Blizzard shakes up Hearthstone with a new game mode

    
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In a competitive card game like Hearthstone, the developer has to keep releasing new cards each year to keep things interesting. This comes with a variety of problems, such as increasing the learning curve for new players and increasing the number of cards players need to purchase before they can put together a viable deck. Developers also often have trouble coming up with new cards that aren’t outperformed by existing cards, and find it difficult to shake up the metagame.

To combat this, Blizzard has announced the creation of a new game mode named Standard in which players can use only cards released in the past two years in addition to basic and classic cards. The current gameplay is being repackaged as Wild mode, which allows any cards to be used. The coming year will also see balance changes to basic cards, and players will get an extra 9 deck slots so that they can have separate Wild and Standard decks. Read on for a video from Lead Designer Ben Brode with an explanation of why this change is necessary for the future health of Hearthstone.

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Skyewauker
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Skyewauker

Jackasa Skyewauker Midgetsnowman Lhumierre Do you even reading comprehension?  Thats exactly what I am saying lol.
They need a boost to dust or crafting cost , at least on older sets.  They could use the same model blizzard does with WoW and new expacs.  Cut the cost of older packs / cards.

CloakingDonkey
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CloakingDonkey

Definitely a good change. Hearthstone had one of the most stale meta games I’ve ever seen in a CCG. I mean there are literally decks that have been viable since it went into beta 3 years ago… With this, I might actually jump into constructed again. Now all I’d like to see is a new limited format and/or an overhaul to Arena because Arena is way too random at this point.

Denngar
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Denngar

Detton Huxys This is actually why I stopped playing Magic the Gathering. We’ll see what happens when things go live though.

Jackasa
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Jackasa

Skyewauker Midgetsnowman Lhumierre

Your delusional if you think you will save up enough because it will not be easy for newbies because the meta will move every year when your still trying to collect the sets while the cards you do have will be invalidated.

Jackasa
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Jackasa

Detton Huxys
It will be Standard and nothing because no one is going to play wilds besides those that have all those older sets.  New players and the vast majority will be playing standard, so will everyone that is competitive.

Rip.

mysecretid
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pcgneurotic mysecretid 
You know, neuro, I realize that’s exactly what I did; I conflated the two games in my head, somewhere along the line.
Thanks! And thanks for giving me the opportunity to use the word “conflated” in a sentence. :-D
Good to see you posting here again — I haven’t seen your comments around as much lately. Hope all is well.
Cheers,

Madda
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Madda

Thus is the way with Online TCGs.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Greaterdivinity Lhumierre Hearthstone does have a MTG pedigree though. Since it was based off of the WoWTCG, which was developed by people who developed some of the sets for MTG. Now those people are off with their own CG.

Detton
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Detton

heliaxb TraylorAlan Well, Classic and Basic cards will always be valid, so those won’t go out.   If you don’t have a full Classic collection, now is a good time to fill it out since you won’t ever lose them in Standard.
You’ve always had to keep up with packs, though, or you get dramatically left behind.  That’s how CCGs work i’m afraid, unless they’re stagnant.

Detton
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Detton

BritoBruno Madda The Salt King of Chicago!