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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Tips and tricks

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PriestPower: Priests start the game with Lesser Heal, but playing Shadowform will replace that power with Mind Spike. Play Shadowform again and you’ll get Mind Shatter.

Similar to the Paladin but with much less holy piety, the Priest is the Wolverine of character classes. No, he’s not hairy, ill-tempered and equipped with metal kebab-sticks but he does have one hell of a healing factor.

Able to keep his minions and corporeal form topped up constantly, the Priest has numerous spells which make inflicting lasting damage on him and his company a real pain. That skill, when applied to his various defenders, make the Priest an opponent who can excel on the field the longer a battle rages on. Lesser Heal is particularly useful for long games as a strategy move on particular units, while Holy Fire heals and damages like a McDonalds burger after a long day.

Priest minions need to be dealt with early on in a game, as cards such as Circle of Healing and Holy Nova can render all attempts to wipe them out useless once they regain HP.

Divine Spirit and Power Word: Shield are even more annoying for aggressive opponents, as those cards not only heal a minion right back up, but boost health beyond the set limit as well. And it gives a card draw bonus. With cards that allow players to pick up more whenever they heal, the Priest is one character that never plays on an empty hand when utilised properly.

Removal effects and mind control are also a major part of the Priest’s arsenal, but it’s his ability to copy other cards on the field that truly makes him a force to be reckoned with. Thoughtsteal and Mind Vision are the cards you’ll want to invest in, and the synergy options available here are too numerous to mention.


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Rogie_thumb_thumbPower: Dagger Mastery – Equip a 1/2 dagger

There’s no getting around the fact that when the Rogue enters play, someone is going to walk away with a knife in their back. Rogues may not be able to defend like the Shaman or boast superb health like the Paladin, but their versatility and speed on the field more than makes up for this.

One way that the Rogue is especially effective, is in their ability to deal quick damage and emerge unscathed. Working off of combo cards and an equipped dagger results in the Rogue working quickly to create openings to exploit. Weak spells such as Backstab and Fan of Knives, when used correctly, exploit gaps in player defenses while a buff from cards such as Eviscerate and Headcrack make the Rogue a pain in the back.

Minions such as Mana Addict and Questing Adventurer take this strategy of hit and run tactics a step further, while cards such as Assassinate and Sap will remove major threats from the field and have opponents questioning whether or not to summon strong monsters.

In fact, that’s the true secret behind the Rogue, as she can remove heavyweight threats from the board, leaving opponents wide open.


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Hunter_thumb_thumbPower: Steady Shot – Deal 2 damage to enemy hero

The Hunter is another character that focuses on board control, but to a lesser extent than other classes as he splits that between attack as well. The best way to utilise the hunter is to take advantage of his various monster cards that are unique to him that create buffs between one another that allow for a strong start.

Timber Wolf for example is a very low cost 1 mana summon that will give all your beasts on the field +1 buffs, while Tundra Rhino can be used to give all your beasts instant charge effects. Playing Starving Buzzard allows you to draw another card every time you summon, while Scavenging Hyena powers up by a factor of +2/+1 every time a beast dies which is useful when you’ve got several Taunt monsters surrounding him.

These are strength in numbers beasts however, so players are going to need to keep them protected, in order to build up a field that is powerful to end a game in one devastating turn. Hunter spell cards are also useful when it comes to revenging up some new summons, such as sending a minion on a suicide charge in the case of Snake Trap, or dealing extra damage with Misdirection thanks to a full field.

All in all, the Hunter is only as strong as the animals around him, and dealing with those summons early on is the only way to keep that character from gaining an overwhelming advantage as the game drags on.


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Last Updated: January 22, 2014

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  1. Here’s a tip, if you’re not already addicted to WoW, try heroine, it’s easier to give up!


  2. Gareth L (That Guy)

    January 22, 2014 at 15:40

    Darryn, wow. Great job man!


  3. VampyricSquirrel Monk

    January 22, 2014 at 15:46

    Wow, this is pretty impressive and in depth… nice one D


  4. Jan-Adriaan Korff

    January 22, 2014 at 15:56

    “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”


  5. Theo Steenekamp

    January 22, 2014 at 15:56

    Warlock Pic is a pic of Garrosh:P


  6. Unavengedavo

    January 22, 2014 at 15:57

    Since when is Gorrash Helscream a Warlock?


    • The D

      January 22, 2014 at 16:06

      Our backend code is giving us all kinds of grief today, so I do apologise. We’ll have it sorted it soon. Hopefully.


    • VampyricSquirrel Monk

      January 22, 2014 at 16:40

      Since Darryn told him to be one… who knows why he listened.


    • VampyricSquirrel Monk

      January 22, 2014 at 16:42

      Also most of the cards under the Warrior section are Warlock abilities…


    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      January 22, 2014 at 16:43

      *Should* all be fixed now.


      • Unavengedavo

        January 22, 2014 at 16:46

        Sheesh… I suspected that something must have broken… It’s just fun blaming it on Darryn and was in no way meant as a serious comment 😛


  7. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    January 22, 2014 at 20:16

    Mine won’t work 🙁 play button stays greyd out


    • Brett Gunter

      January 22, 2014 at 22:02

      I think it needs an invite like the dota 2 open beta did. Anyone chance anyone could invite the us?


      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        January 23, 2014 at 07:20

        No. It is playable at work. But if I copy the client across to my home PC and try launch it with the exe, it simply crashes to desktop. Trying to launch it from the launcher is impossible coz it’s grey. So there is some strange problem. The forums are full of this


        • Brett Gunter

          January 23, 2014 at 08:09

          Hmmmm, odd things do appear to be happening (beta after all) as this morning I can finally click the play button 🙂 Hope yours come right dude.


  8. Kromas

    January 23, 2014 at 07:23

    Dammit I am trying my best to stay away from anything warcraft related.


  9. Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja

    January 23, 2014 at 08:41

    Charge seems to work like haste in MtG and allows a creature to attack the turn it is played, right?

    Also most of the cards on pages 2 & 3 don’t embiggen when clicked.


  10. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    January 23, 2014 at 13:20

    Tip: Don’t play this
    Trick: Go outside and make friends

    FYI I already have friends since I play DOTA2 heuheuheuheu


  11. Smørbrød

    April 16, 2014 at 15:09

    This game is so fucked up…… I won 2 out of 36 games.

    Hope they balance it so we can meet players with same cards not superior cards vs shitty! It should be about skills not who got the best cards to play with.


  12. Frank Bechstein

    September 27, 2014 at 19:00

    Also a good way to improve your Hearthstone game is to track your wins and loses with the HS Progress Tracker.
    This awesome tool improved my game a lot.



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