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The brand new Year of the Raven has just been announced by Blizzard for Hearthstone, marking the fifth year since the game was first released. In this Hearthstone Year of the Raven guide, we’ll be taking you through all the potential expansion release dates, as well as outlining brand new features, like the new Tournaments, or the new Hall of Fame cards.
In case you need anything concerning more current Hearthstone matters that are ongoing right now, such as the featured Wildfest event that included several more Tavern Brawls for players to undertake, head over to our Hearthstone Wildfest guides hub.
After the Year of the Kraken in 2016 and the Year of the Mammoth featuring last year in 2017 for Hearthstone, the brand new Year of the Raven is ongoing for the game right now, formally announced by Blizzard on February 27.
Just as there were for the previous two years of Hearthstone content, there will be a total of three expansions arriving for the game over the course of the Year of the Raven in 2018. Although Blizzard hasn’t yet announced any prospective release dates for any of the three expansions, it should be noted that the previous three expansions in both the Year of the Kraken and the Year of the Mammoth all launched in April, August, and December respectively.
But what else can we expect throughout the Year of the Raven for Hearthstone, besides the three aforementioned expansions. For a start, with the next coming card set rotation, the following card sets will become exclusive to the Wild game format: Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan, and the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. Blizzard has noted that these card back can still be purchased through the Blizzard Shop.
On top of this, players who successfully win ten games in the brand new Standard Format will bag themselves the new Druid Hero Lunara, the first daughter of Cenarius. Then there’s the Hearthstone Championship Tour 2018 to consider. You can read the full rules for the returning tournament over on the Blizzard blog, but the Challenger Cups and Tavern Hero Qualifiers will be open to everyone, and are also completely free to enter.
Finally, there’ll be a total of three new cards added to the Hearthstone Hall of Fame for the Year of the Raven. These cards are: Ice Block, Coldlight Oracle, and Molten Giant, but it should be noted that the Molten Giant card will be returned to its pre-nerf state, meaning its health is down from 25 to 20.
Through the Year of the Raven announcement, Blizzard has also revealed the addition of Tournaments for Hearthstone. While concrete details on the forthcoming mode are somewhat scant right now, we do know that Blizzard will deal with matchmaking, while you can create a Tournament with custom rules through which to play your friends.
We also know that there’ll be a beta for the Tournament feature kicking off at some point later this year, but Blizzard hasn’t revealed an exact date for the beta at the time of writing.
That’s all the details you need to know about the forthcoming Hearthstone Year of the Raven during 2018, but make sure to keep an eye on this guide, as we’ll be updating it with all the additional information that Blizzard releases about the event, including the potential Tournament beta start date.
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