After revealing plans for how Hearthstone will evolve this year, Blizzard has detailed the first expansion that will bring change to the game. Rise of Shadows is a new expansion arriving next month with 135 new cards and new in game mechanics. Arch-Thief Rafaam has recruited the greatest villains in Hearthstone history for the League of E.V.I.L. including Dr. Boom, Hagatha the Witch, and more.
Rise of Shadows brings Lackeys to the fray. Lackeys are 1/1 minions with interesting battlecries. Schemes are spells that grow in power when they spend more turns in your hand. Twinspell is a new keyword that puts a copy of a spell in your hand when you cast it. When it comes to solo play, the single player adventure for this expansion arrives in May with the first chapter available for free to all. Each additional chapter will cost 700 gold or $19.99 for the whole set. This story will continue into the other expansions this year.
Rise of Shadows will be available for pre purchase in two bundles. The 50-pack bundle includes 50 packs, the Jewel of Lazul card back and a Legendary card. the 80-pack mega Bundle includes 80 packs, the Madame Lazul Priest Hero, the Jewel of Lazul card back, and a Golden Legendary card. The expansion releases on April 9th across iOS, Android, and PC platforms with pre release events beginning on April 5th.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is available for free on iOS, Android, and PC platforms right now.