New Hearthstone Expansion 'The Witchwood' Announced

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The Witchwood is slated for a mid-April 2018 release and six new cards have been revealed off the bat, including - who else in a Gilneas-centric adventure - but the King of Gilneas himself, Genn.

Which introduces one of the most interesting new card mechanics in a long while, called Echo. This will allow us to use a card that's already been played, no matter how many times it's been used before. Themed around the haunted city of Gilneas, players will be able to acquire 135 brand new cards in order to fight off the spirits of the Witchwood.

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With hundreds of cards to choose from, featuring a wide range of colorful Warcraft spells, weapons, and characters, players will have limitless possibilities for developing and fine-tuning their deck-building strategies. This set also marks the start of the Year of the Raven, a rotation in the game's standard cycle that will move cards from older sets out of eligibility in Hearthstone's Standard formats.

To help them survive the night, players can draw on an arsenal of new tricks, including the eerie new Echo keyword. Worgen cards swap attack and health each turn they're in your hand, so you can hold onto them at different times for different results. "Similar to the Dungeon Run mode from Kobolds & Catacombs, players will defeat bosses and collect their bounties to build a deck that will keep them alive as they venture deeper and deeper into The Witchwood", says Blizzard.

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Then there's that new Monster Hunt mode. The Hero Power upgrade from Baku the Mooneater is the same as the one from Justicar Trueheart, as a post on Reddit reveals.

Once the expansion is released, players will have two weeks to arm themselves before embarking on Monster Hunts-the thrilling new single-player Hearthstone experience that will send players deep into The Witchwood to stamp out the evils that lurk within. Genn Greymane reduces the cost of your Hero Power by 1 if you only have cards that cost even numbers of mana in your deck. However, Rush cards can only attack minions on the turn they're dropped, not the enemy hero. As a bonus, for pre-purchasing the expansion, you will get 50+20 packs and a new "In a Dark Wood" card back!

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For more details check out the official web site, oh, and of course, there's a $49.99 pre-purchase bundle which is really the best overall value when it comes to buying any Hearthstone cards.