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  • Canon Immigrant: Some cards that weren't originally in World of Warcraft have made their way into WoW. Three examples are Imp-losion, the Coin, and Sir Finley Mrrggleton
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The game itself sometimes gets snarkingly called "RNGstone" by detractors due to the vast amount of random effects within the game.
    • The Paladin's Hero Power summons a 1/1 token named Silver Hand Recruit; this is universally known as a "dude", to the point where it's used by announcers at tournaments. Similarly, Muster for Battle (which summons three such tokens as one of its effects) is sometimes called "Unleash the Dudes", due to similarities to the Hunter's Unleash the Hounds.
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    • Noble Sacrifice frequently gets referred to as Get Down!!!
      • Similarly, the Shaman spell Hex and the Mage's Polymorph are often called "Frog" and "Sheep" respectively.
    • Defias Ringleader gets called the "Scrublord" or just "Scrub" due to being a cheap yet effective card that summons another minion when you've played another card before it as well as his memorable summoning quote; "This is our town, scrub."
    • The Savannah Highmane, a Hunter lion minion, is often called "Scar" because of his appearance and summoning hyenas when he dies.
    • The card is called ConsecraTION, though many fans will shorten it to Consecrate, partially out of the term Consecrate Bait where flooding the board early can make it easy to be wiped out by a Paladin.
    • The Warlock spell Sacrificial Pact is often abbreviated to "SacPac".
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    • The Hunter card Kill Command is sometimes referred to as "Skill Command" sarcastically, usually by opponents of Face Hunters (an aggressive deck which is commonly regarded as requiring very little skill to play).
    • Sen'Jin Shieldmasta is usually not referred to as such. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't refer to it by its battle cry, "Taz'dingo!"
    • Players love to intentionally Mondegreen Antique Healbot into Anti-Kill Bot due to it still being an apt name for him.
    • The popular Twitch streamer Amaz is The Nicknamer when it comes to Hearthstone cards; among his more famous ones are the basic Murloc ("Billy") and the Bluegill Warrior ("Andy").
    • Dr. Boom will forever be known as "Dr. Balanced" or "Dr. 7".
    • When the Paladin's Mysterious Challenger appeared, no time was wasted in declaring the new card "Dr. 6" because it costs 6 Mana, has 6 Attack and 6 Health, and is considered just as gamebreaking as Dr. Boom. A similar but less-common nickname for the Shaman's Tuskarr Totemic is "Dr. 3".
      • Journey to Un'Goro's Vicious Fledgling quickly usurped Tuskarr Totemic's nickname for two reasons: Tuskarr Totemic had been nerfed so it was no longer as annoying as Dr. 6 or 7, and Fledgling is an annoying 3 mana 3/3, fitting better with the theme.
      • Another nickname for the Vicious Fledgling? Flappy Bird.
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    • A "Priest turn" is a late-game turn with no action other than using the hero power, so named because this sometimes really is the optimal play for a Priest.
    • The card Secretkeeper is often referred to as "Bootykeeper" by players due to the blood elf's... pose on the card artwork and the detail of her posterior.
    • Many popular decks get nicknames, making them instantly identifiable to anyone who plays the game enough.
      • "Randuin Wrynn" for a Priest deck consisting almost entirely of cards with random effects.
      • "Handlock" for a Warlock deck that uses card draw in combination with card text to play extremely strong minions early.
      • "Zoolock" for a Warlock deck that attacks fast and early with cheap, efficient minions — the "Zoo" term is borrowed from Magic: The Gathering.
      • "Murlock", for a Warlock deck that consists almost entirely of Murlocs. Murlocs by themselves are unimpressive, but certain cards (Coldlight Seer, Grimscale Oracle, and Murloc Warleader) can buff a measly 1-mana 2/1 Murloc Raider into a dynamite 5/3 (+2 health from Oracle, +1 Attack from Grimscale, and +2 attack from Warleader).
      • "Ramp Druid" for a Druid deck that uses spells to increase its mana crystals and play powerful minions more quickly.
      • "Face Hunter" for a Hunter deck that concentrates on attacking the opposing hero, largely ignoring board control. The term "going for the face" refers to attacking the hero. "SMOrcing"note , derived from a Twitch emote that got associated with the Face Hunter deck via Memetic Mutation, is also used as short-hand for hitting the enemy hero, whether with a minion, spell, or otherwise.
      • "Miracle Rogue" for a Rogue deck that draws cards extremely rapidly thanks to casting low cost spells while Gadgetzan Auctioneer is on the field in order to get their winning combo in hand. "Miracle" is also used for other decks that borrow this mechanic.
      • "Mill Rogue" for a Rogue deck that is built around making the opponent draw cards extremely rapidly, to the point where they begin burning (read: wasting) draws from their deck because their hand is too full, and eventually get killed by the loss of health which ensues upon running out of cards.
      • "Oil Rogue" for a Rogue deck that build around weapon-buffing and centric cards such as Tinker's Sharpsword Oil, Deadly Poison, Southsea Deckhand for a massive damage and board control.
      • "Riddledin" for Secret Paladins (Paladins focused on playing multiple secrets through the Mysterious Challenger card), due to the iconic question mark motif of Batman's foe, the Riddler. Due to the way secrets are attached around the hero portrait, another name for this deck is "Christmas Tree Paladin", while the Chinese call it "Buddha Paladin".
      • "Freeze Mage" refers to a Mage deck that focuses on locking down your opponent's board with Freeze effects (preventing their minions from attacking), in order to stall for time so that you can finish your opponent off with direct spell damage.
      • As soon as Uther of the Ebon Blade was revealed, Paladin decks focusing around him (and specifically his hero power) were dubbed "Exodia Paladin" due to the deck's Instant-Win Condition that depends upon assembling a specific set of cards.
      • Similarly, there's "Exodia Mage" for a Mage deck that revolves around using duplication cards such as Echo of Medivh or Molten Reflection to get four Sorcerer's Apprentices alongside Archmage Antonidas for infinite Fireballs.
      • Big spell decks, most of which contain a Spiteful Summoner to cheat out huge minions plus a 4/4, are usually called Spiteful Priest/Druid/Mage. Big Spell Mage decks that don't include the Summoner are also sometimes called Burn or Grinder Mage, due to the vast amount of damage spells used to keep the board cleared until big plays can come out.
      • Derogatory terms are common for decks that are considered un-fun or so min/maxed that they ruin the fun for their opponents. Thus, aggro-heavy decks such as Face Hunter are labelled as "cancer", while users of Face Hunter decks are called "Huntards" (due to the relative ease of playing the deck). In the same vein, Aggro Paladins became "Eboladins". Control Warriors, on the other hand, are often known as Wallet Warriors or Pay2Warriors because of the high cost of crafting the requisite Epic and Legendary cards required to make it work.
      • "Shotgun Paladin" refers to a Paladin deck based around combining Holy Wrath (draw one card and deal damage equal to that card's cost) with Molten Giant (costs 20 mana, or 25 before the nerf was reverted) to One-Hit Kill the opponent.
      • A variant of Combo Priest made possible during The Boomsday Project involves using Test Subject to multiply Divine Favors to use on a Stonetusk Boar, before switching the massive health into attack with Topsy Turvy. The combo has a lot of steps and is very easy to screw up, especially when you're also working to replicate the high-health Boars to bust past some Taunts. All of this to be done within the 1-and-a-half minutes you get for a turn. The deck goes by the name of "Topsy Turvy Priest", but is sometimes known as "APM Priest".
    • The Grand Tournament expansion gave us the Darnassus Aspirant, now commonly referred to as "Darnassus Ass-Pirate".
    • The Hunter spell Ball of Spiders has gained the nickname "Muster For Spiders" due to its animation being identical to the Paladin spell Muster For Battle.
    • You'll be hardpressed to find someone who refers to Flamewreathed Faceless by name, instead of "the 4 mana 7/7".
    • Bog Creeper is affectionately known as BogChamp, named after the Twitch emote PogChamp due to how surprisingly good he is despite being such a vanilla minion.
    • SI-7 Agent's entry quote is "Heh, this guy's toast." is often misheard as "Heh, disguised toast." Later on, the misheard version is used as the name of a well known Hearthstone player, Disguised Toast. As such, you often sometimes refer SI-7 Agent as "Disguised Toast".
    • Alleycat is actually named Ugly Cat. The token it summons, Tabbycat, is actually named Cute Cat.
    • The Voidform Hero Power the player received when activating the Priest Death Knight Shadowreaper Anduin is never referred to by its real name and is usually called Machine Gun Priest or Machine Gun Anduin, since it can repeatedly refresh itself whenever the Priest plays a card. Doubly so when they also run Raza the Chained (a Priest Legendary that makes their Hero Power cost 0 this game if they have no duplicates in their deck).
    • The three Princes introduced in Knights of the Frozen Throne, who cost 2, 3 and 4 mana (Keleseth, Taldaram and Valanar, respectively) and only have any effects if your deck doesn't contain any 2, 3 or 4 mana cards, respectively, are often referred to as Prince 2, 3 or 4.
  • I Knew It!: When Ragnaros, Lightlord was initially revealed, people started making jokes about reversing his memetic quotes, like turning "DIE, INSECT!" into "LIVE, INSECT!". Little did they know, Ragnaros, Lightlord actually does say that when his healing effect triggers.
  • No Export for You: Because of how signing up for Twitch Prime worked, Tyrande could not be obtained in several parts of the world unless an eligible player gave away their activation code to a foreign one.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: A variation. Much like Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone has many card artworks done by fanartists. A well-known example is GENZOMAN, whose immediately recognizable style is the artworks for Grand Widow Faerlina, Secretkeeper, Spellbinder, Scarlet Crusader and Repentance.
  • The Other Darrin: Many examples, especially most of the Chris Metzen-voiced characters. A non-Chris Metzen example, has Rexxar here voiced by Matthew Mercer rather than his VA ever since WarCraft III, Steve Blum.
  • Prop Recycling:
    • Most of the card artworks in early sets were recycled from the discontinued World of Warcraft TCG. This also led to some characters being depicted by artworks of other characters for want of a decent artwork of them; for instance, Malygos's card artwork actually depicts Kalecgos (who got a brand new artwork when he also appeared as a card), Mal'Ganis is portrayed by an artwork of Varimathras, and King Krush's artwork depicts Lar'korwi (whose TCG artwork mistakenly made it a devilsaur, King Krush's species, rather than a ravasaur).
    • Unused card art is occasionally repurposed for future cards. In particular, Omega Defender originally had different art, but was deemed too Mech-like and replaced with something that showcased the goblin piloting it more prominently. That card art is now better known as Omega Devastator. Likewise, SN1P-SN4P's piece was commissioned for a card called Murloc Muncher (likely a mech version of Hungry Crab).
  • Sleeper Hit: Keep in mind that this game, at one point, had only 2 people working on it. It's not only one of Blizzard's most profitable games in years, but it's also joined the likes of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering as one of the most popular Collectible Card Games ever made.
  • Throw It In!:
    • In its initial stages, the game had two heroes for each class: one for the Alliance and the other for the Horde. As the Alliance Warlock was Wilfred Fizzlebang, a playtester joked that there should be a Lord Jaraxxus card and Ben Brode agreed.
    • When designing the Witchwood set, Blizzard needed artwork of a giant snake for some generic card. An artist sent in a picture of a giant python coiled around a tree, which was deemed to be not big enough, so the artist decided to be cheeky and responded with a snake bigger than a village. Blizzard loved that one enough to make it into a Legendary card - Baku the Mooneater.
  • Trolling Creator: Ben Brode, giving bad tips and laughing at Thijs' expense. You listen to that laugh of his and tell me if that's not a troll-worthy laugh. It's even become a Memetic Mutation in Hearthstone circles.
  • What Could Have Been: Many other characters were considered to represent the hero of their particular class during the game's alpha stage: Tirion Fording for Paladin; Edwin VanCleef for Rogue (both ended up as their respective class's Classic Legendary); Hemet Nesingwary for Hunter (who ended up being a rather disappointing neutral Legendary in GvG); Kael'thas Sunstrider for Mage and Tyrande Whisperwind for Priest (who later ended up as an alternative heroes for those who used join the Twitch Prime feature with their account).
    • The Hero Power of each class used to be different: Rogue's Dagger Mastery used to be able to give Valeera's weapon +1 attack permanently if she already had one equip instead of destroying it (later changed to temporary and then remove this effect all together) and Priest's Lesser Heal did not heal targets, but rather gave +1 Health to the next minion Anduin played (remove because the developers felt that it strayed too far from the priest's healing-based nature).
    • Numerous cards and mechanic were also programmed into the game but was later removed. Most notably is the fact that the player going second was considered to be given a 0 mana 1/1 Avatar of the Coin and start with 35 health to compensate for the lost of tempo before settling on the current mechanic. The Hearthstone wiki even has a separate page for these.
    • With a mix of Accidentally Correct Writing, a fanmade expansion had Ben Brode reveal that Sir Finley's cardtext was originally "Always the first card in your deck." Originally meant to boost the consistency of Murloc decks, they decided he wasn't that fun and reworked him into what he is today.
    • It was reviewed on the November 20th Card Review for Kobolds and Catacombs that the Secret mechanic was originally considered for the Rogue class, but the developers thought that Rogue was just way too busy with their Combo keyword and return to hand mechanic and thus was given to Paladin.
    • The planning stages of Rastakhan's Rumble shows some interesting offerings. First of the Loa Spirits were going to be Shrines that couldn't attack or be attack and provided strong effects (i.e. Shrine to Shrivalla allowed your spells to be cast twice, Gonk's gave your hero Windfury). Others included Jan'Alai letting you summon back all minions you killed with your hero power, Gonk would refresh your mana crystals if you overkilled a minion and Hakkar giving only your opponent corrupted bloods.
      • The biggest change was Krag'Wa was originally the Warrior Loa which drew the 3 highest cost minions from your deck. So who did Shaman have? They had a unused Loa named Bethekk the Panther that would've dealt 10 damage to all enemies if you played 10 spells.
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