Similar to my CSGO Lingo post, in this collection, I will cover basic mechanics of Hearthstone.

In this post i’m covering Mulligans, or the strategy of trading out cards at the beginning of the game.

At the beginning of the game, both players are shown a few select cards from their deck, three if you go first, four if you go second. Then, the player is given the option to trade out whichever card they want, given only one chance. In standard decks, you usually “mulligan” out high cost cards, hoping to get lower cost cards instead.

There are many more factors in choosing what you mulligan.

The most important factor is the type of deck you are playing. If you are playing a Druid deck, you usually mulligan for cards that give you more mana, a signature ability for Druid.

Another is the class you are playing against, because different classes have different cards that you would want to counter with your own cards. For example, Priest has two spells that kill 3 attack and under minions and another that kills minions at or above 5 attack. So you try to mulligan minions with 4 attack, because they are tough for Priests to remove.

One last factor is used by experienced players, and it’s having knowledge on the most popular decks in the game at the moment. For example, the most popular Warrior deck right now is Pirate Warrior, so their deck contains lots of pirates. So if a player sees a Warrior, it’s safe to assume that they are a Pirate Warrior, and so you should mulligan for cards that destroy pirates.