In a pretty surprising reveal (as well as a gorgeous new animated cinematic trailer), Hearthstone has announced it’s newest expansion, March of the Lich King, which drops on December 6th.
This new expansion set will add an all-new Death Knight card (“Hero”) class, and reintroduce new and returning players alike to the origin story of the Lich King himself, Arthas Menethil in a new intro story questline. Before we get into the details, though, let’s roll the trailer, shall we?
The new Death Knight class is only the second new class to be added in Hearthstone’s eight-year history, and arrives with 68 new class cards and a new Hero Power – Ghoul Charge. This is similar to the Paladin’s Hero Power, except the token Ghoul you summon will have “Charge” and die at the end of the turn. I can already see aggro and tempo players like myself foaming at the mouth to get their hands on this.
I’ve really enjoyed the Murder at Castle Nathria meta and how it’s shifted to a fast, board-control centric meta – and it doesn’t look like the Hearthstone team is taking their foot off the gas anytime soon just looking at the possibilities for Death Knights. We’re also getting an “Undead” minion type, which will not only arrive with new cards but re-label hundreds of old cards as well. We’re also getting a new keyword (of course), in Manathirst. The description is as follows: “Cards have additional powers when you have enough mana crystals to trigger the effect. No mana needs to be consumed for the bonus effect to be triggered.” While one of my heaviest criticisms for Hearthstone has been its daunting amounts of keywords to remember, Manathirst joins MaCN’s Infuse as one that sounds like a pretty natural addition to your game’s flow. I’m excited to see it in action.
There’s lots more to cover here, namely that all of the last Northrend-themed expansion – Knights of the Frozen Throne – is rotating back into Standard TODAY. This is going to cause an insane meta shakeup that nobody saw coming, so stay tuned for more.
For all the details on Hearthstone: March of the Lich King, which drops 12/6/22, you can check out the official announcement blog post.
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