Hearthstone's New Expansion Delves Into Catacombs With Free Single-Player Content

Hearthstone's New Expansion Delves Into Catacombs With Free Single-Player Content

Kobolds & Catacombs' randomized Dungeon Runs should be a welcome addition for those tired of the ladder.

The final Hearthstone expansion of 2017 will be titled Kobolds & Catacombs, Blizzard revealed today. Along with 135 new cards, it will introduce a brand new mode: Dungeon Runs.

Dungeon Runs are a new single-player mode in which you battle through a gauntlet of randomized bosses. You will be provided with a novice deck from the class of your choice, which you can build up using the loot that you earn by defeating progressively stronger foes.

The catch is that there's not much room for error: If you lose, then your run is ended. With luck, reaching the end of a run will bring with it some really nice rewards.

Dungeons Runs are Kobolds & Catacombs' newest mode.

In addition to Dungeon Runs, Kobolds & Catacombs will feature the following:

  • Legendary Weapons: High-powered class-specific weapons that will presumably cost a lot of dust to craft.
  • Spellstones: Enchanted items that become empowered when you hold them in your hand.

Kobolds & Catacombs is Hearthstone's third expansion in what they're calling the "Year of the Mammoth," following on from Journey to Un'Goro and Knights of the Frozen Throne.

It's been an up and down year for Blizzard's phenomenally successful card game. While it continues to enjoy a large fanbase, many fans have complained about balance issues and the lack of return on dusting legendary cards.

Blizzard has attempted to address these issues by nerfing cards, rebalancing legendary distribution, and even moving some cards to the "Hall of Fame."

The Dungeon Runs in Kobolds & Catacombs are Blizzard's latest attempt to add additional value to their free-to-play card game. Simply by virtue of being free, it should be welcomed with open arms by the fanbase.

Kobolds & Catacombs will be available for pre-order on November 6 on PC, iOS, and Android. Per usual, Blizzard will be offering a 50-pack bundle for $49.99. In addition, all players will receive a free Legendary Weapon when the log in to Kobolds & Catacombs for the first time.

Stay tuned for BlizzCon's Hearthstone: What's Next Panel, where Blizzard will likely reveal more information about the expansion.

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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