Practice mode is just that--practice. Here you can play
against the AI to gain experience and unlock new cards. You’ll also need to
wipe the floor with each hero in this mode in order to unlock them. But don’t
get too comfy; after you’ve beaten them all, the expert level for each hero
becomes available and it’s worth trouncing them all to hone your new-found
skills and earn the reward of 100 gold for doing so.
This is a no pressure, no stakes match against a real, honest-to-goodness
human being. You can also play with the custom decks you’ve been amassing cards
for so that’s always fun. At the end you can evaluate whether your deck
reflects the mind of a master strategist or if you just mashed together
whatever looked pretty and hoped for the best, with no real consequences to
concern yourself with.
The benefits of Play mode over Practice mode are that you’ll
net more experience playing against real people than the AI and for every 3
wins in Play Mode, you’ll earn 10 gold--but note that there’s a cap of 100 gold
per day to make sure you get out into the fresh air and stop those lesions from
developing on your butt cheeks.
This is where the big boys go to fritter away gold like a 5-year-old with a pot of glitter. If you’re new to Hearthstone, this is a place
best avoided until you’ve got a decent stash of gold and a whole sack of balls.
Entry to the arena costs 150 gold and that sack we talked about earlier,
because these are high stakes games so you’d better be prepared.
The entry fee (or ‘buy-in’ if you’re one of those casino types
that didn’t leave after reading the intro paragraph) is 150 gold. You will be given
3 random classes to choose from which will have an effect on the randomised cards
that you’ll be given to build a deck with, as they will be comprised of a
selection of neutral and class specific cards. If you rushed over here and
glossed over everything else, this is the point at which you’re going to
realise that you’ve made a huge mistake.
There are only 3 ways out of the Arena; winning 12 games,
getting kicked out because you’ve lost 3 or the most shameful of all--retiring.
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