Hearthstone's eighth expansion - The Witchwood - is due to go live in the game in the next couple of weeks. As usual you can look forward to a fresh dollop of cards, some new keyword mechanics to mess around with, and a fresh meta as the community competes to uncover the next top-tier decks in the game. In our Witchwood guide we've got a breakdown of everything we currently know about the expansion, including the Witchwood cards and Witchwood release date. Our colleagues at sister-site Metabomb will also be producing a huge number of deck guides once the set goes live, and we'll be adding in links to all the most-promising deck developments as they become available.
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Hearthstone The Witchwood Release date
The Witchwood release date is Thursday, April 12. All Hearthstone players are set to get a nice little bonus when The Witchwood releases, with three card packs and a random legendary card from the new expansion being given out free of charge.
Hearthstone Witchwood Cards
A new expansion means a lot of new cards are going to be added to Hearthstone. A total of 135 new cards are being added to Hearthstone with the release of The Witchwood.
Every class in Hearthstone is getting the usual collection of nine new cards, spread around the Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary rarities. As has become custom at this point, there are two unique Legendaries for each class.
One such Legendary is a continuation of the Hero Card theme that was introduced with last year's Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Hagatha the Witch is a Shaman-exclusive which does three damage to all minions when played, and provides a new Hero Power which gifts you a random Shaman spell whenever you field a minion.
The remaining cards will be found in the Neutral pool, which all classes can make use of when it comes to crafting new decks.
Druid Deck Recipe - Victory at Hand
Hunter Deck Recipe - Dragons of the Swamp
Mage Deck Recipe - Book of Specters
Neutral Cards Only
Paladin Deck Recipe - Greymane's Alliance
Priest Deck Recipe - Moonlight Vigil
Rogue Deck Recipe - Ghostly Echoes
Shaman Deck Recipe - Witchwood Awoken
Warlock Deck Recipe - Witch's Bargain
Warrior Deck Recipe - The Gilnean Armory
Hearthstone Witchwood Deck Guides
With The Witchwood now live, our colleagues at Metabomb have put together guides on how to play all of the latest creations using the new cards. You can check them out below, or take a look at a budget Witchwood deck, ideal for the more casual Hearthstone player.
Druid Deck Guides
If you fancy learning some Druid deck guides that make use of the Witchwood expansion, we've got the top rated druid guides and the experimental druid guides for you just below.
Top Rated Druid Decks
Experimental Druid Decks
Hunter Deck Guides
If you fancy learning some Hunter deck guides that make use of the new Witchwood expansion, we've got the top rated Hunter guides and the experimental Hunter guides for you just below.
Top Rated Hunter Decks
Experimental Hunter Decks
Mage Deck Guides
If you fancy learning some Mage deck guides that make use of the latest Witchwood expansion for Hearthstone, we've got the top rated Mage guides and the experimental Mage guides for you just below.
Top Rated Mage Decks
Experimental Mage Decks
Paladin Deck Guides
If you fancy learning some new Paladin deck guides that make use of the brand new Witchwood expansion, we've got the top rated Paladin guides and the experimental Paladin guides for you just below.
Top Rated Paladin Decks
Experimental Paladin Decks
Priest Deck Guides
If you fancy learning some Priest deck guides that make use of the new cards in the Witchwood expansion, we've got the top rated Priest guides and the experimental Priest guides for you just below.
Top Rated Priest Decks
Experimental Priest Decks
Rogue Deck Guides
If you fancy learning some new Rogue deck guides that make use of the cards added in the Hearthstone Witchwood expansion, we've got the top rated Rogue guides and the experimental Rogue guides for you just below.
Top Rated Rogue Decks
Experimental Rogue Decks
Shaman Deck Guides
If you fancy learning some new decks for Shamans that make use of the Witchwood expansion, we've got the top rated Shaman guides and the experimental Shaman guides for you just below.
Top Rated Shaman Decks
Experimental Shaman Decks
Warlock Deck Guides
Just below we've got the best Warlock decks you can play in the new Hearthstone The Witchwood expansion.
Top Rated Warlock Decks
Warrior Deck Guides
If you fancy learning some warrior deck guides that make use of the brand new Witchwood expansion for Hearthstone, we've got the top rated Warrior guides and the experimental Warrior guides for you just below.
Top Rated Warrior Decks
Experimental Warrior Decks
We'll be updating this section with links to all of the latest decks on a daily basis, and once the expansion is actually under way. Check back soon for updates.
New Keywords in Witchwood Expansion
When The Witchwood goes live it'll introduce a handful of new keywords and mechanics to the game. Two of these are related to specific cards in the set, while the other affects each match from the very start, and as long as special deck-building conditions have been met.
- Echo: If a card carries the new Echo keyword, that means you can actually play the card as many times as you wish on the current turn. That's assuming you have the Mana - and the desire - to keep casting it of course!
- Rush: Minions that come with the new Rush keyword are able to attack other minions on the same turn they're played, rather than having to wait a turn. Unlike the often problematic Charge mechanic of old, however, Rush minions can only attack into other minions straight away, and not the enemy hero.
- Start of Game: This new mechanic relates to two new cards in The Witchwood: Baku the Mooneater and Genn Greymane. If your deck only has Baku and other odd-cost cards in it, he will upgrade your Hero Power from the very start of the game. If your Genn deck only contains even-cost cards, the cost of your Hero Power is reduce to one Mana.
Witchwood Monster Hunt Single-Player Challenge
Following on from the Dungeon Run content that was released with Kobolds and Catacombs, Monster Hunt is another single-player challenge for Hearthstone.
It seems a little scaled-down from Dungeon Run, and this time features just four heroes battling through a roguelike series of encounters with some of the nastier citizens of The Witchwood.
Monster Hunter won't actually be released until around two weeks after the launch of the card set. The developers have chosen this approach so that everyone gets a chance to play around with the new cards, before getting stuck into what is essential a side-activity for the game.
That's all we have for our Hearthstone The Witchwood expansion guide, but we'll be updating with more info when the expansion is released.