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Duels - Menu screen.png

Duels' representation icon

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 4 of Hearthstone's 10 classes, then one of three of that class's Hero Powers, followed by one of six 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.

Getting started[]

Entry fee[]

Duels' methods of play

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 a Tavern Ticket. 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 is 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 four randomly-offered heroes (classes)
  • One of six Signature Treasures of the chosen class
    • Some Signature Treasures can only be unlocked after the player completes their specific goals.
  • One of three Hero Powers of the chosen class
    • Some Hero Powers can only be unlocked after the player completes their specific goals.

Then, the player builds a starter deck, which

  • Includes the chosen Signature Treasures and 15 unique (no duplicates) cards, from their own collection
  • Includes cards available from a certain number of sets, depending on the season
  • Does not include card in the ban list.

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

Choosing a Hero or class

Choosing a Signature Treasure

Choosing a Hero Power

After 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.

Choosing a Passive treasure

Choosing an active treasure

Choosing a loot bucket

Group Learning[]

Group Learning bucket, always in the middle

Group Learning (smart bucket, or auto-generated bucket) is a special loot bucket. Unlike most loot buckets which have a predetermined card pool, Group Learning has their card pool generated from gameplay data, and it is always in the middle of offering screen.[1]

Functionality

Group Learning is 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.

Playing Duels[]

Gameplay[]

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

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 (gets 12 wins or 3 losses ), they will be given a reward chest, containing up to five prize boxes with gold, dust, cards, and card packs. The range of possible items and values able to be given in each prize box is shown in the a rewards table exactly like what Arena currently has.

Current season[]

Wizard Duels

Currently, Duels is at Mid-Season of Season One with the theme Wizard Duels.

Starter 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).

Demon Hunter[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Star Student Stelina(368812).png
Infernal Strike(368905).png
Outlander(389201).png
Illidari Strike(442107).png
Signature Treasures
Summoning Ritual(368907).png
Mo'arg Outcast(389203).png
Gift of the Legion(389197).png
Binding Chains(442108).png
Blade of Quickening(442110).png
Traktamer Aelessa(442106).png

Druid[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Forest Warden Omu(368809).png
Nature's Gifts(368909).png
Invigorating Bloom(389204).png
Harvest Time!(442113).png
Signature Treasures
Warden's Insight(368915).png
Moonbeast(389206).png
Herding Horn(389240).png
Marvelous Mycelium(442087).png
Awakened Ancient(442114).png
Zukara the Wild(442115).png

Hunter[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Professor Slate(368811).png
Survival Training(368916).png
Death Games(389207).png
Savage Secrets(442116).png
Signature Treasures
Slate's Syringe(368713).png
Bonecrusher(389241).png
Stalking Pride(389208).png
Deathstrider(442117).png
Carrot on a Stick(442118).png
Traktamer Aelessa(442106).png

Mage[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Mozaki, Master Duelist(368808).png
Wyrm Bolt(368918).png
Secret Studies(389209).png
Frost Shards(442121).png
Signature Treasures
Wand of Dueling(368919).png
Elemental Learning(389199).png
Infinite Arcane(389242).png
Embercaster(442125).png
Yogg-tastic Tasties(442123).png
Britz Blazebucket(442140).png

Paladin[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Turalyon, the Tenured(368813).png
From Golden Light(368920).png
Bring on Recruits(389210).png
Modest Aspirations(442126).png
Signature Treasures
Royal Greatsword(368921).png
Men at Arms(389211).png
Drocomurchanicas(389214).png
Favored Racer(442128).png
Humble Blessings(442129).png
Su Leadfoot(442150).png

Priest[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Mindrender Illucia(368804).png
Shadow Mend(368948).png
Mind Tether(389220).png
Call of Madness(442133).png
Signature Treasures
Fractured Spirits(368949).png
Droplet of Insanity(389222).png
Scion of the Deep(389221).png
Shadow Word- Void(442136).png
Herald of the Scaled Ones(442138).png
Joras Thuldoom(442120).png

Rogue[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Infiltrator Lilian(368807).png
Roguish Maneuvers(368950).png
Connections(389223).png
Vile Concoction(442142).png
Signature Treasures
Deadly Weapons 101(368951).png
Nerubian Peddler(389225).png
Acquired Allies(389227).png
Ace in the Hole(442097).png
Green Tortollan Shell(442144).png
Britz Blazebucket(442140).png

Shaman[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Instructor Fireheart(368802).png
Totemic Power(368954).png
Ferocious Flurry(389228).png
Stormcatcher(442145).png
Signature Treasures
Fluctuating Totem(368955).png
Tempest's Fury(389230).png
Invoke the Void(389231).png
Payload Totem Specialist(442146).png
Chaos Storm(442148).png
Zukara the Wild(442115).png

Warlock[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Archwitch Willow(368814).png
Dark Arts(368957).png
Demon Blood(389232).png
Soulcial Studies(442098).png
Signature Treasures
Impish Aid(368711).png
Gift of the Old Gods(389234).png
Killmox, the Banished One(389269).png
Demonizer(442100).png
Demonology 101(442099).png
Joras Thuldoom(442120).png

Warrior[]

Hero and Hero Powers
Rattlegore(368810).png
No Guts, No Glory(368960).png
Bruising(389235).png
Magnetic Mines(442151).png
Signature Treasures
Auto-Armaments(368962).png
Collector's Ire(389236).png
Brewster, the Brutal(389237).png
Scrapmetal Demolitionist(442153).png
Spiked Arms(442102).png
Su Leadfoot(442150).png

Passive treasures[]

Pool 1

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

All Shall Serve(442089).png
Arcane Flux(464494).png
Arcanite Crystal(464491).png
Arctic Armor(464503).png
Conduit of the Storms(464476).png
Crystal Gem(368938).png
Divine Illumination(464511).png
Dragonblood(442091).png
Dragon Affinity(389248).png
Ever-Changing Elixir(92374).png
Firekeeper's Idol(464505).png
Fireshaper(389253).png
Freeze Solid(464501).png
Grommash's Armguards(389216).png
Hold the Line(464469).png
Invigorating Light(464509).png
Mending Pools(464487).png
Mysterious Tome(368924).png
Open the Doorways(464471).png
Pillage the Fallen(368942).png
Plaguebringer(389258).png
Potion of Sparking(464479).png
Recycling(368944).png
Rhonin's Scrying Orb(368922).png
Righteous Reserves(464462).png
Robe of the Apprentice(368929).png
Robes of Shrinking(368925).png
Rocket Backpacks(368932).png
Scattered Caltrops(368940).png
Small Pouches(368928).png
Staff of Pain(464515).png
Staking A Claim(389264).png
Sticky Fingers(389218).png
The Floor is Lava(389267).png
Wither the Weak(464499).png
Pool 2

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

All Together Now(464460).png
Avenging Armaments(464464).png
Band of Bees(75643).png
Battle Totem(77224).png
Book of Wonders(91107).png
Caltrops(89563).png
Cannibalism(389245).png
Corrupted Felstone(464496).png
Disks of Legend(92310).png
Dragonbone Ritual(389250).png
Eerie Stone(464513).png
Emerald Goggles(368935).png
Endurance Training(464467).png
Flame Waves(464507).png
From the Swamp(389255).png
Hagatha's Embrace(91122).png
Khadgar's Scrying Orb(77191).png
Mummy Magic(92297).png
Orb of Revelation(464473).png
Scepter of Summoning(77171).png
Special Delivery(464481).png
Spreading Saplings(464489).png
Starving(442094).png
Totem of the Dead(77223).png
Unlocked Potential(92304).png
Pool 2 Ultra Rare

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

Captured Flag(77197).png
Double Time(89602).png
Elixir of Vigor(91127).png
Manastorm(389257).png
Ooops, All Spells!(76542).png
Party Replacement(76534).png
Rally the Troops(464457).png
Robe of the Magi(77193).png
Stargazing(91101).png

Active treasures[]

Pool 1

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

Amalgamate(368870).png
Bag of Coins(368827).png
Mindpocalypse(368892).png
Supercharge(368895).png
Blade of Quel'Delar(368838).png
Hilt of Quel'Delar(77219).png
Deathcharger(7762).png
Gentleman's Top Hat(89578).png
Hunter's Insight(368828).png
Party Portal(368824).png
Sow the Seeds(368819).png
Spyglass(368863).png
Loyal Henchman(368879).png
Mask of Mimicry(368817).png
Necrotic Poison(368891).png
Blood Moon(368851).png
Clockwork Assistant(368877).png
Coin Pouch(368853).png
Creepy Curio(368843).png
Enrage(7792).png
Golden Kobold(27212).png
Jaws(368893).png
Looming Presence(27479).png
Mage Armor(442105).png
Murloc Holmes(368856).png
Mutating Injection(7782).png
Old Militia Horn(368857).png
Puzzle Box(368818).png
Surly Mob(368864).png
The Exorcisor(368867).png
Vampiric Fangs(89641).png
Worshipper(7831).png
Astral Portal(442104).png
Greedy Pickaxe(368842).png
Loyal Sidekick(368841).png
Royal Gift(89577).png
Beastly Beauty(368849).png
Butch(368872).png
Crusty the Crustacean(368883).png
Pure Cold(368897).png
Bubba(368875).png
Princess(368873).png
Holy Book(368868).png
Pool 2

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

Archmage Staff(368825).png
Grimmer Patron(91053).png
Hyperblaster(368881).png
Ancient Reflections(368834).png
Bag of Stuffing(368826).png
Blade of the Burning Sun(92352).png
Gnomish Army Knife(91049).png
Banana Split(368836).png
Canopic Jars(368830).png
Phaoris' Blade(92350).png
Staff of Scales(92302).png
Wand of Disintegration(368823).png
LOCUUUUSTS!!!(368885).png
Book of the Dead(368888).png
Pool 2 Ultra Rare

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

Chaos Theory(368878).png
Overpowered(368821).png
Wax Rager(77215).png
Dreamgrove Ring(91059).png
Embers of Ragnaros(368889).png
Wish(368890).png

Banned cards[]

Banned from Deckbuilding
Lightning Bloom(329861).png
Ice Lance(188).png
Pen Flinger(329900).png
Tour Guide(329972).png
Divine Spirit(554).png
Mind Blast(415).png
Divine Favor(581).png
Ice Block(28).png
Auchenai Soulpriest(656).png
Old Murk-Eye(217).png
Doomguard(507).png
Leeroy Jenkins(674).png
Sylvanas Windrunner(33).png
Prophet Velen(228).png
Banned from card buckets
Awaken the Makers(52588).png
Fire Plume's Heart(55523).png
Jungle Giants(55538).png
Lakkari Sacrifice(55447).png
Open the Waygate(55551).png
The Last Kaleidosaur(55512).png
The Marsh Queen(55497).png
The Caverns Below(55481).png
Unite the Murlocs(55470).png
Removed treasures
Lunar Band(368930).png
Robes of Gaudiness(91097).png
Sandy Surprise(389261).png
Gattling Gunner(89553).png

Seasons[]

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 will be added, and some treasures will rotate out to make room for new ones.

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.

Season Start date End date Theme Patches
Mid-Season Season One January 21, 2021 TBA Wizard Duels
Season One November 17, 2020 January 21, 2021
Early Access October 22, 2020 November 17, 2020 Patch 18.6.0.63160

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.

Patch changes[]

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch 20.0.0.77662 (2021-03-25):
    • 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.
  • Scholomance Academy logo.pngPatch 18.6.0.63160 (2020-10-22): Added.

External links[]

References[]

 
  1. Tian, Lead Data Scientist (2020-11-17). Dev Insights: Treasure Pools & Smart Loot Buckets in Duels
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