Hearthstone Tip of the Day: How to Build a Deck

Hearthstone players are only as strong as their cards. Join us for deck-building 101.

As a card game, much of Hearthstone is about the literal luck of the draw. However, building an effective deck maximizes your chances of drawing the right card for the right situation. Here are a couple of tips to help you get a simple constructed deck off the ground and ready for action. 

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Mana Spread  

A lot of players will tell you that the best deck has an even spread of cards across most mana costs. They’re not wrong, but they’re not entirely right, either.  

You want to have enough low-to-mid-tier cards to keep you from getting knocked out in the first five turns. You also want to have at least a few high-cost heavy-hitters to seal the deal in the late game. However, high-cost doesn’t mean high-efficiency, and erring on the side of useful, low-cost cards can be more effective in the long run. 

It’s not like you suddenly can’t play your two-mana Novice Engineer on turn eight because it doesn’t have flashy powers and high damage output. That cheap little card still gives you (albeit minimal) board presence, along with a free card draw to increase the chances of pulling a big, beefy minion. Or maybe you’ll draw a Flamestrike to wipe out your enemy’s board, and suddenly that Novice Engineer is the last card standing.  

Synergy  

Most cards are only as good as the other cards around them. Mages might not have great class-specific minions, but Archmage and Ogre Magi will beef up their spell damage while being solid creatures in their own right.  

Don’t just throw cards in your deck because they’re powerful. By ensuring your cards work well together, you not only increase deck efficiency, you also keep your opponent guessing as to whether they should blow their best stuff now or save it for later.  

New Cards 

Every class starts off with a set of basic cards. Every time you level up your hero by playing, you work closer toward earning pairs of new cards. This occurs every two levels until you reach level 10, at which point leveling up only serves to earn “golden” cards – fancier, flashier versions of cards you already own.  

Every time you get a new card, either by leveling or through booster packs, you should check if it fits your current deck strategy better than one of your existing cards. Swapping out a less interesting, less useful neutral minion for a class-specific one can be a huge boost to any deck.  

Don’t let your heroes grow stagnant! Your opponents sure won’t.

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