The leaks were correct and the name of the new expansion is Rise of Shadows. It’s a good mix of old and new as we see familiar faces and mechanics joined with new stuff like Twisnpell, Lackeys and Schemes!
Launching worldwide on April 9, Rise of Shadows is Hearthstone’s newest expansion, featuring 135 new cards and a host of game improvements which were revealed when the Year of the Dragon was announced. Dave Kosak is here to introduce us the new expansion.
He hints about the next expansions of the Year of the Dragon bringing us to the “ancient depths”.
Rise of Shadows is about Rafaam gathering an evil gang, his target being the city of Dalaran. What is his purpose, though? It remains to be revealed in the rest of the year, since the Year of the Dragon expansions will all be interlinked.
Hearthstone’s nine classes are pitted against each other. On the one side, we have the League of Evil, whose leader is Arch-Villain Rafaam, a new Warlock Legendary minion. Warlocks are obviously part of the bad guys crew with Rogues, Shamans, Priests and Warriors joining them.
The Defenders of Dalaran are the good guys and they are made up of Druids, Mages, Paladins and Hunters.
The League of Evil doesn’t operate on its own. After all, its masterminds are busy scheming and plotting; they need some muscle for the everyday bad-guy stuff, they need Lackeys! Lackeys are small 1/1 minions with strong Battlecries. Lackeys will not be limited to Rise of Shadows, as we will see them in the next expansions.
We mentioned “scheming” in the previous paragraph. Schemes are cards that grow in power the longer they stay in your hand. It hasn’t been determined if there is a limit to how much these cards can grow.
The new Keyword for this expansion is Twinspell. Once you cast a spell with this Keyword, a second copy of the spell is added to your hand. The copy doesn’t have Twinspell.
Older mechanics will also return. You might remember Forbidden cards from Whispers of the Old Gods. With The Fortune Teller being present in both WotOG and Rise of Shadows, it’s only natural that we see Forbidden again.
Speaking of The Fortune Teller, her actual name is Madame Lazul and she is an alternative Priest hero you can get from one of the pre-purchase options. There are three pre-purchase bundles for Rise of Shadows. The Standard Bundle costs 49.99 $/€ and contains 50 Rise of Shadows card packs, the Jewel of Lazul card back and a random RoS Legendary card. The 79.99 $/€ priced Bundle includes 80 packs, the Jewel of Lazul card back, the Madame Lazul Priest hero and a random Rise of Shadows Legendary card. Lastly, the Shadow Bundle will be available only during the first week of the expansion: for 9.99 $/€ you can get 9 Rise of Shadows card packs and an Arena ticket.
The solo Adventure content will be released a month after Rise of Shadows, so somewhere in May.
*Images for Kalegcos and EVIL Miscreant are a courtesy of Hearthpwn.