The Comprehensive Core Set Preview

While we will produce our usual expansion content in a week, the introduction of the new core set merits its own special piece. Standard format is about to completely transform, and we want to look at how each class is affected.

How good is each class’ core set? What are the most notable changes and omissions? Which are the biggest winners and losers? How could each card shape the future of the format? We’ll try to give some answers here.

We’ve assessed cards based on their potential strength and scored them accordingly from 1 to 4 based on the guidelines below. Note that we’ve rated all the cards before reveal season started on the 16th.

4- Meta-defining, or an extremely powerful card we have great confidence will see play. Translation: Busted!

3- Very strong card that we’re confident will see play. Translation: Nice!

2- Decent, or niche card with potential to see play. Translation: Okay!

1- A card we don’t believe will see competitive play, for whatever reason. Translation: Meh!

For neutral cards that we believe will see play, we’ve also listed the classes or decks that are most likely to use them.

Each class piece ends in final thoughts regarding the class’ prospects and its rankings.

Core set rank: How strong is the class’ core set?



Spoilers: Core Set Summary of Ranks


  1. You are being too harsh imo, given that we are evaluating a basic set here. These cards are not meant to be too powerful.
    You should grade them keeping this in mind.

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  3. I think you may be underestimating Nordrassil Druid, it’s not as strong as Anubisath Defender, but it can be played as a 1 mana 3/5 which has a potential synergy with cards like Arbor Up, aoe buffs or any buff really, also unlike Anubisath you don’t have to play expensive cards, you can just play her with any card that costs mana, of course getting significantly worse when you go below 3 mana.

  4. Truthfully I think warrior is easily 10th and hunter should be 9th, as well as a possibility of swapping the ranks of warlock and shaman. Otherwise, this was very insightful. thank you.

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