The announcement of the Year of the Mammoth, and more specifically the announcement that six particular Classic cards will be taken out of Standard play, came along with an interesting bonus. But first, some history.
In the past when a card is altered, Blizzard has offered players the ability to disenchant that card for its full dust value. On the expectation that a player might have crafted that card because of its pre-change utility, it’s an olive branch for Blizzard to say “here, you can have that dust back if you don’t want this card now that we’ve changed it, feel free to craft something else.”
In their Year of the Mammoth roadmap, this practice was called out specifically:
We wanted to allow players to disenchant Classic cards that are being added to the Hall of Fame set for full dust refunds, but then felt that incentivizing players to dust their cool Wild cards was counter to our goal of making Wild awesome.
So instead, we’re just going to give you the dust, and you can keep the cards!
Up to the maximum number of cards you could put in a deck, we will give you the full dust value of any cards you have that are being added to the Hall of Fame set. (Yes, that means if you have at least one Golden Ragnaros, you’ll get 3200 dust!) The dust will be automatically awarded upon log-in once the Year of the Mammoth begins.
What this doesn’t specifically say is something that’s rather important: Blizzard is NOT enabling full dust refunds for these cards. Blizzard is just giving that full dust value to you AND letting you keep the card. If you decide to dust that card anyway, you’re going to get the normal 1/4 of the dust it would normally take to craft it.
@ToxDrawace no, you can craft/disenchant them as normal
— Ben Brode (@bdbrode) February 16, 2017
Put another way, you’re not going to be able to double-dip on the dust value of these cards.
If we get any more information about how this unprecedented shift with Hall of Fame cards will take place, we’ll keep you posted here.