Twist format

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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]

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. Players must also obtain a card from any Twist expansion.

Cards[edit | edit source]

Cards that can be used in the Twist format 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 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.

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 Duels, developers wanted a competitive format where players could use these cards outside of Wild.[5]

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.[5]

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.[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.[6]

Twist is generally expected to get less overall balance support than Standard, but more than Wild.[6]

Current format[edit | edit source]

Twist's current rules variant is: Increasing sets - Starting with Legacy, a new set is added to the pool each day until Showdown in the Badlands.

Card sets

The following card sets are available in Twist with its current format: Fast Forward

Card sets
FormatCard setRelease dateTypeYearCollectibleBy rarity
StandardShowdown in the Badlands - SVG logo.svgShowdown in the BadlandsNovember 14, 2023ExpansionWolf18370 Common/54 Rare/28 Epic/31 Legendary
StandardTITANS - SVG logo.svgTITANSAugust 1, 2023ExpansionWolf18369 Common/55 Rare/28 Epic/31 Legendary
StandardFestival of Legends - SVG logo.svgFestival of LegendsApril 11, 2023ExpansionWolf18369 Common/55 Rare/28 Epic/31 Legendary
StandardMarch of the Lich King - SVG logo.svgMarch of the Lich KingDecember 6, 2022ExpansionHydra18369 Common/55 Rare/28 Epic/31 Legendary
StandardPath of Arthas - SVG logo.svgPath of ArthasDecember 6, 2022Card setHydra2612 Common/8 Rare/3 Epic/3 Legendary
StandardMurder at Castle Nathria - SVG logo.svgMurder at Castle NathriaAugust 2, 2022ExpansionHydra17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
StandardVoyage to the Sunken City - SVG logo.svgVoyage to the Sunken CityApril 12, 2022ExpansionHydra17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
StandardYear of the Pegasus - SVG logo.svgCoreMarch 30, 2021Card set367177 Common/81 Rare/45 Epic/58 Legendary
WildCaverns of Time - SVG logo.svgCaverns of TimeAugust 31, 2023Card set14754 Common/45 Rare/23 Epic/25 Legendary
WildFractured in Alterac Valley - SVG logo.svgFractured in Alterac ValleyDecember 7, 2021ExpansionGryphon17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
WildUnited in Stormwind - SVG logo.svgUnited in StormwindAugust 3, 2021ExpansionGryphon17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
WildHall of Fame - SVG logo.svgLegacyMarch 30, 2021Card set18011 Common/11 Rare/7 Epic/8 Legendary
WildForged in the Barrens - SVG logo.svgForged in the BarrensMarch 30, 2021ExpansionGryphon17066 Common/49 Rare/26 Epic/29 Legendary
WildMadness at the Darkmoon Faire - SVG logo.svgMadness at the Darkmoon FaireNovember 17, 2020ExpansionPhoenix17070 Common/46 Rare/25 Epic/29 Legendary
WildScholomance Academy - SVG logo.svgScholomance AcademyAugust 6, 2020ExpansionPhoenix13552 Common/35 Rare/23 Epic/25 Legendary
WildDemon Hunter Initiate - SVG logo.svgDemon Hunter InitiateApril 7, 2020Card setDragon208 Common/6 Rare/4 Epic/2 Legendary
WildAshes of Outland - SVG logo.svgAshes of OutlandApril 7, 2020ExpansionPhoenix13552 Common/35 Rare/23 Epic/25 Legendary
WildGalakrond's Awakening - SVG logo.svgGalakrond's AwakeningJanuary 21, 2020AdventureDragon3515 Common/12 Rare/4 Epic/4 Legendary
WildDescent of Dragons - SVG logo.svgDescent of DragonsDecember 10, 2019ExpansionDragon14049 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/28 Legendary
WildSaviors of Uldum - SVG logo.svgSaviors of UldumAugust 6, 2019ExpansionDragon13549 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/23 Legendary
WildRise of Shadows - SVG logo.svgRise of ShadowsApril 9, 2019ExpansionDragon13649 Common/37 Rare/26 Epic/24 Legendary
WildRastakhan's Rumble - SVG logo.svgRastakhan's RumbleDecember 4, 2018ExpansionRaven13549 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/23 Legendary
WildThe Boomsday Project - SVG logo.svgThe Boomsday ProjectAugust 7, 2018ExpansionRaven13649 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/24 Legendary
WildThe Witchwood - SVG logo.svgThe WitchwoodApril 12, 2018ExpansionRaven13549 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/23 Legendary
WildKobolds and Catacombs - SVG logo.svgKobolds & CatacombsDecember 7, 2017ExpansionMammoth13549 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/23 Legendary
WildKnights of the Frozen Throne - SVG logo.svgKnights of the Frozen ThroneAugust 10, 2017ExpansionMammoth13549 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/23 Legendary
WildJourney to Un'Goro - SVG logo.svgJourney to Un'GoroApril 6, 2017ExpansionMammoth13549 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/23 Legendary
WildMean Streets of Gadgetzan - SVG logo.svgMean Streets of GadgetzanDecember 1, 2016ExpansionKraken13249 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/20 Legendary
WildOne Night in Karazhan - SVG logo.svgOne Night in KarazhanAugust 11, 2016AdventureKraken4527 Common/12 Rare/1 Epic/5 Legendary
WildWhispers of the Old Gods - SVG logo.svgWhispers of the Old GodsApril 26, 2016ExpansionKraken13450 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/21 Legendary
WildLeague of Explorers - SVG logo.svgThe League of ExplorersNovember 12, 2015Adventure4525 Common/13 Rare/2 Epic/5 Legendary
WildThe Grand Tournament - SVG logo.svgThe Grand TournamentAugust 24, 2015Expansion13249 Common/36 Rare/27 Epic/20 Legendary
WildBlackrock Mountain - SVG logo.svgBlackrock MountainApril 2, 2015Adventure3115 Common/11 Rare/0 Epic/5 Legendary
WildGoblins vs Gnomes - SVG logo.svgGoblins vs GnomesDecember 8, 2014Expansion12340 Common/37 Rare/26 Epic/20 Legendary
WildCurse of Naxxramas - SVG logo.svgCurse of NaxxramasJuly 22, 2014Adventure3018 Common/4 Rare/2 Epic/6 Legendary
WildHall of Fame - SVG logo.svgLegacyMarch 14, 2014Card set24594 Common/81 Rare/37 Epic/33 Legendary

History[edit | edit source]

Formats[edit | edit source]

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

SeasonFormatStart dateEnd dateCard setsRules
7Fast 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
Legacy
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
TITANS
Caverns of Time
Showdown in the Badlands

[Rule 1]

6CommonsFebruary 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 2]

5Return to Un'GoroNovember 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 3]

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 4]

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 3]

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 5]

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 5]

Rules variants[edit | edit source]

As of now, Twist has a total of 5 different rules variants.

 
  1. Increasing sets - Starting with Legacy, a new set is added to the pool each day until Showdown in the Badlands.
  2. Commons only - Only common cards are eligible in deck-building and generation.
  3. 3.0 3.1 None - There is no rules variant during this format.
  4. XL - Players can include 30-40 cards in their deck, and their starting HP will match their deck size.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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. (2023-06-20). 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Eric Law (2023-06-21). Hearthstone Devs Share How Twist Came to Exist
  6. 6.0 6.1 DeckTech on Twitter. (2023-07-04).