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The final results for Hearthstone Ranked Standard, Wild, and Arena play in June are in!

These players have employed top notch deck building skills, in-the-moment decision making, and unyielding dedication to achieve a most noteworthy feat!

Pour a toast, pull up a chair, and join us in recognizing Hearthstone’s top Ranked Standard*, Wild, and Arena** players in the Americas region!

Rank Battletag
1 Zarathustra
2 Tarei
3 JuzamDjinn
4 Zalae
5 Janetzky
6 Xelerato
7 ninelie
8 Amnesiasc
9 Savvat1
10 Georgec
11 KingOfType89
12 Fishyyy
13 GingaNinja
14 Fibonacci
15 ntR
16 Jojosebb
17 Gusonaj
18 unwi2
19 hunterace
20 Macheen
21 aqua
22 Lektron
23 clear
24 Rosty
25 bloodyface
26 APXVoiD
27 Rpbalance
28 Un33D
29 Rase
30 Nicslay
31 FroStee
32 Ike
33 TmwKOxyd
34 Juristis
35 VespaYedder
36 YAYtears
37 DimitriKazov
38 herusia
39 Linken
40 Desunee
41 Swidz
42 mattun
43 TypoVampire
44 rayC
45 Arawn
46 Purple
47 GreenSheep
48 Misplaced
49 pksnow
50 k2g
51 DrJikininki
52 dwayna
53 ProfessorOak
54 blacksnap
55 Nagato
56 clownJP
57 JohnnyBlack
58 Cantelope
59 justsaiyan
60 Odemian
61 Jia
62 topopablo11
63 Dizdemon
64 Satellite
65 Lifebane
66 Melon
67 Pizza
68 hollow
69 Scout
70 monkeyboard
71 zridex
72 civila
73 Twink
74 katsucurry
75 zlsjs
76 Kycoo
77 Osnildo
78 Freohr
79 Fluxinfleau
80 human
81 Tixuty
82 Monster
83 Moosey
84 caravaggio8
85 kevin
86 Klei
87 Zeni
88 Ostkaka
89 Ender
90 vadernader
91 WaningMoon
92 Schadenfreud
93 SudaKa
94 CherrieDoll
95 Akumaker
96 Laughing
97 yutan
98 Fenom
99 Fwan
100 erazure
101 HansGruber
102 Empanizado
103 NAVIWilson
104 Talion
105 itsProtoHype
106 Aerophobic
107 Halcyon
108 StrifeCro
109 lambyseries
110 hanabi
111 Aaron
112 CLPayton
113 Rezdan
114 Gallon
115 SaveFerris
116 FR0G
117 Loxodontes
118 CrownofAshes
119 Mishu
120 MikkelGoh
121 Kenex
122 PEGIN
123 Korextron
124 NoodLe
125 holyji
126 Waterloooooo
127 Cydonia
128 Bluduel
129 Badmanis
130 aznpatrickh
131 Zamos
132 JhongTin
133 TTF
134 Firebat
135 Bao
136 crataris
137 Joaquin
138 CaraCute
139 Neirea
140 shoop
141 Sintolol
142 Hawkeye
143 Chewbaccawtf
144 Horo
145 Kaps
146 SoLegit
147 thadcastle
148 Cynosure
149 kite
150 Mage
151 ACCESSSS
152 GundamFlame
153 Raider
154 eko
155 발레스트라
156 KingPhilip
157 Ran
158 nukesaku
159 exilessmath
160 Noriman
161 JáraVyskočil
162 Neobility
163 UchihaSaske
164 TankWheels
165 Kyouma
166 AZSwim
167 rogerclee
168 sJTuaNy
169 Kibler
170 CmaccompH
171 TheOneJack
172 kei
173 Johnsters4
174 HotTeriyaki
175 Nalguidan
176 banata
177 SnarkyGoblin
178 Geekaleek
179 Firkz
180 wabeka
181 HotMEOWTH
182 Pangya
183 Nandieb
184 えんちゃび
185 ANGEL3
186 Dice
187 Pinche
188 Naiman
189 cropher
190 Madara
191 tacici
192 liszt17
193 Qwerty97
194 VadyaBoss
195 Exedra
196 TaftsBathtub
197 DWU
198 Zeddy
199 Fenomeno
200 BnetPlayer
Rank Battletag
1 awedragon
2 Weatherlight
3 SamAnthony
4 Hurryupidiot
5 Hazer
6 NAVIWilson
7 NoobSlayer
8 TitanX
9 Dean
10 GetMeowth
11 Malek
12 TreeBagger
13 MeknugetZz
14 AZSwim
15 cosmoz
16 Buckslayer88
17 Roffle
18 Spanish
19 Neptane
20 Fisty
21 BnetPlayer
22 Cesky
23 Hey
24 RopeAddict
25 Bananaramic
26 Yano
27 GoDLiKe
28 swagarella
29 Zeus
30 Elvensblade
31 luminescents
32 SuperTrips
33 mooingsheep
34 StrifeCro
35 Seviang
36 XCrouton
37 Kongrunyong
38 Zoo
39 maddogmatt
40 Bluemoon
41 Bobby
42 akara
43 Leon
44 ElectroSurge
45 RWUNumot
46 Dawidoff
47 Dennisback
48 ShadowPriest
49 Control
50 Nacho
51 Fyrx
52 Antigua
53 Tetsuro
54 cvzeezee
55 touge
56 SiAoGinNaZ
57 Se7enSinner
58 Scout
59 MMD
60 Servex
61 GoTurtles
62 ChoiX
63 DieInsect
64 CaptainApple
65 Jalexander
66 DeathShadow
67 SinyoR
68 nepiatto
69 BnetPlayer
70 Firenova
71 BAckstabb
72 Singleuse
73 DannyDonuts
74 JJJ
75 Leandro
76 oooasa
77 fs9bobby
78 docinfierno
79 sangrr1996
80 Trenith
81 Blank
82 ColdWater
83 Falcon
84 JustBurnRope
85 Cthulhu
86 WildEusebius
87 Vomitslushie
88 Dracula
89 marioisla
90 Viral
91 Schmoopie
92 JayPower
93 Kotonoha
94 soapyeLo
95 garubor
96 xler
97 Kesram
98 oO7x7Oo
99 RustSubligar
100 CavemanDan
101 Fowenox
102 JackSparrow
103 Lisa
104 Doug
105 MattC
106 DrHax
107 Deimos
108 JMonopoli
109 rasutoru3
110 juniorr250
111 Joolz
112 JSRD
113 MrCharley
114 RedEclipse
115 BANHvsWILD
116 Blacksteel
117 Dalne
118 xiaotengteng
119 will
120 Moutonfou
121 vbay03
122 Aceman022
123 Xx394xX
124 RyoKei
125 Life
126 mannny
127 Kalaloch
128 NoName
129 GolDRoger
130 spine
131 AlzoroPatron
132 WildRage
133 maturewoman
134 Zureco
135 Zedd
136 Abar
137 theoNe
138 Binkb0n9
139 Aroma
140 JackinnSS
141 UMR
142 Con
143 ASmith
144 Martian
145 KnightRide12
146 KimiHaSpider
147 Louise
148 Sengal
149 JustinC
150 jin
151 jonah
152 BlurryFace
153 i33
154 PrismaIllya
155 Hug
156 AmiKlauF
157 Tribeman
158 BnetPlayer
159 Calexis
160 laucha
161 Warheart
162 HarryPotter
163 Wysv
164 hienvn
165 Aldous
166 j4ckfr0st
167 TerranDan
168 Brouck
169 Babaduk
170 Exo
171 RobotWorgen
172 ScarletTears
173 ShiangChen
174 Mando314
175 Jonahrah
176 AleMaster
177 Kacerlotte
178 sanimfe
179 newmariostar
180 PiReZ
181 Halleluj
182 Male
183 Raz
184 Hiro
185 DRYOYO
186 ceros
187 WolfSpeak
188 Bro
189 Quirino2ON
190 Kefka
191 eramthgin
192 RubberDucky
193 HansleyMonte
194 Cynosure
195 SirFunchalot
196 Jonasjw
197 REFRESHMENTS
198 Xuroz
199 Yehster
200 SkemzyMcPlot
Rank Battletag Average Wins
1 Kripparrian 8.37
2 Isherwood 8.13
3 BnetPlayer 8.00
4 m0rph2ing 7.93
5 Happy313 7.93
6 MeowAncient 7.90
7 MeowFlyDance 7.90
8 Bluejay 7.90
9 Thompson 7.87
10 3104 7.80
11 Terrifictaco 7.77
12 Hambo 7.70
13 DeathSquared 7.63
14 N0lan 7.60
15 Ice 7.60
16 eillen 7.57
17 MeowDorick 7.50
18 twlevewins 7.43
19 Avista 7.40
20 dreads 7.40
21 ColtM 7.40
22 WildSheep 7.33
23 ven0m 7.30
24 paperroller 7.30
25 Kajiura 7.27
26 ultraninja43 7.27
27 TiX 7.27
28 Zelamin 7.27
29 ShadowStorm 7.27
30 Yang 7.23
31 spritecan 7.23
32 Taesang 7.23
33 Reickl 7.23
34 Fivebamboo 7.20
35 fcor 7.20
36 THU 7.17
37 Jook 7.13
38 Dinasty 7.13
39 Tron 7.13
40 APM69 7.10
41 TitanEtereo 7.10
42 GsauC3 7.10
43 Isometric 7.10
44 Doublea 7.10
45 蒼狼 7.07
46 drstein 7.07
47 Ath 7.07
48 Near 7.03
49 Horo 7.03
50 KoheiTime 7.03
51 westjester 7.00
52 WildWolf 7.00
53 hippowned 7.00
54 Grivan 7.00
55 Hei8 7.00
56 Hogger 7.00
57 Eve 7.00
58 jaelove 7.00
59 Huyen 7.00
60 Alucard 7.00
61 Suhpreme 7.00
62 HatsuneMiku 7.00
63 EnderWolph 6.97
64 jtchampion 6.97
65 Amaz 6.97
66 Roadkill04 6.97
67 Feldylox 6.93
68 Pesto 6.93
69 Papaya 6.93
70 WarElephant 6.90
71 MFdust 6.90
72 NightRaven 6.90
73 Bbloch 6.90
74 Danger 6.90
75 starworld111 6.90
76 Júnior 6.90
77 b33f 6.87
78 iltiratore 6.87
79 ladycaca 6.87
80 blueblurr 6.87
81 Shako 6.87
82 TummyTums 6.87
83 Lawwarrior 6.87
84 MyWristHurts 6.83
85 l3oyzl3oyz 6.83
86 Zerocool 6.83
87 Angrysock 6.83
88 Yysapporo 6.83
89 Jenelope 6.83
90 Celeritas 6.83
91 Vocel 6.83
92 iMMuniTY 6.83
93 Sagita 6.83
94 WJSProwler 6.83
95 OhNoes 6.80
96 Boss 6.80
97 turtleking 6.80
98 Santouryuu 6.80
99 JakeKg 6.80
100 Wunaiwo 6.80
101 OLATHORIS 6.80
102 GiveMeBoar 6.80
103 Xerai 6.80
104 doughboy 6.80
105 Arkham 6.80
106 臭臭地精 6.80
107 TLYU 6.80
108 Hannibal11 6.80
109 Sushiehoang 6.77
110 Dennis848 6.77
111 Jerm 6.77
112 PraiPC 6.77
113 SunnyTater 6.77
114 ziyun 6.77
115 Sherlyn 6.77
116 Zihuatanejo 6.77
117 Toorop 6.77
118 stygian 6.77
119 baicaiallen 6.73
120 Hobietrice 6.73
121 Cerecel 6.73
122 Darkae 6.73
123 ZanyDruid 6.73
124 FlameLess 6.70
125 N0lan 6.70
126 Eragon 6.70
127 snow 6.70
128 LazyTitan 6.70
129 DonJon 6.70
130 Blizade 6.70
131 Jedion 6.70
132 GoldenFarmer 6.70
133 ArimosTX 6.70
134 quickshotz 6.70
135 jakesdabest 6.70
136 DoritoPerkin 6.67
137 AssSpanka 6.67
138 Remedie 6.67
139 Dathert 6.67
140 HaoTong 6.67
141 littlefox526 6.67
142 timboras 6.63
143 Shipapotamus 6.63
144 AxelCosmo 6.63
145 artlu 6.63
146 MeowEmpire 6.63
147 JerkStore 6.63
148 Swyft 6.63
149 Beardbelly 6.63
150 YourHarry 6.63

*Players in the top Ranked Standard list have each earned points toward the 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour.

**These are last month’s best performing Arena players based on their best wins per run in 30 consecutive runs.

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Hearthstone Play Style and Why It's Important

Intro

Hello again my Hearthstone peeps, my name is HalfBroke Chris. Now I don’t know if you noticed in my last article but I am very much out to help the guys that want to get better within the game but are just nore totally sure what is wrong with what they are doing wrong. A lot of the time it isn’t even about how well they play the game. They may be a great Hearthstone player but something still seems missing. That is where I want to step in and help them. It may not be a tech problem but a mental problem or something very much more important…

Their style!!

So, today I bring to you an article that I think can make the world of difference in the way you approach decks and the decks you play on Hearthstone. It is all about style and how you swing the bat, or the deck I should say.

This knowledge could honestly apply to many sports not just Hearthstone. It is knowing what kind of player you are and then using that knowledge to figure out what is the best hero and deck to play with within the game. Once you figure out what style fits you the best than you can go and design, or like most people do, go on this site (why do you need any other site for your Hearthstone decks and guides?) and find a deck that will play to your style.

There are basically three styles of players within Hearthstone: Aggro, Control, and the people in the middle. I couldn’t really come up with some clever name for those in the middle, so from this point on we can just call that group Midrange. It is within one of these three groups we all stand. Now with that being said, there are many players that could play in any of these groups but it really comes down to where they feel the most comfortable and have the most fun playing. For instance, I really like being an Aggro player but really feel more at home playing Midrange. As much as I like playing a deck like F2k Aggro Hunter, I do not like how it can a lot of times run out of options against many decks in the middle of the game.

The Aggro Style

A person that is Aggro wants to just ignore the board as much as possible and beat you as fast as they can. It is people like this that a deck like F2k Aggro Hunter fits well with. This deck is designed to just move as fast as you can, ignore the board, and just hit straight to a player’s face. I do find this deck very fun to play with and it is great for early ladder climbing. The way the deck should start out if your luck is going good is a first turn Leper Gnome or something very comparable. Cards like Arcane Golem help the deck with its speed and quickness.

The problem with this deck, in my opinion, is in the middle of a game it can kind fall flat on a player. It can leave you top decking for an answer while the other player takes control of the board and smacks you hard. If F2k Aggro Hunter runs out of steam or doesn’t fall just right, you can and usually do lose but it is very quick and that is what draws people to the deck.

If Aggro is your style and seems like the way you want to go, there are many other decks you can build or find on this site that will fit your needs. For instance, a deck like Aggro Druid would fit into this mold as well. The problem is it doesn’t always fit other players. Some players don’t want to just hot to the face. They want to look at the game as more of a game of chess and play it patiently, they want to take control of the board, keep control of it, and slowly take you down to your untimely death.

The Control Style

The control style of play is for the more patient and less ADD of a player. Being a control player can lead you to a deck such as Freeze Mage. This kind of deck essentially lets a player freeze and kill any minion that hits the table until they can play and call it a day. This kind of deck can be very frustrating to play against because it doesn’t allow you to move at all on the board. The downside of this kind of deck is a very fast deck can beat it to the punch and beat down a player before they have a chance to take control. It can also make it very tense because you can take a beat down before you finally get control and then make a comeback to end up winning the match.

Other decks that you can check out that fit this style is Tempo Mage and Control Warrior. These are also very good decks that fit into this mold but give you a different sense of control on the board.

For me, I do not fit into this kind of player at all. The reason is, and I will admit it proudly, I am too impatient for this kind of play. I like having control of the board but I don’t like the feeling of being one step away from a loss and then having to make that climb back to a win. I like ending the game a little earlier than that. That brings us to our last group and that is the medians.

MidRange

We, and I say we because I am very much a part of this group, are the type of players that likes to control the board but only long enough for us to smack you in the face for the win. Instead of being peddle to metal or nickel and dime on the way to win, it is take your time until you see the end of the tunnel and then you hit the gas for the win. A deck that falls into this class, and hence the name, is Midrange Druid.

Midrange Druid is a very interesting deck to play with. It essentially is a sped up control deck. The way you speed it up is by screwing with the mana curve. It is trying to get more mana in your bank than your opponent has and then smacking them with a Force of Nature / Savage Roar combo.

This kind of deck also gives you options throughout the game. Other decks on this site that fit into this mold is Midrange/Zoo Warlock and Midrange Paladin. The downfall, and every style has it, is if it doesn’t fall just right, you can lose to both the aggro and control player.

Different Styles

All of the style, Aggro, Midrange, and Control, has there upsides and down sides. It really comes down to what style of player you are. Let’s take a second and look at the NFL. You would not see a QB like Tom Brady in an offense that runs the option or calls for the QB to run a lot. With that being said, you are not going to see a QB like Russell Wilson work in an offense that is pass heavy and wants to throw the ball 40 times a game. You play the decks that fall into your pocket of style.

Style really comes down to what is the most intriguing and fun for you to use as a player. If you hate the way players are able to keep the board loaded while you swing to the face, than control is more of your style. If you like to be more of a puppet master when it comes to the board and you decided what stays and what goes while you get to your win condition, than control is your style. That brings us to the Midrange kind of player. The type that likes both sides of the game but not enough to claim one or the other.

Bottom line is play what is fun and stick with decks that fall into that range of style. If you are not having fun than you will not win within the game of Hearthstone but that can apply to life in general. If you don’t like what you are doing than odds are you aren’t going to be very good doing it. So play the style that you love and I promise things will work out in the end.

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In just a few short days the Hearthstone World Championship will commence, and players from all over the world will duel for a share of a $250,000 prize pool. The various regions are being represented by some of the most talented card-slingers around, and Taiwan is no exception! We recently had the opportunity to speak with FrozenIce and Tom60229 and discuss their Roads to BlizzCon.

FrozenIce

This is my first year playing Hearthstone. I participated in the Hearthstone World Championship Taiwan Qualifier, and while there I earned the right to represent Taiwan at the 2014 Hearthstone World Championship during BlizzCon 2014! I gave up my plan to study abroad so I could become a professional player as a part of the yoe Flash Wolves to take advantage of this rare opportunity.

Did you ever think you would be a professional gamer one day?

E-sports was not as popular as it is now when I was still in college in Taiwan. Though I was passionate about online games, the thought of being a professional player never crossed my mind.

Now I am finally granted the opportunity, but I do understand that being a professional player is not a long career. I still want to seize the opportunity, and immerse myself in preparing for the coming tournament.

Now that you’re a pro, how has your play changed?

Before I became a professional player, playing online games was just for fun. However, now as a professional player, I set a higher goal for myself. I practice from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. or midnight, and that is basically an average of 10 hours of practicing every day. Afterwards, I go back to my dormitory, take a shower, do my schoolwork for a while, and then go to bed. 

How do you practice?

Climbing the ladder is my main means of practicing. For example, my recent goal has been to rank up to the legendary top 20 status with a certain class, and I only switch to other classes if I can maintain my standing among the top 20s. My win percentage has to stay around 60% or 70%, because I couldn’t maintain my ranking if my win percentage is only 50%. I have already achieved this goal with three or four classes. Previously when I played on the Asia Server, I tried to hit the top legendary rankings with different heroes every season, so I am familiar with every class.

Another way of practicing is to find partners. Or if I see an interesting deck in a competition, I try to build one on my own. I found that even slight differences of just one or two cards would change to overall strategy to be completely different. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, but you can only find out by trying it yourself.   

What class do you favor?

If you asked me this before, I would say without hesitation that my favorite deck is Miracle Rogue. However after Leeroy Jenkins went through balancing changes, Miracle Rogue is no longer a one-for-all deck. The Miracle Rogue deck is currently more of a utility deck, that can be used to counter certain decks.

My current favorite is Handlock, and I hate to be matched against Hunter. Hunter has many ways to deal damage, and it can be hard to stop when it’s on a roll.

What’s Your Play Style?

I try to remain fully focused, stay calm, and think clearly. If there is extra time after I’m done pondering my upcoming moves, I use the in-game taunts to distract my opponents. Mood affects performance, and playing mind games is also a kind of strategy.

What are your thoughts on the other players who have qualified to compete at the Hearthstone World Championship

Aside from my teammate Tom60229, I have played with Kranich and RenieHouR, two of the players representing Korea, a few times before. I am looking forward to a duel with Kolento. I think he is a rigorous thinker that rarely makes mistakes, and he is capable of predicting what’s going to happen in next few rounds; I have to admit that he is a very strong competitor. The ones I don’t want to play against are Chinese players, because I am not familiar with the meta of China, and because Tiddler Celestial is a powerful opponent who took 9 wins and 0 loses using only a Zoo Warlock deck at the China Qualifier. 

Tom60229

It’s pretty incredible: Tom60229 was new to Hearthstone and was just about to start his national service, and just a year later, this young man is a professional Hearthstone player in yoe Flash Wolves! After coming into the spotlight for his performance during the Taiwan Qualifier Tournament, the numbers in his Battletag, "Tom60229", were a topic of much speculation. It turns out that there’s not much of a mystery! It was Tom's elementary school student ID!

Did you ever think you would be a professional gamer one day?

Originally, I just played game for fun, and I didn’t give any thought to becoming a professional player. My family has given me a lot of encouragement and support after yoe Flash Wolves sent me the invitation.

I’m studying economics in university, and I planned to find a job following the first stage of 2014 World Championship Taiwan Qualifier Tournament, but I really want to work in the gaming industy. As a gaming enthusiast, I feel like becoming a pro player is like taking my first steps toward my dream.

Now that you’re a pro, how has your play changed?

The biggest lifestyle change for me is the significant increase of daily play time. As part of my preparation for the Hearthstone World Championship, I practice starting at 10 a.m., and I train every day, even on weekends and holidays. On average, I practice more than 10 hours a day.

How do you practice?

I play ranked games, practice matches, and tournament review. Unlike other yoe Frost Wolves affiliated e-sport teams, the Hearthstone pro gamers do not have a coach, which means that I primarily share my experience and ideas with my teammate, FrozenIce.

I play in the Asia, Americas, and Europe regions, and I’ve reached high Legend ranks.

We record the practice matches for review and train with the top-ranked Hearthstone players in Taiwan. When watching tournament streams, we gather to discuss player strategies and behaviors.

What class do you favor?

I think the most versatile classes in ranked mode are Hunter and Warlock. I think that Giant Warlock suits me well, but I don’t like playing against Hunters. . . or anyone who’s lucky!

Do you have any memorable matches or interesting anecdotes to share?

During the Taiwan Qualifier Tournament I was playing against FrozenIce, and I was down to only one card in hand. I thought it was over, but I drew "Al'Akir the Windlord", and then drawing "Loatheb" gave me the chance to come back and take the win. FrozenIce made fun of me, and said "the one who dislikes the lucky players wins by luck!"

What’s Your Play Style?

I consider myself a conservative player, by which I mean that I like to maintain momentum rather than risk the match for some extra damage on my opponent.

What are your thoughts on the other players who have qualified to compete at the Hearthstone World Championship

In addition to my teammate FrozenIce, I’ve played several ranked games against Korean players Kranich and RenieHouR. I’ve only watched the streams or tournament performance of the other competitors though.

Kolento is the opponent I most look forward to playing against, but he is also the player I fear the most. I think that he’s an extraordinary player with excellent decision making and mechanics management, and he can play any class well. I’m more than willing to play against Kolento, but I hope it’s further along in the tournament!

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Play mode - Hearthstone Wiki

Play mode is a game mode that matches players against other human players of similar skill. Players can choose to play Casual 'friendly' games, or take part in Ranked play, earning special medals to reflect their skill and standing within the community. Play mode represents the standard mode of Hearthstone play, and can be accessed through the 'Play' button from the main menu screen.

Featuring human opponents who can offer a challenge above that of Practice mode, but lacking the high-stakes gambling elements of the Arena, Play mode is the standard mode of Hearthstone play. It offers more experience than Practice mode above level 10, and allows the completion of daily quests, as well rewarding players with 10 gold for every 3 victories, up to a maximum of 100 gold per day. Play mode is the main forum for play using constructed decks. Where Arena focuses upon shrewd selections of random cards, Play mode is where players can put the lovingly-crafted and painstakingly-collected cards from their own collection into action.

The Play screen allows players to select a custom or basic deck of their choice, before entering the Finding Opponent screen where a suitable opponent will be selected. To the top right of the screen players can select either Ranked or Casual play, determining the form of game played. The two forms are functionally identical: two players do battle using constructed decks of their choosing. However, where Casual games are simple 'friendly' matches, Ranked games take place within a complex ranking system, and offer special rewards.

Players can also choose between Standard format and Wild format through the icon just above the Casual and Ranked buttons. The choice of game format determines which cards are eligible to feature in play, through players' decks and special effects. Standard format is the default option, featuring only cards released in the last 2 years, as well as a core of Basic and Classic cards. Wild format also allows the use of cards from older sets, and only becomes available to players once they possess a card from such a set. Whichever format is chosen, Play mode guarantees that only "regular" cards will appear in a match, as opposed to special cards and mechanics seen in more unpredictable game modes such as adventures and Tavern Brawls.

The combination of mode and game format determines the player's matchmaking pool as well card set limitations, for a total of four separate ways to play: Casual Standard, Casual Wild, Ranked Standard and Ranked Wild. The two Ranked ladders feature separate ranking, while the two Casual formats share a matchmaking pool.[1]

To enter a match, the player must first select a deck with which to do battle. Once the player has unlocked more than 9 deck slots, a side button allows them to switch between two separate pages of decks. The "My Collection" button at the bottom of the screen gives a handy way to switch directly to the Collection Manager and back, without having to navigate the main menu.

The Casual mode selection button

Casual (also known as Unranked Play) matches allow you to experience all the challenges of Play mode, without worrying about losing your hard-won rank. Casual is the perfect place for testing a new deck, or levelling a new class, and is the ideal mode in which to start playing against human opponents, usually after learning the basics in Practice mode.

New players tend to do significantly better in Casual,[2] due to differences in the matchmaking technology (see below). As a result, new players are recommended to stick to Casual until they are confident in their abilities.

Casual lacks the goal-oriented motivation of Ranked mode, and cannot be used to earn rewards from the Highest Rank Bonus chest. However, players can still complete quests, earn experience, and earn gold from winning matches.

Matchmaking[edit | edit source]

Matchmaking in Casual mode is determined by each player's Casual matchmaking rating (MMR), aiming to match the player against an opponent of comparable skill, with wins and losses affecting future opponent selection.[3] Casual MMRs are never reset, but are designed to change quickly in response to win and lose streaks.[4][5] Casual uses a single MMR, shared between Wild and Standard format.[1]

In Casual mode, new players are initially placed in a separate pool, allowing them to play exclusively against other new players. After a certain period, players are introduced into the main matchmaking pool.[6] According to Ben Brode, as of April 2016 players remain in the new player pool until they have played 10 games, or have obtained 2 legendary cards.[7] However, this is something that the developers tweak regularly.[8] The new player pool only exists for Casual Play.[7]

Even beyond the new player pool, Casual is the recommended mode for newer players.[2]

Meta[edit | edit source]

While the rules of Casual and Ranked play are identical, Casual matches generally feature a very different selection of decks, especially at higher levels. This is partly because players in Ranked mode tend to be pursuing success and higher ranks, while players in Casual mode are usually less focused on performance. Many players in Casual mode are experimenting with novel decks or decks with which they are unfamiliar, since they don't want to risk damaging their Ranked standing while doing so; while players in Ranked are more often using polished decks taken from decklists or well-established archetypes, and especially at higher levels are mostly using decks known to be successful in the current meta.

As a result, Casual generally features a larger variety of decks, and a larger range of cards overall. While this can allow players using polished and practised decks to find more success at a given level of play in Casual than in Ranked, for those accustomed to Ranked mode's current meta, Casual opponents can prove difficult to predict, with both deck construction and strategy not matching that predominantly seen in Ranked matches. Conversely, Casual players switching to Ranked may find their opponent's decks to be more polished, but far less diverse.

Main article: Ranked

Ranked (also known as Ranked Play) is the serious side of Play mode, with players able to earn special ranks to reflect their prowess in battle this season. Winning and losing matches can gain or lose players rank, with the player's rank determining matchmaking as well as granting rewards at the end of the season. Each player's rank is reflected in a special medal, visible during Ranked play. 25 ranks exist, with the Legend rank above that.

Ranked play occurs in seasons, each a month long. At the end of each season rewards are handed out, and each player's rank is reset to a far lower number. Rewards mostly come in the form of golden cards and arcane dust, and are partly determined by the player's highest rank that season. Reaching Rank 20 each season will also earn that season's unique card back, while reaching Legend during any season will award the Legend card back.

History
  • Patch 5.0.0.12574 (2016-04-24):
    • The class colours shown on the deck selection screens are now much darker.
  • Patch 4.2.0.12051 (2016-03-14):
    • A Wild/Standard button has been added to the top of the right-hand window, in preparation for the arrival of Standard format.
    • A button has been added to allow players with more than 9 decks to switch between pages of decks.
    • The basic decks subscreen has been removed.
    • The button which allowed players to switch between basic decks and custom decks now serves to take players directly to the collection.
  • Patch 1.0.0.4217 (2013-12-10):
    • User interface:
      • The toggle between Casual and Ranked Play modes is now more explicit.
      • Your player rank (icon and number) is now visible in the friends list, the versus screen and your BattleTag in-game.

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