Blizzard has posted an article talking about some changes that will occur in the next year of Hearthstone, which will be called “The Year of The Mammoth.” This year will feature a couple of pretty good changes such as the removal of some Classic Cards, plans for the three Expansions and more.
The Rotation of BRM, TGT and LOE

At the beginning of the Year of the Mammoth, three card sets will leave Standard mode and be converted to Wild. Those sets are the two adventures: Blackrock Mountain, League Of Explorers, and The Grand Tournament. I, personally, was a little surprised when I heard LOE will leave at the same time as BRM. I am not sad about it, in fact I am pretty happy, as my Ranked Decks will no longer automatically be destroyed by Reno Jackson decks. BRM going into Wild will also really affect any type of Dragon deck, most notably Dragon Priest. Some major cards like Justicar Trueheart, Chillmaw and Brann Bronzebeard will affect a lot of Control and Jade Decks. I honestly hope with the next expansions there will be some cards that can take their place.

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“The cards are: Ragnaros The Firelord, Sylvannas Windrunner, Azure Drake, Ice Lance, Power Overwhelming and Conceal.”

                                                      Hall of Fame

The Hall Of Fame includes some some classic cards (the type of cards supposably that were supposed NEVER leave) which will, you guessed it, leave Standard Mode. This is mostly because these cards were either instantly picked when making any deck or just too hard to deal with. The cards are: Ragnaros The Firelord, Sylvannas Windrunner, Azure Drake, Ice Lance, Power Overwhelming and Conceal. As much as I am happy to see some of these cards go, I just could not wrap my head around why they picked Ragnaros. This card is just not as much of an annoyance as the other ones. I barely see him being picked in the current META. When I saw this announcement I was really annoyed because I had JUST crafted him! The good thing, however, is when these cards will Leave Standard, people who have them will not only be refunded the full price, but they also will keep them in Wild, which is a really good thing, but I’m still very sad to see Rag, one of my favourite cards in the game, leave Standard Mode.

 

 

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“Some major cards like Justicar Trueheart, Chillmaw and Brann Bronzebeard will affect a lot of Control and Jade Decks.”

Three Expansions, No Adventures

This year there will be no Adventure mode. Instead, there will be three 130 card expansions. However, Blizzard also said that they planned some optional Player VS AI type missions that will come with the expansions. These will “help develop the expansions’ thematic narratives and offer fun challanges”. I think this is a very good thing! I would have loved to see something like this with the previous expansion, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what they will do with this idea. The fact that there will not be any adventures does suck, but I hope that the optional missions will be able to replace them.

Freebies

     For a limited time before the release of the first expansion, which will(SPOILER ALERT) probably be about dinosaurs, Hearthstone players will be given daily login rewards such as Card Packs, Dust and Gold. It’s free stuff, nice!

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The Hero Portrait of Maiev Shadowstrong
Heroic Tavern Brawl will also be available in Wild mode some time after the release of the first expansion. The only thing I can say is “Get ready to face the most broken legendaries!”

Also, a new Rogue hero will also be available for free after the launch. Maiev Shadowsong, a main character everybody who played Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne will remeber, is the new hero. She will be obtained by winning 10 games in Standard. So yay, more freebies!

Overall, The Year Of The Mammoth looks like it will be great. I am looking forward to seeing the cards that will appear in the three expansions and all the new missions.

What are your thoughts on the changes that will happen this next year in Hearthstone? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!

This article was written by John Mustata, he is a Freelance Writer for SuperNovaGames.net