Hearthstone Marks 2017 as the 'Year of the Mammoth'

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Deceptively simple in design but epically engaging, Hearthstone will be instantly accessible to players regardless of their familiarity with Warcraft or collectible card games. The reason why these cards are getting moved is basically because they are too useful.

This change will cause some players to want to disenchant these Classic cards, but Blizzard said it realized that "incentivizing players to dust their cool Wild cards was counter to [its] goal of making Wild awesome". Read on to get the full scoop on what's happening this year.

2017 marks the start of new Hearthstone Year: The Year of the Mammoth, with Blizzard deciding to change the way it handles card expansion packs.

So when does the fun start, and the first Expansion launch to kick off Year of the Mammoth?? Once the Year of the Mammoth officially begins with the first major expansion of 2017, Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers cards will become exclusive to Wild.

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Perhaps the biggest changes, though, are not found in the release schedule, but rather in the changes to the Standard game format. There will also be a Heroic Tavern Brawl held for wild cards in the future, which will allow players to theorycraft the strongest decks possible using every Hearthstone card in existence.

There are a total of six Classic cards that will no longer be allowed in Standard decks. Standard also gives our developers more freedom when designing new cards for the future. The second expansion of 2017 is when this new adventure plus card set thing is going to happen, and I'm super excited for it as it seems like the best of both worlds for people who love cracking packs and for people who loved the single player content that adventures provided. Blizzard's rationale is that it's just too versatile and is an auto-include in any deck that runs a five mana card. Most cards should feel like situational additions to a deck, depending on the deck archetype the player is trying to build.

To address the problem, Blizzard will be pushing some Classic cards out of Standard and into the Wild format, adding them into a new Hall of Fame set. These cards will be added to the new Hall of Fame set, which will also include cards that are now in the Reward set.

The first six cards to be added to the Hall of Fame will be the neutral cards Azure Drake, Sylvanas Windrunner, Ragnaros the Firelord, and the class cards Power Overwhelming, Ice Lance, and hide. These will be released at the beginning, middle, and end of the year. Dubbed "The Year of the Mammoth", the new content will include new ways to play and overall improvements to the game, and obviously new expansion cards. These three expansions sum up the largest card release to date but it also comes with a price. Additional details about the new release model will come later. This move allows Freeze Mage to continue existing in Wild, while creating more variety in Standard.

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Blizzard has also revealed that in the build up to the Year of the Mammoth players will be able to claim daily login reward of dust, gold and expansion packs.

Blizzard also announced Maiev Shadowsong as a new Rogue hero, who will be an alternate to players using Valeera Sanguinar. The Night Elf will be easy enough to acquire; simply win 10 Standard games of Hearthstone once the next expansion is out in either Casual or Ranked, and she's all yours.

A lot of exciting changes are coming to Hearthstone in 2017.

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