The Coin

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The Coin is a special uncollectible spell card granted at the start of each game to whichever player is selected to go second. Together with the fourth starting card, The Coin is intended to counter some of the disadvantage of going second.

Generated by

This card can also be generated by the following cards.

TTN 002t20.png
UPCOMING 98859.png
TRL 504.png
AT 031.png
WW 006.png
WW 901.png
YOD 030.png
SW 070.png
WW 363.png
TTN 921.png
LOOT 534.png
SW 434.png
JAM 000t3.png
LOOT 144.png
DAL 771.png
LOE 012.png
WON 340.png
DRG 027.png
GIL 687.png
CFM 669.png
DAL 366t3.png

Against bosses

The following cards will generate The Coin when played against an adventure or Tavern Brawl boss, the playable Ragnaros the Firelord hero, or any neutral hero in general.

UNG 856.png
SW 052t8 t.png
ETC 103.png
GIL 696.png
OG 330.png
WON 317.png
GIL 827.png
AT 033.png
WON 071.png
CFM 781.png
BOT 087.png
ICC 811.png
BRM 030.png

Related with

These cards have effects related to Coins.

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Cosmetic Coins

Starting from Patch 19.0, the player can customize The Coin's art with a set of alternative cosmetic Coins. As such, cosmetic Coins purely do not affect gameplay in any way. Below is the list of available cosmetic Coins the player can unlock and use.

TOY COIN3.png
WW COIN2.png
WW COIN1.png
TTN COIN2.png
TTN COIN1.png
ETC COIN1.png
ETC COIN2.png
RLK COIN1.png
RLK COIN2.png
REV COIN1.png
REV COIN2.png
TSC COIN1.png
TSC COIN2.png
AV COIN2.png
AV COIN1.png
SW COIN1.png
SW COIN2.png
BAR COIN2.png
BAR COIN1.png
DMF COIN2.png
DMF COIN1.png
BAR COIN3.png
BT COIN.png
DRG COIN.png
ULD COIN.png
DAL COIN.png
LOE COIN.png
AT COIN.png
GVG COIN.png
FP1 COIN.png

Functionality

Similar to alternate heroes:

  • Cosmetic Coins are permanent additions to the game; once purchased or earned. Some Coins are available for purchase or reward only through time-limited promotions, but once a Coin is unlocked, it can be used at any time.
  • Cosmetic Coins can be used in any game mode.
  • Once purchased, players can select cosmetic Coins through the Collection manager. Players can choose a default "favorite Coin". Favorite Coin will be given to the player whenever they go second.
  • Cosmetic Coins have their own art, golden art animation, and SFX animation when played.

Notes

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  • If a player's deck is composed entirely of golden cards, they will be granted a golden version of The Coin when going second.


History

Design

The Coin was designed to counter the disadvantage of going second in a match. A variety of approaches were considered and tested for this purpose, including LegacyAvatar of the Coin, and the second player starting with 35 Health.[1][2] However, The Coin (as well as drawing an extra card) was ultimately selected to even the balance.

In March 2015 Brode stated, "the win rate is very close to 50-50 regardless of who has the coin", but that "Going 1st is slightly better".[3] With regard to tournaments and high level play, Brode confirmed that even in the "very top 0.01%" it's "still better to go first, on average".[4] This state of affairs was confirmed in April 2016.[5][6]

Previously, during the late beta on 5 February 2014, Ben Brode stated "It's about three percent better to go first over second. It's only a tiny bit better to go first at the lower levels of play."[7] Eric Dodds followed this by asking "are there some decks which are built around going second, and might have a small advantage for going second? Yeah, that's certainly the case, but the advantage for going second in those decks I would imagine is less than one percent."[7] Blizzard statistics from 8 November 2013 had previously shown a 51.3% win rate for high-ranked players going first, with a slightly higher 53% for players at lower levels.[8]

It can be argued that good use of The Coin requires an additional degree of strategy, therefore offering a disadvantage for less experienced players.

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