Kobolds and Catacombs is almost here! Check out all of the information you need to know about the expansion launch, including: Release Date/Launch Times, Expansion Tips, and all of the new stuff coming in the latest Hearthstone Expansion!
What time is Kobolds and Catacombs set to release/launch?
Update: Kobolds and Catacombs is live in the Americas AND EU Region!
The release date will be on December 7th in NA and December 8th in the EU.
Here are the official times Blizzard gave out, it should be noted that these are ESTIMATED times. Blizzard said 12pm PST for Knights of the Frozen Throne and it got released at 10am PST!
Americas Region: December 7 12:00 PM PST
Asia Region: December 8 9:00 AM KST
Europe Region: December 8 05:00 AM CET
What am I Getting for Free?!
- You get three free Kobolds and Catacombs packs for logging in!
- You also get one free randomly chosen Legendary Weapon for logging in!
- You can complete three one time only Dungeon Run quests and earn one Kobolds pack for each one completed!
- If you beat a Dungeon Run with every single class you get a card back!
What Decks Should I Play?!
You’ve come to the right place to ask that question! We’ve got a bunch of theorycraft guides, and soon to be the best of decks from the new expansion in this dedicated post: The Best Kobolds and Catacombs Deck Lists!
Kobolds and Catacombs Expansion Launch Tips
I refer to most of these tips for every expansion and they continue to be useful to this day!
Tips: Make Sure You Have Room in Your Quest Log!!!
When Kobolds and Catacombs launches you will immediately get a quest that will reward you with a pack for beginning a Dungeon Run. This quest will overwrite one of your current quests, so make sure you complete any important quest you might have so you don’t lose out on gold!
Tip: Don’t Purchase the Wrong Packs
In the past it’s been easy to absentmindedly purchase the wrong packs, so make sure you are paying attention when you hit the purchase button!
Tip: Save Money by Watching Twitch Streamers Open Packs
Streamers buy a TON of packs, and if you’re on a budget and want to get your fix then I’d advise watching them open packs. It’s not exactly the same, but it can help ease your lust for packs.
Tip: Save Money by Playing a Bunch of Free Dungeon Runs!
Dungeon Runs are the new single-player feature that comes along with Kobolds and Catacombs. They are completely free, and every run is slightly different. Start working on finishing the Dungeon Run with each class so you can earn the three free packs as well as get that sweet new card back!
Tip: Don’t Craft or Disenchant Legendaries Right Away
It’s tough to not craft a bunch of cool looking Legendaries the day they come out, but if you’re on a budget you should just hang back and wait for the meta to settle a bit. The famous example of tons of people crafting Troggzor the Earthinator comes to mind, where it seemed like a great card but ended up never really seeing any play. This also goes for disenchanting cards! Finja, the Flying Star was not a popular Legendary when Mean Streets of Gadgetzan released, but ended up seeing quite a bit of play.
Pre-Purchase the Kobolds and Catacombs Expansion
This is your absolute last chance to pre-order the expansion! The pre-purchase is usually the best way to get packs if you plan on spending money on the game. Getting a free card back isn’t too bad either.
Be sure to check out Amazon Coins to see if you can get it for cheaper in your region!
New Stuff Coming to Kobolds and Catacombs
First thing to know is that there are no cards being rotated into Wild. This seems to be a common mistake people make, but the rotation of cards into Wild happens during the release of the FIRST expansion in the new year. The first expansion of 2018 will usher in a new Standard year and rotate out some cards into Wild.
If you haven’t seen all the cards yet, be sure to check out our Kobolds and Catacombs Card List!
Now that we have that cleared up, there’s a few new things coming to Kobolds and Catacombs:
Single-Player Dungeon Runs
Dungeon Runs are completely free, single-player content that you can play over and over again for fun! Every run is slightly different because you’ll face new bosses, get new treasures, and be able to choose different cards for your deck. If you beat a Dungeon Run with every class you get a Card Back! There are also three sequential one-time quests you will be able to complete that reward one pack of Kobolds and Catacombs each.
To learn everything there is to know about Dungeon Runs, check out our Kobolds and Catacombs Dungeon Run Tips & Tricks – Bosses and Treasures List Guide!
Each class has received a Legendary Weapon, and you will get one for FREE when you login after Kobolds and Catacombs has released! Check out all of the potential weapons you might receive:
New Keyword: Recruit
The new Keyword being added in the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion is Recruit. Recruit is pretty much exactly what Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound does. It takes a minion out of your deck and puts it into play. Most of these Recruit cards have different stipulations which allow you to build your deck in a way to take advantage of them. Here’s a list of all of the Recruit cards:
- Call to Arms
- Gather Your Party
- Grizzled Guardian
- Guild Recruiter
- Kathrena Winterwisp
- Master Oakheart
- Oaken Summons
- Possessed Lackey
- Silver Vanguard
New Card Type: Spellstones
I actually managed to forget about this, so I’m adding it late. Spellstones are cards that upgrade while in your hand when you meet certain criteria (gain a certain amount of armor, play a certain type of minion, etc.). It starts out relatively tame, but if you can upgrade it the card will become quite powerful. Each spellstone has up to two upgrades, and each class is getting one!
New Card Type: Unidentified Item
This is more of a flavorful style of card in the spirit of mystery loot or treasure! Unidentified cards each have four potential bonuses they will receive once they are drawn to the hand.
- Unidentified Elixir
- Unidentified Maul
- Unidentified Shield
Did I miss something? Are you excited?! Keep following Hearthstone Top Decks throughout the next weeks as we will be publishing tons of new decks, guides, and articles based on the new expansion!