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Hearthstone’s Year of the Raven is out and the Year of the Dragon is in. Blizzard’s fourth-ever themed year is set to arrive shortly and with it comes a slew of improvements and changes. For one, it will be the first ever year in which all three expansions will continue to tell the same story. The first expansion will lead to the second which will conclude with the third.
It’s a completely new approach to Hearthstone expansions. Before that, three sets from the same year weren’t really related. A lot of the time, they didn’t even have that much of a backstory. This change should keep the entire Year of the Dragon more consistent and interesting.
We spoke with Principle Game Designer Mike Donais this week to discuss some of the changes. “One of the important things is that each expansion still has a really cool strong theme on its own,” he tells us. “Having a narrative that goes through it should help everyone feel like they understand what’s going on.”
He imagines players will be more attached and invested as to what’s going on throughout the year as a result.
Here are the hints for the upcoming Year of the Dragon expansions:
Hall of Fame
Three Classic cards are being rotated when the Year of the Dragon begins: Doomguard, Naturalize, and Divine Favor. As per usual, these cards will eventually be replaced with new Classic cards a la Tome of Intellect or Call of the Void.
Donais explains that Doomguard has basically just been around for a long time at a power level that’s the team thinks is a bit too much. The same can probably be inferred with Divine Favor. For Naturalize, however, Donais explains that it’s a matter of class identity. Druid is meant to be weak at hard removal and Naturalize breaks that class identity. It also just happens to be very powerful.
For the first time ever, Blizzard is also rotating two set cards: Baku the Mooneater and Genn Greymane from The Witchwood! These two cards have helped Odd and Even decks to dominate the meta and it seems like Blizzard is finally ready to let other decks shine.
“Even though it feels out of place that we’re moving Baku and Genn to the Hall of Fame, it’s not that much different than us changing their stats or cost. It just feels more different. The reason we decided to move them instead of changing them is that their design is pretty tight. There’s not a lot of things you can change without completely destroying them.” said Donais.
“Some people really like them and we want those people to be able to continue playing them in Wild where they’re more equal in power level with the other big powerful decks.” As a result, Gloom Stag, Black Cat, Glitter Moth, and Murkspark Eel will also be rotated. All of those cards will provide a full dust refund. You will also be able to keep your copies – no need to disenchant them!
But that’s not all Hearthstone team has to offer! There are also other big game updates coming (such as smarter deck builder, random card backs and Arena seasons). Read more about them here.