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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