Hearthstone is a popular turn-based card game developed, published and released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2014. The game is based off of the lore of Blizzard's highly successful franchise, Warcraft and has gained much broader adoption through its suitability for mobile, tablet and PC gaming. Hearthstone is now a competitive esport and plays a significant role at a number of major events in the esports calendar.
On this page, you'll find everything you need to know about betting on competitive Hearthstone matches. That includes match odds for upcoming Hearthstone tournaments and competitions, ratings and reviews of the best Hearthstone betting websites, and the most worthwhile bonuses currently available. We'll also tell you about the Hearthstone professional scene, giving you an overview of the game itself and tips that can help to maximise your winnings. Let's get right into it!
Before we get into the tactics and strategy of this popular digital card game, let’s take a look at what you need to know for Hearthstone betting. One of the most essential points is knowing how to interpret Hearthstone match odds.
On SickOdds, these are presented in a decimal format, something like 2.50:1.00. That means the first player listed, A, is the favourite over the second, B. If you place a bet of $10 on player A and win, you’ll get back $25 plus your $10 stake. Conversely, if you successfully bet on player B, you’ll have to bet $25 to get a $10 win plus your stake back. That makes sense, right? Show more.
Of course, you might find it useful to translate these odds into actual percentages that the bookies believe one player will win a match over the other. Let’s use the same example as we did above to see how this works.
To calculate the percentage chance of player B winning, we add both odds (2.50 and 1.00) and divide B’s odd (1.00) by the result of our first addition(3.50). That gives us a 28.6% chance of player B winning against player A.
We can just subtract this from 100% to get the chance that player A wins, but let’s go through it again to make sure our method works. Again, we add both odds, 2.50 and 1.00, but this time we divide 2.50 by our result. That gives us 71.4%, the correct answer!
So how do we use this information? Well, if we think that one of the players has a better chance of winning that the bookie suggests, we can bet on that player to win. If we get it right, that could be a tidy profit for us.
One last thing: be sure to check the odds from multiple bookies. If you’re willing to bet, you may as well bet on the site that gives you the sickest odds! Normally the odds won’t differ by a lot, but this small margin can give you the edge you need to come out ahead. Show less.
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Hearthstone remains a relatively small esport, despite its appeal amongst CCG and WarCraft fans. However, its backing by developer Blizzard means that Hearthstone should remain a viable esport for some time, and that's translated into wide betting support for the game that belies its relatively small fan base.
Some of our favourite sportsbooks (esportsbooks?) are listed below, including both long-time members of the betting fraternity and newer entrants that are focused exclusively on esports titles like Hearthstone. We find that there are benefits to using both types of site.
More established brands often provide better support, are properly licensed and have a long history that can let you bet in confidence. Their bonuses are usually strong too, as you'll see later. Bet365 and Betway are good examples of this type of site.
Conversely, newer esports-only betting sites tend to offer slicker websites, deeper sportsbooks (including proposition bets not available elsewhere) and technological features like embedded live streams or community chat channels. Unikrn and LunarBets are two nice examples of this kind of site, and both offer Hearthstone betting. A list of all Hearthstone sportsbooks is below for your reading pleasure.
There are a wide range of Hearthstone bonuses available, depending on the site in question. One of the most common promotions is a first deposit bonus, which multiplies your initial investment anywhere from 125% to 200%. That makes it attractive to try out a new site, which of course is the rationale for sites to offer these kinds of deals. Typically you'll be required to bet this balance multiple times at set odds in order to cash out, but that's only fair. Show more.
Another common bonus is the free bet, where you're essentially given some free money to play with on the site in order to get you hooked. You'd have to be pretty skilled (and lucky!) to build that balance up into something worth withdrawing, and meet the terms and conditions to do so, but the fact that it is technically possible makes it fun to try. Another good bonus is the cash-back bonus, which returns a percentage of your losses to your account, softening the blow of a poor prediction. Show less.
Hearthstone is sometimes decried for its reliance on RNG effects, but anyone who follows the pro scene can see that top players are able to consistently reach the upper echelons of tournament after tournament. Rather than random luck, they rely on creative decks, excellent crisis management and an exhaustive knowledge of the cards in their own deck and in their opponent’s. Like the best Hearthstone players, you can spend some time learning more about the game to make Hearthstone betting easier and more enjoyable. Let’s continue! Show more.
Hearthstone is not just about choosing the right 30 cards before play — it’s also about maximising the value of the cards on the field, knowing when to play cards for their maximum effect, and predicting the opponent’s strategy from seeing only a few cards in their deck. Once you begin to see the common strategies and deck styles played by the top players, you can gain an appreciation for players that break the rules in just the right ways to come out on top. Each match has the potential to influence the meta of the entire game, and knowing history is being made gives high-level play a convincing air of gravity. Show less.
Hearthstone is a turn-based digital card game played between two people. Each person picks a deck of 30 pre-selected cards to use in the game; in tournaments, it’s common to provide four decks, one of which can be banned by your opponent.
After a coin toss to see who goes first, a starting hand is dealt to both players; three cards for the first player, four cards and a special card called ‘The Coin’ for the second player to negate the advantage of going first.
Cards can include minions (creatures that stay in play until defeated) and spells (cards that have some effect and then leave play). Each card has a mana cost associated with it; generally the more powerful the card, the more mana it costs to play. You get more mana the longer the game goes on, up to 10, although cards can affect this in various ways.
The goal of the game is to reduce your opponent’s health to 0 before they do the same to you!
Players choose a class from nine options, each representing an archetype in WarCraft lore. This choice allows you to choose class-specific cards in your constructed deck, and determines the unique hero power that can be used for two mana each turn. The nine classes are Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock and Warrior.
Each class has a unique theme that is reflected both in each card’s mechanics and flavour. For example, Druids are spellcasters of nature, so their minions tend to be beefy beasts, and their spells can do things like accelerate mana growth and enchant minions. Their unique power is shapeshift, which provides their hero with +1 attack on the turn that it is played and +1 armour.
In contrast, Warlocks are known for summoning demonic minions and dealing direct damage through spells, which have low costs but come with negative side effects for the Warlock. Likewise, their hero power allows them to draw a card, at the cost of hurting themselves.
Blizzard has released several new card sets for Hearthstone since the game’s release, including five full-size expansions. Each expansion has a certain theme, reflected in its lore and mechanics.
For example, the Whispers of the Old Gods dealt with ancient, evil and frequently tentacled Cthulhu-like beings. Each of the named four Old Gods were included as powerful cards within the set, while cultist-themed cards had mechanics that empowered the monsters. The expansion also added a new mechanic, Forbidden cards, which scale in power proportionately to the mana spent on them.
As each new expansion is released, older expansions fall out of the Standard format commonly used for tournaments. This keeps the game interesting and fresh, as players cope with the arrival of new creative opportunities and the loss of previous mainstays.
Hearthstone’s premiere competition is the Hearthstone Championship Tour, with a prize pool of $1,000,000. This global tournament takes most of the year to complete, and includes Winter, Spring and Summer seasons split into multiple regions. Each season concludes with a playoff, feeding into a seasonal championship series. The top four winners from each season and the top players from other high-level Hearthstone events are invited to the World Championship at the end of the year to compete for the bulk of the prize pool and the honour of being the best Hearthstone player in the world.
Outside of the official Blizzard events, Hearthstone fans and bettors can watch professionals play in online leagues and offline LAN events, including DreamHack, StarLadder, WESG and more. There’s never too much of a break before the next competitive game kicks off!