Changes should improve player progression and matchmaking.
Big changes are coming to Hearthstone‘s Ranked Play this March.
Blizzard announced on Twitter the Ranked Play ladder is changing, and Hearthstone game director Ben Brode detailed what players can expect in the video below.
Beginning with the start of the March 2018 Ranked Play season, we’re making improvements to Hearthstone’s Ranked Play ladder experience. Check out the video below to see what to expect, as well as the philosophy and intentions behind the update. pic.twitter.com/mIsbxHtyQ7
— Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) January 25, 2018
Brode noted how in the current system, players at the top of the ladder have to grind through too many ranks to get back to the point where matches feel “fair and fun” each season. He also said players at the bottom end of the ladder “don’t get enough progression,” and some players feel they are “hitting a wall” after hitting Rank 20.
To alleviate these issues, starting with the March 2018 season, all players will be reset by only four ranks. This means players ending a season at Rank 15 will begin the next season at Rank 19, and players reaching Legend will reset to Rank 4 the following season.
In addition, every rank will now be 5 stars, so all players should now experience the same amount of progression. Brode says these two changes will work together to address matchmaking issues. If high ranking players aren’t completely reset, low ranking players will see them far less frequently, resulting in more fair matches for all players.
The team is also changing the requirement to obtain the monthly card back and other rewards. Previously, players had to achieve Rank 20 each month, but now players will only have to win 5 Ranked games.
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Brian Barnett is an IGN freelance writer and newly obsessed Hearthstone player. You can follow and chat with him (he’s super friendly) on Twitter at @Ribnax.