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Update 17.0 came with free decks for returning players. Blizzard defines a returning player as one who had not logged into the game for four months as of March 17, meaning if you logged into Hearthstone between November 18, 2019 and now, you don't qualify as a returning player and won't receive the Class Deck.
As our new Returning Player Experience went live along with the 17.0 update, we’ve found a few places where we think we can clarify the process and what you can expect.
To expand upon the eligible time period, we’ve defined a returning player as one who had not logged into Hearthstone for four months as of March 17th, so your last login to Hearthstone needed to be before 11/18/2019 to qualify. If you logged in on or between 11/18/2019 to 3/17/2020, you would not qualify as a returning player and receive the Class Deck.
If you’re a returning player who has not logged in since before 11/18/2019, to earn your free deck
Log into Hearthstone and be presented with a new Legendary Quest line, which is made up of three total quests. In the first quest, you will face three bosses made specifically for the quest line. In the final two quests, you will play 30 cards then deal 100 damage to an enemy hero. Upon completing the third and final quest, you will be able to select your free Class Deck once you return to the main menu. If you’re a new player and have not completed the new player ranks,
Log into Hearthstone and complete the tutorial and the Starter Quest line You will need to graduate from the New Player Ranks (Ranks 50-26) Upon completing these quests, you will be able to select your free Class Deck once you return to the main menu. If you have played Hearthstone before, but either did not complete the tutorial or the New Player Ranks, you will need to do both before receiving the free Class Deck. Note that there’s also a chance you’ll see the Returning Player quests and need to complete those as well.
As a final note, it is possible that you may not see the deck in your deck list if you did not have an open deck slot when you chose your free Class Deck. If this happens, don’t worry! You will still receive all of the cards from that deck. If you would like to delete one of your existing decks, you can then navigate to this page and use our deck list. From here, copy the deck code, and you can then add the deck to your deck list from within Hearthstone.
We hope this helps to clarify the experience for everyone! In addition, we are going to keep investigating any potential issues with the returning player decks, and we will provide updates as we learn anything new.
EDIT 1: Quick update: the team has indeed identified an issue that we know is affecting some players. We're currently investigating the steps needed to fix it. I may not have an update again until tomorrow, but I'll let everyone know what to expect as soon as I know more.
The 17.0 update is now live on PC with mobile coming later today. It includes Battlegrounds and Hall of Fame updates, the Priest rework, card pack duplication protection, and more.
The Ashes of Outland patch ushers in a host of major updates and new features to kick off the Year of the Phoenix!
Card Packs Now Have Duplicate Protection Across All Rarities
Starting today, your card packs are going to be full of the good stuff—new cards! You’ll no longer receive more than two copies of any Common, Rare, or Epic card until you have owned two copies of all cards of that rarity in a set. Crafting a card counts towards acquiring it, and any cards you acquire and later disenchant (whether golden or non-golden) count as well. This means that if you get a card that you don’t want, you can disenchant it and you will not receive it again until you have all cards of that rarity from that set. This improvement even affects card packs you already own, but it won’t affect the overall distribution of rarities in card packs.
Free Deck for New and Returning Players
If you’re new to the game—or you’ve been away for a spell—we’d like to help you get right to playing and having fun. Starting today, players new to the game who graduate from the New Player ranks will get a free competitive deck from a class of their choice, built with cards from the Year of the Dragon! This also applies to players who haven't logged into the game in the past four months*.
*Free deck only available to players who have not logged into Hearthstone in the past 4 months beginning on March 17, 2020. Limit one per account.
Cobalt Guardian has been removed from the Minion pool. NEW HERO – Illidan Stormrage added to the pool.
Wingmen [Passive] Start of Combat: Your left and right-most minions attack immediately.
Deflect-o-Bot [Mech, Tier 3] 3 Attack, 2 Health.
Divine Shield Whenever you summon a Mech during combat, gain +1 Attack and Divine Shield.
Felfin Navigator [Murloc, Tier 3] 4 Attack, 4 Health.
Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +1/+1. Card Changes
Dr. Boom, Mad Genius Old: Cost 9 mana → New: Cost 7 mana. Giggling Inventor Old: Cost 7 mana → New: Cost 6 mana. Raiding Party Old: Cost 4 mana → New: Cost 3 mana. Reckless Experimenter Old: Deathrattle minions you play cost (3) less, but die at end of turn. (Cost can't be reduced below 1.) → New: Deathrattle minions you play cost (3) less, but die at end of turn. Zephrys the Great—Now Greater Than Ever
Zephrys the Great has been updated for the changes to the Basic/Classic sets in Year of the Phoenix: Removal of the 5 Neutral and 6 Priest cards sent to the Hall of Fame. Addition of Demon Hunter Basic cards (pending Ashes of Outland launch on April 7), and the 6 new Priest Basic/Classic cards. Improved ordering of simulated attacks to best make use of Rush minions to clear Taunts, in order to maximize potential face damage. This should solve many cases where Zephrys ‘missed lethal’ that involved trading a Rush minion into a Taunt before going face with other minions. Zephrys is now more likely to offer a Freeze card when the opponent has a full board, since it locks the opponent out of being able to play any minions. Fixed a bug where Freeze effects were sometimes offered against already-Frozen enemies. Fixed a bug where SI:7 Infiltrator was offered for next turn over Flare for this turn. Fixed several bugs involving the opponent’s weapon and/or Frozen state, for calculating whether healing should be offered. Fixed a bug where minions whose base cost was higher than 10 (such as Shirvallah, the Tiger) were evaluated as being extremely valuable. Fixed a bug where Windfury was not offered for use on a minion that has already attacked once this turn. Fixed a bug where Crazed Alchemist was offered to destroy your own Doomsayer. Priest Cards Entering Hall of Fame
Players who own the Classic cards below will be granted the full Arcane Dust refund for each. Players who do not have access to the Wild format will have the two Basic cards removed from their Collection and will be granted a full dust refund for both.
Classic – Auchenai Soulpriest Classic – Holy Fire Classic – Shadowform Classic – Prophet Velen Basic – Divine Spirit Basic – Northshire Cleric Priest Balance Updates
Power Word: Shield Old: [Cost 1] Give a minion +2 Health. Draw a card. New: [Cost 0] Give a minion +2 Health. Shadow Word: Death Old: [Cost 3] Destroy a minion with 5 or more Attack. New: [Cost 2] Destroy a minion with 5 or more Attack. Holy Smite Old: [Cost 1] Deal 2 damage. New: [Cost 1] Deal 3 damage to a minion. Holy Nova Old: [Cost 5] Deal 2 damage to all enemies. Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. New: [Cost 4] Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters. Shadow Madness Old: [Cost 4] Gain control of an enemy minion with 3 or less Attack until end of turn. New: [Cost 3] Gain control of an enemy minion with 3 or less Attack until end of turn. Temple Enforcer Old: [Cost 6] 6/6 - Give a friendly minion +3 Health. New: [Cost 5] 5/6 Give a friendly minion +3 Health. Thoughtsteal Old: [Cost 3] Copy 2 cards in your opponent's deck and add them to your hand. New: [Cost 2] Copy 2 cards in your opponent's deck and add them to your hand. New Priest Cards
Players will automatically be granted the two new Basic Priest cards, and the four new Classic Priest cards can be crafted or obtained from Classic card packs.
Basic - Psychic Conjurer
[Cost 1] 1 Attack, 1 Health Battlecry: Copy a card in your opponent's deck and add it to your hand. Basic - Power Infusion
[Cost 4] Give a minion +2/+6. Classic - Kul Tiran Chaplain
[Cost 2] 2 Attack, 3 Health Battlecry: Give a friendly minion +2 Health. Classic - Scarlet Subjugator
[Cost 1] 2 Attack, 1 Health Battlecry: Give an enemy minion -2 Attack until your next turn. Classic - Shadow Word: Ruin
[Cost 4] Destroy all minions with 5 or more Attack. Classic - Natalie Seline
[Cost 8] 8 Attack, 1 Health Battlecry: Destroy a minion and gain its Health. Neutral Cards Entering Hall of Fame
You will be able to keep your copies of these card once they move to the Hall of Fame, and you’ll also be granted the full Arcane Dust value for each card (up to the maximum number that can be used in a deck). The dust will be automatically awarded once you log-in after March 26.
Acolyte of Pain Spellbreaker Mind Control Tech Mountain Giant Leeroy Jenkins Ranked Overhaul - Coming April 1
Starting with the April 2020 Ranked Season, we're replacing the existing ladder in Ranked Mode with a new league system. The new system features five leagues to conquer—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond—each made up of 10 ranks. Players start each season at Bronze 10 and climb their way to Bronze 1 before graduating to the Silver league, and on through Gold, Platinum, and Diamond before hitting Legend. Each league will also have rank floors at rank 10 and rank 5, where you cannot go down in rank for losing a match. The New Player ranks will have their own league that runs from ranks 40–1. The Legend ranks will continue to work as they currently do.
To go from one rank to the next—say, Gold 10 to Gold 9—you will need to gain three Stars. You’ll gain one Star for each match you win and lose a Star for a lost match. At the start of each season, players will be awarded a Star Bonus based on their performance the previous season. This Star Bonus acts as a multiplier on the Stars you earn from each win.
For example, if you have a Star Bonus of 5x and you win a game, you’ll get five Stars instead of one. If your winning game is a part of a win streak, you’ll get double that: 10 Stars! Upon hitting each ranked floor in your climb, your Star Bonus will be reduced by one. When playing with a Star Bonus you’ll be matched by your matchmaking rating (MMR), meaning you’ll be matched even more precisely with players of your similar skill level when climbing!
New Ranked Rewards
We’ve reworked the rewards you earn at the end of each season of Ranked play. Your reward chest can now contain card packs from the latest expansion, Rare cards, and even an Epic card, based on the rank you achieve. Five wins at any rank will also award the seasonal card back immediately, instead of at the end of the season.
There are also brand-new first-time rewards. These one-time rewards of Classic card packs, Rare cards, and Epic cards will be granted immediately upon hitting a ranked floor for the first time on your account. Hitting Legend for the first time in the new ranked system will grant a random Classic Legendary card!
Ranking Up To End Of Season Reward First-Time Rewards Legend 1 Latest Expansion Pack 1 Random Classic Legendary Card Diamond 5 1 Random Standard Epic Card 1 Classic Pack Diamond 10 1 Latest Expansion Pack 1 Random Classic Epic Card Platinum 5 2 Random Standard Rare Cards 1 Classic Pack Platinum 10 1 Latest Expansion Pack 1 Random Classic Epic Card Gold 5 2 Random Standard Rare Cards 1 Classic Pack Gold 10 1 Latest Expansion Pack 4 Random Classic Rare Cards Silver 5 2 Random Standard Rare Cards 1 Classic Pack Silver 10 1 Latest Expansion Pack 4 Random Classic Rare Cards Bronze 5 1 Standard Rare Card 1 Classic Pack Demon Hunter Prologue – Coming April 2
The Year of the Phoenix introduces Hearthstone’s first new class since launch: the Demon Hunter!
Log in and complete the Demon Hunter prologue starting April 2 to receive all 10 Demon Hunter Basic cards, a 20-card Demon Hunter Initiate set (belonging to the Year of the Dragon for rotation purposes), and a pre-built Demon Hunter deck list—so long as you have an open deck slot. Starting with Ashes of Outland, 15 new Demon Hunter cards will be released with each future expansion in the Year of the Phoenix.
After the prologue has been completed, the Demon Hunter will officially unlock on April 7!
Set Rotation, Ashes of Outland, and Demon Hunter - Coming April 7
With the Year of the Dragon’s end at hand, the time has come for Rastakhan’s Rumble, The Boomsday Project, and The Witchwood to enter Wild and rotate out of Standard. The first new expansion of the Year of the Phoenix, Ashes of Outland, launches worldwide on April 7, bringing with it the Demon Hunter and the menacing Rusted Legion!
Launch Quest Chain
To celebrate the launch of the Demon Hunter we’ll be introducing a new quest chain on April 7, where you can earn free card packs from Year of the Dragon expansions and Ashes of Outland! The quests will be initially available on the following dates.
April 7, 10:00 a.m. PT: Play 25 Cards in Play Mode to earn an Ashes of Outland and Descent of Dragons card pack. April 8, 10:00 a.m. PT: Play 3 Games in Play Mode as Demon Hunter to earn an Ashes of Outland and Saviors of Uldum card pack. April 9, 10:00 a.m. PT: Play 20 Spells in any mode to earn an Ashes of Outland and Rise of Shadows card pack. Arena Rotation
Starting April 7, the Arena will include cards from the following sets:
Basic Classic Rise of Shadows Saviors of Uldum Descent of Dragons Galakrond's Awakening Ashes of Outland Demon Hunter Initiate
Kripp, Lead Game Designer Dean Ayala, and Community Manager Chris Sierra today revealed the final cards of Hearthstone's latest expansion, Ashes of Outland.
Ashes of Outland won't be released before April 7 and you can find out more about what's coming to Hearthstone in the coming days here.
All Ashes of Outland Cards
Below we list all 135 new cards sorted by class.
Paladin Priest Rogue Shaman Warlock Warrior Neutral An overview of all Ashes of Outland cards.
The whole Ashes of Outland set has been revealed but we are not quite done until the April 7 release. See what's happening in the next few days.
As Celestalon revealed on Twitter, there's more to come in the upcoming dates.
Priest Rework Six Priest cards are going to the Hall of Fame: Northshire Cleric, Divine Spirit, Auchenai Soulpriest, Holy Fire, Shadowform, Prophet Velen. They will be replaced by six new Priest cards. You can check them out here. Seven Priest cards are getting balance updates: Power Word: Shield, Shadow Word: Death, Holy Smite, Holy Nova, Temple Enforcer, Thoughtsteal, Shadow Madness Hall of Fame Apart from the aforementioned Priest cards, the following Neutral cards are getting HoFed: Acolyte of Pain, Spellbreaker, Mind Control Tech, Mountain Giant, Leeroy Jenkins Illidan in Battlegrounds New/Returning Player Free Decks Check out the decks you can choose from here. Returning Player Missions Duplicate Protection for all card rarities You will no longer receive more than two copies of any Common, Rare, or Epic until you have owned two copies of all cards of that rarity in a set. This applies to any unopened packs before March 26. Illidan Stormrage, the not-so-great Legendary card, will be replaced by Xavius (same effect, different name and artwork) April 1
Ranked Revamp Ranked Mode will receive an overhaul with a new league system, star bonuses and new rewards at the end of each month. Find out more in this article.
Demon Hunter Prologue The Demon Hunter will enter the fray on April 2 with a new prologue campaign consisting of four story-focused single-player missions, which retell Illidan Stormrage’s origin story from his perspective in the Hearthstone universe. Players will earn the Demon Hunter upon completing the prologue and will receive, for free, all 10 Demon Hunter Basic cards, a 20-card Demon Hunter Initiate set (belonging to the Year of the Dragon for rotation purposes), and a pre-built Demon Hunter deck list. You can learn more about the Demon Hunter here. April 7
Ashes of Outland released Demon Hunter unlocked Yearly rotation The Year of the Phoenix begins. Say goodbye to The Witchwood, Boomsday Project and Rastakhan's Rumble sets in Standard.
The last of the community reveals for Ashes of Outland is a handy Demon Hunter 1-drop.
The reveal was made by Hearthstone Thailand on Youtube. The video is in Thai.
Don't forget to tune in at Hearthstone's official Twitch channel later today to see the rest of the cards from the upcoming set revealed.