Blizzard announced that some big changes are coming to their popular CCG Hearthstone, including the introduction of a new gameplay mode, and some smaller modifications to the Hearthstone experience gamers are already familiar with.
The new mode will be called “Standard.” The biggest difference in Standard is that players can only pull from a set of cards that will pulled from only the most recently released Hearthstone cards. The cards will be taken, for the most part, only from the current set and from the previous year, accompanied by cards from the Basic and Classic sets, which will form the core foundation for decks. You can only play against other players who are using the same type of Standard deck, with the same sets of cards available.
The original Hearthstone experience will remain largely the same, but has been rebranded as “Wild.” The thought behind this, Blizzard explains, is because Wild will still provide all “the crazy fun of Hearthstone you’re already familiar with. Of course, as more and more cards are added over time, the wilder and more unpredictable Wild will be!”
Blizzard also spoke about how they would use this transition period to take stock of the overall Hearthstone experience while considering the future of the game. In the official press release, Blizzard stated “While normally we’re quite conservative about making balance changes to Hearthstone cards (and we’ll continue to be in the future), we’re planning to take the new Hearthstone year as a golden opportunity to re-evaluate a number of cards in the Basic and Classic card sets, including class cards, and make some long-considered adjustments.”
Standard format, along with the rest of the upgrades, will be released to Hearthstone players this spring.