Blizzard’s Hearthstone is changing drastically in the near future, as the game will soon get a revamp of sorts. Gone are the Basic and Standard cards in the Standard format. In their place will be the new Hearthstone Core Set of 235 cards, which will be made free for all players. Blizzard’s reasoning is to give all players a more modern collection of starting cards, as well as tweak the game to be more accessible. A new Classic Format is also making its debut as part of the new additions to Hearthstone.
The incoming Core Set for Hearthstone will consist of the following:
- 88 cards returning from Classic (54 class cards, 34 neutral cards)
- 54 cards returning from Basic (41 class cards, 13 neutral cards)
- 55 cards returning from Wild (36 class cards, 19 neutral cards)
- 4 cards returning from Ashes of Outland (4 Demon Hunter Class cards)
- 4 cards returning from Demon Hunter Initiate
- 1 card returning from Hall of Fame (Shadowform)
- 29 new cards (20 class cards, 9 neutral cards)
If you are looking to earn the cards, all you have to do is level up each of the classes. As you make your way up to level 10 for each class, you will get cards from the Hearthstone Core Set.
Shuffling the deck
Neutral Core cards will be unlocked as you achieve overall class levels. In addition, achievements will help unlock the Golden versions of cards. Of course, for veterans who have already achieved the required levels across classes, you will be getting the full Hearthstone Core Set for free in the next set rotation.
However, do note that unlocking a card in the Core Set does not make the card accessible in its original set. You still have to get those separately. This is important to remember as the Core Set will change each year. A new set consisting of new and existing cards will form the new Core Set. Blizzard is also offering any dust refunds, just in case you were wondering.
As part of the changes, the Hall of Fame will be retired. With the Core Set going live in Hearthstone, both Basic and Classic sets will make their way into Wild as the Legacy Set.
A return to yesteryear
Hearthstone will also see a new Classic Format make its debut. This new addition will utilize the game’s original 240 cards, all in their original glory. For those looking for the exact parameters, the cards will be as they were in the 188.8.131.5232 patch of June 2014. For those looking to relive the old-school Hearthstone style, the Classic Format is for you.
In order to access the Classic Format, you just to unlock access to Wild. As per the game, it will draw from a separate matchmaking pool to keep things clear. Do not worry about things getting too confusing. Classic Format cards will be kept in a separate section in the Collection Manager. If you need more help telling them apart, there is always the unique border to look out for.
Furthermore, Classic packs will give you two versions of cards. You will get one for the Classic Format, and another for the Legacy set in Wild.
Blizzard has not yet detailed when the new Core Set and Classic Format will arrive in Hearthstone. However, the team did share that the Classic Format will go live together with the patch for the next expansion. The Core Set will follow with the next set rotation when the expansion unlocks.
We can expect more news as BlizzConline 2021 goes live on February 19 and runs through the February 20.