Our Hearthstone Witchwood guide contains decks, a card list, details of new keywords Rush and Echo, Monster Hunt info and release date information.
The next Hearthstone expansion was revealed by Blizzard at the start of March, and 2018's first set is themed around a feast of spookily-themed cards. The new content will hit the game on 12th April 2018.
UPDATE: 12TH APRIL 2018
We've been adding in new and updated deck guides throughout today, and you can dip into around two dozen of the latest decks! Scroll down to the Decks section of this guide and have a browse of what's been cooked up for The Witchwood launch window!
Here are the standout facts about The Witchwood:
- Release date: The Witchwood will be released on Thursday 12th April 2018.
- Cards:The Witchwood set will add 135 new cards to the game, and will consist of the usual collection of creatures, minions and spells spread across individual classes and the Neutral card pool.
- Single-player: The Witchwood will bring a new single-player adventure to Hearthstone! It's called Monster Hunt and plays very much like Dungeon Run but with unique heroes not found anywhere else in the game.
- Pre-purchase: If you pre-purchase the 50 card expansion bundle, you'll receive a bonus 20 packs for free.
- New keywords: There will be a total of two new keywords added in the next expansion, called Echo and Rush.
- Echo minions can be played repeatedly on a single turn, just as long as the player has enough Mana - and the desire of course - to keep playing them.
- The Rush keyword is functionally the same as Charge, but associated cards can only attack other minions on the turn they're played, not the enemy hero. This is to stop the keyword from becoming overpowered (think Grim Patron Warrior).
- A new Start of Game mechanic is also being added. If you have a Start of Game card in your deck and the requirements of that card are met, you will get the benefit of its bonus effect from the very first turn of each match.
- There is a new card back to collect for pre-ordering, and a new card back is also rewarded for completing an as yet unknown challenge related to Monster Hunt. Most likely it involves completing the mode with all four unique heroes.
The upcoming card set is stuffed to the brim with creatures and spells from the haunted forest of The Witchwood, where Queen Witch Hagatha rules supreme. Shaman fans should be particularly keen to hear about this new character, incidentally, as she represents the sole new Hero card that will be added with Hearthstone's expansion.
Rest assured there's plenty of content for everyone else here too. Not only are we getting the usual injection of 135 new cards to freshen up the meta, but The Witchwood will also introduce an evolution of Dungeon Run in the form of Monster Hunt. In this single-player content you'll guide one of four unique explorers through the woods, battling creatures and gathering new powerful cards as you go
In our Witchwood guide, we've got the lowdown on absolutely everything to do with the new expansion, from new keywords to the new cards themselves. Now that we're approaching launch, we'll start adding in links to our guides on the latest decks that are breaking through into the new meta.
The Witchwood Decks
We're in the process of putting together guides to some of the new decks that are hitting the meta.
Some are theorycrafted ahead of launch, so note that everything in these articles is subject to rapid change. In other words, be careful what you spend your crafting dust on and wait until the meta settles if you're unsure about investing heavily into any of these archetypes:
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The Witchwood Cards
In this section you'll be able to preview all 135 of the new cards being added with The Witchwood. There's also a short FAQ on some of the obvious queries these cards have prompted, and that have since been answered by Blizzard:
Neutral cards - The Witchwood
|Swamp Dragon Egg||Phantom Militia||Baleful Banker||Dollmaster Dorian|
|Swamp Leech||Lifedrinker||Nightmare Amalgam||Dollmaster Dorian|
|Lost Spirit||Mad Hatter||Voodoo Doll||Genn Greymane|
|Spellshifter||Night Prowler||Witch's Cauldron||Azalina Soulthief|
|Vicious Scalehide||Scaleworm||Sandbinder||Countess Ashmore|
|Blackwald Pixie||Witchwood Piper||Muck Hunter||Baku the Mooneater|
|Hench-Clan Thug||Chief Inspector||Worgen Abomination||-|
|Marsh Drake||Witchwood Grizzly||Splitting Festeroot||-|
|Pumpkin Peasant||Gilnean Royal Guard||-||-|
Druid cards - The Witchwood
|Witchwood Apple||Witching Hour||Wispering Woods||Duskfallen Aviana|
|Druid of the Scythe||Forest Guide||Gloom Stag||Splintergraft|
|Ferocious Howl||Bewitched Guardian||-||-|
Hunter cards - The Witchwood
|Hunting Mastiff||Duskhaven Hunter||Rat Trap||Houndmaster Shaw|
|Dire Frenzy||Wing Blast||Toxmonger||Emeriss|
|Vilebrood Skitterer||Carrion Drake||-||-|
Mage cards - The Witchwood
|Snap Freeze||Cinderstorm||Book of Specters||Archmage Arugal|
|Black Cat||Bonfire Elemental||Arcane Keysmith||Toki, Time-Tinker|
|Vex Crow||Curio Collector||-||-|
Paladin cards - The Witchwood
|Rebuke||Paragon of Light||Hidden Wisdom||The Glass Knight|
|Sound the Bells!||Bellringer Sentry||Cathedral Gargoyle||Prince Liam|
|Ghostly Charger||Silver Sword||-||-|
Priest cards - The Witchwood
|Divine Hymn||Holy Water||Vivid Nightmare||Chameleos|
|Squashling||Coffin Crasher||Glitter Moth||Lady in White|
|Quartz Elemental||Nightscale Matriarch||-||-|
Rogue cards - The Witchwood
|Cheap Shot||Pick Pocket||Spectral Cutlass||Face Collector|
|Blink Fox||Mistwraith||WANTED!||Tess Greymane|
|Cutthroat Buccaneer||Cursed Castaway||-||-|
Shaman cards - The Witchwood
Note: Hagatha the Witch's hero power is Bewitch.
|Zap!||Blazing Invocation||Totem Cruncher||Hagatha the Witch|
|Witch's Apprentice||Earthen Might||Bogshaper||Shudderwock|
|Ghost Light Angler||Murkspark Eel||-||-|
Warlock cards - The Witchwood
|Witchwood Imp||Dark Possession||Ratcatcher||Glinda Crowskin|
|Duskbat||Curse of Weakness||Deathweb Spider||Lord Godfrey|
|Fiendish Circle||Blood Witch||-||-|
Warrior cards - The Witchwood
|Woodcutter's Axe||Redband Wasp||Town Crier||Darius Crowley|
|Warpath||Militia Commander||Deadly Arsenal||Blackhowl Gun Turret|
|Rabid Worgen||Festeroot Hulk||-||-|
Here are some quick confirmed facts about the breakdown of the cards that will be released with The Witchwood expansion:
- Each class will receive two class-specific Legendaries. This has been an established pattern for some time now.
- Cards that effectively already feature the Rush mechanic (such as Charged Devilsaur) will not have their keyword text changed. Unstable Evolution will similarly not be updated to accommodate the Echo keyword.
- With regards to those special cards that demand an even or odd costed deck, cards costing 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 Mana will count as even. Cards costing 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 will be considered odd (naturally enough).
Baku the Mooneater / Genn Greymane Interactions
With regards to the Neutral Legendary Baku the Mooneater, this character's Battlecry will only affect the hero power you begin the game with. It won't interact with any of the Hero cards introduced with Knights of the Frozen Throne.
How does Baku affect your Hero Power in the first place though? The effect is basically identical to the transformation effects provided by our old favourite from The Grand Tournament, Justicar Trueheart.
Here's how the Justicar shook things up back then, and how Baku will similarly affect the meta!
- Druid - Dire Shapeshift: Gain 2 Armor and +2 Attack this turn
- Hunter - Ballista Shot: Deal 3 damage to the enemy hero
- Mage - Fireblast Rank 2: Deal 2 damage
- Paladin - The Silver Hand: Summon two 1 / 1 Recruits
- Priest - Heal: Restore 4 Health
- Rogue - Poisoned Daggers: Equip a 2 / 2 Weapon
- Shaman - Totemic Slam: Summon a Totem of your choice
- Warlock - Soul Tap: Draw a card [Cost reduced to 1 Mana]
- Warrior - Tank Up!: Gain 4 Armor
Baku's partner in crime Genn Greymane is a slightly simpler affair to get acclimatised to. If your deck only contains even-cost cards, then Genn will reduce the cost of your Hero Power to just one Mana.
We've been working on a series of articles look at the impact of both of these new cards on all nine of the Hearthstone heroes. Check the following links for more detail in each case:
|Baku the Mooneater||Genn Greymane|
|Odd Druid||Even Druid|
|Odd Hunter||Even Hunter|
|Odd Mage||Even Mage|
|Odd Paladin||Even Paladin|
|Odd Priest||Even Priest|
|Odd Rogue||Even Rogue|
|Odd Shaman||Even Shaman|
|Odd Warlock||Even Warlock|
|Odd Warrior||Even Warrior|
New Shaman Hero card: Hagatha!
Back in August's Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion, Blizzard introduced the concept of Hero cards to Hearthstone. All nine heroes in the game received an alternative character with a devilish new hero power to help define them.
In the Witchwood expansion the Shaman only will receive a new Hero card, and it's the Witch of the Witchwood herself, Hagatha. Hagatha is described as a dark shaman who has twisted the woods around Gilneas.
Hagatha the Witch does three damage to all minions when played and grants you five points of Armour. You'll also gain a new passive Hero Power which pops a random Shaman spell into your hand every time you play a minion.
The Witchwood: Rush and Echo keywords
We've got a separated page dedicated to the new Witchwood keywords, but here are some quotes from the developers on how they work, taken straight from the trailer above:
”Echo means you can play the same card multiple times in the same turn. If you had six Mana, you could play Phantom Militia twice. If you had nine Mana you could play it three times. All kinds of crazy Echo cards are in the set.”
”Rush minions can attack other minions as soon as they enter the battlefield. It's not like Charge - only against minions. It's too powerful with Charge, but with Rush you can hit minions hard and fast.”
The Witchwood: Monster Hunt
Dungeon Run was an incredibly popular single-player addition to the game when Kobolds and Catacombs was released in December last year, and the team is building on that concept with Monster Hunt!
This new mode will see four intrepid adventurers (who are, in fact, completely new characters for the game) embark on a trip into the grim and foreboding forest. You'll need to steer your choice of hero through eight deadly encounters, before coming out top in a showdown with the mode's final boss.
Along the way you'll collect cards and other treasures that will strengthen your deck even further. It's all very reminiscent of Dungeon Run, but make sure you check out our complete Monster Hunt guide for all the latest info on the mode as it's revealed. We'll be adding in tips and tricks for beating the various encounters there as well, so expect lots of updates.
What fate will befall Dungeon Run when the new expansion arrives though? Well, the team has confirmed that Dungeon Run will still be available to play once The Witchwood arrives. As for its future after Kobolds and Catacombs rotates next year, that's less certain. As the designers themselves have acknowledged though, there's plenty of time to work that one out.
The Witchwood: Pre-order information
You can pre-order The Witchwood expansion over at the official site. Packs are only available after the expansion has been released, which will take place on or before the 30th April 2018.
The pre-order bundle costs £44.99 (or equivalent in your local currency), and contains 70 packs, rather than the 50 you typically get from a bundle of this cost. You'll also receive a special card back if you pre-order as well.
The Witchwood: New game board
As you surely could have guessed for yourself by now, The Witchwood will add a new playable game board to Hearthstone. Expect the usual secrets and interactions to mess around with at launch, but here's how the board looks in screenshot form:
The Witchwood: New card backs
There are two new card backs coming with The Witchwood and we've highlighted them for you below. The one on the left is for pre-ordering the expansion, while the one on the right is related to Monster Hunt. If it works the same as Dungeon Run, you'll receive this card back when you beat the challenge with all four of the unique heroes:
The Witchwood: Trailers, gameplay footage and cinematics
Here's all of the video content that's been released by Blizzard so far. Although we've posted it at the top of this page, we've also included the original reveal just to make sure we have everything in one place!
We'll be back with a fourth update of our Hearthstone Witchwood guide very shortly.