The stars align for the fourth time and it is time for the Year of the Dragon, Hearthstone’s next competitive season, to begin.
Very soon, the Year of the Raven will be no more and a new age for Hearthstone esports will begin – the Year of the Dragon. This will put an end to expansions Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds & Catacombs. This means the departure of Standard staples such as the Death Knights, Quests and, in a somewhat unexpected twist, the Odd and Even legendary minions.
Three brand new expansions
As usual, 2019 will bring three new full sets to Hearthstone accompanied by their respective single player adventure companions. These will bump out the oldest three and change the metagame drastically.
We will explore these and speculate on their content in a dedicated article.
Changes to single player
Unlike previous years thematically, this will be the first to introduce an overarching storyline, spanning the entire season. While we don’t have much information yet, it is certain that the three adventures will be connected in an epic journey and possibly following the travel of the same character.
Gameplay-wise, the solo adventures will be built on the fan-favorite dungeon run format. However, this time Blizzard promise even more solo content, including the free-to-play runs that we’ve come to expect, plus bonus content purchasable with in-game gold and real cash.
Random card back option
This might be a small detail, but long-time players of the game have amassed dozens upon dozens of card backs by now, and the game will finally give them the option to select a Random option that displays a new one every single game.
Large movements from Standard to Hall of Fame
Important cards such as Genn Greymane and Baku the Mooneater, as well as Gloom Stag, Black Cat, Glitter Moth, and Murkspark Eel. We analyzed these changes in our dedicated article here.
After the departure of Ben Brode from Blizzard, the Hearthstone team has been experiencing shifts. The latest addition was announced in a video announcing the new year:
New Executive producer Chris Sigaty will be taking care of things within the card-making team with the perspective of a long-time player, single-player Hearthstone fan, and a man with a thing for rings and bracelets.
We will continue keeping you posted on all things Hearthstone as the Year of the Dragon draws nearer.
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