There were numerous Hearthstone announcements at BlizzConline 2021, including the new Mercenaries mode and an exciting new expansion focused on WoW’s horde. The Year of the Gryphon will also revolve around the existing formats, introducing the classic format that takes us back in time to Hearthstone in its original 2014 form, as well as a new core set that is available to all players for free.
There are few details about the exact contents of the core set at this time, but we know it will contain 235 cards. So far, Team 5 has announced that reworked versions of its legendary dragon aspects, including Malygos, Ysera, and Deathwing, will line the set along with the annoying Annoy-O-Tron Mech. However, we now know that Lord Jaraxxus in his current form will not be part of the core set.
“The new version of Jaraxxus in the core set will be a hero card,” Hearthstone designer Chadd Nervig confirmed in an interview today. The nine mana demon currently has a battle cry that destroys your hero and replaces it with Lord Jaraxxus. Currently this will set your max health to 15, equip a 3/8 weapon, and change your hero power to 6/6 Summon Hell. However, it sounds like that could change if he is promoted to hero card status. While we don’t have specific details yet, Nervig says that “the vote is going on [Jaraxxus] is a little different [in the Core Set]. We balanced it out accordingly “.
The Hearthstone community has discussed this exact change in the past. So it’s great to see Team 5 give the old lord some love. In April last year, Blizzard decided to improve the Pact of Sacrifice, a warlock spell that could previously destroy any demon in order to restore five health points to the player’s hero (now only friendly demons). While this was good news for Lord Jaraxxus, who could no longer be attacked directly by the opponent and immediately destroyed, he canceled the standard game in the last few expansions. It will be interesting to see how the team plans to change its effects to support its new hero card status.