Blizzard announced the date for the first expansion in Hearthstone's Year of the Rave, The Witchwood. Starting on April 12, players can venture into the spooky woods to uncover the mysteries of Hagatha the Witch.
Players who log in during The Witchwood expansion can claim three card packs and a random Class legendary card from the expansion for free. That's on top of the option to pre-purchase The Witchwood before the expansion launch for a 50 card pack bundle and card back, along with a bonus 20 card packs.
The Witchwood is the first expansion for Hearthstone in the Year of the Raven, and eight expansion overall. A total of a 135 new cards are being added to the game for the expansion.
There are a couple new keywords in this expansion such as Echo which lets players play any card with the keyword as many as times as they wish as long as they have the mana to pay for it. Rush is another new keyword that functions a little like Charge where a minion with Rush can immediately attack after they're played. However, Rush limits the attacks to other minions only, not heroes.
There's also some new deck building mechanics built into cards like Baku the Mooneater and Genn Greymane. Baku's abilities can only be used if it's built into a deck with odd-cost mana cards, while Genn's abilities can only be used in even-cost mana decks.
There will also be a new Monster Hunt, single-player challenge mode that's similar to the Dungeon Run mode from Kobolds and Catacombs. Instead of choosing from the standard heroes, the Monster Hunt mode introduces four new original heroes unique to the mode that are based around The Witchwood's monster theme.
For more information on The Witchwood, be sure to check out our complete Witchwood guide on all the latest news, cards, and strategies from the latest Hearthstone expansion. The Witchwood arrives on April 12.