Heroes are used to represent the players in a game, and always start off with 30 hit points. If the health value reaches zero or below, the hero is destroyed, and the player loses the game. There are currently nine free heroes, each belonging to a different class. For Mage, Warrior and Hunter classes players have the option of purchasing additional heroes, brining the total available heroes to 12.
Each hero also has unique hero powers, an extra skill that can be played each turn for a cost of two mana. Although heroes don't have an attack value, they can equip weapons, giving them an attack, as well as a health bonus. With a weapon equipped, a hero will deal and take damage the same way a minion does during its attack.
In addition to the class heroes, there are some unplayable heroes that can only be encountered during the tutorial missions, as well as Lord Jaraxxus, which currently is the only playable hero that is also a card.
There are currently twelve heroes across nine classes to choose from, with plans to add two more heroes in the future, representing the Monk and Deathknight classes. Every hero represents a major character from the Warcraft universe.
There are six heroes that can only be encountered playing through the tutorial, not including the class heroes. These can currently not be played as. Lord Jaraxxus is a legendary hero card for Warlocks, and is the only playable hero apart from the class-specific ones.
|Hemet Nesingwary||Hunter||Shotgun Blast|
|Illidan Stormrage||Hunter||Flames of Azzinoth|