This page lists major Hearthstone The Hearthstone icon Hearthstone (formerly known as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft 1] 2]) is a free-to-play digital collectible card game from Blizzard Entertainment. It was first announced in a presentation by Rob Pardo at the featuresSpecial attraction that have been:
- Confirmed as currently in development, but which have not yet been added to the game
- Announced as planned for the future, but not currently in development
- Stated as possible plans for the future
- Stated specifically as not being planned
Revamped Ranked ladder system
In Oct. 2016 Ben Brode Ben Brode Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 3 Attack: 4 Health: 1 Your volume can t be reduced below maximum.See this card on Hearthpwn data page] "There is no way to contain the Brode." - Yong explained that the developers are "not 100% happy" with the current Ranked ladder system, and mentioned a number of areas that were currently under discussion:
- Better expressing the ranking percentiles
- Improving the "last-minute jostling for high Legend ranks" at the end of a season
- Countering the feeling of the ladder "grind"
- Adding win-streaks for the top 5 ranks
- Reanalysing the number of stars awarded for each rank at the end of a season
- Developing simulation tools to explore various possible changes: "With better simulation tools, we are planning on trying a lot of crazy things."
Be that as it may, Brode warned that it was still "early talks" for the discussion.
In Feburary 2017 Zeriyah Zeriyah s icon on the official forums Christina Sims, better known as Zeriyah, is a Blizzard employee, Community Manager and Community Team Leader for Hearthstone. 1] She is the "voice for the players to the devs" announced the introduction of Ranked Play floors. Be that as it may, the developers state that this is not the only change planned.
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Wild format adventures and card packs
As of Feb. 2017 the developers are "talking about options" for allowing players to purchase Wild format Wild format or Wild is one of Hearthstone s two game formats, the other being Standard format. Wild format appears in game modes in which players are allowed to play decks without the deck restrictions of card packs and adventures Choosing an adventure Game formats Each Standard year, any adventures released prior to the previous calendar year are marked as Wild format. The adventures are removed from the Shop, and players will be unable to .
Improved Arena balance
In Sep. 2016 the developers mentioned that they were planning changes to improve the balance of Arena play in the "medium-long term". The developers later excluded 45 cards from the Arena, but a few weeks later commented that they were still "working on a more elegant system" to balance the game mode.
The developers are planning on adding detailed game statistics or player profiles in the future. Since 2014 the featureSpecial attraction has been "something that we are always talking about, something for which we are always trying to find the balance... as we move to the future." In Nov. 2015 Ben Brode stated that collection statistics were something the team would like to do "some day".
In Feb. 2017 Yong Woo stated, "We are thinking of adding a profile page that might have something like a player`s favorite decks and cards, but it`s not something that we`ll add soon", later commenting, "it`s very much an idea in its infancy".
Returning card backs
The developers have been exploring possible ways for players to earn card backs The Collection s Card Backs tab Some of the game s card backs Card backs are a feature which allows players to replace the standard design on the reverse of their cards with alternate designs. Players can from previous Ranked The 25 numbered ranks in Ranked play. Ranked (also known as Ranked Play) is the serious side of Play mode, with players able to earn special ranks to reflect their prowess in battle this season. seasons The 25 numbered ranks in Ranked play. Ranked (also known as Ranked Play) is the serious side of Play mode, with players able to earn special ranks to reflect their prowess in battle this season. for some time. In Aug. 2016 Ben Brode stated that the developers were "getting close to a design we like for this". Be that as it may, in Oct. 2016 Brode stated that the feature "isn`t a priority right now", but that the developers still want to do it "eventually". This position was confirmed in Feb. 2017.
Hearthstone lore short stories
In Nov. 2016 it was stated that the developers were looking into the possibility of exploring Hearthstone lore Hearthstone is set in the Warcraft universe, with the vast majority of characters, spells, weapons and locations drawn from World of Warcraft or earlier games. Wherever possible, the developers go to great trouble to recreate through short stories.
Not currently in development
This section lists features which have been announced as planned for the future, but which are not yet in active development.
Spectating card pack openings
In Jun. 2016 Yong Woo stated that the developers were interested in making it possible for players in spectator mode Spectator mode, also known as observer mode, is a game mode that allows players to watch other players matches. Spectator mode made its debut with the game s first expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, in Dec. 2014. to spectate the opening of card packs Card pack concept art Card packs are items that players can open to acquire cards for filling a player s collection. Only card packs for the current Standard format sets are available for purchase in the , but commented "It`s a bunch of work though so we are figuring out when to do it."
In Aug. 2014 it was stated that allowing game actions to be replayed following the match`s conclusion was "something that we think is really cool, but it is not quite in the top tier list" and that the developers "still need to figure out" how to implement such a feature. In Dec. 2014 it was stated that the replay feature was "not currently" in development. This was again confirmed in Jan. 2016.
Importing/exporting deck lists
When asked in Feb. 2017 about a feature to allow import and export of deck lists, Yong Woo stated that he was "trying to make it happen".
In Nov. 2016 Dean Ayala Dean Ayala Set: CREDITS Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 7 Attack: 7 Health: 5 You can t lose stars while this is in your deck.See this card on Hearthpwn data page] Aug. Dean Ayala is a mentioned that one of the game`s engineers was interested in rebuilding the AI system, but stated that it was not something being worked on at that time.
In Aug. 2015 it was stated on the official forums that Hearthstone APIs would be arriving "Very Soon(TM)". Be that as it may, in Jan. 2016 Yong Woo explained that this was not being actively worked on. In Aug. 2016 Ben Brode stated that despite talking about a public API in the past, they "weren`t currently planning on that kind of feature."
In Jan. 2014 it was stated that the developers were not working on a 2v2 mode, and that 1v1 needed to be solid first. This was confirmed in Aug. 2014, stating "Currently, we do not have any plans to work on 2 vs 2, 3 vs 3, and those types of systems, because frankly it is quite expensive and needs a lot of design work." In Dec. 2014 Yong Woo Yong Woo Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 5 Attack: 3 Health: 2 Your other minions have +3 Attack and Charge.See this card on Hearthpwn data page] Yong Woo is a Blizzard employee, member of Team stated that 2v2 mode was "something we like to bounce ideas around over lunch. But it`s not something we have in our immediate future." In Mar. 2015 it was confirmed that there were "still no plans for co-op". Be that as it may, in a similar vein, the first cooperative Tavern Brawl The Tavern Brawl interface Tavern Brawl is one of Hearthstone s lighter game modes. A weekly event, a new Tavern Brawl begins each Wednesday (Thursday in Asian regions), ending the following Monday. Outside of these times, , Unite Against Mechazod! The subject of this article is part of the Tavern Brawl game mode. "Can you defeat Gearmaster Mechazod? Join forces with another player and see. It s a cooperative Tavern Brawl!" Unite Against Mechazod! is a was released in Nov. 2015. Having received a positive response from players, this may have served as a prototype for other co-op play in the future.
In Nov. 2014 it was stated that there are no plans to allow players to replay the tutorial The tutorial is the initial experience designed to introduce players to Hearthstone. It is composed of six missions , and must be completed before the player can play Hearthstone properly. The tutorial comprises a kind of , although it is something they may do in the future.
In Jan. 2014 Executive Producer Hamilton Chu Hamilton Chu Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 7 Attack: 9 Health: 5 Was successfully NOT part of the problem! ...most of the time.See this card on Hearthpwn data page] Hamilton Chu is a Blizzard employee stated, "Achievements will eventually be added to the game." Ben Brode Ben Brode Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 3 Attack: 4 Health: 1 Your volume can t be reduced below maximum.See this card on Hearthpwn data page] "There is no way to contain the Brode." - Yong had the following to say in Feb. 2014:
- Once upon a time, our version of achievements would be quests, and the goal was to give you a reward for every quest you complete. There`s been a lot of requests for the traditional sense of achievements where they award points, and we`re still looking at how that interacts with the game and if it`s the right thing for Hearthstone. We don`t have anything to announce regarding achievements right now though.
In Jul. 2014 Yong Woo Yong Woo Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 5 Attack: 3 Health: 2 Your other minions have +3 Attack and Charge.See this card on Hearthpwn data page] Yong Woo is a Blizzard employee, member of Team stated that while they are "something we are interested in for the future", achievements are "not something we`re working on right away." In Dec. 2014 Yong Woo stated that "Meaningful and fun achievements are hard to design! But we`ve been thinking about them." As of Oct. 2016 the developers are still "talking of adding more."
Arena ranking or statistics
In Aug. 2014 Yong Woo stated that the team were considering adding some sort of statistics or tracking system for arena performance, which could be shared with friends. Be that as it may, the feature is not currently being worked on.
Confirmed not planned
This section lists popular or conjectured features, which have been officially confirmed to be "not planned" for Hearthstone.
- See more: Class#In development
The only World of Warcraft classes currently missing from Hearthstone are death knight, monk and more recently demon hunter. As of Feb. 2017 the developers are not planning on adding new classes to Hearthstone. In Aug. 2014 Yong Woo Yong Woo Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 5 Attack: 3 Health: 2 Your other minions have +3 Attack and Charge.See this card on Hearthpwn data page] Yong Woo is a Blizzard employee, member of Team stated, "the fact of the matter is that we already have 9 classes, and we feel there already is a ton of diversity and we frankly think that it has enough complexity right now for most people to sink their teeth into. So currently, we have no plans to add additional classes." In Dec. 2014 Ben Brode stated "There are pros and cons to adding a new class and we have to figure out when, if ever, the right time would be." Brode elaborated: "A good design exercise is to think: "How many classes is too many?" My sense is that it`s closer to 9 than to 20."
- See more: Crafting#History
Hearthstone`s crafting system was specifically designed as an alternative to the card trading that occurs with most collectible card games. There are currently no plans to introduce card trading.
Alternate Hero Powers
In Jun. 2015 Zeriyah Zeriyah s icon on the official forums Christina Sims, better known as Zeriyah, is a Blizzard employee, Community Manager and Community Team Leader for Hearthstone. 1] She is the "voice for the players to the devs" stated there were no plans for baseline alternate Hero Powers Anduin Wrynn with the basic priest Hero Power Lesser Heal A Hero Power is a special ability displayed to the right of each hero s portrait. Usually Hero Powers can be used once per turn and for existing classes. Replacement Hero Powers have however been added through cards such as Majordomo Executus Majordomo Executus Set: Blackrock Mountain Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 9 Attack: 9 Health: 7 Abilities: Deathrattle, Replace, Replace Hero Power Tags: Hero Power-related Deathrattle: Replace your hero with Ragnaros, the Firelord.You thought Executus turned , Justicar Trueheart Justicar Trueheart Set: The Grand Tournament Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 6 Attack: 6 Health: 3 Abilities: Battlecry, Replace Hero Power Tags: Hero Power-related Battlecry: Replace your starting Hero Power with a better one.It s like , Lord Jaraxxus Lord Jaraxxus Set: Classic Type: Minion Subtype: Demon Class: Warlock Rarity: Legendary Cost: 9 Attack: 3 Health: 15 Abilities: Battlecry, Equip, Replace Hero Power Tags: Hero Power-related, Weapon-generating Battlecry: Destroy your hero and replace it , and Sir Finley Mrrgglton Sir Finley Mrrgglton Set: The League of Explorers Type: Minion Subtype: Murloc Rarity: Legendary Cost: 1 Attack: 1 Health: 3 Abilities: Battlecry, Discover, Replace Hero Power Tags: Hero Power-related Battlecry: Discover a new basic Hero .
In Apr. 2014 Jason Chayes Jason Chayes Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 6 Attack: 7 Health: 6 Enrage: Just kidding! He never Enrages.See this card on Hearthpwn data page] Jason Chayes is a Blizzard employee, member of Team 5, and stated that the developers had no current plans to produce a console version of Hearthstone, saying "The idea of getting it onto console has come up from players ⃢₀⅚ It`s not something we`re actually looking at right now". Be that as it may, if it became something players were "very passionate" about, or "something there`s a huge interest in", the developers would consider the idea, he said. Chayes reiterated this stance in Sep. 2015, adding that the success of the game on mobile platforms further reduced the perceived need to expand to console.
Elements from other Blizzard games
In Jan. 2014 Hamilton Chu Hamilton Chu Type: Minion Rarity: Legendary Cost: 7 Attack: 9 Health: 5 Was successfully NOT part of the problem! ...most of the time.See this card on Hearthpwn data page] Hamilton Chu is a Blizzard employee was translated as stating that non-Warcraft themed elements would not be added to Hearthstone.
While this has largely been observed, in early 2017, as part of the Diablo franchise`s 30th anniversary, the The Dark Wanderer The subject of this article is part of the Tavern Brawl game mode. "A hooded stranger sits to play, holding a grim deck in his hands. Can you unravel the secrets surrounding this dark wanderer?" Tavern Brawl The Tavern Brawl interface Tavern Brawl is one of Hearthstone s lighter game modes. A weekly event, a new Tavern Brawl begins each Wednesday (Thursday in Asian regions), ending the following Monday. Outside of these times, debuted, featuring characters from the Diablo universe. The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan "Gadgetzan, where the gangs rule the streets; Gadgetzan, full of swindlers and cheats. Zip and sing the ring-a-ding-ding, on the mean streets of Gadgetzan! Gadgetzan, where the crime doesn t pay; Gadgetzan - but we do battlefield released in Dec. 2016 also contains minor tributes to Overwatch, including the franchise-specific "Pachimari" doll.
As of Februrary 2014, the developers have no plans to introduce factions within Hearthstone.
While "Global play" allows players to select which region Hearthstone is divided into four geographical regions: Americas, Europe, Asia and China. Each country Hearthstone is available to play in is assigned to one of these regions. Each player by default uses their Battle.net account to play in, the developers have stated that they currently have no plans to merge regions, or allow play across regions, saying "It`s not really a latency issue, it`s how we interface into Battle.Net, so right now, it`s just not possible for us, and there`s no plans for it currently."
It was stated in Dec. 2014 that the developers had "no plans" to enable players to use their collections across regions.
Fully scrollable history bar
While the developers understand the desire to be able to look through all previous actions over the course of a match, they prefer to keep the interface as minimal as possible, and do not consider this feature to be "`really really necessary`".
In Jun. 2015 it was stated that the developers had no plans to allow players to "gift" purchases such as alternate heroes The Heroes pane in the Shop Alternate heroes are cosmetic skins for existing classes. Each alternate hero belongs to a specific class, and provides an alternative to the default hero for that class. Alternate heroes to friends
Alterations to turn times
The developers have stated that while more complex and dynamic rules for turn Hearthstone takes place in turns. Each turn gives a player the opportunity to act. At the end of each turn, play is passed back to the other player. A round describes one turn for each times in games can work well, they need to ensure that Hearthstone remains accessible to all levels of players, and have no plans to change the current default turn time system. Turn time can still be adjusted within any given match by Nozdormu Nozdormu Set: Classic Type: Minion Subtype: Dragon Rarity: Legendary Cost: 9 Attack: 8 Health: 8 Tags: Ongoing effect Players only have 15 seconds to take their turns.Time to write some flavor text.See this card on .
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In Dec. 2014 it was stated that the developers had no plans to put puzzle matches into the game.