Hearthstone is getting a big shakeup with a new ‘Core Set’ and Classic Format

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Some major changes are on the way to Hearthstone, which will replace the Basic and Standard cards in the Standard format with a new Basic Set of 235 cards, free to all players, which Blizzard says is “intended to provide a modern collection of starting cards. for players of all stripes and make Hearthstone even more accessible to newcomers. “

The basic set will break down like this:

  • 88 cards returning from Classic (54 class cards, 34 neutral cards).
  • 54 cards returning from Basic (41 class cards, 13 neutral cards).
  • 55 cards returned from Wild (36 class cards, 19 neutral cards).
  • 4 cards returned from Ashes of Outland (4 Demon Hunter class cards).
  • 4 cards returning from Demon Hunter Initiate.
  • 1 card returned from the Hall of Fame (Shadow Form).
  • 29 new cards (20 class cards, 9 neutral cards).

“Unlocking a card in the basic set does not grant you ownership of the card in its original set,” explained Blizzard in an FAQ section. “You can use them throughout the year.


That’s another big change: the start of each new year in Hearthstone will see the existing core set “updated” with a new set made up of new and existing cards. Witchwood Fame will return to the Witchwood set, and Shadowform will return to Standard as part of the core set, which will also include the current Hall of Fame cards.

Hearthstone set changes

And in an echo of Blizzard’s decision to finally release World of Warcraft Classic in 2019, it’s also releasing a new classic format for Hearthstone that will make use of the game’s original 240 cards, in their original incarnations.

“When you log in after our patch for the next expansion (before expansion content is unlocked), your entire collection of Hall of Fame basic, classic, and relevant cards will be mirrored and available for deck building in the classic format, as they were in the June 2014 patch (after we made some major changes), with each and every balance change since reversed, “said Blizzard. “Yes, in the classic format Warsong Commander can charge minions, Holy Smite source can fight and Leeroy Jenkins will cost 4 mana. If you want to relive the old school Hearthstone experience, Classic will be the place for you!”

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