EDIT: Since reporting on this Aratil has posted in the forums that it was reset this week in order to test the functionality. It doesn’t appear that this means there will be a weekly reset.
The ranked ladder was reset yesterday. This was done in order to help us to test the ladder reset functionality as we continue to work on and develop how ladder systems will be implemented for Hearthstone. We appreciate your continued testing efforts through the Hearthstone closed beta to make this game the best it can possibly be for everyone on release!
Something I found interesting while playing tonight was after a match I was playing finished up (shortly after midnight PST Tuesday) I got a notification that my ranking is now Journeyman. I was at 3 stars Masters at the time and now I’m reset back to Journeyman, the initial starting position.
The way the ranked system used to work before the beta patch was kind of mysterious anyway. You wouldn’t lose ranking if you lost a bunch of games so you could kind of grind your way through and eventually get to 3 Star Masters with enough will power and time, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
Nothing like this was mentioned in the patch notes and it’s probably a system they are playing with and testing in the beta. As of right now I didn’t get any rewards for my advancement and then reset but it makes me wonder if they will implement a weekly reward system to those who choose to play constructed over Arena. In fact, it’s almost a necessity as right now the best way to get rewarded in the game isn’t to grind 3 wins for 10 gold but to play through the Arena where the rewards are much more measurable (especially if you’re a solid player and can win 7+ regularly). It’s also currently missing a way to tell the player what their best ranking ever was, like the way Arena displays it.
I’m not sure yet how I feel about the ranking resetting. On one hand I like the idea of knowing where I am at among the other players and where I rank as a whole. On the other hand if they implement a rewards system to this constructed will get a lot more play time from some of the more hardcore players.
What do you all think of this change and what would you like to see in ranked play?