The Year of the Phoenix has begun

Hearthstone with a road map for the entire 2020

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Hearthstone 2020 Year of the Phoenix Roadmap

Let the Year of the Phoenix begin! (Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Hearthstone made the biggest announcement in its history with the Year of the Phoenix - a roadmap for the entire 2020 full of new features, cards, and content.

According to Blizzard, 2019 was the year with the most Hearthstone content in the game’s six-year history. It looks like they are aiming to beat the record because 2020 has just begun and they already have a huge number of features planned out.

Ilidan - Hearthstone 2020 Year of the Phoenix Roadmap Phase 1

Illidan looks prepared for Phase 1. (Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment.)

We already covered the biggest news regarding Phase 1 in our dedicated article. Namely, the new expansion Ashes of Outland, the new Demon Hunter class, and a complete Priest rework. This part of the roadmap will also introduce new balance changes, a complete star-based rank revamp and probably a feature that players have been expecting to see ever since 2016 - duplicate protection.

Once implemented, this system will make sure no more than two copies of the same card are opened from packs unless the player has collected all cards of that rarity already. Nice.

Hearthstone 2020 Roadmap

The entire Hearthstone 2020 roadmap. (Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Phases 2 and 3

For the rest of the Year of the Phoenix, Blizzard have outlined their plans. Of course, Ashes of Outland will be followed by two more thematic expansions, just like every year. On top of that, we’re promised one big seasonal event for every phase - such as the Festival of Fire, coming with cool special quests that offer vastly increased rewards in gold and packs.

On top of that, we can expect to see a brand new game mode that’s similar in gameplay to Arena but will use our collections to draw from, instead of the “bucket” system.

Lastly, the roadmap has four icons that are “magically locked”. This must be the killer content Blizzard is saving for last. We are dying to find out what these are all about.

Needless to say, once we know, we’ll share it with you, so keep refreshing the EarlyGame Hearthstone section!

Nikola Petrov

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