Blizzard has released the first Hearthstone update of 2018, bringing a number of card changes. Moreover, Blizzard announced that it will be holding several Wild events from February 19 to March 11. Starting on February 19 and lasting through March 11, the Arena draft will offer cards that are exclusive to Wild, instead of only Standard cards.
If you have an existing arena run, we recommend finishing it up before Wildfest begins, as those Arena runs will be retired automatically on February 19. The first arena run for this event is free.
Venture Into the Wild is a pre-constructed Wild Tavern Brawl; just pick a class, and Blizzard will give players a pre-made Wild deck. According to the team, this is a great way to experience the fun of Wild, even if you don’t own a full Wild collection.
The Wild Brawliseum will be aimed at competitive Hearthstone players who want to put their skills and collection to the test. The Wild Brawliseum uses player-built decks that are locked in for the duration of the run, and has an entry fee that uses Gold or real money. Players battle each other until they hit 12 wins or 3 losses, just like in the Arena.
Regarding the card changes, the Corridor Creeper now has 2 attack (down from 5), Patches the Pirate no longer has Charge, Raza the Chained now reduces your Hero Power cost to 1 instead of 0 and Bonemare now costs 8 mana (up from 7).
Last but not least, an update will be coming to ranked play on March 1st that will bring the following changes:
- Your reset will not be based on the stars you earned over the season. Instead, you’ll reset to four ranks lower than your highest rank that season.
- Players at Legend reset to rank 4, 0 stars.
- All ranks will have 5 stars.
- Starting in March, you will no longer earn the monthly card back by reaching Rank 20. Instead, you can earn each season’s card back by winning 5 games in Ranked Standard or Wild at any rank.