How To Pick The Best Cards - Episode 31

May 16, 2014


  • Scott Lantz is on the show this week
  • Topic: Card Evaluation 101
  • Reasons to be happy this week

What Is Card Evaluation?

  • Goal: Teach players how to determine the value of any card
  • There are good and bad cards in the game on purpose
  • This is the fastest way to get better at Hearthstone!
  • All card evaluations are subjective to player personality and deck types, so think critically

Hearthstone Pick Juggle

The Vanilla Test

  • Compare the bare-bone stats of a card to see if it’s good
  • Rule of thumb: Attack + Health = (ManaCost * 2) + 1
  • You can lump the stats of summoned “pets” with the card that summons them
  • Chillwind Yeti
  • Razorfen Hunter

Direct Comparison

The Cost of Standard Effects

  • Most standard effects (healing, direct damage, card draw) have a typical mana cost associated that Blizzard adds to the minion.
  • There’s no magic answer with this. This is hard to define and uses fuzzy math.
  • Spells vary too often to make an accurate list for them. These numbers apply to effects attached to minions
  • 1/1 on a creature = 1 mana
  • Stealth = 0.5 mana
  • Taunt = 0.5 mana
  • Divine Shield = 1.5 mana
  • Spell Damage +1 = 0.5 mana
  • 1 Card Draw = 2 or 2.5 mana (variable)
  • 1 point of Direct Damage = 1-2 mana (variable)
  • Charge = variable; expense increases with power of the minion
  • Shattered Sun Cleric vs. Flesheating Ghoul vs. Thrallmar Farseer

Special Abilities

  • Some of the special abilities cannot be directly evaluated since they’re so variable
  • But many give simple benefits, like +1/+1 or 1 damage under certain situations. It’s generally possible to figure out how many activations they need to break even with their cost.
  • Frostwolf Warlord
  • Priestess of Elune vs. Frost Elemental vs. Hogger

The Class Benefit

Hearthstone Pick Demons

The Randomness Factor

  • Randomness is inherently risky, so be careful overvaluing it.
  • There are different types of randomness, though. Randomness that can be “shaped” to control the outcome are generally better
  • Mad Bomber vs. Deadly Shot

Card Advantage


  • Versatility sometimes comes in the form of explicit choice, like Druid cards
  • Sometimes it comes from different and potentially unexpected ways to use an ability
  • Blessing of Wisdom
  • Inner Rage

High Maintenance

The Board State

  • There are four states you can be in, in a Hearthstone game: Developing, Ahead, Parity, or Behind
  • Cards are often better in some of those states and worse in others
  • Some states are more important to be better in. Ahead is the least valuable, because you’re already winning.

Hearthstone Pick Discard


  • Question from Nerdvana247: Are Rogue underpowered?
  • iTunes Review: MrBthoven

Card of the Week

Hearthstone Soul of the Forest


The Best Free Warlock and Rogue Decks - Episode 30

May 3, 2014


  • Jin is on the show this week
  • Topic: The best free decks for Warlock and Rogue
  • Reasons to be happy this week

How Free Cards Work

  • Each hero starts with a set of free spells and you unlock more as you level them up
  • You also get a big heap of neutral minions immediately when you start
  • All of these free cards are combined into the “Basic Set”
  • Blizzard built some starter decks, but they’re far from ideal. We’re going to make better ones.

How To Make The Best Free Decks

  • Level the class you want to play to 10 to unlock all of your options
  • Go to “My Collections” on the main menu and filter the cards by “Basic Set”
  • Put the cards we list below into your list, and look if you already have the ones we suggest crafting and upgrading to.
  • Website view: Free Rogue CardsFree Warlock CardsFree Neutral Minions

Hearthstone Free Warlock Win

The Best Free Warlock Deck

Strategy: Zerg. Zerg hard. Play creatures that offer utility as well as a body. Cheap cards with double top deck power to overwhelm your opponent early in the game.

The Deck List

First Crafting Goals

If you enjoy this deck, you’re going to want to untangle the mixture of two popular Warlock decks: Murloc and Zoo. Murloc is less popular right now and Zoo is considered very strong so we are going to work towards the standard Zoo deck with our upgrades.

Hearthstone Free Rogue Win

The Best Free Rogue Deck

Strategy: Play efficient minions at a slow pace, while you use removal spells and weapons to slow down your opponent’s aggression. Survive to the mid and late game, where your efficient use of cards will give you the advantage you need to bully out your opponent.

Deck List

First Crafting Goals


  • Question from MouseDivided: The balance of Aggro decks right now
  • iTunes Review: Dradardanggotu and jtechvfx

Card of the Week

Hearthstone Harrison Jones