Arena is a big part of the Hearthstone Experience – offering players a way to obtain great rewards by testing their drafting and playing skills against other opponents.
TIP #1: BECOME FAMILIAR WITH ALL THE CARDS
Become familiar with all the cards in Hearthstone. This may seem obvious but some players dive right into Arena without knowing all the cards, it’s usefulness in different contexts and how it synergizes with other cards. The best place to browse Hearthstone cards? Over to our card database
TIP #2: KNOW THE MECHANICS
How can you know which card to draft when you’re not sure what each mechanic does and/or how to utilize them? So jump in and read Moonbear’s A Beginner’s Guide to Hearthstone Mechanics.
TIP #3: KNOWING WHAT TO DRAFT
So now you know all the cards and how they work – now you need to know which cards to pick, depending on not only your Hero, but your mana curve, spell vs. minion distribution etc.
AntiGrav1ty’s Spreadsheet on Card Ranks (post)
Trump’s Arena Card Ranking
Arena Draft Guide for New Players
TIP #4: READ THESE 2 ARENA GUIDES
No questions. Just read these 2 articles and you’re halfway there.
The Arena: A Guide to the Not-So Obvious by Ben
TIP #5: UNDERSTANDING THE 3 RESOURCES: TEMPO, CARD ADVANTAGE (VALUE) AND HERO LIFE
Sar wrote a 3 part article that discusses the 3 resources of Hearthstone (and it’s not Mana! Not entirely anyway).
It’s a must read – it will help you understand when to go for the opponent’s face, when to trade, and what to play (spell vs. minion).
TIP #6: WATCH GOOD PLAYERS PLAY
There are a lot of great streams that stream Arena – not only do you see how they draft and play, but they also say out loud their thought process and their reasoning. Here are some good streams to watch:
TIP #7: TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS AND STATS
Since Blizzard does not offer in game tracking of your stats and performance, there are a lot of tools springing up that helps you does just that! Here are some of them:
Hearthstone Arena Stats Spreadsheet created by wdalright
Hearth Tracker a download that tracks your stats automatically.
TIP #8, #9 and #10
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Hopefully these tips and links will help you on becoming a better Arena play and achieve that elusive Infinite Arena Run streak!