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Playing Hearthstone during the beta might have granted players more experience as well as more cards to play with. These are both benefits that may be matched by playing more later. However, some games grant beta players exclusive content such as gear or achievements that players get to keep even after the beta. To players that didn't play the beta, this content would then be lost forever. Did playing the Hearthstone beta grant beta players any such content?

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There are a few pieces of exclusive content thusfar in Hearthstone. The first is a golden 'Gelbin Mekkatorque' card, that could be earned by using real money to make a purchase in Hearthstone while it was in the beta.

The golden version of this card is no longer obtainable. It was previously obtained by spending real money in the store during the game's beta test, prior to the full release of the game.

In addition, golden 'Elite Tauren Chieftain' was only earnable through purchasing a ticket to Blizzcon 2013, and thus also can't be earned any longer.

However, the normal version of each of these cards are still both able to be earned through crafting them.

Card backs will likely be exclusive to each season and event, such as the ones earned through levels in ranked on specific seasons, but thusfar, I haven't seen anything specific about this yet.

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Small correction; Gelbin and ETC aren't in packs – Ral Zarek May 13 '14 at 4:07
But during the beta Gelbin got significantly nerfed from OP card to useless card. – BazzPsychoNut May 13 '14 at 9:12
Nerfed or not, it still irks me that I never found this out during the beta, and missed out on a card. I buy packs now, so I may as well have bought one during testing :) – Matt Thrower May 13 '14 at 11:14
@RalZarek Thanks for catching that. – Waterseas May 13 '14 at 14:21
@waterseas That's just it: I never went to the shop. There didn't seem much point in investing in something that wasn't finished yet :) My loss. – Matt Thrower May 13 '14 at 14:27

The only thing from the beta that can't be acquired anymore is the golden version of Gelbin Mekkatorque (for buying something with real money during the beta). The normal version of this card can still be crafted.

Also there is Elite Tauren Chieftain of which the golden version can't be acquired any more. That was granted by buying a Blizzcon 2013 ticket.

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