For Hearthstone players, this is hands-down the best time of year, as around this time the game sees a massive shakeup, with three (or so) sets of cards leaving and one new set coming in. For 2021, however, the Hearthstone Team is going way beyond that and also changing the very bedrock of the game. For those that don’t know, Hearthstone’s foundation for the past seven years has been the Basic and Classic sets – the cards that the game launched with. Not only has Hearthstone evolved significantly since then, but those cards were never designed for the specific purpose of being the game’s base, and some classes simply have better options in that original collection than others.No more. This year, those cards will be replaced by a new “Core set” of 235 cards, including 29 brand new designs (which you can see below) and many returning cards that have been reworked. This will effectively reinvent each class, as many of the cards that have been fundamental to their archetypes will no longer be in the Standard format. Not only will this help Hearthstone feel radically different in 2021, but in future years too, as the Core set will change annually, and giving the Hearthstone team a lot of latitude to shape the game based on what they have planned for each 12 month block. It’s a fantastic change, in other words, and the icing on the cake is that all players will have access to the full Core set at no cost, providing a solid baseline collection for even brand new players.