Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced, Introducing New Monster Hunt Mode

Something spooky is stirring at the heart of The Witchwood™ the next expansion for Hearthstone® Blizzard Entertainment’s smash-hit digital card game

Notable additions to the set include cards which sort of behave like flip cards do in Magic, Worgen cards can shift their attack and health each time they're in your hand.

RUSH YOUR FOES - When played, minions with the new Rush keyword can attack other minions immediately, but can't attack the enemy Hero until the following turn. This will allow us to use a card that's already been played, no matter how many times it's been used before. "They can not attack heroes until the turn after they enter play, however".

Oh, and I'm pretty sure those Hearthstone guys in the video are actually perfectly OK, so you can stop worrying about them and have a look at the first of the new cards down below. Rush cards are also new and are similar to Charge cards.




Some players may be initially disappointed by the straightforwardness of the two new keywords, but it's this relative simplicity that will allow the Hearthstone team to get creative with how these new abilities are applied. This mode lets players choose between one of four heroes exclusively designed for this single-player adventure and embark upon a trip into the Witchwood. Expect more on Monster Hunts - the single-player mode - soon, though it won't launch until a fortnight after the expansion goes live.

Witchwood card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone's Arena mode, and players can purchase them with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone's other card packs. Players will then take on a series of up to eight increasingly challenging battles, wrapping up with a boss fight. A half-dozen cards are available to peruse on the official website, but the vast majority are left to reveal. Azalina Soulthief will replace your hand with an exact copy of your opponent's, which should lead to some interesting strategic back-and forth; there's also Genn Greymane, a neutral minion who will reduce your starting Hero Power cost to just 1 if your deck has only even-cost cards at the beginning of the match, and Baku the Mooneater, who will upgrade your Hero Power if your deck contains only odd-cost cards. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come.

Hearthstone is now available on PC, Mac, and mobile platforms. The Witchwood expansion launches mid-April.

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