A big week in Hearthstone news, BlizzConline brought us the announcements of the Year of the Gryphon and a new set Forged in the Barrens. We also talk about the recently announced cards coming to the new Core set.

News and Discussion

  • BlizzConline 2021
    • Discussion: Aside from Hearthstone Announcements, did it meet expectations?
  • Year of the Gryphon Announced
    • Year Set Outline image debuted. 3 Individual Stories, instead of 1 year long narrative
    • Year of the Gryphon Roadmap: Phase 1 has New Game Mode “Mercenaries”
    • Core Set, Set Rotation and Shaman Updates (Will discuss in 2nd half of show)
      • Core Set reveal on Thursday Feb 25th
    • Classic Format: Launches with Patch 20.0, Golden Classic Pack for logging in
    • New Game Mode – Hearthstone Mercenaries
      • No Launch Date yet, but Roadmap shows Phase 1
    • Solo Content: Book of Mercenaries
      • Semi-Monthly Basis
      • Tells stories of Mercenaries, like Book of Heroes
      • First is Rokara, releasing on April 6th
    • Returning Player Changes
    • New Player Changes
    • Changes to how Demon Hunter can be Unlocked
    • Completing Book of Heroes will Unlock that class for play in Constructed
  • New Set: Forged in the Barrens
    • No Release Date Announced, but Pre-Order can be purchased until March 22nd
    • Keyword – Frenzy: Triggers when a minion survives the first damage taken
    • Ranked Spells: Effect is upgraded when you reach 5 Mana (Rank 2) and 10 Mana (Rank 3)
    • Spell Schools: Spells now have Schools, similar to Minion Types. Other cards may impact how a specific “School” works
      • 7 Schools: Arcane, Fel, Fire, Frost, Holy, Nature Shadow
      • Older spells will be changed to add the Spell Schools to them
    • Mercenaries: Legendary Minions will be Mercenaries for the Solo Content
    • Pre-order for Forged in the Barrens
      • Normal Bundle: 60 Packs, Hamuul Card Back, 2 Random Legendary
      • Mega Bundle: 80 Packs, 5 Golden Packs, 2 Random Golden Legendary, Hamuul Cardpack and Hero Portrait, Battleground Perks
    • Log-in Reward: Shadow Hunter Vol’jin
  • Patch 19.6: NOW LIVE!
    • Constructed Balance Update:
      • High Abbess Alura from [4] Mana to [5] Mana
    • Battlegrounds Balance Update:
      • New Minion Type – Quillboar: Will be given more details in April
      • Darkmoon Prizes Ending
      • Minions summon first before checking for Triple
      • Captain Hooktusk removed from Hero Pool
      • Various Hero and Minion Balance Changes
    • Duels Balance Update:
      • See Show Notes
    • Pre-Order for Forged in the Barrens Available for Purchase
    • Log-in for Vol’jin Reward and ability to purchase [FREE] the 30 Year Anniversary Card Back in the SHOP
    • Bug Fixes
    • Book of Heroes – Valeera: Coming March 2nd
  • Tavern Brawl: The Great Amalgamation!
    • What horror has science wrought!? Build a deck, all minions count as Elementals, Mechs, Demons, Murlocs, Dragons, Beasts, Pirates, and Totems!

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It was a big week in Hearthstone news, this week Blizzard introduced a new Core set and Classic Format coming and rotations of the Basic and Classic sets, what does this mean for you? We will break it down for you.

During the play portion of the show we check out a revamped Highlander Hunter.

News and Discussion

  • Year of The Phoenix in Review
    • Discussion: Based on the given numbers, do we think Hearthstone is in a good place?
  • Introducing the Core Set and Classic Format
    • Core Set Breakdown
    • Legacy Set
    • Classic Format
    • Discussion: What are our initial opinions of this change?
  • BlizzCon 2021: Feb 19-21
    • Discussion: What are our predictions for the New Set theme?
  • Hearthstone Grandmasters 2021
    • Weekly Dual Tournaments: Week 1-7
    • Playoffs: Week 8
      • Playoffs decided by Points from Week 1-7
      • Champions from each season, per Region, go to World Championships
      • If the Champion of Season 1 gets relegated in Season 2, their World Championship Seat goes to Runner-Up for Season 1
    • Discussion: What are our thoughts on the Grandmasters System changes?
  • Tavern Brawl: Lunar Blessings!
    • Celebrate the Lunar New Year! Choose a class and get a random deck, choose an animal to receive its blessing and power!

Decklist:
Adorable Infestation x 1
Blazing Battlemage x 1
Demon Companion x 1
Dwarven Sharpshooter x 1
Guardian Augmerchant x 1
Intrepid Initiate x 1
Mystery Winner x 1
Tour Guide x 1
Wolpertinger x 1
Bonechewer Brawler x 1
Freezing Trap x 1
Imprisoned Felmaw x 1
Open the Cages x 1
Pack Tactics x 1
Phase Stalker x 1
Scavenger’s Ingenuity x 1
Snake Trap x 1
Wriggling Horror x 1
Zephrys the Great x 1
Animal Companion x 1
Eaglehorn Bow x 1
Inconspicuous Rider x 1
Kill Command x 1
Petting Zoo x 1
Unleash the Hounds x 1
Voracious Reader x 1
Dragonbane x 1
Rinling’s Rifle x 1
Lorekeeper Polkelt x1
Dinotamer Brann x 1

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This week on Hero Power we discuss the BlizzConline 30th Anniversary Collection and the Lunar New Year Event, including the exciting new Three Kingdoms Hero Portraits.

During the play portion we check out an updated version of Exodia Mage.

News and Discussion

  • BlizzConline 30th Anniversary Collection
    • 3 Bundles Available containing digital items from various Blizzard games
    • Hearthstone: 10 Darkmoon Packs (Essentials), Random Darkmoon Legendary (Heroic) and 5 Golden Darkmoon Packs (Mega). NO COSMETICS!!!
    • Discussion: As a primarily Hearthstone Player, are any of these Bundles worth it?
  • Lunar New Year Event: Feb 9-23
    • 3 Legendary Quests: Rewards Darkmoon and Scholomance Packs
    • Three Kingdoms Hero Portraits: Uther, Garrosh, Valeera and Anduin
      • Three Kingdoms Hero Bundle ($24.99 USD): All 4 Heroes
      • 3 Kingdoms Mini-Bundle ($14.99 USD): Valeera and Garrosh
      • Bundles available for Purchase from Feb 9-19th
    • Tavern Brawl: Lunar Blessings
      • Choose a class, get a random deck, and choose an animal to receive its blessing and power!
  • Tavern Brawl: All-Star Squad
    • Spiders and Portals have had their chance, now you choose! Pick one card for your deck, and you will get 22 copies of it plus 8 random class cards!

Decklist:
[Sphere of Saapience] x 1
[Ray of Frost] x 2
[Devolving Missles] x 1
[Armor Vendor] x 2
[Starscryer] x 1
[Sorcerer’s Apprentice] x 2
[Doomsayer] x 2
[Conjure Mana Biscuit] x 2
[Ancient Mysteries] x 2
[Rigged Faire Game] x 2
[Ice Barrier] x 2
[Frost Nova] x 2
[Arcane Intellect] x 2
[Potion of Illusion] x 2
[Jandice Barov] x 1
[Blizzard] x 2
[Archmage Antonidas] x 1
[The Amazing Reno] x 1

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Uther

This week we talk about the 19.4.1 patch which brings nerfs to cards that just dropped last week, as well as Blizzard targeting certain players with pack bundles and other players with completely different bundles.

During the play portion we take a look at the crazy Ramp Paladin.

News and Discussion

  • Patch 19.4.1: LIVE Jan 28th
    • Constructed:
      • Hysteria: Changed to only target “Enemy Minion”
      • Discussion: Is this Nerf too soon, and is it enough/too much?
    • Duels:
      • Duels Balance Changes
    • Bug Fixes:
      • Notable: Collection Achievements are now syncing properly and proper show when Achievement is “Collected”
  • Book of Heroes – Anduin: Feb 2nd
  • “Targeted” Bundles now showing in the “Shop”
    • Discussion: Have we seen this?
    • Discussion: What do we think it means?
  • Tavern Brawl: Cloneball!
    • The legends of Azeroth are playing Cloneball! Your team is random legends, each cloned four times! Go get ‘em champ!
    • Discussion: This is the second “Clone” Tavern Brawl in a row. Is that a hint for something?

Decklist:
[Armor Vendor] x 2
[Acidic Swamp Ooze] x 1
[Crabrider] x 2
[Murgur Murgurgle] x 1
[Redscale Dragontamer] x 2
[Wandmaker] x 2
[Murloc Warleader] x 2
[Underlight Angling Rod] x 2
[Fishy Flyer] x 2
[High Abbess Alura] x 1
[Nozdormu the Timeless] x 1
[Carousel Gryphon] x 1
[Strongman] x2
[Tip the Scales] x 2
[Carnival Clown] x 2
[Darkmoon Rabbit] x 1
[N’Zoth, God of the Deep] x 1
[Scrapyard Colossus] x 2
[Y’Shaarj, the Defiler] x 1

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