Introducing the Core Set and Classic Format to Hearthstone

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February 10, 2021

Major changes for Hearthstone are on the horizon! Alongside the set rotation coming with our next expansion, Hearthstone will introduce the new Core Set and move the old Basic and Classic sets to Wild!

INTRODUCING THE CORE SET

After set rotation this year, Standard will include card sets from Year of the Phoenix (Ashes of Outland, Scholomance Academy, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, Darkmoon Races Mini-Set), the next 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!

As with the Basic Set, Core Set cards are unlocked by leveling up each class, with cards automatically granted equal to players’ level when they login for the first time after the rotation.

INTRODUCING THE CLASSIC FORMAT

The Classic format will also be launching alongside set rotation! The Classic format invites players to craft decks and compete using Hearthstone’s original 240 cards as they were in 2014, the year that Hearthstone launched! Yes, in the Classic format Warsong Commander can give minions Charge, Holy Smite can go face, and Leeroy Jenkins will cost 4 mana!

Classic’s reward systems, rank systems, and seasons will function the same as Standard and Wild, and like those formats, Classic will have its own matchmaking pool.

Alongside the release of Classic, Hearthstone will also increase the total number of deck slots from 18 to 27!

For more information on everything new coming to Hearthstone, visit: https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/news/23620129

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