Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows begins new Standard year now

The Year of the Raven is over. Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows is live and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon.

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Hearthstone is changing in a big way today. The new Rise of Shadows expansion is officially live, introducing 135 new cards to Blizzard's digital collectible card game. It also means that the Year of the Raven is at an end. A new Standard year has begun with Rise of Shadows ushering in the Year of the Dragon.

With Hearthstone Update 14.0 going live late last week, activating Rise of Shadows was simply a matter of Blizzard flipping a switch. And the publisher did indeed do so at 10AM PT Tuesday morning, marking the first time that a Hearthstone expansion has launched worldwide simultaneously. Those looking for a headstart will be happy to know that there are some freebies awaiting those who log in today. Beyond the free Archmage Vargoth, Hearthstone players can find a handful of quests to help them earn free stuff.

The intrepid crew at Hearthpwn did some datamining and found five quests that will reward players with two Rise of Shadows packs each. That's ten free packs for playing. According to the datamined info, the quests will consist of the following, though this information is subject to change:

  • Play 25 Cards in Play mode
  • Play 3 game in Play mode
  • Draw 20 cards in any mode
  • Win 1 game in Play mode
  • Play 100 Cards

Those looking to get even more of a headstart have one week to purchase a special Shadow Bundle. This will include nine Rise of Shadows card packs, along with a free Arena ticket. Considering $9.99 usually nets you only seven card packs, this is a pretty good bargain. However, it should be noted again, this bundle will only be available for one week.

Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows is now available, so take some time to look at our card analyses:

Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows card analyses (Part 1)
Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows live stream cards and analysis
Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows card analyses (Part 2)
Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows card analyses (Part 3)
Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows card analyses (Part 4)
Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows card analyses (Part 5)
Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows card analyses (Part 6)
Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows card analyses (Part 7)
Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows card analyses (The Rest)

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    April 9, 2019 10:00 AM

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      April 9, 2019 10:16 AM

      I got 5,100 dust back. Nice. Didn't bother crafting golden copies of any of the hall of fame cards either.

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        April 9, 2019 1:16 PM

        I crafted golden copies of everything (I already had a decent amount). 19k dust and I’ll dust my non golden copies

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          April 9, 2019 2:14 PM

          That’s the optimized approach if you care for golden cards... and wild. IDK. I qualified for and played in the wild open and can only really recommend the format if you’re a die hard cubelock player. The wild version of cubelock is baller. But wild really suffers from the smaller player base and rare balance changes. The actual diversity of decks you face is actually smaller than in standard because voidcaller into voidlord is broken and kingsbane is super broken.