You can ask anyone. It's entirely common for new players to be intimidated by the prospect of Hearthstone's Arena. You're paying 50 more gold than you normally would in the hopes that you'll earn even greater rewards. But that's not all the game mode offers, you're also getting to experience a unique mode where you draft your deck one card at a time. This helps break up the monotony that can come with constructed ladder play and it's a way to use cards you normally wouldn't. But if you're new, it can be a bit scary.
Our latest guide by Stonekeep looks to introduce new players to all of the basic information you should know.
We run down class selection, the drafting process, how matchmaking works, some special rules, and what rewards you can expect to see. On top of that, we also try to explain to you when Arena is "worth" it from an economic perspective. And we share a few cool facts you might not know if you haven't been playing Hearthstone for long.
The Arena is one of the three PvP modes currently available in Hearthstone (the other ones being Constructed and Tavern Brawl). If you’re coming from another card game, Arena is similar to the “draft mode” present in a number of them. Unlike Constructed, where you can build your own deck with the cards in your collection, Arena doesn’t let you choose from all the available cards. You play with unique decks, drafted card by card specifically for this mode from the pool of Standard cards (with a few exceptions) and following a slightly different ruleset.
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After selecting 30 individual cards, you’re then matched up against opponents.
The Arena run finishes when one of the two conditions is met – either you get to 12 wins (and get the best possible rewards) or you lose three games and your run ends no matter how high you got. Which means that the run can end at 12-1 or it can end at 4-3. The higher you get – the better rewards you earn. You can also terminate any Arena run prematurely by pressing the “Retire” button. Rewards are counted for the score you ended up with (so if you retire at 0-0, it counts the rewards for 0 wins).
Players are generally matched against others with very similar scores to even the chances. If you’re at 2-2, the game will try to look for another 2-2 player, but if it fails to find one, it will broaden the search and include the similar 1-2 and 2-1 players. At a lower number of wins, you can be nearly sure that you’re playing against someone with the same score. However, if you get past seven wins, especially during off-hours, the matchmaking gets a bit looser.