How to get started in Hearthstone:
If you just got a beta key, you want to get gold, cards and start playing arena as fast as possible. I was very frustrated by how long it took me to "jump right in" to the real playing, so hopefully this will help you get there faster. To do this, you need gold, a decent hero, and lots of wins. Here’s a quick guide on how to get started as fast as possible so you can start playing the real game.
Winning games as fast as possible will really help you get started. Playing the AI, although not as fun, is much faster than a lot of the players you’ll encounter online, and will help you unlock everything you need to really start playing.
As you level up each class, you’ll unlock new basic cards, so the set below is not completely available until you hit level 10 with your priest. You'll get these spells at the levels below.
- Level 2 - 2x Divine Spirit
- Level 4 - 2x Mind Vision
- Level 6 - 2x Holy Nova
- Level 8 - 2x Shadow Word: Death
- Level 10 - 2x Mind Control
You can substitute some low mana minions up until you hit level 6 and 10 for Nova and Mind Control.
Your first class is a mage, so the first thing you should do is beat a priest to unlock the class.
Basic Priest Deck:
- Chillwind Yeti x2
- Darkscale Healer x2
- Gnomish Inventor x2
- Ironfur Grizzly x2
- Northshire Cleric x2
- Novice Engineer x2
- River Crocolisk x2
- Sen'jin Shieldmasta x2
- Shattered Sun Cleric x2
- Holy Nova x2
- Holy Smite x2
- Mind Control x2
- Power Word: Shield x2
- Shadow Word: Death x2
- Shadow Word: Pain x2
Then you want to take this deck and beat every computer AI in the game, which will unlock all classes. That pays 100g.
Go back and do it again, only in expert mode. That will net another 100g. If you hit level 10 with your priest, it’s a good idea to switch to another class, as you’ll want to level all 9 classes to level 10, which will net you another 200g.
After you’ve beaten the AI, which even on expert is less difficult than most games against real people, in my opinion, it’s time to take your skills to the “Play” feature. Make sure to keep track, I just went in order. There is no way to tell which classes you have or haven't beaten in this mode.
Every 3 wins up to this point will also net 10 gold, and you’ll gain experience for both wins and losses.
At this point, if you've decided not to play the AI and play actual humans over the internet, you should have racked up at least 18 wins, so that’s 60 gold, another 100g for unlocking all the heroes, and another 100g from beating all the AI in expert mode, which at minimum will be enough to pay 150 gold to get into the arena once. You likely have some random daily quests completed too, so maybe 300 gold, which will let you pay for arena twice. The first entry is always free.
Great, I have gold, now what?
Arena is the smarter way to spend gold, rather than just buying decks. Every 150 gold spent on arena will get you one deck, some crafting essences, and some gold. The bonus depends on your win ratio, but I’ve found with 3 wins and 3 losses I just about break even. If you are able to win 7 games out of 9 you are guaranteed to get 150 gold when you retire from the arena. If you’re good, it can be better than that, but arena is just fun!
Gold going forward can be earned by every 3 wins, achievements and daily achievements. I’ll list the main ones you’ll encounter below, and will likely have earned one or two by this point.
- Win 100 games in any mode. (300g)
- Win 1000 games in any mode. (300g)
- Level each available hero to level 10. (100g)
- Unlock every Hero. (100g)
- Defeat every Expert AI Hero. (100g)
- Collect every card in the Basic Set. (100g)
- Collect every card in the Expert Set. (100g)
- Disenchant a card for the first time (95 dust) (Used to create new cards)
Daily: (One per day, randomly)
- Win 2 game with [Insert 2x Random Class] in any mode. (40g)
- Win 7 games in any mode. (100g)
- Destroy 40 minions. (40g)
- Play 20 minions that cost 5 or more. (40g)
- Play 40 minions that cost 2 or less. (40g)
- Cast 40 spells. (40g)
- Deal 100 damage to enemy heroes. (40g)
- Win 3 games with any class. (40g)
- Win 5 games with [Insert Random Class] (60g)
So there you have it, roughly 3-4 hours of play, you’ll have enough gold to enter arena, access to all classes, and well on your way to dominating your friends (but when you play them no gold per 3 wins), and random strangers on the internet (10 gold for 3 wins).
Guide by: nuhertz