Blizzard Entertainment is keeping to their schedule of rolling out new content for Hearthstone in a timely enough manner. They recently just announced exactly when gamers will be able to get their hands on the newest expansion for the game, called Hearthstone: Journey to Un'Goro.
They explain that one of the big new additions to the game is the Quest Card. This card will task players with a specific objective that they'll need to complete in order to reap some sweet benefits. The trick, however, is that the quest must be completed during that match otherwise the player will not be able to earn the bonus offered from the Quest Card. It's a little like picking up a side-quest or an extra mission while you attempt to complete the main quest.
One of the Quest Cards that they demonstrated during the live-stream was called Open the Waygate, which included playing six spell cards you draw from the pile, and if you can do so without using spell cards from your own deck, you'll be rewarded with a five-mana Time Warp card that will allow you to sneak in an extra turn against an opponent.
Obviously, there's going to be some risks and rewards with the whole Quest Cards tasking you with a certain objective, but also at the risk of throwing a wrench in your own deck plans. Of course, this is all part of how you play Hearthstone and what makes the game so exciting for so many players.
This is no surprise given that Blizzard had already announced back in February that they would be adding more than 130 new cards to Hearthstone and that they would be retiring a lot of the older cards. In fact, several expansion pack cards are being retired to make way for the new deck sets available in the Journey to Un'Goro.
So what's happening to the older decks? Well, Blizzard is moving them into the wild set, so that they can still be played with but you won't be able to use the older decks in the ranked game matches or in league play.
This will require all players, both new and old, to adapt to the 135 new cards arriving with Hearthstone's latest expansion starting April 6th. This also helps newbies and other mid-tier players better adjust without being completely overwhelmed. Everyone will be on equal footing come April 6th, and Blizzard plans on keeping this kind of pace for the game throughout all of 2017.
Starting in the second quarter another second set of brand new cards will be made available, and near the end of 2017, there will be a third set of cards available. Presumably, certain older sets will be retired with each new set of cards, and the packs will total 130 cards each, or in the case of Journey to Un'Goro, 135 cards.
According to Gamespot, gamers can pre-order a 50 card set for $50, which comes with a bonus Fossil set. Leading up to the release of the newest Hearthstone expansion pack, there will be free giveaways each day just for logging in, which will last up until April 5th.