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12-15-2017

Hearthstone: Kobolds and Catacombs

Blizzard's Hearthstone has gone through some major changes in the last year. The biggest shakeup saw the game disallowing many of its older cards in the standard gameplay modes, moving them to a separate format called "Wild." The regular updates the game receives have also been changed. They used to alternate back and forth between campaigns and standard expansions, with the campaigns guaranteeing a specific set of cards for those who completed a series of puzzle battles. Over the last year, the development team has decided to move away from the story expansions, instead releasing just the standard expansions.

As a concession to those who preferred the old ways, the last two expansions have included a free mode similar to the older campaigns, though the reward has been randomized. The most recent freebie is some of the most fun I've had with Hearthstone since I started playing, but it doesn't hide the fact that the game has become a lot less friendly to those who aren't willing to pay for digital cards.

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