Will I get a free ticket for my open arena-run? Will I get some rewards for my wins?
I believe they will once dual class arena rotates, just like last year.
Personally, I don't want Zeph to become evergreen. He has a unique mechanic and adds a lot of flavor, but staying for more than 2 years will wear out his welcome.
Regarding HL decks, they were a relevant before Zeph arrived (LoE and MSoG time) and I feel they will still relevant in the future, albeit with new HL cards.
Here we go, the announcement of the announcement!
I remember reading the same. These special packs are locked to the season they are bought in. Although, the source I read wasn't official though so I can't be for certain.
In your case, I'd suggest skipping on the bundle unless you really want the skin, or don't mind the cost.
Meta is fairly balanced, as in a lot of decks (and surprisingly a good number of classes) are on a similar level right now. But generally, you should expect that most games won't last too long. Face Hunter is indeed a thing again.
If you feel like trying out Demon Hunter, then go unlock Demon Hunter (which you should either way) and maybe craft Soul Demon Hunter (though my personal guess is that the deck won't have a very long lifespan). It's not all that different from what you have seen before, but a new class might be more interesting regardless.
Hard to give general advise when it comes to decks, since it would depend on what playstyle you like. If you like old-school midrange decks, Libram Pure Paladin plays very much like one. If you like grindy control decks instead, Galakrond Priest and Bomb Warrior migth be more appealing. Your budget is also to be considered, of course.
If your dust budget is tight, I would suggest holding back on crafting. We are currently mid to late expansion, so the meta will likely shift again. AFAIK 3rd expansion will drop before worlds in December.
If you want a competitive deck to tide you over, face hunter is a good bet (assuming you want to play it).
I think this is a bug.
Happened to me too.
I think galakrond's awakening is a perfect example of this. It introduced new cards mid expansion that shifted the meta.
Alternatively, they can tie it to events to make it more exciting. Maybe something like limited event packs that can only be obtained within the event containing only the new mid-season cards. Once the event ends, these cards get added to the pool of the existing expansion.
As a side note, I hope the new game mode gives more life to the game.
Just for reference.
EDIT: Nvm, found it.
We wanted to update everyone regarding our new hero skins, particularly Scholar Jaina and Horseman Uther. We are planning to add unique voice lines, start of game voice lines, and a couple other special voice lines to both Scholar Jaina and Horseman Uther in a future patch. We’ve taken feedback on board regarding emotes for those and upcoming hero skins. The next skin, which will be released shortly, has new emotes for all 6 regular board interactions and a few other commonly played lines as well. There will be hero skins in the next expansions associated with their corresponding Book of Heroes chapters that will not have unique lines at launch, but we plan to add them as soon as VO recording allows. Stay tuned for updates here.
Adding context as to how we got here: We started out with the idea of adding skins for our classic heroes that allowed us to get more options for visual customization into the hands of our players at a much quicker than normal pace. We’re confident in the idea behind these skins and they’re already seeing a lot of use within the game. However, we missed here on painting a clear picture of the difference between these skins and the alternate heroes we’ve done in the past, that include all sorts of unique audio and visual effects. That’s something we should have gotten across better and want to ensure that we address in the future.
The problem was with Leroy, it was a neutral card that can fit in many decks across multiple classes (i.e. top end finisher for aggro, combo piece for control/combo, etc.).
In contrast, Lapidary can only exist in a Demon Hunter AND soul shard deck.
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Above is the blizzard quote.
So my guess is:
Casual is a mixture of Meta and homebrew decks.
The advantage of casual is, losing has no downside. So if you face a meta deck, just concede and move on. Personally, I just auto-concede against priests in casual.