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Updates to Hearthstone are made in the form of patches. This page lists all Hearthstone patches to date.

New patches for Hearthstone are released regularly, fixing bugs and adding new cards, card backs and game features. Patches for desktop clients are downloaded automatically from the Battle.net launcher prior to launching the game, and players are required to update to each new patch in order to launch Hearthstone.

Larger patches are released sparingly, adding cards and data for new expansions and adventures, or more rarely major new features. Between these, smaller patches are more commonly released, fixing bugs and adding less-critical content such as new card backs, hero skins and cards and data for Tavern Brawls.

List of patches[edit | edit source]

This section list all patches that have been released in Hearthstone.

VersionBuildRelease dateHighlights
30.0.0 203120 2024-07-16 Perils in Paradise release, Arena rotation, Event Track: Perils in Paradise, New Core set card, Card changes
29.6.2 202360 2024-06-27
29.6.0 201392 2024-06-18
29.6.0 201108 2024-06-17 Perils in Paradise pre-order,   and   return to Core, Buddies return to Battlegrounds, Event Track: Midsummer Fire Festival, Diamond card disenchanting, MMR adjustments, Passive XP gain adjustments
29.4.2 200097 2024-05-23 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
29.4.0 199503 2024-05-17
29.4.0 198933 2024-05-14 Dr. Boom's Incredible Inventions mini-set, New Twist heroes, Card changes, Event Track: Aisle of Mischievous Toys
29.2.2 198711 2024-04-26
29.2.2 198608 2024-04-25 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
29.2.0 198037 2024-04-16 Battlegrounds Duos and Season 7, Card changes, Battleground card changes, Arena rotation, Event Track: Double Trouble, Diamond hero skins
29.0.3 197064 2024-03-28 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
29.0.0 195635 2024-03-11 Whizbang's Workshop release, New year: Year of the Pegasus, Card changes, Arena rotation, Event Track: Whizbang's Workshop, New types of catch-up card packs
28.6.3 195316 2024-03-02
28.6.2 194648 2024-02-22 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
28.6.0 193541 2024-02-13 Whizbang's Workshop pre-order, Event set, Event Track: Hearthstone 10 Year Anniversary, Battlegrounds updates
28.4.1 193128 2024-01-29 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
28.4.0 192896 2024-01-24
28.4.0 192412 2024-01-18 Delve into Deepholm mini-set, Arena treasure event and rotation, Event Track: Lunar New Year
28.2.3 191554 2023-12-19 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
28.2.1 190920 2023-12-08 Card changes
28.2.0 190416 2023-12-05 Battlegrounds Season 5 ft. Tavern Spells, Shop rework, Apprence Track, Event Track: Feast of Winter Veil, Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
28.0.3 190145 2023-11-28 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
28.0.0 189384 2023-11-10 Battlegrounds card changes, Arena bans
28.0.0 189017 2023-11-07 Showdown in the Badlands release, New Duels and Arena rotations, Event Track: Wanted: Dead or Alive!, Catch-Up card packs, Card changes
27.6.2 188645 2023-10-26 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
27.6.0 187190 2023-10-17 Showdown in the Badlands pre-order, Mass Pack Opening, Journey to Un'Goro card changes, Battlegrounds updates, Dual-class Arena, Hallow's End
27.4.2 186852 2023-09-28 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
27.4.0 185749 2023-09-19 Fall of Ulduar mini-set, Anomaly event, Event Track: The Great Yogg Escape, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates, Arena rotation
27.2.2 185054 2023-09-06
27.2.2 184727 2023-08-30 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
27.2.0 183876 2023-08-22 Battlegrounds Season 5 ft. Anomalies, Caverns of Time set, Wild card updates, Twist Season 1, Standard card changes, Duels card changes
27.0.3 183433 2023-08-10
27.0.3 182995 2023-08-08 Card changes
27.0.0 181554 2023-07-25 TITANS release, New Duels and Arena rotations, Event Track: Ulduar Grand Championship, Two new Core cards, Battlegrounds card changes
26.6.2 180614 2023-07-06
26.6.0 179020 2023-06-27 New game format: Twist, TITANS pre-order, Event Tracks: Twist - A New Age and Midsummer Fire Festival, Battlegrounds updates
26.4.3 178555 2023-06-15 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
26.4.0 175913 2023-05-31 Audiopocalypse mini-set, Event Track: Epic Duels of Rock Legends, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates
26.2.2 176014 2023-05-19 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
26.2.0 174258 2023-05-09 Battlegrounds updates, New and Season, New Event Track, Heroic Brawliseum
26.0.4 173781 2023-04-27 Card changes, Battlegrounds' Card changes, Duels' Card changes
26.0.2 172421 2023-04-14 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
26.0.0 170824 2023-04-04 Festival of Legends release, New year: Year of the Wolf, Card changes, Duels card changes and new season, Arena rotation, Event Track: Legends Take the Stage
25.6.2 170126 2023-03-24 Battlegrounds' Card changes
25.6.0 168788 2023-03-14 Festival of Legends pre-order, Event Track: Headliner's Tour, New , The return of Buddies, Battlegrounds card changes
25.4.3 168129 2023-03-03 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
25.4.0 165029 2023-02-14 Return to Naxxramas mini-set, Mythic Boss Rush, Mercenaries Factions and updated types, Arena rotation and new leaderboard
25.2.2 163976 2023-01-26 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
25.2.0 162867 2023-01-18 Battlegrounds updates, New and Season, New Event Track, Heroic Brawliseum
25.0.4 162171 2023-01-05
25.0.4 160910 2022-12-19 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Arena updates
25.0.3 160183 2022-12-09 Card changes
25.0.0 159202 2022-11-30
25.0.0 158725 2022-11-29 Death Knight release, March of the Lich King and Path of Arthas release, New Death Knight Core cards, Card changes, Battlegrounds new content, Duels new season and content, new content, Arena rotation, Duels rotation, New Event Track: The Lich King's Call, New Event Track: The Siege of Iceforge, New feature: Improved Duplicate Card Handling
24.6.2 155409 2022-11-10 Battlegrounds card changes, Arena updates
24.6.0 154818 2022-11-02
24.6.0 154203 2022-11-01 March of the Lich King pre-order, Legendary hero skins, New Event system, Hallow's End, Knights of the Frozen Throne returns to Standard, Battlegrounds updates, Battle Bash introduction, updates, Dual-class Arena and rotation, New returning player deck system
24.4.3 152904 2022-10-13 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
24.4.0 150659 2022-09-27 Maw and Disorder release, Battlegrounds Legendary Boards, huge updates, Arena rotation, Early Progression and Milestone Offer Updates
24.2.2 149417 2022-09-09 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes, Mercenaries card changes
24.2.0 148526 2022-09-02 Battlegrounds card changes
24.2.0 148211 2022-08-30 Runestone introduction, In-game reporting, Battlegrounds Season 2, Battlegrounds Quests, Battlegrounds Track, Battlegrounds card changes, Mercenaries card changes
24.0.3 147348 2022-08-16 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
24.0.0 145077 2022-07-26 Murder at Castle Nathria release, Battlegrounds new emotes, Duels new season and content, updates and balance changes, Arena rotation, New feature: Multiple Favorite/Random Hero Skins, Updated Returning Player Experience
23.6.2 144772 2022-07-15
23.6.2 144666 2022-07-15
23.6.2 143410 2022-07-11 Performance improvement, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, Taverns of Time card changes
23.6.0 142295 2022-06-27 Murder at Castle Nathria pre-order, Battlegrounds updates, event, Arena rotation, Taverns of Time, Fire Festival event
23.4.3 141643 2022-06-16 Card changes, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, '
23.4.0 139963 2022-06-01 Throne of the Tides release, Huge updates, Battlegrounds updates, Arena rotation, Book of Heroes: Faelin
23.2.2 139719 2022-05-20
23.2.2 139522 2022-05-19 Card changes, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, Duels' card changes
23.2.0 138759 2022-05-11 Arena micro-adjustments, Arena card bans
23.2.0 137922 2022-05-10 Battlegrounds update: Naga, update: N'Zoth event, New feature: Upgrading regular to golden, New feature: Copying deckcode in chat, New feature: Multiple favorite card backs
23.0.3 137436 2022-04-26 Card changes, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes
23.0.0 135540 2022-04-05 Voyage to the Sunken City release, updates, Battlegrounds updates, ' , New year: Year of the Hydra, Duels updates, Arena rotation, Duels rotation
22.6.0 134558 2022-03-22 Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes
22.6.0 133923 2022-03-17 Voyage to the Sunken City pre-order, Battlegrounds' system return, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, update, Book of Mercenaries: Dawngrasp
22.4.3 133122 2022-03-03 Card changes, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, '
22.4.0 131660 2022-02-15 Onyxia's Lair release, Battlegrounds updates, Duels' Card changes, first event, Arena rotation, Book of Mercenaries:  
22.2.2 131337 2022-02-08 Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, Duels' card changes
22.2.0 130051 2022-01-25 Card changes, Battlegrounds update: introduction, Duels' card changes, Duels update, update
22.0.2 128654 2021-12-20 Card changes, Battlegrounds' Battlegrounds/Card changes, update, Arena ban
22.0.0 127581 2021-12-06
22.0.0 126807 2021-11-30 Fractured in Alterac Valley release, Arena rotation, updates, Duels updates, Battlegrounds' board skin introduction, Battlegrounds updates
21.8.0 126451 2021-11-16 Fractured in Alterac Valley pre-order, Card changes, Battlegrounds new system, Battlegrounds card changes, card changes, Arena:   ban, Book of Mercenaries: Scabbs
21.6.0 124497 2021-11-02 Deadmines release, Hallow's End event, Book of Mercenaries: Cariel, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates and card changes, Arena rotation
21.4.4 121569 2021-10-21 Battlegrounds card changes
21.4.0 95431 2021-10-12 release
21.4.0 94969 2021-10-01 early access
21.3.0 93849 2021-09-21 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes, Arena changes
21.2.0 93227 2021-09-16 early access
21.2.0 91456 2021-08-31 Card changes, Battlegrounds revamp, Duels card changes, pre-order, Book of Mercenaries: Tamsin
21.0.3 91040 2021-08-17 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
21.0.0 88998 2021-07-27 United in Stormwind release, Rewards Track reset, Battlegrounds skins introduction, Arena rotation, Duels update, Book of Heroes: Illidan
20.8.2 86605 2021-07-15 Card changes
20.8.0 86601 2021-07-02 United in Stormwind pre-purchase, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes, Nozdormu Day implement, Darkmoon Prizes return, Book of Mercenaries:  , Book of Heroes:  , Fire Festival event
20.4.2 86314 2021-06-16 Wild format's ban introduction, Battlegrounds card changes
20.4.0 84593 2021-06-03 Wailing Caverns release, Card changes, Battlegrounds updates, Arena rotation, Purchasable-with-gold card backs and alternate heroes, Book of Mercenaries:   and Guff, Book of Heroes: Malfurion
20.2.2 82994 2021-05-12 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
20.2.0 81706 2021-05-04 New Quilboar minion type, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates, Tavern Regular alternate portraits, Book of Heroes:  , Battle-Ready deck introductions
20.0.2 79904 2021-04-13 Card changes, Arena changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
20.0.0 77662 2021-03-25 Year of the Gryphon rotation, Forged in the Barrens release, New Core set, New spell schools, New Classic format, Rewards Track reset, Card changes, Arena rotation, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates, Book of Mercenaries:  , Diamond card introduction
19.6.0 74257 2021-02-19 Forged in the Barrens pre-order, Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes, Book of Heroes: Valeera
19.4.1 72661 2021-01-28 Card changes, Duels card changes
19.4.0 71603 2021-01-21
19.4.0 71003 2021-01-21 Darkmoon Races release, Arena rotation, Battlegrounds updates, Duels updates, Lunar New Year event, Book of Heroes: Anduin
19.2.1 70828 2021-01-08 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
19.2.0 68600 2020-12-15 Rewards Track changes, Card changes, Battlegrounds updates, Darkmoon Prizes, Duels updates, Winter Veil event, Book of Heroes: Garrosh and Uther
19.0.0 66927 2020-11-13
19.0.0 65614 2020-11-12 Madness at the Darkmoon Faire release, Battlegrounds updates, New achievements, New Rewards Track, Quest revamp, New Profile, Duels updates, Arena rotation
18.6.1 65000 2020-11-05 Battlegrounds card changes, Duels card changes
18.6.0 63160 2020-10-22 Madness at the Darkmoon Faire pre-order, Duels introduction, Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
18.4.2 62331 2020-10-15 Battlegrounds card changes
18.4.0 60352 2020-09-29 Battlegrounds updates: Elemental, Card changes, Book of Heroes:  , Hallow's End event
18.2.0 58638 2020-09-09
18.2.0 58213 2020-09-08 Battlegrounds updates, Book of Heroes: Jaina, Forbidden Library event
18.0.2 56359 2020-08-18 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
18.0.0 54613 2020-07-30 Scholomance Academy release, Weapon frame changes, Hunter frame changes, Battlegrounds card changes
17.6.0 53261 2020-07-14 Scholomance Academy pre-order, Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
17.4.1 51510 2020-06-18 Battlegrounds card changes, Card changes
17.4.0 49534 2020-06-09 Battlegrounds updates: Pirate, Felfire Festival event, Trial by Felfire release
17.2.2 48705 2020-05-21
17.2.1 48313 2020-05-18 Card changes
17.2.0 47374 2020-05-12 Battlegrounds updates, Re-ordering deck introduction
17.0.2 45932 2020-04-20 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
17.0.0 45310 2020-04-09 Card changes, Arena changes
17.0.0 44582 2020-03-30
17.0.0 44222 2020-03-26 Year of the Phoenix rotation, New class: Demon Hunter, Ashes of Outland release, Priest revamp, Card changes, Duplicate protection, Arena rotation, Battlegrounds updates, Ranked system overhaul changes, Free Deck introduction
16.6.0 43246 2020-03-17 Ashes of Outland pre-order, Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes
16.4.0 42174 2020-02-26 Battlegrounds updates: Dragon, Arena rotation
16.2.3 40734 2020-02-06 Battlegrounds card changes
16.2.0 39954 2020-01-21 Galakrond's Awakening release, Battlegrounds updates
16.0.8 39282 2020-01-09 Card changes, Battlegrounds card changes
16.0.5 38377 2019-12-19 Card changes, Battlegrounds' card changes
16.0.3 38203 2019-12-12 Arena changes, Battlegrounds' card changes
16.0.0 37060 2019-12-05 Descent of Dragons release, Arena rotation, Winter Veil event, Battlegrounds updates, Echo and Transform changes, In-game Shop's New UI
15.6.2 36393 2019-11-11 Battlegrounds open beta, Battlegrounds' card changes
15.6.0 35747 2019-11-05 Descent of Dragons pre-order, Battlegrounds introduction, Daily quests changes, Smart Deck Builder introduction, Streamer mode introduction
15.4.0 34670 2019-10-08 Doom in the Tomb event, 1000-win alternate portraits introduction
15.2.0 33717 2019-09-10 Tombs of Terror release, Discover change
15.0.4 33402 2019-08-26 Card changes
15.0.0 32708 2019-08-01 Saviors of Uldum release, Arena rotation
14.6.0 31761 2019-07-01 Saviors of Uldum pre-order, Basic Hall of Fame rotation, New Basic and Classic cards, Card art changes, reduced Tavern Brawl downtime
14.4.0 31268 2019-06-03 Rise of the Mech, Card changes, Arena rotation
14.2.2 31022 2019-05-22 Card changes
14.2.0 30795 2019-05-14 The Dalaran Heist release
14.0.0 29933 2019-04-04 Year of the Dragon rotation, Rise of Shadows release, Regular Arena rotation introduction
13.4.0 29349 2019-03-14 Rise of Shadows pre-order
13.2.0 28855 2019-02-05 Lunar New Year event
13.0.9 28556 2019-01-24 Ranked system changes
13.0.3 28329 2018-12-19 Card changes, Arena changes
13.0.0 27845 2018-11-29 Rastakhan's Rumble release
12.4.0 27405 2018-11-05 Rastakhan's Rumble pre-order, New Classic cards
12.2.0 27358 2018-10-18 Card changes
12.2.0 26996 2018-10-02 Hallow's End event, New player ranks, New daily quests, New keyword Casts When Drawn
12.0.0 25770 2018-08-02 The Boomsday Project release, Arena changes, Game Mechanics Updates
11.4.0 25252 2018-07-10 The Boomsday Project pre-order, Midsummer Fire Festival event
11.2.0 24769 2018-06-06 Taverns of Time event
11.1.1 24589 2018-05-22
11.1.0 24377 2018-05-08 Arena changes
11.0.0 23966 2018-04-10 Year of the Raven rotation, The Witchwood release, Daily quest improvements, Friendly Challenge deck sharing introduction, Arena rotation
10.4.0 23576 2018-03-11 The Witchwood pre-order
10.2.0 23180 2018-02-06 Card changes
10.0.0 22611 2017-12-06 Kobolds & Catacombs release
9.4.0 22115 2017-11-06 Kobolds & Catacombs pre-order
9.2.0 21517 2017-10-17 Arena changes, Upgraded Fireside Gathering support, Hallow's End event
9.1.0 20970 2017-09-18 Card changes
9.0.0 20457 2017-08-08 Knights of the Frozen Throne release
8.4.0 20022 2017-07-10 Knights of the Frozen Throne pre-order, Card changes, Arena changes
8.2.2 19632 2017-06-13
8.2.0 19506 2017-06-01 Deck Importing introduction, Friendly Feud introduction, Improved search feature, Pick a Replacement introduction
8.0.4 18792 2017-04-22
8.0.0 18336 2017-04-04 Year of the Mammoth rotation, Journey to Un'Goro release, Hall of Fame introduction, Reward and Promo removals
7.1.1 17994 2017-03-09
7.1.0 17720 2017-02-28 Journey to Un'Goro pre-order, Card changes
7.0.0 15590 2016-11-29 Mean Streets of Gadgetzan release
6.2.0 15300 2016-11-08
6.2.0 15181 2016-10-20 Card changes
6.1.3 14830 2016-10-03 Card changes
6.1.1 14406 2016-09-15
6.1.1 14366 2016-09-15 Arena updates, Welcome Bundle introduction
6.0.0 13921 2016-08-09 One Night in Karazhan release
5.2.2 13807 2016-07-26
5.2.0 13740 2016-07-15
5.2.0 13714 2016-07-14
5.2.0 13619 2016-07-12 Recruit A Friend introduction, Game mode ID system
5.0.0 13030 2016-06-01
5.0.0 12574 2016-04-24 Standard format introduction, Year of the Kraken rotation, Whispers of the Old Gods release, Card changes, UI changes
4.3.0 12266 2016-04-14
4.2.0 12051 2016-03-14 Whispers of the Old Gods pre-order, 9 additional deck slots, UI changes
4.1.0 11461 2015-12-04
4.1.0 10956 2015-12-04
4.0.0 10833 2015-11-10 The League of Explorers release
3.2.0 10604 2015-10-20 Card changes
3.1.0 10357 2015-09-29
3.0.0 9786 2015-08-18 The Grand Tournament release
2.8.0 9554 2015-07-29 The Grand Tournament pre-purchase
2.7.0 9166 2015-06-15 Tavern Brawl introduction, Alternate hero introduction, UI changes
2.6.0 8834 2015-05-14
2.5.0 8416 2015-04-14 Official support for iOS and Android devices
2.4.0 8311 2015-03-31 Blackrock Mountain release
2.3.0 8108 2015-03-19 Blackrock Mountain pre-purchase
2.2.0 8036 2015-02-26
2.2.0 7835 2015-02-25
2.1.0 7785 2015-02-09
2.1.0 7628 2015-01-29 Card changes
2.0.0 7234 2014-12-04 Goblins vs Gnomes release, New spectator mode, Card changes
1.3.0 6898 2014-10-29
1.2.0 6485 2014-09-22 Card changes
1.1.0 6284 2014-08-18
1.1.0 6187 2014-08-06
1.1.0 6141 2014-07-31
1.1.0 6024 2014-07-22 Curse of Naxxramas release, Card changes
1.0.0 5834 2014-06-30
1.0.0 5506 2014-05-28
1.0.0 5435 2014-05-21
1.0.0 5314 2014-05-08 Card changes
1.0.0 5170 2014-04-10
1.0.0 4973 2014-03-13 Hearthstone release
1.0.0 4944 2014-03-11
1.0.0 4482 2014-01-17
1.0.0 4458 2014-01-16
1.0.0 4243 2013-12-18
1.0.0 4217 2013-12-10
1.0.0 3937 2013-10-17
1.0.0 3890 2013-10-02
1.0.0 3749 2013-08-30
1.0.0 3664 2013-08-14
1.0.0 3645 2013-08-12
1.0.0 3388 2013-06-22
1.0.0 3140 2013-05-23
1.0.0 1 2013-03-31

Notes[edit | edit source]

The innkeeper likes his patrons up to date
  • The developers try to release major features in separate patches to new content such as adventures and expansions, in order to reduce the risk of problems due to the changes.[1]

Version conflicts[edit | edit source]

Each patch represents a different version of Hearthstone, incompatible with previous versions. Because of this, players using different patches cannot be matched against each other, in order to avoid version conflict and missing data during matches. This usually only happens due to using different platforms, or because a player has not logged out and updated since the new patch has been released.

While players are required to update to the latest patch as soon as it is released on their current platform, because patches are released at different times for different platforms, it is possible to update one device to a new patch while the other is not yet able to update. Once an account has been updated to a new patch, the player will not be able to access the account on any device that has not yet updated to that patch, effectively locking out all other platforms until that patch is also released for them.

Use of older versions appears to only be permitted during the rollout period, while the patch is being rolled out to each platform in turn. Once all platforms have access to the latest patch, clients with the older version will be prevented from playing until they have updated to the latest version.[2]

The complexity of releasing on multiple platforms can cause delays to the release of patches.[3] Designer Dean Ayala explains, "In order to patch simultaneously on PC/Mobile there are a number of things that have to be submit and approved being we can release a new patch to the public," with the result that card changes are often postponed until the new patch is ready for all platforms.[3]

Patch numbers[edit | edit source]

Each patch's version number charts its position in the game's history. Currently, the first part of the number is changed for each major release (expansion or adventure). From Blackrock Mountain to The League of Explorers the second part was changed with each patch, reseting to 0 at the start of each new release, but Whispers of the Old Gods has seen the second digit increased more erratically. The third digit was unused until Whispers of the Old Gods, but seems to reflect smaller progressions. The remaining digits are increased at a more erratic pace, likely reflecting revisions to in-house builds not released to the public. These digits do not increase the first three parts of the version number, and are essentially superfluous. Colloquially, patches are often referred to by the first two sections, such as "Patch 3.2". Note that these rules are not always followed; some patches fail to increase numbers, or increase numbers without including appropriate changes.

Patterns[edit | edit source]

Patch numbers typically follow a similar pattern regarding when the patch is released, and what features and additions it entails.

Major updates
Patch number Release date Typical features
X.0.0 Usually March, July, November[Note 1] Expansion releases, yearly rotations, Arena rotation
X.2.0 ~4 weeks after X.0.0 Major Battlegrounds updates and new season
X.4.0 ~4 weeks after X.2.0 Mini-set releases, Arena rotation
X.6.0 ~4 weeks after X.4.0 Pre-orders for the next expansion
X.8.0 Occasionally used instead of X.6.0, serves the same purpose.
Minor updates
Patch number Release date Features
X.X.2/3/4 Few weeks after a major patch Card changes
 
  1. Prior to 2024, expansions were usually released in April, August, and December instead.

History[edit | edit source]

The system used until Whispers of the Old Gods was similar to that used in games like World of Warcraft, although without the division between major and minor patches, without the use of the third part of the number, and with additional digits. In comparison, "Patch 4.1.0.10956" would likely be titled "Patch 4.0.1".

Prior to the adoption of a standardised format with Blackrock Mountain neither the first nor second parts of the number were regularly increased. The game's version numbers initially began with 1.0.0. This was changed to 1.1.0 after the release of Curse of Naxxramas, and again to 1.2.0 with Patch 1.2.0.6485. The first digit was raised from 1 to 2 with the pre-patch for the game's first expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, but was not increased to 3 until the game's second expansion, The Grand Tournament. In September 2014 Yong Woo had stated that the developers were still "tuning" their version number process.[4] After setting a consistent patch number trend with earlier content, Whispers of the Old Gods saw sparse and erratic increases to patch numbers, entirely breaking the established pattern. The expansion's Patch 5.2.2.13807 also saw the third digit increased for the first time, previously never having had any value other than 0.

Patch numbers were first stated in official blogs with Patch 1.0.0.4243. With Patch 5.2.0.13619 the official blogs ceased to state patch numbers, instead referring to each new patch as a "Hearthstone Update".[5]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As of April 2016, the Whispers of the Old Gods patch is the largest patch Hearthstone has ever received.[6]
  • Patch 22.6.1.1.1.1 was a joke patch made for April Fool's Day 2022, and included humorous changes with no real intention to push any of the changes to the live game.

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Hotfixes - updates to Hearthstone not released in the form of client patches
  • Platform-specific patch changes - a list of changes specific to the game's non-PC versions
  • Card changes - a list of all changes made to specific cards
  • Rule changes - a list of changes to pre-existing game mechanics
  • Unknown patch - a list of changes with no certain accompanying patch or date of implementation
  • Bugs - an ongoing project to chart all bugs currently affecting the game

References[edit | edit source]