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The Witchwood Hearthstone expansion is haunting worldwide next week

Published: 11:27, 06 April 2018
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Hearthstone, the Witchwood

Blizzard's take on the trading card genre is getting it's next spooky expansion, The Witchwood, in the next week. This marks the eighth major card set to be added to the game since it's release in 2014. The Year of the Mammoth is bountiful.

The Witchwood was announced a little while back and we finally learn that it is coming out on 12 April 2018. The content will be immediately available to all players, but with the same structure as the other expansions before it.

What this means is that players will get the chance to obtain Witchwood packs and find out new builds hiding in the possibilities of combination. This expansion pack will also be ending the Year of the Mammoth and introducing the new Year of the Raven. 

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Along with 135 new collectible cards, players will also be able to undergo solo missions called Monster Hunt, which will be similar to the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion's Dungeon Run. There will be four playable classes in the Monster Hunt and it will be available for access to every player on launch day.

The Witchwood will introduce three new mechanics to the game: Start of Game, where a card's effect is activated at the start of a game, Echo which enables cards to activate multiple times and Rush which functions as a sort of charge mechanic but doesn't allow the card to attack the enemy hero.

Blizzard A painting of a centaur-like creature on a forest clearing Blizzard: Hearthstone: Lunara, daughter of Cenarius

The update will also feature an alternate Druid Hero, Lunara. She is already a hero brought over to HOTS from Warcraft's universe, so why wouldn't they bring her to the card game seeing as Blizzard introduces alternate heroes relatively frequently.

Hearthstone was released in 2014, but the real release of a Warcraft TCG came way before that in the form of physical trading cards simply named World of Warcraft TCG. Hearthstone features an improved system over the one that the TCG originally had, but many similarities can be found between the two versions.

Hearthstone is available on PC, Mac, Android and iOS and is a free to play title with supposedly over 70 million players.

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