Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion will have a Dungeon Run-style 'Monster Hunt' mode

Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion will have a Dungeon Run-style 'Monster Hunt' mode

Some of the new cards utilize a new keyword, Echo, that allows them to be played again and again (mana limits allowing); others will feature a new Rush keyword. Aside from winning new cards, players will be able to round out their collections by purchasing new card packs or disenchanting some of their existing cards to craft the ones they're missing.

Curious players can keep up with the now announced cards here.

The Witchwood is now available for pre-purchase on Blizzard's store for $49.99 and comes with 70 decks filled with new cards.

Ben Brode and company provide more details on the gameplay implications of the new cards in the Blair Witch-style video above, adding to a delightful collection of very odd Hearthstone trailers.

As the Hearthstone team promised while outlining the 2018 schedule, The Witchwood will come with its own single-player content: Monster Hunt. Much like that adventure, Monster Hunt will have players defeating bosses and drafting decks as they go, though they'll have to wait two weeks after the set launches before this mode goes live.

HAUNTING NEW KEYWORD: ECHO - Exemplifying the spooky feel of the set, cards with the Echo keyword create a copy of themselves in the player's hand when played.

Looks like the Rogue Death Knight, Valeera the Hollow's Hero Power, only for a single card. Similarly, Genn Greymane is a 6 mana, 6/5 minion that reduces your hero power's cost to one crystal if your deck has nothing but cards with an even mana cost.

WORGEN CARDS - Gilneans can transform between their human and wolf-like worgen forms, and so can some of the cards in The Witchwood. That works like a modified Charge, letting minions attack other minions - but not the opposing hero - right away. Worgen cards swap attack and health each turn they're in your hand, so you can hold onto them at different times for different results.

Buying into the 50 pack pre-order of The Witchwood will grant you an additional 20 packs in addition to the exclusive card back. This one-time-only bundle is available on any platform for $49.99 (one purchase per account).

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