|Ann. date:||February 20, 2021|
|Release date:||March 30, 2021|
The purpose of the Core is 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 cards are returning from previous sets, some are reimagined favorites, some are completely new. Regardless, all Core cards can be obtained for free through leveling up classes, while their golden cards can be obtained by winning in Ranked, Arena, or Duels games.
Unlike Basic and Classic, which were the main card sets of Hearthstone, Core will be refreshed each year. At the end of every year, a new Core Set will take the place of the previous, comprised of new and existing cards. When that happens, Core cards that are rotating will be swapped with new ones in the player's Collection automatically. The original versions of these cards can still be crafted and disenchanted, but the player will be unable to keep their Core versions.
- All the old cards in the Core set will have two versions that exist in parallel: One from the original set, and one from the Core set.
- The original version can be crafted or disenchanted for Arcane Dust, while the Core version is uncraftable.
- The Core set version is temporary and can be removed depending on the announcement of the next year's Core set.
- In Wild format, both the original and Core versions are associated; therefore you can only bring either 2 copies of either of them. For example, you can only put:
- Both versions are treated as the same cards for the Highlander cards' conditions.
- Both versions are treated as separate cards for some mechanics like Discover and generation. For example:
- In Collection manager, when you filter cards by format (Standard Cards or Wild Cards), the collection manager will prioritize the Core version over the original one if you have any copies of the Core version to display.
- The Core set version functions like how Wild Event did.
- Core versions of Legacy cards are not usable in Classic format. Only their original Legacy versions are usable.
How to get
Core cards are free to obtain without using gold or real money to purchase them.
- Regular Core cards can be obtained by raising your class levels, up to 10 for class cards, and sum of them to 60 for neutral cards.
- Golden Core cards can be obtained through the Progression achievements, which involve in winning Ranked, Arena, or Duels games.
At the time of the Core set's introduction, the Classic set comprised 240 cards while the Basic set had another 143, for a total of 383 evergreen cards. With 148 less cards each year, the dev team can focus on making each set of evergreen cards more consistently impactful and relevant to the current meta.
- Year of the Gryphon Core set
- On February 9, 2021, Core set was first announced, giving the players a brief description of how the Core set and the rotation works.
- On February 19, 2021, along with announcement of Forged in the Barrens and Year of the Gryphon, some of the core cards had been revealed.
- On February 25, 2021, the full details of Year of the Gryphon's Core set had been revealed on PlayHearthstone Library website.
- Between February 25 and early March 2021, Stonetusk Boar and Bluegill Warrior were originally part of the first Core set, but both were changed from Charge to Rush in exchange for 1 more attack. Due to player feedback, the two minions were left unchanged for the Legacy set, while the new minions and took their place with the intended changes.
- On March 30, 2021, Year of the Gryphon's Core set was released.
- Year of the Hydra Core set
- Blizzard Entertainment (2021-02-09). Introducing the Core Set and Classic Format.
- Celestalon on Twitter. (2021-02-09).
- Celestalon on Twitter. (2021-02-09).
- Introducing the Core Set and Classic Format. (2021-02-09). Retrieved on 2022-04-16.
- Welcome to the Year of the Gryphon. (2021-02-19). Retrieved on 2022-04-16.
- Patch 220.127.116.11662
- Blizzard Entertainment (2022-04-05). Welcome to the Year of the Hydra. PlayHearthstone. Retrieved on 2022-04-16.
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