A game update is now live and that means duplicate protection is here! Get cracking open those packs!
Please Note: You must patch before this is active - be safe! Mobile, updates always lag behind desktop.
Originally announced when Ashes of Outland and Year of the Phoenix were announced (see our huge recap), it is now no longer possible to receive duplicates of any card until you have collected all the cards of a particular rarity in a set. Here's how it works:
- Previously, only Legendary cards received duplicate protection.
- Now, Legendary, Epic, Rare, and Common cards are protected.
- This applies to every expansion that has ever come out.
There is an extra level of detail here now though to prevent abuse of the system. Cards now get marked as collected as you receive them even if you disenchant them. This would curb abuse should a card be nerfed so you can't just keep opening packs to get plenty of dust. It also prevents you from targeting certain golden cards, as was possible with legendaries in the past (though really, the chances were so low it didn't matter). Here's an example of how that works.
- I open an Ashes of Outland card pack.
- I receive an Enhanced Dreadlord, it is marked as collected internally.
- I decide to Disenchant the Dreadlord. My collected count for this card remains at 1.
- I open another Enhanced Dreadlord. I've now collected 2 in my lifetime.
- I disenchant Enhanced Dreadlord. I cannot open this card again in a pack until I have collected 2 of every Ashes of Outland rare.
It will be a bit weird at first to not see duplicates, but this is a fantastic change since it allows players to collect Common and Rare cards quicker from sets, lowering the cost of entry to a new set. If you want a full set of Epics of Legendaries, that'll still require quite a few card packs, though we won't be opened 4 of the same Epic anymore which is going to feel amazing.
One nice benefit of the "collected" tracking is that you can safely disenchant a card at any point in time and you won't have to see it again until you've collected the full set of cards of a particular rarity in a given expansion.
Quote From Blizzard
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.
Does it not take into account golden copies? I had no normal Pilfer cards but two golden ones and it immidiately gave me two normal ones in the classic pack.
Could be coincidence but that's a stretch.
Could be a bug and not consider them.
now's a good time to see the dupe protection in action as you'll need to craft/pack the new priest classic cards anyway. roughly 20 packs should get them all.
I got the update, opened 2 classic packs I'd horded, and got duplicates. So I guess its not retroactive...?
So the new dup protection says "...you will no longer receive more than 2 copies of any common, rare, or epic card until you have owned (at any time) 2 copies of every card of that rarity from that set."
Does this mean even after you dust a set of terrible epics, that you don't have to worry about opening them in a pack again until you get all other epics from that set?
Correct. When a card is "collected" you can't open it again until everything from that rarity in that card set has been also set to "collected".
Indeed. The system looks at the cards which you've opened, not the cards which you currently have.
There are prolly going to be players in a few months who, not understanding how pack openings work, disenchant an alright card for the dust and then wonder why it's not coming back. Frankly, I wish they'd coded normal pack openings by looking at your current collection and just restricted nerfed cards somehow whenever they came around. That would be much more intuitive and helpful.
yes that's correct
Is this live in ALL regions, can you please clarify?
Furthermore, i assume it is still worth holding on to Classic packs, so that new Priest and Demon Hunter cards are released first.
On EU, I already had Battle.Net running and the first time I started Hearthstone, it was still on the old patch. But after I exited the game, the update started and the next time I opened the game I got the HoF and other notifications.
I opened two Classic packs (from this week's and last week's Tavern Brawl) and got all commons I was missing plus two rares I didn't have yet, so it seems to be working. One of the commons I got was Mana Wyrm, which I disenchanted all my copies of when it got nerfed, so the "received" counter doesn't seem to work retroactively (or at least not far back). But I assume that if I'd disenchant it now, I wouldn't immediately open it again.
By the way, Classic isn't going to get Demon Hunter cards for a long time and Priest got their new ones in this patch, so I don't think there is a need to wait longer, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
It should be live for everyone when the update reaches them, yes.
Also, the new Priest cards are coming right alongside this update, so there's no need to wait. Demon Hunter has not been added into the Classic set yet: that will happen some time in the future, when they pull cards from the Initiate set and elsewhere to create the "Classic" set for the DH.
The update is already live on PC (at least in EU but I assume that's the case for most regions if not all of them), when you first login after the update you'll se a huge list of cards changed, hofed and added to the classic set (this means that the new classic priest cards are already obtainable!) and at the end a popup lets you know that the duplicate protection is now active so you can't be wrong.