Hearthstone will get three card expansion packs in 2017

Pablo Tucker
February 17, 2017

Well, they're going one step further, and if you've got any of these cards they're just giving you their dust value. "Play Mode" features traditional head-to-head battles, with players facing off for a chance to increase their medal ranking and earn card packs along the way.

Standard, according to Blizzard, gives their developers more freedom when they sit down to come up with new design ideas for cards. Aside from winning new cards, players will be able to round out their collections by purchasing new card packs or disenchanting some of their existing cards to craft the ones they're missing. "Most cards should feel like situational additions to a deck, depending on the deck archetype the player is trying to build". Hearthstone's future will also see no Adventures in 2017 and move some of its most iconic and oldest cards out of Standard. Read on to get the full scoop on what's happening this year. Blizzard released some information earlier today that let us know more about their plans for HearthStone into the next year.

This year will be known as "The Year of the Mammoth" in hearthstone.

As part of Hearthstone's annual card rotation, older sets such as Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament and League of Explorers will now become exclusives to the Wild mode and will no longer be eligible for competitions.

Last year, we introduced a New Way to Play, which introduced the Standard and Wild game formats to Hearthstone. Blizzard gives specific explanations for the removal of each card over on the Hearthstone website, but essentially, these removals are all being made in an effort to avoid power creep and encourage more deck variety. Though cards added through expansions and adventures rotate out of Standard format on a regular basis, the basic set of classic cards - the set Hearthstone launched with - will always remain part of Standard. When cards show up too frequently in decks and are considered auto-includes, deck-building becomes more limited.

In light of this six cards from the Classic set will be relegated to the Wild format and form part of a new Hall of Fame set. These cards will be added to the new Hall of Fame set, which will also include cards that are now in the Reward set.

Blizzard is moving the neutral cards Azure Drake, Sylvanas, and Ragnaros because they are so powerful that they are nearly auto-includes in too many decks. This is truer for cards in the 5+ mana cost range because players tend to use fewer of these cards in a deck.

Year of the Mammoth will also be seeing a new release cycle that will include a 130 card expansion at begin the year, middle of the year, and end of the year. Dubbed "The Year of the Mammoth", the new content will include new ways to play and overall improvements to the game, and obviously new expansion cards. Warlock decks also tend to use lots of Classic cards, so the decks changes less when new expansions release. The most recent of these, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, did a much better job of combining the feel of the Story expansions with the new card sets, so I'll be interested to see how this plays out.

Blizzard also shared that it plans to host a Heroic Tavern Brawl that uses the Wild format. Third-party tournament organizers will also be creating more opportunities to play Wild. Daily Login rewards will be available for a limited time, which will offer dust, gold, and expansion packs.

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.

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