The Next Hearthstone Expansion Is Called The Witchwood

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

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

Hearthstone just entered the Year of the Raven, and now we know what to expect from its first expansion.

It sounds like Witchwood could be the most intriguing addition to the Hearthstone world to date, especially with the new mode and the stack of new cards coming our way.

The Echo keyword, when shown in a card allows you to add a spectral copy of this card to your hand until the end of your turn, which can be played any number of times if you have the mana for it.

Something spooky is stirring at the heart of The Witchwood™, the next expansion for Hearthstone®, Blizzard Entertainment's smash-hit digital card game. When an Echo card is played, you can keep playing as many copies of that card as you like that turn, provided you have enough mana.

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Then there's that new Monster Hunt mode. Next month, those cunning and courageous enough to hunt down monsters and outwit witches can claim their bounty in the form of 135 hair-raising new cards, complete with some uncanny new gameplay mechanics.

"Rush" minions function much like Charge minions in that they can attack immediately after being summoned, but can only attack other minions. At the start of the game, Genn Greymane-a neutral Legendary minion with 6/5 and costing 6 mana-will grant even-cost decks by decreasing the player's Hero Power to 1-mana instead of the standard 2. And there will be four new heroes to lead the fight, each with their own hero power and "cards that create completely new playstyles and strategies". Baku the Mooneater-Legendary minion, 7/8, 9-mana cost- rewards odd-cost decks with an upgraded Hero Power (Blizzard did not offer specifics on upgraded Hero Powers, though this may function like a previous Legendary, Justicar Trueheart).

The Witchwood will also see the addition of the Monster Hunt mode, which is similar to the Dungeon Run from Kobolds & Catacombs. There's no official release date set yet, but The Witchwood is scheduled to arrive in mid-April. Starting today and up until the expansion is released, allies of Gilneas can pre-purchase The Witchwood card packs in a special 50-pack bundle that also includes 20 bonus packs, as well as the "In a Dark Wood" card back for free.

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