The second expansion of the Year of the Raven was indeed related to Netherstorm, home of the unforgettable Dr. Boom, and it’s called the Boomsday Project. Apart from the new features, five cards were also revealed.
The announcement video has an appropriate 80s science fiction movie vibe, featuring notable faces from the Hearthstone team.
It’s Goblins vs Gnomes 2.0 as the Mech tribe is definitely going to return with a vengeance! There’s a new keyword called Magnetic: Magnetic minions can either be played on their own or they can be fused with a Mech minion that’s on the board to add to their health, attack and ability.
Omega cards can also be played regularly. However, if you play them at 10 Mana Crystals, you will get a powerful boost. The Battlecry assures that the OP version cannot be cheated out. Druid, the only class that can ramp its Mana up, will surely find a use for this type of minion. Curiously enough, the Omega Defender isn’t a Mech, even though it definitely looks like one.
Projects are powerful spells, that will benefit both players. Assumedly, all classes will have a Project spell. “Research” and “Weapons” Projects were teased, with the latter probably belonging to Warrior.
We’ve seen all kinds of Legendary cards: minions, Quests, Weapons, Hero cards. Now it’s time for Legendary Spells to make their appearance. I wonder if there are any special rules when it comes to Discovering or playing discounted versions of Legendary Spells, because they can potentially be powerful. Here’s the Rogue one:
That’s all with the new features, but don’t forget: The Boomsday Project isn’t all about mechs and projects. It’s also about science, crazy discoveries and the manipulation of elements. Under this thematic, we can find the Shaman Legendary minion:
It’s almost certain that Dr. Boom will be making a grand return for this Hearthstone Expansion; after all, he’s the big boss on The Boomsday Project. He was shortly teased in the announcement video: unfortunately, this time around not all classes will be able to enjoy the Dr. Boom goodness as he looks like a Warrior card. Lord Jaraxxus will also reinvent himself as a new Warlock Hero skin: Mecha-Jaraxxus!
According to the official announcement post, the new expansion will go live on August 7, 2018 – a week earlier than August expansions from previous years. The official site of The Boomsday Project is also up!
The Boomsday Project will also bring along new PvE Adventure content: The Puzzle Lab! It will go live on August 21 and from the description on the official site, it looks slightly different from the Dungeon Run and the Missions. Players will have to participate in successful experiments against nine bosses. These include goals like “Lethal”, which is kill the enemy in one turn; Mirror, which requires you to create a perfect copy of your opponent’s board; Board Clear; and Survival, which requires you stay alive from the opponent’s attacks! You will earn the following card back for completing The Puzzle Lab:
Here is the new Boomsday board:
The login launch reward for The Boomsday Project will be three packs and a random Class Legendary card. A card reveal livestream will be held on July 23 at 10:00 am PST on the official Hearthstone Twitch channel.
Pre-ordering The Boomsday Project has some additional perks compared to other expansions and two different options. You can preorder the normal Bundle which will contain 50 The Boomsday Project packs, a random Golden Legendary card from the expansion and the Mecha-Jaraxxus card back. Or you can get the Mega Bundle, which contains 80 packs, a random Golden Legendary, the Mecha-Jaraxxus card back and the Mecha-Jaraxxus Warlock Hero skin.