Year of the Mammoth

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Year of the Mammoth is the Standard format year from April 6, 2017 to April 12, 2018.[1]

Card sets[edit | edit source]

These card sets are released as a part of Year of the Mammoth.

Patches[edit | edit source]

These patches were released during Year of the Mammoth.

VersionBuildRelease dateHighlights
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

Notable announcements[edit | edit source]

The second Standard year started with the release of the first expansion of 2017. The beginning of 2017 saw the Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament and The League of Explorers sets moved to Wild format. Additionally, for the first time, six cards from the Classic set rotated to a new Wild-only card set called the Hall of Fame. This move takes the place of the nerfs seen at the start of the previous standard year, with no other card changes planned.[2]

The run-up to the start of the new year also featured some special events, such as the release of the  Maiev Shadowsong hero, several special Tavern Brawls (including a Wild-format reprise of the Heroic Tavern Brawl and some "party" variants on previous Brawls), and daily login bonuses, awarding players for logging in with dust, gold and card packs.

The video below gives a visual depiction of the set rotations. An extensive live Q&A session was also held giving answers on a range of related topics.

Hall of Fame[edit | edit source]

With the start of Year of the Mammoth,  Conceal,  Ice Lance,  Power Overwhelming,  Azure Drake,  Ragnaros the Firelord and  Sylvanas Windrunner were removed from the Classic set and added to the new Hall of Fame set, thus moving them from Standard to Wild format.  Captain's Parrot and  Old Murk-Eye were also moved to the Hall of Fame set from the Reward set. Although not previously officially announced,  Gelbin Mekkatorque and  Elite Tauren Chieftain were also moved to the Hall of Fame set from the Promo set.

All players received bonus arcane dust in compensation for the full crafting cost of copies of the above Classic cards they possessed. Note that the cards themselves were not disenchanted, only moved to Wild format.

Once moved to the Hall of Fame set, these cards were removed from their previous sets, and no longer feature in Classic card packs,[3] be offered as rewards in the Arena, nor featured in the Highest Rank Bonus chest. Instead, as Wild format cards, they are now only obtainable through crafting.[4]

A minor consequence of the change is that the Mage, Rogue, and Warlock classes now had only 5 common Classic cards each instead of 6,[5] making these classes slightly less likely to gain class cards from Classic packs.

The new set is intended to help keep the Standard format meta fresh and ever-changing. For more on the motivations behind the move, as well as comments on each card involved, see the official blog.

The teaser giving hints about the expansions of the Year of the Mammoth before the release
Dust refunds

At the start of the year players received arcane dust equal to the full crafting cost of any copies of the formerly Classic cards they possessed.  Captain's Parrot,  Old Murk-Eye,  Gelbin Mekkatorque, and  Elite Tauren Chieftain were not eligible for this bonus since the Reward and Promo sets were already exclusive to Wild format.[6]

  • Dust was only awarded for copies up to the maximum number of cards you could put in a deck:[7]
  • The refund prioritized golden cards over non-golden cards.[8] For example:
    • If you had 1 golden Conceal and 2 regular Conceals, you received dust equal to the full crafting cost of 1 golden and 1 regular Conceal.
    • If you had 2 golden Conceals and 1 regular Conceal, you received dust equal to the full crafting cost of 2 golden Conceals.
    • If you had 1 golden Sylvanas and 1 regular Sylvanas, you received dust equal to the full crafting cost of 1 golden Sylvanas.
  • The dust was awarded automatically the first time the player logged in following the start of the Year of the Mammoth.[7]
  • The Year of the Mammoth update does not provide full disenchant value for these cards. Disenchanting and crafting will be of normal value for both before and after the update.[9] The procedure of refund for dust rewards is different from that for card nerfs.

As a result of the above rules, players could have capitalized on the move to (1) gain free cards, (2) gain free dust, or (3) upgrade to golden cards for reduced cost:

(1) Players who did not own the maximum usable number of copies of any of the cards listed could have effectively crafted them for free.

  • At the start of the Year of the Mammoth, the full crafting cost was refunded, making them effectively free.
    • This included golden cards (provided the player did not already own regular versions).
  • Alternatively, if the cards were not desired, the player could have disenchanted them following the refund at normal disenchanting value (not the full crafting cost) of the cards.

(2) Players who did not already own two golden copies of the common cards listed could have gained a small amount of free dust by crafting golden copies, then disenchanting them following the refund.

  • This amounted to 10 arcane dust for each golden common crafted (provided it was not already owned).
  • This did not work for cards of other rarities, since their golden disenchanting values match their regular crafting values.

(3) Players who already owned regular versions but not golden versions of the cards could have also used the refund to get a discount on the crafting cost of their golden versions.

  • The effective 'upgrade costs' for the golden cards involved are 35 for commons (down from 395 at other times); 80 for rares (down from 780); 300 for epics (down from 1500); and 1200 for legendaries (down from 2800). In each case, players would end with more dust than they started with; the "effective cost" is that they would end up with less total dust than if they just held on to the regular cards.
  • For example, if the player owns 1 regular Sylvanas before Year of the Mammoth and does nothing, they would receive a 1600 dust refund when the card went to the Hall of Fame. If instead they disenchanted the regular Sylvanas (gaining 400 dust) and crafted a golden one (paying 3200 dust which would be refunded at the start of Year of the Mammoth), they would gain 400 dust, for a net cost of 1200. By contrast, upgrading a legendary to golden at any other time has a net cost of 2800 dust (3200 to craft the golden card, less a 400 dust gain for disenchanting the regular card).

Aside from the above three options, the dust values involved prevented players from exploiting the move.

For more details and calculations, see Maths on Year of the Mammoth Dust Investments.

Daily rewards[edit | edit source]

Each day from March 29 to April 5, players were rewarded for logging on with special bonuses.

A visual chart of the rewards
Date Reward
March 29 50 gold
March 30 Mean Streets of Gadgetzan card pack
March 31 100 Arcane Dust
April 1 Whispers of the Old Gods card pack
April 2 Journey to Un'Goro card pack
April 3 50 gold
April 4 Journey to Un'Goro card pack
April 5 1 x Golden  Volcanosaur

Sets[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. A Year of Mammoth Proportions!. (2017-02-16). Retrieved on 2022-04-09.
  2. Ben Brode on Twitter (X). (2017-02-18). 
  3. Ben Brode on Twitter (X). (2016-02-16). 
  4. Ben Brode on Twitter (X). (2017-02-16). 
  5. Ben Brode on Twitter (X). (2017-02-16). 
  6. Ben Brode on Twitter (X). (2017-02-24). 
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Year of Mammoth Proportions!. (2016-02-16). 
  8. PlayHearthstone on Twitter (X). (2017-02-17). 
  9. Ben Brode on Twitter (X). (2017-02-16).