The developers of Hearthstone are planning a small revolution to mix up the sometimes run-in metagame with the year of the phoenix, because they want to bring a new, full class into play. From April 7, 2020, when the Outland Ruins expansion is released to the joyous gamers, you can plunge into battle with the Demon Hunter! The news of the new class is not only the key words, but also the novelty that their skill only costs you a point of mana!
In the following we have summarized the information roughly, which we will then go into in more detail:
- The year of the Phoenix begins on April 7, 2020 with the release of the new expansion Ruins of Outland
- New hero with a new class: Illidan Stormrage, demon hunter with new keywords, 20 starter cards and 1 mana class skill – free of charge for every player!
- New servant type: primes that are mixed back into the deck in an improved version after their destruction
- "Sleeping" demons who are inactive for two rounds and then unleash a powerful effect
The year of the Phoenix also brings:
- Better protection against double cards when opening packs
- Revised mode reworked
- Major update for the priest with the removal and introduction of new basic and classic cards
- Free decks for newbies and returnees (from 4 months of inactivity)
- The expansion cards Hexenwald, Dr. Bumm's secret laboratory and Rastakhan's Rambazamba are in wild mode
- Maps wander to the classics, such as mountain giant and Leeroy Jenkins
Illidan Stormrage, the demon hunter
As we mentioned, April 7th, 2020 will be in Hearthstone (buy now for € 0.00) Illidan Stormrage playable as a tenth grade. Illidan is available to anyone interested free of charge, so you can immediately lead it into battle. Illidan will also be a small one on April 2nd
PvE campaign released so that you can familiarize yourself with the new class and its abilities as part of the demon hunter's prologue. A highlight of the demon hunter is that his class ability demon claws only costs a dot of mana instead of the usual two as with his classmates. But the ability is not that powerful: The demon claws give Illidan a point of attack for the round.
It sounds a bit like a weak mix of druid and villain class skills, but after all, you only have to invest one mana point. This fits perfectly into the class philosophy of the demon hunter. If you thought that a villain was already playing aggressively, prepare yourself for something, because life points are the most important resource of the demon hunter. In our test rounds, which we were allowed to shoot during a play event in California, Illidan only appeared too strong in the first few moments. We pounced on the opposing servants regardless of losses or life points, and thanks to some cool class cards for the demon hunter, we were able to close the sack relatively quickly. However, when we chose a Spellmage to compete with the Illidans in our group of players, the demon hunters were almost always left behind. It remains to be seen where Illidan will be in the Hearthstone metagame in the long term. Without a doubt, however, he will mix up the meta powerfully.
Mechanics of the demon hunter
We have a few more details about the demon hunter. So he exclusively has the mechanics outsider, which ensures that the card on the far right or far left in your hand (if it has the keyword) is reinforced. Thus, not only sequencing (playing cards in the best possible order) on the game board is important for the demon hunter, but also in his own game hand. Anyone who acts hurriedly overlooks some interesting and perhaps life-saving "combos" or blocks opportunities – has already happened to us. With the outsider mechanics it becomes clear once again that the demon hunter playfully arranges himself with the druid and villain.
But the fans of the warlock also seem to have had their hands on the class design. Illidan fights primarily with demons and uses devil and soul magic to bring his opponents to their knees. In turn, with life robbery he tries to pep himself up. If Ruins of Outland and thus the Demon Hunter are available, you will receive ten basic cards and a starter set with twenty cards for free. In the Outland Ruins card packs, you can still find up to 15 class cards, a handful more compared to the other heroes. It only makes sense, after all, Illidan has to "catch up" with Hearthstone for six years and accompanying extensions. Incidentally, Illidan is also available for fans of the battlefield mode. His passive skill ensures that his servants on the far left and far right attack first.
The ruins of Outland
The expansion not only gives the brand new class a try, but also new mechanics. For example, legendary Prime servants are introduced into the game, which are powerful in themselves. But if they are killed, an even better version of the servant will be shuffled into your card deck. This can cause some surprises! The primes at the intro event also have this with us: in this test version of Hearthstone, the primes were mixed into the deck after their destruction without a clear indication. We had no idea what happened to them. The developers have promised us that they definitely want to remove the problem by the release. The Demon Hunter doesn't have a Prime with Outland Ruins, but it does have any other class. Warriors are happy about Kargath Knife Fist, which in its original form with values of 4/4 requires four mana to play. In his prime version, however, Kargath becomes overpowering: a servant with the values 10/10 and zeal for a mere eight mana, who grants the hero ten points of armor every time he destroys an enemy servant.
Even if Illidan cannot summon a Prime by his side, he still benefits from the second new type of servant, prisoner demons. If they are played, they are inactive for two rounds, so they can neither attack nor take damage themselves. But when they "wake up", you should hopefully have a suitable answer in your hand, because these demons will become quite powerful! Speaking of which: starting today, March 17th, 2020, every player who logs into Hearthstone will receive a free legendary and neutral servant for free. This is Kael'tha's sun wanderer, who after playing ensures that every third spell of a round can be cast free of charge.
Pre-order Outland Ruins
Until April 6, 2020 you can ruins Outland pre-order. You will then receive the snake card back and a random legendary expansion card in its golden version. In the megapack you will also get a new shaman hero: Lady Vashj!
The year of the phoenix – year of the priest?
All the news that comes into play with ruins of Outland are in themselves powerfully spectacular. But it doesn't end there, because the makers of Hearthstone want to change and adapt a lot around it to really let the game rise from the ashes in the year of the Phoenix. In order to work out the class philosophies more clearly, the priest is faced with some changes. Cards such as Auchenais soul priestess, holy fire, divine will and cleric from Nordhain disappear into the classic collection and are therefore no longer available for building decks in rated mode. A total of six cards disappear, the priest receives six new ones, while cards such as Holy Nova or Power Word: Shield are also adjusted. Only in the course of time will it become clear how serious this affects the gameplay of the priest.
Regardless of the priests, some neutral cards are also retired, including the hugely popular gamefinisher Leeroy Jenkins, the card draw guarantor Akolyth of the pain or the mind controller. Many players who play with expensive decks will sorely miss the mountain giant. And the magic breaker with silent battle cry makes the bend. These adjustments will also create some eddies in the metagame.
The following cards are added to the timeless classics
|Acolyte of pain||Neutral|
|Auchena soul priestess||priest|
|Cleric of Nordhain||priest|
Priests receive the following cards as substitutes in basic and classic sets
|Soul of power||priest|
|Chaplain of Kul Tiras||priest|
|Shadow Word: Ruin||priest|
Protection against double cards
In the past, the developers of Hearthstone brought a protective mechanism into the trading card game, which ensured that you did not get double Legendarys from card packs. This rule is now also applied to the Rare and Epic rarity levels so that you, developer quote, can more easily put together the Hearthstone collection of your dreams. Appropriately, there is a nice goodie for newcomers and returners from four months of inactivity, namely a free and above all competitive starter deck, with which you can start immediately with the current content of the game. This should make it much easier for you to get started.
However, in Ranked Mode with the start of the Year of the Phoenix, you may no longer play with the expansions from the Year of the Raven, namely the card sets Der Hexenwald, Dr. Bumm's secret laboratory and Rastakhan's Rambazamba. They move to the wild mode, in which you can of course still use them as you please.
One of the also significant changes concerns the Rated Mode, which has been more or less successfully documented in recent years. As it is now, it will soon no longer be available to you. Instead, ranks such as bronze, silver and gold and associated sub-ranks are introduced, similar to the Starcraft ranking system. The rewards you earn will be much more significant than just a simple card back and a few little goodies in the form of golden cards and arcane dust. By the way, the card back will be available at the beginning of the new season.
The year of the Phoenix in Hearthstone brings the Outland Ruins expansion with the new hero Illidan Stormrage, a demon hunter. (1) (Source: Blizzard)
There is also a winner bonus in the form of a star system. Assuming that you reached rank 5 last season, then like all other players you start with the new season from the bottom. But equivalent to the rank you earned, you get a star bonus. If you win then you will not only gain one star, but all stars from your bonus. This will remain with you until you are defeated. The better players in particular are allowed to rise quickly and rank themselves in the ranks where they meet opponents of equal strength. No matter how it will end up, the year of the Phoenix is also a year of revolution for the Hearthstone team. We're glad!
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