Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame is a Wild format card set. This means that Hall of Fame cards are only playable in Wild format matches. For more information, see Game format.

Hall of Fame is a special Wild format card set created on April 4, 2017, just before the start of the Year of the Mammoth. The set is formed by taking away cards from other sets to merge with its own set. So far, only cards from the Classic, Reward, Promo, and The Witchwood sets have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame currently contains 24 collectible cards.

With the move of cards into the Hall of Fame at the beginning of each Standard year, dust refunds were immediately given out to players who already had copies of those cards in their collection upon logging in (see section below for more details). Note that there was no adjustment period in which the cards could be disenchanted for full dust value.

Hall of Fame cards can only be obtained through crafting.[1]

Cards[edit | edit source]

The Hall of Fame card set features 24 collectible cards, including 11 neutral cards and 13 class cards.

Neutral[edit | edit source]

Rare (2 cards)
Coldlight Oracle(88).png
Azure Drake(280).png
Epic (2 cards)
Captain's Parrot(559).png
Molten Giant(94).png
Legendary (7 cards)
Old Murk-Eye(217).png
Elite Tauren Chieftain(682).png
Gelbin Mekkatorque(251).png
Genn Greymane(89336).png
Sylvanas Windrunner(33).png
Ragnaros the Firelord(503).png
Baku the Mooneater(89335).png
Uncollectible
Chicken(552).png
Murloc(715).png
I Am Murloc(714).png
Power of the Horde(717).png
Rogues Do It...(716).png
Emboldener 3000(240).png
Homing Chicken(423).png
Poultryizer(405).png
Repair Bot(439).png

Class cards[edit | edit source]

Druid[edit | edit source]

Naturalize(154).png
Gloom Stag(89341).png

Mage[edit | edit source]

Ice Lance(188).png
Black Cat(89342).png
Ice Block(28).png

Paladin[edit | edit source]

Divine Favor(581).png

Priest[edit | edit source]

Mind Blast(415).png
Glitter Moth(89340).png

Shaman[edit | edit source]

Murkspark Eel(89343).png

Rogue[edit | edit source]

Conceal(284).png
Vanish(658).png

Warlock[edit | edit source]

Power Overwhelming(170).png
Doomguard(507).png

Philosophy[edit | edit source]

Problematic, frequently-played, and design-hindering cards in Standard format are moved to the Hall of Fame to remove them from play in Standard format. When cards are moved to the Hall of Fame set, they are removed from their previous sets, and no longer appear in card packs from their former set or be offered as rewards in the Arena, Highest Rank Bonus chest, or Heroic Tavern Brawl.[2] For another reason, cards were also moved to the Hall of Fame to eliminate the Reward and Promo sets.

The developers state that, in the future, they will more likely move problematic Classic cards to the Hall of Fame, whereas problematic cards from other sets will be nerfed instead.[3]

According to Yong Woo, if a metagame largely consists of decks with too similar cores and ideas, the development team will consider making changes to problematic cards found in such decks. Moving problematic cards into the Hall of Fame is one way in which a fresh meta can be ensured; however, it is not something that the designers plan to do on a regular basis.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Year of the Mammoth[edit | edit source]

With the start of Year of the Mammoth, Conceal, Ice Lance, Power Overwhelming, Azure Drake, Ragnaros the Firelord, and Sylvanas Windrunner were removed from the Classic set and added to the new Hall of Fame set, thus moving them from Standard to Wild format. Captain's Parrot and Old Murk-Eye were also moved to the Hall of Fame set from the Reward set.[5] Although not previously officially announced, Gelbin Mekkatorque and Elite Tauren Chieftain were also moved to the Hall of Fame set from the Promo set.

Starting on April 6th 2017, all players upon logging in received bonus arcane dust in compensation for the full crafting cost of copies of the above Classic cards they possessed. Full dust refunds were granted for those cards that moved from the Classic set (and not the Reward or Promo set) to the Hall of Fame set,[6] up to the maximum usable number of copies owned, preferring golden copies over regular copies. Note that the cards themselves were not disenchanted, only moved to Wild format.

Once moved to the Hall of Fame set, these cards were removed from their previous sets, and no longer featured in Classic card packs,[7] be offered as rewards in the Arena, nor featured in the Highest Rank Bonus chest. Instead, as Wild format cards, they are now only obtainable through crafting.[8]

A minor consequence of the change was that the Mage, Rogue, and Warlock classes now had only 5 common Classic cards each instead of 6,[9] making these classes slightly less likely to gain class cards from Classic packs.

The new set was intended to help keep the Standard format meta fresh and ever-changing. For more on the motivations behind the move, as well as comments on each card involved, see the official blog.

Dust refunds[edit | edit source]

See also: Dust refunds

At the start of the year players received arcane dust equal to the full crafting cost of any copies of the formerly Classic cards they possessed. Captain's Parrot, Old Murk-Eye, Gelbin Mekkatorque, and Elite Tauren Chieftain were not eligible for this bonus since the Reward and Promo sets were already exclusive to Wild format.[10]

  • Dust was only awarded for copies up to the maximum number of cards you could put in a deck:[11]
  • The refund prioritized golden cards over non-golden cards.[12] For example:
    • If you had 1 golden Conceal and 2 regular Conceals, you received dust equal to the full crafting cost of 1 golden and 1 regular Conceal.
    • If you had 2 golden Conceals and 1 regular Conceal, you received dust equal to the full crafting cost of 2 golden Conceals.
    • If you had 1 golden Sylvanas and 1 regular Sylvanas, you received dust equal to the full crafting cost of 1 golden Sylvanas.
  • The dust was awarded automatically the first time the player logged in following the start of the Year of the Mammoth.[11]
  • The Year of the Mammoth update does not provide full disenchant value for these cards. Disenchanting and crafting will be of normal value for both before and after the update.[13] The procedure of refund for dust rewards is different from that for card nerfs.

As a result of the above rules, players could have capitalized on the move to (1) gain free cards, (2) gain free dust, or (3) upgrade to golden cards for reduced cost:

(1) Players who did not own the maximum usable number of copies of any of the cards listed could have effectively crafted them for free.

  • At the start of the Year of the Mammoth, the full crafting cost was refunded, making them effectively free.
    • This included golden cards (provided the player did not already own regular versions).
  • Alternatively, if the cards were not desired, the player could have disenchanted them following the refund at normal disenchanting value (not the full crafting cost) of the cards.

(2) Players who did not already own two golden copies of the common cards listed could have gained a small amount of free dust by crafting golden copies, then disenchanting them following the refund.

  • This amounted to 10 arcane dust for each golden common crafted (provided it was not already owned).
  • This did not work for cards of other rarities, since their golden disenchanting values match their regular crafting values.

(3) Players who already owned regular versions but not golden versions of the cards could have also used the refund to get a discount on the crafting cost of their golden versions.

  • The effective 'upgrade costs' for the golden cards involved are 35 for commons (down from 395); 80 for rares (down from 780); 300 for epics (down from 1500); and 1200 for legendaries (down from 2800).
  • For example, if a player owned a regular Sylvanas and did nothing, they would receive a 1600 dust refund when the card went to Hall of Fame at the start of Year of the Mammoth. If, instead, the player had disenchanted regular Sylvanas (for 400 dust) and crafted a golden Sylvanas (for 3200 dust, which would be refunded at the start of Year of the Mammoth), they would end up with a gain of 400 dust, for a net cost of 1200 compared to what they'd have gotten if they did nothing. By contrast, at any other time, upgrading Sylvanas would have a net cost of 2800 dust (3200 for crafting it, less the 400 dust gain for disenchanting the regular card).

Aside from the above three options, the dust values involved prevented players from exploiting the move.

A helpful guide on how to maximize dust refunds is here: Maximizing dust refunds for Year of the Mammoth. For more details and calculations, see Maths on Year of the Mammoth Dust Investments.

Year of the Raven[edit | edit source]

When the Year of the Raven began, Ice Block, Coldlight Oracle, and Molten Giant were moved to the Hall of Fame set. The latter-most had its nerf reversed, setting the card's mana cost back to 20 mana, at the same time as being moved to the Hall of Fame.[14]

Dust refunds were given out to players as described in the Year of the Mammoth. A helpful guide on how to maximize dust refunds is here: Maximizing dust refunds for Year of the Raven.

Later in the year, Blizzard announced that the mage, rogue, and warlock classes would receive 4 all-new cards in the Classic set — Icicle, Tome of Intellect, Call of the Void, and Pilfer — in order to make up for the class cards that had previously been moved into the Hall of Fame. When designing these four new cards, Blizzard were thinking about new players' first experiences playing Hearthstone. The new Classic cards were designed to be relatively straightforward while still creating some exciting moments, and give players a chance to see and play with cards that they don't own. At the same time, it's important that the new Classic cards aren't so powerful that they limit future design or cause problems since they're intended to permanently remain in Standard.[15]

Blizzard further stated that they expect more cards to join the Hall of Fame in the future, and that since there are still some gaps in the Classic sets where neutral Legendary cards joined the Hall of Fame, they are considering adding some new Classic cards down the line.[15]

Year of the Dragon[edit | edit source]

When the Year of the Dragon began, nine cards were moved to the Hall of Fame.[16] Three of them were from the Classic set: Naturalize, Doomguard, and Divine Favor. The other six were from The Witchwood set: Baku the Mooneater, Genn Greymane, and their synergy cards Gloom Stag, Black Cat, Glitter Moth, and Murkspark Eel.

Dust refunds were given out to players as described in the Year of the Mammoth. A helpful guide on how to maximize dust refunds is here: Maximizing dust refunds for Year of the Dragon. A simple flowchart guide is here: Simple flowchart guide.

Later in the year on July 1, 2019, Blizzard rotated two further cards - Vanish and Mind Blast. Since these were Basic cards, they had their rarity increased to Common in addition to being moved. They were replaced in the Basic set, and in the players' collection, by Plaguebringer and Radiance, respectively. Blizzard also added 8 new cards to the Classic set, replacing previously rotated class and neutral cards, thus making the Classic set complete and balanced again. These cards are Siegebreaker, Gift of the Wild, Righteousness, Brightwing, High Inquisitor Whitemane, Barrens Stablehand, SI:7 Infiltrator, and Arcane Devourer.[17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16). 
  2. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16). 
  3. Developer Insights Live - Year of the Mammoth Q&A. (2017-02-21). 
  4. Dev interview with Producer Yong Woo about the Mammoth-sized changes in Hearthstone. (2017-02-17). Retrieved on 2017-04-04.
  5. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-18). 
  6. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-24). 
  7. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2016-02-16). 
  8. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16). 
  9. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16). 
  10. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-24). 
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Year of Mammoth Proportions!. (2016-02-16). 
  12. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2017-02-17). 
  13. Ben Brode on Twitter. (2017-02-16). 
  14. http://www.shacknews.com/article/103548/hearthstone-marks-2018-as-the-year-of-the-raven
  15. 15.0 15.1 Daxxarri (2018-09-18). Hearthstone: In the Works - September 18. Retrieved on 2018-09-18.
  16. Blizzard Entertainment (February 28, 2019). Light It Up in the Year of the Dragon. Retrieved on 2019-03-06.
  17. Blizzard Entertainment (July 1, 2019). Hearthstone Update – July 1 – Preparing for Saviors of Uldum!. Retrieved on 2019-07-06.