Azeroths most notorious villains have joined forces and are planning something nefarious involving the mystical floating city of Dalaran. Todays launch of Rise of Shadows„¢, the newest expansion for Blizzard Entertainments smash-hit free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone, invites players to get in on the action with 135 all-new cards featuring mechanics and keywords expressly designed for doing no good.
This formidable gang of neer do wellsled by Arch-Villain Rafaamhas styled itself The League of E.V.I.L., and theyre tired of the indignities theyve suffered at the hands of Azeroths do-gooders. To pull off their brazen deed, theyve cooked up sinister Schemescards that grow in power the longer they remain in-handand they wont think twice to put the spurs to their Lackeys1/1 minions that make up for their lack of brawn with potent Battlecries.
Unfortunately for them, the Defenders of Dalaran wont go down without a fight. Wielding mighty Twinspells, which generate a copy of themselves in players hands once theyre cast, the Defenders could put a serious damper on the League of E.V.I.L.s plans.
With Rise of Shadows, were kicking off the biggest story weve ever told in Hearthstone and offering players a bunch of wicked new cards to get crafty with, said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. This expansion also marks the beginning of a brand-new year of Hearthstone contentthe Year of the Dragonand we have a lot more in store for players in 2019.
Players with a penchant for skullduggery also have a lot to look forward to with the next Hearthstone single-player experience, scheduled to arrive in May. This grand Solo Adventurethe most ambitious Hearthstone has seen yetwill consist of five epic chapters, the first of which will be free to everyone. Subsequent chapters can be unlocked for 700 gold each or purchased as an all-inclusive package for $19.99 USD. Players will earn three Rise of Shadows card packs for every chapter they complete, and more rewards await those who finish all five. Keep an eye on riseofshadows.com for further details.
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For a limited time, players who log in to Hearthstone will get a free copy of Archmage Vargoth*, the wise and powerful Kirin Tor leader. Harnessing fearsome, uncontrollable magic, this four-mana Legendary minion recasts a friendly spell at the end of his controllers turn, with targets selected randomly. Starting today, players can also begin to complete a series of limited time quests to earn up to 12 card packsincluding 5 Rise of Shadows packs. In addition, from April 9 through April 16, players can purchase the Shadow Bundle, containing 9 Rise of Shadows packs and an Arena ticket for $9.99.
Rise of Shadows is available now for Windows and Mac PCs; Windows, iPad, and Android„¢ tablets; and iPhone and Android phones. Card packs can be purchased individually or in discounted bundles from the in-game Shop at the same pricing as all other Hearthstone card packs. Players now have the chance to win Rise of Shadows card packs as quest rewards or prizes in the Arena and can craft cards from the expansion by using Arcane Dust collected from disenchanting unwanted cards.
*Must log in by July 9, 2019 to redeem offer. Limit one per account. Only one purchase per account.
About Hearthstone With more than 100 million players worldwide, Hearthstone is Blizzard Entertainments internationally acclaimed, free-to-play digital card game designed for novice and veteran card-slingers alike. Players can choose from nine powerful hero classes and customize their decks with minions, spells, and weapons based on the unique fantasy of the Warcraft universe. Featuring a variety of game modes ranging from epic head-to-head duels to story-driven Solo Adventures, Hearthstone offers a vibrant and rewarding experience stacked with strategy, personality, and fun. Hearthstone is available globally for Windows and Mac PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android tablets; and mobile phones.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industrys most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainments track record includes twenty-two #1 games¡ and numerous Game of the Year awards. The company’s online gaming service, Blizzard Battle.net, is one of the largest online-gaming services in the world, with millions of active players.
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