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When accumulating gold through dailies, what is the best way spend this gold? I understand you're able to get card packs through chance when unlocking the chest after finishing the arena. So should I directly buy card packs or take my chance and go for the arena?

(I understand this is skill dependent)

Sub questions:

  • What can be won in the arena?

  • What is the minimum price received when losing 3 times?

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I haven't had an arena match where I lost all 3 rounds without winning so I can't comment on that. But I think the gold price for entering the arena is 150, and you'll always get atleast 1 pack from it. But you'll also get some random gold/dust/card drops. So I think you are always better off paying for the arena then just buying the packs. – Lyrion Dec 12 '13 at 13:40

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What can be won in the arena?

You get up to 5 rewards on completing 12 wins or 3 losses. One reward will be a card pack. The other one to four rewards are random (dust, gold, single cards). More wins = more and better random rewards.

What is the minimum price received when loosing 3 times?

You always get your card pack. The worst random reward is "5 dusts". However, there is MMR matching in arena. You should expect to win at least one game on average even if you're terrible at picking cards.

When accumulating gold through daily's what is the best way spend this gold?

  • Dailies in play mode generate 1 pack per ~3 games.
  • Arenas generate 1 pack per 5-15 games played.
  • Games in Play mode without dailies generate 1 pack per 30 wins (now limited to 1 per day).

There's two extremes of player here: Some players complete the dailies and log off, sometimes going for multiple dailies at once (3 or fewer games per day). On the other extreme, others play at least two hours or more each day (8 or more games per day).

  • If you value your time highly (as the first group does), doing the dailies in play mode generates more gold than arenas. Arena purchases wouldn't get used, so packs should be purchased instead. You may want to set aside 300 gold in case you get an extra burst of playtime so you can arena on those days.
  • If you value your time playing at a net of zero (as the second group does), doing arenas generates more packs than play mode.
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Yesterday I played a 0-3 arena and got 1 pack + 25 dust... for science! (yeah right). – David B Dec 23 '13 at 15:34
"Games in Play mode without dailies generate 1 pack per 30 wins" So wait, if I get 30 wins in Play mode I will get a free pack? That's some kind of hidden quest or? Do both casual and ranked count? Since it takes a lot of time to get so many wins do wins from one day carry to the other, or does that reset everyday? More information please. – ChrisHateZ Jan 24 '14 at 10:18
Every 3 wins gives 10 gold. After 30 wins you'll have 100 gold which is enough to purchase a pack. – David B Jan 24 '14 at 16:02
Oh yeah, forgot about 10 gold per 3 wins. What did you say was limited to 1 per day though? – ChrisHateZ Jan 24 '14 at 17:40
Each day, you may only earn 100 gold through wins in play mode. This change was made to thwart bots that would forfeit games to get low MMR until they would only play each other, then one could forfeit to the other to earn gold. – David B Jan 24 '14 at 20:50

First, there will always be at least one card pack in your prizes. The other prizes are gold, dust or cards.

There is a thread in the battle net forums where players record their winnings in the arena. So far it looks like you need 2 to 3 wins to get the extra 50G back and 7 wins to get the 150G for another arena entry. You get usually about 30 gold for going 0-3.

It seems you get 2 prizes for up to two or three wins, 3 prizes for up to 7 wins and 4 prizes for 8+ wins.

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You always get 5 prizes, it's just that they suck if you lost a lot. Other than that +1 for the link. – Kevin Dec 12 '13 at 13:44
@Kevin that was before the patch this week. Now it's dependent on your wins – Ral Zarek Dec 12 '13 at 13:44
Really? I have to play again then :D – Kevin Dec 12 '13 at 13:46

The "best" way to spend the gold depends on your goals.
One important consideration (which was not relevant at the time this question was asked) is that the pack you receive as an Arena prize will be randomly chosen from one of the three existing sets (Expert, Gnomes and Goblins, or Grand Tournament). However, when you buy a pack for 100 gold you choose which set it is from. If you have significantly less of one set than the other two, it is more valuable to buy packs of that set directly instead of "buying" packs through Arena.

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After 4 wins in the arena mode I got 3 gifts containing:

25 gold, 55 gold, 1 pack

I used 150 gold (or 0 gold the first time)

I guess this means that I "only" paid 70 gold for the pack in addition to some playtime.

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