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The Collection's Card Backs tab

Some of the game's card backs

Card backs are a feature which allows players to replace the standard design on the reverse of their cards with alternate designs.

Players can select which card back to display through the Card Backs pane of the Collection, with the selected design displayed in-game, visible to both the player and their opponent. Numerous different card backs are available to collect, with each offering a distinct animated design.

Players can assign a specific card back to each custom deck, as well as choosing a "favorite" card back to be used by default for any deck for which a specific card back has not been chosen, as well as in all non-match appearances, such as when opening card packs and receiving leveling rewards.

Players can earn alternate card backs through fulfilling various criteria, such as participating in a season of Ranked play, or completing certain quests. Ranked participation card backs are rewarded for winning 5 games in that season, awarded at the end of the season (for more information, see here).

Prior to 2020, almost all card backs from Ranked rewards could not be obtained again once they were rewarded to players. However, starting in 2020, otherwise unobtainable card backs started to be re-released in the Shop for everyone to purchase for 500 gold each. The first card back to be re-released was the "Naxxramas" card back, being shown for sale in the Shop in July 2020.

Card backs are purely decorative and do not affect gameplay in any way.[1]


  • Most card backs feature consistent designs. Most are symmetrical (or partially symmetrical) across the diagonal halves of the card - or in an alternative term, are mirrored across the middle. The top-right and bottom-left corners have a thicker border than the rest of the card, usually as part of a swooping design. Less common but still repeating is four or eight spikes pointing outward from the Hearthstone logo in the card's center, and on eight-spike designs, the cardinal spikes are more prominent. Finally, every card back features a variant of the Hearthstone logo.
    • The sole exception is the 30 Years of Blizzard card back, which has a totally unique design and does not feature the Hearthstone symbol anywhere.
  • Currently, there is no way to acquire limited-availability card backs, such as Ranked Play season card backs, once the qualifying period has passed. However, Ben Brode has stated that it is "likely there will be some way to obtain them in the future."[2]
    • To date, there have been three limited-availability special event card backs that have been made available again: the "Winter Veil Wreath", "Winter Veil Treat", and "Ragnaros" card backs, which were part of special rewards for Tavern Brawls.
    • Starting in 2020, some Ranked Play card backs in the past became available again in the shop for purchase for 500 gold each, starting with the "Naxxramas" card back in July 2020, which was offered during the Scholomance Academy pre-order period. For a list of all card backs being made available again in the shop, see #Purchasable.
    • Starting in 2021, most card backs that are more than a year old can be purchased for gold, either 500 or 600 depending on their rarity.
  • Card backs are 'deactivated' while the card is in the deck, with their full colours and animations only appearing when they enter the player's hand.[3] Limited versions of the designs' animations are shown outside of combat for some designs.
  • While appearing flat, card backs are in fact fully 3D assets. However, they are almost entirely flattened, with only slight rises for the border and details. This can be seen briefly when first inspecting a card back in the collection manager, making the card back swivel for a moment. The form of each card back can be seen more fully in the video "A Closer look at Hearthstone card backs".


In order to be used, card backs must first be acquired. Some card backs are available for players to acquire on an ongoing basis, while others are only available for a limited period. Once acquired, all card backs can be used regardless of current availability.

Each card back has its own flavor text when viewed in the Collection; this is stated below the card back's requirements.

Images sourced from Outof.cards here. Click on any design to view a larger image.


Card backs that are always obtainable
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Available to all players

The only card back you’ll ever need.

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Achieving Legend Rank in Ranked play

Wow. Hardcore.

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Play three matches against another player on the same subnet, with at least three players total on that subnet[4][5]

A generous gift from the Innkeeper. He loves to see his guests having a good time together.

Mark of Hakkar
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Play against another player using "Mark of Hakkar" in any mode.

Look out! This card back's gone viral!

Samsung Galaxy
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Playing on a Samsung Galaxy S6, S7 or Note 5 series phone.[6]

Gifts from the Galaxy! This card back is truly out of this world.

Machine Dreams
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Log in on a PC.

Some machines are reportedly capable of transporting heroes into Harth's tavern, but it's just a rumor.

Legion Schemes
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Log in on an Android device.

It isn't always easy being green, but it's definitely awesome!

Pristine Scenes
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Log in on an iOS device.

It's even brighter than Malto's glorious beard.

Unseen Gleams
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Log in on a Huawei device.

Get fired up for victory, and you'll always shine bright!

Ranked Rewards[]

Card backs from the Ranked season
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 1 (April 2014)

Hearthstone is a very popular game in Pandaria. Official card game of the Shado-Pan!

Black Temple
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 2 (May 2014)

"Fel Flame Green" is always in fashion at the Black Temple.

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 3 (June 2014)

Unfortunately, the rainbow generator can only produce oval rainbows. Gnomish technology still has a ways to go.

Card back-Naxxramas.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 4 (July 2014)

The gooey center is Ooze slime. Don’t lick it.

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 5 (August 2014)

In the frozen heart of Icecrown Citadel, a hero’s mettle will be tested. Bring a parka.

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 6 (September 2014)

Treasure. Grog. Hooks for hands. Way better than Ninjas!

Hallow's End
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 7 (October 2014)

The Hallow’s End candy bucket! Or the Headless Horseman’s spare head! Stick your hand in and find out.

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 8 (November 2014)

4 out of 5 goblins agree: This card back doesn’t explode!

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 9 (December 2014)

This multifunctional device also works as a gnomish army knife, a shoe horn and a pass to the Deeprun Tram. Gnomish ingenuity!

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 10 (January 2015)

Vindicator Maraad was a paladin of great courage and strength. Don’t let the pretty pastel tones fool you.

Lunar New Year
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 11 (February 2015)

Happy New Year!

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 12 (March 2015)

The Firelord is most often seen relaxing in his hot tub, even when he’s trying to burn down the world.

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 13 (April 2015)

"Is that a cupcake on a cake?” you ask? Yes. Yes it is.

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 14 (May 2015)

Stealth. Style. Shurikens. Way better than Pirates!

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 15 (June 2015)

Nestled in the boughs a giant tree, Darnassus is the capital city of the night elves. Also home of the world famous Darnassus Kimchi Pie!

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 16 (July 2015)

Vol'jin's tribe, the Darkspear trolls, no longer practices cannibalism. Officially.

Tournament Grounds
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 17 (August 2015)

All over The Grand Tournament's grounds, you can find knights at jousting practice. Poor target dummies. So much senseless hay shed on the path to glory...

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 18 (September 2015)

The capital city of the draenei is actually a dimensional ship that crash landed on Azeroth after traveling through the Twisting Nether. Despite its wonders and Velen's best efforts, its tourism industry is sluggish due to its remote location (and possibly also the man-eating mutant plants).

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 19 (October 2015)

5 out of 10 ogres agree: this card back is SMASHING!

Explorer's Map
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 20 (November 2015)

A League of Explorers treasure map! Or the Cartographer's grocery list? Let's find out!

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 21 (December 2015)

The World Shaman is probably THE best known celebrity in Azeroth. It's a mystery that his signature necklace never caught on as a fashion trend.

Love Is in the Air
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 22 (January 2016)

Many believe goblins made up this holiday to sell candy. It's not true! They also sell flowers and perfume!

Thunder Bluff
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 23 (February 2016)

Unofficial slogan: "Great warriors come from happy Tauren tribes. Happy Tauren come from Thunder Bluff!"

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 24 (March 2016)

The Terror of Elwynn, the King of Gnolls. They say he bathes in the tears of young heroes, hence the wet dog smell.

Clutch of Yogg-Saron
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 25 (April 2016)

There are several cults trying to summon the Old God Yogg-Saron, and the competition for cultists is causing salaries to skyrocket.

Shadowmoon Valley
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 26 (May 2016)

After Outland became what it is, Shadowmoon Valley has always been full of demonic energy. Gul'dan's favorite spa destination!

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 27 (June 2016)

Home of the Drakkari ice trolls, Zul'Drak consistently produces the best figure skaters of all the troll tribes.

Tinyfin Beach
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 28 (July 2016)

Be sure to pack your picnic basket, towel, and Anti-Murloc Spray.

Medivh's Invitation
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 29 (August 2016).

You're Invited! Please leave your giant bear with the valet.

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 30 (September 2016).

The Burning Legion attempted to invade Azeroth three times in the last 10,000 years. Fourth time's the charm?

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 31 (October 2016)

Pilgrim's Bounty feasters await the arrival of delicious cherry pie. The bakers have only one request: Please eat a piece before the FOOD FIGHT begins!

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 32 (November 2016)

Surrounded by fertile farmland that grows delectable giant produce, Halfhill is the culinary heart of Pandaria. "Come to Halfhill! Double your weight!"

Jade Lotus
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 33 (December 2016)

The Jade Lotus is the newest of the three groups vying for Gadgetzan. They're hip with today's criminal youth.

Grimy Goons
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 34 (January 2017)

The Grimy Goons once kicked a guy out for tucking a Ragnaros up his sleeve.

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 35 (February 2017)

The Kabal are notorious for potions, treachery, and accidentally blowing themselves up with 10-mana spells.

Year of the Kraken
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 36 (March 2017)


Un'Goro Mystery
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 37 (April 2017)

These long-lost card backs require a machete to shuffle.

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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 38 (May 2017)

Arthas' corruption of the Sunwell really put a damper on the tourism industry of Quel'Thalas.

The Magic of Dalaran
Card back-The Magic of Dalaran.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 39 (June 2017)

Deep within the Halls of the Guardian, the most powerful mages of Azeroth forged a magical card back and uttered this arcane incantation: "Pick a card, any card..."

Card back-HearthS'mores.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 40 (July 2017)

Gather 'round the fire for a toasty treat! (Card back not actually edible.)

Blood Knight
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 41 (August 2017)

You provide the sweat and tears, this card back does the rest.

Frost Knight
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 42 (September 2017)

A card back so powerful it allows you to walk on water! (If frozen.)

Unholy Knight
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 43 (October 2017)

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts... AWESOMELY.

Gone Fishin
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Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 44 (November 2017)

Buoy oh buoy! Is it reely time for fishing puns? We think knot.

Card back-Catacomber.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 45 (December 2017)

This card back has already been searched for traps.

Card back-Frostfire.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 46 (January 2018)

No matter the chill in the air, the tavern is always warm and welcoming.

Card back-Sparkles.png
Achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 47 (February 2018)

If you can't beat 'em with strategy, dazzle 'em with magic and glitter!

Year of the Mammoth
Card back-Year of the Mammoth.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 48 (March 2018)

It was a big year. Massive. Sure, things got a little wooly, but that's irrelephant.

Raise the Roof
Card back-Raise the Roof.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 49 (April 2018)

The finer Gilnean homes feature "Howling Verandas" with unobstructed lunar views.

Lunara's Garden
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 50 (May 2018)

Sometimes you just gotta frolic through the grass.

Back in Blue
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 51 (June 2018)

The blue dragonflight jealously guards the secrets of magic, such as: Where do all those colored hankies come from?

Card back-Lightforged.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 52 (July 2018)

Behold, a grand Army of the Light! Dealing out justice 30 cards at a time.

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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 53 (August 2018)

When life gives you lemons, make delicious card backs!

Dr. Boom's Lab
Card back-Dr. Boom's Lab.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 54 (September 2018)

Time to experiment! Will you make bombs? Or will you make... MORE bombs?

Card back-VanCardback.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 55 (October 2018)

Is this a tribute to the notorious rogue Edwin VanCleef? Nobody knows. Because it wears a mask.

Card back-Moonwell.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 56 (November 2018)

Night elves use Moonwells to replenish their magical energies. They're also used in a popular orc prank involving dish soap.

Card back-Frostwolf.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 57 (December 2018)

The Frostwolf orc clan trains frost wolves as loyal companions. What a crazy coincidence!

Card back-Chillin'.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 58 (January 2019)

Impress your friends with Hearthstone’s coolest card back.

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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 59 (February 2019)

In case you want more cheese in your deck.

Kul Tiras
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 60 (March 2019)

A seaworthy card back that can anchor even the naughtiest of nautical decks.

Card of Shadows
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 61 (April 2019)

This card back will wilt your enemy's crops, ruin their skin, and eat the last piece of their favorite candy. It's just that evil.

Awesome Blossom
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 62 (May 2019)

Celebrate the fleeting beauty of spring with this eternally pretty card back.

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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 63 (June 2019)

Something about this card is not quite right...

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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 64 (July 2019)

Long ago, this card back took up its sacred duty to keep negative emotions from overrunning your board. Though mysterious, it is highly effective.

Year of the Raven
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 65 (August 2019)

Was it really a raven? Or was Medivh meddling with everything in disguise all year long?!

Sea of Dunes
Card back-Sea of Dunes.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 66 (September 2019)

Vol'dun's a little dry and sandy, but it sure has good bones.

Darkmoon Faire
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 67 (October 2019)

Come for the questionable carnival games, stay for the deep fried candybars!

Cake of the Dead
Card back-Cake of the Dead.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 68 (November 2019)

A sugary card back to honor the dead. Because they outnumber us.

Hellfire Peninsula
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 69 (December 2019)

Somewhere through the Dark Portal, demons fly, and the fel power you dream of crackles through the sky!

Shoring Up
Card back-Shoring Up.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 70 (January 2020)

If you lift this shell to your ear, you'll hear the sounds of your games from this month… Don't hold it too close.

Desert Bloom
Card back-Desert Bloom.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 71 (February 2020)

Don't worry! This card back will remain lush and lovely even if you forget to water it.

Playing Koi
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 72 (March 2020)

Fish out of water can be awkward… or decorative!

Card back-Blushroom.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 73 (April 2020)

It’s a shy guy but a fungi.

Swamp Light
Card back-Swamp Light.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 74 (May 2020)

Should you find yourself in the Underrot, you may feel a bit overwrought.

Mystic Forest
Card back-Mystic Forest.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 75 (June 2020)

Hey, who set the Emerald Dream to dark mode?!

Rise Up!
Card back-Rise Up!.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 76 (July 2020)

It is the yeast you could do.

Card back-Scholomance.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 77 (August 2020)

Congratulations on your acceptance to the academy! We look forward to transforming you into the magical person you're meant to be.

Faerie Tail
Card back-Faerie Tail.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 78 (September 2020)

Once upon a time, heroes gathered to witness the creation of something special! Created live on stream, May 2020.

The Breaker
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 79 (October 2020)

True story: Jin'rokh rocked this card back while breaking circuits, faces, and the meta.

Autumn Leaf
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 80 (November 2020)

This card back makes the most satisfying crunching sound if you step on it.

Valorous Virtue
Card back-Valorous Virtue.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 81 (December 2020)

Bad behavior will not be tolerated! Unless it's extremely amusing.

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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 82 (January 2021)

The Council of Three Hammers always strikes when Ironforge gets hot.

Year of the Phoenix
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 83 (February 2021)

We rose from the ashes of Outland, wised up at the academy, then celebrated with a trip to the faire!

Vale of Eternal Blossoms
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 84 (March 2021)

It's much more cheerful than the Ephemeral Blossom. That one's kind of a downer.

Cobalt Vault
Card back-Cobalt Vault.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 85 (April 2021)

Forged to contain the riches of Azeroth… or your Angry Chickens.

Wailing Caverns
Card back-Wailing Caverns.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 86 (May 2021)

It's gonna take a whole lot of work to get them to pipe down.

Shamrock n'Roll
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 87 (June 2021)

Luckily, you only need one four leaf clover to turn your fortune around.

Utgarde Keep
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 88 (July 2021)

What does it keep, exactly? Lots of vrykul, val'kyr, and disgruntled proto-dragons.

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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 89 (August 2021)

This card back is fit for a king, but we'll make an exception for you!

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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 90 (September 2021)

This soup's good enough to be soulbound.

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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 91 (October 2021)

Everyone can get behind this daily grind.

Carved Autumn
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 92 (November 2021)

Hewn from a single slab of imported Westfall Oak, this is decorative piece is a masterclass in dwarven woodcarving.

Scarf of the Hearth
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 93 (December 2021)

It brings a cozy feeling that you know all too well.

Take the Cake
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 94 (January 2022)

But it's too beautiful to eat.

Fortune's Favor
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 95 (February 2022)

May it bring you the luck of the draw!

Year of the Gryphon
Card back-Year of the Gryphon.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 96 (March 2022)

We braved the trials of the Barrens, survived the schemes of Stormwind, and ascended to the peaks of Alterac!

Rain on the Pane
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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 97 (April 2022)

They say the rain on the pane falls mainly down the drain. Harth must have planned ahead!

Violet Hold
Card back-Violet Hold.png
Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 98 (May 2022)

Crafted to contain even your most nefarious magic-users!

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Achieving 5 Ranked wins in Season 99 (June 2022)

Use this one, and you'll never be card-bored.

Solo Content[]

Card backs from Adventures and Missions
Heroic Naxxramas
Card back-Heroic Naxxramas.png
Completing Curse of Naxxramas in Heroic mode

You can tell a lot about an Abomination by his stitching. This one just screams “insane”. Literally.

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Completing Blackrock Mountain in Heroic mode

You didn’t actually believe someone named “Lord Victor Nefarious” wasn’t up to anything nefarious, did you?

Staff of Origination
Card back-Staff of Origination.png
Completing The League of Explorers in Heroic mode

Wait, isn't this staff supposed to be in the museum? RENO!!!

The Blue Portal
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Completing One Night in Karazhan in Heroic mode

Don't tell Netherspite, but mischievous guests have been getting into all manner of shenanigans with his portals!

Candle King
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Completing Kobolds & Catacombs Dungeon Run with all nine classes

It is better to light a candle than curse The Darkness. But you can do both.

Monster Hunt
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Completing The Witchwood Monster Hunt with all four heroes and defeating Hagatha.

When fancy weapons and gadgets fail, there's always tooth and claw.

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Completing The Boomsday Project Puzzle Lab

Show your opponent that you're a mad genius! Or maybe a happy one, depending on the mulligan.

Rumble Runner
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Completing Rastakhan's Rumble Rumble Run

You ranked opponents will shudder in fear knowing that they face... a champion.

Prize of Shadows
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Completing Rise of Shadows Dalaran Heist

It's official--Your mischief is greater than any magic in the city of Dalaran!

Got Away with It!
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Completing Rise of Shadows Dalaran Heist in heroic mode

Seriously though, you shouldn't always do what E.V.I.L. villains tell you to.

Titanic Tasks
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Completing Saviors of Uldum Tombs of Terror

Thanks to the League of Explorers, the titans' creations will go on and on...

Tomb Invader
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Completing Saviors of Uldum Tombs of Terror in heroic mode

You came, you saw, you almost went bonkers!

Book of E.V.I.L.
Card back-Book of E.V.I.L..png
Completing the E.V.I.L. book in Galakrond's Awakening heroic mode

It's dangerous and immoral, but an incredibly engrossing read!

Book of Explorers
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Completing the Explorers book in Galakrond's Awakening heroic mode

We all knew that the forces of good would win because they have better hats.

Rusted Legion
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Completing Ashes of Outland Trial by Felfire

It crackles with fel energy and the mechanical whir of forbidden upgrades.


Card backs from Pre-order bundles
Molten Core
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Pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain adventure.

The Molten Core of Azeroth and not a chocolate lava cake, unfortunately.

The Grand Tournament
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Pre-ordering 50 Grand Tournament card packs.

After the fall of the Lich King, it was suggested that we celebrate then go home. Those of us who stayed decided to continue the Tournament with a new mission: FUN!

Eyes of C'Thun
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Pre-ordering 50 Whispers of the Old Gods card packs.

For an Old God who's stuck in the lightless depths of an ancient temple, C'Thun sure has a lot of eyeballs.

Karazhan Nights
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Purchasing all wings of One Night in Karazhan within one week of launch.

Watch your step! Dancing Tauren are notorious for accidentally crushing toes.

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Pre-ordering 50 Journey to Un'Goro card packs.

Recent discoveries from the tar pits of Un'Goro have shed great insight on the evolution of card backs!

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Pre-ordering 50 Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs.

The undealt shuffle among us, raised from the cold hand of the Lich King

For the Hoard!
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Pre-ordering 50 Kobolds & Catacombs card packs.

In caverns old
The kobolds hide
Silver and gold, oh!

**You have died**

In a Dark Wood
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Pre-ordering 70 The Witchwood card packs.

The forest was eerily quiet. Aside from the howls. And the screaming.

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Pre-ordering one of The Boomsday Project bundles.


Ready to Rumble!
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Pre-ordering one of the Rastakhan's Rumble bundles.

In Stranglethorn did Rastakahn
A stately card back, gold, decree:
Where trolls and sacred loa ran
In pits so loud and choked with fans

who cheered them on with glee.

Jewel of Lazul
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Pre-ordering one of the Rise of Shadows bundles.

It has an important message, but it's a riddle shrouded in a song.

Elise's Journal
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Pre-ordering one of the Saviors of Uldum bundles.

These pages detail her extraordinary adventures, artifact research, and pince-nez cleaning tips.

League of Explorers
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Pre-ordering Tombs of Terror.

There once was a League of Explorers
Who championed history and order.
Without any delay,
They could save every day

And vanquish all greedy loot hoarders.

The Shattering
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Pre-ordering one of the Descent of Dragons bundles.

This card back accidentally stood in the fire, but it still looks cool!

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Pre-ordering one of the Ashes of Outland bundles.

We have artfully arranged the remnants from Lady Vashj's last haircut for your viewing pleasure.

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Pre-ordering one of the Scholomance Academy bundles.

He is many different things to different people. To the Kirin Tor—a betrayer, to the Lich King—a faithful servant, and to dogs—a great chew toy..

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Pre-ordering one of the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire bundles.

You're beginning to dream of a glorious destiny! Spoilers: It involves calamari.

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Pre-ordering one of the Forged in the Barrens bundles.

Don't call him "Ham" unless you want him to have a beef with you.

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Pre-ordering one of the United in Stormwind bundles.

The Stormwind nobles suspected Lady Katrana would spread her wings and go places one day. Little did they know…

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Pre-ordering one of the Fractured in Alterac Valley bundles.

The battle for Alterac could just be an excuse for the Horde and Alliance to play in the snow together.

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Pre-ordering one of the Voyage to the Sunken City bundles.

Don't let appearances deceive you. She's quite particular about the company she keeps.

Rewards Track[]

Card backs from the Rewards Track
Sideshow Glow
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Reaching level 10 on the Rewards Track during Madness at the Darkmoon Faire.

Follow the lights to experience the ride of a lifetime!

Flight of the Val'kyr
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Reaching level 25 with a Tavern Pass during Madness at the Darkmoon Faire.

When the cards don't fall your way, sometimes you have to wing it.

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Reaching level 15 on the Rewards Track during Forged in the Barrens.

Historically, this city was only for trolls, ensuring that the pranks were legendary.

The Barrens
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Reaching level 30 with a Tavern Pass during Forged in the Barrens.

The only possible destination for those who dream of adventure, questing, and a massive zhevra hoof collection.

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Reaching level 15 on the Rewards Track during United in Stormwind.

The weirdest thing about this place is that the weather's usually great.

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Reaching level 30 with a Tavern Pass during United in Stormwind.

Her destiny in the Light is so bright, everyone's gotta wear shades.

Stormpike Spirit
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Reaching level 15 on the Rewards Track during Fractured in Alterac Valley.

No matter how many times the Horde drives you back, you won't let them triumph in Alterac!

Frostwolf Fervor
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Reaching level 15 on the Rewards Track during Fractured in Alterac Valley.

When Alliance battles firmly persist, you always prove that the Horde will resist!

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Reaching level 30 with a Tavern Pass during Fractured in Alterac Valley.

She is living proof that the stars are smiling down on you.

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Reaching level 15 on the Rewards Track during Voyage to the Sunken City.

It's about time we go and see what waits for us under the sea!

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Reaching level 30 with a Tavern Pass during Voyage to the Sunken City.

Though his voyage was a pricy one, no sunk cost was too great for him.


Card backs from acquiring heroes
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Purchasing Medivh

He certainly has a thing for crows and ravens.

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Purchasing Alleria Windrunner

When she wants to shoot an apple on your head, you don’t have to worry. Unless you’re an orc.

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Purchasing Magni Bronzebeard

As the eldest of the three Bronzebeard brothers, Magni always got the coolest toys. He always shared, though!

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Unlocking Tyrande Whisperwind

Every Midsummer's Eve, night elf children gather in the Temple of the Moon for Tyrande's amazing planetarium show, "By the Light of Elune."

Stolen Thunder
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Purchasing The Thunder King

The hardest part of stealing thunder is getting away with it quietly.

Banshee Queen
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Purchasing Sylvanas Windrunner

The melody of a high elf lamentation plays, as though invoking a distant memory.

Dame Hazelbark
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Purchasing Dame Hazelbark

Unlike the Ancient of War, she prefers the quiet of a friendly card game.

Wondrous Wisdomcard
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Unlocking Khadgar

You're expecting a bad joke here, but it's not in the cards!

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Purchasing Aranna Starseeker

If you want to take the demon by the horns, you'll have to get your own in the process.

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Purchasing Ragnaros

Ragnaros has decided to flex his almighty power by having multiple card backs named after him.

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Purchasing Edwin VanCleef

Why stop at one VanCardBack?

Diao Chan
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Purchasing Diao Chan Valeera

This one makes the best souvenir for a true fan.

Infernal Armor
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Purchasing Infernal Armor Illidan or the Infernal Armor bundle.

This card back was forged in the Outland from the most durable fel iron ore.

Steel Guardian
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Purchasing Steel Guardian Malfurion or the Steel Guardian bundle.

Like a good deck, an alloyed armor is only as strong as the sum of its parts.

Greatfather Winter
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Purchasing Greatfather Winter Magni

His greatest gift of all is this card back. Just look at it!

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Purchasing Xuen

A card back can't change its stripes. But why would it want to?

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Purchasing Leeroy Jenkins

Don't stick to the plan. Stick to this card back.

Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Purchasing Sir Finley Mrrgglton

This card back is best paired with a deck full of murlocs.

Tavern Brawls[]

Card backs from Tavern Brawls
Secret Level
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Acquired from the The Dark Wanderer Tavern Brawl, January 2017.

Moo. That’s right. You heard me.

Winter Veil Wreath
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Winning in the Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl.

A beautiful Winter Veil wreath around a snow globe full of THE FROSTY DESTRUCTION OF YOUR OPPONENTS! I mean, good cheer.

Winter Veil Treat
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Winning in the Returns & Exchanges or Gift Exchange Tavern Brawls.

Every deck should have 30 cards *crunch crunch crunch* but 29 is fine.

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Defeating all 8 bosses in the Blackrock Crash Tavern Brawl.

The Firelord is most often seen relaxing in his hot tub, even when he’s trying to burn down the world.


Card backs from Achievements
Mysteries of the Phoenix
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Complete the Forged in the Barrens "???" achievement.[7]

Solve the mysteries hidden throughout the Barrens.

Gift of Elune
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Complete the United in Stormwind "???" achievement.

Solve the mysteries of Stormwind.

Shimmering Snowflake
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Complete the Fractured in Alterac Valley "???" achievement.

Solve the mysteries hidden throughout Alterac Valley.


Card backs from other games
Heroes of the Storm
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Getting to level 12 in Heroes of the Storm[8]

This arrived for you from the Nexus. Might want to watch out for those whirling blade thingies.

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Purchasing the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector's/Digital Deluxe Edition or Warlords of Draenor Digital Deluxe Items

When they aren’t plotting to kill everyone and take over the world, even the Iron Horde enjoy a game of Hearthstone.

Legacy of the Void
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Purchasing the Digital Deluxe Edition of Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void

Came with a note. What on Azeroth does "En Taro Adun" mean?

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Acquired from Overwatch: Originsor Overwatch: Collector's Edition(s)

"The cavalry's here!"

Azeroth is Burning
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Purchasing the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Collector's/Digital Deluxe Edition or Battle for Azeroth Digital Deluxe Items

War is a terrible thing. Although highly profitable for both red and blue flagmakers.

The Third War
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Purchasing the Warcraft III: Reforged Spoils of War Edition

'Twas the third time Azeroth was engulfed in the chaos of war, and by now they were exceedingly good at it.


Card backs from Blizzcon and other events
Blizzard 2014
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Buying a ticket or Virtual Ticket to BlizzCon 2014

The year Hearthstone was born. What a great year!

Blizzard 2015
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Buying a ticket or Virtual Ticket to BlizzCon 2015

Hearthstone on phones, Tavern Brawls, Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament and more! A very cool year, indeed.

Welcome Inn
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Buying a ticket or Virtual Ticket for BlizzCon 2016

Pull up a chair by the fireside at BlizzCon's Hearthstone Tavern, then play a few hands with this year's convention-innspired card back.

Blizzard Events 2018
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Acquired by participating in Blizzard events during 2018.

The stars have aligned into a monumental year for Hearthstone!

Blizzard Events 2019
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Acquired by participating in Blizzard events during 2019.

Listen to the noise coming from that party! Wait, no… that's a battleground!

Year of the Dragon
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Logging in during the 6th anniversary event.

The good were never better, the bad were never worse, the dragon was awoken, and then that was reversed!

30 Years of Blizzard
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Visiting the shop during the 30th anniversary of Blizzard.

Turns out things can stay frosty for a seriously long time.

Moonlight Might
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Acquired from OneStore pre-registration.

The night elves were early proponents of wellness.

Dancing Lion
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Visiting the shop during Lunar New Year 2022.

May this card back keep evil out of your decks in the New Year!


Card backs from E-Sports promotions
Dalaran Flame
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Available to active members of TeSPA. Full conditions here. Also granted to attendees of some Heroes of the Dorm finals.[9][10]

Mascot of Dalaran University. Rarely seen, because no one ever shows up to football games there.

Power Core
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Participating in or attending select eSports events.[11] Also awarded to all attendees of BlizzCon 2015.[12]

We can feel the energy in the air. And it's coming from... YOU!

Thrill of Victory
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Attending approved eSports events.

Celebrate the intensity of competition with this, the Hearthstone equivalent of a gigantic foam finger.

Golden Celebration
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Having a high level finish in approved eSports events.

Solid gold, baby.

Good Cheer
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Acquired from the Twitch HGG cheer program.

We get by with a little help from our friends. In chat. By posting funny emotes.

Call of the Light
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Cheering for team Light in Oktoberbrawl 2017.

A card back called forth from the realm of undying light. Gives hope to all mankind (except your opponent.)

Call of the Void
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Cheering for team Void in Oktoberbrawl 2017.

A card back unleashed from the realm of infinite darkness. Looks wicked rad under a blacklight.

Golden Skies
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Competing in Masters Tour.

In light of a glorious victory, the rainy days are far away.


Card backs that are no longer in the game
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Selecting this gave a random card back every game. Its functionality was made default.

The Innkeeper offers to shuffle your cardbacks randomly for you.


  • The Faerie Tail card back was created over three livestreams throughout May 2020.
  • The Mysteries of the Phoenix, Dancing Lion, and Unseen Gleams card backs were three of four winners in a card back competition hosted by PlayHearthstone of China. Mysteries of the Phoenix (originally titled Blood Elves) was designed by liguang, Dancing Lion was designed by 习洛, and Unseen Gleams (originally titled Serpents) was designed by 羞花.[13]

Patch changes[]

  • VSC Logo.pngPatch (2022-05-10): Multiple card backs can now be favorited. The 'Random' card back has been removed, and its functionality is now on by default. Random can be toggled to choose between all card backs or only favorited ones. Decks can now be given a specific card back separate from your favorite.
  • Ashes of Outland logo.pngPatch (2020-07-14): When random card back is selected, you will now see a randomized card back every time you open a pack and every time you open the Crafting menu.
  • Rastakhan's Rumble logo.png Patch (2019-03-14): Random card back option added. Select the "Random" card back for a deck, and a random card back from your Collection will be chosen each time you play.
  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch (2016-04-24): The "Galaxy Gifts" card back has been renamed "Samsung Galaxy".
  • The League of Explorers logo.png Patch (2016-03-14): Card backs now swivel when inspected in the collection manager, highlighting their three-dimensional design.
  • Blackrock Mountain logo.png Patch (2015-06-15):
    • Card backs are now selected through the Collection instead of the Options menu. Card backs therefore cannot be changed without entering the Collection, meaning they cannot be changed mid-match or while in any other screen.
    • A specific card back can now be assigned to each custom deck.
    • Flavor text has been added for each card back, viewable in the Collection.
  • Unknown patch: (Prior to October 2014) The 'Default' card back is now named 'Classic'.
  • Patch (2014-03-11): The card back system is added.