Hearthstone 2019 Standard Rotation Schedule & Guide – How To Maximize Your Dust Gain

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 Raven”. The upcoming year will be known as “Year of the Dragon”.

How Does The Rotation Work

While the video below is a bit outdated, it still explains the basic concept quite well.

But if you prefer to read about it, it’s very simple. Hearthstone has two Constructed formats – Wild and Standard. Wild is the simple one – you can play every single card ever released there.

Standard, on the other hand, is a rotating format. It always consists of Evergreen sets (Basic + Classic), as well as between 4 and 6 latest expansions (up to two years worth of sets). Standard rotation happens with the first expansion of each year. After it releases, three “oldest” sets rotate out at once. Thinking that sets rotate one by one is a common misconception. When the first expansion of 2019 is released, all three sets from 2017 will be out.

So to put that in the perspective of upcoming rotation – when the first expansion of Year of the Dragon (2019) will be released in April, Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, as well as Kobolds & Catacombs will be out and only playable in Wild. We’ll be left with Evergreen sets: Classic + Basic, Year of the Raven (2018) sets: The Witchwood, The Boomsday Project and Rastakhan’s Rumble, as well as Year of the Dragon (2019) sets: the first expansion that’s yet unannounced.

Year of the Dragon Standard Sets

The Year of the Dragon is the fourth year of Standard. Learn more about the Year of the Dragon with our big roundup post.

Here is a full list of sets that will be available in Standard after the rotation:

2019 Sets

  • Three 2019 expansions will release in April, August and December 2019, but all we know about them so far are the clues above.

2018 Sets

Evergreen Sets

These are sets that will not rotate out of Standard.

Year of the Dragon Hall Of Fame

Hall of Fame started as a concept of rotating out cards from Evergreen sets that were too strong or problematic. Since Basic and Classic cards are in Standard forever, there are two ways to deal with them – nerf them or rotate them out to Wild, where they might not be that relevant (since the power level is higher in Wild anyway).

However, Year of the Dragon rotation is the first time when expansion cards rotate out too. Those cards are Baku the Mooneater and Genn Greymane, as well as other Odd & Even synergy cards. The idea is that those two Legendaries wraped the entire meta around them for an entire year, and with the power level falling down across the board with rotation, they might be even stronger and more unfun to face. Given that, Blizzard has decided to rotate them out early. Here is a full list of cards that are rotating out:

When a card rotates to Hall of Fame, players get a full Dust refund for it AND they get to keep their copies. It’s a great deal, because if you still play them in the Wild, you can keep them and get your Dust back, and if you don’t, you can even disenchant them for extra Dust. You get Dust only for the most valuable copy – so if you own both regular and Golden version of a card, you will get refunded only for the Golden.

How To Maximize Your Dust Gain

A rather common question we hear is about maximizing your Dust income from the cards that rotate out. It might seem a little bit confusing at first. If you don’t have the card, do you want to craft it? What do you do if you have a regular copy? How about Golden? Well, it’s actually quite simple if you just follow those few simple rules:

  • If you don’t own a card that rotates out to Hall of Fame, craft it in Golden. It’s the most profitable outcome. You will get your entire Dust investment back, and then you can still disenchant a Golden copy. For example, if you don’t have Baku the Mooneater, craft a Golden copy, and then disenchant it, you will get an extra 1,600 Dust for free.
  • If you own a regular playset of a Common card, craft it in Golden. Long story short, even if you own regular copy of a Common that rotates out to Hall of Fame, it’s still worth to craft it in Golden. While the Dust gain isn’t impressive, you end up getting an extra 10 Dust per card. E.g. if you have a regular Naturalize, it’s still worth to craft it in Golden.
  • If you own a regular playset of Rare, Epic or Legendary cards (so two, or one in case of Legendaries), don’t do anything. You won’t gain more Dust by crafting it in Golden. E.g. if you already own a regular Genn Greymane or two Glitter Moths, just leave them.

After the rotation happens, you can disenchant all of the Golden copies you’ve crafted. Or you can keep them around if you want to play with them. If you don’t play Wild and don’t plan to play it, you can disenchant the regular copies too.

But is it really worth the hassle? The answer is yes, yes it is! For a moment, let’s assume that you don’t own any of those cards. In order to craft them all in Golden, you need to invest a lot of Dust – 19,200 in total. But after they rotate out, you get ALL of that Dust back, and you still own the Golden copies. Which you can Disenchant for 5,600 Dust in total. Which means that you got 5,600 Dust essentially for free. If you don’t have enough Dust to craft all of them in Golden, start with Legendaries – those are most profitable.

And what if you own regular copies of all of those cards? Well, then you’re in for a threat! You gain 5,560 Dust for doing nothing. And then you still own all the regular copies. If you decide to Disenchant them, you can get extra 1,340 Dust, for 6,900 Dust gain in total.

You should wait for as long as possible with the crafting. Remember that you might still open those cards in packs before the rotation!

Keep in mind that Dust refund applies only to cards that rotate to Hall of Fame. The regular yearly rotation DOES NOT give you back your Dust. If you don’t play Wild and you don’t plan on ever playing it, you can still disenchant them for their regular disenchant gains (400 per Legendary, 100 per Epic etc.) – but it’s really up to you.

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85 Comments

  1. Full.name
    March 16, 2019 at 11:06 am

    If I craft any of these cards, would I craft them and wait to disenchant until after the dust refund? In other words, do they have to be in your collection to get the refund?
    I’ve only been playing for about a year and have just enough dust in my savings to craft gen and baku so I really don’t want to mess this up lol.

  2. Dark
    March 12, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Question, isn’t it worth crafting the legendaries in golden? Since the dust will be refunded and I can enjoy golden hero power with whatever decks I play them in

    • Dark
      March 12, 2019 at 2:06 am

      even if I own the normal copies that is, I don’t win or lose dust but I will have golden hero power for free

  3. SlapLaB
    March 4, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Awesome guide thanks!
    One common case not covered though: what if you have only one of a set in non-golden (or golden)?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 4, 2019 at 4:10 am

      It’s covered: “If you don’t own a card that rotates out to Hall of Fame, craft it in Golden.”

      If you own 1 out of 2 Gloom Stags (for example), then it means that you don’t own a card that rotates out to Hall of Fame, and you want to craft it in Golden.

  4. TheMessenJah
    March 3, 2019 at 5:09 am

    I already have two regular copies of Gloom Stag (an epic druid card).
    If i craft tow golden copies of that card and disenchant the regular ones, when the rotation happens i will get the total amount of dust i spent crafting the golden ones and i will have an extra 200 dust (for disenchanting the regular ones).
    I think i’m correct and i dont understand why the autor of this text doesnt explained this….

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 3, 2019 at 5:12 am

      That’s because you are not correct…

      If you don’t do anything, you get 800 Dust. Then you Disenchant those for 200 and have 1,000 in total.

      Now you craft 2x Golden Epic and spend 3,200 Dust. Then you get 3,200 Dust back and you’re 0 Dust ahead/behind. Then you Disenchant 2x Golden for 800 and 2x regular for 200 and you’re at… exactly, 1,000.

      I’ve been through three Standard rotations already and wrote this guide every time, I REALLY know what to do to maximize your Dust.

      • TheMessenJah
        March 3, 2019 at 6:50 am

        You’re right!
        I was just thinking as an golden cards collector. In the situation i explained i wouldn´t loose any dust in the process, but i would not gain so much dust
        tkx

        • Stonekeep - Site Admin
          March 3, 2019 at 8:21 am

          Hence why this is a guide on how to maximize your Dust. Most of the players don’t care about Golden cards, especially Golden cards in Wild.

          But yes, if you care about a Golden collection, then you should craft everything that rotates out to HoF in Golden.

  5. Skoopy
    March 2, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Okay, so here is my situation:
    i do have regular ones of:
    Baku, Genn, Black Cat, Murkspark Eel and Gloomstag.
    I dont have any copy of Glittermoth.
    So to maximize my dust, i craft 2 golden Glittermoths?
    And why not making a golden Genn, if i get this right: i invest 3200, getting back 3200 and the 1600 for Hall of Faming it, and than 400 for disentchant right? So either way 2000 Dust for a Legendary?
    What about my Glittermoths i dont have yet, will i get 1600 per golden Glittermoth? if i dont have regular ones? iam so confused.
    What is my way to get the max out of it: I have all cards in Normal except Glittermoth, no normal and no golden. Appreciate any answer!!! THX

  6. Kriswolf
    March 2, 2019 at 3:34 am

    So I have regular Genn and Baku, if I craft them golden and i keep the golden copies after rotation does that gives me free Golden legendaries?

    • PennFifteen
      March 2, 2019 at 9:02 am

      Yeah, if I’m reading your question correctly.

      If you craft both of them Golden before the rotation you will be granted the prized Dust for the two Golden copies for free. You then can DE the regular copies for 400 Dust each and keep the Goldens.

      • Kriswolf
        March 3, 2019 at 1:18 am

        Yeah thats what Im asking, thanks so Ill have golden legendaries for free its lovely

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 2, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Yes, you can do that if you care about Golden cards. If you keep your Golden copies and Disenchant the regular ones, you get +400 Dust and upgrade to Golden version.

      But if you don’t do anything, you get 1,600 Dust (or possibly 2,000 if you Disenchant the regular version too). So it depends on whether you’re looking to maximize your Dust gain or want to keep the Golden copies.

  7. LeatheeBoots
    March 2, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Sorry i dont get it why dont craft genn and baku in golden if i own regular copys already?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 2, 2019 at 2:12 am

      You can do that, but it doesn’t give you anything extra.

      E.g. you have a regular Baku. You get 1,600 Dust and then you can disenchant it for 400 = you get 2,000 in total.

      You craft it in Golden. You spend 3,200 Dust, then gain 3,200 Dust back, then Disenchant both copies for 1,600 + 400. -3,200 + 3,200 + 1,600 + 400 = 2,000.

      Literally the same thing either way. So no reason to bother, unless you want to play around with Golden Legendaries for a while.

      • LeatheeBoots
        March 2, 2019 at 2:16 am

        Dosnt they give you full 3200 for each of
        them when rotation hits and you can still diss them. What is the diffrence if you dont own either od them, why do you profit then and not when you own regular?

      • LeatheeBoots
        March 2, 2019 at 2:29 am

        But wait dosnt disenchant also give you full dust just Like when they nerf a card. Or it dosnt because they already give you full dust cost?

        • PennFifteen
          March 2, 2019 at 9:03 am

          Regular Dust for DE

        • Stonekeep - Site Admin
          March 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm

          No, you get normal Disenchant values since you get a full Dust refund back anyway.

          • Poison
            March 4, 2019 at 1:35 am

            and thats why you should craft the golden ones even if you have the regular one (GENN+BAKU)
            ..you spend 3200 for each, then get 3200 back for each, but if you disenchant the golden ones and keep the regular ones you have made 1600 “value” for each legendary

          • Poison
            March 5, 2019 at 7:41 am

            exactly and the normal dustrefund is basically making plus

            (you spend 3200 then get 3200 back then disenchant golden legendary to get 1600)

  8. Anggadaz
    March 1, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    oh, i got it.
    if the card will be in hall of fame.
    you will get dust amount of that card.
    maybe if it only give dust for 1 legendary copy and 2 for non legendary copy card. (i think more copy not refunded).
    thats why you must craft it.

    if it golden you will got more refund.
    if you not play wild you can uncraft it and got dust again.

    thats i got, correct me i wrong.

  9. Redmage
    March 1, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Just to triple check, you are saying that There will be a refund for two copies of any non-legendary cards, which includes the moth and stag, so if we don’t have them we should craft two copies in golden for a net dust equal to the disenchant value of the specific card.

    And with common cards, we should disenchant our standard copies and make golden copies because it still only picks two and will net us 10 dust?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 2, 2019 at 1:07 am

      Yes, that’s correct.

      But with the Commons, don’t disenchant regular ones. Just craft them in Golden, and then Disenchant Golden once they rotate out. You will be left with regular copies and +10 Dust per card. You can THEN Disenchant regular copies for +5 Dust per card too, but that’s probably unnecessary if you ever want to play the Wild.

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

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

    • Redmage
      March 1, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      I believe you want to wait for the cards that will go into the hall of fame to rotate first, because you will get the dust cost of the card during the rotation as blizzard apologizing for hall of faming your card, then you can dust the card for a dust profit.

  11. JackLabel
    June 1, 2018 at 10:55 pm

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

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

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

      • Eric
        November 29, 2018 at 5:02 pm

        You mean 2019 – pay attention. 🙂

        • 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!

          • 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.

  12. 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)

    • 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.

  13. Rubz
    December 7, 2017 at 8:56 am

    You forgot Naxxramas in the “wild only” section!

  14. 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?

  15. 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?

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

    Will there be another expansion in 2017?

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

    When is gadzetan rotating?

  18. MrMeme
    May 11, 2017 at 3:35 am

    When r the old gods rotating out?

    • Evident
      August 8, 2017 at 7:57 am

      When the first expansion of 2018 is released.

      • Brandon
        November 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm

        Wait so gagetzan is rotating out when KC is released?

        • Evident
          November 11, 2017 at 8:09 am

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

  19. 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?

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

      .

    • 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 😀

      • 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

  20. 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!!

    • 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.

    • 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:)

    • 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.

  21. 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?

    • Evident
      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.

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

    too bad hearthstone is going to be PTW

  23. 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

  24. 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.

    • Evident
      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.

    • Munx
      August 31, 2017 at 12:28 am

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

  25. Peter
    January 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

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

    • Evident
      January 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm

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

  26. 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. :\

  27. 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.

  28. 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??

    • Evident
      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]

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

        Thanks for explaining 🙂

      • 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.

        • Evident
          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.

    • 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?

      • Evident
        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.

  29. 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 😀

    • Evident
      November 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Check my reply to the other comment which explains why.

      • 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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