The next Hearthstone expansion is on the way, and that brings the trading card game back to one of World of Warcraft‘s most iconic zones. Forged in Barrens is an expansion with 135 new cards that takes place in the Horde zone Barrens, just outside the orc town of Orgrimmar.
Forged in Barrens brings a new keyword to the game: Frenzy. Cards with madness have a one-time effect that triggers the first time a craftsman survives damage.
Barrens is where Trolls, Orcs and Tauren all spend time leveling out, and the zone is notorious for being completely massive, which made missions such as finding Mankrik̵
Forged in Barrens comes with a large set of shakeups to Hearthstone. It is a new “Core Set” that replaces the Basic and Classic sets. The core set is a mix of cards from previous expansions, balanced cards that are popular with the community, and a few brand new cards such as Ysera the Dreamer or Malygos the Spellweaver. HearthstoneCore Set is completely free and is easy for players to download and play. The original version of remastered cards will be available, along with the new variants, in the game’s wild mode without blocking.
There are also new spell schools, with all of the game’s various magic formulas organized in Arcane, Fire, Frost, Holy, Nature, Shadow and Fel. This will “expand the possibilities of spell checking Hearthstone players and will be added retroactively to previously released spelling cards. ”
If there is too much info to take in, it is a new classic format, which sets Hearthstone back to balance in 2014. Similar to World of Warcraft Classic, Hearthstone will be teleported in balance to a time back before Curse of Naxxramas expansion. This classic mode is for players who preferred the early balance of the game, or who want to visit a time without quite a few keywords, card combinations or the Demon Hunter class.
Finally, Hearthstone Mercenaries is a new game mode that is coming Hearthstone in 2021. Mercenaries is a strategy RPG that builds on the game’s single-player campaigns and the Book of Heroes, which told rather long stories through a sequence of Hearthstone Matches.
Hearthstone Mercenaries introduces players to a set of new characters, and players level them up through successive battles. Over time, players must learn which characters fit well together, and set up specific character combinations to best and increasingly difficult matches. Mercenaries join Battlegrounds, an auto-chess variant, and play-against-player glove mode Duels as a new Hearthstone game mode that will be supported long term by the developers.