The moment that Hearthstone players have been waiting for is almost here. Blizzard has just revealed that a major announcement is set to go live right before the game?s winter championships on March 11. The presentation will most likely concern the upcoming spring update which is bringing the biggest changes to the game in its 2+ year history.
Will the New Hearthstone Set Be Unveiled?
?Something inside the Tavern stirs . . . ?what could it be? Don?t worry ? you won?t be alone! Our very own Lead Designer Ben Brode and Senior Producer Yong Woo will kick off the weekend of the Americas Winter Championship with an announcement about what?s coming next for Hearthstone.? Reads the post on the Hearthstone site. The presentation goes live on the Hearthstone Twitch channel at 11:00 AM PST on March 11.
In February, Blizzard said it was targeting March 9 as the date for the ?what?s next in Hearthstone? presentation. However, it looks like they thought moving it to the same day as the Winter Championships would be a better strategy.
As we reported previously, the spring update will see the introduction of a new playable format called ?Standard?. Much like other collectible card games, Hearthstone?s standard format limits the pool of cards that players can choose from when constructing decks. Under the rules outlined by Blizzard, only cards from the basic set, classic set, and last two calendar years will be eligible for play in Standard. This allows the design team to constantly shake up the meta ?while giving new and returning players an easier way to get into the game.
Hearthstone as we know it is now being called ?Wild? mode. In Wild, players can build decks from any card in the game?s history. Wild will have it?s own ranked ladder and give out the same end of season rewards as standard.
As part of the changes, Hearthstone?s first two card add-ons, the Curse of Naxxramas adventure and Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion will be retired once Standard goes live. Taking their place is an all-new card set that will be released together with the Spring update. It?s widely believed that the announcement on March 11 will reveal at least some of the new cards coming to the game.