Hearthstone Announces the Year of the Dragon

For the first time ever, the Year of the Dragon will feature a year-long story told across three thrilling expansions.

Hearthstone Year of the Dragon announced

The first Hearthstone expansion of 2019 will begin a new Hearthstone Year and shake up the meta by introducing a fresh new set of cards and a wealth of deckbuilding options to the Standard format.


From the fiery chasms of Blackrock Depths to the grueling gauntlet in Rastakhan’s Rumble, Hearthstone has been home to tons of exciting single-player experiences—and in 2019 we’re going all-in to deliver what players love most about PvE with robust Solo Adventures that feature hours of engaging, replayable challenges, new game modes, friendly encounters and all new playable characters, and a variety of enticing rewards including card backs and card packs – golden or otherwise!

This year’s first expansion is planned for April, and its accompanying Solo Adventure—bigger than ever before—will be released starting in May. The first chapter of this Solo Adventure, played from the perspective of a mysterious (but familiar) mage character, will be free and, in a return to what players experienced with the original Hearthstone Adventures, unlocking the full Solo Adventure will be $19.99 or 700 gold per chapter. Each additional chapter includes two new playable characters, each with three Hero Powers and four starting decks which are unlocked as players progress. More information to come on the first installment later this year.


Here’s a peek at the exciting updates we’re planning for Hearthstone this year:
  • YEAR OF THE MAMMOTH IS GOING WILD – At the start of the Year of the Dragon, the following card sets will migrate to Wild: Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds & Catacombs. These card packs can still be purchased via the Blizzard Shop.
  • PLAY EVERY EXPANSION EARLY – Pre-Release is here to stay! Pre-Release events are special Fireside Gatherings where players can open any packs they have from upcoming Hearthstone expansions early—and familiarize themselves with their new cards in unique Fireside Brawls.
  • HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES – This year, we’re adding the following cards to the Hall of Fame: Divine Favor, Doomguard, Naturalize, Baku the Mooneater, Genn Greymane, Black Cat, Gloom Stag, Glitter Moth, and Murkspark Eel. Players can keep their Hall of Fame cards and we’ll give them the full dust value for each one (up to the maximum number that can be put in a deck) as if they were disenchanted.
  • QUALITY OF LIFE UPDATES AND MORE – We’re also working on player-requested quality of life updates that include: a card back randomizer so players can easily show off their collection; a smarter, more helpful deck auto-complete tool to help players build more competitive decks; allowing Arena wins to count towards Golden Hero progress; and much more!

Murat Oktay

Video games have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have been writing and managing in the game industry for more than 30 years. I've been playing Diablo 2 nonstop since it first came out.

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