Blizzard today announced that next year Hearthstone will be called the Year of the Hydra. It will begin on April 12 (April 13 at ANZ) with the release of the latest extension for Hearthstone, Voyage to the Sunken City, and see that three kits will come out of the standard format – Ashes of Outland, Scholomance Academy and Madness at the Darkmoon Faire. This will be a major reshuffle, not only because the pool of cards will be much smaller for Standard players, but also because the basis of the game – the Basic Set, which is free for all players – will be radically different from The Year of the Gryphon.
Last year’s main set consisted of 235 cards, but in the Year of the Hydra the set will increase to 250 cards. In terms of change, 57 cards are declining and 72 cards are coming. I’ll get to some of the most significant return cards in a minute, but first it should be noted that 11 cards get buffs or previous nerfs are back. Execute returns to one mana (out of two), for example, while Nourish returns to five mana (out of six). At the same time, equality is two more mana (after spending time on three and four mana), which means that the classic cleaning of the board “Equality + sanctification” again costs six mana. All the changes are quite significant and show how powerful the Travel to the Sunken City map is projected to be, as well as how Hearthstone maps have become more powerful overall. You can see the full list of updated cards in the slideshow below.
The main set of Hearthstone’s Year of the Hydra – Updated maps
Meanwhile, many of the cards that have been added in the past have identified the deck, played it or key technology choices, so they can really help form a new goal in the Year of the Hydra. In neutral, several returning cards are the original League of Explorers: Rhino Jackson, Bran Bronzebeard, Elise the Elder and Sir Finley, not to mention Death, Voivode Murlock, Tarsus, Drinker, Wild Pyramid, Sea Giant. , Primitive Drake and Moshi Horror. Each class also gets some new powerful (old) tools. The Hunter, for example, sees the return of Shaw the Dog’s Owner, Companion-Animal, Spring Paw, Hunter in the Cloak, Marked Shot and Candles. The priest, meanwhile, gets a selection of cold classics that are sure to drive crazy non-priest players, including Lear Sunball, Cleric of the North Shire, Radiant Elemental, Lightbomb, Infinite Murosond and Draconid Operative. You can see the complete core set in the slideshow below to get an idea of the basis of each class.
Hearthstone’s Year of the Hydra – Complete basic set
For those who want to see the changes at a glance, here’s a list (via Blizzard) of the basic set changes.
57 cards coming out
Neutral: Magic Anomaly, Silver Squire, Cogmaster, Young Priestess, Mini-Mage, River Crawler, Toxicologist, Bright Wings, Earth Ring, Windows, Dense Wolf, Ice Rager, Wounded Blade Master, King Mukla, Spider-Tank, Basil the Ripper , Baron Rivender High Inquisitor Whitemain, Barrence Stylehand, Clockwork Giant
Demon Hunter: The ruler of the battle of the ashen tongue, the battlefields of Azzinot
Druid: Enchanted Raven, Landscape Surveillance, Zookeeper, Druid Nordrasila, Ancient War
Hunter: Webspinner, Lock and Load, Scavenging Hyena, Headhunter’s Hatchet, Bearshark
Mage: Elemental Water, Mirror, Dead Hero, Coldarra Drake
Paladin: Holy light, pursuit of justice, guardian of kings
Priest: Raspberry Clergy, Shadowform, Lightspawn, Temple Enforcer, Natalie Celine
Rogue: Blade cultist, patient killer
Shaman: Rage of the Wind, Unbound Elemental, Draenei Totem Carver, Earth Elemental
Warlock: Terrible Infernal, Possessed Villager, Evil Slave Slave, Doom Ritual
warrior: Warsong Commander, War Cache, Warsong Outrider
72 cards are received
Neutral: Ash Gorgon, Sir Finley Mrglton, Bran Bronzebeard, Eliza Starshyker, Reno Jackson, Murlock Soldier, Mistress of Blends, Acolyte of Pain, Prophet, Shining Companion, Gorillabot A-3, Resin-Creeper, Drinker of Life, Marine Piramont, Wild Pirate Drake, Twilight Drake, Escape Manasseh, Primitive Drake, Moshe Horror, Dragon Fairy, Woolper Rogue, Cobalt Skelebain, Wounded Tolvir
Demon Hunter: Metamarphosis, Wrathscale Naga, Flamereaper
Druid: Fendral reindeer helmet, earth scales, anger, living roots, horse skunk, ancient knowledge
Hunter: Handmade Show, Companion Animal, Spring Break, Hunter in Raincoat, Marked Shot, Candle
Mage: Kalecgos, Pyroblast, Blizzard, Pyromaniac, Explosive Runes
Paladin: Flash of Light, Amber Observer, Bronze Explorer, Ragnaras Svetlolad
Priest: Lyra Sunball, Cleric of the North Shire, Radiant Elemental, Light Bomb, Draconid Detective, Murosond Infinite
Rogue: Tess Gray Mane, Perak, Attacker of the Hench Clan
Shaman: Krag’va, Frog, Distant vision, Flaming Tongue Totem, Whirlwind Portal, Bloodthirsty
Warlock: The hermit, the leader of the demon gang, the guard of the Abyss, the high priestess Jacklick, the librarian of the Dark East
warrior: Darius Crowley, Shield Block, Bloodhoof Brave, Bash
11 cards receiving updates (buffs / reverses Nerf)
Neutral: Gorillabot A3 costs 3 mana; Azure Drake has 5 health
Demon Hunter: Holy Soul – 1 mana; Anger Leg has 2 health
Druid: To feed is 5 mana
Mage: Kalecgos is 9 mana
Paladin: Equality costs 2 mana; Bronze Explorer has 3 attacks
Warlock: High Priestess Jack’lick has 5 health
warrior: Execution is 1 mana; Daria Crowley has 5 health
Today’s announcement also showed the remaining maps for the “Journey to the Sunken City” set. Now we’ve seen all 135, and it’s a damn great set, with great impressive colossal servants taking up multiple seats on the board, a new tribe of legs with their interesting synergy synergy, the ability to drop cards to the bottom of your deck and then dig them back. and in general interesting instructions for almost all classes, whether we are talking about the sorcerer-murlock, the return of the mechanic-magician or the rise of the shaman-multicaster. You can see all the maps below.
Hearthstone’s journey to the sunken city is a complete set
Our journey to the sunken city begins on April 12 (April 13 at ANZ) and promises the start of an exciting year. You can learn more about the team’s recruitment and plans for next year on the official Hearthstone website.
Cam Shea has worked at IGN before and has been following Hearthstone since its first announcement. If he doesn’t play the game, he plays mixing records.