Hearthstone making ‘Wild’ sets purchasable again

Older card sets retired to the ‘Wild’ format in Hearthstone [official site] will soon become purchasable again, Blizzard have announced. Wild is format where all cards from every set are allowed, the one Blizzard created in 2016 to create a rolling metagame in the ‘Standard’ format with limited sets – and to make Hearthstone friendlier to new players. Blizzard had stopped selling cards for expansions only in Wild, but that made getting into Wild a faff for newer players who wanted to get into it. That’ll change “in the coming weeks”, when they all return to sale.

Blizzard’s blog says it plain and simple:

“If you yearn to return to the Wild, we have some good news for you!

“In the coming weeks, ALL Wild sets—including Expansions and Adventures—will once again become available for purchase on the Blizzard Shop at https://battle.net/shop/product/game/hearthstone!”

If people want to get cards for Wild play right now, they need to craft them individually. Buying packs is simpler, more generous, and more fun.

However, one thing Blizzard are slightly hazy on are whether they’ll only be buyable with real money or, like other sets, also with the fake virtuacash earned by playing. The Blizzard Shop only accepts real money, but Blizzard only mentioning that could be a clumsy plug for the Shop or… it’s not clear and Blizzard haven’t clarified yet.


  1. malkav11 says:

    Mainly I’m glad that older adventures will be made available again. They really seem to regard them mainly as vehicles for dispensing cards, but they’re the only singleplayer content the game’s got and making it unavailable just because the cards were no longer relevant in the main format was a decision I really disagreed with.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      The first two adventures were ok, but after that the “single-player content” was a joke. Even on Heroic, they rarely managed to force you to play anything other than a standard ladder deck. Their AI just isn’t up to the task.

      • goodgeorge says:

        Difficulty in any game is a very subjective thing. Heroic was brutally hard for me and most of my friends. Not because of AI, which is quite poor, but because of totally unfair cards or hero powers. All adventures were a bit too easy on normal mode though.

      • malkav11 says:

        I wasn’t terribly impressed with it, no. Singleplayer seems generally a bit of an afterthought. But still, that’s no reason to chuck it just because the cards it rewards are less relevant now.

  2. goodgeorge says:

    This is really good news. I really don’t understand why they chose to make the old adventures and expansions unavailable and probably also lose a lot of money in the process. A simple disclaimer when purchasing old content would have eliminated any potential for confusion. I’m not personally interested in Wild and already own all the adventures, but many prefer Wild over Standard and haven’t had the chance to play the excellent adventure content.