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Hearthstone: Spell, Minion and Equipment Cards Overview

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Hearthstone: Spell, Minion and Equipment Cards Overview

Blizzard keeps their words this time to release the long-awaited fast-paced strategy card game Hearthstone before the summer ends. For a few lucky guys who have got a beta key, the wait may be over. But for the rest massive players, all you can do is applying a beta key via official site or some fansites and then cross your fingers. Anyway, before you get your hands on Hearthstone, you need to understand the functions of all the basic cards in the game so as to play smoothly when you are in the world of Hearthstone.

Skills:

Only the 9 heroes in the Hearthstone have skills, which cost 2 mana crystals. Each hero's specific power can only be used for once in every turn.

 Classes (Heroes)

 Hero Power

 Description

 Druid (Malfurion Stormrage)

 Shapeshift

 +1 Attack this turn. +1 Armor.

 Rogue(Valeera Sanguinar)

 Dagger Mastery

 Equip a 1/2 Dagger; or Give your weapon  +1 Attack this turn.

 Hunter (Rexxar)

 Steady Shot

 Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero.

 Mage (Jaina Proudmoore)

 Fireblast

 Deal 1 damage

 Shaman (Thrall)

 Totemic Call

 Summon a random Totem

 Warlock (Gul'dan)

 Life Tap

 Draw a card and take 2 damage

 Paladin (Uther the Lightbringer)

 Reinforce

 Summon a 1/1 Silver Hand Recruit

 Warrior (Garrosh Hellscream)

 Armor Up!

 Gain 2 Armor

 Priest (Anduin Wrynn)

 Lesser Heal

 Restore 2 Health

Abilities are the rules that will trigger based on events that happen within the game.

 Ability Name

 Effect Description

 Battlecry

 Does something when you play it from your hand.

 Charge

 Can attack immediately

 Choose One

 When some condition is met, the controlling player may choose which of a  number of effects activates.

 Combo

 A bonus if you already played a card this turn

 Deathrattle

 Does something when it dies

 Divine Shield

 The first time this minion takes damage, ignore it

 Enrage

 While damaged, this minion has a new power.

 Freeze

 Frozen characters lose their next attack

 Hex

 Transform a minion into a 0/1 Frog with Taunt.

 Immune

 Cannot be damaged.

 Overload

 You have {X} less mana next turn. (X=number defined on the card)(Effect only activate when played from the hand)

 Polymorph

 Transform a minion into a 1/1 Sheep.

 Secret

 Hidden until a specific action occurs.

 Silence

 Removes all card text and enchantments.

 Stealth

 Minions with Stealth may not be the target of attacks, spells or abilities until  they attack. Once they do, Stealth is removed.

 Spell Power

 Your spell cards deal {X} extra damage. (X=amount of spell power)

 Summon

 Creates a creature under your control with the specified attributes.

 Taunt

 Enemies must attack this minion

 Transform

 Changes a minion into something else irreversibly.

 Windfury

 Can attack twice each turn.

Spell cards:

According to their different traits, each class in Hearthstone has 15-20 spell cards. This type of cards can be divided into three parts: attack, defense and support. The spell cards can only be used during your turn and most of the cards go into effect in the current turn. Of course, there are some spell cards that need to be under specific conditions so as to become effective, such as "secret". Spell cards play an important role when players customized their own decks.

Minion Cards:

Minion card is another necessary part in the deck building. There are a wide range of minion cards in Hearthstone but it can be mainly divided into two types: one is "Specific Minion" and another is "Neutral Minion". Every class has their own specific minions and neutral minions are available for all the classes. Different minions have different attack and health. When a minion’s health is less than or equal to zero, the minion is dead and would be destroyed. Minion cards can not only cover the shortage of spell cards but also can create or absorb damage during the combat.

Equipment cards:

Equipment cards can enhance hero's abilities, such as increase attack or defense. But currently, most of the equipment cards only promote hero's attack. Maybe more defense will be added in the further updates.

Everytime you use the equipment card, its durability will reduce, e.g., you use the dagger to attack your opponent, the durability of the dagger reduces by 1 point. When the durability becomes 0, then the equipment will be removed from the game.

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