The primary new growth within the new 12 months of the Gryphon will characteristic new playing cards, a brand new key phrase, and introduce spell colleges.
Blizzard detailed its plans for the upcoming 12 months of Hearthstone content material at BlizzConline 2021, beginning with the subsequent growth, Solid within the Barrens. This would be the first growth of the brand new annual rollover, which this time has been dubbed the 12 months of the Gryphon. The Barrens growth will happen within the Horde stronghold of Kalimdor and embody a brand new key phrase. Plus it is coming alongside some main adjustments to the underlying mechanics of Hearthstone extra broadly.
As typical, Solid within the Barrens will add 135 new playing cards to gather. This time the playing cards will characteristic a brand new key phrase, Frenzy. Just like the current Spellburst impact, it is a one-time set off, but it surely prompts the primary time a Frenzy minion survives harm. (That implies that in case your opponent kills it in a single shot, the Frenzy impact will not set off). And in a wink to the followers, there’s even a Mankrik card, who is of course searching for his spouse.
The set may even add 10 legendary “Mercenary” characters, as a part of a year-long narrative. These probably tie into the brand new Mercenaries mode, to be coming later this 12 months.
Solid within the Barrens would be the debut of some bigger adjustments to Hearthstone as effectively. For one, it’s going to debut the brand new Core set, a free base set of playing cards that might be changing the Fundamental and Traditional units. It’ll even be the primary set to return alongside Spell Colleges, which primarily type spells into considered one of seven sorts: Arcane, Fireplace, Frost, Holy, Nature, Shadow, and Fel. This might be retroactive, so many older spells might be outfitted with these spell colleges as effectively. A number of the new Barrens playing cards have particular interactions with specific spell colleges, relatively than generic spell-triggered results.
For extra on the upcoming growth and the entire 12 months of the Gryphon adjustments, try everything we know about Hearthstone’s 2021 plans.