Virtually all details about the expansion are now known – it’s release date, the complete card list, and its single-player mode, Monster Hunt.
Let’s address the Jade Behemoth in the room – the release date is 12 April, exactly as speculated by everybody. It’s the Thursday in the middle of the month and was the most likely candidate, but it’s nice to have official confirmation. This means a few things:
You have two days left to complete your daily quests and collect your free card packs;
You have two days to pre-order the 70-pack bundle and get the exclusive card back if you feel like paying;
You have two days left to play cards from Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan before they rotate out of Standard.
With the urgent stuff out of the way, let’s discuss the other new features that we’ll have plenty of time to explore.
Once again, we won’t go through them all, but a couple of them definitely stand out:
Yogg-Saron is dead, long live Yogg-Saron! Only better, because now we can brew around him. This has some interesting meta-changing potential. Not to mention it is one of those card that you can’t really stop once it goes off, so you just leave your faith on the RNG. Looks like Blizzard have not given up on Shaman just yer, just like I predicted not long ago. Looks like tons of fun!
A 2/2 for 2 that copies your most important combo piece, even if it’s silenced? Yes, please! The value here is through the roof.
We saw a lot of the Gilnean princess in the recent Tavern Brawl and she is more powerful than first meets the eye. With the proper deck, she can swing the game in a huge way in the late stages. Good for when you’re behind, too.
This is the last surprise that Blizzard keeps for us – not having revealed any detailed information yet. What we do know, is that it will work exactly like the Kobolds & Catacombs dungeon run – you pick a Hero and go through series of encounters, getting new cards to upgrade your deck between the rounds.
However, this time we won’t be playing with the standard nine, but instead, we will be given four Gilneas natives to play as. They will most likely come with their own Hero powers and will bring new styles of play to the game. One of them is a Hunter, which isn’t straying away from the normal class structure, but another is a time wizard, which has interesting playstyle potential.
The solo adventure mode will launch two weeks after the expansion goes live, so we’ll have to wait a bit for it. Shame, as it is the killer feature many people are waiting for.
Sharpen your crossbow bolts and dust off your top hats – the Witchwood is waiting. Tread lightly!