- Hearthstone’s Duels game mode will be discontinued in April 2024, meaning players should finish their active Duels runs before then.
- Parts of Duels will be preserved in Hearthstone’s Arena format, with some Duels Treasures appearing in the next Arena season.
- Despite the loss of Duels and other recent changes, Hearthstone continues to thrive and has plans to focus on other game modes like Battlegrounds.
Hearthstone just announced the Duels game mode is being discontinued as of April 2024. No more Duels updates are scheduled until then, and the game mode will be fully removed from the Hearthstone client in a few months.
Duels officially launched on November 17, 2020, alongside the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion in Hearthstone. In Duels, players draft a Hero, choose a special Hero Power, and build a 16-card deck composed of 15 different cards and one unique Treasure, adding more cards to their deck after each game until they accrue 12 wins or three losses. For more than three years, Duels has received regular updates, but was considered to be in beta.
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Now, Duels is leaving its beta phase in the most unfortunate way possible. In a recent blog post, Hearthstone confirmed the game mode would be discontinued in April. No further updates will be featured for Duels until its closure, after which the game mode will be completely removed from the Hearthstone client. The exact date has not yet been announced, but players will likely want to finish their active Duels runs in Hearthstone before then.
When is Duels Leaving Hearthstone?
- April 2024
- No further updates or seasons will be added to the mode between now and then.
Though Duels is leaving, parts of the game mode will be preserved in Hearthstone‘s Arena format. According to the same press release, some Duels Treasures will appear in the next Arena season. Players can expect to hear more specific details once the next Arena season draws closer.
Duels isn’t the first big loss Hearthstone has had recently. In February 2023, Hearthstone put Mercenaries into maintenance mode after one final big update. However, as a primarily PvE mode separate from constructed, players can still play Mercenaries, while Duels is being completely removed from the game due to the effort needed to maintain it. What’s more, last year’s esports program was dramatically scaled back, making fans nervous about the game’s competitive future.
While losing two game modes and having its esports program gutted sounds bad, Hearthstone is still going strong. It hopes to shift the resources it is saving by discontinuing Duels into its other game modes. Battlegrounds is working on introducing a co-op Duos mode, which is scheduled for an upcoming Battlegrounds patch later this year, and the next Standard year and new expansion will likely be announced within the next month or two. Hearthstone is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2024, and in spite of the loss of Duels, it seems like the collectible card game is not quite finished yet.
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