Grinding For Gold In HearthstoneHaving been given one of the first rounds of Hearthstone Beta Keys because of my Warcraft community influence as a WoW podcast host on The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast, I've had a lot of time to dig into Blizzards upcoming CCG, Hearthstone. In this post on Grinding Gold In Hearthstone, I will share some of the tips and tricks I have discovered while being a Hearthstone Beta Tester.
Getting Gold In Hearthstone
Gold is the currency that can be earned in game from completing daily quests, completing achievements, and winning matches against random opponents. You can then spend the gold you've earned on either booster packs (for 100 gold each) or on Arena Entries (150 gold each). I understand that the goal for many new players will be to grind as much gold as possible in Hearthstone to unlock booster packs without having to spend money on the game. That's why I am writing this guide on earning gold in Hearthstone.
Sources of Gold in Hearthstone:
- Daily Quests - Mosts award 40-60 gold, but 1 awards 100 gold.
- Completion Rewards - Completing certain objectives and achievements can award gold.
- Winning Matches - Beating other players in Play mode or Arena matches awards 5 gold per 5 wins.
Earn Hearthstone Gold From Daily Quests
You can have up to a total of 3 active daily quests in your quest log. You must complete one to make room for a new quest as 3 is the maximum number of quests you can have active at one time. Here is a table with each quest and their respective gold rewards:
|Druid Victory||Win 2 Games with a Druid||40 Gold|
|Hunter Victory||Win 2 Games with a Hunter||40 Gold|
|Mage Victory||Win 2 Games with a Mage||40 Gold|
|Paladin Victory||Win 2 Games with a Paladin||40 Gold|
|Priest Victory||Win 2 Games with a Priest||40 Gold|
|Rogue Victory||Win 2 Games with a Rogue||40 Gold|
|Shaman Victory||Win 2 Games with a Shaman||40 Gold|
|Warlock Victory||Win 2 Games with a Warlock||40 Gold|
|Warrior Victory||Win 2 Games with a Warrior||40 Gold|
|Druid Dominance||Win 5 Games with a Druid||60 Gold|
|Hunter Dominance||Win 5 Games with a Hunter||60 Gold|
|Mage Dominance||Win 5 Games with a Mage||60 Gold|
|Paladin Dominance||Win 5 Games with a Paladin||60 Gold|
|Priest Dominance||Win 5 Games with a Priest||60 Gold|
|Rogue Dominance||Win 5 Games with a Rogue||60 Gold|
|Shaman Dominance||Win 5 Games with a Shaman||60 Gold|
|Warlock Dominance||Win 5 Games with a Warlock||60 Gold|
|Warrior Dominance||Win 5 Games with a Warrior||60 Gold|
|Destroy Them All!||Destroy 40 Minions||40 Gold|
|Only the Mighty||Play 20 Minions that cost 5 or more||40 Gold|
|The Meek shall Inherit||Play 40 Minions that cost 2 or less||40 Gold|
|Spell Master||Play 40 Spells||40 Gold|
|Beat Down||Deal 100 damage to enemy heroes||40 Gold|
|Total Dominance||Win 7 games in any mode||100 Gold|
|3 Victories!||Win 3 Games with any Class||40 Gold|
Earning Hearthstone Gold & Packs From Completion Awards
|Collect All Basic Cards||Get Every Hero to Level 10||100 Gold|
|Crushed Them All||Beat Every AI Hero At Expert Level||100 Gold|
|Chicken Dinner||100 Wins In Any Mode||300 Gold|
|Big Winner||1000 Wins In Any Mode||300 Gold|
|First Blood||Play Once in Play Mode||1 Pack|
|Enter The Arena||First Arena Entry Is Free||1 Pack+|
|Level Up||Get a Class to Level 10||1 Pack|
Winning Matches For Gold In Hearthstone
In the Hearthstone Closed Beta you earn
One thing to be aware of is that the
NOTE: Since the major Hearthstone Patch & Wipe, the gold earned from Play Mode wins has thankfully been increased to 10 gold per 3 wins. This makes grinding for gold in Hearthstone much easier and greatly speeds up the rate at which you can earn gold as a F2P player.
You cannot earn gold or complete quests when playing against your friends; the matches must be against random opponents.
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Gold Farming Strategy & Tips for BeginnersThe first things you should focus on as a new Hearthstone player are:
- Get your Mage Deck to Level 10 - Earn 1 Booster Pack
- Unlock all other Class Decks (By beating each of them in Practice Mode) - Earn 100 gold
- Get all Class Decks to Level 10 - Earn 100 gold
- Defeat each Deck once in Expert AI Mode - Earn 100 gold
- Grind your daily quests - Earn 40 gold per day
I would strongly advise that you do not play ranked matches until you have unlocked all decks, have all of those decks' basic cards unlocked, and have beaten every AI class on Expert Mode. The way the ranking system works, you will rank up as you win matches, so unlocking all of the cards first against either the AI or in unranked PvP matches will be the best option. This way you have all of your basic cards unlocked and can build better custom decks before starting to earn wins and rank up, which will lead you to face tougher opponents. This will also help you each day on your daily quests because you will be playing with every class deck. You don't want to pick your favorite deck, get a bunch of ranked wins, and then get stuck playing against high ranked opponents with your weak alternate class decks that don't have cards unlocked on the days those daily quests come up. Trust me! Unlock all decks and those decks' cards before playing ranked matches and advancing in rank.
Then once you have the above objectives completed:
- Play 1 ranked match - Earn 1 Booster Pack
- Play 1 Arena Match - Earn 1 Booster Pack plus extra Gold, Dust, and possible Golden Cards depending on how well you do. The first Arena Entry is free, so that is why you get at least 1 free booster from trying out the Arena Mode.
Those are the easy ways to earn gold and free Hearthstone booster packs. From there on you will be working towards your 100 Wins to get 300 gold and then 1000 total Wins to earn another 300 gold. To get those wins you have 2 choices: Play Arena, or Grind Gold against random PvP opponents. The good thing is that the wins in Arena also count towards your Daily Quests, 5 gold for 5 Wins, and Achievements.
If you want to Grind Gold in Play Mode
I recommend building a speed deck. Pick one of the faster decks that can bring out a quick force of minions and then support those minions with your own creature control, direct damage, and removal spells to clear the way for your minions to attack quickly. In my opinion the 3 fastest decks for this strategy are Mage, Rogue, & Hunter. All 3 have direct damage dealing Class Abilities and Class Spells that include plenty of creature control options. You should build a deck with small cheap creatures, lots of removal, and some direct damage spells.
Here as an example: Hearthstone Mage Deck w Basic Cards Only.
The goal is to either win or lose quickly, since the more matches you play the more chances you have of increasing your potential gold per hour. Win fast or lose fast. If you win, then great. If not, move on to the next match as quickly as possible. If your goal is to grind gold for free booster packs, then you want speed wins and quick losses. You do not want to be playing a deck that thrives in the mid to late game and takes a long time to determine the match's outcome. If you are grinding for gold, you are much better off playing a speed deck and turning over opponents quickly.
You can play in Ranked or Unranked matches, so Unranked is the better choice because you when you rank up you cannot descend in rank. As you get higher in rank, you will face tougher opponents.
If you want to Play Arena Mode For Gold & Packs:
I really enjoy Arena Mode. Arena Mode costs 150 gold (or $1.99) to enter, but what you can win is determined by how well you perform with your deck.
When you play Arena Mode you build your deck from randomly selected cards. You are given 3 card options and get to pick 1 that will go directly into your deck. You repeat this selection process 30 times to build your 30 card deck. You then duel random opponents until you get to 3 losses.
Every Arena Entry will award you with 1 Booster Pack and then dust, gold, and golden cards based on your final record. Your break even is around 5 wins (I've hit in 4 wins as well) per Arena Entry if you are using the 150 gold entry fee. Since you get a Booster Pack which costs 100 gold, you only need to make up 50 gold in your bonus prizes in order to break even. If you can win over 5 matches you will earn slightly more gold and dust, but the real goal should be to hit 7 or more wins each time you play Arena Mode. At 7 wins the awards get much better and you can start to earn back your entire 150 gold entry fee in addition to the booster pack, dust, and golden cards. For example, I had an 8-3 record and was awarded: a Booster Pack, 55 Dust, a Golden "Flare" Hunter card, and 170 gold! So I made a profit on that round of the Arena.
Unlocking all of the other decks and playing them to unlock all of the decks' cards is great training for learning the other classes and their decks, because you will be using various classes on the arena because you have to choose from a random set of 3 classes each time you play in Arena Mode.
Arena mode is a bit of a gamble with its extra 50 gold entry fee, but once you get the hang of the game it can be very rewarding. Arena Mode requires a different set of skills, since you are building your decks from random cards, but it is also a lot of fun too. And once you get good at Arena, you have the chance to keep playing for free if you can get to 7 or 8 wins each time and recoup your entry fee as well as your booster pack and other rewards. Good luck in there!
Other Tips For Playing Hearthstone Efficiently
- Don't Play Ranked Matches Early On - Unlock all basic cards first.
- Daily Quests - Always complete them each day.
- When Gold Grinding For Wins - Always use a speed deck. Fast wins & losses are better than drawn out wins or losses.
- Conceding Is Good - If you've lost, Concede. Conceding moves you to a new opponenets faster and increases your potential gold per hour earnings.
- Do Not Disenchant & Craft Cards If You Plan To Buy Packs - Wait until you have bought your packs before doing any crafting. The worst thing you can do is waste a bunch of dust to craft a card and then find it in a booster pack you open.
- Playing Ranked Matches Is Optional - You can still earn gold for wins and complete daily quests for gold while playing in Unranked Mode.
NOTE: Crushed Them All quest is currently bugged and will sometimes not be awarded once you beat all of the AI decks on expert mode. This happened to me post-wipe, but all you need to do is go back through and beat them all over again until you get credit for the quest (and the wins that didn't get counted the first time). Annoying, but it's worth doubling back through the game just to get the pack and you can use a second deck and unlock extra basic cards while you complete the Crushed Them All Achievement.
I hope this Starter's Guide For Grinding Gold In Hearthstone is a big help to you. Enjoy your time in Hearthstone and look out. I'll be coming for you!
I've also started a series on Common Mistakes Hearthstone Players Make.
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