Just like last year, Blizzard has announced its plans for Hearthstone this year in a new “Year”. For Hearthstone, each year is represented by expansions and changes. To keep things fresh, Blizzard retires older sets to Wild so that Standard mode can see more new cards and sets played. The older sets move to Wild where anything goes. In addition to that, some cards are moved into the Hall of Fame from the basic and classic sets to allow for the unique class identities to come into their own.
2019 will be the Year of the Dragon for Hearthstone and this year there will be loads of new content with improvements to solo adventures, quality of life enhancements, and a lot more. When it comes to the Hall of Fame inductees, Divine Favor, Doomguard, Naturalize, Baku the Mooneater, Genn Greymane, Black Cat, Gloom Stag, Glitter Moth, and Murkspark Eel will be joining the Hall of Fame.
For Solo Adventures, the Year of the Dragon will see more customisation as the team uses the Dungeon Run style as a framework. Solo adventures akin to the original ones (Naxx anyone?) will allow you to purchase new chapters with gold or as a bundle for real money. This year the story will span the three expansions and not be standalone per expansion. Another change when the Year of the Dragon begins will be the addition of Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds & Catacombs cards to Wild.
Blizzard will finally implement a card back randomizer for people with multiple card backs so you don’t need to change after each game if you want something fresh each game. More details will be revealed in the future. The final portion of Blizzard’s announcement includes a login bonus for all players with one pack from each expansion from Year of the Mammoth for free. Watch the developer chat video for Year of the Dragon below:
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available on iOS, Android, and PC platforms for free.