Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Hearthstone Gets Spooky with The Witchwood, Its First Expansion of 2018

Hearthstone Gets Spooky with The Witchwood, Its First Expansion of 2018

There's no official release date set yet, but The Witchwood is scheduled to arrive in mid-April.

Two weeks after the expansion is released players will be able to participate in Monster Hunts, the new expansion's single-player experience, which will see players journey into The Witchwood to battle the evil within.

Witchwood features 135 new cards, a new Echo keyword that allows a card to be played multiple times on the same turn, and a new Rush keyword that which lets minions attack other minions on the same turn that they hit the board.

The video wraps up with a tease for a Hagatha card-a new hero card, quite possibly, but there appear to be at least a couple of Hagathas in the WoW mythos-Hagatha Moorehead, Matron Hagatha-and neither of them look like the character on the card.

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

Here's a preview of seven new cards coming to the expansion. 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.

Then there's that new Monster Hunt mode.

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.

The leaders of Gilneas are finalizing preparations for these expeditions, and will share more details in the weeks to come. "Each time, it'll add a ghostly copy of the card back to your hand that disappears at the end of your turn". Once again, it'll include cards unique to this mode, but it also brings with it for new Heroes with their own Hero Powers.

WORGEN CARDS - Gilneans can transform between their human and wolf-like worgen forms, and so can some of the cards in The Witchwood.

Rush: a weaker version of Charge, the minion can attack the turn it is summoned, however only other minions. Those with smaller bank balances can snag a random Class Legendary and three card packs for free by logging in after The Witchwood launches.

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