The Year of the Raven is close to swooping in as Blizzard has just announced the new expansion for Hearthstone – “The Witchwood”. It is set to release this April. It will be the start of the new year, The Year of the Raven, as detailed here. Once the new expansion drops, the oldest 3 expansions in the standard play format will move to the wild format. So, say goodbye to Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. The upcoming release also has new card mechanics and a new single-player adventure mode.
|Title||Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft|
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Android|
|Genre||Collectible card game|
|Release(s)||PC, macOS - March 11, 2014
iOS - April 16, 2014
Android - December 15, 2014
|TEEN - Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.|
The new single-player mode will please players who were fans of Kobolds and Catacombs’ single-player “Dungeon Run” mode. The new solo adventure “Monster Hunt” is coming to The Witchwood. It will have eight bosses and unique hero characters to play but there’s no word as to if it will be free as “Dungeon Run” was.
The new standard card mechanics are Echo and Rush. Echo allows you to play the same card over and over provided you can afford the mana costs. One has to wonder what this means for the rogue quest decks that work by playing the card with the same name. Rush is just like the charge but only allows the minion to attack other minions. Basically, it a lesser version of charge that will not raise the card cost as much.
Only a few of the 135 cards in the new expansion have been shown so far. Two Legendary cards, Genn Greymane and Baku the Mooneater, grant effects if you make your deck in a specific way. Another legendary card, Azalina Soulthief, replaces the player’s hand with a copy of the opponent’s. In non-legendary reveals, The Militia Commander has the new “Rush” ability and, Phantom Militia has the new Echo ability.
The Witchwood is now available for pre-purchase. This time around, $50 will get you 70 card packs, instead of the usual 50 so not a bad deal if you are willing to pay money for Blizzards popular freemium game.