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Blizzard have announced that the next update will contain big changes to the way Arena works.
The newly announced changes will come into force at the same time as the nerfs to Small-Time Buccaneer and Spirit Claws, which we discussed previously.
The most important change will be that Arena will change from Wild format to Standard. This will help to keep Arena feeling fresh, as well as make sure that card synergies can be drafted more easily.
Changes have also been made to the distribution of cards. Common and Basic cards will show up less often, and the frequency of spells and class cards being offered has been raised. The full discussion can be found in the announcement link above, but the main reasoning is to allow players to have more opportunities to outdraft and outplay their opponents, rather than just playing the game on curve.
This philosophy will have some implications in Standard too. If Blizzard are actively trying to reduce the impact of playing on curve in Arena, this could mean that they will carry over the same thoughts into constructed play. I feel that moving away from the style, unaffectionately known as Curvestone, would be good for the game. The changes will almost certainly be welcomed in the Arena community, and it is good to see Blizzard making them now, rather than waiting for the next set to launch.
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The announcement of the Year of the Mammoth was the big news of the week and obviously it stirred everyone's curiosity. An upcoming live stream will hopefully answer all of our questions.
Tune in this Tuesday February 21st at 11 a.m PST (20:00 CET) to learn more about the changes that the Year of the Mammoth will bring. Among the topics that will be discussed are the set rotation, expansions and missions, and the Wild format.
It is not specified who will be hosting the Q&A, but we assume it's going to be Hearthstone Game Director Ben Brode and Game Designer Dean Ayala again.
Want to learn what’s on the horizon for Hearthstone in 2017? Join us on February 21 at 11 a.m. PST for a live Q&A session on Twitch. This week our developers will be reviewing the upcoming changes for Year of the Mammoth, so tune in to hear their thoughts on topics like: set rotation, expansions with missions, and the Wild format.
Have something you'd like to ask? Here’s how you can be part of the conversation:
- Tweet @PlayHearthstone with the hashtag #QA with your question
- Post a question below in the blog comments
- Join us live in Twitch chat and direct questions to us @PlayHearthstone
Can’t make it? Don’t worry – we will be posting the full video on the PlayHearthstone YouTube after the Q&A has completed.
Follow the official Hearthstone Twitch channel to be notified when the stream begins.
We’ll see you there!