Ultimate Budgeting Guide for Wild

Hearthstone can get expensive if you’re not wise about where you spend. In this article I’ve analyzed the 4 Adventures and 7 expansions released by Blizzard and found where you can get the best bang for your buck.

The Adventures

In general, Adventures offer great value to players looking to get into Wild. Adventures also provide a specific, curated set of cards so that you know exactly what you are going to get when you purchase. Lastly, Adventures provide a much higher value than simply buying and opening packs.

 

League of Explorers


Solid Wild Cards

Legendaries: Sir Finley MrrggltonReno Jackson, Brann Bronzebeard

Epics: Naga Sea Witch

Rares: Excavated Evil, Anyfin Can Happen, Unearthed Raptor

Commons: Keeper of Uldaman, Tunnel Trogg, Dark Peddler, Forgotten Torch, Entomb, Tomb Pillager

Other Goodies:

Elise Starseeker, Arch-Thief Rafaam, Djinni of Zephyrs


Notes: League of Explorers is fantastic value. This adventure offers three extremely powerful neutral legendaries in Sir Finley Mrrgglton, Reno Jackson, and Brann Bronzebeard that see play across multiple decks. Because of the density of high quality legendaries, League of Explorer’s ranks at the top in terms of getting your money’s worth in the Wild format!

Value: 287 Dust per Dollar

 

Curse of Naxxramas


Solid Wild Cards 

Legendaries: Loatheb

Epics: Echoing Ooze

Rares: Deathlord, Sludge Belcher, Nerubian Egg,

Commons: Zombie Chow, Haunted Creeper, Mad Scientist, Duplicate, Avenge, Voidcaller, Death's Bite

Other Goodies:

Kel'Thuzad, Maexxna, Feugen, Stalagg,Baron Rivendare, Shade of Naxxramas


Notes: While Naxxramas may not have a large amount of fantastic Legendaries or Epics, the quality of Rares and Commons is very high. A large amount of Wild Staples like Deathlord, Sludge Belcher, [Mad Scientsit], Voidcaller provide a lot of value to players new to Wild. Overall, a pretty good set and definitely worth the money.

Value: 294 Dust  / dollar

 

Blackrock Mountain


Solid Wild Cards

Legendaries: Emperor Thaurissan

Epics: This adventure features no epic cards!

Rares: Resurrect, Flamewaker, Demonwrath

Commons: Blackwing Technician, Blackwing Corruptor, [Quick shot], Twilight Whelp, Solemn Vigil, Imp Gang Boss, Gang Up

Other Goodies

Nefarian, Majordomo Executus, Chromaggus, Rend Blackhand, Grim Patron, Revenge, Lava Shock, Dragon Consort, Dragon Egg


Notes: The worst of the expansions, but still more solid value then cracking open packs because of the dust value of the “bad” legendaries in the set. This set suffers from its lack of Epic cards and very linear dragon focused mechanics. If you need Emperor Thaurissan, this is still a solid value over crafting.

Value: 47 Dust / dollar

 

 

One Night in Karazhan


Solid Wild Cards

Legendaries: Medivh, the Guardian, Barnes, The Curator

Epic: Arcane Giant

Rares: Silverware Golem, Babbling Book, Cat Trick, Maelstrom Portal

Commons: Netherspite Historian, Enchanted Raven, Kindly Grandmother, Medivh's Valet, Firelands Portal, Swashburglar, Cloaked Huntress

Other Goodies

Legendares: Moroes, Prince Malchezaar, Ivory Knight, Book Wyrm, Spirit Claws


 

Notes: The legendaries Medivh, Barnes, and Curator are solid cards, but more fringe playable than format staples. The set has a lot of great Mage Cards as well with Fireland’s Portal, Babbling Book, Arcane Giant, and Medivh’s Valet. Overall, a pretty solid set, and the second best Adventure for your money’s worth.

Value: 294 Dust  / dollar



Opening Packs

For the most part, purchasing the Adventures will give better bang for your buck than opening Expansion Packs. If you’ve already completed all the adventures, or just want to crack open some packs, I’ve made a list of the expansions that provide the most value. Before we get into that list, let’s look at the expected value of opening Packs.

Pack Opening Rates by Blizzard:

  • RARE – At least 1 rare or better in each pack.
  • EPIC – Average of 1 every 5 packs.
  • LEGENDARY – Average of 1 every 20 pack

When opening packs from a new set, at least one Legendary is now guaranteed within the first 10 packs. This means that if you haven’t opened any packs from a certain expansion yet, you can get some decent value by buying  your first 10 packs!

If you are looking for a specific card from an expansion, it is ALWAYS better to craft the card then trying to open it in a pack. For example, if you were trying to open a Dr. Boom specifically, the chances of opening him in a single pack is 1 in 400!

For those interested in the math: I calculated each set’s value by counting how many playable legendaries, epics, and rares are in each set, multiplied them by their % chance to open, and weighed them by their dust cost to craft, and divided by the cost per pack.


 

Classic


Solid Wild Cards:

Legendaries: Archmage Antonidas, Tirion Fordring, Prophet Velen, Edwin VanCleef, Grommash Hellscream, Bloodmage Thalnos, Leeroy Jenkins, Alexstrasza, Malygos

Epics:  Ancient of War, Ice Block, Lay on Hands, Preparation, Cabal Shadow Priest, Earth Elemental, Twisting Nether, Doomhammer, Shield Slam, Brawl, Hungry Crab, Doomsayer, Southsea Captain, Murloc Warleader, Sea Giant, Mountain Giant, Molten Giant

Rare: Nourish, Eaglehorn Bow, Savannah Highmane, Counterspell, Kirin Tor Mage, Blizzard, Equality, Aldor Peacekeeper, Divine Favor, Auchenai Soulpriest, Feral Spirit, Lightning Storm, Mana Tide Totem, Doomguard, Siphon Soul, Armorsmith, Frothing Berserker, Mortal Strike, Knife Juggler, Azure Drake, Coldlight Oracle, Murloc Tidecaller, Gadgetzan Auctioneer

Notes: The Classic Set has managed to stand the test of time as it offers plenty of competitive Wild cards for new players. The class Legendaries and Epics see plenty of play across the board from Ice Block, Tirion Fordring, to Edwin VanCleef. There are an enormous amount of playable Rares and Commons as well. You can’t go wrong with the Classic Set, and I’d recommend starting here if you are a new player looking to open some packs!

Set Value: 60 Dust Per Dollar

Goblin vs Gnomes


Solid Wild Cards:

Legendaries: Dr. Boom,Mal'Ganis

Epics: Hobgoblin,Echo of Medivh,Quartermaster,Lightbomb,Coghammer

Rares: Jeeves,Muster for Battle

Commons: Ship's Cannon, Piloted Shredder, Antique Healbot,Glaivezooka, Velen's Chosen, Tinker's Sharpsword Oil, Whirling Zap-o-matic, Crackle,Darkbomb


Summary: Some fairly good Paladin staples with Shielded Minibot, Muster for Battle, and Quartermaster. This expansion featured a lot of mech synergies, which sees some fringe amount of play in Wild. The set has a very low density of playable Wild Legendaries with the infamous Dr. Boom being the most sought after card in this set. Overall, this is the one of the poorest sets among all expansions for getting your money’s worth. I’d recommend just crafting the individual cards you are looking in this set.

Set Value: 11.4 Dust per Dollar

 

 

The Grand Tournament


 

Solid Wild Cards

Legendaries: Justicar Trueheart, Aviana

Epic: Twilight Guardian,Mulch, Arcane Blast, Mysterious Challenger, Elemental Destruction,

Rare: Spawn of Shadows, Wyrmrest Agent, King's Defender,Alexstrasza's Champion

Common: Argent Horserider, Living Roots, King's Elekk, Totem Golem


Notes: One of the worst sets in terms of value. The Grand Tournament’s mechanics Joust and Inspire were inconsistent or low in power level, meaning many of the cards were not powerful enough to see Wild Play. Even the set’s best legendaries Justicar Trueheart and Aviana see only fringe play in Wild. There are some great cards like Totem golem and Living Roots in the set, but most are common or rare and so should just be crafted.

Set Value: 10 Dust Per Dollar

 

Whispers of the Old Gods


Solid Wild Cards

Legendaries: Yogg-Saron, Hope's End, C'Thun, Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound, N'Zoth, the Corruptor, Fandral Staghelm, Ragnaros, Lightlord

Epic: Cabalist's Tome, Vilefin Inquisitor

Rare: Mire Keeper, Rallying Blade, Steward of Darkshire, Shadow Word: Horror, Thing from Below, Bloodsail Cultist

Common: Mark of Y'Shaarj, Feral Rage, Flamewreathed Faceless, Possessed Villager, Darkshire Councilman, N'Zoth's First Mate, Ravaging Ghoul


Notes:  Whispers of the Old Gods is a solid set with a lot of playable legendaries due to the Old God’s being some of the best high cost minions in the game. Overall, a pretty good value and has some powerful wild powerful staples.

Set Value: 18.2 Dust per Dollar

 

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan


Solid Wild Cards

Legendaries: Patches the Pirate, Finja, the Flying Star, Kun the Forgotten King, Inkmaster Solia, Wickerflame Burnbristle, Raza the Chained, Krul the Unshackled, Aya Blackpaw, Kazakus

Epic: Dragonfire Potion, Sleep with the Fishes, Dirty Rat

Rares: Doppelgangster, Jade Idol, Kabal Crystal Runner,Drakonid Operative,Jade Claws, Devolve,Volcanic Potion

Common: Mistress of Mixtures, Mark of the Lotus, Jade Blossom, Jade Behemoth, Alleycat, Grimscale Chum, Potion of Madness, Kabal Talonpriest, Jade Lightning, Abyssal Enforcer, Jade Spirit


Summary: One of the best packs to open with plenty of Legendaries, Rares, and Commons to start a Wild collection. This set featured the powerful Jade Mechanic so contains many of the playable Jade Cards like Aya Blackpaw. It also contains some of the most powerful highlander cards like Kazakus, Raza the Chained, and more. Overall, the power level of this set was very high, and thus makes it a solid choice when buying packs.

Set Value: 28.57 Dust per Dollar

 

Journey To Un’Goro


Solid Wild Cards

Legendaries: Open the Waygate, Sunkeeper Tarim, Lyra the Sunshard, Awaken the Makers

Epic: Gluttonous Ooze, Bittertide Hydra, Primordial Drake, Living Mana, Primordial Glyph, Meteor, Curious Glimmerroot, Shadow Visions, Vilespine Slayer

Rare: Stonehill Defender, Vicious Fledgling, Spikeridged Steed, Lightfused Stegodon,  Molten Reflection, Crystalline OracleVolcano

Common: Crackling Razormaw, Lost in the Jungle, Hydrologist, Radiant Elemental, Fire Fly, Tar Creeper


Notes: One of the best packs to open! Most of the quests are only fringe playable, but may become better in future expansions with more support. That said, a large amount of playable Epics makes this set’s value surprisingly high. The deck has a good density of solid Rares and Commons as well as the set had generally a high power level.

Set Value: 33.4 Dust Per Dollar

 

Knights of the Frozen Throne


Solid Wild Cards

Legendaries: Frost Lich Jaina, Deathstalker Rexxar, Shadowreaper Anduin, Malfurion the Pestilent, Thrall, Deathseer, Bloodreaver Gul'dan, Prince Keleseth, The Lich King

Epic: Ultimate Infestation, Obsidian Statue, Simulacrum,  Dead Man's Hand, Corpsetaker, Skulking Geist

Rare: Druid of the Swarm, Spreading Plague, Eternal Servitude, Shadow Essence, Defile, Despicable Dreadlord

Common: Crypt Lord, Stitched Tracker, Righteous Protector, Spirit Lash, Blood Razor, Cobalt Scalebane, Bonemare


Notes: Most of the power in this set is concentrated in the power of the new Death Knights as well as a few really powerful individual cards like Ultimate Infestation and Prince Keleseth. That said, Knights of the Frozen Throne is a pretty solid choice as most of the Death Knights are playable and the overall power level of the set is pretty high.

Set Value: 23.6 Dust per Dollar

 

 


Conclusion

In terms of getting the best value for your buck, the Adventures are the way to go. For Wild, the best Adventures ranks as follows:

  1. League of Explorers
  2. One Night In Karazhan
  3. Curse of Naxxramas
  4. Blackrock Mountain

If you are looking to open packs, I’ve listed a lot of the best cards you can find in each set. Overall, the best expansion packs to open are:

  1. Classic Set
  2. Journey to Un’Goro
  3. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
  4. Knights of the Frozen Throne
  5. Whispers of the Old Gods
  6. Goblins vs Gnomes
  7. The Grand Tournament

In this article I only calculated the value of Wild Playable cards. You’ll end up with a lot of dust from the random other cards you’ll gather from these Adventures and Card Packs that you can use as you please!

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If you’re feeling like the cost of Hearthstone is getting too high, there’s plenty of Budget Deck Options available. We hope to bring more content regarding budget decks soon. Also remember, while Wild may have a high cost initially, keeping up with the set rotations of Standard is ultimately more pricey.

 

Amplive

AmpLive is a regular Legend player and has been playing Heathstone since the Beta in 2013. Ever since the release of the Wild Format, he has dived deep into the format and not looked back since. He created the website WildHs.com in the hopes to grow the Wild Community and provide much needed Wild Content. His favorite decks in the history of Hearthstone are Handlock, Classic Control Warrior, or any deck involving Aviana/Kun.

When he isn’t playing Hearthstone, he can often be found studying, programming, and enjoying the California sunshine.

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1 Response

  1. matze-ii says:

    very good start for our wild newbies, but i think you went too generous on the classic set. for all other sets/adventures you listed cards that are used in highly competitive decks, in your classic list there are cards included i havent seen once since the mode exists (and i play it exclusively) or have such fringe use that you would have to add ones on similar power level in the other sets:

    hungry crab (not seen once), lay on hands (extremely fringe), cabal shadow priest (fringe for ages, not just since the dk-priests), earth elementals (you dont list the other control shaman cards of other expansions), clockwork giant is missing in gvg if you list all the other ones (molten specifically)

    otherwise very good work, should help a lot of people!

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