Just played after a long time, and I saw that some cards go like "If you have X, then Y" or "if you control X, then Y" where X is a card class like "Mech" or "Beast". What do these terms mean exactly?

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The "if you have" wording in terms of "if you have a beast" means that the battlecry / secondary spell effect only triggers if one of your minions on the board is a beast.

The "if you control" terminology is only seen in terms of beast/mech in the newest adventure, the League of Explorers. It works identically to the "if you have" wording. This is one of many examples of inconsistent wording between Hearthstone cards that work identically.

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  • To clarify, "if you have", refers to minions summoned in the field already, right?
    – apoorv020
    Commented Feb 20, 2016 at 8:16
  • Yes, this is correct. I believe this misunderstanding is the reason why they went for another wording.
    – Bexo
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 17:07
  • It confused me for a while that "if you have" / "if you control" cards require minions on the board, but "if you're holding" cards require minions in the hand.
    – Lyrl
    Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 18:39
  • If they want to improve why not just change for all cards isntead change for the newest version? I mean this is not physical card game where reprints would be required....
    – Zaibis
    Commented Mar 1, 2016 at 10:07
  • I agree, but so far I dont believe they have made any card updates except in the case of nerfs. Commented Mar 1, 2016 at 14:21

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