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Twist format (or Twist) is one of Hearthstone's three game formats in Play mode, replacing Classic format, with the others being Standard format and Wild format. Twist is a regularly rotating format, where each rotation can include curated card pools and special rulesets.[1]

Definition[edit | edit source]

Twist itself is a game format, while individual rotations within it are also officially called formats. Formats are formed from the available card sets that are in rotation. These formats can have unique names, such as "New Age", which includes Core and every card set from the Year of the Phoenix and onwards. Each format within Twist can also have special rules variants, such as disallowing the usage of all neutral cards. Formats can be reintroduced in the future, and they might come back with the same rules variant, a different one, or no rules variant at all.[1]

Some classes may be banned during certain formats, for example due to not having any cards from the card sets that are available. These bans are not considered rules variants by developers, as there may be another rule active besides just having the classes banned.[2]

The symbol for Twist format is a whirlwind surrounded by leaves.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Selecting a pre-built deck in Twist

Format[edit | edit source]

For new players, Twist format will be locked away until they complete the New player experience's Apprentice Track system, which is the same way to unlock Wild format. They also must obtain a card which is not part of the current Standard format.

Cards[edit | edit source]

Twist formats are usually in one of two categories: Formats with deck-building, and formats with pre-built decks.

Deck-building formats[edit | edit source]

Cards that can be used in deck-building Twist formats are based on the card sets that are currently in rotation. The individual cards can be unlocked normally, from card packs of the corresponding expansions as well as individual purhcases of adventures and mini-sets, which are all available both the in-game Shop and the Blizzard Shop.

Most of these Twist formats have "Battle-Ready Decks", which are pre-built decks which contain cards from the card sets that are available in the ongoing rotation.[3] Battle-Ready Decks for Twist format can be purchased with gold or real money.[4]

Cards within Twist format can only be unlocked from rewards such as Arena or Ranked play if their sets are also available in Standard format.

Pre-built deck formats[edit | edit source]

Formats that use pre-built decks have unique unlock requirements to play the decks, and the unlock criteria for a hero can be checked by hovering over it. For example, the Whizbang's Heroes format requires players to own the card with the same name as the hero (e.g. own  King Krush to unlock the hero King Krush).

In these formats, instead of building a deck, players select a hero from the Play mode screen with Twist format selected, then enter a game with a pre-built deck. Decks can be viewed by clicking the eye icon on the top right, while possible Passives and special hero powers can be viewed by hovering over them.

For premium quality cards, cards in the deck will match that of the unlock requirement card.[5] For example, if you own a golden King Krush for Whizbang's Heroes, your entire King Krush hero deck will be golden. For higher qualities such as diamond and signature, all cards that can match that quality will match it or select the highest quality available, and the rest will default to golden.

Design[edit | edit source]

Variety[edit | edit source]

The Play mode screen with Twist format selected

One intention of the Twist format is to give players' collections more value. For Standard players, most of their cards become unusable after two years, and while they can be played in certain Tavern Brawls (and previously Duels), developers wanted a competitive format where players could use these cards outside of Wild.[6]

While Standard format rotates yearly, and Wild format allows almost every card to be used in combination with each other, both formats are still predictable, and get solved after a while. Twist is meant to be unpredictable, where the changing card pools ensure that no single strategy can dominate the format for more than a few weeks.[6]

Twist got inspiration from Tavern Brawls, but it is intended to be an actual ladder format. Where Tavern Brawl is designed to hold players' interests for a day or two, Twist aims to keep players engaged for a month by featuring tamer rulesets than those of Tavern Brawls.[6]

One of the main goals of Twist is to provide a space for developers to try new things that they wouldn't necessarily try in ranked Standard.[5]

Balance[edit | edit source]

Twist-exclusive balance is expected to be mostly from card bans, not card changes. This is due to Twist formats only lasting a month, where it's better to simply ban a problematic card for a few weeks until it rotates out of the format again.[7]

Twist is generally expected to get less overall balance support than Standard, but more than Wild.[7]

Off-seasons[edit | edit source]

Twist is not always active in the game, which has received critique from players. Often, developers leave the mode offline for one or a couple months while they work on a new season.

According to developers, Twist isn't an "always on" mode like all other modes in Hearthstone, but more of an "extended event". The reasoning for this is that developers want Twist to "feel fun and fresh, rather than something that quickly fades to background noise."[5]

Twist will receive repeated formats and updates when developers feel like they fit into that overall goal, but not as the default.[5]

Current format[edit | edit source]

Twist's current rules variant is: Special heroes - Players can only play with special heroes using unique hero powers, passive effects, and a pre-built deck.

Featured decks

  • During this Twist season, players must choose one of these heroes to play with instead of using their collection.
  • Each hero comes with an unique hero power and passive effect as well as a pre-built deck.
  • Full information can be seen at each hero's page.
Card to own to unlockHeroHero PowerPassiveStarting HealthClass
ICC 314.png
THD 001.png
THD 001hp.png
THD 001p.png
35 Health.pngDeath Knight
ICC 854.png
THD 100.png
THD 100hp.png
THD 100p2.png
30 Health.pngDeath Knight
CORE BT 429.png
THD 004.png
THD 004hp.png
THD 004p.png
35 Health.pngDemon Hunter
ETC 399.png
THD 107.png
THD 107hp.png
THD 107p.png
35 Health.pngDemon Hunter
SCH 614.png
THD 007.png
THD 007hp.png
THD 007p.png
35 Health.pngDruid
OG 280.png
THD 038.png
THD 038hp.png
THD 038p.png
35 Health.pngDruid
BAR 720.png
THD 009.png
THD 009hp.png
THD 009p.png
35 Health.pngDruid
TRL 065.png
THD 010.png
THD 010hp.png
THD 010p.png
35 Health.pngHunter
EX1 543.png
THD 012.png
THD 012hp.png
THD 012p.png
35 Health.pngHunter
LOE 077.png
THD 042.png
THD 042hp.png
THD 042p.png
35 Health.pngHunter
TSC 641.png
THD 017.png
THD 017hp2.png
THD 017p.png
35 Health.pngMage
BT 255.png
THD 043.png
THD 043hp.png
THD 043p.png
35 Health.pngMage
CORE EX1 116.png
THD 019.png
THD 019hp.png
THD 019p.png
35 Health.pngPaladin
CORE BT 334.png
THD 108.png
THD 108hp.png
THD 108p.png
35 Health.pngPaladin
EX1 560.png
THD 020.png
THD 020hp.png
THD 020p.png
35 Health.pngPaladin
LOE 076.png
THD 044.png
THD 044hp.png
THD 044p.png
40 Health.pngPaladin
ETC 334.png
THD 104.png
THD 104hp.png
THD 104p.png
35 Health.pngPriest
BAR 735.png
THD 022.png
THD 022hp.png
THD 022p.png
32 Health.pngPriest
CFM 637.png
THD 025.png
THD 025hp.png
THD 025p.png
35 Health.pngRogue
VAC 702.png
THD 024.png
THD 024hp.png
THD 024p.png
35 Health.pngRogue
CORE NEW1 010.png
THD 026.png
THD 026hp.png
THD 026p.png
35 Health.pngShaman
TTN 835.png
THD 105.png
THD 105hp.png
THD 105p.png
35 Health.pngShaman
BAR 918.png
THD 102.png
THD 102hp.png
THD 102p.png
30 Health.pngWarlock
OG 133.png
THD 039.png
THD 039hp.png
THD 039p.png
35 Health.pngWarlock
TTN 960.png
THD 103.png
THD 103hp.png
THD 103p.png
35 Health.pngWarlock
CORE DAL 422.png
THD 032.png
THD 032hp.png
THD 032p.png
45 Health.pngWarlock
GVG 110.png
THD 034.png
THD 034hp2.png
THD 034p.png
35 Health.pngWarrior
JAM 037.png
THD 106.png
THD 106hp.png
THD 106p.png
35 Health.pngWarrior

History[edit | edit source]

Formats[edit | edit source]

This section documents the history of Twist formats through each season.

SeasonFormatStart dateEnd dateCard setsRules
10Whizbang's HeroesJuly 1, 2024August 1, 2024 No specific sets.

[Rule 1]

9Whizbang's HeroesJune 1, 2024July 1, 2024 No specific sets.

[Rule 1]

8Fast ForwardMarch 1, 2024April 1, 2024
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
Blackrock Mountain
The Grand Tournament
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Journey to Un'Goro
Knights of the Frozen Throne
Kobolds & Catacombs
The Witchwood
The Boomsday Project
Rastakhan's Rumble
Rise of Shadows
Saviors of Uldum
Descent of Dragons
Galakrond's Awakening
Ashes of Outland
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Forged in the Barrens
Legacy
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
Murder at Castle Nathria
Path of Arthas
March of the Lich King
Festival of Legends
TITANS
Caverns of Time
Showdown in the Badlands

[Rule 2]

7CommonsFebruary 1, 2024March 1, 2024
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
Blackrock Mountain
The Grand Tournament
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Journey to Un'Goro
Knights of the Frozen Throne
Kobolds & Catacombs
The Witchwood
The Boomsday Project
Rastakhan's Rumble
Rise of Shadows
Saviors of Uldum
Descent of Dragons
Galakrond's Awakening
Core
Caverns of Time

[Rule 3]

6Return to Un'GoroDecember 1, 2023January 1, 2024
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
Blackrock Mountain
The Grand Tournament
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Journey to Un'Goro
Legacy
Caverns of Time

[Rule 4]

5Return to Un'GoroNovember 1, 2023December 1, 2023
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
Blackrock Mountain
The Grand Tournament
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Journey to Un'Goro
Legacy
Caverns of Time

[Rule 4]

4Wonders XLOctober 1, 2023November 1, 2023
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
Blackrock Mountain
The Grand Tournament
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Legacy
Caverns of Time

[Rule 5]

3WondersSeptember 1, 2023October 1, 2023
Legacy
Curse of Naxxramas
Goblins vs Gnomes
Blackrock Mountain
The Grand Tournament
The League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
One Night in Karazhan
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Legacy
Caverns of Time

[Rule 4]

2New AgeJuly 1, 2023August 1, 2023
Ashes of Outland
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Forged in the Barrens
Core
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
Murder at Castle Nathria
Path of Arthas
March of the Lich King
Festival of Legends

[Rule 6]

1New AgeJune 27, 2023July 1, 2023
Ashes of Outland
Demon Hunter Initiate
Scholomance Academy
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
Forged in the Barrens
Core
United in Stormwind
Fractured in Alterac Valley
Voyage to the Sunken City
Murder at Castle Nathria
Path of Arthas
March of the Lich King
Festival of Legends

[Rule 6]

Rules variants[edit | edit source]

As of now, Twist has a total of 6 different rules variants.

 
  1. 1.0 1.1 Special heroes - Players can only play with special heroes using unique hero powers, passive effects, and a pre-built deck.
  2. Increasing sets - Starting with Legacy, a new set is added to the pool each day until Showdown in the Badlands.
  3. Commons only - Only common cards are eligible in deck-building and generation.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 None - There is no rules variant during this format.
  5. XL - Players can include 30-40 cards in their deck, and their starting HP will match their deck size.
  6. 6.0 6.1 No Neutrals allowed - Neutral cards are banned from both deck-building and generation.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Gameplay
Key art

References[edit | edit source]

 
  1. 1.0 1.1 Blizzard Entertainment (2023-06-20). Introducing Hearthstone’s New Mode: Twist!
  2. 27.2 Patch Notes. (2023-08-17). 
  3. Eric Law (2023-06-20). Hearthstone Developers Explain How Twist is Changing the Game
  4. Celestalon on Twitter (X). (2023-06-20). 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Explore New Heroes in Twist!. (2024-05-29). 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Eric Law (2023-06-21). Hearthstone Devs Share How Twist Came to Exist
  7. 7.0 7.1 DeckTech on Twitter (X). (2023-07-04).