Year of the Raven is about to begin in Hearthstone

Hearthstone Year of the Raven

As Hearthstone players know, each new year within the game means new changes to the Standard pool of cards. This year, the Mage Secret Ice Block, the neutral minion Coldlight Oracle, and the infamous Molten Giant.

In card games like Magic: the Gathering, due to the sheer number of cards that are released, some cards will eventually get phased out from mainstream competitive play, and it looks like Blizzard will be doing the same for Hearthstone as well as the company has announced that they will be phasing some cards out of the Standard format. The goal of this functionality is to enable players to experience the game like they see professionals do in tournaments and to further grow the gaming community. Each player, whether experienced or fresh; will have Basic and Classic deck in which they will have a standardized set of cards. The centaur dryad Lunara can be earned as an alternate druid hero by winning 10 games in the updated Standard format (Ranked or Casual).

Hearthstone's astrological clock is tick-tocking toward the new Hearthstone Year, and when the next expansion arrives, you'll also be greeted with a Standard format! When the fiery behemoth was changed to cost 25 mana instead of its original 20, many feared the card iconic for Handlock decks would not see play anymore-justified fears, it turned out.

The Hearthstone team will be on hand for a special live stream to showcase The Year of the Raven. The Molten Giant switch is more likely to be well received. "I think it's important to have cards that help in a scenario where the meta goes in a certain direction and you need an answer".

Hearthstone is now available for Android, iOS, and PC; official Year of the Raven support will kick off soon when the new expansion is unveiled.

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Brode said that the entire idea for the Hall of Fame came from the negative reaction to the original Molten Giant nerf, which he admits was meant to make the card unplayable. Quests that only required a single game to be played, such as Play a Friend, will remain the same.

All good things come to an end, and so does Hearthstone's Year of the Mammoth. Called Year of the Raven, the new content is named for one of the heavenly bodies surrounding Azeroth. Lunara, the daughter of Cenarius, will become the new Druid hero. The rotation kicks old deck archetypes out, which helps make room for new strategies and card lineups.

Blizzard will also start testing in-game tournament features sometime in the next few months.

Players will get the full Arcane dust value for each playable card in their collection and they will get to keep the card. This is in an effort to make completing daily quests easier and make the overall game more welcoming to newcomers. Hey, anything that means more coins for cards is fine with us. The tournaments will begin as a beta, becoming available during the middle of this year. The way it actually works is that the tournament organiser creates the event, then shares it as a code (presumably much as we do with decklists now) to potential participants.

If you have any questions for game director Ben Brode or lead producer Yong Woo you can head to the Hearthstone website and leave your questions there.

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