Hearthstone kicks off the Year of the Raven with The Witchwood expansion

Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion will have a Dungeon Run-style 'Monster Hunt' mode

Hearthstone just entered the Year of the Raven, and now we know what to expect from its first expansion.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure those Hearthstone guys in the video are actually perfectly OK, so you can stop worrying about them and have a look at the first of the new cards down below. They all had a good laugh about it later. Press and members of the community will begin revealing cards starting the same day!

It's been a while since we've seen a new addition to the Hearthstone universe, but we figured it would only be a matter of time before Blizzard brought something new to the party. In their example, the Hearthstone team presented a 3-mana minion with the ability, which would make it useful later in the game, allowing you to drop an extra one on turn six or two on turn nine.

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

Players can draw on an arsenal of new tricks, including the eerie new Echo keyword.

Set in the Worgen-cursed city of Gilneas, the Witchwood expansion will feature 135 new cards, a few of them found conveniently hanging in a tree by Hearthstone head guy Ben Brode.

Some cards in The Witchwood will incentivize players to build decks using only odd- or even-cost cards.

"Minions with the Rush keyword can attack other minions immediately after they hit the board, either by being played or summoned".

On top of all this, there are reports floating in from some sites that The Witchwood will have its own Dungeon Run-style mode called Monster Hunt - which is similar in structure to the Kobolds & Catacombs Dungeon Run. The Hero Power upgrade from Baku the Mooneater is the same as the one from Justicar Trueheart, as a post on Reddit reveals.

Second, the devs reveal neutral Legendary minion, Genn Greymane, whose Battlecry reduces the cost of the player's Hero Power to one mana, provided all the cards in their deck and hand are even-numbered-cost cards. Much like that adventure, Monster Hunt will have players defeating bosses and drafting decks as they go, though they'll have to wait two weeks after the set launches before this mode goes live.

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