More Legends Players in Wild than in Standard on Chinese Server for the Last 4 Months

There’s a very interesting trend going on the Chinese servers. As czhihong reported on reddit, January 2020 was the fourth consecutive month when there were more players in Wild Legend than in Standard Legend at the end of season. January numbers are particularly high – on the last day, they had roughly 17,500 Wild Legends and 13,100 Standard Legends. The difference is massive – that’s roughly 1/3 more Wild Legends than Standard Legends.

Of course, it doesn’t necessarily mean that more people were playing Wild than Standard in general. If I had to guess, the more casual crowd probably still plays Standard more. But it shows a general trend that more hardcore players prefer the other format lately.

The numbers look even more impressive when you compare them to those from other servers. On January 28, there were only ~1500 Wild Legend players COMBINED on all three other servers (NA, EU and Asia). Even if we assume that 500 more hit Legend during the last 3 days, that’s still only just above 10% of the total Chinese Wild Legend population. Of course, those stats might be completely meaningless on the server you’re playing. But if Blizzard notices the popularity of Wild format in China (which is a really big market, especially for Hearthstone) they might start doing more changes in the format (like the recent Echo nerf which killed SN1P-SN4P Warlock).

I tried to think about a reason why Wild is so much more popular in China than it is on the other servers. In general, Chinese server is in a sort of “bubble” – communication between the three other servers is much easier (especially NA and EU, but Asian players are also very active on Twitter and, for example, we share their decks commonly). China has, for the most part, their own places to share decks and discuss the game, so we could always observe some differences in the meta or distribution of players on that server. However, those differences were never that extreme, and up until quite recently, Standard still had way more Legend players than Wild out there. Of course, Wild is a fun format, it has a huge deck diversity, and it’s also (contrary to what many players think) easier to keep up with in the long run. But those reasons apply to Wild format in general, and yet its very unpopular on 3 out of 4 servers.

What do you think about it? Any ideas why Wild got so popular in China lately?


A Hearthstone player and writer from Poland, Stonekeep has been in a love-hate relationship with Hearthstone since Closed Beta. Over that time, he has achieved many high Legend climbs and infinite Arena runs. He's the current admin of Hearthstone Top Decks.

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  1. IceQweem
    February 5, 2020 at 10:26 am

    So does this mean we will get more wild support now?

    Wild has always been a hotbed for creativity for me, the Meta reports from third party sites can literally say stuff like “Snip snap warlock is the most powerful deck ever conceived in Hearthstone!!” and you will still see a derpy Astral Communion druid (or even two) (or even five!) in rand 5 to legend cuz in its core, Wild is still about having fun with the decks you love.

    • HuntingFor90
      February 5, 2020 at 11:09 am

      There will never be much support for wild because it doesn’t make Blizzard as much money off it but I do agree with you that the meta is insanely diverse. I switched to wild during KnC and have not played standard since. I find the wild meta much more fun.

      Free-to-play players don’t realize that it is in their benefit to play wild as well. There are tons of cheap decks you can get to legend with, and the expensive decks don’t rotate out after 2 years. Every expansion there are usually only 2-4 new cards that are experimented with in most decks and usually only 1-2 of them actually stay in the deck, so if you just wait a month before crafting you don’t waste your dust.

      • HuntingFor90
        February 5, 2020 at 11:11 am

        Last night I played 6 games and didn’t play against a single tier 1 deck or against the same deck. How often can players in standard say that?

  2. Teresh
    February 5, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I switched to wild about a year ago and not gonna switch back.
    Wild is great for old players with fat collections. Variety of strategies is HUGE!
    Despite there is its own meta, you can really resurrect ANY archetype and make it playable.

    But… leave hope if you are newcomer and forget about cyber sport. If that is not a problem you will enjoy 😉

  3. Kneelays
    February 4, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Standard is a complete grind…. smaller card pool, dissected by more players equals tighter edges to find…. an edge that you’ll lose after a few days if you aren’t constantly playing….

    Hopefully this is a good sign for a 2020 wild open though…. any news on that?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      February 5, 2020 at 6:27 am

      Haven’t heard anything about Wild Open 2020, but I hope that it will happen 🙂

  4. Solojazz
    February 4, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Could there be a Chinese wild tournament coming up?