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.

Still plugging away at Hearthstone.

Been playing Hearthstone since April ’15, and I really enjoy it when I’m not getting crushed by other players, but when I see how far I am from ‘complete decks’ in the game I get depressed. According to carddust.com I’m still something like 1300$ from having all cards. That’s NOT going to happen. Oh, well. I’ve managed to get to rank 7 this month! A new personal best! I’m not going to focus on the expansions and just try to get all the classic cards for now. (But that’s still around $500 worth of packs!

Hearthstone’s new cards are hard on a free to play (mostly) player.

You REALLY feel the pull of the cash transaction in the ‘free to play’ games at times like these. Hearthstone just came out with a new set of cards and you’d swear that EVERYONE that plays the game(or at least play YOU) gave Blizzard the 50$ for the pre-order of 50 packs.  I payed them for the ‘Blackrock Mountain Adventure Pack’ and honestly that feels like money well spent. Paying for the Naxxramas adventure pack with gold was SUCH a long grind, that I didn’t want to do that again for Blackrock. But now that a whole new set of cards(MANY MORE than in an adventure set) has been released, I feel like I’m grinding to have ANY decent cards again, just like when I first started.

You just don’t know the frustration of having NO cards other than the ‘starter’ ones and the next thing you know, BAM, you play guys with 3 legendary cards and half a dozen epic ones. You just look at that ‘win 2 with this hero you have zero cards with and get 40 gold’ quests and think, HOW? It’s not QUITE that bad because I’ve got MONTHS worth of grinded cards behind me now but I am now at MORE of a disadvantage today than I was on Sunday.

It’s enough to make a guy consider just quitting. (Probably won’t though.)