the witchwood

Hearthstone enters the Witchwood on April 12

Is it Halloween already? In Hearthstone, it might as well be, as Blizzard is about to unleash the game’s creepiest expansion to date in just a week.

The Witchwood is coming out on April 12th, bringing players to the haunted realm of Gilneas, where a nearby witch has cursed the city with all sorts of doom and gloom. The expansion set is to be the first of three that Blizzard will roll out this year and includes 135 new cards, the “echo” card mechanic, and a new solo dungeon run called Monster Hunt.

Don’t forget to log into Hearthstone next week when the expansion launches to get three free card packs. Get caught up on The Witchwood with our extensive GDC preview and the cinematic trailer!

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Earn gobs of free Hearthstone packs for Witchwood expansion

Even if your knees are too weak to think about venturing into Hearthstone’s upcoming Witchwood expansion, you might want to venture out of your hidey-hole to snag the many free card packs that Blizzard is handing out.

Starting on March 27th and continuing through April 10th, you will be able to secure a free card pack every day for completing a daily quest. This will add up to 16 free packs in total if you’re diligent about doing them! The studio is also handing out three free packs to anyone who wins a match in this week’s Tavern Brawl in honor of StarCraft’s 20th anniversary.

Blizzard posted its full Witchwood card reveal schedule for 55 cards from the expansion. The reveals start on March 27th.

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GDC 2018: Hearthstone’s Witchwood goes monster hunting

Massively OP is at GDC 2018 this year, and like Hearthstone, we’re kicking things off with a bang: with monster hunting! No, not the dino-esque kind Matt and I have been doing, but the kind Gilneas are doing in HS‘s upcoming expansion, The Witchwood. I got to sit down and talk with Lead Mission Designer Dave Kosak and Associate Designer Dean Ayala about the new expansion, RNG, and more.

What the Witchwood brings

First, the best part: Just logging in after Witchwood launches grants you not only three free packs, but a random legendary card as well. In fact, we’ve seen a few new cards and card mechanics in the past week or so. The Rush mechanic, essentially Charge without letting creatures attack players on their first turn, isn’t exactly new, and I was told it wouldn’t be retroactively added to any cards, including the warrior move “Charge,” which essentially just adds Rush to a creature. Echo is kind of cool, allowing the player to cast an Echo card as many times as they can afford that turn. And then there are the Worgen cards, which switch their attack and HP each turn add some flexibility to your decks depending on what you need. The latter two feel more interesting for an old CCG fan like yours truly since those are the kinds of things that are hard to do in a physical CCG.

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Hearthstone announces The Witchwood expansion with Blair Witch-esque video

Speculate no more: Blizzard just announced Hearthstone’s next expansion right smack on Twitter. It’s called The Witchwood, and it launches in April.

“Be warned, the footage you are about to watch may fill you with fright and leave you with a sense of joy,” the devs tweeted a few minutes ago. “It was recovered from the last known location of three developers who were designing the latest Hearthstone expansion.” Yes, a Blair Witch Project-esque shakycam video is on order, and as always, you should watch the trailer-within-the-trailer part even if you don’t care for Hearthstone because it’s just that good, especially for the twist, which any good World of Warcraft player familiar with the Worgen will see coming. Also it’s worth it to see the devs maintain their conceit for a full seven minutes of card descriptions. Enjoy!

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