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Hearthstone Ranked Play Changes Outlined for March

Hearthstone is going to undergo a few changes in Ranked Play prior to the next Standard year.


Now that the Hearthstone World Championships is in the books, Blizzard is now ready to look ahead for what's next for its collectible card game. That means looking towards the upcoming Standard rotation, which is set to kick off in March with the game's next expansion. On Thursday, Game Director Ben Brode took the next step in revealing what's next by outlining some changes set to hit Ranked Play prior to that set rotation.

The first of the big changes involves the monthly reset on the Ranked Ladder. Starting in March, all players will now fall back exactly four ranks at the start of each month. Combined with the original floors update from last February, this update should make climbing the Ladder a little bit easier. Each rank will also be a consistent five stars, with the idea to make all players feel like they've progressed equally over the course of their Ladder climb. It will also help make matchmaking a little easier, with players of equal rank and skill getting matched with each other more consistently.

With all Ranks containing five stars, getting sent back to anything below Rank 20 would seemingly make getting the monthly card back a little more daunting. That's why the next big change will see monthly card backs rewarded for only five Ranked wins in the course of a month, instead of having to hit Rank 20.

Look for these changes to hit in the month of March, though Brode does point out that a player's starting point in March will be impacted by how they play in February, so bring your A-game next month. For more, check out Ben Brode's full address in the video below.

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    January 25, 2018 12:35 PM

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      January 25, 2018 12:46 PM

      So ideally I would want to get to Rank 1 - 0 stars at least. Seems good for players like me, but sucks for players who can't break rank 10. Going to be even harder now with 5 stars per rank.

      Now they just need to increase rewards.

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        January 25, 2018 1:14 PM

        If you gain more than 4 stars every month you’ll eventually hit legend, with the caviat that rank 5 and above are much harder because of no win streak bonus stars. This seems fine to me and will massively increase the number of players who get on the legend ladder every month.

        And there is no point in beating around the bush. They need to make the game cheaper, ideally by making packs worth more. So for example they could increase the drop rate of golden cards. Your fifty pack preorder should be worth way more than it is right now.

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          January 25, 2018 1:18 PM

          I hope they introduce a better dust/reward/pack system with the April rotation. If not, I am going to start to try to move away from this game. It's just way too expensive.

          After the first month, the expansion gets stale and it isn't really worth the price to get all of the good T1 decks.

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            January 25, 2018 2:00 PM

            I’ve having a lot of fun playing cubelock and feel motivated to get a respectable ladder finish with it. And the meta is guaranteed to change frequently since they’re dumping 400 cards into the game every year, although they need to be faster with balance changes. Jade Druid took over a month to get nerfed, but to be fair they found a way to nerf it without completely destroying the deck.

            These games are always going to be distorted by the small percentage of whale users who are either extremely rich or have an addiction issue. I remember one time I was watching Kimbler’s stream and he crafted an all golden quest shaman deck. I couldn’t believe he would spend that much on such an awful deck.

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      January 28, 2018 9:19 PM

      i love hearthstone

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