Hawthorn have tapped experienced duo Ricky Henderson and Will Langford to help them navigate wet and wild conditions in Friday night's AFL blockbuster against Sydney.
Single-digit temperatures and forecasts of heavy rain and wind gusts are likely to make the round-eight opener the first true wet-weather winter classic of the season.
Hawthorn are purring at 5-2, while the Swans have defied ordinary home form to be 4-3.
The Hawks confirmed the forecast had influenced their selections with Henderson and Langford replacing youngsters James Cousins and James Worpel.
"Cousins did a good job last week and is a bit unlucky to miss," football boss Graeme Wright said.
"He came in late and was given a task on (Essendon midfielder Zach) Merrett, and he performed his role well.
"Worpel has also shown some positive signs in his first two senior games and he can be proud of his performances.
"But, given the weather forecast for tomorrow night, Henderson and Langford will just give us that extra touch of experience which will come in handy when dealing with the slippery conditions."
Langford had grappled with back soreness in recent weeks while coach Alastair Clarkson confirmed Henderson had overcome a bout of gastro earlier in the week.
"We got him on the Vegemite and toast on Sunday and Monday and he's been able to get some decent grub into him over the last couple of days and he's good as gold," Clarkson said.
Tom McCartin, whose older brother Paddy plays for St Kilda, will debut for Sydney while Daniel Robinson has also been added to their lineup.
Robbie Fox and Harry Marsh were both omitted while star duo Lance Franklin (foot) and Dan Hannebery (groin) were not risked.
"He's pretty hard, he can play with injuries but we didn't want to push it too much and put him at risk so we decided to can this week," Swans coach John Longmire said of Franklin.
"He was always going to play regardless of the conditions ... unfortunately, he just couldn't get through what was required."