Starting on April 7th, we'll be seeing the launch quest chain for Ashes of Outland begin. Completing the 3 quests gets us 3 Ashes of Outland packs!
- Each day for the first 3 days, a new legendary quest becomes available.
- If you don't login on the day a quest becomes active, don't worry, you'll still be able to complete it.
- The quests must be completed in order.
- Ashes of Outland launches on April 7.
Quote From Blizzard
We’ll be introducing a new quest chain where you can earn free card packs from Year of the Dragon expansions and Ashes of Outland! The quests will be initially available on the following dates.
- April 7, 10:00 AM PT: Play 25 Cards in Play Mode to earn an Ashes of Outland and Descent of Dragons card pack.
- April 8, 10:00 AM PT: Play 3 Games in Play Mode as Demon Hunter to earn an Ashes of Outland and Saviors of Uldum card pack.
- April 9, 10:00 AM PT: Play 20 Spells in any mode to earn an Ashes of Outland and Rise of Shadows card pack.
It is possible that after you got all the available cards from one rarity, the duplicate protection is removed permanently (for that rarity only).
Hence, once you complete Common sets, and then nerfing happens, and you dust those nerfed cards, and then open packs, it won't give you the missing cards from Common sets you dusted earlier, because Hearthstone assumes you had complete set over Common sets already.
I know this is a theory, but it is the most logical explanation to avoid "farming" dust.
That's certainly not what happens with legendaries. I once rigged getting a golden Lord Jaraxxus by dusting him when I had all leg.s in the classic set, then as expected the only leg. I open is the old Lord J. (I was actually hoping to open him in a golden classic pack. I didn't, but got super lucky with him being golden in the very next normal pack.)
In any case, with commons it is easy to test because you usually get them all way before finishing opening packs, so you can expect to see them again at some point anyway.
I didn't think of that. Wow, that' s true, it's actually a great way of farming dust. Wonder if Blizzard might change the protection when it comes to nerfed cards.
My understanding is that protection is for cards given, or opened. Then it becomes random. So if you dust, you will have to wait until you have a full set, and then hope for a random drop. It's not what is in your collection, it is what cards have already been generated.
I know people are downvoting me for pointing this out, but hey ho.
I know the existing legendary protection sees only what is in your collection. Of course you need all legendaries in a set to test it, so I understand why it is not common knowledge, but if you do have them all and dust one you are guaranteed to see that one as your next legendary.
It can be exploited to try to get a specific golden legendary (I did this for Lord Jaraxxus) but unless you are very lucky it is more useful as a way to fill in nerfed cards.
Now, this doesn't prove it won't work as you suggested for other rarities, but it should be quite quick and safe to test that when it comes into effect.
from https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/blog/23319441/welcome-to-the-year-of-the-phoenix :
A few years back, we made changes to how opening card packs works to ensure that every time you got a Legendary card, it would be one that you didn’t already have. Starting March 26, we’re extending this to cards of all rarities!
Once this change goes live, you will no longer receive more than two copies of any Common, Rare, or Epic until you have owned two copies of all cards of that rarity in a set. Crafting a card counts towards acquiring it, and any cards you acquire and later disenchant (whether golden or non-golden) count as well. This means that if you get a card that you don’t want, you can disenchant it and you will not receive it again until you have all cards of that rarity from that set. This change does not affect the overall distribution of rarities in card packs.
So the new protection is supposed to check cards that you disenchanted as well.
Good catch. It doesn't actually specify what happens when you follow the proposed dust farming procedure, i.e. if you have owned everything of a given rarity, does it or does it not prioritise those you don't currently own? I suspect they changed it from how the existing legendary protection works as a subtle way around dust farming, which is fair enough. Clever even since they get to sell it as not being able to open cards you already decided you didn't want and hence dusted them.
Still, I hope is hasn't been tracking this for years. I'd love to guarantee I can open cards nerfed and dusted long ago in a single pack, e.g. get 2x Leeching Poison from the first Frozen Throne pack.
In any case, when the change arrives I'll do science and test how it works on a random common I don't care about.
That the tracking checks past stuff is extremely improbable, if not impossible; the only doubt I have is about completing collection then dusting stuff: in that case you can get a 3rd one of the ones you have and have not dusted or 1 or 2 copies of the cards missing ? I hope the latter but to prevent abuse from nerfed card refunds i fear the former.
Sweet! Free packs!
Good, free packs! :D
It's nice to see that they start this journey by giving us 6 card packs for 3 quests. I like it!
I’d like it more if they were all 6 were Outland packs, but... I’ll still take the free stuff anyday!