It’s good to be bad in Hearthstone’s new Rise of Shadows expansion, coming April 9


Hearthstone is inviting players to give in to the dark side in its newly announced expansion, Rise of Shadows, which will be stepping into the spotlight on April 9th. The expansion, which marks the beginning of Hearthstone’s first year-long storyline, will bring to the game a new 135-card set that focuses on some of Azeroth’s most sinister villains and introduces some dastardly new mechanics.

Following his defeat at the hands of the League of Explorers, nefarious Arch-Thief Rafaam has brought some of Hearthstone’s iconic antagonists together to form the League of E.V.I.L, and players will be enlisted to help them advance their dark agenda. The new set will introduce a new card type, Lackeys — because you can’t call yourself a supervillain without a suitable outfit of expendable mooks — which are 1/1 minions with “a variety of diabolical Battlecries.” In addition, the new Scheme card type will add a new layer of strategy to the game, as these sinister cards grow in power for each turn they’re held in a player’s hand.

The League of E.V.I.L. will be opposed by “a mysterious crime-fighting group known as the Defenders of Dalaran,” whose signature mechanic is the Twinspell. Cards with the Twinspell keyword duplicate themselves when cast, giving players an additional copy to cast later in the game.

From now until the expansion’s launch on April 9th, players can pre-purchase two Rise of Shadows bundle packs. The 50-pack bundle ($49.99 US) comes with 50 packs (of course) as well as a random Legendary and the exclusive Jewel of Lazul card back, while the 80-pack bundle ($79.99) includes a random golden Legendary, the Jewel of Lazul card back, and a new playable Priest hero, Madam Lazul. To learn more about the new expansion, be sure to check out the Rise of Shadows official site.

Source: Press Release
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I really wish they would reboot the classic set. HOF every classic card and re-work them. The game is kind of stale. They need to make some drastic changes to liven it up.


The real star of this expansion is the rotation of Death Knights and Baku/Genn. I’d say RIP but really they both hurt the meta so much that I hope they roll in their graves.

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Not their best one, but these silly little animatics always put a smile on my face!