When Patch 7.1 for Hearthstone lands later this month (well, next week, since there is but one week left in February), it’s bringing with it some pretty major changes to Arena that you might not be too big of a fan of.
Up until now, Arena has been Wild. Every card that has ever existed in Hearthstone can be drafted in the Arena. That’s soon to change. After 7.1, Arena will now follow the Standard format that’s found in constructed. Cards from the Naxxramas and Goblins Vs Gnomes expansions won’t show up, and when the Year of the Mammoth begins soon (TM), the Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers sets will move to Wild and so too will they disappear from Arena.
That’s the biggest change coming, but it’s not the only one. In 7.1, Arena will feature fewer common cards, and certain cards (specifically Flame Strike and Abyssal Enforcer) will be intentionally reduced in frequency. More spells will also show up, and fewer neutral classic cards will appear.
Thoughts on the changes are split. Well, most everyone likes the latter changes, but plenty don’t seem to be a fan of limiting the card pool in Arena. Personally, I’m just happy Blizzard is starting to remember that Arena even exists. Up until recently, it seemed like it wasn’t much of a concern for Blizzard.