Yesterday's Hearthstone patch certainly cut it close. With a Kabal themed card back being rewarded for February, the entire community was in the dark as to what would be the offering for March. That was answered about 24 hours ago as Patch 7.1 added the new Year of the Kraken card back.
It makes sense that Blizzard would make the final card of the Hearthstone year one final hurrah for the first ever Standard year of content.
We doubt it's the only form of celebration we'll see. It looks like the developer is cooking up a special party themed Tavern Brawl.
Hearthstone March 2017 Ranked Play Season – Let’s Get Kraken!
Ancient lore tells a tale of a monstrous beast - a sea monster so horrifying, it instilled fear in even the bravest of adventurers. Now, despite the warnings of travelers, the myths of sailors or the ramblings of the drifters, you will have the opportunity to tame the beast! Introducing: the Kraken card back!
These card backs replace the art decorating the reverse side of your cards and are an amazing display of your courageous feats. Add this badge of honor to your collection by hitting Rank 20 in either Standard or Wild Ranked Play modes. You’ll receive the Kraken card back at the end of March’s Ranked Play Season in your Ranked Play reward chest.
You earn Ranked Play reward chests based on your highest earned rank over the course of a Ranked Play season. Reward chests may contain seasonal card backs, Arcane Dust, and golden cards, and can be obtained by playing in either Standard or Wild Ranked Play modes. You’ll be awarded one chest per Ranked Play season based on your highest rank between the two modes.
Don’t forget—the further you move up the Ranked Play ladder, the more bonus stars you’ll receive next season. In Ranked Play, you’ll receive bonus stars based on your performance from the previous season—one bonus star per rank you attained. Please note that even if bonus stars from the previous season get you directly to Rank 20 or above, you still have to log in at least once each Ranked Season to qualify for the card back reward. No other legendary sea monster was as feared as the colossal Kraken. Display this mythic beast’s prowess as you cross the sea of challengers while creating your own legendary tale!