It's only a matter of time until we receive the next major Hearthstone expansion and the massive format changes that are supposed to launch alongside it. Normally you'd prepare for a new set in a very predictable way: saving up gold. But this patch is different in that there are also some changes coming to the way Blizzard handles purchasable goods.

1. Buy the first wing of Naxxramas

Blizzard says that any sets that aren't Standard will no longer be available in the shop. While this isn't as important for expansions like GvG, it means a lot more for adventures which comes with PvE content for you to play and explore. Naxx is no exception with our buddy Kel'Thuzad and Mr. Bigglesworth. If you want to experience it for yourself, make sure to buy the first wing before the update goes live. The developers say you'll be able to purchase the remaining locked wings as long as you've done so. Otherwise you'll be stuck hoping it'll return to the shop one day, which Blizzard has said is a possibility.

2. Buy Classic packs

As part of the new format launch, the development team is making a balance pass at the Basic and Classic sets, bringing some of the more problematic cards into check. If these cards are changed, you'll be able to disenchant them for their full value, effectively allowing you to trade them for any other card in the game of equal value.

Early reports have the team considering changes to Knife Juggler, Leper Gnome, Ancient of Lore, and the Druid combo ( Force of Nature and Savage Roar).

Just make sure you don't disenchant them before the update goes live!


Check out our quick video guide on how to prepare yourself!

3. Playing Wild? Buy Goblins vs. Gnomes packs

We know we just told you to buy Classic packs, but if you're not new to the game and plan on playing Wild, now is your last chance to grab some GvG packs. Following the patch you'll be required to craft the cards you want from this set, making it prohibitively expensive to complete your collection. All those legendaries that are good, but not great enough to craft? Those are the cards you're looking to get now before it's too late.

4. Know what cards are being cycled out

There are a lot of significant cards that won't be playable in Standard. We wrote an article about some of the more important tools specific classes are losing here.

5. Start saving for the next expansion

When you find yourself content with the extent of your collection, it's time to start saving for the next expansion! In our interview with Community Manager Zeriyah, she says, "The content we’re working on is really exciting. . .If anything, we may have gone a little too crazy with the next set!"

If that's not enough to convince you, keep in mind that with Naxx and GvG cycling out, the new set is sure to have a massive impact on the new Standard format, so you're going to want to add those cards to your collection.

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