How To Play

So you have a few games under your belt and feel like you have a solid understanding of the basics. Great! But believe you me, there's still a whole lot for you to learn out there no matter how good you are. So pull up a chair, and let's chat about some of the basic and some of the not so basic things to know about how to play Hearthstone.

Board Overview

All you need to know about Hearthstone's game interface can literally be summed up with just one screenshot. Don't believe us? Well, check it out for yourself below.

You draw a card from your deck and add it to your hand each turn. Cards with a glowing green border can be played, while cards without it either require more mana or some other condition to be met.

Hey, look at you, being all heroic-like! At the bottom right of your portrait is your current health; it diminishes as you take damage from minions and spells, and refills from healing spells. If it drops to zero, you lose.

Every hero has a unique power they can use once each turn. Warriors for example can add armor to their health, Shamans can summon totems, and Rogues can pull daggers seemingly out of nowhere. Heh, Rogues. Nothing in their pockets but knives and lint.

Each card you play costs a certain amount of mana. Your mana replenishes at the beginning of your turn, and each turn your mana crystals increase by one up to a final maximum of 10.

If you summoned a weapon for your hero, it'll show up here. Your weapon's durability is reduced by one each time you strike, so you only get a limited number of swings with each. Make 'em count!

This is one of your minions. Use minions to attack your opponent or his minions. Many minions have special abilities that give them a unique strategic purpose.

Defeat your opponent to win the game. Clobber him with minions and spells until you bring this hero down to zero!

At the beginning of each turn, you draw one card from your deck and add it to your hand. Every deck contains 30 cards; no more, no less.

This detailed summary of the most recent moves will surely come in handy for all those "What the hell just happened to my health? And why are all my minions chickens?!?" moments.

Playing Hearthstone

Let's get started by checking out the first few turns of a typical game of Hearthstone.