The success of Pokemon GO has been well documented over on our sister site Zam.com. It's certainly taken the world by storm with up to one thousand players gathering in one location to catch them all. But what cards and archetypes would the infamous Team Valor, Instinct, and Mystic play if they booted up Hearthstone?

Team Valor


"Pokémon are stronger than humans, and they’re warmhearted too! I’m researching ways to enhance Pokémon’s natural power in the pursuit of true strength. There’s no doubt that the Pokémon our team have trained are the strongest in battle! Are you ready?"

With Team Valor power is important with the group driven by passion and strength. While these minions might not all be warmhearted exactly, aside from the fact that one literally breathes fire from within, they certainly fit the rest of the mold.
  • Deathwing, Dragonlord - Since Deathwing is usually quoted as being power incarnate, but isn't much of a team player, it felt appropriate to feature the new Old Gods version of him. He rules over the dragons with strength and he's most certainly passionate about retaining that position.
  • Edwin VanCleef - Edwin's mechanics embody the Valor ideals in his mechanics. You literally enhance his power by casting spells.
  • Justicar Trueheart - Justicar returns the favor by improving your own power in return.
  • Varian Wrynn - Leader of the Alliance, there can be no one more passionate than Varian.

Deck Equivalent: Tempo Warrior

Team Instinct


"Pokémon are creatures with excellent intuition. I bet the secret to their intuition is related to how they’re hatched. Come on and join my team! You never lose when you trust your instincts!"

Following your instincts, obviously, is a major part of Team Instinct's mantra. Members belive in their Pokemon's abilities and have a huge amount of trust in them. They're also known to follow their gut-feelings and not second guess things.
  • Yogg-Saron, Hope's End - Playing Yogg-Saron always involves you trusting that it won't discard your hand or buff the opponent's minions, but that it will do what it takes to win you the game.
  • Confessor Paletress - To a lesser extent, Paletress does this as well. You must believe that she's going to summon useful legendaries and not something that's only going to help your opponent.

Deck Equivalent: Yogg Druid

Team Mystic


"The wisdom of Pokémon is immeasurably deep. I am researching why it is that they evolve. My team? With our calm analysis of every situation, we can’t lose!"

With a focus on calmness, wisdom, and intellect it makes sense to feature cards that are literally that (like Lorewalker Cho and Eadric the Pure), but in a way Alexstrasza also fits the mold. Despite finding yourself low on health you remain calm when she's in your hand, have the smarts to know when to play her, and the wisdom from the start that you can rely upon her to save yourself. Saraad on the other hand is more tranquil, offering to let the opponent concede before battle, but being deeply rooted in his intellect, giving you random spells to cast.
  • Alexstrasza - Remain calm even though you're low on health. Wisdom to know you'll be fine.
  • Lorewalker Cho - Come on, it's Lorewalker Cho, how could he not embody calmness, wisdom, and intellect?
  • Nexus-Champion Saraad - One of the lesser inclusions. But does have all three qualities of Team Mystic.
  • Eadric the Pure - By setting your opponent's minions attack to one, he literally promotes calmness and tranquility on the playing field.

Deck Equivalent: Freeze Mage

Gif Sources: Team Mystic, Team Valor, Team Instinct