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Blizzard today revealed the forthcoming Hearthstone expansion called Ashes of Outland. It is themed around World of Warcraft's first expansion, The Burning Crusade, and includes Demon Hunters as a playable class.

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ANNOUNCING ASHES OF OUTLAND – HEARTHSTONE'S NEWEST EXPANSION!

We dropped a mountain of information about all the exciting changes coming to Hearthstone alongside today’s patch notes, including a deep dive into the game’s first-ever new class—the Demon Hunter! When you’ve finished reading about Ashes of Outland, check out the rest of what we’ve got going on:

Beyond the Dark Portal, the shattered world of Outland awaits. Ashes of Outland brings Hearthstone players to the memorable setting of World of Warcraft’s first expansion, The Burning Crusade, only to find it has been razed by an unstoppable force for destruction known as the Rusted Legion. These malicious, mechanically enhanced monstrosities have waged a campaign of conquest that has left only a desolate, post-apocalyptic wasteland in their wake. Now, the denizens scavenge to survive in the ashes of their broken world.

New Ashes of Outland Game Board!

All hope is not lost, however. The Black Temple stands as the last bastion of civilization in the war-torn realm, where the self-proclaimed lord of Outland, Illidan Stormrage, and his army of Demon Hunters fight to take back their world. Journey through the Dark Portal and lead the charge to save the world in Hearthstone's newest expansion, Ashes of Outland!

New Demon Hunter Class

Ashes of Outland will introduce Hearthstone’s first-ever new class, the Demon Hunter. Empowered by demonic energies, the Demon Hunter wields unbridled fury. This is exemplified by its Hero Power Demon Claws—a one mana-cost boost to Attack that allows Demon Hunters to fluidly weave direct attacks into their combat strategies.937WS10J30U71583909475727.png

Demon Hunters brandish the power of fel, while crushing their opponents with colossal demon allies. They have access to cards with the Outcast keyword, which become more powerful when played from the left or right-most position of your hand—including the turn they’re drawn.

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The Demon Hunter is a permanent, full-fledged class that will be supported across all future Hearthstone expansions. The Demon Hunter is completely free for all Hearthstone players after they complete the Demon Hunter Prologue missions that become available on April 2. The prologue retells Illidan Stormrage’s origin story, from his perspective . . . and with a unique Hearthstone twist. Upon completion of the prologue, players will receive, for free, all 10 Demon Hunter Basic cards as well as a 20-card Demon Hunter Initiate set*. Starting with Ashes of Outland, 15 new Demon Hunter cards will be released with each future expansion in the Year of the Phoenix. You can read more about the new Demon Hunter class here.

*The Initiate set will belong to the Year of the Dragon for rotation purposes.

Primes

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The battlefields of Outland are littered with the remains of would-be heroes and the unrelenting Rusted Legion is raising these fallen warriors for their own twisted purposes. These are Primes—a new kind of Legendary minion Ashes of Outland is introducing to Hearthstone. Primes start off as strong early- or mid-game Legendary minions that hit the board and do their duty, bravely falling in battle to fight for control of the board. When their Deathrattle is triggered, a vastly-upgraded (some may even say completely overpowered) version of themselves is shuffled into your deck. All nine original classes have a unique Prime, like the Legendary Warrior minion Kargath Bladefist. An aggressive 4 mana 4/4 with Rush in his starting form, Kargath upgrades into Kargath Prime, an 8 mana 10/10 with Rush, who grants you 10 Armor whenever he kills an enemy minion.

Imprisoned Demons

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Ashes of Outland also introduces Imprisoned Demons, fel entities that come into play Dormant for two turns. Initially untouchable by either player, but visible to both, these powerful minions unleash wicked effects once they’re activated, with the potential to swing the outcome of a match.

Introducing the Tavern Pass

The Tavern Pass!

With the release of Ashes of Outland, we’re introducing the Tavern Pass—an all-new way to access Perks for Battlegrounds. Available for $19.99 or 2500 Gold, the Tavern Pass includes four Arena Tickets and the following Battlegrounds Perks for the duration of the Ashes of Outland expansion cycle: advanced stats, visual emotes, a third and fourth hero to choose from at the start of a game, and early access to new Battlegrounds Heroes (subject to the release schedule of new Heroes).

If you currently have Battlegrounds bonus stats, choose from 3 Heroes, or visual emotes unlocked—you will get access to the equivalent new perk starting on March 26. Battlegrounds Perks earned from collecting Descent of Dragons packs (including the new perks such as choosing from 4 heroes) will expire once Ashes of Outland is released. With the introduction of the Tavern Pass, which is included in the Ashes of Outland Mega Bundle, players will no longer have to purchase card packs in order to unlock Battlegrounds Perks.

Pre-Purchase Ashes of Outland

Purchase one or both of the pre-purchase bundles available for Ashes of Outland, available in-game and on the Battle.net web shop through April 6!

Ashes of Outland Mega Bundle

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The Mega Bundle includes 90 Ashes of Outland card packs, the Lady Vashj Shaman Hero, the Serpentine card back, and a random Ashes of Outland Golden Legendary card! You’ll also get 4 Arena Tickets and Descent of Dragons Battlegrounds Bonuses right away! The Battlegrounds Bonuses included in the bundle will upgrade to the Tavern Pass at the launch of Ashes of Outland.

Ashes of Outland Bundle

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Includes 55 Ashes of Outland card packs, the Serpentine card back, and a random Ashes of Outland Golden Legendary card.

PRE-PURCHASE NOW!

Log in to get Kael'thas

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Kael’thas Sunstrider, a Legendary neutral minion, is breaking free from Ashes of Outland and entering Hearthstone a month early! Starting March 17, all players can log in to receive* the Lord of the Blood Elves, who is playable immediately, and explore his unique power—with Kael’thas in play, every third spell each turn is free.

*Limit one per account. Must log in by June 29 to claim.

Launch Quest Chain

We’ll be introducing a new quest chain where you can earn free card packs from Year of the Dragon expansions and Ashes of Outland! The quests will be initially available on the following dates.

  • April 7, 10:00 AM PT: Play 25 Cards in Play Mode to earn an Ashes of Outland and Descent of Dragons card pack.
  • April 8, 10:00 AM PT: Play 3 Games in Play Mode as Demon Hunter to earn an Ashes of Outland and Saviors of Uldum card pack.
  • April 9, 10:00 AM PT: Play 20 Spells in any mode to earn an Ashes of Outland and Rise of Shadows card pack.

Below you can find the cards we revealed on the Hearthstone 2020 showcase stream, as well as the card reveal schedule for Ashes of Outland. Be sure to mark your calendars—we’re capping this card reveal season off with a livestream on March 25 at 10 a.m. PT over on our Twitch and YouTube channels!

Card Reveal Recap

You can always visit the card library to see each new card after it’s been revealed.

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Card Reveal Schedule

Wednesday, March 18

Thursday, March 19

Friday, March 20

Saturday, March 21

Sunday, March 22

Monday, March 23

Tuesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 25

New Adventure Solo Coming Soon

New Adventure Solo Coming Soon!

Ashes of Outland is only the beginning. A new, totally free, solo adventure will be coming later in the expansion cycle! Illidan and the Demon Hunters will take the offensive against the Rusted Legion with the fate of Outland hanging in the balance yet again . . . stay tuned!

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Feels like they may be feeling pressure from a certain other card game, the timing is interesting.

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Having been an avid Hearthstone player from beta, then religiously playing for years (while watching those old school Trump Cards arena videos), I burned out on it and left years ago (I fully dropped off after Kobolds & Catacombs).

 

This is the first time I've been heavily intrigued and allured to the game, so kudos to their team for playing on all my warcraft nostalgia. I'll be keeping tabs on this one! Also excited to log in and see how half my collection is probably unusable and out of rotation, lol.

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21 hours ago, Migol said:

Feels like they may be feeling pressure from a certain other card game, the timing is interesting.

That card game you speak of is perceived as a threat the same way Scrappy Doo is perceived as a great character.

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23 minutes ago, darkinchworm said:

That card game you speak of is perceived as a threat the same way Scrappy Doo is perceived as a great character.

You can say that, but it becomes very obvious that Blizzard takes stuff like this seriously when games like Final Fantasy get competing Warcraft events/tiers during their major ones, and the draconian measures they took to ensure that nothing like Dota 2 ever happens again without them making a profit.

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11 hours ago, Migol said:

You can say that, but it becomes very obvious that Blizzard takes stuff like this seriously when games like Final Fantasy get competing Warcraft events/tiers during their major ones, and the draconian measures they took to ensure that nothing like Dota 2 ever happens again without them making a profit.

I won't say you're entirely wrong, but you were also talking about a game that's been receiving constant boosts in content from the beginning. "A" reason for being maybe, but not "the" reason.

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