Blizzard Entertainment has announced a new expansion will be announced this Spring, but before that happens we will get a special buff to Hearthstone adding 9 additional deck slots to those who have unlocked all hero decks previously — for a total of 18 deck slots.
In addition, there will be two formats: Standard and Wild. The way you have played until today is dubbed “Wild” format. The new format is dubbed Standard.
Those who play Casual or Ranked in Standard will be matched with other players who chose Standard.
Those who play Casual or Ranked in Wild will be matched with other players who chose Wild.
Ben Brode explains the difference between Standard and Wild formats in the video below:
Is the new format confusing you? Basically, Standard decks won’t have Naxxramas or Goblin vs Gnomes cards throughout 2016. In short, “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.” Only Standard games will be considered toward Championship Tour points and World Championship.
These are the eSports related questions below, but there is a broader FAQ section here.
How will Ranks work in Standard and Wild?
When Standard format arrives, your current rank will be “split” and applied to both Standard and Wild in Ranked play. For example, if you are Rank 5 when formats arrive, you will be Rank 5 in Standard and Rank 5 in Wild.
Afterwards, you’ll have a separate rank and match making rating for each format, so you can earn ranks and hit Legend in both Wild and Standard individually. You’ll only collect ranked rewards at the end of the season based on the highest rank you attained in one format or the other, but not both. Regardless of which format you earned your rewards in, end of season bonuses will be comprised of cards that are usable in Standard format.
Note that you’ll have one match making rating that is shared between both Standard and Wild formats when playing in Casual.
Will you feature the top 100 Ranked players for both the Standard and Wild formats?
Currently, we plan to feature only the top 100 players in Standard format.
Can I earn Hearthstone Championship Tour points by competing in Ranked in both formats?
No. Standard will be the only format that offers Hearthstone Championship Tour points for 2016.
Will all official Blizzard esports events be played in Standard format?
Yes. Standard is the official format of the Hearthstone Championship Tour and the Hearthstone World Championship in 2016.
The 19th D.I.C.E. Awards has nominated Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft in the Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay category.
The D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at Mandalay Bay Hotel Convention Hall.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is proud to honor the year’s finest achievements in video games with the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards), hosted by comedian, podcaster, voice actor and cartoonist Pete Holmes. Academy members begin voting for the video game industry’s premier peer-based awards show Thursday, January 14th at 3 PM PST; the winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 18, at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas at the conclusion of the 2016 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2016).
This year, the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will honor Satoru Iwata as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Also being honored this year as the Hall of Fame recipient is Hideo Kojima, world-renowned game creator and auteur recognized for the best-selling Metal Gear series.
“Looking at the nominees for the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, I am especially impressed by the broad range of titles catering to gamers’ increasingly sophisticated and diverse tastes,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “It is always gratifying to watch our industry and its many artists and craftsmen grow and continue to challenge and thrill audiences. February 18th will be another memorable celebration of the best in interactive entertainment bolstered by the playful humor of host Pete Holmes.”
The Ruined City wing has been unlocked today in the Hearthstone: Explorer’s League Adventure. Login and purchase your access to the Ruined City wing for $6.99 or 700 gold.
Well, that last location certainly got the heart pumping, eh? Well, don’t extinguish your torch just yet. The third location — the Ruined City — is now open. To aid you in your struggle against the scaly and slippery terrors that await you within., refined gentleman and scholar Sir Finley Mrrgglton will be joining your quest! Brave the Ruined City and you’ll be one step closer to claiming your prize.
To venture into the Ruined City, log in to Hearthstone and make your way to Solo Adventures.
What’s the League of Explorers?
The League of Explorers is the all-new single-player Hearthstone Adventure. Here you’ll embark on a journey to explore Azeroth’s most mysterious archaeological sites and discover ancient treasures alongside a merry band of explorers!
I’ll be a challenge, but if you make it out to the other side in one piece, you’ll reap some awesome rewards. League of Explorers has a total of 45 new cards up for grabs; including 9 class-specific cards awarded by Class Challenges, and features two all-new interactive game boards!
Chieftain Scarvash is the first boss in the Uldaman wing. He’s an elder Trogg who has a somewhat bothersome hero power named Trogg Hate Minions!
Basically, he makes your minions cost (2) more, but on the good side he can do it one turn, and the next turn he won’t use it giving you a bit of room to put your minions out normally.
In Normal Mode, he has a variety of class cards ranging warrior, druid, and shaman spells; and various trogg minions. I was able to defeat him somewhat easily with a Hunter deck. Mostly basic cards players already have except for Leeroy Jenkins, and I never got to use him to defeat Chieftain Scarvash.
I’ll update this guide as I progress through the Heroic Temple of Orsis. So far, I have taken down Heroic Sun Raider Phaerix with a Priest deck.
Heroic Sun Raider Phaerix is pretty much brutal. He starts with Rod of the Sun 3/8 (instead of 0/5 in normal mode), and he has 30 Health + 15 Armor. Once you destroy the Rod of the Sun, and it is transfered to your side of the board, you won’t get immune (as you do in normal mode). So it is imperative for you to silence the Rod of the Sun as soon as possible whether it is on his side or in yours.
The deck seen to the right is Phaerix’s deck. I am missing 4 cards in his deck, but so far, these are the ones I have seen in my videos.
Phaerix is very likely to play Tol’vir Hoplite or Looming Presence within the first 3-4 turns; and likes to place Sunreaver Protector on the Rod of the Sun. One thing important to mention is that the Rod of the Sun is still 0/5. It simply has a aura buff of 3/3 while it is on Phaerix’s side of the board. If you silence it, it will transform back to 0/5 and of course lose the deathrattle.
He has two Arcanite Reapers and two Fiery War Axe. So make sure to have two Acidic Swarm Ooze in your deck to counter at least the Arcanite Reaper which deal 5 damage.
We hope you’ve been buffing up your archaeology skills and serpent-proofing your decks, because it’s time to let your Hearthstone skills light the way through the mysterious twists and turns that lie ahead of you in the League of Explorers.
The first location for the League of Explorers Adventure – The Temple of Orsis – has opened, and is now available! Entering this cobweb-laden temple may turn out to be much easier than getting out alive. Do you dare enter?
Wait a minute — what is the League of Explorers?
The League of Explorers is the all-new single-player Hearthstone adventure. Here you’ll embark on a journey to explore Azeroth’s most mysterious archeological sites and discover ancient treasures alongside a merry band of explorers!
It’ll be a challenge, but if you make it out to the other side in one piece, you’ll reap some awesome rewards. League of Explorers has a total of 45 new cards up for grabs; including 9 class-specific cards awarded by Class Challenges, and features two all-new interactive game boards!
Archaeology– I can dig it!
The opening to the cavernous first location seems to have been spotted just over that sand dune! It would appear that these ancient ruins have lain udisturbed for centuries, but that doesn’t mean they don’t hold their fair share of danger. Light your torch, hero — the Temple of Orsis awaits!
To embark on your next Adventure with the League of Explorers, simply log in to Hearthstone and make your way to Solo Adventures.
Set your timer and get ready for the countdown. Hearthstone: The League of Explorers adventure will be available for purchase on November 12th – with either 700 gold per wing, or $6.99 per wing. This new adventure has 4 wings and 45 new cards. Learn more details here.
Mystery and wonder await in new Adventure, featuring 45 all-new cards
ANAHEIM, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Grab your hat and torch; it’s time to go exploring! Today at BlizzCon®, Blizzard Entertainment revealed The League of Explorers™—a brand-new Adventure that sends brave duelists far and wide on harrowing expeditions to recover a mysterious lost relic. The newest addition to Hearthstone’s Adventure Mode, The League of Explorers will pit adventurers against dastardly villains in fierce encounters that will require unique strategies to conquer. And yes, there might be serpents.
” League of Explorers is a fun mix of memorable locations from Warcraft and exciting new locations to battle through,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “Players who join the expedition are in for a good time and will walk away with some great new cards for their collections.”
The League of Explorers introduces four intrepid adventurers— Elise Starseeker, Reno Jackson , Sir Finley Mrrgglton , and Brann Bronzebeard— and invites players to join their journey through a series of exotic destinations, some familiar and some new, to recover an artifact of immense power. These brave explorers will face many perils as they navigate through the Temple of Orsis, Uldaman, the Ruined City, and the Hall of Explorers in hopes of discovering lost artifacts that will lead them closer to the relic. Escaping giant boulders and emerging from all of the locations in one piece will reward adventurers with a combined total of 45 treasured new cards, bringing a slew of new tactics to the game.
Available for exploration starting November 12 on Windows® and Mac® PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android™ tablets; and iOS and Android mobile phones, the four League of Explorers locations will open on a weekly basis (one per week) over the course of a month, with a one-week break in the middle during the Thanksgiving holiday. The League of Explorers can be purchased in full for $19.99 USD , one location at a time for 700 gold or $6.99 USD each, or in discounted bundles based on the number of individual locations already purchased.
Blizzplanet interviewed Ben Thompson (Art director) to ask about the pop culture inspirations from an artistic-standpoint in The League of Explorers, the role of the main characters, and about a couple key card rewards which might become player favorites in Arena and Ranked competitively.