Next Hearthstone Expansion Is Called "The Witchwood", Brings New Mechanics

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

Blizzard announced newest Hearthstone expansion 'The Witchwood, ' only moments ago. There's also a tease for a Hagatha card, for those of you that have been waiting for a new Hero card. Even if you don't pre-order, if you log in for a limited time after the expansion launches, you'll receive three Witchwood card packs and a guaranteed class legendary from the new set for free. Themed around the haunted city of Gilneas, players will be able to acquire 135 brand new cards in order to fight off the spirits of the Witchwood. Each turn a worgen card is in a player's hand, its Attack and Health are swapped, creating opportunities to play the card at just the right time. Like Dungeon Runs, it has you going up against bosses, up to eight, and you can supplement your deck with new cards after victories. While Blizzard has executed a similar idea in the Shaman's Unstable Evolution card, giving it a keyword suggests the developer has much bigger plans for this mechanic, in this expansion and beyond.

A new free Monster Hunt single player mode, simiar to Kobolds & Catacombs' Dungeon Run, which will challenge players to eight continuous hard battles, leading into a big boss fight. Here, players will choose one of four unique heroes and venture into the mysterious Witchwood. After defeating an encounter, players can improve a piece of loot within their deck.

Deceptively simple in design but epically engaging, Hearthstone will be instantly accessible to players regardless of their familiarity with Warcraft or collectible card games. Monster Hunt should provide a challenging alternative to the competitive grind, come The Witchwood's launch.

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Something spooky is stirring at the heart of The Witchwood™, the next expansion for Hearthstone®, Blizzard Entertainment's smash-hit digital card game. A half-dozen cards are available to peruse on the official website, but the vast majority are left to reveal.

That excellent trailer certainly sets the stage, but its the other information Blizzard has revealed about the expansion which has us truly excited.