Breaking news: Realm Royale: Best Weapons - Assassin, Engineer, Hunter, Mage & Warrior

Sections

Hearthstone 10.4 Arena guide: New Arena cards & drafting rules

Every change and new card coming to Arena in Patch 10.4.

Picture of John Bedford

About John Bedford

John is Metabomb's Editor in Chief, and is responsible for all of the Hearthstone news, features and guides content on the site.

Our Hearthstone Patch 10.4 Arena guide contains details of the new Arena cards and changes coming to the game.

A new Designer Insights video was posted to the Hearthstone YouTube channel late yesterday evening, one in which lead systems designer Kris Zierhut outlines some important changes that are coming to the game's Arena mode.

Not only is the drafting process being dramatically changed, the new Arena-only cards which were chosen at BlizzCon last year will also be added to the game when Patch 10.4 goes live.

We've embedded the video for you below, and also broken down the highlights for those of you who aren't currently able to watch it:

  • In the current Arena, the three cards you're sometimes presented with are so wildly far apart in terms of quality that the pick is obvious and it's not much fun.
  • The team are changing the system so you'll be presented with better cards that will have better situational appeal based on the kind of deck you're trying to build.
  • When Patch 10.4 goes live, each Arena pick will feature three cards of relatively equal power level and card rarities will now be mixed as well. You'll see Commons presented alongside Rares and Epics, for example.
  • Legendaries are the only exception to this new rule though, and will remain in their own separate category. But when you see those Legendaries they will be of equivalent power level.
  • Picks 1, 10, 20 and 30 will continue to be comprised of Rare quality cards or better.
  • The team has temporarily disabled the weighting that meant you were more likely to see cards from the latest expansion during the drafting process.
  • The following "chance to see" modifiers do remain in place, however: Class cards, spells and weapons. However, there is now a decreased chance to see these cards if they are of below-average value.
  • The goal with these changes is to give players more interesting decisions to make when drafting an Arena deck. You'll be able to draft for particular synergies and playstyles far more easily.

Patch 10.4 is also the first time you'll see the new cards that were decided upon at BlizzCon. Each class has one Arena-only card that you'll only get to play in this mode.

Here's a screenshot of all the new cards, with a breakdown afterwards:

  • Druid - Nature's Champion [3 Mana] - Return a friendly minion to your hand and give it +5 / +5.
  • Hunter - Deadeye [2 Mana] - For the rest of the game, your Hero Power can target minions.
  • Mage - Polymorph: ??? [5 Mana] - Choose a minion. Discover a new minion to transform it into.
  • Paladin - Hand of Salvation [1 Mana] - Secret: When your second minion dies in a turn, return it to life.
  • Priest - Generous Spirit [2 Mana] - Choose a friendly minion. Give it to your opponent and draw 3 cards.
  • Rogue - Smoke Bomb [1 Mana] - Give a minion Stealth until your next turn. Draw a card.
  • Shaman - Crackling Doom [0 Mana] - Deal 12 damage to all minions. Overload: (10).
  • Warlock - Bottled Madness [0 Mana] - Replace your hand with random Demons.
  • Warrior - Blazing Longsword [3 Mana] - Weapon: Also damages minions next to whomever your hero attacks. 2 / 3

We'll update this guide to the Arena changes as soon as we have more information from Blizzard, including a release date for Patch 10.4!

Comment on this article

  • There are no comments on this article yet! Could you be the first to post one?

Artifact

Discover the very best information about Artifact:

A

Artifact

Artifact: Deck building guide

How you'll build your decks in Valve's upcoming collectible card game.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: Release date (PC, Mac, iOS, Android)

When you can expect Valve's upcoming card game to land.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: The Dota Card Game guide

Our continuously updated guide to everything we know about Artifact.

A
A

Artifact

Artifact: Trading guide

Everything we know about how trading will work in Artifact.

A

Call of Duty

Discover the very best information about Call of Duty:

C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Trailers & Screenshots

Every trailer and screenshot released for COD Blackout so far

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Vehicles

Our guide to the vehicles that are expected to feature in COD Blackout.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout: Weapons list

Your guide to every weapon coming with COD's take on Battle Royale.

C
C

Call of Duty

Call of Duty Blackout guide

Our complete guide to everything we know about COD's upcoming Battle Royale mode.

C

Destiny 2

Discover the very best information about Destiny 2:

D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Forsaken DLC guide - Release date, Annual Pass, New Raid and Gambit Mode

Everything you need to know about Destiny 2's fall expansion.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Faction Rally guide - Dead Orbit, New Monarchy, Future War Cult, faction tokens and gear

Everything you need to know about Destiny 2's Faction Rally events in Season 3.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Override Frequency guide - Sleeper Node locations and Nascent Dawn

How to unlock Override Frequencies and find all Sleeper Nodes across the map.

D

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Discover the very best information about Fortnite: Battle Royale:

F

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Where to score a goal on different pitches - Locations explained

How to find all the football - or soccer - pitches on the Fortnite map so you can complete this week's goal-scoring challenge.

F
F

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite Challenges - Week 8 Challenges list plus Hungry Gnomes and Battle Star location

Our comprehensive guide to completing every Week 8 Challenge in Fortnite.

F
F

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Stink Bomb guide - Damage stats and tips

Everything you need to know about this new grenade in Fortnite.

F
H

Hearthstone

Uniqlo teams up with Blizzard to launch new clothing line

All franchises represented in new t-shirt collection.

H
H

Hearthstone

Big Warrior deck list guide - Post-nerf - Hearthstone (June 2018)

Our starter guide to playing the new Big Warrior archetype in The Witchwood

H
H

Hearthstone

Spell Hunter deck list guide - Post-nerf - Hearthstone (June 2018)

The latest deck list and a massively new update for our Spell Hunter guide.

1 H
H

Hearthstone

Quest Warrior deck list guide - Post-nerf - Hearthstone (June 2018)

How to play the meta-busting Quest Warrior this month.

H

Off-Meta

Discover the very best information about Off-Meta:

O

Off-Meta

Pokemon Quest Recipes: A cooking guide with ingredients and effects

UPDATED: All recipes now included, with tips on ingredients and the cooking process.

2 O
O

Off-Meta

Pokemon Quest: Pokedex - Pokemon list

Can you help us complete our Pokedex list for the new Switch game?

O

Off-Meta

Pokemon Quest: Base Camp guide - All decorations, best upgrades and benefits

Every Base Camp upgrade that's currently available in Pokemon Quest.

O

Overwatch

Discover the very best information about Overwatch:

O

Overwatch

Sombra guide - 2018 - Overwatch

Our updated Sombra guide has everything you need to start playing this hero like a pro.

O
O

Overwatch

Best Defense Hero - June 2018 (Season 10) - Overwatch

Our updated guide to the best Defense heroes in Overwatch this month.

O
O

Overwatch

Best Offense Hero - June 2018 (Season 10) - Overwatch

Our continuously updated guide to the most powerful Offense heroes in Overwatch.

O
O

Overwatch

Best Support Hero - June 2018 (Season 10) - Overwatch

Our regularly updated ranking of all the Support heroes in Overwatch.

O

PUBG

Discover the very best information about PUBG:

P

PUBG

PUBG: How to win duo

Tips and tricks to help you win more duo matches in PUBG.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: How to win solo

How to increase your odds of winning solo matches in PUBG.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: How to flip over vehicles (Cars and Bikes)

How to flip over your vehicle and get back in the action.

P
P

PUBG

PUBG: Sanhok changes revealed ahead of final test phase

Take a closer look at the new and improved small-scale map.

P

Realm Royale

Discover the very best information about Realm Royale:

R

Realm Royale

Realm Royale: Squad Tips, Tricks and Strategy Advice

Some helpful pointers to get the most out of your squad matches.

R
R

Realm Royale

Realm Royale: Duo Tips, Tricks and Strategy Advice

Tips to help you dominate the duo queue in Realm Royale.

R
R

Realm Royale

Realm Royale: System Requirements (PC)

System requirements for running the game on PC.

R
R

Realm Royale

Realm Royale: All weapons tier list with stats

A list of all the weapons and their stats in Realm Royale.

R