We've got an important update to share this evening from Blizzard surrounding the new Samuro Diamond card and Mankrik on the rewards track and the duplicate protection that won't be available if you are participating in the pack openings on pre-release weekend.

  • Mankrik is available on the Rewards Track for free at Level 1.
  • Diamond Blademaster Samuro is available on the Tavern Pass at Level 1.

Since the Forged in the Barrens Rewards Track and Tavern Pass are not going to be immediately available, it will be possible to obtain different versions of these cards if you open your packs early since you won't have the duplicate protection in place that you normally would have if obtaining the cards through the pass before opening packs.

Because of this, the following cards will be disenchantable for their full dust value for a week following pre-release:

  • Blademaster Samuro (Regular)
  • Blademaster Samuro (Golden)
  • Mankrik (Golden)

This change means we won't be penalized for opening our card packs early during pre-release weekend as if we get any of the above cards, we'll be able to disenchant it and craft any other card we want. It is actually more beneficial to open your packs during pre-release weekend now since if you obtain one of the cards, they essentially become a wild card to craft any legendary in the set. You could also just crack them open without redeeming anything in the rewards track & tavern pass once the expansion goes live, you just need to make sure you still disenchant the cards in the 1-week window!

Read on for the full post from Blizzard.

Quote From Kerfluffle

With Forged in the Barrens Pre-Release weekend coming up we wanted to share a quick update on an issue we’ve discovered which affects how two new Legendary cards, Mankrik and Blademaster Samuro, are acquired.

As a reminder, Mankrik will be available to everyone for free at level 1 on the Forged in the Barrens Rewards Track, and Diamond Blademaster Samuro will be available at level 1 on the Forged in the Barrens Tavern Pass. However, Forged in the Barrens card packs opened before visiting the Reward Track, and during Pre-Release weekend, can contain Blademaster Samuro or Golden Mankrik (in place of another Legendary card).

To address this, full Dust refunds will be available for the week following Pre-Release, this applies to golden Mankrik, non-golden Blademaster Samuro, and golden Blademaster Samuro.