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Twist format (or Twist) is one of Hearthstone's three game formats in Play mode, replacing Classic format, with the others being Standard format and Wild format. Twist is a regularly rotating format, where each rotation can include curated card pools and special rulesets.[1]

Definition[]

Twist itself is a game format, while individual rotations within it are also officially called formats. Formats are formed from the available card sets that are in rotation. These formats can have unique names, such as "New Age", which includes Core and every card set from the Year of the Phoenix and onwards. Each format within Twist can also have special rules variants, such as disallowing the usage of all neutral cards. Formats can be reintroduced in the future, and they might come back with the same rules variant, a different one, or no rules variant at all.[1]

The symbol for Twist format is a whirlwind surrounded by leaves.

Availability[]

Format[]

For new players, Twist format will be locked away until they complete the New player experience's Ranked system, which is the same way to unlock Wild format.

Cards[]

Cards that can be used in the Twist format are based on the card sets that are currently in rotation. The individual cards can be unlocked normally, from card packs of the corresponding expansions as well as individual purhcases of adventures and mini-sets, which are all available both the in-game Shop and the Blizzard Shop.

Most Twist formats have "Battle-Ready Decks", which are pre-built decks which contain cards from the card sets that are available in the ongoing rotation.[2] Battle-Ready Decks for Twist format can be purchased with gold or real money.[3]

Cards within Twist format can only be unlocked from rewards such as Arena or Ranked play if their sets are also available in Standard format.

Design[]

Variety[]

Play screen (Twist format)

The Play mode screen with Twist format selected

One intention of the Twist format is to give players' collections more value. For Standard players, most of their cards become unusable after two years, and while they can be played in certain Tavern Brawls and Duels, developers wanted a competitive format where players could use these cards outside of Wild.[4]

While Standard format rotates yearly, and Wild format allows almost every card to be used in combination with each other, both formats are still predictable, and get solved after a while. Twist is meant to be unpredictable, where the changing card pools ensure that no single strategy can dominate the format for more than a few weeks.[4]

Twist got inspiration from Tavern Brawls, but it is intended to be an actual ladder format. Where Tavern Brawl is designed to hold players' interests for a day or two, Twist aims to keep players engaged for a month by featuring tamer rulesets than those of Tavern Brawls.[4]

Balance[]

Twist-exclusive balance is expected to be mostly from card bans, not card changes. This is due to Twist formats only lasting a month, where it's better to simply ban a problematic card for a few weeks until it rotates out of the format again.[5]

Twist is generally expected to get less overall balance support than Standard, but more than Wild.[5]

Current format[]

Twist's current rules variant is: No Demon Hunters or Death Knights - Demon Hunter and Death Knight classes won't be available in this rule.

Card sets[]

The following card sets are available in Twist with its current format: New Age

Card sets
FormatCard setRelease dateTypeYearCollectibleBy rarity
StandardFestival of Legends - SVG logoFestival of LegendsApril 11, 2023ExpansionWolf18369 Common/55 Rare/28 Epic/31 Legendary
StandardMarch of the Lich King - SVG logoMarch of the Lich KingDecember 6, 2022ExpansionHydra18369 Common/55 Rare/28 Epic/31 Legendary
StandardPath of Arthas - SVG logoPath of ArthasDecember 6, 2022Card setHydra2612 Common/8 Rare/3 Epic/3 Legendary
StandardMurder at Castle Nathria - SVG logoMurder at Castle NathriaAugust 2, 2022ExpansionHydra17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
StandardVoyage to the Sunken City - SVG logoVoyage to the Sunken CityApril 12, 2022ExpansionHydra17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
StandardYear of the Wolf - SVG logoCoreMarch 30, 2021Card set284155 Common/59 Rare/29 Epic/41 Legendary
WildFractured in Alterac Valley - SVG logoFractured in Alterac ValleyDecember 7, 2021ExpansionGryphon17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
WildUnited in Stormwind - SVG logoUnited in StormwindAugust 3, 2021ExpansionGryphon17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
WildForged in the Barrens - SVG logoForged in the BarrensMarch 30, 2021ExpansionGryphon17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
WildMadness at the Darkmoon Faire - SVG logoMadness at the Darkmoon FaireNovember 17, 2020ExpansionPhoenix17070 Common/46 Rare/25 Epic/29 Legendary
WildScholomance Academy - SVG logoScholomance AcademyAugust 6, 2020ExpansionPhoenix13552 Common/35 Rare/23 Epic/25 Legendary
WildDemon Hunter Initiate - SVG logoDemon Hunter InitiateApril 7, 2020Card setDragon208 Common/6 Rare/4 Epic/2 Legendary
WildAshes of Outland - SVG logoAshes of OutlandApril 7, 2020ExpansionPhoenix13552 Common/35 Rare/23 Epic/25 Legendary

Banned cards

As of patch 27.2.2.184727, there are a total of

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3 cards banned from the current season of Twist format.

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Cards banned from Twist
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SCH 356
BAR 542
RLK 651

History[]

Formats[]

This section documents the history of Twist formats through each month.

SeasonFormatStart dateCard setsRules
2New AgeJuly 1, 2023
Demon Hunter Initiate
Ashes of Outland
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
Murder at Castle Nathria
Path of Arthas
March of the Lich King
Festival of Legends

[Rule 1]

1New AgeJune 27, 2023
Demon Hunter Initiate
Ashes of Outland
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Core
Forged in the Barrens
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
Murder at Castle Nathria
Path of Arthas
March of the Lich King
Festival of Legends

[Rule 1]

Rules variants[]

As of now, Twist has a total of 2 different rules variant.

 
  1. 1.0 1.1 No Neutrals allowed - Neutral cards are banned from both deck-building and generation.

Trivia[]

Gallery[]

References[]

 
  1. 1.0 1.1 Blizzard Entertainment (2023-06-20). Introducing Hearthstone’s New Mode: Twist!
  2. Eric Law (2023-06-20). Hearthstone Developers Explain How Twist is Changing the Game
  3. Celestalon on Twitter. (2023-06-20). 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Eric Law (2023-06-21). Hearthstone Devs Share How Twist Came to Exist
  5. 5.0 5.1 DeckTech on Twitter. (2023-07-04). 
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