April will be the month fans see the arrival of the next Heroes of Warcraft expansion.
Blizzard announced the news today, providing fans with their first look at the new Hearthstone Witchwood cards.
135 new cards will be released, complete with some uncanny new gameplay mechanics.
“Dark magic has twisted the creatures of the forest and set them loose upon the Gilnean capital in Azeroth, but King Genn Greymane and his lycanthropic subjects won’t make for easy prey.
“The citizens of this proud kingdom, who can shapeshift into ferocious wolf-beasts known as worgen, are bringing the fight to The Witchwood with tooth and claw—and soon, Hearthstone players will join the pack and help them face down the horrors within.
“To help them survive the night, players can draw on an arsenal of new tricks, including the eerie new Echo keyword.
“Cards with Echo can be played over and over again, allowing players to call upon a minion or cast a spell multiple times in a turn as long as they have enough mana.
“In addition, crafty deck-builders can employ powerful minions that challenge them to use only odd- or even-cost cards in exchange for a potent advantage.”
If that news wasn’t enough to wet your whistle, Blizzard have also revealed that a new single-player experience is on the way.
Monster Hunts will send players deep into The Witchwood to stamp out the evils that lurk within.
Details are still thin on the ground, however, it appears that a new rogue dungeon adventure is on the cards.
Witchwood card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone’s Arena mode, and players can purchase them with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone’s other card packs.
Blizzard have also revealed that fans who Pre-purchase a special 50-pack bundle will also get 20 bonus packs plus a haunting new card back
“Allies of Gilneas can pre-purchase The Witchwood card packs in a special 50-pack bundle that also includes 20 bonus packs, as well as the “In a Dark Wood” card back for free.
“This one-time-only bundle is available on any platform for $49.99 (one purchase per account).”