In the final ValueTown episode, ChanmanV and Trump had the privilege of interviewing Senior Designer, Mike Donais, where he shared a few tidbits of information regarding the upcoming expansion and game development. Donais confirmed that rather than another adventure mode to introduce new cards, the next boost to the Hearthstone card set will be a more “traditional” booster pack format as used in tabletop card games like Magic: The Gathering. While there is no exact release date set, Donais states that the developers are actively working on the new set and he’s excited about it.
After Ben Brode’s interview in early August, it was speculated that the next expansion would bring 100 new cards, however, Donais says the next expansion is, “…not exactly 100 but it’s a lot of cards though. It’s more than an adventure.” Players will be collecting these new cards by buying booster packs just like they currently do for Hearthstone cards but will presumably have the option to purchase basic or booster packs through the store. A question that wasn’t asked, and one near and dear to my heart, is whether or not the arena rewards would offer another route to obtain the new cards.
Amongst the remaining highlights is the confirmation that the upcoming BlizzCon Prequalifiers will be streamed and the exact details on when and where to watch will be revealed Soon™. Donais also reiterated what has been stated multiple times recently: Observer Mode is actively being worked on but no ETA is available as of yet. Interestingly though was the mention that they are expecting, and looking forward to, updating the feature as feedback is received from the community and tournament organizers.
You can watch the interview in its entirety below.