According to the latest Hearthstone “In the Works” update, it appears that Blizzard is making a push to bring in more new players to the popular online collectible trading card game.
For the first time since the game’s beta ended in early 2014, Blizzard will add four, all-new cards to the Classic set to focus on enhancing the new player experience.
The four new Class cards being added are replacing other Class cards that have been rotated out of the Classic set. The overarching goal of the new cards – being added in early November – is to appeal to new players and make their initial experiences with Hearthstone easy to understand and fun from the start.
“When designing these cards we are thinking about new players’ first experiences playing Hearthstone,” the news post states. They should be relatively straightforward while still creating some exciting moments. At the same time it’s important that they aren’t so powerful that they limit future design or cause problems (since they’ll be in Standard for longer than 2 years.)”
In addition to the cards, a new ranking system will be introduced to ease new players into the action to familiarize themselves with the world and dynamics of Hearthstone. New players will begin at Rank 50, moving up with other new players through Rank 26. Once players reach Rank 25, they will never drop back down into the new player ranks.
It is nice to see that the Hearthstone team wants to keep the game fresh and continue to bring in more players, especially considering the game’s ongoing success. Since its release, Hearthstone player counts have maintained an impressive upwards trend, reaching over 70 million players in 2017. The game also continues to maintain a solid grasp as one the top-watched games on Twitch.
It is also the perfect time for new players to give Hearthstone a try – or for veteran players to jump back into the fray – as The Headless Horseman will soon be making his way back to Azeroth taverns. The fan-favorite yearly event, Hallow’s End, will begin on October 17th, offering players new battles and spooky rewards.