Battlegrounds




For the cosmetic maps games are played on, see Battlefield. Battlegrounds menu

Battlegrounds is a game mode where eight players face off in 1v1 rounds, with the goal to be the last player standing. Each round consists of two phases. The Recruit Phase lets players purchase and sell minions, upgrade the tavern, use their hero power, and rearrange their minions’ attack order. Combat Phase has minions automatically attacking the opponents’ until one player (or both) has no minions remaining, at which point the victor attacks the loser directly.

Unlike other play modes, Battlegrounds has a set of cards totally unique to itself (although many are functionally identical to collectible cards) as well as a pool of specialized heroes. All Battlegrounds cards are available from the beginning.

Battlegrounds is significantly different from all other play modes in Hearthstone, featuring completely different mechanics from anything previously seen. There is no mana: instead, the only resource is Coins (similar to the Bartender Bob, Bartendotron, and Bazaar Bob encounters from previous Single-player adventures). All minions cost 3 Coins, with the power of minions instead dictated by their Tavern Tier, shown in the usual place of mana on the card interface. Minions do not attack the opponent directly – rather, surviving minions add Tavern Tier to the hero’s attack once the round is over.

Battlegrounds was first revealed at BlizzCon 2019 on November 1, where attendees could try out the new game mode first-hand. Shortly after BlizzCon, closed beta started on November 5 and Battlegrounds was available for free to all players who attended BlizzCon, purchased a BlizzCon virtual ticket, or pre-purchased the new expansion Descent of Dragons. During the week that followed, players who watched participating Hearthstone streamers on Twitch could earn a Twitch drop for Battlegrounds Early Access and start playing with the game mode as well, in closed beta. Open beta soon followed a week later at 10am PT on November 12, opening for free to the public for all players.[1]

Contents

  • 1 Gameplay
    • 1.1 Recruit Phase
    • 1.2 Combat Phase
  • 2 Rating
  • 3 Heroes
    • 3.1 Current Heroes
    • 3.2 Retired Heroes
  • 4 Minions
    • 4.1 Tier 1
    • 4.2 Tier 2
    • 4.3 Tier 3
    • 4.4 Tier 4
    • 4.5 Tier 5
    • 4.6 Tier 6
    • 4.7 Unpurchasable
    • 4.8 Hero-specific
    • 4.9 Retired
    • 4.10 Retired (Unpurchaseable)
  • 5 Notes
  • 6 Emotes
  • 7 Videos
  • 8 Soundtrack
  • 9 Patch changes
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links

A Battlegrounds minion. Note the Tier rating in place of a mana cost.

Battlegrounds has a large selection of different heroes available, all of which have vastly different hero powers and strategies therein. At the beginning of the match, each player is offered two (or four if you have Battlegrounds Perks) heroes to choose from. The large pool of heroes ensures that no given hero is offered to more than one player in the same match.

Replacing the usual History bar, a sidebar displaying every hero in the match as well as their rough health amount is visible at all times. Heroes are arranged from most to least health descending, with the players in the top four spots numbered and the player in first given a crown. Hovering over any icon will give you detailed information about that player, including the player’s username, their hero power, Tavern Tier, how many of the majority minion Tribe they have in their lineup, as well as a summary of who they fought in the last two rounds and how much damage was dealt (either receiving or attacking on that player’s end). Additionally, your next and current opponent has a glowing red border and is slightly ajar from the other icons.

Minion abilities

Most abilities functionally exactly like they do in the base game, including aura effects like Baron Rivendare and Brann Bronzebeard working just like you’d expect. Minion abilities are active during both the Recruit Phase and Combat Phase. There are a few minor changes though.

  • Windfury causes the minion to attack twice in each sequence.
  • Taunt forces all minions to attack it first. If there are multiple Taunt minions, targets are chosen randomly between them. Very few cards can ignore Taunt.
  • Random Summon effects can only create minions from the Battlegrounds mode. However, cost-related effects like Piloted Sky Golem and Piloted Shredder will only create minions that have the stated mana cost in their original forms. All minions exclusive to Battlegrounds do have a mana cost, but it cannot be seen in-game.

Recruit Phase[edit | edit source]

A break-down of the Recruit Phase interface.

The Recruit Phase is the most important part of Battlegrounds. Rather than building a deck of cards, Bob’s Tavern allows players to manipulate the game by purchasing, selling, and rearranging minions in play. At the beginning of the game, you only have 3 Coins to spend, but you gain one each round up to a maximum of ten. Just like Mana Crystals, Coins are not conserved between rounds, so it’s wise to maximize your spending each visit to the tavern.

All enchantments received by minions in the Recruit Phase are permanent, encouraging the player to invest in buffs to build their best minions up.

Each Recruit Phase lasts a limited amount of time, with the exact figure replacing the End Turn button. The first round is 30 seconds, and it increases each round, capping off at 120 seconds.[verification requested] This period is unavoidable, so you should try to maximize the time you have. Note that the Recruit Phase timer begins during the Combat Phase, meaning shorter combats will give you more time to recruit.

The matchups for the next Combat Phase is decided at the start of the Recruit Phase, and your next opponent’s portrait on the left will be enlarged and highlighted.

Recruiting

Upon entering the Tavern, Bob will have a group of minions lined up ready to be purchased. Minions can be purchased by dragging the minion over your hero or into your hand. Each minion costs 3 Coins (no matter their Tavern Tier), so choose wisely. Available minions automatically reset at the start of each round.

Once a minion is purchased, it is added to your hand and can be played at any time for free as long as you have the board space. You can have a maximum of seven minions at a time. Minions in play cannot be returned to your hand however, only removed by being sold or fused into Triple Cards.

You can access higher-tier minions by upgrading your Tavern Tier. The minions that are offered to you in Bob’s Tavern comes from a pool of shared minions, shared by all players. All minions that are at or below your Tavern Tier level are available to be offered to you in Bob’s Tavern, with the minions being randomly selected from the shared pool. Because the minion pool is shared, if another player buys a minion that you can buy (and the player is also still alive), you will have less chance of being offered that specific minion when Bob’s Tavern is re-rolled, because there is one less in the pool.[2]

The following is a table of the number of copies of each minion associated with each Tavern Tier:[3]

Tavern Tier Copies of each minion
1 16
2 15
3 13
4 11
5 9
6 7
Minion Type Count by Tier level

Tier Beast Demon Dragon Mech Murloc None Total
1 2 2 2 2 3 3 14
2 3 2 2 5 2 3 17
3 2 1 2 4 1 7 17
4 1 2 3 4 1 4 15
5 3 3 3 2 2 4 17
6 4 1 1 1 1 3 11
Total 15 11 13 18 10 24 91

Rearranging and Selling

Minions in play can be freely rearranged by dragging them to another position on the board. This is important since it determines the order in which minions attack and also allows positional effects like Dire Wolf Alpha and Defender of Argus to be made the most use of.

If you no longer want a minion, you can sell it to Bob by picking it up and dragging it over him. All minions are sold for 1 Coin, including tokens. Mainly, this is a way to extend your Coins to buy new minions you might not otherwise be able to afford. This can be also useful for cycling a powerful Battlecry with a weak body like Strongshell Scavenger, or creating money from tokens like a Murloc Scout created by Murloc Tidehunter. It’s also essential for ensuring you have enough board space for better minions as you continue to upgrade your Tavern.

Triple Cards

When you have two minions of a kind, obtaining a third will fuse them into a powerful Triple Card. Triple Cards retain any Enchantments the minions previously did, as well as feature doubled stats and occasionally stronger abilities, on top of cosmetically being Golden.[4] Triple Cards are added to your hand from the battlefield, allowing you to reuse their Battlecries. Additionally, playing a Triple Card will add a Triple Reward spell to your hand, which allows you to Discover a minion from the Tavern Tier above you (or from Tier 6 if you are Tier 6). Minions do not need to be in play to become Triple Cards; storing them in your hand will still activate the fusion.

Whenever a player makes a Triple Card, a notification is shown to everyone at the sidebar.

Even token minions have Triple Card versions, with all the aforementioned rules and benefits. Sometimes it’s a good idea to hold on to tokens early, giving you a free higher tier minion.

Card fusions into Triple Cards happen as soon as three of the same minion exist on your side of the battlefield or hand. The fusion may take place in between phases, and fusions can even take place multiple times in a phase. This can be seen distinctly due to Brann Bronzebeard and Khadgar. When playing a Murloc Tidehunter with Brann, Khadgar, and two other minions on the battlefield the following will occur:

  1. A Murloc Scout is summoned from the Tidehunter
  2. Khadgar summons another one
  3. Brann triggers the battlecry again
  4. A third Murloc Scout is summoned
  5. Due to there being 3 Murloc Scouts on the board, the fuse into a Triple Card
  6. Khadgar summons another Murloc Scout

Tavern Upgrades Battlegrounds Upgrade.png

At any time, you can upgrade your Tavern to the next tier. This will improve the quality of minions offered and occasionally increase the number of minions for sale. The number of minions offered to the player starts in 3 and is increases by 1 at tiers 2, 4 and 6. Taverns start at tier 1 and can be upgraded to tier 6. Your current Tavern Tier is displayed on a small flag next to Bob, and is visible to all players when you hover over. Upgrading will also notify every other player which tier you currently are.

Upgrading starts at 5 Coins, and each upgrade costs more than the last. However, at the start of each round, you remain on the same tier, the cost of upgrading reduces by 1. It’s a good idea to upgrade as frequently as you can, to avoid falling behind as other players gain more and more powerful boards.

Tavern Tier Base Cost
2 5
3 7
4 8
5 9
6 10

Refreshing Battlegrounds Refresh.png

If you don’t like what Bob has to offer, you can spend 1 Coin to Refresh the board. This can be done as many times per turn as you have Coins to spend. Refreshing is also the fastest way to get minions from your next Tavern Tier, since they won’t automatically update on purchase.

Freezing Battlegrounds Freeze.png

See something you like but don’t have the Coins for it? You can use the Freeze button to save whatever board Bob has for the next round. Freeze can be toggled on and off for free, saving any minions on the board for the next round. This can be very helpful for completing a Triple Card or snagging a powerful minion.

When you freeze an incomplete board, due to you having bought one or more of them, or when upgrading the tavern to a tier that increases the number of minions offered, new minions will be added to the ones you froze at the next recruiting phase.

Generally, if you have nothing else to do, you should spend the rest of your Coins on Refresh, to see if you get a good minion to Freeze.

Hero Powers

Active Hero powers are available during this phase and can be used by paying their requested Coin cost. They essentially act as another ability that can be used and often have powerful effects but cannot win games on their own. Knowing whether to spend Coins on them or to Refresh for better minions is a skill unto itself.

Spells

Occasionally, hero powers and cards will give you spells you can cast. Like everything, spells can only be played in this phase, and directly impact the battlefield as a one-time effect. They sometimes have an associated Coin cost.

Combat Phase[edit | edit source]

Minions attack automatically.

In the Combat Phase, you enter combat with another player, facing off against their board. There is no player input on this part of the game, simply letting numbers, strategy, and a bit of luck play out. Unlike the Recruit Phase, buffs received in this mode are lost once the combat is over. The Combat Phase does not actually last any time. When a Recruit Phase ends, the next one immediately begins. If a player disconnects and reconnects, they may skip the Combat Phase and immediately enter the next Recruit Phase. This also means that if a player dies in the Combat Phase, their deaths are processed immediately after the previous Recruit Phase. If a player lives through the Combat phase but concedes during it, their death will be processed after every player who died through attacks in the same phase, meaning that the conceding player, in this case, will place higher than all players who died through attacks in the same phase.

Hero Powers

Before attacking begins, any Hero Powers that trigger on the next Combat are activated. This can have a serious impact on the board state.

Attacking

The player with the greater number of minions attacks first. If the number of minions is equal for both players, one of the players is randomly selected to attack first. Minions attack automatically, starting in sequence from the leftmost minion to the rightmost for each player, then repeating. Minions that are newly summoned (e.g. from Deathrattles) participate in this left-to-right attacking. All attack targets are chosen randomly unless the other player has Taunts, in which case minions attack the Taunts first. This random nature of attacks adds a degree of luck to the outcome of each battle. This continues until one or both players have all minions destroyed.

If a minion is supposed to attack but has 0 attack, it skips its attack.

Damage

At the end of combat, the player with surviving minions (if any) deals damage to their opponent. Damage dealt is equal to their current Tavern Tier, plus the combined tiers of all their surviving minions (tokens are always tier 1). Particularly devastating rounds near the end of the game can deal 20 or more damage at once.

Should the round end in a draw, which occurs if no minions survive for either player, no player deals damage. The round will also end in a draw if both players only control 0-attack minions. This can happen as soon as the round begins.

Kel’Thuzad

When there is an uneven number of players, one player will face off against a dummy hero Kel’Thuzad. Kel’Thuzad takes the board and tavern tier of a previously defeated player but has 0 actual health. Generally, this fight is much easier than normal since the opponent will have had no ability to further alter their board. However, you can still take damage and even lose, so be somewhat careful. Kel’thuzad will only take the board of the player who died the most recently when a player is assigned to fight him at the beginning of the Recruit Phase. However, if a player concedes during a phase, Kel’thuzad will also take that board and continue the battle with the player assigned at the start of the phase.

Resetting

At the end of each Combat Phase, each board is returned in the same position they started in, with all minions restored to life and all tokens created during combat removed. Any permanent Enchantments from previous Recruit Phases are also retained.

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The rating system in Battlegrounds is your matchmaking rating or MMR for short. It goes up if you placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, all of which counts as a win in Hearthstone Battlegrounds. The higher your MMR is, the more skilled your opponents will be. The lower it is, the less skilled they will be.

Battlegrounds MMR is calculated using a rating system different from an ELO or a Glicko rating system. After each match, a player’s rating gets updated based on a combination of things: the player’s rating, the opponents’ ratings, the player’s place of finish, the player’s predicted win chance, the player’s variance, and other factors. Below 6500 rating, there is also a positive progression adjustment boost for each game a player plays, based on the player’s current rating. This means that every game a player below 6500 rating plays will award a small boost to the player’s MMR rating.

There were no plans to reset MMR,[5] but a “normalization pass” might be done in the future to adjust players above 5,500 rating down to 5,500.[6]

  • For the official explanation of how MMR is calculated in Battlegrounds, please check out the official blog post.
  • For the accidental change to the MMR system that occurred on December 5, 2019, please check out the official forum post.

On March 8th 2020, Dean Ayala posted a Battlegrounds rating distribution for only players who had completed at least 5 games of Battlegrounds in the last 20 days:[7]

Rating Placement
8700 Top 0.01%
8000 Top 0.1%
7000 Top 1%
6500 Top 3%
6000 Top 10%
5500 Top 20%
<5000 62% of players

Each player is given a choice between two (or four in case you have obtained the Tavern Pass) of unique heroes to choose from at the start of the game. The playable heroes of Battlegrounds are composed of various legendary minions, bosses and recurring characters throughout Hearthstone‘s history. They all start with 40 health (except Patchwerk, who starts with 50 instead) and are all neutral. Despite their original incarnations being voiced, their Battlegrounds counterparts do not make sounds at all.

Currently, there are 34 heroes. Heroes rotate in and out of the game. Any retired hero may be reintroduced into Battlegrounds in another patch.

Current Heroes[edit | edit source]

Hero Hero Power
A. F. Kay Procrastinate: Skip your first two turns. Start with two minions from Tavern Tier 3. (Passive)
Alexstrasza Queen of Dragons: After you upgrade Bob’s Tavern to Tavern Tier 5, Discover two Dragons. (Passive)
Arch-Villain Rafaam I’ll Take That!: Next combat, add a plain copy of the first minion you kill to your hand. (1 Coin)
Bartendotron Skilled Bartender: Reduce the cost of Tavern Tiers by (1). (Passive)
Edwin VanCleef Sharpen Blades: Give a minion +1/+1 for each minion you’ve bought this turn. (1 Coin)
Elise Starseeker Lead Explorer: When you upgrade Bob’s Tavern, get a ‘Recruitment Map’. (Passive)
Dancin’ Deryl Hat Trick: After you sell a minion, randomly give a minion in Bob’s Tavern +1/+1 twice. (Passive)
Deathwing ALL Will Burn!: ALL minions have +2 Attack. (Passive)
Fungalmancer Flurgl Gone Fishing: After you sell a Murloc, add a random Murloc to Bob’s Tavern. (Passive)
Galakrond Galakrond’s Greed: Replace a minion in Bob’s Tavern with a minion from a higher Tavern Tier. (1 Coin)
George the Fallen Boon of Light: Give a friendly minion Divine Shield. (3 Coins)
Illidan Stormrage Wingmen: Start of Combat: Your left and right-most minions attack immediately. (Passive)
Infinite Toki Temporal Tavern: Refresh Bob’s Tavern. Include a minion from a higher Tavern Tier. (1 Coin)
Lich Baz’hial Graveyard Shift: Take 2 damage and add a Gold Coin to your hand. (0 Coins)
Lord Jaraxxus Bloodfury: Give your Demons +1/+1. (2 Coins)
Malygos Arcane Alteration: Replace a minion with a random one of the same Tavern Tier. (0 Coins)
Millhouse Manastorm Manastorm: Minions cost 2 Gold. Refresh costs 2 Gold. Tavern Tiers cost (1) more. (Passive)
Millificent Manastorm Tinker: Mechs in Bob’s Tavern have +2 Attack. (Passive)
Nefarian Nefarious Fire: Start of Combat: Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. (1 Coin)
Nozdormu Clairvoyance: Your first Refresh each turn costs (0). (Passive)
Patchwerk All Patched Up: Start with 50 Health instead of 40. (Passive)
Professor Putricide Rage Potion: Give a friendly minion +10 Attack for the next combat only. (1 Coin)
Pyramad Brick by Brick: Give a random friendly minion +4 Health. (1 Coin)
Queen Wagtoggle Wax Warband: Give a random friendly Mech, Demon, Murloc, Beast, and Dragon +2 Attack. (1 Coin)
Reno Jackson Gonna Be Rich!: Make a friendly minion Golden. (Once per game) (3 Coins)
Shudderwock Burbling: Your next Battlecry this turn triggers twice. (1 Coin)
Sindragosa Stay Frosty: At the end of your turn, Frozen minions get +1/+1. (Passive)
Sir Finley Mrrgglton Adventure!: At the start of the game, Discover a Hero Power. (Passive)
The Curator Menagerist: Start with a 1/1 Amalgam that has all minion types. (Passive)
The Great Akazamzarak Prestidigitation: Discover a Secret. Put it onto the battlefield. (2 Coins)
The Lich King Reborn Rites: Give a friendly minion Reborn for next combat only. (1 Coin)
The Rat King King of Beasts: Whenever you buy a Beast, give it +1/+2. Swaps type each turn. (Passive)

King of Mechs: Whenever you buy a Mech, give it +1/+2. Swaps type each turn. (Passive)

King of Murlocs: Whenever you buy a Murloc, give it +1/+2. Swaps type each turn. (Passive)

King of Demons: Whenever you buy a Demon, give it +1/+2. Swaps type each turn. (Passive)

King of Dragons: Whenever you buy a Dragon, give it +1/+2. Swaps type each turn. (Passive)

Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End Puzzle Box: Hire a random minion in Bob’s Tavern and give it +1/+1. (2 Coins)
Ysera Dream Portal: At the start of your turn, add a Dragon to Bob’s Tavern. (Passive)

Retired Heroes[edit | edit source]

Hero Hero Power
Brann Bronzebeard Battle Brand: After you play a Battlecry minion, give a random friendly minion +1/+1. (Passive)
Giantfin Murloc King: At the start of next combat, give your minions “Deathrattle: Summon a 1/1 Murloc”. (1 Coin)
King Mukla Bananarama: Whenever you buy a Beast, add a Banana to your hand. (Passive)
Patches the Pirate Fire the Cannons!: At the start of next combat, deal 4 damage to two random enemy minions. (1 Coin)
Ragnaros the Firelord DIE, INSECTS!: At the start of next combat, deal 8 damage to two random enemy minions. (2 Coins)
Sylvanas Windrunner Banshee’s Blessing: Remove a friendly minion to give adjacent minions +1/+1. (0 Coins)
Tirion Fordring Honorable Warband: Give minions with no minion type +1/+1. (1 Coin)
Trade Prince Gallywix Smart Savings: Add a Gold Coin to your hand. (1 Coin)

Battlegrounds’ card pool has been condensed to include only simple minions, typically composed of basic abilities and tribe synergy. The only tribes present are the Beast, Demon, Dragon, Mech and Murloc tribes. They cannot be manually directed to attack nor can they attack heroes, instead they fight during the Combat Phase.

Tier 1[edit | edit source]

Alleycat (Battlegrounds).pngDire Wolf Alpha (Battlegrounds).pngDragonspawn Lieutenant(185003).pngFiendish Servant (Battlegrounds).pngVulgar Homunculus (Battlegrounds).pngMecharoo (Battlegrounds).pngMicro Machine (Battlegrounds).pngMurloc Tidecaller (Battlegrounds).pngMurloc Tidehunter (Battlegrounds).pngRed Whelp.pngRockpool Hunter (Battlegrounds).pngRighteous Protector (Battlegrounds).pngSelfless Hero (Battlegrounds).pngWrath Weaver.png

Tier 2[edit | edit source]

Glyph Guardian (Battlegrounds).pngHarvest Golem (Battlegrounds).pngImprisoner.pngKaboom Bot (Battlegrounds).pngKindly Grandmother (Battlegrounds).pngMetaltooth Leaper (Battlegrounds).pngMurloc Warleader (Battlegrounds).pngNathrezim Overseer.pngOld Murk-Eye (Battlegrounds).pngPogo-Hopper (Battlegrounds).pngRat Pack (Battlegrounds).pngScavenging Hyena (Battlegrounds).pngSpawn of N'Zoth (Battlegrounds).pngSteward of Time.pngUnstable Ghoul (Battlegrounds).pngWaxrider Togwaggle (Battlegrounds).pngZoobot (Battlegrounds).png

Tier 3[edit | edit source]

Bronze Warden.pngColdlight Seer (Battlegrounds).pngCrowd Favorite (Battlegrounds).pngCrystalweaver (Battlegrounds).pngDeflect-o-Bot.pngFelfin Navigator (Battlegrounds).pngHangry Dragon.pngHoundmaster (Battlegrounds).pngImp Gang Boss (Battlegrounds).pngInfested Wolf (Battlegrounds).pngKhadgar (Battlegrounds).pngPack Leader.pngPiloted Shredder (Battlegrounds).pngReplicating Menace (Battlegrounds).pngScrewjank Clunker (Battlegrounds).pngShifter Zerus (Battlegrounds).pngSoul Juggler.pngThe Beast (Battlegrounds).pngTwilight Emissary.png

Tier 4[edit | edit source]

Annoy-o-Module (Battlegrounds).pngBolvar, Fireblood (Battlegrounds).pngCave Hydra (Battlegrounds).pngCobalt Scalebane (Battlegrounds).pngDefender of Argus (Battlegrounds).pngDrakonid Enforcer.pngFloating Watcher (Battlegrounds).pngHerald of Flame (Battlegrounds).pngIron Sensei (Battlegrounds).pngMechano-Egg (Battlegrounds).pngMenagerie Magician (Battlegrounds).pngSavannah Highmane (Battlegrounds).pngSecurity Rover (Battlegrounds).pngSiegebreaker (Battlegrounds).pngToxfin (Battlegrounds).pngVirmen Sensei (Battlegrounds).png

Tier 5[edit | edit source]

Annihilan Battlemaster.pngBaron Rivendare (Battlegrounds).pngBrann Bronzebeard (Battlegrounds).pngGoldrinn, the Great Wolf.pngIronhide Direhorn (Battlegrounds).pngJunkbot (Battlegrounds).pngKing Bagurgle.pngLightfang Enforcer.pngMal'Ganis (Battlegrounds).pngMurozond (Battlegrounds).pngPrimalfin Lookout (Battlegrounds).pngRazorgore, the Untamed.pngSneed's Old Shredder (Battlegrounds).pngStrongshell Scavenger (Battlegrounds).pngVoidlord (Battlegrounds).png

Tier 6[edit | edit source]

Foe Reaper 4000 (Battlegrounds).pngGentle Megasaur (Battlegrounds).pngGhastcoiler (Battlegrounds).pngHoly Mackerel.pngImp Mama.pngKangor's Apprentice.pngKalecgos, Arcane Aspect.pngMaexxna (Battlegrounds).pngMama Bear.pngNadina the Red.pngZapp Slywick.png

Unpurchasable[edit | edit source]

Big Bad Wolf (Battlegrounds).pngDamaged Golem (Battlegrounds).pngFinkle Einhorn (Battlegrounds).pngGuard Bot (Battlegrounds).pngHyena (Battlegrounds).pngImp (Battlegrounds).pngIronhide Runt (Battlegrounds).pngJo-E Bot (Battlegrounds).pngMicrobot (Battlegrounds).pngMurloc Scout (Battlegrounds).pngPlant (Battlegrounds).pngRat (Battlegrounds).pngRobosaur (Battlegrounds).pngSpider (Battlegrounds).pngTabbycat (Battlegrounds).pngVoidwalker (Battlegrounds).png

Hero-specific[edit | edit source]

Amalgam (Battlegrounds).pngEmperor Cobra (Battlegrounds).pngSnake (Battlegrounds).pngGold Coin(127395).pngRecruitment Map(127440).png

Retired[edit | edit source]

Voidwalker (Battlegrounds).pngAnnoy-o-Tron (Battlegrounds).pngShielded Minibot (Battlegrounds).pngMounted Raptor (Battlegrounds).pngNightmare Amalgam (Battlegrounds).pngCobalt Guardian (Battlegrounds).pngPsych-o-Tron (Battlegrounds).pngPhalanx Commander (Battlegrounds).pngTortollan Shellraiser (Battlegrounds).pngFesteroot Hulk (Battlegrounds).pngPiloted Sky Golem (Battlegrounds).pngThe Boogeymonster (Battlegrounds).pngSated Threshadon (Battlegrounds).png

Retired (Unpurchaseable)[edit | edit source]

Primalfin (Battlegrounds).pngWild Banana(127422).png

  • Gentle Megasaur has only 8 of the 10 normal Adapt options. Shrouding Mist (Stealth until your next turn) and Liquid Membrane (Can’t be targeted by spells or Hero Powers) are not offered.
  • Minions used to magnetize onto other minions will return to the pool when the minion they were magnetized onto is sold.
  • Golden minions count as all 3 minions from the pool. When a golden minion is sold, the 3 minions that created it go back into the pool, along with all magnetized minions.
  • All minions gained from Discover effects are removed from the pool,[9] which means Discover pools are limited to the shared pool.[11]
    • Reno Jackson golding a unit does not remove any from the pool. However, selling that one still only puts 1 back in the pool, and not 3.[12]
    • Rafaam’s hero power I’ll Take That! and Murozond’s Battlecry ability also removes 1 from the pool.[12]
  • Primalfin Lookout cannot Discover itself.
  • Sneed’s Old Shredder[13] and Ghastcoiler cannot summon themselves from their Deathrattles. Likewise, Imp Mama cannot summon itself when taking damage.
  • Shifter Zerus can transform into any Battlegrounds minion, including Shifter Zerus. It doesn’t pull from the shared pool.
  • Making a golden Shifter Zerus is possible, but only if the three Shifter Zeruses have not shifted yet. A golden Shifter Zerus will shift into a random golden version of a Battlegrounds minion at the start of each of the player’s turns.
  • Making a golden minion using a shifted copy of Shifter Zerus is possible, but the shifted copy must be played as the regular minion in order for the three minions to combine.
    • Example: A Shifter Zerus in hand has been shifted into Mama Bear. There is another Mama Bear in hand and a Mama Bear for sale in Bob’s Tavern. Buying the Mama Bear from the tavern will not create a triple until the Shifter Zerus copy is played as a Mama Bear onto the field.
  • A turn limit exists in Battlegrounds and functions exactly the same as in constructed. Players will gain or lose MMR according to their rank before the turn limit is reached.
  • Players only receive their first Tavern Tier when all players finish choosing their hero. If a player concedes before that, they do not have a Tavern Tier.
  • Players are assigned opponents for the first round when the game begins before the heroes are chosen.

Rather than the traditional emote system, players can choose six special emotes. These display the selected face on the opponent sidebar and is visible to all players.

Battlegrounds Emotes.png

The tracks that play during the Recruit Phase are the music that plays in pirate taverns in World of Warcraft. The tracks that play during the Combat Phase originate from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, including Human 2, Orc 4 and Orc 6, as well as the music from the introductory cutscene.

  • Ashes of Outland release (04-07-2020)
  • Ashes of Outland logo.pngPatch 17.0.0.44222 (2020-03-26):
    • New hero: Illidan Stormrage
    • New minions: Deflect-o-Bot, Felfin Navigator (Note: Felfin Navigator not added to minion pool)
    • Cobalt Guardian has been removed from the Minion pool.
    • (Undocumented) Imp Mama’s health is buffed from 8 to 10.
    • (Undocumented) Maximum number of heroes offered at start increased from 3 to 4.
    • (Undocumented) Battlegrounds Perks system added.
  • Descent of Dragons Galakrond's Awakening logo.png Patch 16.6.0.43246 (2020-03-17):
    • New hero: Fungalmancer Flurgl
    • Returning heroes: Sir Finley Mrrgglton, Professor Putricide
    • Removed heroes: Patches the Pirate, Ragnaros the Firelord, Sylvanas Windrunner
    • Minion updates:
    • Hero power updates:
      • Sir Finley Mrrgglton: Hero Power changed to Adventure! (Previously: Power Up!)
      • Professor Putricide (Rage Potion): Now gives a target friendly minion +10 Attack this round (Previously: Give your left-most minion +20 Attack this round)
      • The Lich King (Reborn Rites): Hero Power can target any friendly minion (Previously: only affects your right-most minion)
      • Ysera (Dream Portal) Now a passive Hero Power and reads: At the start of your turn, add a Dragon to Bob’s Tavern. (Previously 1 mana and reads: Refresh and add a Dragon to Bob’s Tavern.)
      • Pyramad (Brick By Brick) Now reads: Give a random friendly minion +4 Health. (Previously: +3 Health)
      • Millhouse Manastorm (Manastorm) Now starts with 3 Gold as normal. (Previously: Start with 2 Gold.)
      • The Rat King – Hero Powers now give the bought minions +1/+2. (Previously: +1/+1)
      • Millificent Manastorm (Tinker) Now reads: Mechs in Bob’s Tavern have +2 Attack. (Previously: +1 Attack)
      • Deathwing (ALL Will Burn!) Now reads: ALL minions +2 Attack. (Previously: +3 Attack)
      • Reno Jackson (Gonna Be Rich!) Now costs 3 (down from 4).
    • Transformation animations when playing a minion from hand will be sped up during the Recruit Phase, cutting down on the time players are left waiting for animations to resolve.
  • Server-side Patch (2020-03-05): [14]
    • Removing Tirion Fordring from the Hero pool.
    • Adding Queen Wagtoggle back into the Hero pool.
    • Fixing an issue that causes Refresh to show you one less minion than it should.
    • Fixing an issue that causes Triple rewards to only offer 2 options.
    • Fixing an issue where Replicating Menace causes combat to desync between two players.
    • Fixing an issue where Demons summoned by Khadgar via Imp Mama do not have Taunt.
    • Fixing an issue where Hero Powers for Malygos and Galakrond cause unintended effects, such as triggering Holy Mackerel.
    • (Undocumented) Wax Warband now affects Dragons.
  • Descent of Dragons Galakrond's Awakening logo.png Patch 16.4.0.42174 (2020-02-26):[15]
    • New heroes: Alexstrasza, Deathwing, Galakrond, Malygos, Nozdormu, Reno Jackson, Ysera
    • New minions: Dragonspawn Lieutenant, Red Whelp, Glyph Guardian, Steward of Time, Waxrider Togwaggle, Unstable Ghoul, Bronze Warden, Hangry Dragon, Drakonid Enforcer, Herald of Flame, Cobalt Scalebane, Murozond, Twilight Emissary, Razorgore, the Untamed, Holy Mackerel, Imp Mama, Kalecgos, Arcane Aspect, Nadina the Red
    • Removed heroes: Professor Putricide
    • (Undocumented) Temporarily removed Queen Wagtoggle.
    • Removed minions: Shielded Minibot, Annoy-o-Tron, Mounted Raptor, Phalanx Commander, Psych-o-Tron, Tortollan Shellraiser, Piloted Sky Golem, Festeroot Hulk, The Boogeymonster, Sated Threshadon
    • Minion updates:
      • Sneed’s Old Shredder – Moved to Tavern Tier 5 from Tavern Tier 6.
      • Mama Bear – Now 5/5, up from 4/4. Now reads: Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +5/+5.
      • (Undocumented) Lightfang Enforcer now also gives Dragons +2/+1.
      • (Undocumented) Piloted Shredder new drops: Dragonspawn Lieutenant and Unstable Ghoul.[16]
      • (Undocumented) Sneed’s Old Shredder new drops: Murozond, Waxrider Togwaggle, Razorgore, the Untamed, Kalecgos, Arcane Aspect, Nadina the Red.[17]
    • Hero power updates:
      • George the Fallen (Boon of Light) Now costs 3 (down from 4)
      • (Undocumented) The Rat King’s Hero Power now affects Dragons.
    • Battlegrounds adjustments and improvements:
      • Speeding up animations from 0.8s > 0.2s across all game modes for Overkill, Lifesteal, Poisonous, Inspire, and cards that reference “Whenever” and “After” in their text, outside of some special cases.
      • “Recruit” will no longer be displayed on the turn timer when a player is about to lose in Battlegrounds.
      • Rafaam’s Hero Power will no longer trigger a Triple notification before you transition to the combat phase in Battlegrounds.
      • Fixed a visual issue in which Golden Primalfin Lookout would sometimes display Golden Murloc cards.
      • Fixed an issue where the scoreboard would not sort players correctly on the first turn if they conceded during the mulligan in Battlegrounds.
      • Fixed an issue where the scoreboard could appear unsorted when reconnecting to a game in progress in Battlegrounds.
    • (Undocumented) The number of copies of each Tier 1 minion is now 16 (down from 18)[18]
    • (Undocumented) The number of copies of each Tier 6 minion is now 7 (up from 6)[19]
  • Server-side Patch (2020-02-13): Floating Watcher moved from Tier 3 to Tier 4.
  • Descent of Dragons Galakrond's Awakening logo.png Patch 16.2.0.39954 (2020-01-21):[20]
    • New heroes: Millhouse Manastorm, Tirion Fordring
    • New minions: Fiendish Servant, Imprisoner
    • Removed heroes: Sir Finley Mrrgglton
    • Returning heroes: Professor Putricide
    • Removed minions: Voidwalker
    • Minion updates:
    • Battlegrounds adjustments and improvements:
      • Players will not encounter the same opponent or their Kel’Thuzad for 3 rounds since last fighting them unless there are 2 players remaining. (Not implemented until a server-side patch on January 29th)[21]
      • Cut down the animation time of the Poisonous animation
      • Reduced screen shake effect
      • Disabled spawn animations and snoring (summoning sickness) animations
    • Bugfixes:
      • Fixed an issue where a +0 rating was incorrectly shown at the end of the game.
      • Fixed an issue where minions would swap positions on the board when playing and moving them very quickly.
      • Fixed an issue where minions in the shop would be un-interactable if you clicked on them immediately after a refresh.
      • Fixed an issue where Battlegrounds buttons could not be clicked while the hand was enlarged on mobile devices.
      • Fixed an issue on mobile devices where tapping a minion would cause it to hover on the board.
      • Fixed an issue where Zapp Slywick would attack a Taunt minion before redirecting to his correct target.
      • Fixed an issue where a minion’s voice-over line would play when buying a minion immediately after a reroll.
      • Fixed an issue where a minion resurrected by Redemption would not attack.
      • Fixed an issue that was causing the effects of normal Brann Bronzebeard and golden Brann Bronzebeard to stack.
      • Fixed an issue that was causing the effects of normal Baron Rivendare and golden Baron Rivendare to stack.
      • Fixed several issues related to spectating Battlegrounds games.
      • A fix has been implemented to prevent accidental use of the Hero Power during the hero select phase.
      • History for damage done to Kel’Thuzad now correctly includes damage from minions.
  • Descent of Dragons logo.png Patch 16.0.8.39282 (2020-01-09):’
    • Returning heroes: Patches the Pirate, Pyramad
    • Minion updates:
      • Selfless Hero – Deathrattle now only targets minions without Divine Shield.
      • Golden Soul Juggler – Now reads: After a friendly Demon dies, deal 3 damage to a random enemy minion twice. (Previously: 6 damage once)
    • Hero power updates:
      • Infinite Toki (Temporal Tavern) Now costs 1 (down from 2). Now reads: Refresh Bob’s Tavern. Include a Minion from a higher Tavern Tier. (Previously: Refresh Bob’s Tavern. Add a minion from a higher Tavern Tier.)
      • Patches the Pirate (Fire the Cannons!) – Now reads: At the start of next combat, deal 4 damage to two random enemy minions. (Previously: 3 damage)
      • Pyramad (Brick by Brick) – Now reads: Give a random friendly minion +3 Health. (Previously: +2 Health)
      • Queen Wagtoggle (Wax Warband) – Now says: Give a random friendly Mech, Demon, Murloc and Beast +2 Attack. (previously +1 Health).
      • Shudderwock (Burbling) – Now costs 1 (down from 2).
  • Descent of Dragons logo.png Patch 16.0.5.38377 (2019-12-19):
  • Server-side patch (2019-12-12):[22]
    • Minion updates:
  • Descent of Dragons logo.png Patch 16.0.0.37060 (2019-12-05):
    • New heroes: Edwin VanCleef, Sylvanas Windrunner, Arch-Villain Rafaam
    • Returning heroes: Millificent Manastorm, Lich Baz’hial
    • Removed heroes: Patches the Pirate, Bartendotron, Pyramad, Professor Putricide, Trade Prince Gallywix
    • New minions: King Bagurgle, Floating Watcher
    • Minion updates:
      • Lightfang Enforcer – Now reads: At the end of your turn, give a friendly Mech, Beast, Murloc and Demon +2/+1. (Previously: +2/+2)
    • Hero power updates:
      • Millificent Manastorm (Tinker) – Now reads: All Mechs in Bob’s Tavern get +1 Attack. (Previously: +1/+1)
      • Patchwerk (All Patched Up) – Now reads: Starts at 50 Health. (Previously: 60 Health)
      • A. F. Kay (Procrastinate) – Now reads: Start with two minions from Tavern Tier 3.
      • The Rat King – Now the hero powers give a hiring beast, mech, Murloc or demon +1/+1. (Previously: +1/+2)
      • Lich Baz’hial (Graveyard Shift) – Now reads: Get a Coin and take 2 damage. (Previously: 3 damage)
      • The Great Akazamzarak (Prestidigitation)
  • Server-side patch (2019-11-19):[23]
    • New heroes: Sindragosa, Elise Starseeker, Brann Bronzebeard, Sir Finley Mrrgglton
    • Removed heroes: King Mukla, Giantfin, Millificent Manastorm, Lich Baz’hial
    • Minion updates:
      • Junkbot – Moved to Tavern Tier 5 from Tavern Tier 4.
      • Coldlight Seer – Moved to Tavern Tier 2 from Tavern Tier 3.
      • Primalfin Lookout – Moved to Tavern Tier 4 from Tavern Tier 5.
      • Voidlord – Moved to Tavern Tier 5 from Tavern Tier 6.
  • Saviors of Uldum logo.png Patch 15.6.2.36393 (2019-11-11): Entered open beta. Balance updates for Mama Bear, Kangor’s Apprentice, and the hero powers Temporal Tavern, Bananarama, and Bloodfury.
    • Minion updates:
      • Kangor’s Apprentice – Now 3/6, down from 4/8.
      • Mama Bear – Now 4/4, down from 5/5. Now reads: Whenever you summon a Beast, give it +4/+4.
  • Saviors of Uldum logo.png Patch 15.6.0.35747 (2019-11-05): Entered closed beta, available to Blizzcon 2019 attendees or Virtual Ticket holders.
  1. ↑ Blizzard Entertainment (November 5, 2019). Hearthstone Update – November 5 – Preparing for Descent of Dragons!. Retrieved on 2019-11-12.
  2. ↑ Mike Donais on Reddit. (November 6, 2019). Retrieved on 2019-11-10.
  3. ↑ Puffin on Twitter. (2020-03-02). 
  4. ↑ Mike Donais on Reddit. (November 30, 2019). Retrieved on 2019-12-07.
  5. ↑ Mike Donais on reddit. (November 6, 2019). Retrieved on 2019-11-25.
  6. ↑ Chris Sierra (December 5, 2019). BATTLEGROUNDS MMR UPDATES. Retrieved on 2019-12-06.
  7. ↑ Dean Ayala on Twitter. (2020-03-08). 
  8. ↑ Mike Donais on Reddit. (November 6, 2019). Retrieved on 2019-11-25.
  9. ↑ Mike Donais on Reddit. (November 27, 2019). Retrieved on 2019-12-07.
  10. ↑ 12.012.1Chadd Nervig on Twitter. (2020-02-28). 
  11. ↑ Stephen Chang on Twitter. (2019-12-03). 
  12. ↑ Kurt Ocher (March 5, 2020). 16.4.1 UPDATE – LIVE NOW!. 
  13. ↑ https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/blog/23312587/
  14. ↑ puffin on Twitter. 
  15. ↑ puffin on Twitter. 
  16. ↑ puffin on Twitter. 
  17. ↑ puffin on Twitter. 
  18. ↑ https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/blog/23239995/
  19. ↑ Hearthstone Battlegrounds Update: January 29. (January 29, 2020). Retrieved on 2020-2019-01-29.
  20. ↑ Kurt Ocher (December 12, 2019). 16.0.3 UPDATE – DECEMBER 12. Retrieved on 2019-2019-12-13.
  21. ↑ Blizzard Entertainment (November 19, 2019). Hearthstone Battlegrounds Update: November 19. Retrieved on 2019-11-24.
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