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Descent of Dragons – a new Hearthstone expansion – was announced at BlizzCon 2019! Below you will find all the relevant information, such as release date, pre-purchase information, new cards, mechanics, artwork and more!
Galakrond, the father of all dragonkind, has awoken… and he HUNGERS! As the brave heroes of the League of Explorers clash with the villainous League of E.V.I.L. in the skies above, which side will you choose in this epic conclusion to the year-long story?
- Release Date – December 10, 2019
- 140 New Cards – Check out a full Card Reveal Schedule!
- New Mechanics – Sidequests. Complete those non-Legendary 1 mana Quests to earn strong rewards!
- New Keyword – Invoke. Invoke the ancient Dragon Galakrond to make it more powerful and upgrade its Hero card.
- Two Pre-Purchase Tiers
Once again, we’ll have two different pre-order bundles. You can get the bundles here. Here’s what they include and how much they cost:
Descent of Dragons Pre-Order Bundle ($49.99)
- 60 Descent of Dragons Card Packs
- Random Golden Legendary
- The Shattering Card Back
- Early access to Hearthstone Battlegrounds
Descent of Dragons Mega Pre-Order Bundle ($79.99)
- 100 Descent of Dragons Card Packs
- Random Golden Legendary
- Deathwing Warrior Cosmetic Hero
- The Shattering Card Back
- Early access to Hearthstone Battlegrounds
Galakrond Hero Card
Galakrond is the new Hero card available for all five E.V.I.L. classes. Players will get all five copies of him for free! Simply log in during the first 90 days after expansion, and you can enjoy the new Galakrond Hero!
Galakrond is always a 7 mana Hero card, but starts as a pretty weak one, getting upgraded over time as you play Invoke cards. You need to Invoke him twice for the first upgrade, and twice more to get to his final form (so four Invokes in total). Here’s an example transformation path:
Importantly, Invoke cards also trigger Galakrond’s Hero Power! For example, if you run the Rogue version listed above and you play an Invoke card, you will also add a random Lackey to your hand (because Galakrond's Guile is its Hero Power).
Learn more about Galakrond Hero cards here!
League of Explorer classes will not have access to Galakrond, but they will get their own Legendary Dragon minions!
Note: Galakronds are counted as extra cards, which means that each E.V.I.L. class will have 3 Legendaries in total, bumping a total number of cards to 140!
Sidequests are a new mechanic in Descent of Dragons. They work similarly to regular Quests – you play them and get a reward after finishing them. However, they DO NOT start in your opening hand – you draw them like regular cards. Since they are not Legendary, you can also run two copies in your deck.
Just like regular Quests, you can finish them over multiple turns.
The Sidequests we’ve seen so far already show that they can be pretty powerful in the right deck – as long as you mean a certain condition, you pay low amount of mana for an effect worth multiple times more!
Can the Galakronds be disenchanted
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That is not useful…
Hi, when can I pre-open my descent of dragons packs in a fireside gathering?
Can’t find any info on it anywhere
Good reveal season ladies and gents, I’ll see you all in 3-4 months.
time for some theorycraft….
woohoo.. here I come.
tempo dragon rogue, yeah
tempo dragon warrior, yeah
big minion dragon quest druid, yeah.
dragon cyclone mage, maybe next time.
Anyone remember when there was like a couple dozen neutral commons in an expansion instead of 6?
Since dust cost is rising, make sure you are careful with your dust this holiday season ladies and gentlemen.
You do realize that not all of the cards have been revealed yet, right? Most of the cards the dump out after the final reveal stream usually are a bunch of pack filler commons and rares that aren’t all that great. I’m assuming the author did not leave blank cards in this article because we don’t necessarily know how many of each rarity we will get.
My bad, on the classes they were showing unrevealed class cards with the card back and I thought they were doing the same for the neutrals.
Yes there used to be around 22 neutral common cards, now there isn’t even half that, yet I don’t really mind, since most neutral common often were mediocre at best, and now even if you draw the same amount of neutral common you will get all off them faster and can then dust the extras.
But yeah there will probably be more since so far only 118 cards are listed here on the site (Including the hidden class cards, so guess there will be many more commons.
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Is this supposed to be here?
The question is if I get the two pre-purchase, am i gonna get two golden legendary copies?
I mean, two golden legendary cards.
I got a question about Warcraft Lore..!
Who is that person/creature who represent Deathwing Warrior Hero? and where did he originated from?
and please don’t tell me, it’s actually Deathwing in human form. cause I never ever heard about it.
All dragons can transform into humans if they want
Well that’s exactly what it is. Every Dragon has his alternative, humanoid-form. Most of them transform into a Human or Elf, but we also have some other races too (e.g. Chromie transforms into a Gnome).
Here’s how humanoid forms of some more important Dragons look like: https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com/wowpedia/b/b6/Dragon_Aspects_humanoid_forms.jpg
(from left to right – Nozdormu, Ysera, Alexstrasza, Malygos and Deathwing)
Not all sidequests are 1-mana.
22 Nov. basically three neutral cards that can make it into the meta.
Shouldn’t there have been a reveal today? I didn’t get anything yet…
Do we know if there is any reveal stream today? The first reveal should be today at 5p.m. CET, so it might be it.
Will there be another adventure with this expansions?
like Dalaran Heist & Tomb of Terror?
nevermind. I just read the comments. It will be better than another dungeon run. Even though I’m not so sure about that.
Well met! I’m very excited about this expansion. I was wondering if you could link card reveal schedule here, too? I usually try to go through your recent articles to find it and would be much easier to have a ‘one-stop’ for everything? 😀
It’s linked right under the recently revealed cards (and above the list of all DoD cards). I will add another link in the general information section to make it more visible 🙂
Ahh! I overlooked that, thank you so much!
Welcome back to expansion season bois, it’s good to see everyone.
So with all the dragon support will hunters finally have a reason to drop Emeriss into a deck? Don’t look like it at the moment to much BUT there may be something revealed that gives it one last chance at glory.
I’ve heard we get one free class dragon legendary on the release day. Is that true or just false rumors?
You get free Galakrond (legendary hero card) for priest, warrior, shaman, rogue, and warlock–5 total.
I haven’t heard of anything beyond that.
We will also get a random Legendary Dragon card on the launch (just like we got a random Quest in Uldum, for example). So a lot of freebies.
Only on the release day or just within 90 days?
Only on the release day or just within 90 days after the expansion Is live?
I don’t know how long exactly, but definitely not only the first day.
[Q] -> Will we also get a free Legendary Dragon with expansion release?
[A] -> No. You already received Sathrovarr as an expansion preview. You will also receive all 5 Galakrond Hero Cards along with 2 Shield of Galakrond minions for free when the expansion launches.
I’m 99% sure that it’s true.
Is deathwing a bad Guy? Cus he Eats a ship from the leauge of evil
Deathwing was always the “bad guy”! He nearly destroyed the entire world (Azeroth).
Hè used to be neltharion, one of the five aspects and helped deafeat galakron until hè went crazy
Yeah, but technically he wasn’t “Deathwing” yet back then 🙂
So, They resureccted a bunch of Dragons so he might not be crazy anymore 😉
Can’t help but notice all the Malygos spell examples are from classic and basic sets. Is this the only pool he’s pulling spells from?
Those are not examples – those are ALL the spells Malygos can give you 🙂
That makes sense the more i think about it. Thank you.
I have to say that after the downside that hearthstone is facing right now, this new expansion looks super promising.
In my opinion, this entire year was great compared to last year. Even if not everything worked out perfectly, devs are showing that they want to experiment with new things. 2018 was getting really stale and way too “safe”. Pretty much the only unique thing was Boomsday’s Puzzle Lab (which is IMO the only downside of this year – as much as I like Dungeon Run style of single player content, I would like to see something else).
Well, they said the singleplayer content for DoD is an adventure, which is better than another dungeon run (for me, I really enjoyed the OG run and the dalaran heist, and less the monster hunt and ToT). But this year is certainly the best, and not boring like last year or crazy powerful like the mammoth (KFT and KnC). I think that adventures are the best way to tell a story, and luckily, we have one the greatest story in hearthstone history (George and Karl saga /s). I’m actually pretty excited for this expansion and hope ot will live up to the expectations.
Me too, though I hope the Witchwood comes back, I love Gilneas and Shaw is easily my favorite Hearthstone character even though we don’t know much about him
When will the preorder be available in-game? So i can preorder using Amazon coins
Same question here. There needs to be an update patch I guess – which hopefully will also solve those annoying Android problems. :/
Yep, we will have a patch today and pre-orders should be available in-game too.
Has there been any word on whether the pre-purchase will be available in the Amazon App Store, or are they restricting it to the Battle.net shop, or is this unknown at the moment?
It will be available after the patch rolls out, so today! (Might be a little bit delayed on mobile)
is a bundle giveaway scheduled for this expansion?
All hail Galakrond!
Yep, we should have it up soon!
All the Galakrond designs just seem off too me. If you compare them to all other dragon cards the design is just not as good.
The new warrior hero is also stuck with some wierd facial expression. I think it would have looked cooler with a more relaxed and intimidating face. This just looks like a kid who found his dad’s dragon armor and tries to look scary.
Otherwise I love the new expansion idea.
So, I think StoneKeep won’t do another card reviews anymore, since he either super busy, or he did that already by commenting every new cards himself. (sadly, but I hope I’m wrong)
A pity though. I kind of like a more thorough card reviews.
Well, best of luck on the ongoing new cards and Battleground.
and btw, why does EVIL class have 3 Legendary Cards in total, while the other has 2?
so far every expansion only introduced 2 Legendary Cards for each Classes.
I know about the uncertainty of cards in Neutral, but this is Class Cards.
Five Galkarond Hero cards will be “extra” cards given out to everyone for free, so they won’t count for the usual 2 Legendary / class limit. It will also push the total amount of cards in the set from 135 to 140.
It was confirmed by HS designer Puffinplays today 🙂
Do you know if Galkarond will be dustable?
The five free copies won’t be dustable.
Actually, I will do card reviews 🙂 It’s just that I was busy with handling all of the BlizzCon news and updating stuff so far. But I should be able to finish it early next week.
Thanks then. Keep up the good works
Y’all are fixated on the high cost high powered cards and invoking… I’m just going to say it, the Hunter cards seem craaaaazy. It’s already a premier aggro class but man, Hunter is going to be super frustrating to play against.
If you thought K&K was busted then better fasten your seatbelts ;d
Totally with you mate. The powerlevel so far seems huge!
A lot of “discover” stuff and Dragons Dragons Dragons!
Huge synergy with “If you are holding a Dragon”.
And than these 5 heroes for free. I mean it feels like Blizzard learned a lot.
The opening speech on the mainstage was huge and very well thought out.
That was simply incredible.
Overwatch 2, Diablo 4. Most people were not excited for the Hearthstone stage. But for me, as a part of that community mostly, iam hyped for all games and cinematics they showed us. I had tears in my eyes after Overwatch 2. Holy cow.
No new menu segment for Descent of Dragons?
We’ll have one soon, I just can’t update it alone (need dev help).
I’m super hyped and they released a bunch of cards early on but dragons aren’t really my thing plus a lot of classes can’t afford a race Thaler don’t have synergies for, plus all the non evil classes feel left out of the new mechanic, though giving away the hero for free is cool, I was worried they’d stop using hero cards
Simple question with simple answer for sure:
every class is getting a Galakrond?
Only the League of EVIL classes.
EVIL Classes – Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior. And we’re getting all five for free.
So what does the new mechanic do?
Think of Invoke like old school C’Thun mechanics except from a hero card instead of a minion. Whenever you play say “Shield of Galakrond”, your Galakrond (whether its in deck or in hand) gets buffed–then you play it later for a huge effect. The exact effect differs for each class: the example they gave is priest destroys 1/2/4 random enemies if you’ve invoked at least 0/2/4 times, respectively. If you invoke 4 times, you also get a 5/2 weapon. And some cards gain effects based on the number of times you’ve previously invoked.
They also said something about whenever you Invoke, your get the effect of whatever your future hero power–the example they gave was Rogue-Galakrond’s hero power is “Add a random lackey to hand”, so for 5 mana you get a 4/5 taunt, a buff to your Galakrond (assuming you haven’t played it yet), and a random lackey in hand.
Thats not correct orderwise.
You dont get the lackey if you havent played your Galakrond.
“”Add a random lackey to hand”, so for 5 mana you get a 4/5 taunt, a buff to your Galakrond (assuming you haven’t played it yet), and a random lackey in hand.”
So you dont get the Lackey for playing that 4/5 taunt, if there is no Galakrond. 🙂
So play Invoke 2 times each, to upgrade it, wherever Galakrond is. You dont upgrade him, if he is played already and if he is active your Invoke cards will trigger your Heropower.
Just to clarify, iam sure you meant that.
What iam not sure about: You can use your heropower for 2 mana anyway. Does is trigger twice a turn? With Invoke once and than by 2 Mana?
There is gameplay on the reveal trailer.Invoking means you trigger the hero power also without Galakrond being played yet.When Galakrond is active I am not sure myself.Watch the trailer.Cheers
In case no one noticed that yet:
They updated the Blizzcon Virtual Ticket ad and now it shows the free golden legendary we’re getting:
Sathrovarr 9-mana 5/? demon
Battlecry: Choose a friendly minion. Add a copy of it to your hand, deck, and battlefield
Does it mean that every Evil-League will have at least 1 dragon archetype like Rogue?
or other class will get Galakrond, with a different Battlecry? Since there are Neutral “Invoke-Galakrond” minions.
Feeling that this expansions will features a lot of dragon-type minions.
Dragon Paladin will finally set off.
and Dragon Rogue could actually coming up too.
Dragon Rogue just won’t work unless we get cheaper dragons, the only time rogue has ever used an expensive minion was n’zoth and blade of cthun (plus cthun) in some memey rogue cthun decks, overall dragons are generally a very mana expensive race, and rogue simply isn’t adept and playing big stuff, rogue is the opposite of Druid (although I guess token Druid is a thing so)
Dragon Rogue just won’t work unless we get cheaper dragons, the only time rogue has ever used an expensive minion was n’zoth and blade of cthun (plus cthun) in some memey rogue cthun decks, overall dragons are generally a very mana expensive race, and rogue simply isn’t adept and playing big stuff, rogue is the opposite of Druid (although I guess token Druid is a thing)