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Duels is a game mode where players face off against other players, attempting to claim 12 victories before they suffer 3 losses, similar to Arena. However, instead of drafting a deck, players are offered a choice between 6 Duels-exclusive heroes, then one of 3 of that class's Hero Powers, followed by one of 6 of that class's Signature Treasures. Players then must build a 16-card deck, using 15 cards from their collection, and the treasure they selected.

At the end of each round, whether it was a win or a loss, the player gains 5 higher maximum health and chooses three cards to add to their deck from three different choices, similar to Dungeon Run and other single-player missions. Occasionally, the player can also pick a Passive or active treasure to add to their deck.

On 4 January 2024, Blizzard announced there would be no more updates for Duels and that they were scheduling to remove it from the client by April 2024.[1] On 19 January 2024 Heroic Duels was disabled in response to hackers.[2]

Getting started[]

Entry fee[]

Duels - Casual and Heroic

Duels' methods of play

Tavern Ticket

Tavern Ticket, previously called Arena Ticket

Duels offers two methods of play with separate matchmaking pools: Casual and Heroic.

  • Casual runs are completely free.
  • A Heroic run costs 150 gold or 1 Tavern Ticket (Purchasable with 200 Runestones). However, Heroic runs feature success-based rewards identical to Arena rewards, including gold, arcane dust, cards, golden cards, and card packs from the latest expansion.
    • Since Patch 18.6, Arena Ticket has been renamed to Tavern Ticket, which means if the player is sitting on unspent tickets, those tickets can be used in both Arena and Duels.

Selection[]

After starting a Duels run, the player gets to choose the following:

  • One of 6 randomly-offered heroes (classes)
  • One of 3 Hero Powers of the chosen hero
  • One of 6 Signature Treasures of the chosen hero

Then, the player builds a starter deck, which

  • Includes the chosen Signature Treasure and 15 unique (no duplicates) cards, from their own collection
  • Includes cards available from a certain number of sets, depending on the season, and the hero's classes
  • Does not include card in the banned from deck-building list.

For more details about available selections and ban list in the current season, see #Current season.

After a round[]

Similar to Dungeon Run and similar modes, regardless of winning or losing, after a round is finished, the player gets the opportunity to add new cards to their current deck, by:

  • Choosing one of three Passive treasures (after rounds 1 and 3).
  • Choosing one of three active treasures (after rounds 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13).
  • Choosing one of three loot buckets, each consisting of three cards or none.

For more details about available treasures in the current season, see #Current season.

Loot buckets[]

Cards in loot buckets are sorted by card set. For example, one loot bucket may be titled "The Witchwood", and it will contain 3 neutral and/or class cards from that set.

Cards for buckets will be generated based on cards from the player's deck, then a bucket will be generated based on the associated bucket pool.

Prior to Patch 25.0.0.158725, loot buckets were grouped by type of effect, instead of by card set.

As of Patch 28.0, cards from Adventure sets are grouped with larger expansions, rather than being offered in separate buckets.

Playing Duels[]

Gameplay[]

Duels - Main screen

A Duels run with 0 wins and 0 losses (3 lives remaining)

Duels - Gameplay

A Duels round or game

Play in Duels consists of a series of rounds between Arena players, with each player using their specially constructed deck.

During each Duel run, the player can only suffer up to 3 losses, with the number of losses so far displayed as "lost lives" on the "box" screen. Once a player has lost 3 times, or won 12 times, their run will end, along with their deck destroyed and cannot be viewed or played again.

If the player has a Heroic run, rewards befitting their success will be offered.

Players can also choose to retire their deck at any time after a run's first match. However, it should be noted that, in case you are playing a Heroic run, completing all of a deck's rounds cannot reduce the reward on offer, only improve it. Retiring a deck should therefore be a last resort used only when unwilling to play with the deck any longer.

It should also be noted that if either player is disconnected from the server during a match and fails to return through the reconnection feature, that round is counted as a loss for the disconnector.

The player plays in a Duels round like how they play in Constructed or Arena, except the fact that Duels use their own season's format of card sets and unique cards only available in Duels.

Any cards randomly generated during a match is restricted to the initial card sets. This affects cards generated from any effect and ability.

Matchmaking[]

Similar to Arena, matchmaking for each pairing is determined by the player's win/loss record for the current run, attempting to find a player with as similar a record as possible. Other factors such as class, deck and past Duels performance do not affect matchmaking.

It is possible for a player to be matched twice against the same player over the course of a single Duels run.

Heroic rewards[]

Main article: Arena#Claiming rewards

Similar to Arena, after a Heroic run ends, they will be given a reward chest, containing up to five rewards with gold, dust, cards, and card packs. The range of possible items and values for each reward is determined exactly like how Arena currently does.

Current season[]

Card sets[]

Classes[]

This section lists all current heroes, Hero Powers and Signature Treasures of each class. For more information about strategies, see indiviual pages.

For a list of each class' loot buckets, see individual Hero pages. For example: Star Student Stelina (Duels hero).


Sai Shadestorm (Death Knight)

Sai Shadestorm
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PVPDR RLK Sai HP1
PVPDR RLK Sai HP2
PVPDR RLK Sai HP3
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PVPDR Sai T1
PVPDR Sai T2
PVPDR Sai T3
PVPDR Sai T4
PVPDR Sai T5
PVPDR Sai T6

Scarlet Leafdancer (Death Knight)

Scarlet Leafdancer
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PVPDR RLK Scarlet HP1
PVPDR RLK Scarlet HP2
PVPDR RLK Scarlet HP3
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PVPDR Scarlet T1
PVPDR Scarlet T2
PVPDR Scarlet T3
PVPDR Scarlet T4
PVPDR Scarlet T5
PVPDR Scarlet T6

Star Student Stelina (Demon Hunter)

Star Student Stelina
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PVPDR SCH DemonHunterp1
PVPDR DMF DemonHunterp1
PVPDR YOP DemonHunterP1
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PVPDR SCH DemonHuntert2
PVPDR DMF DemonHuntert1
PVPDR 035
PVPDR YOP DemonHuntert1
PVPDR YOP DemonHuntert2
PVPDR YOP DemHun

Elise Starseeker (Druid/Priest)

Elise Starseeker
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PVPDR Elise HP1
PVPDR Elise HP2
PVPDR Elise HP3
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PVPDR Elise T1
PVPDR Elise T2
PVPDR Elise T3
PVPDR Elise T4 2
PVPDR Elise T5
PVPDR Elise T6

Forest Warden Omu (Druid)

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PVPDR DMF Druidp1
PVPDR YOP DruidP1
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PVPDR SCH Druidt2
PVPDR DMF Druidt1
PVPDR SCH Druidt6
PVPDR SCH Druidt5
PVPDR YOP DruidT1
PVPDR YOP DruShaT1

Brann Bronzebeard (Hunter/Warrior)

Brann Bronzebeard
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PVPDR Brann HP2
PVPDR Brann HP3
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PVPDR Brann T1
PVPDR Brann T2
PVPDR Brann T3
PVPDR Brann T4 2
PVPDR Brann T5
PVPDR Brann T6

Professor Slate (Hunter)

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PVPDR SCH Hunterp1
PVPDR DMF Hunterp1
PVPDR YOP HunterP1
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PVPDR 036
PVPDR SCH Huntert2
PVPDR DMF Huntert2
PVPDR YOP HunterT1
PVPDR YOP HunterT2
PVPDR YOP DemHun

Mozaki, Master Duelist (Mage)

Mozaki, Master Duelist
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PVPDR SCH Magep3
PVPDR DMF Magep1
PVPDR YOP MageP1
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PVPDR SCH Maget3
PVPDR 042
PVPDR SCH Maget5
PVPDR YOP MageT3
PVPDR YOP MageT1
PVPDR YOP RogMagT1

Reno Jackson (Mage/Rogue)

Reno Jackson
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PVPDR Reno HP1
PVPDR Reno HP2
PVPDR Reno HP3
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PVPDR Reno T1
PVPDR Reno T2
PVPDR Reno T3
PVPDR Reno T4 2
PVPDR Reno T5
PVPDR Reno T6

Sir Finley (Paladin/Shaman)

Sir Finley
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PVPDR Finley HP2
PVPDR Finley HP3
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PVPDR Finley T1
PVPDR Finley T2
PVPDR Finley T3
PVPDR Finley T4 2
PVPDR Finley T5
PVPDR Finley T6

Turalyon, the Tenured (Paladin)

Turalyon, the Tenured
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PVPDR DMF Paladinp1
PVPDR YOP PaladinP1
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PVPDR SCH Paladint1
PVPDR DMF Paladint1
PVPDR DMF Paladint2
PVPDR YOP PaladinT1
PVPDR YOP PaladinT3
PVPDR YOP WarPalT1

Mindrender Illucia (Priest)

Mindrender Illucia
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PVPDR DMF Priestp1
PVPDR YOP PriestP1
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PVPDR SCH Priestt1
PVPDR DMF Priestt2
PVPDR DMF Priestt1
PVPDR YOP PriestT1
PVPDR YOP PriestT2
PVPDR YOP LocPriT1

Infiltrator Lilian (Rogue)

Infiltrator Lilian
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PVPDR DMF Roguep1
PVPDR YOP RogueP1
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PVPDR SCH Roguet2
PVPDR DMF Roguet1
PVPDR DMF Roguet2
PVPDR SCH Roguet1
PVPDR YOP RogueT1
PVPDR YOP RogMagT1

Instructor Fireheart (Shaman)

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PVPDR DMF Shamanp1
PVPDR YOP ShamanP1
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PVPDR SCH Shamant2
PVPDR DMF Shamant1
PVPDR DMF Shamant2
PVPDR YOP ShamanT1
PVPDR YOP ShamanT2
PVPDR YOP DruShaT1

Archwitch Willow (Warlock)

Archwitch Willow
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PVPDR DMF Warlockp1
PVPDR SCH Warlockp3
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PVPDR 022
PVPDR DMF Warlockt3
PVPDR SCH Warlockt2
PVPDR SCH Warlockt5
PVPDR SCH Warlockt4
PVPDR YOP LocPriT1

Darius Crowley (Warrior)

Darius Crowley
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PVPDR Darius P1
PVPDR Darius P2
PVPDR Darius P3
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PVPDR Darius T1
PVPDR Darius T2
PVPDR Darius T3
PVPDR Darius T4
PVPDR Darius T5
PVPDR Darius T6

Rattlegore (Warrior)

Rattlegore
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PVPDR SCH Warriorp1
PVPDR DMF Warriorp1
PVPDR YOP WarriorP1
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PVPDR SCH Warriort1
PVPDR DMF Warriort1
PVPDR DMF Warriort2
PVPDR YOP WarriorT1
PVPDR SCH Warriort2
PVPDR YOP WarPalT1

Drek'Thar (Neutral)

Drek'Thar
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PVPDR AV Neutralp5
PVPDR AV Neutralp6
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PVPDR AV Neutralt7
PVPDR AV Neutralt8
PVPDR AV Neutralt9
PVPDR AV Neutralt10
PVPDR AV Neutralt11
PVPDR AV Neutralt12

Vanndar Stormpike (Neutral)

Vanndar Stormpike
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PVPDR AV Neutralp1
PVPDR AV Neutralp2
PVPDR AV Neutralp3
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PVPDR AV Neutralt1
PVPDR AV Neutralt2
PVPDR AV Neutralt3
PVPDR AV Neutralt4
PVPDR AV Neutralt5
PVPDR AV Neutralt6


Passive treasures[]

Pool 1

This lists all Passive treasures that can be drafted after round 1.

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PVPDR SCH Passive18
PVPDR BAR Passive17
PVPDR BAR Passive16
PVPDR BAR Passive21
PVPDR TSC Passive4
PVPDR AV Passive11
PVPDR RLK Passive02
DALA 739
PVPDR RLK Passive01
PVPDR SCH Passive19
PVPDR TSC Passive2
PVPDR SCH Passive14
PVPDR BAR Passive25
PVPDR SCH Passive20
PVPDR SCH Passive21
PVPDR TSC Passive1
PVPDR BAR Passive22
PVPDR TSC Passive6
PVPDR BAR Passive20
PVPDR SCH Passive24
PVPDR DMF Passive01
PVPDR BAR Passive06
PVPDR SW Passive 02
PVPDR BAR Passive24
PVPDR AV Passive09
PVPDR BAR Passive14
PVPDR SCH Passive06
PVPDR AV Passive08
PVPDR BAR Passive07
PVPDR TSC Passive3
PVPDR SCH Passive16
PVPDR BAR Passive10
PVPDR SCH Passive17
PVPDR BAR Passive03
PVPDR AV Passive03
PVPDR SCH Passive09
PVPDR SCH Passive07
PVPDR SCH Passive11
PVPDR AV Passive37
PVPDR BAR Passive27
PVPDR SCH Passive34
PVPDR DMF Passive02
PVPDR SCH Passive39
PVPDR AV Passive10
PVPDR BAR Passive19
Pool 2

This lists all Passive treasures that can be drafted after round 3.

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Passive Pool 2 treasures
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PVPDR BAR Passive02
PVPDR BAR Passive04
PVPDR BAR Passive28
PVPDR AV Passive27
PVPDR REV Passive4
PVPDR AV Passive23
PVPDR AV Passive35
PVPDR TSC Passive5
PVPDR BAR Passive18
PVPDR SW Passive 07
PVPDR AV Passive21
PVPDR SCH Passive22
PVPDR BAR Passive26
PVPDR SW Passive 18
PVPDR SCH Passive12
PVPDR BAR Passive05
PVPDR BAR Passive23
PVPDR AV Passive16
PVPDR RLK Passive03
PVPDR AV Passive36
PVPDR SW Passive 03
PVPDR AV Passive15
PVPDR SW Passive21
PVPDR AV Passive31
PVPDR AV Passive17
PVPDR AV Passive20
LOOTA 824
PVPDR REV Passive1
PVPDR SW Passive 04
PVPDR AV Passive19
ULDA 005
PVPDR BAR Passive08
PVPDR BAR Passive01
PVPDR AV Passive28
PVPDR AV Passive30
PVPDR AV Passive32
PVPDR BAR Passive15
PVPDR SCH Passive36
ULDA 009
Pool 2 Ultra Rare

This lists all Passive treasures that can be drafted after round 3, but have only 1% chance to be offered.

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Passive Pool 2 Ultra Rare treasures
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LOOTA 846
LOOTA 828
PVPDR RLK Passive04
PVPDR SW Passive 09
GILA 913
PVPDR AV Passive06
PVPDR SW Passive 06
PVPDR SCH Passive28
PVPDR AV Passive07
PVPDR REV Passive2
LOOTA 825
LOOTA 803
PVPDR AV Passive04
PVPDR BAR Passive11
DALA 736
PVPDR AV Passive34
LOOTA 845
PVPDR AV Passive13

Active treasures[]

Pool 1

This lists all active treasures that can be drafted after rounds 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13.

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Active Pool 1 treasures
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PVPDR SCH Active44
PVPDR SCH Active58
PVPDR SCH Active60
PVPDR SCH Active24
FP1 006
GILA 825
LOOTA 842b
PVPDR SCH Active17
PVPDR SCH Active08
PVPDR SCH Active03
PVPDR SCH Active38
PVPDR SCH Active50
PVPDR SCH Active57
PVPDR SCH Active30
PVPDR SCH Active48
PVPDR SCH Active31
PVPDR SCH Active28
PVPDR SCH Active34
NAX12 04
LOOT 998k
DALA 705
PVPDR SCH Active59
LOEA 01
PVPDR YOP Active02
NAX11 04
PVPDR SCH Active35
PVPDR SCH Active02
PVPDR SCH Active39
PVPDR SCH Active42
PVPDR GUEST Diablot7
GILA BOSS 35t
NAX2 05H
PVPDR YOP Active01
PVPDR SCH Active27
PVPDR SCH Active26
PVPDR SCH Active29
PVPDR SCH Active45
PVPDR SCH Active52
PVPDR SCH Active61
PVPDR SCH Active47
PVPDR SCH Active46
PVPDR SCH Active43
Pool 2

This lists all active treasures that can be drafted after round 4.

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Active Pool 2 treasures
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PVPDR SCH Active14
PVPDR SCH Active10
PVPDR SCH Active51
PVPDR RLK Active01
ULDA 044
GILA 824
PVPDR SCH Active23
PVPDR SCH Active19
DALA 702
ULDA 043
ULDA 008
PVPDR SCH Active07
PVPDR GUEST Diablot6s4
PVPDR SCH Active54
Pool 2 Ultra Rare

This lists all active treasures that can be drafted after round 4, but have only 1% chance to be offered.

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Active Pool 2 Ultra Rare treasures
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PVPDR SCH Active49
PVPDR SCH Active05
LOOTA 840
DALA 711
PVPDR SCH Active55
PVPDR SCH Active56

Banned cards[]

Banned from deck-building

These cards have been banned from intial deck-building, which are marked as "Banned" in red banner.

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Banned from deck-building
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TRL 390
SW 075
CS2 031
ETC 312
LOOT 542
UNG 028
SCH 248
SW 433
SCH 312
SW 446
BAR 546
AV 115
ICC 091
CS2 236
OG 104
YOP 030
ETC 385
SW 110
SW 050
GVG 006
DS1 233
BT 733
JAM 026
ULD 500
AV 123
TRL 407
GIL 561
EX1 349
EX1 613
EX1 295
REV 018
REV 240
EX1 591
AV 143
EX1 062
BAR 544
RLK 825
GIL 672
AV 317
LOOT 392
GIL 646
EX1 310
ULD 139
EX1 116
AV 205
GIL 692
BT 255
CORE LOE 011
LOE 011
ULD 238
RLK 816
AV 255
EX1 016
ULD 156
TRL 528
DED 006
EX1 350
GIL 826
EX1 563
TRL 065
JAM 030
Banned from buckets and generation

These cards will never appear in any bucket, and cannot be randomly generated or Discovered.

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Banned from buckets
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ULD 724
UNG 940
ULD 326
SW 031
ULD 291
TRL 390
SW 322
SW 075
SW 039
SW 052
UNG 934
ULD 711
ETC 312
UNG 116
LOOT 542
UNG 829
SW 428
ULD 431
UNG 028
SW 028
ULD 433
SW 313
SW 433
SW 450
ULD 140
UNG 067
SW 091
UNG 954
UNG 920
UNG 942
ULD 155
LOOT 504
ULD 131
AV 115
ICC 091
YOP 030
ETC 385
SW 050
GVG 006
BT 733
JAM 026
AV 123
TRL 407
BT 713
BT 781
EX1 613
REV 018
REV 240
ETC 080
BT 002
RLK 825
GIL 672
AV 317
GIL 646
TTN 092
TTN 800
BT 255
TTN 415
TTN 075
RLK 816
TTN 721
TTN 429
TTN 858
TTN 862
TRL 528
TTN 737
TTN 960
TTN 903
REV 906
TRL 065
JAM 030
Removed Duels cards

These cards have been removed from Duels, according to the announcements or patch notes.

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PVPDR REV Passive3
GILA 814
PVPDR BAR Passive09
PVPDR Hero Diablo
DALA 746
PVPDR SW Passive20
PVPDR SCH Passive23
PVPDR AV Passive33
PVPDR SCH Passive10
PVPDR SW Passive 08
PVPDR SW Passive 01
PVPDR SCH Passive30
PVPDR SCH Passive05
DALA 735
PVPDR SCH Passive32
PVPDR SCH Passive15a1
PVPDR SCH Passive08
GILA 511
PVPDR SCH Active53t
PVPDR SCH Active01
PVPDR SCH Active21
PVPDR SCH Active11
GILA 801
PVPDR SCH Active20
PVPDR SCH Active53s
PVPDR SCH Active53

Seasons[]

Duels - Wizard Duels

Wizard Duels began with ten different heroes.

The Hearthstone team will also be adding new Hero Powers and treasures in a mid-season update early next year, and plan to reset Duels ratings at that time as well. At the end of each season, new heroes may be added, and the pools of treasures may be changed.

Each season also has a theme tied to it. For example, Early Access and Season One's theme is Wizard Duels, which brings several familiar professors and luminaries from Scholomance Academy.

The following table lists all past seasons of Duels in Hearthstone history.

SeasonPatchStart dateCard setsResets MMR?Rotates?
TITANS, Season 10Patch 27.0.0.181554July 25, 2023
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Knights of the Frozen Throne
Kobolds & Catacombs
The Witchwood
Rastakhan's Rumble
Saviors of Uldum
Demon Hunter Initiate
Ashes of Outland
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
Murder at Castle Nathria
Path of Arthas
March of the Lich King
Festival of Legends
TITANS
YesYes
Festival of Legends, Season 9Patch 26.0.0.170824April 4, 2023
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Knights of the Frozen Throne
Kobolds & Catacombs
The Witchwood
Rastakhan's Rumble
Saviors of Uldum
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
Murder at Castle Nathria
Path of Arthas
March of the Lich King
Festival of Legends
YesYes
March of the Lich King, Season 8Patch 25.0.0.158725November 29, 2022
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Knights of the Frozen Throne
Kobolds & Catacombs
The Witchwood
Saviors of Uldum
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
Murder at Castle Nathria
Path of Arthas
March of the Lich King
YesYes
Revendreth, Season 7Patch 24.0.0.145077July 26, 2022
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Kobolds & Catacombs
The Witchwood
Saviors of Uldum
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
Murder at Castle Nathria
YesYes
The Sunken City, Season 6Patch 23.0.0.135540April 5, 2022
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Kobolds & Catacombs
Saviors of Uldum
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
YesYes
Alterac Valley, Season 5Patch 22.2.0.130051January 25, 2022
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Kobolds & Catacombs
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
YesYes
Wizard Duels, Mid-Season 4Patch 22.0.0.126807November 30, 2021
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Kobolds & Catacombs
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Wizard Duels, Season 4Patch 21.6.0.124497November 2, 2021
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Kobolds & Catacombs
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
YesYes
Wizard Duels, Season 3Patch 21.0.0.88998July 27, 2021
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Kobolds & Catacombs
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Yes
Wizard Duels, Season 2Patch 20.0.0.77662March 25, 2021
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Journey to Un'Goro
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Legacy
Core
Forged in the Barrens
Yes
Wizard Duels, Mid-Season 1Patch 19.4.0.71003January 21, 2021
Basic
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Yes
Wizard Duels, Season 1Patch 19.0.0.65614November 12, 2020
Basic
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Wizard Duels, Early AccessPatch 18.6.0.63160October 22, 2020
Basic
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
One Night in Karazhan
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy

History[]

Duels was announced October 22, 2020 during the Hearthstone Fall Reveal Stream and the trailer. Afterwards, Duels was immediately launched into season Early Access as a part of Patch 18.6, available to players who either:

Duels was set officially launch on November 17, with the transition from Early Access to Season One.

Card changes[]

Main article: Duels/Card changes

Card changes are the alteration of cards from their previous designs. Hearthstone's designers prefer to avoid changing cards, but when the need arises, card changes will be implemented within patches.

Like collectible and Battlegrounds cards, Duels cards have been design-changed intentionally through the patches.

Class changes[]

2020 classes[]

In 2020 the ten playable heroes in the 1st season (wizard duels) were based on existing Legendary cards for each of the ten classes that existed at the time of Scholomance Academy:

Archwitch Willow
Rattlegore
Turalyon, the Tenured
Mindrender Illucia
Star Student Stelina


Witch Willow is a Warlock, Rattlegore is a Warrior, Tenured Turalyon is a Paladin, Mindrender Illucia is a Priest, Student Stelina is a Demon Hunter

Archwitch Willow
Rattlegore
Turalyon, the Tenured
Mindrender Illucia
Star Student Stelina


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the 5x2 grid Blizzard arranged them in


Professor Slate
Forest Warden Omu
Instructor Fireheart
Mozaki, Master Duelist
Infiltrator Lilian


Professor Slate is a Hunter, Warden Omu is a Druid, Instructor Fireheart is a Shaman, Duelist Mozaki is a Mage, Infiltrator Lilian is a Rogue

Professor Slate
Forest Warden Omu
Instructor Fireheart
Mozaki, Master Duelist
Infiltrator Lilian


2022 classes[]

Diablo (Duels hero) who had been added in November 2021, was removed in January 2022. He was re-introduced in May 2023 then removed again in July 2023. The Black Soulstone treasure available for other classes (which gave access to Diablo's treasures) remained in circulation.

Diablo

In January 2022 two neutral heroes were added, based on two new neutral Legendaries.

Drek'Thar
Drek'Thar
Vanndar Stormpike
Vanndar Stormpike
  • Drek could become Warrior, Shaman, Warlock, Mage, Druid or Neutral class based on which Horde treasure was chosen.
  • Vanndar could become a Paladin, Rogue, Hunter, Demon Hunter, Priest or Neutral class based on which Alliance treasure was chosen.

In April 2022 heroes from the 2019 single-player campaign Tombs of Terror for Saviors of Uldum were added. These were notably dual-class Heroes, allowing mixed deck construction. The ToT heroes were based on legendary neutrals introduced in League of Explorers who got class-specific Highlander Legendaries in the Uldum season.


Reno Jackson
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Elise Starseeker
Brann Bronzebeard


Reno Jackson
Sir Finley
Elise Starseeker
Brann Bronzebeard


Reno is a Mage and Rogue, Finley is a Paladin and Shaman, Elise is a Druid and Priest, Brann is a Hunter and Warrior

Reno the Relicologist

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Shaw is a Hunter, Tess is a Rogue, Toki is a Mage
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In November 2022 with the introduction of the Death Knight class, two new Death Knight heroes were introduced. Unlike before they were not based on existing Legendaries, though death knight skins were later introduced based on them. Template:Card Template:Card Template:Card Template:Card

Group Learning[]

Duels - Group Learning

Group Learning bucket, always in the middle

Group Learning (smart bucket, or auto-generated bucket) was a special bucket. Unlike most buckets which have a predetermined card pool, Group Learning had their card pool generated from gameplay data, and it was always in the middle of offering screen.[3]

Functionality

Group Learning was determined by three factors:

  • How were cards played in each game?. In simple words, if you see two cards were played by players repeatedly, it’s a good indicator that there is some synergy between them.
  • Which stage of the game and what turns were these cards played?. Cards played in close turns and turns far apart usually indicate different things. The previous pair usually shows signs of combo pieces, and the latter shows cards used as earlier tools and late-game powers.
  • What is the end-game impact (win/loss) after the card pair was played?. Win-rate information is embedded in the card pair synergy score. In general, the higher the win-rate, the bigger the score. Afterwards, the score is aggregated for the bucket with some restrictions applied.
    • One of the restrictions is that the cards in the bucket needs to be different. Since each bucket contains 3 cards, {A,B,C}, the aggregation consists of 3 different card pairs: {AB, AC, BC}. Mathematically speaking, a "reversed soft-minimum" function is chosen as an aggregation method. The benefit of this over simple addition or some other aggregation methods is it helps to avoid the scenario that {AB} and {AC} has a large score value, but {BC} has a very small score value.

Group Learning was removed in Patch 25.0.0.158725, after it started regularly offering low-quality cards.

Patch changes[]

Note: This section only includes gameplay changes to Duels and not individual card changes.

  • Template:Patch 25.0.0.158725
    • Group Learning bucket removed.
    • All card buckets now give cards by expansion, instead of by grouped type of effect.
    • Players can now choose one of 6 heroes, instead of 5.
  • Template:Patch 24.2.0.148211
    • Paid entry can now be purchased using Runestones only. Option to buy directly with real money no longer available.
  • Template:Patch 24.0.0.145077
    • All hero powers and signature treasures are now available for all heroes, for all players, no matter what. No more unlock requirements!
  • Template:Patch 23.0.0.135540
    • Players can now choose one of 5 heroes, instead of 4.
  • Template:Patch 22.2.0.130051
    • New card buckets will be added to better support the new heroes.
    • Pool 2 Treasure offerings will now be more synergistic with your deck.
    • 2022-02-01: Fixed a bug where Duels achievements were not properly tracking runs.
    • 2022-02-01: Fixed a bug where Duels Health totals did not match the Health totals intended for run progress.
  • Template:Patch 22.0.0.126807
  • Template:Patch 21.8.0.126299
    • Fixed a Duels bug where favorite card backs were not being applied to decks.
  • Template:Patch 21.6.0.124497
    • All original Scholomance Heroes will have all their unlock requirements removed.
  • Template:Patch 21.2.0.91456
    • Modes menu updated.
  • Template:Patch 21.0.0.88998
    • Fixed a Duels bug where Diamond cards would only be Diamond in appearance for the first game of a run.
  • Template:Patch 20.4.0.84593
    • Passive treasures are less deterministic.
    • Fixed a bug that would result in duplicate treasures being offered in Duels.
  • Template:Patch 20.2.0.81706
    • New tech has been added so that you’ll more regularly be offered Treasures that synergize better with the cards in your deck.
    • Fixed a bug where Legacy and Core set filters were not appearing when making a deck in Duels.
    • Fixed a Duels bug on mobile where the client could become stuck on the rewards screen after finishing a Heroic run.
  • Template:Patch 20.0.0.77662
    • Fixed a Duels bug where the win counter could show -1.
    • Fixed a Duels bug where duplicate card buckets could appear.
    • Fixed a Duels bug where your deck would not appear on the end of run screen.
  • Template:Patch 19.4.0.71003
    • Passive Treasures offered between matches in Duels should now present more options that are better suited for the class you're playing.
  • Template:Patch 19.0.0.65614
    • Fixed a Duels bug where Golden cards would appear as normal cards.
    • Fixed a Duels bug where the Best Runs counter was being unintentionally reset.
  • Template:Patch 18.6.0.63160 Added.

External links[]

References[]

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