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Hearthstone takes place in turns. Each turn gives a player the opportunity to act. At the end of each turn, play is passed back to the other player. A round describes one turn for each player.

Order of play[]

At the start of each of their turns, the player gains a Mana Crystal (up to a maximum of 10), and attempts to draw a card. The player is then free (but not forced) to take action, playing cards, using their Hero Power, and/or attacking with their minions or hero. Once all possible actions have been taken, the "End Turn" button will light up, often accompanied by the "Job's done" voiceover.

Each turn lasts a maximum of 75 seconds, at which point it will end automatically. However, animations can cause the turn to last longer than 75 seconds. To compensate, when the start of the player's turn is delayed, extra time is added to their turn to compensate.[1] This time is known as the 'slush', and makes up the difference between when the player's turn starts on the server and when it appears to start in the client.[1] This time appears to take place at the end of the current turn but is actually added to the start of the next turn. However, the slush time does not always fully account for the entire length of the animations.[2]

Solo Adventures does not normally feature a turn timer; however, LegacyNozdormu's effect is able to introduce a turn timer.

  • For example, in Practice mode, Nozdormu introduces a refreshed turn timer of 40 seconds when played, 30 seconds for turns after a turn in which the player presses the "End Turn" button, and 20 seconds for turns after a turn in which the player does not press the "End Turn" button.[3]
  • Nozdormu also introduces a longer turn timer when played in some adventures. For example, in the One Night in Karazhan Class Challenges, Nozdormu introduces a 100 second turn timer when played, and for turns after a turn in which the player does not press the "End Turn" button, the turn timer is 70 seconds.[4]

When around 20 seconds are remaining in the current turn, a burning rope fuse[5] will appear across the centre of the battlefield, illustrating the time remaining.[6] Once the fuse has reached the "End Turn" button, the turn will end. Failing to take all desired actions before the rope burns down completely is known as "roping".

At the end of each turn, play is passed to the other player, and their next turn begins.

If a player takes no actions during their turn and the time limit expires, that player's next turn will begin with an even faster burning fuse, giving them around 7 seconds to play.[7] However, as soon as the player takes any action, the fuse will disappear, and the player's total turn time will be extended to the usual 75 seconds.

Notes[]

  • Many triggered effects activate at the start or end of either the player's turn, or each player's turn. See Triggered effect#End of turn and Triggered effect#Start of turn for a list.
  • Each game of Hearthstone has a limit of 89 turns. At the start of the 90th turn, both heroes will explode, and the game will end in a draw.[8] This means that Player 1 has 45 complete turns (turn 1, 3, 5... 87, 89), while Player 2 has 44 complete turns (turn 2, 4, 6... 86, 88). Player 2 does not start turn 90, he will not draw a card nor will start of turn triggers happen. This limit is very rarely reached, due to fatigue damage.
  • Neither the turn countdown timer nor the round counter is visible to players.
  • In the alpha, the turn timer was 90 seconds, but it was changed to 75 seconds before the release of the beta.[9]
  • With Patch 10.2.0.23180, the turn timer for the first two turns of a match are now shorter.
  • In exceptional cases, the player can be required to interact after pressing the "End Turn" button. This happens if, for example, the Plague of Wrath Twist is active in the singleplayer Tombs of Terror adventure and the player's rightmost minion is a Journey to Un'GoroVicious Fledgling, as if the Vicious Fledgling hits the enemy hero after the end of turn the player is required to choose an adaptation for it.

Terminology[]

The terms turn and round are often confused by Hearthstone players, and can mean different things in other games. The text of numerous cards such as LegacyRagnaros the Firelord, LegacyPower Overwhelming, The Grand TournamentCompetitive Spirit and NaxxramasLoatheb clearly use turn to refer to individual player turns, rather than the completion of a round, which occurs only after the second player completes their turn and control passes back to the player who was chosen to go first at the start of the match.

Related cards[]

For Wild format listings, see Turn/Wild format

This section lists cards related to the current, previous, or following turn(s).
NOTE: This does NOT list cards that have Triggered effects related to the ends or starts of turns. For those effects, see Triggered effect#End of turn and Triggered effect#Start of turn

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SW 451.png
REV 313.png
DED 503.png
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DED 510.png
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BAR 313.png
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Turn-related cards can be split into the following categories, depending on what turn affects them

This turn[]

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CORE EX1 169.png
CORE EX1 145.png
CORE CS2 188.png
WC 803.png
CORE BT 427.png
BAR 891.png
ONY 023.png
TSC 952.png
SW 451.png
REV 313.png
DED 503.png
TSC 946.png
SW 115.png
CORE BT 035.png
AV 294.png
ONY 014.png
DED 002.png
TSC 006.png
TSC 213.png
REV 337.png
CORE CS2 045.png
REV 939.png
REV 750.png
BAR 064.png
AV 119.png
SW 444.png
CORE OG 047.png
AV 285.png
CS3 017.png
AV 338.png
SW 454.png
REV 942.png
TSC 651.png
WC 016.png
AV 343.png
SW 093.png
CORE EX1 046.png
DED 510.png
CORE YOD 006.png
AV 269.png
AV 134.png
TSC 610.png
BAR 333.png
REV 940.png
BAR 316.png
SW 431.png
BAR 552.png
TSC 936.png
BAR 735.png
CORE CS2 046.png
BAR 846.png
DED 506.png
BAR 313.png
AV 342.png
SW 037.png
AV 336.png

Last turn[]

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CORE DRG 090.png

Next turn[]

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TSC 827.png
AV 109.png
BAR 306.png
WC 003.png
REV 504.png
REV 960.png
REV 378.png
WC 016.png
TID 744.png
TID 719.png
AV 264.png

See also[]

  • Gameplay - An exploration of Hearthstone's basic gameplay.

References[]

 
  1. 1.0 1.1 Ben Brode on Twitter. (2015-09-05). 
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/3agk6v/turn_time_has_been_reduced_from_90_to_70_seconds/
  3. Tested by User:Aegonostic in September 2019
  4. Tested by User:Aegonostic in September 2019
  5. Yong Woo on Twitter. (2016-06-04). 
  6. This appears to be around 22.5 seconds, but animation lag makes precise measurement difficult.
  7. Full time appears to be 10 seconds, however, the remained is wasted in non-playable animation time. Playable time appears to be approximately 7.5 seconds.
  8. Patashu (2015-06-07). Maximum Length (in turns) of a Game (Blackrock Mountain Edition)
  9. Droggelbecher (June 19, 2015). Turn time has been reduced from 90 to 70 seconds. That's a huge change and nobody knows about it.. Retrieved on 2018-12-30.
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