New Hearthstone Format and 18 Deck Slots
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.