Hearthstone Introducing A New Way To Play

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Hearthstone, Blizzard’s online collectible card game (CCG), is getting an update which will add a new mode and change the way the game can be played. What is cool about the update is that you can choose to continue to play with the existing mode should you so desire.

The new format in Hearthstone‘s Play Mode — the main mode that pits you against other players online — will be called Standard. In Standard, your deck can only consist of cards that were released in the current and previous calendar year, as well as a core foundation of Basic and Classic cards which will always be valid for Standard. Of course, you’ll play against others who are using Standard decks as well. Standard will not be an option for Arena, Solo play, or Adventures. Standard will also become the official format of the Hearthstone Championship Tour.

The existing format, which lets you create a deck from all available cards, will be named Wild. Nothing changes, and you’ll still be able to finish quests, earn gold, rank up, get card backs, and earn Legend ranks. Speaking of ranked play, when Standard arrives later this spring, you’ll start earning a separate rank for each format and your ranked rewards for each season will be based on the highest rank you currently hold in one or the other format.

Oh, and did I mention MOAR DECK SLOTS? Blizzard has FINALLY listened and if you’ve unlocked all nine classes, you’ll also get an additional nine deck slots for a total of eighteen. It’s about time!

As mentioned above, Standard format arrives this spring and will include the following card sets:

  • Basic
  • Classic
  • Blackrock Mountain
  • The Grand Tournament
  • The League of Explorers
  • The Spring 2016 Expansion

Check out the Designer Insights video with Ben Brode as he discusses the new changes to Hearthstone.

Are you excited for the new Hearthstone Standard format? Or are you more excited for more deck slots? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook!

  Source: Hearthstone
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