The Witchwood Guide, Release Date, Card Spoilers List, Monster Hunt

The Witchwood is the first new set of the Year of the Raven. Our expansion guide will feature card spoiler list, gameboard art, card backs, general artwork, and more! I’ll be updating this guide immediately following the release of any new information.

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Quick Information

  • Release Date: Mid-April 2018 (Speculated Date: April 12th)
  • New Cards: 135 cards
  • New Keyword – Echo: Echo cards can be casted multiple times during the same turn (think Unstable Evolution).
  • New Keyword – Rush: Rush minions have Charge, but can only attack minions on the turn they’re summoned (think Charged Devilsaur).
  • New Keyword – Start of Game: If you add a Start of Game card to your deck and meet its requirements, their effects will work right from the first turn! (think Prince Malchezaar, but this time with a requirement)
  • New Deck Building Restriction – Even/Odd Cards: Some of the new cards have powerful effects, but require you to put only even (0, 2, 4 etc.) or odd (1, 3, 5 etc.) cost cards into your deck.
  • Monster HuntNew version of Dungeon Run with 4 unique heroes.
  • Pre-order contains 70 card packs instead of 50 card packs for the same price!
  • Logging in after the expansion goes live will give you 3 card packs and a random class Legendary.

The Witchwood is the eighth full set expansion in Hearthstone. It will mark the debut of the Year of the Raven, and if history is any indicator it will bring significant change to the game due to the removal of three sets from standard: Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan, and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan.

This expansion also marks the first time we will ever not have an adventure set as part of standard. We will have the most cards available to us at any one time by the end of the year.

The Witchwood Visual Card Guide & Spoilers List

There will be 135 new cards in The Witchwood expansion. Below you will find cards sorted by class and a visual look at what is still left to reveal.

The first card reveal livestream will begin at 11:00 am PDT (8pm CEST) on March 26th, 2018 on Twitch!

Card Database

Stonekeep’s Card Reviews

Most Recently Revealed Cards from The Witchwood











New Witchwood Card Animations Video

Monster Hunt Single-Player Mode

Instead of a Dungeon Run it’s time to go on a Monster Hunt! You also won’t be bringing your standard class heroes, this time you will get your choice of 4 unique heroes: Cannoneer, Houndmaster, Time-Tinker, and Tracker. These heroes have unique hero powers that can be upgraded via cards you gain by defeating monsters!

Check out our Monster Hunt Guide which will feature a list of Heroes, Bosses, & Equipment List!

Monster Hunt Heroes

Time Tinkerer


Card Backs

In a Dark Wood – Pre-Purchase Card Back
Monster Hunt

Full Card Artwork

Expansion Artwork

Expansion Logo

Announcement Video/Trailer

The Announcement Video

The Witchwood Trailer


  1. Kodak28
    March 20, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Is it better to disenchant a golden legendary before or after the card is turned to wild? I know how the dust works on regular cards but I don’t remember reading how it works on Golden ones

    • Stonekeep
      March 20, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Do you mean Hall of Fame or just regular rotation?

      If Hall of Fame, you should wait until the card rotates out before disenchanting it.

      If you’re talking about normal rotation, it doesn’t change anything, it will disenchant for the same amount anyway.

  2. The Psychic
    March 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    There are going to be alot of over powered odd or even cards, but the last neutral legendary will be.
    “If you have both even and odds in your deck: At start of game raise the cost of all opponents minion by one mana.” 😛

    • Stonekeep
      March 19, 2018 at 2:46 am

      “There are going to be alot of over powered odd or even cards”

      Not really, though. The ones we already know are almost all of them. Not every class is going to get one.

  3. theCusack
    March 16, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Soul thief is gunna be very powerful in aggressive decks

      March 17, 2018 at 1:36 am

      Its high depending to match and thanks to it HIGH cost and weak body it take your whole turn AND trust me if you are aggro losing one turn=losing the game since you really depending on your board

      • Yggdreigon
        March 18, 2018 at 2:15 am

        no, its a switch in both tempo and position. Using it in aggro means a last resourses to try and outvalue your opponent. The mana the minion costs reflects pretty well the turn where aggro gets outvalued, specially by warlock. So you trade whats little left of your tempo to gain a huge amount of value against control

        • NIGHTxBLADE
          March 18, 2018 at 8:03 am

          Its all up to u to test sadly the result is clear

        • Stonekeep
          March 19, 2018 at 2:48 am

          You’re right that Soulthief would be good in Aggro vs Control matchup. But I think you didn’t consider Aggro or Midrange mirrors, who will also have a nearly empty hand at that point.

          You also don’t consider the fact that playing a 7 mana 3/3 is a big tempo loss unless you’re ahead on the board, and that alone can give your opponent an opportunity to come back.

          The card has a lot of potential in some situations, but it just looks way to inconsistent to be good.

          You can read my whole review on the card’s page:

    March 16, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Look like we are going to have a boring time in arena bc:
    1.many good cards and gone is almost impossible to use genn and baku
    3.arena choosing card will going full of new high depending even-odd cost card
    This is not good at all!!

    • Stonekeep
      March 16, 2018 at 10:23 am

      The Odd/Even cards won’t be available in Arena.

      At the same time, I think that Echo and Rush mechanics are really interesting in Arena, even more so than in Constructed.

      • Yggdreigon
        March 18, 2018 at 2:16 am

        pretty sure they will, and the low mana ones are actually not ad as they are generously stated

        • Stonekeep
          March 19, 2018 at 2:50 am

          “pretty sure they will”

          You’re talking about the Odd/Even cards? Then I’m more than “pretty sure” that they won’t. Devs already confirmed that you won’t be able to draft them in Arena, just like C’Thun and his related cards (even though they were also alright by themselves).

  5. to
    March 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Legendary spells…..c’mon brode get wit it…I’m actually hoping this set helps Hunter, shaman and warrior..the three classes that have taken the pole for all of 2017…

    • ab00000
      March 16, 2018 at 11:51 am

      I believe the new legendary thing this expansion is going back to hero cards like in frozen throne

      • Stonekeep
        March 16, 2018 at 12:05 pm

        Only Shaman is getting a Hero card this expansion.

        There might not be anything “unique” like Quests, Hero Cards or Legendary weapons this expansion. Or they might come up with something new. We’ll have to wait for more cards to see!

        • Bingo
          March 16, 2018 at 2:40 pm

          Maybe they’ll just give Quests to some classes, legendary weapons or spells to others and hero to shaman
          I’m not sure about it but each class will get 2 more class legendary cards so I hope they won’t just give each class 2 legendary minions.

    • Advocaat
      March 17, 2018 at 2:05 am

      Shaman and warrior both used to be total cancer before rotation. Warrior kept being cancer til August. I wouldn’t cry for those classes.

  6. Moltar
    March 14, 2018 at 8:09 am

    So just to clarify, there aren’t going to be any card reveal from anyone until March 26th? Or March 26th is one of the “big” official reveals and in the mean time selected streamers and sites will be revealing cards like previous expansions?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      March 14, 2018 at 8:49 am

      No reveals until the 26th! That’s when the “reveal season” starts.

      • Moltar
        March 14, 2018 at 9:46 am

        Oh thanks.
        Time to give a break to the F5 key then.

        • Stonekeep
          March 15, 2018 at 11:36 am

          Funny thing, but it actually turned out that there WAS a reveal today. We all got caught off-guard.

          • Molmotaro
            March 19, 2018 at 12:56 am

            Time to start the F5 key again then

  7. Cheekychaise
    March 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Start of game isn’t a new mechanic but I guess it’s worth including

    • Stonekeep
      March 14, 2018 at 2:36 am

      It’s a bit complicated and I wasn’t sure whether to call it a new keyword or a new mechanic. On the one hand, similarly to Echo, this mechanic already exists on a card (Prince Malchezaar). At the same time, it’s not exactly the same – Malchezaar has no restriction at all, and those cards have pretty significant restrictions.

      Since the mechanic wasn’t keyworded on Malchezaar, you could argue that it’s a new keyword not a new mechanic, but it’s really just the matter of semantics.

      • TheGuyCalledLuke
        March 15, 2018 at 12:59 pm

        I think you were correct to call it a keyword regardless of wether it’s printed on another card.

  8. StanWithMe
    March 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Quest Taunt Warrior looks insane with a empowered Hero Power and the Echo Taunt Minions.

    • JRbbx
      March 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      bring back quest warriorrrrrr

      • StanWithMe
        March 16, 2018 at 10:30 am

        I see you are a man of culture 😉

  9. Spyder9899
    March 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Blizzard got it wrong again. 🙂

    Echo would have been an awesome keyword for cards like defile and spreading plague.

    These echo cards should have been keyworded something like rebound or ricochet, or something like that.

    March 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    The only thing i want is #TURN BACK FOR ROGUE

    • JoyDivision
      March 15, 2018 at 1:39 am

      When, if not with this expansion!?

      I’m crossing my fingers, too. Make Rogue great again!

      • Ab00000
        March 16, 2018 at 11:54 am

        Rogue was quite dominant from late frozen throne to early kobolds, I think we should be rooting for shaman this expansion. I’m so excited to see the new shaman hero card

        • JoyDivision
          March 19, 2018 at 12:16 am

          I’m fine with Shaman, too. 😉

          But that setting is just so perfect for sneaky Rogues.

          • Stonekeep
            March 19, 2018 at 2:53 am

            But real talk. Everyone is saying how bad Warrior and Shaman are right now, but Rogue is also in a pretty terrible spot after the latest nerf, which almost killed the Tempo archetype.

            We haven’t had a strong slow/combo-oriented Rogue archetype in a while and I’d love to see one! I know that Miracle is, well, always “a thing”, but realistically only for the few dedicated players, who spend most of their time playing the deck.

        • Helioshadow
          March 20, 2018 at 5:45 pm

          Honestly Rogue’s in a pretty big ditch right now (coming from a Rogue “main”, so most likely biased). In Constructed, Tempo’s basically gone, Quest isn’t as good as it once was (thank god), and Miracle’s basically dead no matter how you look at it. Kingsbane is a cool concept and all, but it’s pretty slow and reliant on good card draw, and Mill’s only decent when abusing the meta, and that’ll go away once the expansion hits with the rotation of Coldlight (sadly or not, according to who you ask). In Wild it ain’t that much better; Mill has a few cool trinkets to play with in N’Zoth plus Naxx Deathrattle-Taunts, and a bit of Jade Rogue with Gang Up won’t hurt, but the others are still just… meh. Even with Miracle gaining Conceal, it’s still too slow and inconsistent against Aggro and gets punished by Cubelock pretty bad, not to mention the amount of Naga-Giants which are only somewhat countered by Vanish (of which they’ll just dump their hand again unless you kill Naga). Compare that to the main meta and it’s pretty obvious Rogue’s struggling.

          But Shaman’s in a pretty bad spot too, so guess I’ll root for ya too! 😀

  11. WildRage
    March 13, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Witchwood seems like the perfect chance to introduce the “Worgen” tag, with all these new Worgen-inspired minions. Seems like they won’t go through with it though.

  12. The Chad
    March 13, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Any idea how long we will be able to purchase the 70 pack bundle for? will it be available until launch or will the deal end early? I don’t want to miss out but also don’t feel like investing into this a month in advanced.

    • Stonekeep
      March 14, 2018 at 2:40 am

      The deal is a part of pre-order, so it will last as long as the pre-order does. Pre-orders usually finish a day before the launch (which will most likely happen mid-April), so you should still have a lot of time.

      • The Chad
        March 16, 2018 at 6:29 pm

        Thank you Stonekeep

  13. ZableFahr
    March 13, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Seems like Blizzard know how to milk the Cash from the community. I am f2p and farmed 12,4k Gold so far since KnC so I am fine and Blizzard will still not seeing a single dime from me (And I suggest the Playerbase to do so as well).

    • Stonekeep
      March 13, 2018 at 7:26 am

      I honestly don’t understand people who dislike this deal. This is actually really great. Between this pre-order and packs from gold, you don’t really need more and you should be able to play most of the decks from the expansion.

      If they keep it up (I mean, 70 packs instead of 50), $50 per 4 months is not really much if you’re into Hearthstone. It’s like buying one AAA game per 4 months, which is like nothing. Majority of the hobbies cost way more.

      People complain that the game is too expensive – and for a good reason. But when we get deals like Mammooth Bundle or this one, they still complain that Blizzard wants to milk cash. Well duh, of course they want, they’re running a business not a charity. But having deals with 40-50% discount on the packs is never bad for the players. Those who don’t want to pay can still not pay, but those who don’t mind spending some money get a better offer.

      • ZableFahr
        March 13, 2018 at 9:40 am

        Hi, do not get me wrong, pal, there is nothing wrong with the Prices nor the deal by itself. I just think that spending Money in this game is somewhat unneccessary, especially since Hearthstone doesn’t get the Support it deserves. Yes, Blizzard throw out a few expansions a year, which is great, and they nerf a few (too less though) Cards from time to time, but in General it is a bad designed Computer game. I am Software engineer by myself and the lags and game crashes when you Launch Hearthstone are unbearable, IMHO (And I know it is not my PC, nor my Internetperformance and I am not the only one..) Sure, Hearthstone is a GREAT Game, I love it and I play a lot, I rank MUCH, as well as with friends, my collection is complete while the only thing I ever bought are the adventures).
        I defininitely would support Hearthstone if Blizzard would Support the game more (in a technical way), but thats just my opinion, I do not judge anyone, just saying I never would again, under the current circumstances.

        • Raemahn
          March 13, 2018 at 10:04 am

          Experiencing lag is not necessarily indicative of a problem on your side or the server. It’s possible the person you are playing against has issues. Regardless, Hearthstone is likely growing, so they may need to update infrastructure from time to time, but that’s not an indication the product is not being supported. They are putting out new releases three times per year and (for the most part) without hiccups. They continue to enhance the core product, and they are expanding the eSports. What additional support are you looking for?

          • WildRage
            March 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm

            This thread went downhill so quickly..
            People, ZableFahr has a good point. Blizzard knows how to milk the cash out of the community through deals like the bundles and this 70-pack deal. That’s by no means a bad thing. As Stonekeep pointed out, it’s a bussiness. The end-goal is to make cash. And these deals are pretty fair, considering. Since they allow the choice of a free-to-play mentality, I don’t think there’s anything to critisize Blizzard for except maybe for the overall price of the packs outside of such deals (they ain’t cheap, I think we can all agree with that).

            However, I do want to adress something “Ontark” said. ” if you don’t want to pay for development instead of leeching off the players who care to see future expansions. I would have to say your excuse not to pay is so very ridiculous that i would just label you a cheap person.”
            First off, “excuse”? Man, I can’t wrap my mind around that. I really hope you messed up your words there, ’cause noone needs an “excuse” as you put it to not pay for a “free game”. What do you think we are, investors? Or are we supposed to show gratitude for a company offering us their products like that? Micro-transactions are fair game because it’s anyone’s choice to engage in them. It’s a free game, so noone should feel like a “cheap person” for not wanting to toss in a 20/ 50 whenever an expansion is anounced. The very concept is ridicoulus.

        • Ontark
          March 13, 2018 at 12:43 pm

          Then I would go play the OpenSource game Arcmage if you don’t want to pay for development instead of leeching off the players who care to see future expansions. I would have to say your excuse not to pay is so very ridiculous that i would just label you a cheap person.

        • Icweiner
          March 13, 2018 at 8:52 pm

          Also you said you are a software engineer, don’t you want to support other developers so they have a job?? Blizzard is no where close to what EA is doing. Hearthstone can easily be a Non-P2W game if you just play arena and get good at it. However to your point, Blizzard does struggle with balancing the game from time to time, but since the expansions are on like a 3 month release cycle it doesn’t really get stale for long either. Anyway guys, bunch of cards are shifting out of standard and we should have plenty of dust/gold to play this expansion completely free at least.

        • Stonekeep
          March 14, 2018 at 2:51 am

          I apologize for jumping to the conclusions, I’ve just seen quite a few posts saying that the deal is terrible, that no one should get it because Blizzard is doing it only for the money… Duh, yes, obviously, Blizzard is doing it for the money. They had to calculate that a better deal means more people buying pre-order and more money for them in the end. But more money for them doesn’t mean that it’s bad for the players.

          I used to be a big Blizzard fanboy, I’m not anymore, and I see that the game is flawed in some ways (it’s hard to deny). Yes, we don’t get a lot of new features, balance patches etc. but I really feel like it’s getting better. We had a few balance patches last year, most of the problematic cards were dealt with (some took them really long, that’s true) and I think that the game is heading in the better direction. K&C’s Dungeon Run was a great step – the mode was super fun and it seems like they will continue that idea. Later this year we get an in-game tournament mode, which will make a lot of tournament problems (like submitting one deck and then playing another) go away and make it easier for an average player to get into tournaments. This deal is also a great thing – normal packs are, let’s be honest, really expensive. But getting 30 extra packs in total (because $50 is a normal cost for 40 packs) from this pre-oder is a nice deal.

          I haven’t experienced lags, and even though I have some performance issues (even though I have a really good PC), it’s nothing major. But yes, I’ve heard that a lot of people are experiencing different issues with the game and it’s not great. At the same time, as a dev, you should probably know that it’s not always that easy to fix stuff like that.

          I understand (and agree) that the game is flawed, but I really see that it slowly but surely heads in the right direction. Unless they don’t mess something up in a big way, I feel like it will only get better over the next 2-3 years. Especially with new competition rising – I’m not saying that they’re going to overtake Hearthstone, but devs will need to be careful about games like Artifact or MTG Arena. Competition is great, because devs of every game need to try harder to draw the playerbase to themselves, with more deals and more features.

          It’s your decision to not pay for the game, and there’s nothing wrong with it. I was F2P player for a quite long time, I’ve really started buying packs with real money only around Gadgetzan (and I’m playing since Closed Beta), but in my case it was mostly because I just couldn’t afford them before. Now I usually end up buying ~100 packs for money and another ~80-90 for gold – since I’m writing about the game full time, I need to have access to as many decks as possible right away 🙂

      • Raemahn
        March 13, 2018 at 10:09 am

        Completely agree. Blizzard is not a charity, so either spend some money on occasion or be grateful you can play without the outlay of cash in exchange for your effort/time. Why do we have to assume evil intent from Blizzard if it wants to recoup its costs and make it profitable besides? Being capitalistic allows Blizzard to pay their employees and stockholders as well as invest in R&D.

      • Tweeg
        March 21, 2018 at 11:33 am

        I don’t know what you are talking about. I’m a F2P player and I haven’t paid a cent for this game. I’m a constant top 100 legend player and have most heroes golden. Just be smart at crafting. I have 8k saved up for this expansion and will blow it all on packs. That’s all I figure I would need and I’ll disenchant anything else I don’t need. I’m super budget and dust useless cards and don’t play wild. It’s an easy thing to do. People who drop that kinda money on this game is nuts.

    • Perry Manson
      March 13, 2018 at 10:10 am

      I’m f2p but this time I’ll buy the 70 packs, is such a good deal.

      • Djohnson
        March 14, 2018 at 3:46 am

        Two years back when old gods launched they gave all players fifteen or so packs and now they force us to preorder to get the said packs while at the same time theyre killing off three expansions that we spent dust and money on. I guess we quote unquote adapted on their standard wild format which is nothing more than a scam so they can stamp the same ol cards every year or so but charge for it. Malicious because they are a small indie company. Huge hit on the f2p side. Which makes me want to reconsider wasting any moretime on this cg.

        • Stonekeep
          March 14, 2018 at 3:59 am

          It was 13 packs in total (3 log-in and two 5 packs quests). During the Journey to Un’Goro launch, we’ve got 7 packs (4 from daily rewards before the expansion and 3 for log-in after the launch), 100 Gold, 100 Dust and a Golden Rare – about ~10 packs worth of stuff in total. Not really a huge difference, considering that we’ve also got a free Hero skin.

          It’s really unfair to say that they force you to pre-order to get those extra packs. We know NOTHING about the free launch rewards yet, but from the information datamined in the patch it appears that there will be daily rewards before the launch, possibly even over 2 weeks of daily rewards.

          Why are people always so quick to jump to conclusions when we don’t even know anything yet. They might be literally giving 20 more packs in pre-orders WITHOUT removing any of the free launch rewards. Or hell, they might even INCREASE the launch rewards for all we know right now. But no, there’s always a problem.

          P.S. And no, they are not killing the 2016 expansions… Wild is a thing, you know. A lot of people play the format, it’s not something obscure that no one ever touches. You can really enjoy the expansions there. If you want to argue that Standard format is just a money grab, then you really don’t know what you’re talking about. Thanks to the Standard format, the game is different every year and it doesn’t get boring.

        • Elzein
          March 15, 2018 at 8:34 am

          Without standard mode the game would be unplayable for anyone starting on or after year of the Kraken. How long do you think an online card game game can survive if it doesn’t get new players?

    • Moltar
      March 14, 2018 at 8:05 am

      Nice logic from a “software engineer”, you suggest people to not spend cash on this game, yet you like the game.
      If this game is not profitable for blizzard, they will just take it down and good bye “free” game.

      If you like the game and don’t want to pay for it, at least entice the rest to spend money (that way everyone wins in the short and long term)

      • JoyDivision
        March 15, 2018 at 1:37 am

        The logic gets even better:

        ‘… and Blizzard will still not seeing a single dime from me…’

        ‘…while the only thing I ever bought are the adventures…’

        There are things about HS that are definitely worth discussing – the Witchwood presale offer is NOT one of those things.

        • ZableFahr
          March 16, 2018 at 6:04 am

          Yes, I said I bought the adventures and Blizzard will not see a single dime from me anymore. Where is the fail, kiddo?

          • JoyDivision
            March 19, 2018 at 12:14 am

            The fail is that there is no ‘anymore’.

            ‘I am f2p and farmed 12,4k Gold so far since KnC so I am fine and Blizzard will still not seeing a single dime from me (And I suggest the Playerbase to do so as well)’.

            But as I wrote – discuss about things worth discussing. There are more important things about this game than good offers.

            Happy gaming!

    • Paul
      March 15, 2018 at 3:51 am

      I work, I make money and I enjoy Hearthstone. I have spent Hundreds of pounds on this game, do I regret it? No.
      I get immense enjoyment from it, I like to feel I support the companies that actually give me enjoyment from their products.

      If you want to be a F2P player, that’s great, but I don’t see why you should encourage people not to pay for something. If it was not for players like myself who actually put money into this product you would not even have the chance to be a F2P player…

      • Bingo
        March 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm

        Thank you for this answer, I totally agree. I think this answers better to the debate than all the 3-pages-of-scroll-down-long thread of comments.

  14. Elzein
    March 12, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    A new Shaman hero is very interesting. This possibly means that they are pulling standard Shaman away from the evolve mechanism, a feature that always received a lot of criticism for being too random. Also, for the last two years Blizzard threw 4 different archetypes for Shaman (evolve, murloc, elemental and totem), not to mention the failed freeze cards and the exclusive overload mechanic. The class is all over the place! No wonder it’s been left out of the recent meta. All classes have multiple archetypes, but none are as widespread and unfocused as Shaman currently is. I hope the new hero card embodies one of the already existing archetypes (hopefully elemental) and help us make some actually competitive decks.

    • Stonekeep
      March 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      I’m also happy that they’ve decided to print another Hero for Shaman. With Evolve, Doppelgangster AND Jades gone from Standard, the deck doesn’t look great unless they decide to push the archetype further. But I feel like it had its time already. A good Hero and a few more support cards is all Shaman needs to have another strong archetype, even if not now, then after an expansion or two (just look how Control Warlock or Priest got stronger and stronger every expansion).

      I hope that Warrior and Shaman will get some strong cards this expansion, because Kobolds & Catacombs felt like we had 7 classes instead of 9. To be honest, higher ranks feel like there are only 4 classes right now – Paladin, Priest, Warlock and Mage are roughly 85% of the ladder there!

      • Bell
        March 13, 2018 at 6:15 am

        While i truly hope them to bring some new powerhouses to shaman and warrior, i’d like them to be not so busted. Like warlock, it got the dk and defile in frozen the throne, then a bunch of ultravalue cards in kobold, what made them pretty insane now.
        Unfortunately for shaman, it has been wasted an entire expansion, frozen throne. Therefore, basically shaman is one expansion slower than others.
        I believe that even if shaman receive cards with the same power level as defile and dk warlock, it still a fringe class. Maybe the second expansion will witness some viable shaman archetypes

        • Stonekeep
          March 13, 2018 at 7:30 am

          Yeah, of course, I also hope that the cards won’t be broken. But it’s actually pretty difficult to balance the worst class without giving it broken tools.

          For example, Kobolds & Catacombs was a great expansion for Warrior. It got multiple good tools and yet it was still bad. Sometimes you need to go over the board to revive a dead class, but going over board also comes with a risk of overdoing it.

          Also, the old gaming saying goes like this – “if everything is broken, then nothing is broken”. So printing broken cards is not always bad for the balance. The problem starts when some of the classes have broken cards and others don’t.

          • Raemahn
            March 13, 2018 at 10:12 am

            Part of Warrior’s problem is the axe nerf. That really hurt.

          • arguably
            March 13, 2018 at 11:20 am

            I would argue that “if everything is broken”, then the whole game is broken and would not be worth playing. But Blizzard has been practicing balance since Warcraft 1 in the ’90s. They understand better than most game companies that balanced does not have to mean identical, and their players should know by now that everyone will get their time in the spotlight eventually.

            If Blizzard tries to fix a class that took multiple expansions to dilute, then it should take at least 2 expansions to restore it. Otherwise, too much power will be thrown into 1 set and that set would unbalance the meta until it completely rotates out, at which point, the meta would overcorrect back the other direction. There are other ways too, like with a nerf-bat, but that’s not a good Plan A.

          • WildRage
            March 13, 2018 at 2:26 pm

            Isn’t that Syndrome’s “If anyone’s super…noone will be.”

          • Elzein
            March 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm

            I may be too optimistic, but it may not take multiple expansions to set Shaman and Warrior back in the meta. Both classes have good cards. They are not lacking a super strong & broken legendary to finish off their opponents. Take Shaman for an exemple: Kalimos and Grumble have tons of potential to work together. They are not viable because the class lacks proper support cards. You can’t use them with a murloc quest, a evolve-centered DK and a few freeze cards. Just like Possessed Lackey is a support card that makes Cube Lock a viable archetype, a few well positioned cards could lik Shaman’s already existing good cards into a consistent deck.

      • JoyDivision
        March 15, 2018 at 1:02 am

        Would give a like for this comment if I could. 😉

    • WildRage
      March 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      It’s a good, interesting thing and all, but it feels somewhat strange. Shaman’s going to be the only class with two DKs.

      • Elzein
        March 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm

        I see your point. But with the next rotation taking Evolve away, if Shaman doesn’t get new evolving cards it would basically make his current DK useless. Hence Shaman would be the only class “without” a DK. Personally, I think Blizzard’s choice of HP for Thrall Deathseer was terrible.

      • Orasha
        March 13, 2018 at 10:28 pm

        Imo its no weirder then Warlock having Bloodreaver and Jaraxxus

        • Stonekeep
          March 14, 2018 at 2:54 am

          Jaraxxus is not really a Hero card. You could say that he was the Hero cards’ predecessor, but in reality he works quite differently.

          And glad that they did print a new Warlock Hero. As much as I like Jaraxxus, he’s pretty bad right now. He was great when the game was slower in general, but right now even slower decks usually have a way to burn you down from 15, or at least put a lot of pressure so you can never change into it.

          • Cruxkid
            March 14, 2018 at 7:26 pm

            If Priest can burst you down then anybody can. Buff Jarax to 20?

          • Stonekeep
            March 16, 2018 at 5:41 am

            With the current power level of the game, I just feel like Jaraxxus shouldn’t change your max health at all. Right now there is simply no reason to run him over Hero cards, because not only they don’t change your health, but also give you 5 Armor and have Battlecries. Jaraxxus reduces your max health to 15 AND does nothing immediately outside of giving you a 3/8 weapon.

  15. Blitz
    March 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    So it’s Innistrad, but with Hearthstone cards…

    • Eresmus
      March 12, 2018 at 11:56 pm

      Innistrad is just Bloodborne but with Magic cards.

      • Irrelevant
        March 13, 2018 at 6:33 am

        Ah, a fellow hunter.

        • ZableFahr
          March 13, 2018 at 6:51 am

          This is getting out of Hand. Now there are two of them.

        • Jameson
          March 13, 2018 at 9:22 am

          Innistrad was out before Bloodborne.

          • Cruxkid
            March 14, 2018 at 7:27 pm

            Innistrad has been out for a very long time. Don’t confuse it with Eldritch Moon

    • JoyDivision
      March 15, 2018 at 12:54 am

      And Ixilan was Un’Goro with Magic cards – I guess both companies pay close attention to what works for the other one.

  16. Dan
    March 12, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Wait, there are more class epics than rares? How long has this been a thing?

    • Stonekeep
      March 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      It’s just a template, don’t pay too much attention to it. All of the 2017 expansions had 3 Commons + 3 Rares + 2 Epics + 2 Legendaries for each class, so I’d assume that it will be the case with The Witchwood too. Edited it to be more clear.

  17. notahillbilly
    March 12, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Hillbilly confirmed. They had to throw in the steampunk twist because, like, technology and stuff.

  18. Nerose
    March 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    This is an awesome-looking set. Are they going to change charged devilsaur and unstable evolution’s text to reflect the new set?

    I bet the cheap echo cards will be non-neutral and non-rogue to prevent an overpowered quest. Perhaps a single 2-drop 1/1 echo card…

    Monster hunt looks super fun.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      March 12, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      No, they confirmed they aren’t going to change the text on those cards!

      • Murghlinwall
        March 12, 2018 at 4:36 pm

        they should at least do it for unstable since it doesn’t change anything. It bothers me that they aren’t changing it

        • Kalo
          March 19, 2018 at 6:48 am

          They didn’t change Y’Shaarj to recruit, so they won’t be changing this either… They reason, as always: players are stupid and easily confused.

    • Bingo
      March 12, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      This would totally change how charged devilausaur works. Trying to pass by the battlecry is the main strategy that card is used with.

    • Raemahn
      March 13, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Ack! Echo does look scary with Rogue quest. Hadn’t thought of that.

      • Leesaigett
        March 15, 2018 at 1:24 pm

        I swear if there’s a 1 drop with echo in it, we are going back to the dark ages. However if not, the decks these days just outpace the quest.

  19. Amr
    March 12, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    does anyone know when the 20 packs for free offer ends? or is it gonna be as is till right before the expansion?

    • Stonekeep
      March 12, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      The 20 bonus packs are part of the pre-order, and pre-orders can usually be bought until the day before the expansion’s launch. So you should still have a lot of time to get it.

  20. Benjaxoul
    March 12, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Echo+ quest rogue… THE END IS COMING!

    • Cobble
      March 12, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Oh god….

      • Yaas
        March 12, 2018 at 12:28 pm

        Quest rogue in 2018??

        • UkuleleLover
          March 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm

          Unless they reveal cheaper echo cards, you wouldn’t be able to get the QR until late in the game.

    • Stonekeep
      March 12, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      We would need a 1 mana Echo minion for it to be broken. Or maybe a 2 mana one if it would be strong enough. The Phantom Militia is REALLY bad in Quest Rogue.

      • jmartin
        March 12, 2018 at 1:36 pm

        But what if It keeps its reduced card value from shadow step? complete quest on turn 5/4+ coin. Hm….

        • Stonekeep
          March 12, 2018 at 6:59 pm

          It was already confirmed that it doesn’t. And that’s pretty logical, otherwise Echo cards would be pretty broken.

    • Epinefrine
      March 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Neh, i think they would require a lot of mana to Echo, so the bounce mechanism might still be a better choice. But again, what matters in having full 5/5 vs full Voidlord board ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

      • Orasha
        March 13, 2018 at 12:50 am

        You still have Sap and Vanish to push through massive Voidlord boards. It’s not the best for laddering though lol

  21. Derp
    March 12, 2018 at 11:21 am

    70 packs for 49.99? Is this real life?

    • KLGamet
      March 12, 2018 at 11:27 am

      I insta bought that value lol

  22. Advocaat
    March 12, 2018 at 10:58 am

    So… If you meet the requirements you’ll have upgraded hero power since turn 1? Oh, dear…

    • MrMeme
      March 12, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Control warrior and priest will probably play this but IDK cause of requirements. We have to see more cards of the set to know if its viable

  23. Perry Manson
    March 12, 2018 at 10:53 am

    what about the Hagatha card at the end of the video? is a joke or we will have new hero cards?

    • KillerKite
      March 12, 2018 at 11:44 am

      I need replys for this question.

      • Epinefrine
        March 12, 2018 at 12:37 pm

        Yes, we will. You can sleep well now.

        • KillerKite
          March 13, 2018 at 9:14 am

          It was such a peacefull night thx to you <3

    • Stonekeep
      March 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

      We still don’t know. They are most likely hinting at something, and it might be a real card. But after asking Ben Brode, he didn’t say anything about it. We’ll just have to wait!

      Edit: As it turned out, it is now officially confirmed – Shaman will get a new Hero card. But only Shaman.

      • Raemahn
        March 13, 2018 at 10:16 am

        Why only Shaman? Is the existing DK considered that bad?

        • Stonekeep
          March 13, 2018 at 2:24 pm

          My guess is that they want to implement more Heroes / Quests / Legendary weapons as regular Class Legendaries, instead of just minions and minions all the time.

          Shaman might get a Hero this expansion, Warrior might get another Legendary weapon next and I don’t know, Hunter might get another quest in the third expansion.

          I think it’s cool that not every class has got one – it will make Hero cards something more unique instead of something we get every second expansion.

          And no, the existing DK is not really bad – it just has a pretty narrow use. It fits only into a single archetype that might not even be viable after rotation (because Evolve rotates out).

          • JoyDivision
            March 15, 2018 at 12:49 am

            Discard DK.

            Battlecry: Summon all minions you discarded this game.

            Remember my words. 😉

    • Skiffington
      March 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, Brode has confirmed she will be a hero card and the only one in the whole set. We also know there will be two legendaries per class.

      • Bingo
        March 12, 2018 at 2:21 pm

        Maybe quests and legandary weapons?

        • Helioshadow
          March 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

          Following the general outline of the past few expansions, there’ll most likely be one Legendary minion for each class as well as a special “new mechanic” themed Legendary (i.e. Quests, Heroes, Weapons). With the conclusion that Hagatha will be the only Hero, I reckon the other classes will also get special cards mirroring those from past expansions. I’d also guess that there won’t be any new special Legendary types, since Shaman would be missing out. So yes, I’d expect a couple Legendary Quests and Weapons 😉


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