Chess Guide for One Night in Karazhan

Last updated on Aug 11, 2016 at 15:30 by Sottle 8 comments

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Chess is the third and final boss in The Parlor, the first wing of the One Night in Karazhan Hearthstone adventure. Throughout the fight, you will use a fixed deck in both Normal and Heroic mode.

In this guide, you will learn how to use your given deck to defeat Chess in both Normal and Heroic modes.

Black King Normal Black King Heroic

Opponent's Health, Hero Power, Cards, Etc.

Normal Heroic
Health 20 20
Hero Power Cheat costs 2 Mana and destroys the left-most minion on your side of the board.
  • 15x Black Pawn
  • 4x Black Rook
  • 4x Black Bishop
  • 4x Black Knight
  • 3x Black Queen

Your Health, Hero Power, Cards, Etc.

Normal Heroic
Health 20 20
Hero Power Castle costs 2 Mana and discovers a chess piece (the cards that make up your deck). Castle costs 1 Mana and allows you to move a friendly minion to the left. It can be cast more than once in the same turn.
  • 15x White Pawn
  • 4x White Rook
  • 4x White Bishop
  • 4x White Knight
  • 3x White Queen
  • 8x White Pawn
  • 2x White Rook
  • 2x White Bishop
  • 2x White Knight
  • 1x White Queen

Strategy and Deck Building

This is a unique encounter that plays out very differently from a regular game of Hearthstone. It is a mini-game style encounter with fixed decks, where you will need to pay close attention to minion positioning to emerge victorious.

The first thing you will need to learn is that the cards that attack the minion opposite them will deal damage to 2 different minions if they are positioned in a spot between 2 opposing minions. This can happen more commonly if you have fewer minions in play and can allow you to catch back up by playing one of the more powerful cards like a White Rook or White Queen.

On Normal mode, the fight is relatively straightforward, as you can use your Hero Power to make sure you always have strong resources in your hand. However, on Heroic mode your Hero Power simply moves a minion, which is much less powerful. You also only have a deck of 15 cards in Heroic modes, which makes things even harder (and you only have 1 Queen).

One thing that is important in both modes is to keep your stronger minions towards the right hand side of the board as your opponent's Hero Power can destroy the leftmost minion. In Heroic mode, you cannot keep up with the opponent for long, because your 15-card deck is going to cycle very quickly. It is usually best to hold on on your cards at the beginning of the game before flooding the board and using your outer minions to damage the boss and eventually kill it while your inside minions keep his minions occupied.

Also of note in Heroic mode is that the AI will always play his pieces on the left hand side of the board. Towards the end of the game when you start to run low on resources, abusing this knowledge is key as you will be able to use the spare Mana with your Hero Power to manipulate the board state into the worst possible position for your opponent to play a piece on the far left.

On Heroic, Knights can often be your most powerful pieces, aside from your single Queen. You should make sure to manipulate the board state as best you can to keep your Knights alive as long as you can based on the knowledge that the AI will develop on the left hand side of his board. Combining a Knight with a Bishop to provide it with long term healing is also extremely potent.