Wed February 28 2018

Blizzard aims to make Hearthstone more social with Year of the Raven

Blizzard’s Hearthstone is a major component in many esports circles, but the developer is bringing in a change that aims to make the online card game a bit more social.

As part of its Year of the Raven update, it will allow players to create their own in-game tournaments to compete against friends.

“We’re planning to launch in-game tournaments as a beta around the middle of this year, but that will just be the beginning. There will be a lot of potential to explore as we expand on this very early version of in-game tournaments, and your feedback will help us shape them over the course of the coming year and beyond,” Blizzard explained.

It added: “You’ll be able to create a custom tournament and invite your friends—all from within the Hearthstone game client. The feature will begin with handling matchmaking and checking decks, but we’ll continue to add new features and functionality over time.”

Blizzard also detailed new updated to the Standard card format by adding expansion pack. After the update goes live you will be able to build Standard decks using the following sets:

• Basic

• Classic

• Journey to Un’Goro

• Knights of the Frozen Throne

• Kobolds & Catacombs

• The First 2018 Expansion

“Our overall intention with Standard is to keep the game feeling fresh for all of our players, and to allow newer players to jump into Hearthstone quickly, without the need to collect lots of cards to build a competitive deck,” Blizzard explained.

The Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan will be exclusive to Wild.

With that said, Blizzard hinted that three expansions will be released this year, and that the “requirements for almost every quest will be reduced to make them faster to complete.” It explained that 40 gold quests will now be worth 50 gold.

“Quests that awarded more than 50 gold will still have the same rewards, but with reduced requirements. Quests that only required a single game to be played, such as Play a Friend, will remain the same,” Blizzard said.