Play mode

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Play Mode is the game mode in Hearthstone where you get to match player vs player in their matchmaking system to pit yourself with an equally or similar skilled opponent.

Function

The reason for Play Mode is to pit yourself against other people in a test of skill and card collection. Play Mode also gives the players more experience than practice mode and allows them to complete daily quests for more rewards.

Casual

Casual play allows the players to participate in matchmaking without losing their rank. This is a great opportunity to test out new decks before taking them to Ranked Play.

Ranked

The Ranked mode of Hearthstone is the league play similar to Starcraft2 where players will be given a rank based upon their skill level and matched agaisnt players of similar skill.

Ranks

The Ranks players get are based on their skill level and their are 25 total ranks plus a special 0 rank which is Legend. You advance in rank by winning games and after a certain amount of ins your rank will increase to the next level. After a certain point losses will start to effect your ranking making it harder to advance if you are not consistent with winning your games

If a player manages to reach the rank of Legend during a season that rank will stay there til the end of the current season before everyone's ranks are rest. Below is a table listing all the raks in the game.

Rank Title Stars Rank Title Stars
25 Angry Chicken Mana icon.pngMana icon.png 12 Warsong Commander Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
24 Leper Gnome Mana icon.pngMana icon.png 11 Big Game Hunter Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
23 Argent Squire Mana icon.pngMana icon.png 10 Ogre Magi Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
22 Murloc Raider Mana icon.pngMana icon.png 9 Silver Hand Knight Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
21 Southsea Deckhand Mana icon.pngMana icon.png 8 Frostwolf Warlord Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
20 Shieldbearer Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png 7 Sunwalker Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
19 Novice Engineer Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png 6 Ancient of War Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
18 Sorcerer's Apprentice Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png 5 Sea Giant Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
17 Tauren Warrior Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png 4 Mountain Giant Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
16 Questing Adventurer Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png 3 Molten Giant Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
15 Silvermoon Guardian Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png 2 The Black Knight Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
14 Raid Leader Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png 1 Innkeeper Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png
13 Dread Corsair Mana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.pngMana icon.png 0 Legend None

Matchmaking

Matchmaking matches players in similar ranks and star levels to try and make sure players are not given an unfair advantage or given unfair odds. The exception however is that Legend players are sometimes matches against non Legendary players.

Links

http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/index.php?title=Play_mode