Excellent to ‘Really Good’ Basic Cards in Hearthstone:

This is a list of the cards that I think are the ‘best’ out of the basic set. These are the cards you are given to start with, for free, by the game.

And even though these are all ‘old cards’ you’ll find them used in many ‘meta decks’ to this day. So for new players try to focus on making your starting decks using these cards. Notice that MAGE has the most listed by far. I think this is intentional by Blizzard and most people start out with mage decks as a result.



  • Boulderfist Ogre
  • Frostwolf Warlord
  • Chillwind Yeti
  • Shattered Sun Cleric
  • Wolfrider
  • Acidic Swamp Oooze
  • Bloodfen Raptor (till you get something better in this slot)


  • Swipe
  • Wild Growth
  • Innervate


  • Tundra Rhino
  • Houndmaster
  • Animal Companion
  • Kill Command
  • Hunter’s Mark


  • Flamestrike
  • Fireball
  • Polymorph
  • Water Elemental
  • Arcane Intellect
  • Frost Nova (iffy)
  • Frostbolt
  • Arcane Missiles
  • Mirror Image


  • Truesilver Champion
  • Blessing of Kings
  • Consecration


  • Holy Nova
  • Shadow Word: Death
  • Shadow Word: Pain
  • Mind Vision
  • Power Word: Shield
  • Northshire Cleric


  • Vanish
  • Assassinate
  • Fan of Knives
  • Sap
  • Deadly Poison
  • Backstab


  • Fire Elemental
  • Bloodlust
  • Hex
  • Flametongue Totem
  • Rockbiter Weapon


  • Hellfire
  • Shadow Bolt
  • Mortal Coil
  • Soulfire
  • Voidwalker


  • Kor’kron Elite
  • Shield Block
  • Fiery War Axe (Possibly the best card in the game.)
  • Execute
  • Whirlwind

Edit: Good arguments were made to take out Ironbark Protector and Sprint as being to slow for new player’s decks.