Blizzard is shaking up Hearthstone's ranked play progression system, and specifically how you'll shuffle down levels at the end of each month.

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Starting in March, you'll be set four ranks back from your current position every month - rather than the current system which sets you back a varying number of levels depending on where you ended up on the ladder.

It should make things easier for top level players - they'll have fewer ranks to reclimb - but also help people who break through the level 20 wall and manage to climb higher.

Another change will see every rank will now contain five stars to play for - a change which feels like it will make lower ranks matter more as you push through them.

Overall, the shake up feels like it could make your ranked play level a more permanent, ongoing challenge to keep improving - rather than a simple job to log into every month and simply to earn the month's exclusive card back.

Speaking of which, the current card back will now be earned after five wins - wherever you are on the ladder.

For more on Hearthstone, our sister site Metabomb has all the latest decks and strategies to get you climbing ranks.

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