Hearthstone: 5 Best Legendary Cards – Standard (January 2024)

Dominate the Meta with these Top Legendaries

Best Legendary Cards for standard in Hearthstone

The popular online card game Hearthstone boasts various legendary minions. These are exceptionally rare cards that possess game-altering abilities. However, the playing field is far from level, as certain legendary cards hold a distinct advantage in terms of in-game value, making them formidable opponents that are challenging to outshine.

In this comprehensive guide, we aim to spotlight the five best legendary cards currently in the standard format, which are essential for any competitive player. These legendary cards can dramatically influence the course of the game, giving you the upper hand against your adversaries.

Astalor Bloodsworn

Astalor Bloodsworn is a powerful tech card with unmatched value. As a 2-cost, 2/2 neutral legendary minion, Astalor Bloodsworn adds Astalor, the Protector, to your hand and possesses Manathirst (2), enabling him to deal two damage to any target. Astalor, the Protector, is a 5-cost, 5/5 minion that adds Astalor, the Flamebringer, to your hand and has Manathirst (8), providing your hero with five armor. Astalor, the Flamebringer, is an 8-cost, 8/8 minion that deals seven damage randomly split among all enemies or 14 damage with Manathirst (10).

Astalor’s utility and value make him a common sight in most standard decks. He provides multiple scaling bodies with functional abilities, making him valuable in various game scenarios. His universal value across all classes and decks makes him arguably the best standard legendary in the game.

Ignis, the Eternal Flame

Ignis, the Eternal Flame in Hearthstone

Ignis, the Eternal Flame, is currently one of the standout cards in the Hearthstone Standard format. This legendary neutral minion card has generated a lot of buzz in the gaming community for several reasons.

Ignis boasts a unique and powerful Battlecry effect. If you’ve managed to Forge a card during the course of the game, Ignis allows you to craft a custom weapon. This ability opens up exciting strategic possibilities, as it lets players tailor their weapons to their specific needs, making it a versatile choice for a variety of decks. Hitting the “Forged” requirement for this card isn’t difficult, and there are plenty of great Forge cards that you could add to your deck.

Similar to Kazakus, Ignis allows you to craft a custom card to perfectly suit your specific situation. And best of all, if you play Hearthstone at all during the Titan’s expansion’s release window, you get Ignis for free.

The combination of a unique and powerful Battlecry and reasonable cost make Ignis one of the best cards in the Standard format. Players are finding creative ways to utilize this card in various decks, and it’s sure to continue making an impact in the Hearthstone competitive scene. Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting to delve into Hearthstone, Ignis is a card that’s worth considering for your deck-building endeavors.

Sir Finley, Sea Guide

Sir Finley, Sea Guide in Hearthstone

Sir Finley, Sea Guide is undeniably one of the most sought-after cards in the current Hearthstone Standard format, and its strength lies in its unique ability to swap your hand with the bottom of your deck.

Card draw has always been a valuable resource in Hearthstone, as it allows players to maintain a steady flow of options and responses. Sir Finley, with his Battlecry, provides card draw by giving you a fresh set of cards to work with. This mechanic is particularly advantageous because it can help you find answers to your opponent’s plays or set up game-winning combos.

Imagine a scenario where you have a handful of situational or unplayable cards. Sir Finley, Sea Guide can come to the rescue by swapping those cards for new ones from the bottom of your deck, potentially turning the tide of the game in your favor.

Additionally, Sir Finley’s low cost of 1 Mana makes it easy to fit into a variety of decks, and its Murloc minion type can also synergize with other Murloc-related cards and strategies.

In essence, Sir Finley, Sea Guide’s ability to refresh your hand and provide card draw is a game-changing mechanic that makes it an exceptional card in the current Hearthstone meta. Whether you’re looking to build a control deck or a combo-oriented one, Sir Finley has proven its worth as a key addition to many successful decks. So, if you’re striving to improve your Hearthstone game, this legendary Murloc is definitely one to consider.

Prince Renathal

Prince Renathal in Hearthstone

While unassuming at first glance, the legendary Prince Renathal shook the Hearthstone meta upon release. When released as part of the “Murder at Castle Nathria” expansion, the card broke the mold with its unique ability to augment the player’s deck size to 40 and starting Health to a whopping 35. This allowed for extensive deck strategies, reshaping how gamers approached their game plan. But with a decent three-attack and four health stats for its cost, not only is Prince Renathal a strategic marvel, but it’s and a serviceable presence on the board. Still, it’s stats aren’t the reason you play it.

Starting with 35 Health and 40 cards in your deck opens up tons of avenues for gameplay. Not only can you add more cards to your deck, but you also get a boost in starting Health, great for countering fast Aggro decks. Cards that create effects at the start of the game have proven to be strong in Hearthstone. Baku, the Mooneater and Genn Greymane both have created their own archetypes and are seen everywhere in Wild. Prince Renathal is an excellent card and one worth adding to your decks.

Sargeras, the Destroyer

Sargeras, the Destroyer in Hearthstone

Sargeras, the Destroyer, the Warlock Titan legendary, is a nine-cost 6/12 demon and the only class-specific Legendary on this list. Since its release with the Titans expansion, the card has been featured in almost all Warlock decks. Sargeras has a strong Battlecry that opens a permanent portal, summoning two 3/2 imps at the end of your turn. His Titan abilities are also great, with the ability to summon two 6/6 Infernal demons, give future portal-summoned demons +2 health and taunt, or even wipe the board clean with Twisting Nether, Sargeras is a game-changing card.

Here are the three Titan abilities for Sargeras: “Inferno!”, “Legion Invasion!” and “To the Void!”.

Despite its high cost, Sargeras is a potent and pivotal card likely to become the cornerstone of most Warlock decks. Given its overwhelming abilities, we wouldn’t be surprised to see its cost increase to 10 in future patches. It’s the best “Titan” Legendary at the moment. This card meshes exceptionally well with Control Warlocks and is bound to cause opponents significant headaches.


Summary

This list primarily features neutral legendary cards due to their widespread use across multiple classes and decks in the current standard meta. You will likely find one or more of these legendary cards in every standard deck, and they should be included in yours if you aim to compete on the ranked ladder. While specific classes have sound legendary cards, they often can’t match the universal value of neutral cards. We will continue to provide comprehensive guides to specific class legendary minions and keep you updated on the best standard cards and strategies with each expansion and update.

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