How much would a full set of Hearthstone cards cost? The answer is, unsurprisingly, “a lot,” and some intrepid souls have taken it upon themselves to figure out just how much that is.
The team behind the Hearthstone Mathematics YouTube channel crunched the numbers, going all the way back to the game’s launch in 2014 and doing their best to account for variations in pack pricing and free giveaways through the years. They examined two cases: one, a free-to-play player, and one a player willing to spend whatever money is necessary to complete a set. Both are equally skilled and play the same amount, the equivalent of six victories every day.
In the end, the team computed that it would have taken $2,300 total to accumulate a full set. While the free player could get a good amount — more than what was needed to be competitive — a complete set would probably be beyond their reach. The video also outlines the amount needed for a player who’s totally new to the game at the start of every year to amass every card. While those numbers are smaller, it might also be a bit more strenuous, since that amount would be spent all at once, rather than spread out over five years.
If you don’t have time for the video, you can read a summary of the results on Reddit. One of the conclusions they reach is that 2018 wasn’t the greatest year for Hearthstone, as evidenced by the survey that was sent out late last year, and changes could be in the works for 2019, possibly upending the typical three-expansions-per-year cadence we’ve grown accustomed to.