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Hearthstone® Players Can Unleash Their Inner Beast in Upcoming Expansion The Witchwood™

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

It sounds like Witchwood could be the most intriguing addition to the Hearthstone world to date, especially with the new mode and the stack of new cards coming our way.

Something spooky is stirring in the heart of The Witchwood, the next expansion for Blizzard's Hearthstone. The Witchhood serves up 135 new cards, featuring werewolves, ghosts, and other creepy creatures. The citizens of this proud kingdom, who can shapeshift into ferocious wolf-beasts known as worgen, are bringing the fight to The Witchwood with tooth and claw-and soon, Hearthstone players will join the pack and help them face down the horrors within.

There's also a new Echo keyword that enables a card to be played multiple times on the same turns, and Rush, which can attack minions the same turn that they come into play-similar to the Charge keyword, except it's only against minions. In addition, crafty deck-builders can employ powerful minions that challenge them to use only odd- or even-cost cards in exchange for a potent advantage.

Blizzard today announced its first Hearthstone expansion for 2018, The Witchwood.

The new single-player mode is Monster Hunt. When an Echo card is played, you can keep playing as many copies of that card as you like that turn, provided you have enough mana.

Hearthstone® Players Can Unleash Their Inner Beast in Upcoming Expansion The Witchwood™

The expansion will also add a new Monster Hunt mode to the action, similar to Kobolds & Catacombs' Dungeon Run, that challenges players with a series of eight increasingly hard encounters leading into a big boss fight.

In The Witchwood's exhilarating single-player mode, Monster Hunt, Gilneas' greatest heroes are called to cleanse the forest of this darkness. At the start of the game, Genn Greymane-a neutral Legendary minion with 6/5 and costing 6 mana-will grant even-cost decks by decreasing the player's Hero Power to 1-mana instead of the standard 2. Each turn a worgen card is in a player's hand, its Attack and Health are swapped, creating opportunities to play the card at just the right time. Players can pre-purchase a special Witchwood 50-pack card bundle, which comes with 20 bonus packs and the "In the Dark Wood" card, for free.

Baku the Mooneater is a 9 mana, 7/8 minion that will buff your hero power if your deck has cards that only cost an odd amount of mana.

The Witchwood is now available for pre-purchase on Blizzard's store for $49.99 and comes with 70 decks filled with new cards. There's no official release date set yet, but The Witchwood is scheduled to arrive in mid-April.

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