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Hearthstone progress to be completely wiped, making way for major update

by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Sep 30, 2013 12:20PM PDT

The beta for Blizzard's Hearthstone is on the verge of receiving a major update. Much of the game's UI and rewards system will get a major overhaul and, because of that, all player progress is set to get completely wiped. So make peace with your all-powerful deck now, because you won't get to keep it for much longer.

"If you are participating in the Hearthstone closed beta test, your progress will be reset," reads a statement on the Hearthstone blog. "This includes your gold, experience and class levels gained through play, arcane dust quantities, cards unlocked through progression, and your medal ranking in Ranked Play mode. When you load up the game afterwards, it will be as if you were starting in Hearthstone as a new player." The post adds that all money spent in-game will be fully reimbursed as gold. Blizzard adds that this is expected to be the last of the wipes.

A separate post goes into more detail about the update, which Blizzard says is based on user feedback. Daily quests and crafting will be refined to be more user-friendly. Classes will also be balanced, with Rogues getting their spells adjusted, while Warriors and Priests get some newer, stronger cards.

Look for gold allocation to receive a major change, as well. "The rate that you acquire gold has been one of the other most-commented on topics on our forums. This patch will improve the gold output of Play mode, changing the gold generation rate from 5 gold per five wins to 10 gold per three wins. We will be monitoring this update as we progress further into closed beta and will continue to make changes as needed."