From Frozen to Backstreet Boys, there are a ton of references.

Easily the most underappreciated aspect of each Hearthstone set is the new flavor text that comes alongside each and every card. These can only be found by inspecting each card individually in the client or on websites like ours. We've examined all 132 new entries from the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan and hand picked our favorite ones.

While we're listing our top ten, there were a few runner ups that we felt like we couldn't exclude. 

Back to TopRunner Ups

  • Kooky Chemist - #abs
  • Shadow Rager - WE WENT THERE!
  • Krul the Unshackled - Spicklefizz pondered his life choices as he looked at the chain around his neck. "Become a warlock," they said. "You get to enslave demons," they said.
  • Cryomancer - She loves Frozen. I mean who doesn't?
  • Manic Soulcaster - When casting a tournament, you really have to put your soul into it!

Back to Top10. Backstreet Leper

Back to TopQuit playing games with his heart. And his fingers. And foot. It's rude.

Backstreet Leper is one giant Backstreet Boys reference and we love every second of it.


Back to Top9. Kabal Trafficker

Back to TopShe ships illicit mana crystals around the world in packages marked: FUNNEL CAKE.

This one mostly makes the cut because the Hearthstone community has long suspected that funnel cake, mentioned in multiple flavor texts and card sounds previously, was something much more illicit and now we finally get confirmation.


Back to Top8. Big-Time Racketeer

Back to Top"It'd be a shame if someone disenchanted those Legendaries."

We're big fans of Blizzard when it decides to reference Hearthstone inside of its own cards. Breaking the fourth wall is a great way to get people to identify with what the card is trying to personify.


Back to Top7. Lotus Illusionist

Back to TopIf you think her Illidan and Sylvanas cosplay is great, wait till you see her Reno Jackson!

We like this one because it's pretty simple at face value and harkens back to the popularity of cosplaying for Blizzard titles. Hearthstone may not be among the represented all that frequently, but the team still made sure that all three options were six-mana cards, matching her effect.


Back to Top6. Kabal Songstealer

Back to TopGadgetzan Writer’s Award goes to the player who writes the most compelling fanfic about why this Arrakoa has a golden frog in his hand!

Fan fiction is more of a thing for Overwatch, but this one, in particular, is made much, much better by a flavor text we haven't gotten to just yet.


Back to Top5. Madam Goya

Back to TopShe has set up her Black Market here in Gadgetzan for one purpose, to make a KILLING when Beanie Babies make their inevitable comeback.

First, Backstreet Boys, now Beanie Babies? Blizzard really going in on the 90s here.


Back to Top4. Pint-Size Potion

Back to TopI hope you didn't disenchant your Shadow Word: Horror!

Everyone's first reaction to this was imagining how good it was with Shadow Word: Horror, so it's great to see Blizzard acknowledge that directly in the flavor text.


Back to Top3. Doppelgangster

Back to Top"Every me, get in here!"

We're a sucker for Grim Patron memes.


Back to Top2. Red Mana Wyrm

Back to TopIt has double the Attack. "Go on." And double the Health. "Yes??" And its trigger has twice the effect. "WHAT???" And it costs… Five times more.

We feel like this is Blizzard explaining Red Mana Wyrm directly to the community and they're well aware how that would play out.


Back to Top1. Devolve

Back to TopRagnaros looked down. He looked like some kind of War Golem. "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME," he yelled. But all that came out was a deep grinding sound. He began to cry.

We mentioned fan fiction and this is fantastic. Poor Ragnaros the Firelord.