Blizzard will introduce a series of changes to its digital card game, Hearthstone, launching a new expansion called The Year of the Mammoth. This year, Blizzard will not follow its pattern of alternatively releasing small Adventures and significant Expansions. Players are bound to experience three of the full-size sets included in the Warcraft-themed game.
However, Blizzard decided to eliminate about six cards from the Standard format. They even excluded the favorite cards of most players, like Sylvanas and Ragnaros the Firelord. A year back, Blizzard overcome the possibility that their new additional content might fail to become more successful than existing cards which dominated the meta.
Thus, the studio decided to split the main play of Hearthstone into two different modes. The first one was the Standard mode which featured the original cards plus of the expansions that occurred last year and the second mode was the Wild one which included every card ever existing. In April 2016, Blizzard introduced the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion, adding 130 new cards to each format while retreating 163 cards from the Standard mode.
Thus, the first Expansion which was scheduled to be released this year will retire cards from previous expansions, like the League of Explorers, The Grand Tournament and the Blackrock Mountain which were launched in 2015. Apparently, Blizzard was not satisfied with some cards which were part of the classic set which was believed never to face retirement.
Six of the cards will reach the “Hall of Fame,” being banned from the Standard mode because they were all dominant in the deck choice or mana slot. Seasoned gamers will regret the loss of auto-includes. Nevertheless, new players will be thrilled to know that they will never be forced to face the legendary cards from the Hall of Fame expansion to which they never got access to.
If a player had any of those six cards, then Blizzard would have awarded him or her with its full dust cost without needing to disenchant it. On the other hand, if we were to assume that all three expansions which are planned to be released this year will be as massive as their 130-card predecessors, then twice as many cards will be added to the game in The Year of the Mammoth expansion.
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