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Year of the Raven Survival Guide

Updated 5th April 2018

Year of the Raven Survival Guide

2018: Year of the Raven

Year of the Raven has been announced by Blizzard! Click the link for the full announcement!

What Does This Mean?

There are FIVE (so far) main things happening in Year of the Raven.

Year of the Raven Fireside Chat with Ben Brode

1. Set Rotation

There will be three sets (released in 2016) that are rotating out of Standard and into Wild only:

  • Whispers of the Old Gods
  • One Night in Karazhan
  • Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

That means Standard will only include the following sets and any new sets that comes out in 2018:

  • Classic
  • Journey to Un'Goro
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne
  • Kobolds and Catacombs

The rotation will take place on April 12, 2018 - when The Witchwood expansion is released!

New Expansions in 2018
New Expansions in 2018

2. Classic Cards and Hall of Fame

When a classic card is moved to the Hall of Fame, they will only be exclusive to the Wild Format. The following classic cards are leaving Standard:

  • Ice Block
  • Coldlight Oracle
  • Molten Giant (Molten Giant will also be un-nerfed. The mana cost will be reverted back to 20 from 25)

Ice block 3ccdd935 Coldlight oracle e1ebb691 Molten giant 1beecd24

The cards above will be joining cards like Ragnaros the Firelord and Sylvanas Windrunner in the Hall of Fame.

Arcane Dust Refund

Unlike previous dust refund situations (if a change was made to a card, players can disenchant/dust the card for its full value for a limited time), Blizzard will refund you the arcane dust if you own any of the six cards above without having you actually dust them! So for example, if you own Ice Block when the first 2018 expansion is released, you will get 400 (800 if you have two copies) arcane dust for free.

There are 2 main criteria:

  • You will only gain the dust value up to the maximum number of cards you could put in a deck. Example: If you have 6 Coldlight Oracle in your collection, you will only get 200 arcane dust (value of 2 Coldlight Oracle).
  • If you have both the golden and regular version of the card, you will get the golden version's dust value. Example: If you have both the golden (2 copies) and regular version (2 copies) of Ice Block, you will only get 3,200 arcane dust.

Free Cards

Here is a table showing the crafting cost and disenchanting/dusting cost of the cards at different rarity:

Rarity Craft Cost Craft Golden Disenchant Cost Disenchant Golden
Legendary 1600 3200 400 1600
Epic 400 1600 100 400
Rare 100 800 20 100
Common 40 400 5 50

If you have arcane dust lying around, now is the perfect time to use them to craft golden (or normal) versions of the six cards above - you will get the full value back at release - and then you can either keep the cards or dust them for a little extra dust.

Example: Timmy does not have Molten Giant but he has 500 extra arcane dust. He crafts a regular Molten Giant for 400 dust, a week before the first 2018 expansion is released. When the new set is released, Timmy will automatically get 400 extra dust in his collection because he owns a regular Molten Giant. Timmy basically got a free Molten Giant!


If you have a regular version of one of the six cards above and want to upgrade to the golden version, you will be paying less dust for it compared to normal circumstances.

Example: Spike has a regular version of Ragnaros the Firelord and wants the golden version. When the patch is released, he will get 1,600 dust for his regular version. But if he crafts a golden Ragnaros (3,200 dust), he will get 3,200 dust back after the expansion (Blizzard will refund just the golden version if players have both). He ends up with a golden and a regular version of Ragnaros, with no extra arcane dust. Spike has the option to disenchant the regular Ragnaros for 400 dust. Spike is essentially paying 1,200 arcane dust to upgrade a regular version to the golden version of Ragnaros the Firelord. (Under normal circumstances, it would cost 2,800 dust)

Here's a table showing the upgrade costs for the golden versions:

Rarity Upgrade Cost
Common 35
Rare 80
Legendary 1200


The above only works before the first 2018 expansion is released! Once it is released, you will not get any dust if you pick up any of the six cards listed above.

3. Faster Quests

Quests will be easier to complete and reward more gold in Year of the Raven!

  • Quest requirements will be lowered, allowing them to be completed faster.
  • 40 gold quest rewards are being bumped up by 25% so they now reward 50 gold.


  • OLD Play 20 minions that cost 5 or more. Reward: 40 gold
  • NEW Play 12 minions that cost 5 or more. Reward: 50 gold

4. In Game Tournament Mode

Information is still limited on the new mode but here is what we know so far:

  • Allow you to create custom tournament and invite your friends
  • Matchmaking and deck checking
  • From the screenshot, we can see it allows a Swiss Tournament with the format of 3 decks Last Hero Standing.
  • Beta to begin middle of 2018.

Quote from Ben Brode

This summer will see in-game tournaments launch in beta, enabling players to create their own ‘Swiss’ competitions using either the Conquest or Last Hero Standing formats.

“It can support a significant number of players, but it won’t have things like bans at launch,” said Brode, adding that competitive tournaments require a greater level of fine control than the initial version will offer. “We expect the feature will grow and evolve over time.”

The way it actually works is that the tournament organizer creates the event, then shares it as a code (presumably much as we do with decklists now) to potential participants. Verifying you’re using the correct decks will be handled on the client-side, and the organizer can set a time limit for each round. If everyone gets done early, you all click ready and move on with the next one.

Source: PC Gamer

In-game Tournament Mode Hype!
In-game Tournament Mode Hype!

5. New Druid Hero

Lunara is a dryad and she is the daughter of the demi-god Cenarius. You can obtain her by winning 10 games of Hearthstone in Standard Ranked or Casual mode when the next expansion officially launches.

New Druid Hero - Lunara the Dryad, daughter of Cenarius
New Druid Hero - Lunara the Dryad, daughter of Cenarius

Stay Tuned

That pretty much sums up the latest information on Year of the Raven. We'll update this guide as we get more information so be sure to book mark this page!

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