Hearthstone Standard Rotation Schedule & Guide 2018 – 2019

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion around how the Standard rotation works in Hearthstone. When each new year starts the release of the first expansion of that year will set in motion the next year of Standard, our current year is known as “Year of the Mammoth”. The upcoming year will be known as “Year of the Raven”.

If you’re more of a visual person, the video below demonstrates exactly how sets will be rotated out. You can also read the official explanation of Standard on the Hearthstone website. This video is from the Year of the Mammoth but still explains the basic concept.

Year of the Raven Standard Sets

The Year of the Raven is the third year of Standard. It added three cards to the Hall of Fame: Ice Block, Coldlight Oracle, and a reverted version of Molten Giant.

Learn more about the Year of the Raven with our big roundup post.

2018 Sets

2017 Sets

Evergreen Sets

These are sets that will not rotate out of Standard.

Year of the Mammoth Standard Sets

Year of the Mammoth is the second year of Standard. It brought us the newly created “Hall of Fame” which removed six cards from the Classic set and made them only playable in Wild. Here’s a list of the cards: Azure Drake, Sylvanas Windrunner, Ragnaros the Firelord, Power Overwhelming, Ice Lance, and Conceal. When cards are moved into the Hall of Fame you will receive a full dust refund. This will likely take place in some shape or form at the beginning of each Standard rotation.

2017 Sets

Blizzard has decided that instead of doing an Adventure as their second yearly release that they will be doing three expansions during this upcoming year.

2016 Sets

These sets will be rotating to Wild once the FIRST expansion of 2018 is released.

Evergreen Sets

These are sets that will not rotate out of Standard.

Year of the Kraken Standard Sets

Year of the Kraken was the first year of Standard and is now complete.

2016 Sets

2015 Sets

Evergreen Sets

These are sets that will not rotate out of Standard.

Current Wild Only Sets

These sets are only available in the Wild format.

Standard Format Rotation FAQ

Around what date/time will the new Standard year begin?

There’s no set in stone date, but if you base it off of when Whispers of the Old Gods was released (April 26th, 2016) or Journey to Un’Goro (April 6th, 2017), you can guess it will be in that March – April area. It always starts with the first expansion of the new year.

Will I be able to dust cards that are rotated out for a full refund?

No, the cards are still usable just in the Wild format. If any cards are nerfed, however, you should get a full refund. It’s likely Blizzard will do a round of balancing on certain cards once a new year of Standard is approaching. There will also potentially be more cards added to the Hall of Fame.

Can I still purchase an Adventure that has rotated out?

No, once the Adventure has rotated out you will no longer be able to purchase it with real money or gold. If you, however, own at least ONE wing of that adventure you can still play and unlock the rest of the wings with in-game Gold. You can now purchase old adventures and expansions via the Battle.net store with real money. You CANNOT purchase them with Gold.

If I don’t own an Adventure, can I craft Adventure cards that have rotated out?

Yes, once the Adventure rotates out you will be able to craft the cards with Arcane Dust for play in the Wild format.

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52 Comments

  1. ShadowStorm
    January 9, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Can I disenchant the cards after it has been rotated out?

    Reply
  2. JackLabel
    June 1, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    When does journey to un’goro get sent to wild?

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    • Bagboy Brown
      November 23, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      April 2018 – Journey, FT and K&C will be rotating out of Standard.

      Reply
      • Eric
        November 29, 2018 at 5:02 pm

        You mean 2019 – pay attention. 🙂

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        • ChaiiT
          December 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm

          Is this 100%? April 2019 is when 3 sets go out? Just don’t want to build a deck with all my dust and it all be worthless after a month!

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          • senny
            December 12, 2018 at 11:06 am

            Yes it’s 100%. The first expansion that releases 2019 will make the sets from 2017 rotate to wild. Which includes Journey.

  3. ICEprelude
    December 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    is completing the free preview of an adventure is enough so it does not get remove from my list ? or I actually have to purchase another wing (one that isn’t free)

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    • Alfred
      March 2, 2018 at 4:15 am

      You need to purchase the wings for the cards u want for example if you want moroes you need the 1st wing and u can craft all the epics rares and commons there but if u want bares the curator or medivh u need to keep purchasing wings till u get to the wing that contains them.

      Reply
  4. Rubz
    December 7, 2017 at 8:56 am

    You forgot Naxxramas in the “wild only” section!

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 7, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Thanks! It’s added now.

      Reply
  5. Bilal1994
    November 24, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Dude, I’m new in hs, but I really like tempo mage build, right now there is karazhan adventure, should I buy it or not? I mean if I bought it, could I play that adventure forever or for limited time only?

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  6. HellSing
    November 24, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Dude, I’m new in hs, but I really like tempo mage build, right now there is karazhan adventure, should I buy it or not? I mean if I bought it, could I play that adventure forever or for limited time only?

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  7. Filip
    September 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Will there be another expansion in 2017?

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  8. NGNL Asian
    September 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

    When is gadzetan rotating?

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      September 17, 2017 at 10:44 am

      2018 when the first expansion of the year releases.

      Reply
  9. MrMeme
    May 11, 2017 at 3:35 am

    When r the old gods rotating out?

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      August 8, 2017 at 7:57 am

      When the first expansion of 2018 is released.

      Reply
      • Brandon
        November 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm

        Wait so gagetzan is rotating out when KC is released?

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        • Evident - Site Admin
          November 11, 2017 at 8:09 am

          No, KC will be released in 2017. The expansion after that will rotate out Gadgetzan.

          Reply
  10. Jim Jimy
    March 27, 2017 at 5:54 am

    So if I have both normal and golden cards of any of the cards going into ‘The Hall of Fame’ will I get dust off both of them or not?

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    • Jimy Jimy
      March 27, 2017 at 6:06 am

      .

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    • Darius
      March 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Pls somebody answer that!
      So if i have 2 Rags (1 gold/1 normal) i get 4800 dust AND the cards are still playabel in wild?? That would be pretty cool 😀

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      • Anzixx
        April 2, 2017 at 4:39 am

        No, you only get the dust from your “gold” card, since Blizzard said you only get the amount of dust from the cards you can play in a Deck. SO 1 Legendary 2 azure drakes etcetc

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  11. james
    January 26, 2017 at 7:23 am

    just plain and simple..blizzard doesnt care what we want or think! Its all about how much money they can pump out of a person..Our opinions me nil! Thats why i quit playing WOW after i had played it since vanilla and hearthstone since beginning..They really are not helpful and truly dont care about anything but cash..Ive asked for help and asked questions and all i get is ignored..Have fun remember if you dont pay you wont win much!!

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    • Jayden
      February 6, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      Im going to have to disagree with this actually, as I have paid no money for the game and yet I win plenty and enjoy myself. Blizzard isn’t perfect but in my opinion this is one of the best games that doesn’t absolutely require money to win, obviously it goes faster with money but it is doable.

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    • Allen
      February 8, 2017 at 1:03 am

      Well I see it from a different perspective. Why are you going to work? Correct to earn money to pay your bills. And so is it at blizzard. They spend a lot of ressources to create a game and update it with new cards. It is a business otherwise they won’t do it…so is it at other TCG like Magic, Yugioh, Pokemon…you name it!
      BUT at HS you have the choice to not spend any dollar to play the game. Printed cardgames don’t have this option… no money, no game!

      Think it over dude:)

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    • sina
      October 11, 2017 at 7:57 am

      actually its not true.i play hs on new acc i have 2 hero full cards and many legendary .all buy crafting only in 6 month so yeah if u can’t win u need to pay but if u r player u can win and farm gold btw.if u play game for fun just play for fun if u wanna have all cards then pay fro it.every game is like that now.i don’t like this paying mode but it is a truth that they wanna make money and they can cuz they spend money .i guess the world is like that.if u wanna play fro free find some free game then.

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  12. Jack
    January 23, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Should I dust my LoE and BRM legendaries before the rotation to get maximum dust, or are wild legendaries worth the same as in-rotation legendaries in dust?

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 24, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Wild Legendaries are worth the same, so there’s no need to dust them right away. You also want to wait and see if there’s any kind of nerfs when Standard rotates because you could a full dust refund on some cards.

      Reply
  13. len
    January 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    too bad hearthstone is going to be PTW

    Reply
  14. Lzg
    January 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

    This is not a good rotation if cards are only rotated out during first expansion each year this means tat approx gadgetzan lasts only a year and a half in standard while old gods get to stay in standard for a whole 2 years juz like loe and brm when they rotates out next expansion. It sucks and is juz not fair i dun get to play gadgetzan cards in standard longer and had to spent hard earn dust crafting new cards for standard

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  15. Diegiac
    January 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I am thinking about starting into Heartstone. What should I purchase to get into it? Should I get in now before rotation? Put any money into packs that are rotating out? Any advice would be appreciated. Willing to spend the money. I am currently a MTG player and looking into going into Heartstone for its online play. I was a beta player for a few months but didn’t continue. A lot has changed since then.

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 18, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      If you plan on only playing Standard then I would avoid getting anything that rotates out soon. Classic packs have some of the best cards, and the majority of them will not rotate out (and if they do you get a full dust refund). Adventure’s generally have the most value, but two of them are rotating out so your only real option is Karazhan. I would wait until the rotation, but if you can’t wait then try to find a deck you want to play and focus on crafting that. Aggro Pirate Warrior is a great competitive deck that is cheap and doesn’t really require any Adventure cards that can’t be subbed out. Here’s a list: http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/aggro-pirate-warrior-deck-list-guide/ The only card I would say you really need is Patches.

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    • Munx
      August 31, 2017 at 12:28 am

      Don’t get into Hearthstone. Believe me it’s better that way!

      Reply
  16. Peter
    January 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Noob question, will the card that rotated out of standard will cycle back in one day?

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Currently that is not the case, but you never know how things will change in the future.

      Reply
  17. Alexzon
    November 28, 2016 at 4:00 am

    I don’t think the quotes are enough to guarantee that the we’re going to have an expansion in march-april instead of an adventure. Both are written in a generic way and can be interpreted in different ways.

    We are loosing 2 adventures and 1 expansion, in other words, less cards than 2 expansions and 1 adventure. So, having an adventure instead of an expansion in march-april wouldn’t be that bad about the number of cards in standard.

    I’m not saying that I think we’re going to have an adventure in march-april, just that I’m not sure about Blizzard plans. Sometimes I think not even them know for sure what’s going to happen. :\

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  18. chris
    November 27, 2016 at 11:37 am

    i for one can not highly advise enough that you do NOT dust your old cards. Blizzard has said that nothing about standard is set in stone. things could one day change with this format that would bring those rotated cards back into the light of day.

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  19. king mhd
    November 27, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Why in 2017 there are:
    – New Expansion
    – New Adventure
    – New Expansion

    They are supposed to be:
    – New Adventure
    – New Expansion
    – New Adventure

    We used to have adventure after expansion and expansion after adventure not two consecutive expansions right??

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 27, 2016 at 8:48 am

      It would make sense because we’re losing a lot of cards due to the rotation. So the first new set could very well be an expansion to make up for the loss of cards to Standard.

      This is also a quote from the official Blizzard Standard post:

      When we release the first new Expansion each year, every set that wasn’t released in the same year or the year prior will cycle out and no longer be part of the Standard format. [Source]

      Also, this was mentioned in the Blizzard Q&A at BlizzCon (paraphrased): They are evaluating the best way to release cards, e.g., through expansions or adventures. They are pretty happy with two expansions and an adventure each year. [Source]

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      • king mhd
        November 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

        Thanks for explaining 🙂

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      • MrRip
        December 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm

        It doesn’t really make sense. 1: blizzard has always released expansions and adventures in an alternating pattern. 2: the year of the kraken had only 2 expansions in it, with TGT and WOTG, and 2 adventures, upon its implementation. With the release of MSOG and Karazhan it has 3 exp. and 3 adv. When the new standard year hits, we will lose 2 adv. and 1 exp, but still have MSOG and WOTG, plus karazhan and the next adventure. 2017 will surely start with an adventure, whereupon it would make sense for the standard year to progress, otherwise we’ll have 4 adventures and 3 expansions all being played simultaneously while we wait for the next expansion in the middle of the year.

        Essentially, each standard year should start with 2 adventures and 2 expansions as playable (regardless of whether it was an adventure or expansion that initiated the year rotation) but end up with 3 adv. and 3 exp.

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        • Evident - Site Admin
          December 1, 2016 at 6:26 pm

          I don’t agree, aside from Blizzard flat out saying “we’re happy with two expansions and one adventure a year.” The year with two adventures and one expansion was prior to Standard releasing. Once Standard hit, the whole game changed. We’ll see what happens in the Spring.

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    • Musky
      November 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Who say’s that there’s not going to be an Adventure after Mean streets of gadgetzan?

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      • Evident - Site Admin
        November 27, 2016 at 11:02 am

        It’s unlikely because they would have to do two expansions back to back if they plan to do two a year at some point. It makes the most sense to do an expansion right at the beginning of the new Standard year to make up for the loss of a lot of cards.

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  20. Jastizz
    November 27, 2016 at 8:36 am

    why “expansion, adventure, expansion” wouldnt it make sense if it would be the same as 2015?

    btw, already crashed my cards, lololololl 😀

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Check my reply to the other comment which explains why.

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      • Fel
        November 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

        We will be able to sell for full dust cards that rotated out?

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        • Evident - Site Admin
          November 27, 2016 at 9:11 am

          No, only if the card is nerfed.

          Reply

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