Hearthstone's Next Expansion, Rise of Shadows, Lets You Order Around Minions and Lackeys

Play cards, take over the world.

Out from the darkness comes news of the next Hearthstone expansion. Blizzard announced Rise of Shadows earlier today, and as its name suggests, it's giving some of the series' villains a little time in the grimy, yellowed spotlight.

Rise of Shadows introduces the League of E.V.I.L, a gaggle of mischief-makers who've gathered under the leadership of the Arch-villain Rafaam. These villains are aware they're not smart / strong / suave enough to accomplish their goals as individuals, but as a pack, they just might have what it takes to take down their ultimate target: The Floating City of Dalaran.

What does this mean for you, O Hearthstone player? For starters, it means you get a trailer with a snappy musical number. It's no "Hellfire," but then again, few things in life are.

Of course, there's more to the Rise of Shadows expansion than a decent villains' song. You can also look forward to new cards (135 in total, according to Blizzard's official blog post about the expansion), new mechanics, and arena rotations.

Rise of Shadows introduces Lackeys, 1/1 cards that don't offer much in the way of raw stats, but still manage to pack a significant punch. The Battlecry of the "Faceless Lackey," for example, can summon a 2-Cost minion, and the Kobold lackey's Battlecry can deal two damage (hey, it adds up). There are also "Scheme" cards that become more powerful as they stay in your hand, and other tricky cards that can be used to defeat rivals in roundabout ways.

Needless to say, the people of Dalaran aren't going to sit around and scratch themselves while the League tries to take them down. The Defenders of Dalaran cards let you create and use copies of spells, and even summon artisans to help you pick off the minions and lackeys crawling all over the city.

Hearthstone's previous expansion was Rastakhan's Rumble. It was leaked in a game about virtual penises, because life is weird. We have guides, tips, and hints for Rastakhan's Rumble, and we guarantee they're free of reproductive organs (Disclaimer: I'm not fully prepared to stake my life on that guarantee).

Tagged with Activision Blizzard, Android Devices, Free-to-Play, iPads, iPhones, News, PC.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

Hearthstone Saviors of Uldum Release Date, Trailer, Plague Cards, and Quests

Get all the info on the upcoming Saviors of Uldum expansion for Hearthstone.

Hearthstone Swaps Around Classic Set, But Initial Reactions Seem Mixed

The new cards are getting a lukewarm reaction online.

From Candy Crush to Hearthstone: How the Loot Box Bill Could Affect Some of the Industry's Biggest Games

The bill defines microtransactions and loot boxes, but questions remain.

How Warcraft's Art Has Evolved and Shaped Blizzard's Games Over 25 Years

Blizzard senior art director Samwise Didier takes us through the 25 year evolution of Warcraft's art.

Hearthstone Rise of Shadows Cards, Decks, Factions, Single-Player - Hearthstone Expansion Guide

All the details on the Hearthstone Rise of Shadows expansion, out now for Blizzard's card battling game.

BlizzCon Dates Revealed With Three Pricey Ticket Options

The convention is expanding this year, and so are some ticket prices.

The Best Mobile Games for iOS and Android

From smartphones to tablets, these are the best games you can get on your iOS and Android devices.

More News

Streets of Rage 4 Brings Back Composers From the Genesis Games

And adds some notable additional talent as well.

New Switch Joy-Con Colors are Coming but Fans Wonder if Nintendo's Fixed the Notorious "Joy-Con Drift"

Joy-Cons are like cars in racing anime: They're snazzy and they're good at drifting.

Nintendo Reveals Another New Switch, and This One's Got Longer Battery Life [Update]

It's a revision to the original, but with a better battery.

More on Android

Dr. Mario World is Breaking My Brain, But in a Good Way

Dr. Mario and the whole Mushroom Kingdom reunite to cure more diseases. Maybe they can destroy cancer this time.

Fortnite Season 10: Here’s What We Know so Far

Fortnite is set to change once again. Here’s what we know about Fortnite Season 10 so far.

Pokemon Masters Release Date - Gym Leaders, Battles, Trainer Moves

There’s a brand new Pokemon game coming to mobile devices this year. Here’s what you need to know about Pokemon Masters.

Pokemon Go Teases Team Rocket With a Hot Air Balloon At European Go Fest

And it seems like there's more on the way, too.

Pokemon Go Armored Mewtwo Release Date - Armored Mewtwo Raid, Mewtwo Clothing

There’s a brand new kind of Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go Raid battles. Here’s what you need to know about Armored Mewtwo.

Pokemon Go Jump Start Research Tasks - Quest Steps, Rewards, End Date

There’s some brand new Special Research to take on in Pokemon Go. Here’s what you need to know about the Pokemon Go Jump Start Research.

More Free-to-Play Games

Fortnite Season 10: Here’s What We Know so Far

Fortnite is set to change once again. Here’s what we know about Fortnite Season 10 so far.

Starting Screen | It's Becoming Impossible To Keep Up With More Than A Couple "Forever" Games

Apex Legends, Final Fantasy 14, World of Warcraft, and more are seeing huge updates. Will we ever rest?

What Game Are You Playing Over 4th of July Weekend?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | It's a long weekend for some folks, or a fractured week for others. Anyway, what are you playing?