We're just a week and a half away from Hearthstone's first expansion of 2021, and there's a lot to look forward to. March 30 marks the beginning of the Year of the Gryphon, which is when we'll see the Rise of Shadows, Saviors of Uldum, Descent of Dragons, and Demon Hunter Initiate sets rotate into Wild. Basic and Classic cards are also rolling out of Standard, replaced by Hearthstone's new, free Core Set (opens in new tab), which consists of 235 cards.
The year's first expansion, Forged in the Barrens (opens in new tab), will also release on March 30, and Blizzard has given us 10 keys for The Forged in the Barrens Mega Bundle to give away.
Forged in the Barrens focuses on WoW's Horde faction, which is made up of tauren, orcs, and the Quilboar—we can expect to see all of those groups pop up somewhere in the new set. We'll also see the introduction of a new mechanic called Spell Schools. This retroactively categorises spells under tags like 'Arcane,' 'Frost,' and 'Holy' to make way for another layer of interesting spell synergies.
As always, the expansion adds a new keyword, too: Frenzy. Minions with the Frenzy label receive a powerful one-time effect that triggers the first time they survive damage. It's heavily inspired by the Enrage mechanic, and it'll be interesting to see how it and the other changes in Forged in the Barrens shift the meta.
As for the Forged in the Barrens Mega Bundle, it's $80 and includes the following items:
- 80 Forged in the Barrens packs
- 2 random golden legendaries
- Hamuul card back
- Hamuul Runetotem alternate Hero
- 5 golden Forged in the Barrens packs
- Battlegrounds Perks
For a chance to get one of the keys we're giving away, all you need to do is enter your email address below. On Thursday, March 25 at 10 am Pacific, 10 entrants will be randomly selected and emailed their keys.
I've embedded the form above, but if you can't see it, you can enter by clicking here (opens in new tab). Note that we won't see your email address, and Godankey won't keep it after the raffle finishes. There's no danger of you getting spam from us.
Have a great weekend and we wish you the best of luck!