“On January 21, players will take flight in Galakrond’s Awakening, the highly-anticipated Solo Adventure that brings the Year of the Dragon to a close. The story takes place across two campaigns: one where players fight as the League of E.V.I.L. to carry out the nefarious Archvillain Rafaam’s plot to resurrect Galakrond, the progenitor dragon; and another where they’ll lead the intrepid League of Explorers into battle against the bad guys to foil their plans and save the world. […] Galakrond’s Awakening also marks a return to the game’s original Solo Adventure format, where players tackle a series of unique boss encounters with pre-built decks to earn 35 new collectible cards. Once earned, these cards can be added to Standard and Wild decks, adding fun new options to further shake up the meta game. Upon completing Story mode as the League of E.V.I.L. and League of Explorers, players will unlock Heroic mode, where they can take on harder versions of the encounters armed with their own decks, which can include any of the cards in their Collections.”
Blizzard does say that this update will cap off the year-long Year of the Dragon narrative. (Why did so many games do that last year? It wasn’t actually the Year of the Dragon. It was the Year of the Pig. We digress.) As usual, the update arrives in four installments of two chapters apieces, the first of which, dubbed Battle of the Frozen Coast, launches January 21st. And it’ll be free for everyone, too, though you’ll have to pay for the remaining chunks. Conveniently, preorders for the bundles are live now, and the studio previewed the upcoming balancing patch yesterday too.