Last month, Blizzard announced that it would finally be addressing a long-awaited request from the community in regard to card packs in Hearthstone.
Owning either a golden or non-golden version of a legendary card, from say the latest Journey to Un’Goro, will guarantee that the player does not receive a duplicate from that same expansion pack. The only way of unlocking the same legendary card is if the player owns all the legendary cards from a specific set.
Blizzard is also ensuring that players will unlock a legendary card from the first ten packs of a new set. The developer, however, did not explain whether this replaces or reduces the controversial “pity timer” of Hearthstone card packs. In the worst case scenario, players are guaranteed to get at least two or three legendary cards from the fifty card packs gained from pre-ordering a new expansion.
Finally, Blizzard is reducing the number of copies produced by any single card pack. Players will no longer see three or more of the same common, rare, or epic card after zealously unlocking a pack.
All of the aforementioned changes were previously scheduled to go live for Hearthstone with the launch of Knights of the Frozen Throne later this month. However, the developer announced today that the community will not have to wait until the end of the month to start unpacking their card packs.
“We decided to have this feature go live as soon as possible so you could continue to flesh out your collection before Knights of the Frozen Throne goes live,” reads a post on the official blog.
Knights of the Frozen Throne will feature 135 new cards and is scheduled to release in mid-August. The Blizzard Shop has already started taking pre-orders. For $49.99, you will receive 50 card packs of the new expansion. In addition, owners will get access to the “soul-devouring” Frostmourne card back.