With the launch of Journey to Un’Goro and the Standard rotation fast approaching, there’s a few things you’ll likely want to know before the expansion releases. I’ve been gathering up some information to help you prepare for the big release!
What Time Will Journey to Un’Goro Launch?
We know the date is April 6th for the Americas, and likely the 7th for just about everywhere else. Blizzard usually launches things at 10am PDT, but for the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, it actually launched on December 1st at 8:30am PDT (1630 UTC). So, as long as there’s no issues I would expect around the same.
For a more global perspective: Gadgetzan released on December 2nd at 0200 CET (0100 UTC) in Europe, 0800 KST (2300 UTC) in Asia, and 0640 CST (2240 UTC) in China.
Read more about launch times in this great thread on Reddit.
Expansion Launch Tips
Here’s a quick run down of what I’ve learned in the past when dealing with expansion launches.
Tip: Don’t Purchase the Wrong Packs
In the past it’s been easy to absentmindedly purchase the wrong packs, so make sure you are paying attention when you hit the purchase button!
Tip: Save Money by Watching Twitch Streamers Open Packs
Streamers buy a TON of packs, and if you’re on a budget and want to get your fix then I’d advise watching them open packs. It’s not exactly the same, but it can help ease your lust for packs.
Tip: Don’t Craft or Disenchant Legendaries Right Away
It’s tough to not craft a bunch of cool looking Legendaries the day they come out, but if you’re on a budget you should just hang back and wait for the meta to settle a bit. The famous example of tons of people crafting Troggzor the Earthinator comes to mind, where it seemed like a great card but ended up never really seeing any play. This also goes for disenchanting cards! Finja, the Flying Star was not a popular Legendary when Mean Streets of Gadgetzan released, but now it has seen quite a bit of play.
Year of the Mammoth Standard Rotation
The second Journey to Un’Goro releases in your area the Standard rotation will take place. This means Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers will no longer be usable in the Standard format.
This also means, if you haven’t purchased one of the wings from either Blackrock Mountain or League of Explorers you will no longer be able to purchase either one of them with cash or gold. This doesn’t mean you won’t have access to the cards, you can craft them with Arcane Dust, but that method is far more expensive in the long run. To prevent losing access to these Adventures, you can purchase just the first wing from each one (with cash or gold) and you will then be able to play and purchase the rest of the wings even when they rotate out of Standard.
Update (10:22am PDT): With the new patch up it appears that it’s too late to grab either of those adventures, I hope you got them ahead of time!
If you want to see what notable cards are headed to Standard then check this post out: Notable Hearthstone Cards Leaving Standard in Year of the Mammoth.