The new Patch 23.6 has brought us a couple of unexpected surprises (although you could say that Hearthstone developers had teased something) for Arena, largely good with a small side of bad. The bad part has to do with the fact that there is already a new season commencing all of a sudden, and this time we were given absolutely no warning well in advance. So if you've already patched your Battle.net clients and you didn't have a run in progress (or it wasn't sitting at 2 losses), you might've lost out on some free rewards and a Tavern Ticket. Mobile users might still stand a chance to benefit if their desktop version hasn't been already updated!
But perhaps the fresh time-limited flavorful Arena addition can sweeten the deal. First things first, there is this new rotation as follows:
Quote From Blizzard
When Patch 23.6 launches, all current Arena runs will end and a new Arena season will begin. The eligible card sets will rotate so that the following sets will make up the Arena card pool:
- The Boomsday Project
- Descent of Dragons
- Forged in the Barrens
- United in Stormwind
- Fractured in Alterac Valley
- Voyage to the Sunken City
- Taverns of Time
Wait. Rewind. What was that last one?
Hmm, most curious. Besides the usual set rotation, we've got a rare special event unfolding for the game mode - Taverns of Time! Actually, that's something we've already seen in Arena once upon a time - between June 11, 2018 and July 2, 2018. It's been quite a few years since and the unique flavor didn't really last for long, so it might be a brand new thing for a number of players. Back then, the event also had its own set of special quests rewarding gold and dust (nowadays with the Rewards Tracks in place, these options are no longer the case).
Quote From Blizzard
That’s Right, Taverns of Time Returns to Arena!
The Arena-only set, Taverns of Time, is returning to Arena with several adjustments to update the set for the game’s current state. Murozond has been removed from the set—he can’t be trusted messing with time, honestly—and many of the set’s other 28 cards have had their costs or stats adjusted.
That special iteration of Murozond used to looked like this, for reference. If you're curious what else is there, you can view the old versions of the cards following this link; the patch notes didn't include any of the updated models for us to showcase right now, but we'll be sure to look into that at a later date. According to Modes Design Lead Matt London, the official site should have them all listed by now... or, you know, eventually.
You should be able to come across any of these Arena-exclusive cards during your drafts.
Excited to see something special and unexpected take place within the confines of Arena, or somewhat disappointed by the sudden new rotation switch? Did you have the opportunity to play the mode during Taverns of Time in the past?
I have over 9 tavern tickets, so not really phased that I missed out on 1 more. I'm not really an arena or duels player, but guess I'm sitting on free gold/packs indirectly so this event would be the perfect time to jump into arena again!
do i get a free tavern ticket if i would leave my run open at two losses? anyone knows?
Yes, this happens everytime there is a rotation.
Technically not true. Happens if they remove some sets. In the past, when rotation was Standard and they only added a set, there was no reset = no free ticket.
But ultimately, this will be a reset, so ticket should be awarded.
Omg how do you fuck up the Caverns of Time AGAIN. You had one year to improve, but instead of fixing things they just ended up BUFFING Cavern Dreamer from a 1/3 to a 1/4… AND WHY IS THE ROTATION STILL THE SAME? Just change the sets a bit. God, if these are the only “big changes” that the Arena lead can think of then the mode is going to remain doomed
Can we just remove Alterac/Stormwind from rotation? I swear those cards have been here for way too long and most of them are very broke
This is kind of a nostalgic event. I don't ever play arena, so I imagine I am sitting on dozens of tickets to use on this run.
Now that's a worthwhile reason to celebrate. You've been holding onto a good deal of packs and gold/dust, in a way!
Good call! I'm now playing on my phone for some additional rewards. Thanks for the heads up!
Nice, and good luck! I planned to do the same, but looks like I've already left my Arena runs at 2 losses. Didn't really enjoy the previous "opponents drop Colossals on curve" meta and thought I wouldn't have much reason to play until the new expansion release.
I agree, colossals appear too often, but some power outliers aside this meta is far from the worst and actually quite enjoyable now that some powerful neutrals have seen their appearance rate adjusted. Matt London and his team are doing a good job so far. And even if they weren't I like the fact that Arena is finally getting some attention these days.
Good thing I always buy a new ticket immediattely even though I'm not planning to play necessarily. Made it to 6-2 with hunter be it with a colossal in the deck in the form of Ozumat.