Hearthstone Tavern Talk: Class Rewards, New Players, Alternate Card Art, Card Reprints

Hearthstone Tavern Talk: Class Rewards, New Players, Alternate Card Art, Card Reprints

Blizzard has started a new series of posts for communicating with the community called Tavern Talk. Here's the recap followed by the three questions they answered.

  • No plans for more rewards for class wins. New Features or Rewards should be obtained by 10% or more of players.
  • They want to add additional ranks to ladder for newer players so they can't fight "more invested players".
  • Alternate card art hurts good gameplay. You should be able to immediately recognize what a card is by a single piece of art.
  • No plans for reprinting old cards, it would only happen after careful consideration.

Quote from Jesse Hill

Ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of the tavern? Ava and the crew’s antics aside, the Hearthstone development team works hard on a myriad of tasks to bring you the game you know and love so well. More than that, we also make the time to read about the different issues and questions the community brings to light each day.

Welcome to Hearthstone Tavern Talk, where we’ll share with you answers to some of the questions we see in our community!

Are there any additional rewards for players who have achieved a Golden Hero in every class?

Usually when we add new features or rewards we like to make something that can be obtained by 10% or more of our players. Only very few of our players have the 9 Golden Heroes, and we feel that’s already pretty awesome by itself.

Do you have any changes planned for the new player experience?

We have some small ladder changes that we would like to do at some point, specifically targeted at new players when they first enter the game. The change will add some additional ranks above rank 25 that new players can play through before having to play more invested players. There will only be forward advancement through those ranks, so even if they lose, no one will be able to drop back down.

What are your thoughts on alternate card art or reprints of cards from earlier sets?

Alternate card art is something we have avoided because players almost always use art to recognize a card and instantly know what it does. Good gameplay is very important to us so we have avoided adding multiple pieces of art for a single card.

Reprints are something that we have discussed in the past, but we would want to do so only after careful consideration. We don’t have any specific plans for this in the near future.

See you at the next edition of Hearthstone Tavern Talk!


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