The brand new set is coming and quite a few acquainted faces have returned.
The newest Hearthstone growth – Rise of Shadows – has simply been revealed! Rise of Shadows will function 135 new playing cards, and can launch on April 9 in North America and April 10 in Australia/New Zealand.
The set introduces the “League of E.V.I.L.”; a coalition of returning villains led by Arch-Thief Rafaam, and that includes King Togwaggle, Madam Lazul, Dr. Increase and Hagatha the Witch.
These acquainted faces carry with them quite a few new gameplay mechanics. Schemes, as an example, are spells that develop in energy every flip they’re in your hand. Thus far we’ve solely seen Hagatha’s Scheme, which is clearly a horrible prime deck, however will be insanely highly effective if given time to cost up.
Lackeys are additionally new – these minions are generated by playing cards like EVIL Miscreant and have highly effective battlecries relative to their price. Gamers which were round since Goblins vs Gnomes might consider them somewhat like Spare Elements, besides with a physique hooked up. There are 5 Lackeys in all.
In a neat contact, the set may also debut quite a few “callback playing cards”. The brand new Priest spell Forbidden Phrases, as an example, riffs on Forbidden Shaping from Whispers of the Outdated Gods, besides as an alternative of spending all of your mana to summon a random minion that prices the identical quantity, you’re capable of spend your remaining mana to destroy a minion with that a lot assault or much less. It’s highly effective single goal elimination for Priest that very a lot matches the category’ identification and goes nicely alongside the equally difficult board clear Mass Hysteria. It’s additionally becoming that the cardboard artwork options Madam Lazul, who followers will keep in mind from the Whispers of the Outdated Gods trailer, and who’s debuting as a brand new playable Priest hero with this growth.
Rise of Shadows isn’t nearly dangerous guys, nonetheless, because the growth may also function playing cards themed round a “mysterious crime-fighting group” referred to as the Defenders of Dalaran. These heroes additionally carry their very own mechanics, corresponding to the brand new Twinspell key phrase. A spell with Twinspell generates a duplicate of itself into the participant’s hand when solid. In different phrases, they’re spells that may be solid twice.
Just a few different vehicles have additionally been revealed, and so they’re fairly fascinating…
Rise of Shadows pre-purchase bundles can be found now, with two choices: a 50-pack bundle that features a random Legendary and the Jewel of Lazul card again, and an 80-pack Mega Bundle that features a random golden Legendary, the cardboard again and the brand new playable Priest hero Madam Lazul. These bundles can be found for USD $49.99 / AUD $66.95 and USD $79.99 / AUD $109.95 respectively. They’re restricted to certainly one of every per account.
The discharge of Rise of Shadows will usher within the 12 months of the Dragon, which is about to shake up the sport significantly, notably with Genn and Baku being despatched to the Corridor of Fame early. It is going to additionally mark the primary chapter in a yearlong story for Hearthstone that will probably be advised throughout three expansions and three solo adventures. The solo journey for Rise of Shadows will probably be launched beginning in Might, and the primary chapter will probably be free, with the extra 4 chapters unlocked for 700 gold every or AUD $9.50 / NZD $10.99 every. The whole set will be bought for USD $19.99 / AUD $26.95 / NZD $31.99.
Cam Shea is Editor in Chief for IGN’s Australian content material group and spends plenty of his time within the worlds of CCGs. He is on Twitter.