Digital card games have become incredibly popular over the last few years, with Blizzard’s Hearthstone one of the biggest and the best in the genre. However, as the game evolves and grows with new card packs, it becomes an increasingly difficult task to keep having new and interesting cards, while balancing them with the old.
Instead of cutting older content and removing it from sale – this would be a hold over from physical card sales, where the presses are turned to producing the newer content – Blizzard are creating two new categories for you to play in instead.
Standard is the new default going for Friendly Challenges, Ranked and Casual play, and will be what features in tournament. It restricts your decks to cards released in the current and previous calendar year, on top of Basic and Classic cards. This currently includes everything from Blackrock Mountain onwards, but will change from year to year.
However, if you want to continue playing with all your toys, there’s the Wild format, where every card ever created can be used. Wild decks can also be used to play Arena, Solo play, or Adventures, and with that in mind, Blizzard are doubling the number of deck slots to 18 for anyone that’s unlocked all nine adventurers.
Doubtless there’s plenty of questions that fans will have, with the above video outlining the overall plan, but more details can be found on the Blizzard site in their FAQ.
Source: press release