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[[File:Year of the Hydra.png|200px|right]]'''Standard format''' (or '''Standard''') is one of ''Hearthstone''<nowiki/>'s three [[game format]]s in [[Constructed]]. Standard format is intended to feature a fresher and more focused ''Hearthstone'' experience, with a limited pool of cards allowing greater design space, a more dynamically shifting [[meta]], more balanced play, and an easier entry for new players.
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}}'''Standard format''', or '''Standard''', is one of ''Hearthstone''<nowiki/>'s three [[game format]]s in [[Play mode]]. Standard format is intended to feature a fresher and more focused ''Hearthstone'' experience, with a limited pool of cards allowing greater design space, a more dynamically shifting [[meta]], more balanced play, and an easier entry for new players.
 
   
 
Games played in Standard format are restricted to [[card]]s from [[card set]]s released in the previous two calendar years, in addition to the [[Core]] set. The lack of older expansion sets makes Standard format friendlier for [[new player experience|new players]].
 
Games played in Standard format are restricted to [[card]]s from [[card set]]s released in the previous two calendar years, in addition to the [[Core]] set. The lack of older expansion sets makes Standard format friendlier for [[new player experience|new players]].
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During Standard matches, [[random]] effects that produce cards are also restricted to only choosing from Standard sets, although non-random effects worded to generate specific Wild cards continue to function normally.
 
During Standard matches, [[random]] effects that produce cards are also restricted to only choosing from Standard sets, although non-random effects worded to generate specific Wild cards continue to function normally.
   
Standard is available as a format in [[Play mode]] matches ([[Ranked]] and [[Casual]]), and [[Friendly Challenge]]s. In addition, [[Tavern Brawl]]s may occasionally use Standard format.<ref name="AB">{{cite web|url=https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/news/19995505|title=A New Way to Play|date=2016-02-02}}</ref> Standard is the default format for new players, and is used in all official tournaments such as the [[Hearthstone Grandmasters]] and [[Hearthstone World Championship]].
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Standard is available as a format in [[Constructed]] matches ([[Ranked]] and [[Casual]]), and [[Friendly Challenge]]s. In addition, [[Tavern Brawl]]s may occasionally use Standard format.<ref name="AB">{{cite web|url=https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/news/19995505|title=A New Way to Play|date=2016-02-02}}</ref> Standard is the default format for new players, and is used in all official tournaments such as the [[Hearthstone Grandmasters]] and [[Hearthstone World Championship]].
   
The prefix ''Standard'' is used to refer to cards, game modes, and adventures which fall within the Standard format, or which are only available in Standard format. For example, a Standard adventure is one which is currently part of Standard format. Furthermore, cards which are valid for the current Standard year are termed ''Standard cards''.
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The prefix Standard is used to refer to cards, game modes, and adventures which fall within the Standard format, or which are only available in Standard format. For example, a Standard adventure is one which is currently part of Standard format. Furthermore, cards which are valid for the current Standard year are termed Standard cards.
   
 
Standard format is updated annually when the first new expansion of the year is released, marking the start of the new "[[#The Standard year|Standard year]]". Standard format was released together alongside ''[[Whispers of the Old Gods]]'' and [[Wild format]] on April 26, 2016.<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/PlayHearthstone/status/694592287494418433|2016-02-02|PlayHearthstone}}</ref> At that time, ''[[Curse of Naxxramas]]'' and ''[[Goblins vs Gnomes]]'' were sent to the new Wild format, making cards from those sets unavailable in Standard format play.
 
Standard format is updated annually when the first new expansion of the year is released, marking the start of the new "[[#The Standard year|Standard year]]". Standard format was released together alongside ''[[Whispers of the Old Gods]]'' and [[Wild format]] on April 26, 2016.<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/PlayHearthstone/status/694592287494418433|2016-02-02|PlayHearthstone}}</ref> At that time, ''[[Curse of Naxxramas]]'' and ''[[Goblins vs Gnomes]]'' were sent to the new Wild format, making cards from those sets unavailable in Standard format play.
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==Standard card sets==
 
==Standard card sets==
 
:''For a full list of card sets, see [[Card_set#List|Card set list]]''.
 
:''For a full list of card sets, see [[Card_set#List|Card set list]]''.
The following card sets are currently available in Standard format.
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The following card sets are currently available in Standard format with the [[Year of the Hydra]].
   
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{{Card set statistics|format=Standard}}
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
! colspan="2" | [[File:Year of the Gryphon - SVG logo.svg|32px|link=]] Year of the Gryphon
 
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| [[File:Ashes of Outland banner.jpg|475px|thumb|center|link=Ashes of Outland|''[[Ashes of Outland]]'']]
 
| [[File:Scholomance Academy banner.jpg|475px|thumb|center|link=Scholomance Academy|''[[Scholomance Academy]]'']]
 
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| [[File:Madness at the Darkmoon Faire banner.jpg|475px|thumb|center|link=Madness at the Darkmoon Faire|''[[Madness at the Darkmoon Faire]]'' (''[[Darkmoon Races]]'')]]
 
| [[File:Forged in the Barrens banner.jpg|475px|thumb|center|link=Forged in the Barrens|''[[Forged in the Barrens]]'']]
 
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| valign="middle" height="150px" | ''[[Core]]''
 
|}
 
   
 
==Playing in Standard==
 
==Playing in Standard==
 
:''For playing in other game formats, see [[Game format]].
 
:''For playing in other game formats, see [[Game format]].
   
Players are able to select Standard format through the [[Play mode]] selection screen, or when challenging a friend to a [[Friendly Challenge]]. An icon shows the current Standard year's [[#The Hearthstone Zodiac|zodiac]] if Standard is selected. Matches played in Standard format will always see both players obeying the format's restrictions; players queuing for a Standard format match will never be matched against players from other formats.<ref name="AB"/>
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Players are able to select Standard format through the [[Constructed]] selection screen, or when challenging a friend to a [[Friendly Challenge]]. An icon shows the current Standard year's [[#The Hearthstone Zodiac|zodiac]] if Standard is selected. Matches played in Standard format will always see both players obeying the format's restrictions; players queuing for a Standard format match will never be matched against players from other formats.<ref name="AB"/>
   
 
When playing a Standard game, players may only choose decks which are built entirely from Standard [[card set]]s, within the rotating two-calendar year window. In the deck creation or selection screens, Standard-legal decks are displayed with plain unadorned borders, while those containing Wild cards show a thorny vine wrapped around the border. Deck builders can convert a Wild deck to Standard using a button when hovering over the deck name, in which case Wild cards in the deck will be marked to allow for easy replacement. When editing a Standard deck, Wild-only cards from the player's collection are not displayed. The conversion can also be reversed, removing the restrictions on adding Wild cards to the deck.
 
When playing a Standard game, players may only choose decks which are built entirely from Standard [[card set]]s, within the rotating two-calendar year window. In the deck creation or selection screens, Standard-legal decks are displayed with plain unadorned borders, while those containing Wild cards show a thorny vine wrapped around the border. Deck builders can convert a Wild deck to Standard using a button when hovering over the deck name, in which case Wild cards in the deck will be marked to allow for easy replacement. When editing a Standard deck, Wild-only cards from the player's collection are not displayed. The conversion can also be reversed, removing the restrictions on adding Wild cards to the deck.
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===Card set rotation schedule===
 
===Card set rotation schedule===
With the beginning of each new Standard year, the selection of [[card set]]s available in Standard is updated, with the oldest year of card sets being moved to Wild format, allowing new sets to take their place in the new Standard year. By definition, Standard format includes only cards from the current and previous Standard years, alongside Basic and Classic.<ref name="AB"/>
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With the beginning of each new Standard year, the selection of [[card set]]s available in Standard is updated, with the oldest year of card sets being moved to Wild format, allowing new sets to take their place in the new Standard year. By definition, Standard format includes only cards from the current and previous Standard years, alongside the [[Core|core set]].<ref name="AB"/>
   
 
Note that the selection is ''not'' updated upon release of expansions past the first in any given year. This was intentionally designed in order to minimize the disruption caused by players having to constantly adjust their decks being invalidated by the frequent changes in the format, which can be especially disorienting to [[Returning player experience|returning players]].<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/695423412533985280|2016-02-04|Ben Brode}}</ref><ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/774734084161404928|2016-08-10|Ben Brode}}</ref>
 
Note that the selection is ''not'' updated upon release of expansions past the first in any given year. This was intentionally designed in order to minimize the disruption caused by players having to constantly adjust their decks being invalidated by the frequent changes in the format, which can be especially disorienting to [[Returning player experience|returning players]].<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/695423412533985280|2016-02-04|Ben Brode}}</ref><ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/774734084161404928|2016-08-10|Ben Brode}}</ref>
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The following table is the card set rotation schedule for ''Hearthstone''. The highlighted sets are in Standard format.
 
The following table is the card set rotation schedule for ''Hearthstone''. The highlighted sets are in Standard format.
 
{{Card set release calendar}}
 
{{Card set release calendar}}
 
* Following the release of ''[[Whispers of the Old Gods]]'' in April 2016, all sets from 2014 were removed from Standard.
 
* Following the release of ''[[Journey to Un'Goro]]'' in April 2017, all sets from 2015 were removed from Standard.
 
* Following the release of ''[[The Witchwood]]'' in April 2018, all sets from 2016 were removed from Standard.
 
* Following the release of ''[[Rise of Shadows]]'' in April 2019, all sets from 2017 were removed from Standard.
 
* Following the release of ''[[Ashes of Outland]]'' in April 2020, all sets from 2018 were removed from Standard.
 
* Following the release of ''[[Forged in the Barrens]]'' in March 30, 2021, all sets from 2019, [[Basic]] and [[Classic]] sets were removed from Standard.
 
   
 
There are currently no plans for older card sets to be reintroduced into Standard later on.<ref name="AB"/>
 
There are currently no plans for older card sets to be reintroduced into Standard later on.<ref name="AB"/>
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With the introduction of Standard and Wild formats in 2016, each ''Hearthstone'' year is now symbolized by a zodiacal constellation formed from stars in Azeroth's night sky to differentiate each different year in Standard.<ref name="AB"/> The [[Hearthstone lore#The Hearthstone Zodiac|lore]] behind this is that the new year is heralded by a new constellation coming into alignment above Azeroth, marking "a time of jubilation and raucous revelry wherever Hearthstone is played".<ref name="AB"/> Each year's constellation is marked by a different beast.
 
With the introduction of Standard and Wild formats in 2016, each ''Hearthstone'' year is now symbolized by a zodiacal constellation formed from stars in Azeroth's night sky to differentiate each different year in Standard.<ref name="AB"/> The [[Hearthstone lore#The Hearthstone Zodiac|lore]] behind this is that the new year is heralded by a new constellation coming into alignment above Azeroth, marking "a time of jubilation and raucous revelry wherever Hearthstone is played".<ref name="AB"/> Each year's constellation is marked by a different beast.
   
The current year's zodiac animal acts as a symbol for Standard format, as seen on the [[game format]] selection button on the [[Play mode]] screen.
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The current year's zodiac animal acts as a symbol for Standard format, as seen on the [[game format]] selection button on the [[Constructed]] screen.
 
The following table lists the zodiac animals for each Standard year.
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
! Year !! Beast
 
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| 2016 || Kraken
 
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| 2017 || Mammoth
 
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| 2018 || Raven
 
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| 2019 || Dragon
 
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| 2020 || Phoenix
 
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| 2021 || Gryphon
 
|}
 
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
{{Year define|name=PRE_STANDARD|renderName=|formatId=1}}{{Year define|name=CUSTOM_STANDARD|renderName=|formatId=2}}
 
{{Year define|name=PRE_STANDARD|renderName=|formatId=1}}{{Year define|name=CUSTOM_STANDARD|renderName=|formatId=2}}
 
:''For the history of game formats, see [[Game format#History]].''
 
:''For the history of game formats, see [[Game format#History]].''
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*[[Year of the Hydra]]
 
===Year of the Kraken===
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*[[Year of the Gryphon]]
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*[[Year of the Phoenix]]
{{Year define|name=KRAKEN|renderName=Kraken|formatId=1}}
 
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*[[Year of the Dragon]]
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*[[Year of the Raven]]
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;"
 
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*[[Year of the Mammoth]]
! colspan="3" | Expansions
 
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*[[Year of the Kraken]]
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|[[File:Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png|50px|link=Whispers of the Old Gods]] ''[[Whispers of the Old Gods]]''
 
|[[File:One Night in Karazhan logo.png|50px|link=One Night in Karazhan]] ''[[One Night in Karazhan]]''
 
|[[File:Mean Streets of Gadgetzan logo.png|50px|link=Mean Streets of Gadgetzan]] ''[[Mean Streets of Gadgetzan]]''
 
|-
 
|}
 
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[[File:Year of the Kraken_icon banner.jpg|right|200px|thumb]]
 
The first Standard year, this year saw the removal of cards from the ''[[Curse of Naxxramas]]'' and ''[[Goblins vs Gnomes]]'' sets, and began with the introduction of ''[[Whispers of the Old Gods]]''. The [[Promo]] and [[Reward]] sets were also removed from Standard, although the removal of the latter set was quickly reverted and granted an extension until May 4, in order to give players more time to complete the related quests.<ref>{{cw|http://www.hearthpwn.com/blue-tracker/topic/16293-old-murk-eye-and-captains-parrot|2016-04-25|Old Murk-Eye and Captain's Parrot}}</ref><ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/ywoo_dev/status/725322399596445696|2016-04-27|Yong Woo}}</ref>
 
 
Heralding the introduction of game formats, the Year of the Kraken began immediately following a flurry of card changes designed to establish a fresher and more diverse meta, specifically Standard format. For a list of the changes, see [[Card changes#Patch 5.0.0.12574 (2016-04-24)|Card changes]].
 
 
The simultaneous arrival of ''Whispers of the Old Gods'', removal of ''Curse of Naxxramas'' and ''Goblins vs Gnomes'', and changes to many key cards resulted in a number of new decks rising to dominance, most notably including cards from the new expansion: [[C'Thun]] decks, [[N'Zoth]] Deathrattle decks, [[Evolve]] Shaman, and various decks featuring [[Yogg-Saron]]. Many previously popular decks like [[Secret Paladin]] became far less common.
 
 
The second set of the year came in August with ''[[One Night in Karazhan]]'', which among other things saw the first truly competitive iteration of [[Discardlock]], as well as improvements to Tempo Mage, Midrange Hunter and Shaman decks.
 
 
The final set of the year arrived in December with ''[[Mean Streets of Gadgetzan]]'', introducing the game's first [[tri-class card]]s, as well as decks matching each of the expansion's three crime families: [[Grimy Goons]] with their hand-buffing decks, the [[Kabal]] with their [[deck-related|no duplicate cards]] decks, and the [[Jade Lotus]] with their late game-dominating [[Jade Golem]] decks. [[Patches the Pirate]] was exceptionally popular, fuelling a strong surge in Pirate Warrior, but also being included in many other decks as a "free" card.
 
 
;Commentary
 
* [http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/1181-standard-play-clarifications-summons-tribe-synergy Hearthpwn.com - Important Cards Being Removed] (2016-02-02)
 
* [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AtKsSGjtldoql8ZuAu3SDZnFUGj2MCNs5hR_a2q0pcA/viewform?c=0&w=1&fbzx=-3547194648397974500 Online survey for player reactions to the card changes]
 
 
===Year of the Mammoth===
 
{{Year define|name=MAMMOTH|renderName=Mammoth|formatId=1}}
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="3" | Expansions
 
|-
 
|[[File:Journey to Un'Goro logo.png|50px|link=Journey to Un'Goro]] ''[[Journey to Un'Goro]]''
 
|[[File:Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png|50px|link=Knights of the Frozen Throne]] ''[[Knights of the Frozen Throne]]''
 
|[[File:Kobolds and Catacombs logo.png|50px|link=Kobolds & Catacombs]] ''[[Kobolds & Catacombs]]''
 
|-
 
|}
 
</center>
 
The second Standard year started with the release of the first expansion of 2017. The beginning of 2017 saw the [[Blackrock Mountain]], [[The Grand Tournament]] and [[The League of Explorers]] sets moved to [[Wild format]]. Additionally, for the first time, six cards from the [[Classic]] set rotated to a new Wild-only card set called the [[Hall of Fame]]. This move takes the place of the [[nerf]]s seen at the start of the previous standard year, with no other [[card changes]] planned.<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/832819339694780416|2017-02-18|Ben Brode}}</ref>
 
 
The run-up to the start of the new year also featured some special events, such as the release of the [[Maiev Shadowsong]] hero, several special [[Tavern Brawl]]s (including a Wild-format reprise of the ''[[Heroic Tavern Brawl]]'' and some "party" variants on [[Decorating Stormwind|previous]] [[Encounter at the Crossroads|Brawls]]), and daily login bonuses, awarding players for logging in with dust, gold and card packs.
 
 
The video below gives a visual depiction of the set rotations. An extensive [http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/2257-developer-insights-live-year-of-the-mammoth-q-a live Q&A session] was also held giving answers on a range of related topics.
 
 
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====Hall of Fame====
 
With the start of Year of the Mammoth, [[Conceal]], [[Ice Lance]], [[Power Overwhelming]], [[Azure Drake]], [[Ragnaros the Firelord]] and [[Sylvanas Windrunner]] were removed from the Classic set and added to the new Hall of Fame set, thus moving them from Standard to Wild format. [[Captain's Parrot]] and [[Old Murk-Eye]] were also moved to the Hall of Fame set from the [[Reward set]]. Although not previously officially announced, [[Gelbin Mekkatorque]] and [[Elite Tauren Chieftain]] were also moved to the Hall of Fame set from the [[Promo set]].
 
 
All players received bonus [[arcane dust]] in compensation for the full [[crafting]] cost of copies of the above Classic cards they possessed. Note that the cards themselves were ''not'' disenchanted, only moved to Wild format.
 
 
Once moved to the Hall of Fame set, these cards were removed from their previous sets, and no longer feature in Classic card packs,<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/832371860402688000|2016-02-16|Ben Brode}}</ref> be offered as rewards in the [[Arena]], nor featured in the [[Highest Rank Bonus chest]]. Instead, as Wild format cards, they are now only obtainable through [[crafting]].<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/832382651080138752|2017-02-16|Ben Brode}}</ref>
 
 
A minor consequence of the change is that the [[Mage]], [[Rogue]], and [[Warlock]] classes now had only 5 common Classic cards each instead of 6,<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/832372902104178688|2017-02-16|Ben Brode}}</ref> making these classes slightly less likely to gain class cards from Classic packs.
 
 
The new set is intended to help keep the Standard format [[meta]] fresh and ever-changing. For more on the motivations behind the move, as well as comments on each card involved, see [http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20475356 the official blog].
 
 
[[File:Year of the Mammoth teaser.jpg|thumb|500px|The teaser giving hints about the expansions of the Year of the Mammoth before the release]]
 
 
;Dust refunds
 
At the start of the year players received [[arcane dust]] equal to the full crafting cost of any copies of the formerly Classic cards they possessed. [[Captain's Parrot]], [[Old Murk-Eye]], [[Gelbin Mekkatorque]], and [[Elite Tauren Chieftain]] were ''not'' eligible for this bonus since the Reward and Promo sets were already exclusive to Wild format.<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/835216842020937730|2017-02-24|Ben Brode}}</ref>
 
* Dust was only awarded for copies up to the maximum number of cards you could put in a deck:<ref name=yotmb/>
 
** Maximum of 1 copy for legendaries - [[Ragnaros the Firelord]], [[Sylvanas Windrunner]]
 
** Maximum 2 copies for all other cards - [[Conceal]], [[Ice Lance]], [[Power Overwhelming]], [[Azure Drake]]
 
* The refund prioritized [[golden card]]s over non-golden cards.<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/PlayHearthstone/status/832618636317696000|2017-02-17|PlayHearthstone}}</ref> For example:
 
** If you had 1 golden Conceal and 2 regular Conceals, you received dust equal to the full crafting cost of 1 golden and 1 regular Conceal.
 
** If you had 2 golden Conceals and 1 regular Conceal, you received dust equal to the full crafting cost of 2 golden Conceals.
 
** If you had 1 golden Sylvanas and 1 regular Sylvanas, you received dust equal to the full crafting cost of 1 golden Sylvanas.
 
* The dust was awarded automatically the first time the player logged in following the start of the Year of the Mammoth.<ref name=yotmb>{{cw|http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20475356|2016-02-16|A Year of Mammoth Proportions!}}</ref>
 
* The Year of the Mammoth update does not provide full disenchant value for these cards. Disenchanting and crafting will be of normal value for both before and after the update.<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/832304105624178688|2017-02-16|Ben Brode}}</ref> The procedure of refund for dust rewards is different from [[Card_changes#Disenchanting|that for card nerfs]].
 
 
As a result of the above rules, players could have capitalized on the move to (1) gain free cards, (2) gain free dust, or (3) upgrade to golden cards for reduced cost:
 
 
(1) Players who did not own the maximum usable number of copies of any of the cards listed could have effectively crafted them for free.
 
* At the start of the Year of the Mammoth, the full crafting cost was refunded, making them effectively free.
 
** This included golden cards (provided the player did not already own regular versions).
 
* Alternatively, if the cards were not desired, the player could have disenchanted them following the refund at normal disenchanting value (not the full crafting cost) of the cards.
 
(2) Players who did not already own two golden copies of the common cards listed could have gained a small amount of free dust by crafting golden copies, then disenchanting them following the refund.
 
* This amounted to 10 arcane dust for each golden common crafted (provided it was not already owned).
 
* This did not work for cards of other rarities, since their golden disenchanting values match their regular crafting values.
 
(3) Players who already owned regular versions but not golden versions of the cards could have also used the refund to get a discount on the crafting cost of their golden versions.
 
* The effective 'upgrade costs' for the golden cards involved are 35 for commons (down from 395 at other times); 80 for rares (down from 780); 300 for epics (down from 1500); and 1200 for legendaries (down from 2800). In each case, players would end with more dust than they started with; the "effective cost" is that they would end up with less total dust than if they just held on to the regular cards.
 
* For example, if the player owns 1 regular Sylvanas before Year of the Mammoth and does nothing, they would receive a 1600 dust refund when the card went to the Hall of Fame. If instead they disenchanted the regular Sylvanas (gaining 400 dust) and crafted a golden one (paying 3200 dust which would be refunded at the start of Year of the Mammoth), they would gain 400 dust, for a net cost of 1200. By contrast, upgrading a legendary to golden at any other time has a net cost of 2800 dust (3200 to craft the golden card, less a 400 dust gain for disenchanting the regular card).
 
 
Aside from the above three options, the dust values involved prevented players from exploiting the move.
 
 
For more details and calculations, see [https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/5uj8xt/maths_on_year_of_the_mammoth_dust_investments/ Maths on Year of the Mammoth Dust Investments].
 
 
====Daily rewards====
 
Each day from March 29 to April 5, players were rewarded for logging on with special bonuses.
 
[[File:Year of the Mammoth rewards chart.jpg|thumb|500px|A visual chart of the rewards]]
 
{| class=wikitable
 
! Date !! Reward
 
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| March 29 || 50 [[gold]]
 
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| March 30 || [[Mean Streets of Gadgetzan]] [[card pack]]
 
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| March 31 || 100 [[Arcane Dust]]
 
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| April 1 || [[Whispers of the Old Gods]] [[card pack]]
 
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| April 2 || [[Journey to Un'Goro]] [[card pack]]
 
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| April 3 || 50 [[gold]]
 
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| April 4 || [[Journey to Un'Goro]] [[card pack]]
 
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| April 5 || 1 x Golden [[Volcanosaur]]
 
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;Commentary
 
 
* [https://twitter.com/blisterguy/status/847412171835228162 Blisterguy - Happy New Year! (of the Mammoth)]
 
 
===Year of the Raven===
 
{{Year define|name=RAVEN|renderName=Raven|formatId=1}}
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="3" | Expansions
 
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|[[File:The Witchwood logo.png|50px|link=The Witchwood]] ''[[The Witchwood]]''
 
|[[File:The Boomsday Project logo.png|50px|link=The Boomsday Project]] ''[[The Boomsday Project]]''
 
|[[File:Rastakhan's Rumble logo.png|50px|link=Rastakhan's Rumble]] ''[[Rastakhan's Rumble]]''
 
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|}
 
</center>
 
[[File:Year of the Raven teaser.jpg|400px|right|thumb|A sneak peek at the content released during the Year of the Raven.]]
 
The third Standard year started with the release of the first expansion of 2018, ''[[The Witchwood]]''. The beginning of 2018 saw the [[Whispers of the Old Gods]], [[One Night in Karazhan]] and [[Mean Streets of Gadgetzan]] sets moved to [[Wild format]]. Additionally, three cards ([[Ice Block]], [[Molten Giant]] and [[Coldlight Oracle]]) from the [[Classic]] rotated to the [[Hall of Fame]] and for the first time ever, a nerf was reverted.
 
 
Like last year, the start of the new year brought special events, such as the release of [[Lunara]] hero.
 
<!-- This picture is not right: [[File:Year of the Mammoth rewards chart.jpg|thumb|500px|The rewards of the new year.]] -->
 
 
To celebrate the start of the Year of the Raven, starting March 26, 2018 until April 9, 2018, all quests rewarded a random [[card pack]] from [[Journey to Un'Goro]], [[Knights of the Frozen Throne]], [[Kobolds and Catacombs]], or from the new expansion, [[The Witchwood]].
 
 
====Hall of Fame====
 
When the Year of the Raven began, [[Ice Block]], [[Coldlight Oracle]], and [[Molten Giant]] were moved to the [[Hall of Fame]] set. The latter-most had its [[nerf]] reversed, setting the card's mana cost back to 20 mana, at the same time as being moved to the Hall of Fame.<ref>http://www.shacknews.com/article/103548/hearthstone-marks-2018-as-the-year-of-the-raven</ref>
 
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Later in the year, Blizzard announced that the mage, rogue, and warlock classes would receive 4 all-new cards in the Classic set — [[Icicle]], [[Tome of Intellect]], [[Call of the Void]], and [[Pilfer]] — in order to make up for the class cards that had previously been moved into the Hall of Fame set.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/blog/22483774/|title=Hearthstone: In the Works - September 18|author=[[Daxxarri]]|date=2018-09-18|accessdate=2018-09-18}}</ref>
 
 
===Year of the Dragon===
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;"
 
! colspan="4" | Expansions
 
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|[[File:Rise of Shadows logo.png|50px|link=Rise of Shadows]] ''[[Rise of Shadows]]''
 
|[[File:Saviors of Uldum logo.png|50px|link=Saviors of Uldum]] ''[[Saviors of Uldum]]''
 
|[[File:Descent of Dragons logo.png|50px|link=Descent of Dragons]] ''[[Descent of Dragons]]''
 
|[[File:Descent_of_Dragons_Galakrond%27s_Awakening_logo.png|50px|link=Galakrond's Awakening]] ''[[Galakrond's Awakening]]''
 
|-
 
|}
 
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[[File:Year of the Dragon teaser.jpg|thumb|400px|A sneak peek at the content released during the Year of the Dragon.]]
 
The fourth Standard year started with the release of the [[Rise of Shadows]] expansion. The beginning of 2019 saw the [[Journey to Un'Goro]], [[Knights of the Frozen Throne]] and [[Kobolds & Catacombs]] sets moved to [[Wild format]]. Additionally, three cards from the [[Classic]] ([[Naturalize]], [[Doomguard]] and [[Divine Favor]]) were moved to the [[Hall of Fame]], and six cards from [[The Witchwood]] ([[Baku the Mooneater]], [[Genn Greymane]], [[Gloom Stag]], [[Black Cat]], [[Glitter Moth]] and [[Murkspark Eel]]) were moved to the Hall of Fame instead of waiting for their scheduled rotation to Wild in 2020, which is the first time cards from an expansion were moved to the Hall of Fame.
 
 
To celebrate the start of the Year of the Dragon, starting March 25, 2019 until April 2, 2019, logging in daily rewarded a random [[card pack]] from [[Journey to Un'Goro]], [[Knights of the Frozen Throne]], [[Kobolds & Catacombs]], also a new [[Tavern Brawl]], Brawl Block – Year of the Mammoth, was available.
 
 
Beginning with the Year of the Dragon, the Arena draft pool is updated by rotating out sets and adding new ones twice every expansion to keep things fresh. With the first rotation, the Arena draft pool contained the following sets: Basic, Classic, Curse of Naxxramas, Whispers of the Old Gods, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, The Witchwood, and Rise of Shadows.
 
 
In the Year of the Dragon, Blizzard has made major changes to the Standard Card pool at other times besides the release of the expansions. On May 21, the [[Rise of the Mech]] event was announced, which brought Hearthstone's first-ever card buffs, and added the legendary mech [[SN1P-SN4P]] to [[The Boomsday Project]] card set. On October 8, the [[Doom in the Tomb]] event brought 23 Wild cards temporarily back into Standard play, and gave all players temporary copies of those cards. It also featured [[Galakrond's Awakening]], which was both an entirely new set of 35 cards and a return to classic [[Adventure]] mode gameplay.
 
 
One consistent feature was the [[Lackey]] ability, which generated evil minions for the player. It saw support and new synergies added throughout the entire year, and even had two new Lackeys - [[Titanic Lackey]] and [[Draconic Lackey]] - added for Saviors of Uldum and Descent of Dragons.
 
 
Another recurring theme of the Year of the Dragon has been the return of elements from previous years:
 
 
* [[Rise of Shadows]] was centered around villains from various earlier expansions, while [[Saviors of Uldum]] brought back the four heroes from [[The League of Explorers]].
 
* Several card mechanics from previous expansions returned, such as [[Quest (ability)|quests]], cards with [[Witch's Brew|echo]] and [[Mutate|evolve]] effects, and [[Forbidden Words|a new "forbidden" spell]].
 
* Galakrond's Awakening saw the return of mechanics from within the year itself, with new [[Twinspell]] and [[Reborn]] cards as well as additional Quest and Lackey support.
 
 
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===Year of the Phoenix===
 
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|[[File:Ashes of Outland logo.png|50px|link=Ashes of Outland]] ''[[Ashes of Outland]]''
 
|[[File:Scholomance Academy logo.png|50px|link=Scholomance Academy]] ''[[Scholomance Academy]]''
 
|[[File:Madness at the Darkmoon Faire logo.png|50px|link=Madness at the Darkmoon Faire]] ''[[Madness at the Darkmoon Faire]] ([[Darkmoon Races]])''
 
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|}
 
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[[File:Year of the Phoenix expansion teasers.jpg|400px|thumb|A sneak peek at the content released during the Year of the Phoenix.]]
 
The fifth Standard year begin with the announcement of [[Ashes of Outland]]. The beginning of 2020 (officially, April 7) saw [[The Witchwood]], [[The Boomsday Project]], and [[Rastakhan's Rumble]] rotate into [[Wild format]]. It also included five neutral cards inducted into the [[Hall of Fame]] - [[Leeroy Jenkins]], [[Mountain Giant]], [[Mind Control Tech]], [[Acolyte of Pain]], and [[Spellbreaker]].
 
 
The [[Priest]] Basic and Classic set received a major overhaul on March 26th, sending [[Auchenai Soulpriest]], [[Northshire Cleric]], [[Shadowform]], [[Divine Spirit]], [[Holy Fire]], and [[Prophet Velen]] to the Hall of Fame and introducing [[Psychic Conjurer]], [[Power Infusion]], [[Kul Tiran Chaplain]], [[Scarlet Subjugator]], [[Shadow Word: Ruin]], and [[Natalie Seline]] to replace them. It also had [[Power Word: Shield]], [[Holy Smite]], [[Shadow Word: Death]], [[Holy Nova]], [[Shadow Madness]], [[Temple Enforcer]], and [[Thoughtsteal]] reworked or buffed.
 
 
Additionally, the Year of the Phoenix introduced ''Hearthstone's'' first ever new playable [[class]] - the [[Demon Hunter]], represented by [[Illidan Stormrage (hero)|Illidan Stormrage]]. The Demon Hunter added 10 new cards to the Basic set and also came with 20 new cards in a special [[Demon Hunter Initiate]] set, which retroactively rotates alongside the Year of the Dragon. The class and all of these Demon Hunter cards are available for free by completing the [[Demon Hunter Prologue]], released April 2nd.
 
 
On March 17th 2020, a [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyC7HrKLea4 2-hour-long Hearthstone 2020 Showcase livestream] detailed the many things that were coming in the Year of the Phoenix.
 
 
Also, an interview with ''Hearthstone'''s Game Director [[Ben Lee]] and Production Director [[Nathan Lyons-Smith]] revealed how the large amount of changes planned for the Year of the Phoenix came to be, with the introduction of the new [[Demon Hunter]] class to ''Hearthstone'', the revamped [[Ranked]] league system, the extension of [[duplicate protection]] to all rarities when opening card packs, the [[Patch 17.0.0.44222|rework]] of the Priest class, the [[Hall of Fame#Year of the Phoenix|Hall of Faming]] of [[Leeroy Jenkins]] and many other cards, the gift of free new decks for [[Returning player experience|returning players]], and the promised delivery of new [[game mode]]s and player achievements in the near future. A look into the thought process behind implementing these radical changes this year is found in the interview here: [https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/10762/hearthstone-directors-ben-lee-and-nathan-lyons-smith-talk-year-of-the-phoenix Interview with Hearthstone directors Ben Lee and Nathan Lyons-Smith on Year of the Phoenix - InvenGlobal].
 
 
====Ranked Overhaul====
 
With the Year of the Phoenix, the [[Ranked]] reward system was overhauled. It now followed a system of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Legend. Each ranked is divided into 10 subranks (excluding Legend, which is unchanged). At the start of each season, players are returned to Bronze 10. However, getting further will unlock star bonuses, allowing higher-ranked players to more quickly climb. In addition, Ranked matchmaking was reworked to match players based on their performance and time played rather than simply their current Rank.
 
 
====New and Returning Player Experience====
 
[[File:Year of the Phoenix Card pack changes.png|200px|right]]
 
After leaving New Player ranks, new and returning players gained the option to select a class and gain a free, prebuilt deck. This unlocks every card in that deck, allowing the player to freely use the unlocked cards in any deck they choose.
 
 
[[Card pack]]s were also modified. All rarities now follow the Duplicate rule. You can no longer open duplicate copies of any card you own, unless you already have all cards of that rarity from that set. This is an expansion of the Legendary rule that was implemented in 2017 with ''[[Knights of the Frozen Throne]]''.
 
 
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===Year of the Gryphon===
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center;"
 
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|-
 
|[[File:Forged in the Barrens logo.png|50px|link=Forged in the Barrens]] ''[[Forged in the Barrens]]''
 
|TBA
 
|TBA
 
|-
 
|}
 
</center>
 
[[File:Year of the Gryphon expansion teasers.jpg|400px|thumb|right|A sneak peek at the content released during the Year of the Gryphon.]]
 
The first hint at the year's new features began on January 8th, 2021 as [[Alec Dawson]] and Cora confirmed that [[Edwin VanCleef]] would be rotated to Wild but would not be entering the [[Hall of Fame]]<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/Songbird_HS/status/1347593834780385287|2021-01-08|Cora}}</ref><ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/GW_Alec/status/1347599655102660610|2021-01-08|Alec Dawson}}</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/GW_Alec/status/1347667269346758657?s=20 Alec Dawson on Twitter.] (2021-01-08)</ref>. Announcements for the sixth standard year begin on February 9th, 2021 with the announcement of the [[Core]] and [[Legacy]] sets, removal of the [[Basic]], [[Classic]], and [[Hall of Fame]] sets, and introduction of [[Classic format]].<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/news/23620129|title=Introducing the Core Set and Classic Format|author=Blizzard Entertainment|date=2021-02-09}}</ref> While the year was currently unnamed, these were the headline features planned with its release. The year was officially announced at Blizzconline on February 19th along with the reveal of ''Forged in the Barrens''.
 
 
The introduction of the Core set greatly changes Standard. In place of the largely static Basic and Classic sets, the Core set contains 235 cards of various rarities that change yearly and are obtained for free. It reintroduces many cards from [[Wild format]] expansions, as well as a handful of entirely new cards like [[Novice Zapper]], [[Deathwing the Destroyer]], and [[Thrive in the Shadows]]. Some cards have also been [[Card changes|buffed]] to make them more competitively viable.
 
 
The Year of the Gryphon introduced [[Spell|Spell schools]] into the game as an analog to [[Minion|Minion types]] - [[Arcane]], [[Fel]], [[Fire]], [[Frost]], [[Holy]], [[Nature]], and [[Shadow]]. This allows for a new dimension of spell synergy and deck building, permanently changing how some spells interact with your deck.
 
 
Similar to the Year of the Dragon, the Year of the Gryphon roughly follows a linear plot, concerning mercenaries of the Horde and Alliance who will have their stories told throughout the year. A new set of [[Mission]]s called the [[Book of Mercenaries]] expands upon their stories.
 
 
The Year of the Gryphon will also introduce ''Hearthstone'''s third new game mode, [[Mercenaries]]. The player will command a team of Mercenaries through a randomly-generated set of [[Boss]]es as well as PvP battles, permanently gaining experience and stronger mercenaries as they play.
 
 
[[File:Year of the Gryphon roadmap.jpg|850px|center]]
 
 
==Design==
 
Standard format aims to create a fresher ''Hearthstone'' experience. With older cards steadily eliminated from the format, the [[meta]] will shift more regularly and more significantly, since new cards will have a larger impact. Design space will also be increased, since older cards will no longer restrict the possibilities for creating new cards. The combination of a smaller card pool and less limited design space is also expected to help the developers to balance the game.<ref name="AB"/> For newer players, Standard format will mean a smaller pool of relevant cards, making it easier for players to acquire the cards they need to be competitive.
 
 
The perennial inclusion of the Basic and Classic sets in Standard format is partly intended to help returning players to retain some familiarity with the game.<ref name="AB"/> The cards also serve as a foundation for the game, establish class identity, and are useful for introducing new players to Standard format with a "safe purchase".<ref name="AB"/><ref name="PCG">{{cite web|url=http://www.pcgamer.com/ben-brode-on-why-standard-hearthstone-has-to-ditch-the-old-card-expansions/|title=PC GAMER: Ben Brode on why Standard Hearthstone has to ditch the old card expansions|publisher=PC Gamer|author=Tim Clark|date=2016-02-02}}</ref> Additionally, the "iconic" cards in the Classic set help sustain the identity and familiarity of the game for all players.<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/695475067027722240|2016-02-04|Ben Brode}}</ref>
 
 
[[Ben Brode]] states that changes are possible for the future definition of Standard format, saying "I think there are lots of things possible once we've had some time to play with the two formats and see what's good and bad."<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/695419536938405890|2016-02-05|Ben Brode}}</ref> One possibility would be "reprints", making cards from Wild formats available once again in Standard format and for purchase, likely as part of a new set. Brode has said that this "certainly could happen",<ref>{{tw|https://twitter.com/bdbrode/status/695447909861437441|2016-02-04|Ben Brode}}</ref> which finally did with the introduction of the [[Core]] set.
 
   
 
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Standard format (or Standard) is one of Hearthstone's three game formats in Constructed. Standard format is intended to feature a fresher and more focused Hearthstone experience, with a limited pool of cards allowing greater design space, a more dynamically shifting meta, more balanced play, and an easier entry for new players.

Games played in Standard format are restricted to cards from card sets released in the previous two calendar years, in addition to the Core set. The lack of older expansion sets makes Standard format friendlier for new players.

During Standard matches, random effects that produce cards are also restricted to only choosing from Standard sets, although non-random effects worded to generate specific Wild cards continue to function normally.

Standard is available as a format in Constructed matches (Ranked and Casual), and Friendly Challenges. In addition, Tavern Brawls may occasionally use Standard format.[1] Standard is the default format for new players, and is used in all official tournaments such as the Hearthstone Grandmasters and Hearthstone World Championship.

The prefix Standard is used to refer to cards, game modes, and adventures which fall within the Standard format, or which are only available in Standard format. For example, a Standard adventure is one which is currently part of Standard format. Furthermore, cards which are valid for the current Standard year are termed Standard cards.

Standard format is updated annually when the first new expansion of the year is released, marking the start of the new "Standard year". Standard format was released together alongside Whispers of the Old Gods and Wild format on April 26, 2016.[2] At that time, Curse of Naxxramas and Goblins vs Gnomes were sent to the new Wild format, making cards from those sets unavailable in Standard format play.

Standard card sets[]

For a full list of card sets, see Card set list.

The following card sets are currently available in Standard format with the Year of the Hydra.

Card sets
FormatCard setRelease dateTypeYearCollectibleBy rarity
StandardMurder at Castle Nathria - SVG logo.svgMurder at Castle NathriaAugust 2, 2022ExpansionHydra270100 Common/70 Rare/50 Epic/50 Legendary
StandardVoyage to the Sunken City - SVG logo.svgVoyage to the Sunken CityApril 12, 2022ExpansionHydra17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
StandardFractured in Alterac Valley - SVG logo.svgFractured in Alterac ValleyDecember 7, 2021ExpansionGryphon20582 Common/63 Rare/27 Epic/33 Legendary
StandardUnited in Stormwind - SVG logo.svgUnited in StormwindAugust 3, 2021ExpansionGryphon17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
StandardYear of the Hydra - SVG logo.svgCoreMarch 30, 2021250130 Common/55 Rare/29 Epic/36 Legendary
StandardForged in the Barrens - SVG logo.svgForged in the BarrensMarch 30, 2021ExpansionGryphon17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary

Playing in Standard[]

For playing in other game formats, see Game format.

Players are able to select Standard format through the Constructed selection screen, or when challenging a friend to a Friendly Challenge. An icon shows the current Standard year's zodiac if Standard is selected. Matches played in Standard format will always see both players obeying the format's restrictions; players queuing for a Standard format match will never be matched against players from other formats.[1]

When playing a Standard game, players may only choose decks which are built entirely from Standard card sets, within the rotating two-calendar year window. In the deck creation or selection screens, Standard-legal decks are displayed with plain unadorned borders, while those containing Wild cards show a thorny vine wrapped around the border. Deck builders can convert a Wild deck to Standard using a button when hovering over the deck name, in which case Wild cards in the deck will be marked to allow for easy replacement. When editing a Standard deck, Wild-only cards from the player's collection are not displayed. The conversion can also be reversed, removing the restrictions on adding Wild cards to the deck.

During Standard games, cards that provide access to other cards randomly will only select from Standard sets, whereas in Wild they would be able to select from all cards. Mechanics restricted this way include summoning or transforming into random minions.[1][3] This focuses the gameplay on the more refined set of cards in the format, and prevents players from using random chance to access cards that have been restricted from the format. On the other hand, cards which specifically generate cards from other sets remain fully functional in Standard. For example, during the Year of the Kraken, The Grand TournamentBall of Spiders was valid even though the Webspinners it generated were from three years earlier in the Curse of Naxxramas set.[4] The WitchwoodToki, Time-Tinker was another example as she was able to add a random legendary minion from Wild format into the player's hand.

The Standard year[]

The release of the first expansion each year marks the start of a new "Standard year" in Hearthstone, also referred to as a "Hearthstone year".

Card set rotation schedule[]

With the beginning of each new Standard year, the selection of card sets available in Standard is updated, with the oldest year of card sets being moved to Wild format, allowing new sets to take their place in the new Standard year. By definition, Standard format includes only cards from the current and previous Standard years, alongside the core set.[1]

Note that the selection is not updated upon release of expansions past the first in any given year. This was intentionally designed in order to minimize the disruption caused by players having to constantly adjust their decks being invalidated by the frequent changes in the format, which can be especially disorienting to returning players.[5][6]

The following table is the card set rotation schedule for Hearthstone. The highlighted sets are in Standard format.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2014 Naxx* GvG
2015 BRM* TGT LoE*
2016 WOG Kara* MSG
2017 JUG KFT K&C
2018 TWW TBP RR
2019 RoS SoU DoD
2020 GA* AoO SA MDF
2021 DR# FitB WC# UiS DM# FAV
2022 OL# VSC ToT# MCN

* Adventure

# Mini-set

There are currently no plans for older card sets to be reintroduced into Standard later on.[1]

The Hearthstone Zodiac[]

The constellation of the Kraken

With the introduction of Standard and Wild formats in 2016, each Hearthstone year is now symbolized by a zodiacal constellation formed from stars in Azeroth's night sky to differentiate each different year in Standard.[1] The lore behind this is that the new year is heralded by a new constellation coming into alignment above Azeroth, marking "a time of jubilation and raucous revelry wherever Hearthstone is played".[1] Each year's constellation is marked by a different beast.

The current year's zodiac animal acts as a symbol for Standard format, as seen on the game format selection button on the Constructed screen.

History[]

For the history of game formats, see Game format#History.

Gallery[]

References[]

 
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 A New Way to Play. (2016-02-02). 
  2. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2016-02-02). 
  3. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2016-02-02). 
  4. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2016-02-02). 
  5. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-02-04). 
  6. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-08-10). 

External links[]