Blizzard announced today that hearthstone The Year of the Hydra will begin on April 12 with the launch of Voyage to the Sunken Sea, the underwater expansion announced in march. The new year will bring “a renewed focus on sustainability and optimization,” Blizzard said, along with new content and updates to Hearthstone’s established game modes.
“You can expect quality-of-life and other improvements like the ability to equip a random hero skin, in-game reporting, and a general emphasis on client performance improvements,” promised Blizzard, clearly aware of the complaints about the bugs. platform has become in recent years. “This is on top of our three usual card sets and a ton of new content planned for Battlegrounds, Mercenaries, and more.”
The start of a new year in Hearthstone will also see card sets rotate: Ashes of Outland, Scholomance Academy, and Madness at the Darkmoon Faire will go Wild, leaving the Standard card set to include Forged in the Barrens, United in Stormwind, Fractured in Alterac Valley, Voyage to the Sunken City, and the Core set.
Speaking of the Core set, today’s announcement also detailed which cards are being cut and which are returning. Main billing goes to the original League of Explorers, all of whom are back in the base set: Reno Jackson, Brann Bronzebeard, Elise Starseeker and Sir Finley Mrrgglton.
Some people are happy with this development:
So the core set just got rid of a bunch of bad cards and put in good ones, really cool.April 5, 2022
Others, not so much:
Reno Jackson is a stupid card for idiots being brought back by idiots who should know betterApril 5, 2022
Reno has always been a highly polarizing card because it grants your hero a full heal (so potentially +29 HP) when played – as long as your deck doesn’t have duplicate cards at the moment. Against aggressive decks, this proved to be a devastating effect, but it also meant games often boiled down to, “If my opponent draws Reno, I lose, otherwise I’m fine.”
Other notable return cards in the main set include Lyra the Sunshard, Radiant Elemental, Fandral Staghelm, Ragnaros Lightlord, Azure Drake, Wild Pyromancer, Doomsayer, Animal Companion (I should say Huffer, honestly), Drakonid Operative, Northshire Cleric, Acolyte of Dor and Kalecgos. This time around, Blizzard didn’t print any new cards, which makes sense as there must be less obvious gaps to fill in these days. The general consensus so far is that this is a very strong core set, with a bunch of cards that are likely to be played in competitive decks. Reno’s presence alone will ensure that “Highlander”-style decks are experienced across multiple classes.
For the full rundown of what’s to come in Hearthstone’s Year of the Hydra, which will also see changes to the Hearthstone Mercenaries update schedule and a shift from Battlegrounds to a new seasonal model, go to playhearthstone. with (opens in new tab).