I don't understand how the ranks work. I started at Rank 25 (the chicken) and as I've won games my rank has decreased - I'm now at 21 I think.
You start at Rank 25, and cannot lose any stars until you are above Rank 20. You can never go back below Rank 20 once you hit it in the season (I think you can start he next season below 20 again, but I'm not sure). Each Rank you gain gives you bonus stars at the start of the next season, when the ladder resets (so you don't start all the way at the bottom again). I believe at Rank 5 and higher, you no longer get bonus stars for win streaks, but that's going off the top of my head so I'm probably wrong. You climb the ranks up to Rank 1, after which point the next rank is Legendary status. Once you hit Legendary, you cannot drop back down to Rank 1. You can try to climb the Legendary Rank to be #1 in your region. If you hit Rank 20 in a season, you get a special card back for it at the end of the season, and if you hit Legendary, you get a card back for that, too.
I like Casual because you end up playing against more varied decks, as people are trying to complete quests, etc. When you play Ranked, you tend to see a lot of the same decks, and if you're not running a counter to those decks, it can be extremely frustrating.
I've noticed that I accrued some dust for making cards, but I don't know how I got it as I didn't deconstruct any cards. How do you get dust aside from cards?
Have you played Arena at all? Sometimes you get some dust as a reward when you finish your run.
Here's how Arena seems to go for me:
Draft a deck. Either think the deck is pretty good with a nice curve and can get me to 5 wins, or think it's total sh*t and consider retiring it before even using it once. If I think the deck is pretty decent or maybe even good, I'll get ROFLstomped two games in a row, probably dying before Turn 6. Then I'll stomp some other poor 0-2 person, and fight my way up to a heavily contested 2-4 wins. If I think the deck is complete garbage, I'll breeze through 2 or 3 wins somehow, before getting wrecked for a game or two, and then eke out another couple of wins and finish with 4-6 wins.
Oh, and I slipped down to Rank 17 with my Paladin deck. Everything I play against is hyper aggro right now, and by the time I can stabilize with my control deck, the other person is only a turn or two away from their in-hand win condition (@#%^ you, Miracle Rogue). Control Warrior actually looks like it can work, but I really want to make Paladin work. Edited, Apr 24th 2014 1:44pm by Spoonless