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Blizzard Retires Classic Cards In Anticipation Of New Hearthstone Season

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Blizzard Retires Classic Cards In Anticipation Of New Hearthstone Season

Read on to get the full scoop on what's happening this year. It sounds like a whole lot is going to change during the Year of the Mammoth, and Hearthstone players are in for a lot of additional cards as we move through the year. Moving on from the Year of the Kraken, this year we'll be transitioning into the Year of the Mammoth. Once the Year of the Mammoth officially begins with the first major expansion of 2017, Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers cards will become exclusive to Wild.

In order to keep Hearthstone exciting and accessible as more cards are added, Standard allows players to use the most recently released cards, as well as a core of Basic and Classic cards.

There are a total of six Classic cards that will no longer be allowed in Standard decks.

The developer also plans to support the Wild format better than it has been.

Also mentioned was the possibility of bringing new cards into Classic from old sets, ones that aren't powerful enough to see play in Wild but are interesting additions to a format. Most cards should feel like situational additions to a deck, depending on the deck archetype the player is trying to build. Additionally, some cards from the Classic pack will be moved out of Standard and become exclusive to Wild. These cards will be added to the new Hall of Fame set, which will also include cards that are now in the Reward set. These cards are: Azure Drake, Sylvannas Windrunner, Ragnaros the Firelord, Power Overwhelming, Ice Lance and hide. This is truer for cards in the 5+ mana cost range because players tend to use fewer of these cards in a deck. Instead it will release an expansion toward the start of the year, one in the middle, and one around the end.

Blizzard Retires Classic Cards In Anticipation Of New Hearthstone Season
Blizzard Retires Classic Cards In Anticipation Of New Hearthstone Season

As detailed on the Hearthstone Blog, once the first expansion launches this year, it will mark the beginning of the Year of the Mammoth as well. These approximately 390 cards will be acquired by buying packs but there will also be single player missions that will help players explore the lore of these expansions.

The second expansion of 2017 is when players will be able to see this new concept put into practice, which means that don't expect it with the first expansion. Additional details about the new release model will come later. And to keep Wild in the loop, the studio is planning a revival of its hardcore Heroic Tavern Brawl specifically for the all-card format as well as work with third parties to host dedicated Wild tournaments. This move allows Freeze Mage to continue existing in Wild, while creating more variety in Standard. Daily login rewards will be available for a "limited time" prior to the next expansion's release; it will offer free dust, gold, and expansion packs for logging in every day.

These changes will have massive implications for the competitive metagame of Hearthstone, and also open up new avenues for Blizzard to address its classic set foundation in hindsight, allowing them to tweak balance as more and more cards pile up on top.

It will be easy to unlock Maiev Shadowsong, as players will only need to win 10 Standard matches, whether in Ranked Play or Casual, once the Year of the Mammoth begins with the launch of the new expansion. But this is just one of the big changes coming to Hearthstone, the leader in the digital card game market with $394.6 million earned in revenue in 2016.

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