Following the teaser on Twitter, the developers have revealed the latest expansion and the new year of content to come to Blizzard’s CCG Hearthstone. New adventures call players back to the Ashes of Outland! It is dangerous to venture out solo, so you might want the company of a new Hero Class double-jumping straight into the action – the Demon Hunters. You are not prepared for such epic!
Beyond the Dark Portal, the shattered world of Outland awaits. Ashes of Outland brings Hearthstone players to the memorable setting of World of Warcraft’s first expansion, The Burning Crusade, only to find it has been razed by an unstoppable force for destruction known as the Rusted Legion. These malicious, mechanically enhanced monstrosities have waged a campaign of conquest that has left only a desolate, post-apocalyptic wasteland in their wake. Now, the denizens scavenge to survive in the ashes of their broken world.
All hope is not lost, however. The Black Temple stands as the last bastion of civilization in the war-torn realm, where the self-proclaimed lord of Outland, Illidan Stormrage, and his army of Demon Hunters fight to take back their world. Journey through the Dark Portal and lead the charge to save the world in Hearthstone’s newest expansion, Ashes of Outland!
World of Warcraft: Legion players already know how it feels when Demon Hunters bring their fel-induced craziness into your game. Now it is time for the Hearthstone players to welcome the Illidari and their master back into the fold.
The Year of the Phoenix introduces Hearthstone’s first new class since launch: the Demon Hunter! Embracing chaotic soul magic and fel energy, the fearsome Demon Hunter features an in-your-face playstyle, cutting down foes with weapons and claws, or crushing them with enormous Demon minions.
Illidan Stormrage, the newest playable Hero in Hearthstone, embodies the Demon Hunter’s class identity. The Demon Hunter will enter the fray on April 2 with a new prologue campaign consisting of four story-focused single-player missions, which retell Illidan Stormrage’s origin story from his perspective in the Hearthstone universe.
The Year of the Dragon started with Rise of Shadows and followed the story of the League of E.V.I.L. and Rafaam through the Dalaran Heist, into the scorching desert of Uldum and to the final act in Descent of Dragons. With the Year of the Dragon’s end at hand, the time has come for Rastakhan’s Rumble, The Boomsday Project, and The Witchwood to enter Wild and rotate out of Standard.
Aptly named Ashes of Outland kicks off the new Hearthstone year – Year of the Phoenix. The team is planning expansions, Battlegrounds updates, seasonal events, new Tavern brawls, a solo adventure and much more. Below you can find the Year of the Phoenix Roadmap: