By Cody Perez
December 25, 2019
There is a lot to unpack and discover in the latest Hearthstone expansion to drop for the game, Descent of Dragons. Blizzard claimed this year would be the year of the dragons, and it was lackluster in that regard until now. This expansion is a real focus on the dragon archetype and deck.
With it, there are a ton of dragon cards to enjoy plus some other cards thrown in there that shake up the current metagame. With the release of this expansion, there are quite a lot of cards for players to find and collect.
With so many cards in the game, it can make finding the best Hearthstone Descent of Dragons cards for you and the greatest ones in the overall expansion difficult to accomplish. Well, that is where we come in. We are going to go over the best Hearthstone Descent of Dragons cards in this latest expansion.
Blizzard has gone out of its way to make one of the best expansions to date. However, it does focus a little too much on dragons. If you are a fan of dragons and have been waiting for more cards in that typing, you will be pleased with this set.
We are going to give you our picks of the very best Hearthstone Descent of Dragons cards. After scouring through cards introduced in this final expansion of 2019, these are the cards that stick out most.
To determine what we thought were the best Hearthstone Descent of Dragons cards of this expansion, we have criteria. First and foremost, any new card introduced in the set is eligible for being the best except for one particular group of cards.
Just for this list, we left out Galakrond cards for each class. They are available for the various classes in the game and are at the crux of the expansion. It seems a little too obvious and unnecessary to pick them, so we decided to focus on every other card instead.
We picked the best Hearthstone Descent of Dragons cards based on how great the card is on its own, how well it works within a deck or set of cards, how popular the card has become and the effect it has on the current meta.
Without further ado, let’s look at the best Hearthstone Descent of Dragons cards that you need to know about right now in the game.
It all starts with one of the most straightforward no-frills cards in the new expansion. Depth Charge is a rare neutral minion card that can be used in just about every deck and has some great utility to it. This minion card costs only one measly mana point to summon it to the field.
When Depth Charge arrives on the field, it has the intriguing stats of zero attack and five health. Those stats are fascinating because we have a card that has no attack, but the five health is more than enough to keep it alive for several turns if used at the start of the match.
Well, that would be the case if it weren’t for its singular ability. At the start of your turn, you deal five damage to all minions that are on the field. That five damage is enough to take out Depth Charge on your next turn, making this card a sacrifice of sorts.
Even still, it is one of the most exciting cards at the beginning of the match and later on. While you could use this on your first turn, it is best to use it for later turns where your opponent has full control of the field with their minions and the like.
It is excellent for turning the tides of battle as five damage is more than enough to take out a lot of mid-tier minions in the middle of the match.
Corrupt Elementalist is one of the first dragon-related cards that we must cover in this list and one of the best as well. It is a rare Shaman minion card that costs six mana to summon to the field. It arrives on the field with the rather lame stats of three and three.
However, the lame stats are in the form of the powerful battlecry ability. When Corrupt Elementalist is on the field, it allows you to invoke Galakrond twice right then. Invoking is a new mechanic tied into the disastrous dragon.
Galakrond has different abilities based on which class you have in the game. The powerful dragon has three different forms for each class, with each upgrade requiring two invokes. Most cards in the set only invoke the dragon once, but this card does it twice, guaranteeing an upgrade.
As such, Corrupt Elementalist is a crucial part of any Shaman deck that hopes to utilize Galakrond to the fullest.
Speaking of dragons, our next card is one of the game-changers in the current set and it is Murozond the Infinite. The first legendary card on this list, Murozond is a legendary Priest dragon minion card. It costs a whopping eight mana to summon to the field, but it is so worth it.
It arrives on the field with the equal stats of eight attack and eight health, along with quite the impressive battlecry ability. When it arrives on the field, it plays all cards that your opponent played the last turn. This means that every single card that they played is suddenly joining your side.
Every minion they played, every spell card that they used against you and so on is suddenly helping you out. The issue with Murozond the Infinite is the timing. As long as you time it correctly, though, this card can turn the tides of a match and possibly get you the win.
Amber Watcher is a welcome dragon card that joins the Paladin ranks. The common dragon minion card costs five mana to summon. It arrives on the field with the solid stats of four attack and six health.
But where Amber Watcher shines is in its awesome battlecry ability that is excellent for a common card. In a way, it is honestly shocking that Amber Watcher is considered common, given the powerful battlecry ability that it has.
When you summon Amber Watcher, it restores eight health to your hero. The powerful ability doesn’t even come at the cost of lame stats either. Paladin is always in need of healing spells for itself, and this is one of the best ones we’ve seen in a long time.
Moving over to the Mage class for a little bit, we have the card Arcane Breath. The Mage class is always in need of great spell cards to add to their collection. Arcane Breath is one of the most solid ones in a while. It costs only one mana to use this spell card in the match.
When you use Arcane Breath, it deals two damage to a minion, which is normal for a spell card of this cheap cost. But what makes Arcane Breath stand out is the second half of its ability. While holding a dragon card in your hand, you also discover another spell card.
For those who don’t know, the discover keyword allows you to pick between three cards; spell cards in this case. The only requirement is that you must have a dragon card in your hand. It should be no problem for those players who focus on having a dragon and/or Galakrond deck in this expansion.
Getting to deal two damage to a minion on your first turn and getting another spell card for the next is a great way to kick off a match.
Keeping with the breath and dragon motif for a bit, we now have the Breath of Dreams card, a rare Druid spell card that costs two mana to use. Like with Arcane Breath, it serves a standard purpose. It is elevated if you happen to have a dragon-themed deck.
Breath of Dreams allows you to draw a card for two mana, which is not the best ability on its own. After all, there are cheaper and more efficient ways of drawing cards even on the second turn of the match. If you’re using it for that alone, this isn’t a great card for any Druid deck.
However, if you utilize the second half of its ability, it is a strong card that gives you a considerable early advantage. Like with Arcane Breath, if you are holding a dragon card in your hand, you gain a special benefit. In this case, the Druid player gains an empty mana crystal to use later.
The next legendary and neutral card to be on this list of the best cards in the set is Frizz Kindleroost. It is a legendary neutral minion card that costs only four mana to summon to the field. It has the stats of five and four each, which are decent, plus a solid battlecry.
When you summon Frizz Kindleroost to the field, it immediately reduces the mana cost of all dragons in your deck by two mana points. We take this to mean that it applies to all cards, including the ones in your hand, but it could only refer to the ones that you haven’t drawn yet.
Regardless, having two less mana cost for all dragons is an impressive boost if you are running a dragon-centric deck. Just having four or so dragon cards in your deck is more than enough reason to want this card. It ensures that you can play some of the best dragons a lot earlier than you might have been able to before.
Our next card is Dragonmaw Poacher, which is a rare neutral minion card that also costs four mana like with Frizz Kindleroost. It is like the antithesis to that card as it is an excellent counter for a specific type of player.
Dragonmaw Poacher arrives on the field with the equal stats of four attack and four health. In addition to this, it has a fantastic battlecry ability that players should consider. When summoned, if the opponent has a dragon on their team, Dragonmaw Poacher gains plus four/four and rush.
Yes, you read that correctly. Dragonmaw Poacher goes from a four/four minion to an eight/eight as early as the fourth turn. Also, it has the rush keyword so that it can attack on its first turn. That is an unprecedented minion with extraordinary power.
Dragonmaw Poacher is the counter card that Blizzard introduced in this set to combat against the dragon obsession. If you want not to play a dragon deck or want the best counter against a lot of dragons in the game, this is the card for you.
Another neutral and legendary card on this list is Dragonqueen Alexstrasza or just Dragonqueen Alex as many players call her. This queen is a neutral legendary dragon minion card that costs a massive nine mana to summon to the field, the most out of any card on this list.
But the dragon queen herself comes with mostly equal stats of eight attack and eight health plus a solid battlecry ability. Thankfully, we avoided the randomness of some abilities for this list. But, Dragonqueen Alex is a card that does have some RNG tied into her.
When you summon her to the field, so long as your deck has no duplicate cards, you can add two random dragon cards to your hand. The best part about it? Those two dragon cards cost zero mana to summon or use them in the match.
Though there is RNG involved, the fact that the two dragon cards cost nothing means that you aren’t losing much. Dragonqueen Alex is an excellent neutral card that complements most decks and could give you the boost you need to secure a win in those late turns of the match.
You need to watch out for Dragonmaw Poacher, of course.
Last on this list is the Nether Breath spell card. This rare Warlock spell card costs two mana and is the equivalent spell card of Arcane Breath but for Warlock players. When you use Nether Breath, what it does is deal two damage of your choosing.
That alone is fine and all but isn’t a ton of damage for the cost of two mana when there are better instant damage cards out there. Like with its counterparts, the real benefit of Nether Breath lies in using it under certain conditions. If you are holding a dragon card in your hand, it uses its other ability as well.
Nether Breath then uses four damage instead of only two and that damage has lifesteal as well. This means that you not only deal a nice four damage to the opponent as early as the second turn, but you gain four health back in the process. This is a staple card for Warlocks, who plan on using dragons.