What is a TCG?
TCG is an acronym for Trading Card Game. In a TCG, players collect cards and build their
own decks to play against each other. Each deck has its own strategy, which is shaped by
the cards a player chooses to include in his or her personal deck.
Why a WoW TCG?
World of Warcraft is the most popular MMO in the world. We translated that universe
to the card table, and we're confident that hardcore MMO players and TCG veterans alike
won't be disappointed. We've done our best to stay true to the MMO in design, and in our
TCG, players will find that Paladins are still hard to kill, while Shamans have powers relating
to damage, healing, and Totems. Many aspects of the TCG's strategy will be familiar to players
of the MMO.
Additionally, by playing the TCG, you can get exclusive items in the online game! (See details
below about Loot cards and the UDE Points program.)
I've played TCGs in the past, but I quit for one reason or another. Is this game for me?
Absolutely. The evolutionary game engine of the WoW TCG plays very smoothly and is easy to
pick up and enjoy. We spent a lot of time maximizing the fun aspects of TCGs and cutting out
the frustrating and clunky elements, such as unnecessary phases and not drawing your resources.
The result is a game that is easy to understand, yet fun and challenging to play.
How do I get started?
To learn the game, check out our How to Play section. After you read the rulebook, download
and print out the demo decks to play your first WoW TCG games! The next step is to go straight
to your local hobby store to pick up a starter and some boosters to begin building your own deck.
What is a Raid Deck?
A Raid Deck simulates the raids players go through in the WoW MMO. The product provides you
with everything you need to play as a major dungeon boss. The heroes in the raiding party will
need to supply their own decks. In a raid game, one player plays as the raid boss while all other
players try to take him or her down. These games are a cooperative effort, and they're some of
the most fun you'll have playing a TCG.
What is a treasure pack?
Each Raid Deck comes with one treasure pack. These packs draw from a pool of 33 exclusive foil
cards that cannot be found in regular booster pack or starter deck products. Loot cards are randomly
inserted into these packs with greater frequency than in Heroes of Azeroth boosters. The three Loot
cards are non-foil, and they're the same ones that you would find in a Heroes of Azeroth booster pack
(Saltwater Snapjaw, Landro Longshot, and Thunderhead Hippogryph).
Are treasure pack cards legal for tournament play?
I want to get some of the cards exclusive
to treasure packs, but I didn't buy a Raid Deck. Will I have a second chance?
Yes. An alternate Tournament Edition of the treasure packs will be available through programs like Organized
Play. These packs will contain the same cards, but they will be non-foil. Additionally, Loot cards will not
be inserted into Tournament Edition treasure packs.
How often will new WoW TCG products be released?
Our plan is to have about three WoW TCG booster sets and three to four Raid Deck¡Vstyle products per year.
There will be plenty of new cards available to keep both tournament and casual environments fresh.
Set Size and Rarity
How many cards are in the Heroes of Azeroth set?
There are 361 cards in the set. The breakdown is 114 common cards, 99 uncommon cards, 110 rare cards,
and 22 epics, plus 16 hero cards.
What do I get in a booster pack?
In a booster pack, you'll get ten commons, three uncommons, one rare or epic, and one regular-size
hero (which is considered an uncommon). Each epic card is roughly twice as hard to get as any specific rare card.
What do I get in a starter deck product?
- 1 UDEck box
- 1 Rulebook
- 2 boosters of Heroes of Azeroth
- 3 oversize,
rare hero cards
- 33-card preconstructed deck for one of the nine classes (The class is
random, and there's no way to know which one you'll get.)
What rarity are Loot cards?
Loot cards are legendary. We picked three rare cards and made a second version with a scratch-off code.
When you redeem the code you'll get an exclusive cosmetic upgrade for your online World of Warcraft character!
What are my odds to open a Loot card in a booster pack?
Of the three loot cards, one is about equivalent to a rare card, one is roughly epic, and the third
is about twice as rare as any given epic card.
Loot Cards and UDE Points
How do I get special
rewards for playing the World of Warcraft TCG?
There are two ways to get rewards: Loot cards and the UDE Points program.
How do the Loot cards work?
Loot cards are special versions of cards in booster packs, starter decks, and Raid Decks.
Each one has a unique code. When you enter this code into the website, you will get a
unique in-game item for the World of Warcraft MMORPG.
What unique in-game items can
I get through the Heroes of Azeroth Loot cards?
There are three cards in Heroes of Azeroth that have Loot card versions. Each card corresponds
with a specific reward.
How does the UDE Points program work?
Each WoW TCG Heroes of Azeroth booster pack includes a UDE Points code. These codes are worth 100
points each. You will log into your account and register these codes to accumulate points.
What's on the UDE Points cards?
Rather than leaving them blank, we decided to give you something to do with your UDE Points cards.
All UDE Points cards can be used to play a mini-game that will change every few sets. The mini-game
for the Heroes of Azeroth release is Ninjas vs. Pirates. The rules card for Ninjas vs. Pirates is
among the inserted UDE Points cards, and we've also posted it here for your convenience.
How do I redeem UDE points?
Log into your account to redeem the points you've accumulated. Different items will have
different values. Physical items will require a combination of points and cash (to cover shipping).
For example, a unique playmat could cost $10, plus 50,000 points.
Will all UDE Points items require cash?
No. Most digital items will only require UDE points.
Will in-game items be available through the UDE Points program?
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These UDE Points rewards will be available for at least a year, so you can earn them over time.
Can I redeem my UDE points for the Heroes of
Azeroth Loot card items (the flame tabard, hippogryph pet, and turtle mount)?
No, those items are exclusive to Loot cards. Similarly, the in-game items earned through
the UDE Points program (the frost tabard, fireworks trinket, and ogre trinket) will not
be available through Loot cards. The two programs are separate.
Do all UDE Points items require me to spend points?
Some items will become available once you reach a certain threshold. For example,
if you've accumulated a total of 50,000 points, you could be able to unlock a new
forum avatar by spending only 1 point.
Is my threshold affected by the points I spend?
No. For these items, only your total points accumulated are tracked,
regardless of how many points you have used.
What else can I do with my UDE points?
We will have online auctions for unique items such as original artwork.
Will UDE points apply toward other games?
Yes. You will be able to redeem your points for non-Warcraft items.
We plan to use this program for all of our games, including Vs. System.
How often will the items in the UDE Points Store be updated?
Frequently. Expect regular updates and new items.
Will I be able to use UDE points to obtain items that are otherwise exclusive to other programs?
Yes. After many Organized Play promotions end, we hope to offer the promotional
rewards through the UDE Points program to give players a second chance to get them.
Are these items active for an account, or one specific character?
Items are assigned to one specific character.
What is Organized Play?
Organized Play ensures that you always have opponents to face, and that you
can find a game at any level. From local tournaments all the way through the
World Championships, there are many ways to get involved and participate in
Additionally, Organized Play sets standards for game rules and tournament sanctioning.
This ensures that all tournaments adhere to the highest standards of play and fairness.
Which regions have access to WoW TCG tournaments?
Organized Play is currently offered in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
What kinds of formats are available for the WoW TCG?
Gen Con So Cal will mark the debut of many different Organized Play formats. These formats will be rolled out globally soon after.
Will the WoW TCG offer cash prizes?
Cash prizes will be offered at the highest level of competition. At Worlds 2007, the winner
will receive $100,000 along with the title of World Champion.
Are side decks allowed in tournaments?
In some Constructed tournament formats, a ten-card side deck is allowed. In some Sealed formats,
a side deck will consist of all the remaining cards not used in a player's main deck. In some
other tournament formats, a side deck is not used.
Is there a judge certification program for this game?
Yes. You can take a judge test by clicking here.
How does the Honor Ranking system work?
Players will gain honor through participation and success in tournaments.
These points can provide rewards such as qualification for major tournaments and
exclusive WoW TCG materials in the mail.