Major changes are coming to Hearthstone with the launch of the next expansion in Blizzard Entertainment’s popular online collectible card game. On top of the list of changes is the annual set rotation. This year’s set will feature cards from the Year of the Phoenix (including the recently-released Darkmoon Races mini-set), the upcoming expansion, and the new Core set.
“The Core Set will be free for all players and will replace Basic and Classic in Standard as a curated selection of 235 cards intended to provide a modern collection of starting cards to players of all types and make Hearthstone even more approachable for newcomers. Some of the Core Set cards are returning from previous sets, some are reimagined favorites, and 29 cards are completely new!”
Like the Basic set, Core set cards will be unlocked by leveling up each class. Core cards corresponding to the players’ class levels will automatically be unlocked the first time they login after the set rotation.
With the introduction of the new Core set, the current Basic and Classic sets will be moved to Wild mode. A Classic mode will also be added which will allow players to build decks and compete with each other using the original 240 cards that were available when the game first launched in 2014.
“Yes, in the Classic format Warsong Commander can give minions Charge, Holy Smite can go face, and Leeroy Jenkins will cost 4 mana!”
Classic will have its own matchmaking pool and will have rank systems, reward systems, and seasons just like Standard and Wild.
The total number of available deck slots will also be increased from 18 to 27.
Blizzard Entertainment is still tight-lipped about the expansion itself but we’ll let you know as soon as more information comes to light. In the meantime, you can head over to the Hearthstone official site to find out more about the Core set and the upcoming changes.