 Ironfur Grizzly
x1 Mind Control
x2 Northshire Cleric
x2 Power Word: Shield
x2 River Crocolisk
x1 Shadow Word: Death
x2 Shadow Word: Pain
x2 Shattered Sun Cleric
x1 Stormwind Champion
x1 Voodoo Doctor

Rogue: The Thief Class in the game, this Hero is the only one with access to the powerful Combo keyword - and in the right hands with a player who knows just how to leverage that, they can be a real spanker of a damage dealer! The specialty of the Rogue is to maximize the functionality of low-end weapons of all types as well as low-end minions, causing them to give their all in defense of their liege lord.

Sample Rogue Deck
x2 Assassination
x2 Backstab
x2 Darkscale Healer
x2 Deadly Poison
x2 Fan of Blades
x2 Geomancer Kobold
x2 Hidden Blade
x2 Ogre Magi
x2 Rayorfen Hunter
x2 Sap
x2 Sen'jinu Shieldmasta
x2 Shattered Sun Cleric
x2 Sprint
x2 Stormwind Champion
x2 Voodoo Doctor

Shaman: This magic-wielding Hero relies on Totems and the symbolic side of magery as its core weapons, delivering devastating nature-based spells and good physical damage rates from its summoned minions.

Sample Shaman Deck
x2 Ancestral Healing
x2 Bloodlust
x2 Fire Elemental
x2 Flametongue Totem
x2 Frost Shock
x2 Frostwolf Grunt
x2 Gnomish Inventor
x2 Hex
x2 Novice Engineer
x2 Raid Leader
x2 Razorfen Hunter
x2 Rockbiter Weapon
x2 Sen'jin Shieldmasta
x2 Stormwind Champion
x2 Windfury

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Warlock: The true strength of the Warlock class is not their magery abilities - other heroes can do that - and it is not their control over minions - other heroes do that too and most even better. No, the true strength of the Warlock is a combination of unpredictability and a willingness to exchange life force for power - and when they do it at just the right and pivotal moment, you will quickly learn why they are one of the most despised classes in the world of Warcraft.

Sample Warlock Deck
x2 Blood Imp
x2 Demonfire
x2 Doomguard
x2 Drain Life
x2 Felguard
x2 Flame Imp
x2 Hellfire
x2 Mortal Coil
x2 Power Overwhelming
x2 Shadow Bolt
x2 Shadowflame
x2 Soul Fire
x2 Succubus
x2 Voidwalker
x2 Void Terror

Warrior: The Hero that gives the game its name - slayer of Orcs across multiple realms - a leader of men and minions, this heavily armored, heavily armed fighter gives as well as it takes but more often than not is on the giving end when it comes time to battle. While this is not the hero for everyone, when the Warrior is being directed by a player who knows their business look out! Because the Warrior is in the Death Business, and Business is Good!

Sample Warrior Deck
x2 Arcanite Reaper
x2 Boulderfist Ogre
x2 Chillwind Yeti
x2 Cleave
x2 Execute
x2 Fiery War Axe
x2 Gnomish Inventor
x2 Gurubashi Berserker
x2 Heroic Strike
x2 Kor'kron Elite
x2 Rampage
x2 Sen'jin Shieldmasta
x2 Shield Block
x2 Slam
x2 Windfury Harpy

First Decks and Basic Strategies
The process of creating your first deck will be a challenging task for the new player - particularly when you don't know all of the classes or which one you prefer. Another aspect of the process is effected by the need to make do with basic cards since you do not have the luxury of a wide collection of cards or the money (Dust) to create them.

While your deck - any deck - will contain cards specific to your class, they will also contain a larger percentage of Neutral Cards - which is good for you because that describes the bulk of the basic cards! You'll want the bulk of your spread to be spent in 1 and 2 mana cards, with a few 3's and 4's thrown in.

Even if you want to spend serious money making more advanced cards available early in the process, our advice is against it - for not only will using the more basic cards teach you far more than putting up expensive cards it will help you to learn the various relationships between the cards and the different combinations you can manage with them.

Take the time to play the early matches with basic cards - trying the different classes - the result will be the gain of knowledge in massive amounts.

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