Hearthstone’s new core set brings back the original Reno, Brann, Elise, and Sir Finley cards

Blizzard announced today that the next year of Hearthstone will be known as the Year of the Hydra. It begins on April 12 (April 13 in ANZ) with the release of Hearthstone’s newest expansion, Voyage to the Sunken City, and three sets leave the standard format – Ashes of Outland, Scholomance Academy, and Madness at the Darkmoon Faire. It’s going to be a massive upheaval, not only because the map pool for standard players will be significantly smaller, but also because the foundation of the game – the core set, which is free for all players – will be radically different than The Year the Gryphons.

Last year’s core set was 235 cards, but The Year of the Hydra expands the set to 250 cards. Regarding the changes, 57 maps will be rotated and 72 maps will be added. I’ll get into some of the key returning cards in a moment, but first it’s worth pointing out that 11 cards are receiving buffs or have previous nerfs reset. For example, Execute is back to one mana (down from two), while Nourish is going back to five mana (down from six). Equality, on the other hand, costs two mana again (after spending time with three and four mana), meaning the classic Equality + Consecrate board clear costs six mana again. The changes are all pretty significant and show how powerful Voyage to the Sunken City’s maps are meant to be and how Hearthstone’s maps in general have gotten more powerful. You can see the full list of updated maps in the slideshow below.

Hearthstone’s Year of the Hydra Core Set – Updated Cards

Many of the cards being added have historically been deck-defining, high-play, or major technical choices, so they have the potential to really help shape the new meta in The Year of the Hydra. In the neutral state, some of the returning cards that really stand out are the original Explorers’ League: Reno Jackson, Brann Bronzebeard, Elise Starseeker, and Sir Finley, not to mention Doomsayer, Murloc Warleader, Tar Creeper, Lifedrinker, Wild Pyromancer, Sea Giant, Primordial Drake and Mossy Horror. Each class also gets some powerful new (old) tools. For example, Hunter sees the return of Houndmaster Shaw, Animal Companion, Springpaw, Cloaked Huntress, Marked Shot, and Candleshot. Priest, meanwhile, gets a selection of ice-cold classics sure to drive non-Priest players insane, including Lyra the Sunshard, Northshire Cleric, Radiant Elemental, Lightbomb, Murozond the Infinite, and Drakonid Operative. You can see the full core set in the slideshow below to get an idea of ​​the basis of each class.

Hearthstone’s Year of the Hydra – The Complete Core Set

For those who want to see the changes at a glance, here’s a list (via Blizzard) of core set changes.

57 cards rotate out

Neutral: Arcane Anomaly, Argent Squire, Cogmaster, Young Priestess, Minimage, River Crocolisk, Toxicologist, Brightwing, Farseer of the Earthen Ring, Flesh Eating Ghoul, Ice Ravager, Injured Blademaster, King Mukla, Spider Mail, Stoneskin Basilisk, Baron Rivendare, Gurubashi Berserker, High Inquisitor Whitemane, Barren’s Stablehand , clockwork giant

Ghostbusters: Ashtongue Battlelord, Warglaives of Azzinoth

Druid: Enchanted Raven, Landscaping, Warden of the Menagerie, Druid of Nordrassil, Ancient of War

Hunter: Webspinner, Lock and Load, Scavenging Hyena, Headhunter’s Hatchet, Bearshark

Magician: Water Elemental, Mirror Creature, Fallen Hero, Coldarra Drake

Paladin: Holy Light, Pursuit of Justice, Guardian of Kings

Priest: Crimson Clergy, Shadowform, Lightspawn, Temple Enforcer, Natalie Seline

Villain: Blade cultist, patient assassin

Shaman: Windfury, Unbound Elemental, Draenei Totem Carver, Earth Elemental

Sorcerer: Dreadful Infernal, Possessed Villager, Enslaved Felslord, Ritual of Doom

Warrior: Commander of the Warsong Clan, War Hideout, Outrider of the Warsong Clan

72 cards come in

Neutral: Zola the Gorgon, Sir Finley Mrrglton, Brann Bronzebeard, Elise Starseeker, Reno Jackson, Murloc Warleader, Mistress of Mixtures, Acolyte of Pain, Doomsayer, Beaming Sidekick, Gorillabot A-3, Tar Creeper, Lifedrinker, Wild Pyromancer, Sea Giant, Plated Beetle, Azure Dragon, Twilight Dragon, Escaped Manasaber, Primordial Dragon, Mossy Terror, Faerie Dragon, Vulpera Rogue, Cobalt Scalebane, Injured Tol’vir

Ghostbusters: Metamorphosis, Ragescale Naga, Flame Reaper

Druid: Fandral Staghelm, Earthen Scales, Wrath, Living Roots, Mounted Raptor, Ancient of Lore

Hunter: Dogmaster Shaw, Animal Companion, Springpaw, Cloaked Huntress, Marked Shot, Candleshot

Magician: Kalecgos, Pyroblast, Blizzard, Pyromaniac, Explosive Runes

Paladin: Flash of Light, Amber Watcher, Bronze Explorer, Ragnaros Lightlord

Priest: Lyra the Sunshard, Northshire Cleric, Radiant Elemental, Lightbomb, Drakonid Agent, Murozond the Infinite

Villain: Tess Greymane, privateer, burglar of the Henchman Clan

Shaman: Krag’wa the Frog, Vision, Flametongue Totem, Maelstrom Portal, Bloodthirst

Sorcerer: Voidwalker, Goblin Gang Boss, Abyss Enforcer, High Priestess Jek’lik, Darkshire Librarian

Warrior: Darius Crowley, Shield Block, Bloodhoof Brave, Bash

11 Maps Receive Updates (Buffs/Nerf Reversals)

Neutral: Gorillabot A3 costs 3 mana; Azure Drake has 5 health

Ghostbusters: Festival of Souls costs 1 mana; Ragescale Naga has 2 health

Druid: Nourish costs 5 mana

Magician: Kalecgos costs 9 mana

Paladin: Equality costs 2 mana; Bronze Explorer has 3 Attack

Sorcerer: High Priestess Jek’lik has 5 health

Warrior: Execute costs 1 mana; Darious Crowley has 5 health

With today’s announcement, the remaining cards for the Journey to the Sunken City set were revealed. We’ve seen all 135 now and it’s shaping up to be a pretty darn good set, with big, impactful colossal minions taking up multiple slots on the board, the new tribe of Naga with their interesting spell synergies and the ability to sink cards to the bottom Your deck then dredge them up again, and general instructions of interest for almost all classes, whether we’re talking about Murloc Warlock, the return of Mech Mage, or the rise of Multicaster Shaman. You can see all the cards below.

Hearthstone’s Journey to the Sunken City – Complete Set

Our journey to the lost city begins on April 12th (April 13th in ANZ) and promises to start an exciting year. You can learn more about the set and the team’s plans for the year ahead on Hearthstone’s official website.

Cam Shea has worked at IGN since before and has been following Hearthstone since it was first announced. When he’s not playing games, he is mix plates.

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