A slew of updates were announced for Hearthstone today, including an all-new mode, an all-new expansion, and a complete overhaul of the game’s progression system. Hearthstone Duels First of all, the new mode is called Hearthstone Duels and it takes the deck-building gameplay that has been so popular in many single-player Hearthstone adventures in recent years and allows you to compete against other players. If you’ve played Dungeon Run, Monster Hunt, Rumble Run, The Dalaran Heist, or Tombs of Terror, you’ll get an idea of the format, but one key difference here is that Duels is structured like Arena, so players strive to 12 wins, while three losses end the race.At the start of a race, players choose a hero, each of whom has a custom hero power, then build their own 15-card starting deck to take in the race . These cards can be anything from the current legal pool for the mode, but instead of the usual limit of one copy of each legendary and two copies of each card from other rarities, Duels only allows one copy. of each card, regardless of the rarity. With each victory, players can choose between different options to add cards to their decks, and – as anyone who has played the solo adventures would expect – powerful treasures will be part of the mode as well, allowing players to do really on-the-Each season, heroes, hero powers, treasures, and card pool will change. The theme for the first season is Wizard Duels, so all ten heroes are removed from the Scholomance Academy expansion. And when it comes to the maps players can use, Season 1 will include the Basic and Classic sets, as well as Scholomance Academy, Curse of Naxxramas, and One Night in Karazhan.Duels will be a free-to-play mode, though there will also have a Heroic Option duels for 150 gold or a tavern ticket, with rewards based on your performance. The Duels beta will officially launch on November 17th, but there will be plenty of opportunities to play it before that. Players who pre-purchase a Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Pack (yes, this is the next expansion – we’ll get to that in a second) will get early access to Duels. How early? It is working right now. And once November 12 arrives, early access will open up for everyone. Hearthstone Duels Screenshots Old Gods, New Tricks, The Hearthstone team has also announced the game’s next expansion, and it’s a doozy. Welcome to Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, so named because the ancient gods chose WoW’s iconic Darkmoon Faire as the site of their return. Yes, the Four Old Gods are back as new Legendary Cards and offer playing power. Not only that, but the set will also include four Ancient God Artifacts – powerful spells inspired by the original card designs of the Old God of Whispers of the Old God. keyword – corrupted. Corrupted cards can be improved in hand by first playing a card with a higher cost than the corruptible card. With a neat touch, the corrupted card then gets a twisted new version of its original artwork. Sounds like a thoughtful new mechanic that should make deckbuilding interesting, not to mention a lot of decisions in matches. Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Announcement CardsMadness at the Darkmoon Faire (MDF) will launch the November 17 (or Nov 18 in ANZ), but now there are two pre-purchase options. The first bundle costs $ 39.99 ($ 53.95) and contains 45 Madness at the Darkmoon Faire card packs, a random MDF Legendary card, the N’Zoth card back, and early access to Hearthstone Duels. The Mega Bundle, meanwhile, costs $ 79.99 (AUD $ 109.95) and includes 80 Madness at the Darkmoon Faire card packs, five gold MDF card packs, one random golden MDF legendary card, playable hero N ‘Zoth Warlock Hero, N’Zoth Card Back, Battleground Perks, and Hearthstone Duels Early Access. The New Game Board. Last but not least, the team also announced the biggest overhaul to Hearthstone’s progression system, and it will arrive on November 12. The change includes an achievement system, central reward track, quest overhaul, and updated profile page. Let’s review these: Achievements have been requested since the very beginning of Hearthstone and they’re finally coming! The system will include a wide range of stats across all game modes, let you search for game achievements by class, and even let you easily track your map collection and ranked milestones.Another major change is the move to a experience. reward system based on. Yes, with each new expansion, players will be able to gain experience by completing quests, unlocking specific achievements, and simply playing the game, and in doing so, making their way through a 50-level rewards track. Along the way, you will receive gold, card packs, cards, and cosmetics. And reaching level 50 will allow players to earn one of ten new hero skins. Purchasing a Tavern Pass can also add bonus items to be earned in the reward track, including XP boosts and additional cosmetics. As mentioned, completing quests now rewards players with XP. to push them along their reward trail. However, there will still be more quests to complete, with daily quests to which are added brand new weekly quests. You’ll have three at the start of each week, and like the Daily Quests, a Weekly Quest can be relaunched each day.Finally, starting November 12, each player will now have an in-game profile page with lifetime stats for their accounts. You can see the official announcement post here and see the VOD announcement on Hearthstone’s YouTube channel here.Hearthstone’s new progression system and reward track Cam Shea is based in Sydney and is still in love with Breath of the Wild. He’s on Twitter.