How To Earn Gold And Free Cards In Hearthstone

So, Hearthstone's finally out of closed beta. All around, there are people singing fervent paeans to its many collectible glories. It's free, it sounds great and it comes burnished with near universal approval. In an ideal world, this would be where you saunter in to kick neatly arranged posteriors. However, unless you're a card shark, chances are you're going to spend at least a few weeks being thoroughly trounced.

What are you going to do?

Madly munch through guides from across the Internet, of course -- beginning with this one. In celebration of the perennial hunt for nerd glory, we've got a line-up of tips, tricks and strategies on how to get started with Hearthstone. Previously, we touched on the most common Hearthstone terminology. Today? It's all about the gold. (Tomorrow, it was all about building great decks using just your basic cards.)

As you might have guessed, gold, which functions as the in-game currency here, is a pretty big deal. It's used to both purchase entry into the Arena and to acquire new card packs, things no Hearthstone fanatic can really live without. But gold, if the real-world market is any barometer of things, is expensive. It costs money, money that you may or may not have as a connoisseur of free things. Happily, we've got a short guide right here outlining precisely how you can acquire more gold without spending actual moolah.

Get yo' achievements!

I know it's tempting to blaze through the tutorial, skip over the A.I opponents and just dive headlong into the Arena. However, if you're shooting to make the maximum amount of gold possible without spending any extra cash, you're going to want to hold those horses. Sure, the Arena is exciting. Sure, it's a calculated gamble rife with all the excitement you'd expect of such a setting. Sure, it levels the playing field by ensuring everyone has to work with random cards instead of pre-mediated decks of murder. Sure, it's fun but you're still new and it's likely that you're going to get trounced by Arena veterans, thereafter resulting in a waste of your first free trip to the Arena.

Focus on cashing in on all the achievements first. Seriously. They're there for a reason. While there's currently no way to do anything but verbally brag of your Hearthstone achievements, they're still a relatively easy avenue to a free 900 gold or so. 1000 gold, if you've got a nose for savvy crafting. (Don't worry, we'll talk about crafting in another installment.)

Yup. 900 gold. You completely read that right. Bet the idea of rushing off to the Arena doesn't seem so tempting now, eh? Ahem. Anyway, without further ado, here are the relevant money-making quests/achievements...

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