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Yesterday, Ben Brode and Mike Donais participated in the second-ever developer live Q&A. The VOD is available on the official Hearthstone Youtube channel here, but it is over an hour long and oddly quiet. Here is a summary for those who missed the live stream, don’t want to watch the full VOD, and/or couldn’t hear a thing: Generally speaking, the Q&A covered the following topics: Hall of Fame, Future Expansions (and “Missions”), Standard versus Wild, the ladder format, and miscellaneous other topics. Arena was covered in a separate blog post the day after the Q&A, and will be summarized separately. HALL OF FAME The cards that were selected into the Hall of Fame were used very frequently and limited potential design space. More cards were considered (namely, Gadgetzan Auctioneer) and the Hall of Fame will be revisited as needed. Problem cards from the evergreen sets are more likely to be sent ...

This upcoming 7.1 update (likely to hit Feb. 28th) will not only have changes to constructed with ranked floors and incoming nerfs but also some serious arena changes as well. Arena will now only have standard cards available, common cards will be less frequent, spells will be more abundant, and neutral classic cards will show up less. Also of note is AOE monsters will Flamestrike and Abyssal Enforcer will also show up considerably less. Also, for those who love playing with golden cards, if you own the golden card in your collection, it will now show up as golden in your arena decks. I personally can’t wait to see Kripp finally craft that all golden set of everything and take that to arena in the hopefully near future. Check out all the announced arena changes here:...

Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Tannon get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! This week on Well Met!: Okay, here’s the deal. We spent the entire podcast discussing the new changes with the Year of the Mammoth. Here’s the blog post. However, that means we forgot to spend some time on some important details like ranked floors. Our bad. We’ll get to it next week, we promise. Congrats to Dr. Jikinink for winning the NA Winter Playoffs this weekend. Much of what we’re able to do on the show is made possible by the generous ...

As originally announced on the official Hearthstone page (link), Hearthstone will be hosting its second live stream developer Q&A tomorrow, February 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PST. This Q&A intends to cover the Year of the Mammoth, the accompanying standard rotation, “expansions and missions” (“missions” apparently being the name for the mini-adventures that will now come out with the expansions instead of as stand-alone content), and the Wild format. As was the case last time, you can submit your questions to the team via twitter and/or the official forums. You only have one day left, so get those questions in soon! Don’t forget to check back in here after the stream for the official Blizzpro hot take. The entire original post was as follows:...

 

PSA On Year of the Mammoth Dust Refunds

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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: 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 ...

 

The Year of the Mammoth Coming Soon!

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The Official Hearthstone website just published a massive blog post highlighting the upcoming Year of the Mammoth Roadmap. Set Rotation When the next expansion releases, Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers will rotate out of Standard. Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan, and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan along with the three 2017 set releases and Classic set will complete The Year of the Mammoth’s card pool for Standard. Introducing the Hall of Fame Ben Brode alluded to some Classic and Basic cards potentially being removed from Standard if the set no longer felt fresh and exciting in these posts . The community spent the following days and weeks dissecting which cards (if any) might receive this treatment. The Hall of Fame consists of Classic cards that showed up and many decks and/or reduced the chance of new cards having an impact.  These cards include ...

Blizzard announced via the Hearthstone Forums today that two cards that have been hotly debated since the dawn of the latest expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzen, will be receiving changes. The first of the cards will be Small-Time Buccaneer will be getting its health changed from 2 to 1 which should allow for an easier time for players to deal with this minion. Secondly, Spirit Claws will now cost 2 instead of only 1. Shaman is clearly a strong deck and this should help with slowing down it’s ramp up. The other announcement included in this post has to do with Ranked Play changes, and ranking floors. As of now, the currently floor (the point at which you can no longer lose rank) is at 20. When 7.1 hits, this will add additional floors to ranks 15, 10, and 5. The explanation for this was outlined in Zeriyah’s post below:...

 

Well Met! Podcast Ep. 97: Twitterific

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Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Tannon get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! This week on Well Met!: There’s a new HCT cardback. The top 100 arena players in January were revealed. The Hearthstone Global Games have been announced. Twitter drama leads to asking the important question: How do you foster rivalries in Hearthstone while maintaining competitive integrity? Much of what we’re able to do on the show is made possible by the generous support of our Patrons over on Patreon. You can check out our live streams and other BlizzPro shows on Twitch, hit up ...

 

January 2017 Arena Rankings

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This morning, Blizzard published a list of the top 100 arena players in each server during the course of the month of January, 2017. The players were ranked by average number of wins over a minimum of 30 arena runs. Unsurprisingly, longtime arena-aficionado and streamer “Kripparrian” topped the NA rankings with an average of 7.78 wins over his 37 runs. Other notable professional arena-streamers Hafu and Merps also made the list (at ranks 30 and 90, respectively). Self-proclaimed Chinese arena fangroup, “Meow,” also made a big mark on the NA rankings, taking 13 of the top 100 spots. The player with the highest average number of wins (an astounding 9.32!) was the aptly-named EU champion, “twlevewins.” Twelvewins also took rank 48 on the NA server with 6.76 wins per run, indicating that either EU arena is a lot easier and/or he started a new account on EU and benefited from the ...

Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Tannon get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! This week on Well Met!: RayC (Twitter, Twitch) stops by to discuss his experience at PAX South and more. A potential new Hearthstone expansion has been “leaked.” Ben Brode discusses, balance, the meta, and Shaman. You can now use WoW Gold to add to your battle.net balance. The Winter Playoffs begin this weekend. Trinity Series Lastly, we discuss some off-meta decks that can be run if you’re sick of Pirates and Kazakus. Much of what we’re able to do on the show ...