The next major update to Hearthstone will replace the old Basic and Classic sets for the first time EVER. This is a relatively bold move for a game and an app that has kept the same deck of cards from the start. With this next rotation, Hearthstone will present a new “Basic Set”.
Before opening our collective eyelids, it is important to note that the Basic Set will be “free for all players”. This basic set will completely replace the basic and classic sets in the standard game. If all you play is WILD, you will receive a bunch of new cards to play for free – cool!
If you play Standard, you will be working with this new “235 card curated selection”. This new set of cards will include some cards “returning from previous sets”, while others are “reimagined favorites”. Most of the cards in the set are favorites reimagined or returning from previous sets. Of the total of 235 cards in this new basic set, 29 cards are “completely new”.
The rest of the standard card sets will be those of the following sets:
• Outland ashes
• Scholomance School
• Madness at the Darkmoon Faire
• Darkmoon Races mini-set
• The next set (still unnamed)
There will be a new format called “Classic Format”. Very similar to the format of the same name in the Magic: The Gathering card tournament game, Classic includes old sets. In Magic, “Classic” meant that you could use any card you wanted (to a certain extent). In Hearthstone, “Classic” means that you will be working with the “original 240 Hearthstone cards as they were in 2014.”
With this release, Hearthstone will also increase the number of deck slots from 18 to 27. So many decks that you will never remember what is what!
Given the release dates in recent years, we can safely assume that we will have an expansion in early April 2021. This has been the launch point for each new expansion (at this point in the year) for Hearthstone sets for the past half decade. .