It’s not the huge overhaul to the Ranked ladder system that some veteran players were hoping for, but it’s a start; the March 2018 season will see the following modifications to the Ranked Play system of Hearthstone:
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
Most notable among the changes: At the start of each new season, players will only regress 4 ranks. (Previously, even Legend players would revert back to Rank 16: Questing Adventurer at the start of a new season, whereas now they’ll begin at Rank 4, making their grind back to the previous season’s achievement less time consuming and situated with players of their own skill level from the jump.)
The grind to the higher tiers on the Ranked ladder might be a lot easier come March.
Every rank now consists of 5-stars to advance through to the next one, (lower tiers like Rank 25-15 consisted of three to four previously) meaning players on the lower end of the ladder will derive a sense of progression more in line with those at the top.
Fans of cosmetic card backs, you’re also in luck: Monthly card backs only require 5 ranked wins to unlock.
Will these changes make the monthly Hearthstone grinds back to 10, 15 and 5 (or Legend) on the ladder more bearable? Sound off in the comments.