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Ranked rewards guide - October 2016 - Hearthstone

Details of all the tiered rewards available in Hearthstone's Ranked Play mode.

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Last summer's Grand Tournament expansion didn't just add a hefty new drop of cards to Hearthstone, it also introduced the concept of tiered rewards for the game. Put simply, the better you do on the ladder each month, the juicier the rewards chest you'll receive at the end of each month.

These chests contain crafting dust and Golden cards to help you boost your collection even further, and the higher you manage to climb each month, the more of both you'll receive. You'll also get a minor boost up the ladder for the following month, depending on how far you managed to climb up the ranks.

With a fair few months behind us since the release of this new system we've got a good handle on what exactly you can expect to receive for hitting various rungs on the ladder each month. If you want to know what rewards you're competing for - and what standard you'll need to reach in order to claim them for your collection - take a look through our round-up of all of Hearthstone's Ranked rewards chests:

Editor's note: Update #3 - We've completely overhauled our guide to the game's rewards system, from the contents of each chest, to the bonus stars received for competing each month. If there's anything else you'd like to see added to this guide, please let us know in the comments!

Hearthstone Chest Rewards - October 2016

The information originally here was a little bit out of date, so we've taken the chance to completely overhaul this section of our guide. Note that you'll need to reach a minimum rank of 20 in any given month to be eligible for any of these goodies - including each season's new cosmetic card back.

RankChestRewards
LegendSea Giant's Treasure3 Golden Common, 1 Golden Epic, Card Back
1Sea Giant's Treasure2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Epic, 25 Dust, Card Back
2Sea Giant's Treasure2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Epic, 20 Dust, Card Back
3Sea Giant's Treasure2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Epic, 15 Dust, Card Back
4Sea Giant's Treasure2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Epic, 10 Dust, Card Back
5Sea Giant's Treasure2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Epic, 5 Dust, Card Back
6Ogre Magi's Stash2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 25 Dust, Card Back
7Ogre Magi's Stash2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 20 Dust, Card Back
8Ogre Magi's Stash2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 15 Dust, Card Back
9Ogre Magi's Stash2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 10 Dust, Card Back
10Ogre Magi's Stash2 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 5 Dust, Card Back
11Guardian's Chest1 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 25 Dust, Card Back
12Guardian's Chest1 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 20 Dust, Card Back
13Guardian's Chest1 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 15 Dust, Card Back
14Guardian's Chest1 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 10 Dust, Card Back
15Guardian's Chest1 Golden Common, 1 Golden Rare, 5 Dust, Card Back
16Shieldbearer's Footlocker1 Golden Common, 25 Dust, Card Back
17Shieldbearer's Footlocker1 Golden Common, 20 Dust, Card Back
18Shieldbearer's Footlocker1 Golden Common, 15 Dust, Card Back
19Shieldbearer's Footlocker1 Golden Common, 10 Dust, Card Back
20Shieldbearer's Footlocker1 Golden Common, 5 Dust, Card Back

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Bonus stars by rank

To take a little of the sting out of starting from scratch at the start of each season, Blizzard also provides you with a handful of ranking stars at the start of every month. The better you rank in one month, the less you'll have to climb in the next.

Here are all of the ranks available in Hearthstone, and what kind of headstart you'll get by achieving each one.

Old Season RankTitleNew Season Rank
25Angry Chicken25
24Leper Gnome25
23Argent Squire25
22Murloc Raider24
21Southsea Deckhand24
20Shieldbearer23
19Novice Engineer23
18Sorcerer's Apprentice22
17Tauren Warrior22
16Questing Adventurer21
15Silvermoon Guardian21
14Raid Leader20
13Dread Corsair20
12Warsong Commander20
11Big Game Hunter19
10Ogre Magi19
9Silver Hand Knight19
8Frostwolf Warlord18
7Sunwalker18
6Ancient of War18
5Sea Giant17
4Mountain Giant17
3Molten Giant17
2The Black Knight16
1Innkeeper16
0Legend16

Something to keep in mind about the rewards chests is that the system logs your highest reward tier achieved each Season, so don't stop playing if you lose some matches and are worried about missing out on extra goodies! You'll always be rewarded for your highest rung on the ladder.

As for whether or not you should turn your Golden cards into valuable Crafting Dust, it's important to consider a few things. First of all, if you're into collecting your beautifully animated Golden cards, you might simply want to add them to your collection. That's an entirely sensible thing to do.

Even if you don't care for these cosmetic improvements though - and you already have two of the vanilla version of the card - it can be worth holding onto the Golden version regardless. Blizzard does nerf overpowered cards from time to time, and they typically reward players with double the Crafting Dust by way of apology for the inconvenience caused.

If you've no urgent need to craft new cards now, it might be worth keeping that Golden edition somewhere safe - just in case...

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