Hearthstone patch 20.0 update – Release date and features
Hearthstone 20.0 update has been announced officially that will bring a refreshed rewards track and a new cosmetic card tier, Diamond cards, along with a bunch of balance changes and improvements.
The update will be the biggest in the history of Hearthstone and is expected to release on March 25, 2021 (UTC). Here are the complete details about the Hearthstone 20.0 patch update.
Refreshed Rewards Track
Blizzard Entertainment has a very active development team that listens to its community. Thus, based on players’ feedback, the Rewards Track will be refreshed for the first time after the Forged in the Barrens launches. The players will get any unclaimed on both the free track and the Tavern Pass track (if purchased) automatically, and a completely new rewards track will be introduced. If you are not able to see the new rewards track, log in to the game again.
The Rewards Track Rewards will include card packs from expansions in Standard, the Zuldazar card back, Tavern Tickets, a random Epic card, two random Legendary cards, and a lot of Gold. Once a player finishes the track, he can choose one of the ten returning Hero Skins.
Not only this, the number of core reward levels has been doubled from 50 to 100, and the amount of XP required to reach each level has been halved. Also, they have additionally changed the number of rewards at each level to distribute them all more adequately across the entire track.
A new card pack called the Year of the Phoenix packs has been added to the free track, which contains cards from sets released in the Year of the Phoenix: Ashes of Outland, Scholomance Academy, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, and the Darkmoon Races Mini-Set.
Here are the additional changes made except the Rewards Track:
- Instead of progress bars, Achievements in the Journal now will showcase the total percent progress for each Achievement category.
- Players will now be able to re-roll the guaranteed Weekly Quest: Win 5 games of Ranked Play Mode.
It is important to note that the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Gameplay’s incomplete achievements will no longer grant Reward Track XP after the 20.0 patch is released; however, you can start earning them from Forged in the Barrens Gameplay achievements.
With the arrival of Forged in the Barrens Tavern Pass, an all-new cosmetic card tier for Hearthstone: Diamond cards are introduced that were previously spell-locked for Phase 1 on the roadmap for the Year featuring completely new 3D animations, more real estate for card art, and a stylish Diamond border. Blademaster Samuro and Bru’kan will be a part of Diamond cards in Forged in the Barrens, which can be unlocked as follows:
- Diamond Blademaster Samuro – Players can instantly obtain this card by purchasing the Forged in the Barrens Tavern Pass and claiming the card on the Rewards track.
- Diamond Bru’kan – This card can be obtained by completing the Forged in the Barrens Legendary Collector 5/5 Achievement (Collect all Legendary cards from the set)
Forged in the Barrens Tavern Pass
The Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Tavern Pass will expire with the Forged in the Barrens release, and players will be able to purchase the Tavern Pass, including new cosmetic rewards and XP boosts.
In addition to this, if a player purchases the Pavern Pass, the below-listed rewards will be unlocked immediately:
- Diamond Blademaster Samuro Legendary card.
- 10% XP Boost that lasts for the duration of the expansion.
- All items up to your current level on the paid track.
As a player progresses with the Tavern Pass during the Forged in the Barrens expansion, he will earn additional XP Boosts, the Barrens card back, the uncraftable Shadowhunter Vol’jin Golden Legendary minion, the Firefang Rexxar Hero Skin, and an all-new cosmetic coin.
In addition to this, Hero Skins for the new Mercenaries introduced in Forged in the Barrens: three Rokara Warrior Hero Skins, three Kurtrus Demon Hunter Hero Skins, and three Xyrella Priest Hero Skins can also be earned.
New Cosmetic Coins
Three new Cosmetic Coins will be added, two of which are themed after Forged in the Barrens and can be claimed in the following way:
- Completing the first 90 levels of the Rewards Track with the Tavern Pass.
- Collecting 135 unique Forged in the Barrens cards.
A 35 card Mini-Set for Forged in the Barrens will be introduced so that the second achievement will become much easier once there are 170 to collect in total. There will be additional information regarding the Forged in the Barrens Mini-Set in the coming months.
Also, the Bigglesworth coin is added for collecting one of every card from Scholomance Academy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ques. Can Diamond cards be disenchanted?
Ans. Diamond cards are uncraftable and cannot be disenchanted. In addition to this, Diamond cards cannot be found in card packs.
Ques. How do the uncraftable Golden cards on the Reward Track work?
Ans. Golden cards on the free track cannot be crafted, disenchanted, or obtained from card packs. When the Rewards Track refreshes, these Golden cards will be earnable via other methods. However, Non-Golden versions of these cards will still be earnable through normal means such as crafting or pack opening.
Ques. Will players be able to buy the next Mini-Set with Gold?
Ans. Like the Darkmoon Races Mini-Set, players will be able to purchase the next Mini-Set with real money or Gold.