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Hearthstone – The Shadows Rise In The Latest Expansion

Blizzard Entertainment has revealed the latest Hearthstone expansion: Rise of Shadows, a new 135-card set releasing April 9. For the first time, the expansion will bring a yearlong storyline to the game. Players will join a  league of miscreants, the League of E.V.I.L.. Check out the trailer above to learn more!

Rise of Shadows brings a bunch of new mechanics to the game.

  • EVERY HENCHMAN NEEDS A LACKEY – The League of E.V.I.L. needs all the help they can get!
    • Lackeys provide the muscle to get things done for the League of E.V.I.L.’s members.
      • Heistbaron Togwaggle’s henchman is the Rogue minion EVIL Miscreant, which adds two random Lackeys to the player’s hand when Comboed.
    • There are five Lackeys in Rise of Shadows, 1/1 minions with helpful Battlecries.
      • For example, Kobold Lackey’s Battlecry deals 2 damage to a target.
  • PLAN FOR SUCCESS – Schemes are Spells that grow in power each turn they’re held in hand.
    • Hagatha’s Scheme deals 1 damage to all minions to start, but gains damage every turn it’s held in hand. Wait until just the right moment to spring the trap!
  • CALLBACK CARDS – Our villains have been around for a long time, so some of their cards may feel a bit . . . familiar. The Priest Spell Forbidden Words, which spends all the player’s mana to destroy a minion with that much attack or less, is a callback to Forbidden Shaping fromWhispers of the Old Gods.
  • TWICE THE TRICKERY – Cause double trouble for your opponent by using Spells with the newTwinspell keyword! When cast, Spells with Twinspell add a copy of themselves to the caster’s hand.
    • The Forest’s Aid is a Druid Twinspell that summons five 2/2 Treants and adds a copy of the spell to the player’s hand, ready to summon a new army of Treants to defend the magical city.

There will be deeper PvE content once the bigger than ever before adventure will be released in May. The first chapter of this Solo Adventure will be free and, in a return to what players experienced with the original Hearthstone Adventures, additional chapters can be unlocked for $19.99, or 700 gold per chapter. More information to come soon.

Players looking to unleash their shadowy side early can pre-purchase Rise of Shadows card packs in two bundles: a 50-pack Rise of Shadows bundle that includes the Jewel of Lazul card back and a Legendary card; and the 80-card pack Mega Bundle, which includes the Madame Lazul Priest Hero, the Jewel of Lazul card back, and a Golden Legendary card. These one-time-only bundles are available on any platform for $49.99 and $79.99, respectively (players can purchase each bundle only once per account).

Check out the announcement trailer to learn more about the upcoming expansion or visit the official site.

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While growing up in the wilds of Russia, Catherine learned to talk, write and game at almost the same time. You can follow her attempts at latter two at MMORPG.com and GameSpace.

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