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After a game leaves beta, Blizzard typically removes all statuses earned during a game's beta. Is this going to be the same for cards earned during the beta phase of Hearthstone? Will all the work I am putting into collecting cards and leveling heroes be removed when the game goes live?

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  • Sorry, but this is speculation of the future of the industry. They have said they won't, but there's no guarantee one way or the other that they won't.
    – Frank
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 14:03
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    @fbueckert I did both a question and answer because there are a ton of bad forum posts on the internet. If things change I will modify the answer or someone else can if I'm slow to do so. For now I was trying to help the internet by putting up a canonical answer to a frequently asked question.
    – ahsteele
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 14:08
  • Unfortunately, this is still off-topic; nothing done here plays to our strengths. All you're doing is repeating what's already been said. We're not a news service.
    – Frank
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 14:16
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    I'm with @ahsteele here, the question and answer are well thought out and informative, with ample references. Though this isn't a news site, it does fit to have an authoritative answer to a relevant question.
    – thekbb
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 22:37
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    Since the game deals with real money purchases in beta (unless I'm mistaken), this seems like an extremely important question.
    – Resorath
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 0:30

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On October 2nd, 2013 Blizzard wiped all progress made during the initial Hearthstone closed beta. In the announcement post of the then impending wipe, Blizzard made it clear that there would be no further card wipes and hero leveling progress would carry forward into the release of the game. If you need more evidence read on.

From the aforementioned Hearthstone Account Wipe Incoming post:

Will there be any wipes in the future?

We don’t anticipate any further wipes. This goes for both the Hearthstone beta and after the game’s official release. Any progress made during the beta after the wipe will be retained through the release of Hearthstone, such as new cards you obtain, levels that you gain and ranks you achieve. Basically, you’ll now be able to keep your stuff.

If that does not alleviate your concerns the Hearthstone FAQ has further information concerning cards earned during the second phase of the Hearthstone beta:

Will the cards I earn or purchase in the beta test carry over into the live game? What happens if I purchased beta card packs for real money?

At this point in the closed beta, all purchases will exist in your game going forward. Also, as a thank you for testing out the in-game store during Hearthstone’s beta phase, everyone who purchased a card pack or entry into The Arena in the beta test will receive a Golden Legendary card, Gelbin Mekkatorque.

Finally, Aratil a "blue" (Blizzard community manager) on the Hearthstone forums had this to say about the potential for future Hearthstone card wipes:

There are currently no plans for another wipe.

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