The Hearthstone team has revealed a series of upcoming updates that will have a lasting impact on the game.
First off, the team is adding four new cards to the game’s Classic set. Why the game’s Classic set? Well, as cards are rotated to the Hall of Fame and the game’s Wild mode, that leaves some of the game’s classes with fewer cards than other classes. As such, Blizzard is adding two mage cards, a Warlock card, and a Rogue card to the Classic set. As such, you’ll be able to unpack these cards from Classic card packs or craft them in the usual way.
That’s not the only way that Blizzard is improving the Hearthstone experience for new players. An upcoming update to the game will add 25 new ranks to the game’s competitive mode. When you start Hearthstone, you will start at Rank 50. Only players with a new account will be able to access Rank 50. When a new player manages to climb to Rank 25 (the game’s previous starting rank), they will not fall any further down than Rank 25 when a new season starts. Players will also not be able to lose stars when they are ranking from 50 to 25. The trade-off is that new players won’t be able to immediately access the game’s casual mode.
The reason behind this change is fairly simple. It’s not uncommon for players between the ranks of 25 and 20 to be running competitive level decks. This is either because they are intentionally staying at lower ranks to troll other players, or because they own a lot of cards and just don’t rank that often. These player-only ranks should help ensure new players only compete against players on their level. The team is also adding a new welcome bundle to the game that includes 10 Classic packs at a reduced price as well as a guaranteed legendary dragon card from the Classic set.
It’s not all good news, though. The Hearthstone team has revealed that they have suspended all work on the game’s highly anticipated tournament mode. A statement from the team reveals that they felt the mode seemed “tacked-on” and that they just weren’t happy with the progress they were making. As such, they have postponed development on the feature “for the foreseeable future.”
Finally, a special Halloween Hearthstone event begins on October 17. It will include a special Halloween visual makeover for the game, the return of dual-class arena runs (which let you combine two classes when drafting your deck), and a special brawl featuring the Headless Hoseman. Finally, players will also be able to purchase a new Paladin hero, Sir Annoy-o.
It’s not clear when these updates will start rolling out, but it seems that you should expect to see them soon.
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