Blizzard has outlined the first expansion for the new Hearthstone season, which will appear next month. The Rise of Shadows expansion brings together several bad guys from the game's history in a Sinister Six-style team, along with 135 new cards to collect.
The plot revolves around the archlifter Rafaam who has his own "League of E.V.I.L." is organizing. to commit a robbery in Dalaran. They include King Togwaggle, Madam Lazul, Dr. Boom and Hagatha the Witch. Blizzard previously teased that this year every expansion will be linked in a continuous story, so this gives us an idea of the direction for the Year of the Dragon.
As always, the expansion will include a number of new mechanisms and card types that suit the taste of the expansion. The expansion brings five new Lackeys, 1/1 minions with specialized Battlecries. New spells called Schema & # 39; s become more and more powerful the more you control the card. Some cards are explicit callbacks to older cards. For example, the priest's new Forbidden Words spell is a twist on the forbidden fantasy card of Whispers of the Old Gods.
Finally, the new cards introduce a new keyword, called Twinspell. When they are cast, these cards add a second copy of the spell to your hand. The second copy of the spell lacks the Twinspell benefit. These spells are a clear favorite of a crime-fighting group called the Defenders of Dalaran, so we will likely see the clash between heroes and villains as the story continues.
Rise of Shadows will start on April 9, with his solo adventure after a month later in May. As previously announced, this adventure begins with a free chapter and subsequent chapters can be purchased for 700 gold each or the full bundle for $ 20.
But before it all starts, a pre-release event from April 5 offers you a free legendary card that can be used right away. And once it's launched, you'll get a new mission chain to earn free packs. A Shadow bundle during the launch week offers 9 packs and an Arena ticket for $ 10. Pre-purchases are delivered in two layers: a $ 50 bundle with 50 packages, a return card and a legendary card, or a bundle of 80 dollars for 80 packages, the card back, a gold legendary and Mrs. Lazul priest hero.
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