Hearthstone: The Witchwood adds Monster Hunt mode

Hearthstone: The Witchwood adds Monster Hunt mode

Find out what else to expect from Hearthstone's Year of the Raven.

A bunch of cards will be shuffled out of Standard rotation and end up in Wild and this means that a new expansion is on the horizon.

Hearthstone: The Witchwood will launch in mid-April. Yes, we are excited.

Set in the Worgen-cursed city of Gilneas, the Witchwood expansion will feature 135 new cards, a few of them found conveniently hanging in a tree by Hearthstone head guy Ben Brode. The developers revealed the expansion's existence in a video that popped up on YouTube. 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.

The team debuted six cards today, with more planned reveals coming on March 26 livestream and then steadily leading up to the release.

Two weeks after the expansion is released players will be able to participate in Monster Hunts, the new expansion's single-player experience, which will see players journey into The Witchwood to battle the evil within. Echo cards are minions or spells which may be played over and over again, as long as players have enough mana. The second is Rush, which works similar to the existing Charge mechanic but disallows attacks toward the opposing Hero on their opening turn. The heroes all have a unique hero power and their own cards to help build new strategies, and each encounter you clear nets you loot in the form of cards to improve your deck for the remainder of the hunt.

Hearthstone's next expansion is a witch-y affair that brings a chunk of news cards and another dungeon run-style mode to the game.

Now for the important bit; The Witchwood is available for preorder right now over on Blizzard's official site, and if you pick up 50 packs, you get an extra 20 for free.

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