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With the March 11 announcement less than a week away, we thought this is the right time to delve into some of the most popular speculations on the content and the release date of the upcoming Hearthstone expansion.

 

The content speculations are quite solid overall. Obviously, they still remain in the realm of hypothesis but we wouldn’t be surprised if they turned out to be accurate. It looks like Old Gods are the strongest contender for the theme of the next expansion.

 

Various theories have been spreading around for a while, but now we have more solid evidence. The card carousel on the official page has changed and the cards that feature in it can be tied to the Old Gods theme. These cards are: Dark Wispers, Cult Master, Void Terror, Mind Blast and Faceless Manipulator. In the past, the card carousel had also changed before the Blackrock Mountain adventure to feature cards that were relevant to its theme.

 

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What’s more, some people have linked a possible Old Gods Hearthstone expansion with the upcoming lore book, World of Warcraft: Chronicle vol. 1. Before we tell you what this connection is about, we have to warn you that spoilers on the Warcraft lore will follow. So whether you are a connoisseur who doesn’t want to be spoiled or you are new to the Warcraft universe and want to learn more, be aware!

 

World of Warcraft: Chronicle vol. 1 is a book that is going to change significantly what we thought we knew about the lore of Warcraft. To put it simply, since a lot of Hearthstone fans are not familiar with this lore, the “gods” of the Warcraft universe are the Titans, who represent Order. Sargeras was one of them, but he was corrupted and became the creator of the demonic Burning Legion and the main antagonist of Warcraft; the Burning Legion represents Disorder. During their journeys along the universe, the Titans found a world called Azeroth, which is the main setting of World of Warcraft. This world was plagued by the wars of other antagonistic forces, one of them being the Old Gods. The Old Gods are connected to the Void (or Shadow) and they are enemies both to the Titans and the Burning Legion.

 

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Thanks to this new book, we learnt two relevant pieces of information that we didn’t know before. The first is that Sargeras killed the Pantheon (the ruling elite) of Titans a long time ago. The second is that the Old Gods aren’t the direct representatives of their respective cosmic force, just like Titans are the masters of Order and Sargeras’ Burning Legion are the masters of Disorder. As you can see in the image above, there are entities called Void Lords that are above the Burning Legion. To sum up, there are antagonists in the Warcraft universe that are even greater than Sargeras, and these antagonists’ servants are the Old Gods. Can you find a better fitting theme than Old Gods for the next Hearthstone expansion? In a world where the good guys are dead, the Old Gods can spread their tentacles everywhere, even in Hearthstone - it's the year of the Kraken after all!

 

 

Moving on to something more mundane, there have also been a lot of speculations on the possible release date of the new expansion, along with Standard format. The only thing that’s certain is that Standard format will come after March 27, since that’s when the Winter Championships will conclude. The Hearthstone Championship Tour rules state that the Spring Championships tournaments should be held with the standard format.

 

However, it gets slightly confusing, since we need to consider the Spring Tavern Heroes events that, according to the rules, have to take place between March 12 to April 17. Because of that, a few people have advocated in favour of an April 18 release date. Personally, I am not quite convinced: it would make more sense to release the new format near the beginning of the month, since that’s when the season begins and therefore people will have more time to climb the Standard ladder.

 

Patience everyone: hopefully on March 11 we’ll at least know the name and the theme of the new expansion, and possibly its release date too. Until then, here is the currently most popular Reddit discussion on the Old Gods theory. Feel free to share your theories and speculations with us too!

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Disguised Toast made a video on the same issue. He's talking more than I did about who the Old Gods are:



PS: Thanks L0rinda and Sottle!

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