Descent of Dragons Expansion Guide! Release Date, Card Spoilers, Pre-Purchase Info, New Mechanics and More!

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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?

General Information

  • 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

Cinematic Trailer


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 illustrate that they can be pretty powerful in the right deck!

Most Recently Revealed Cards from Descent of Dragons

If you’re looking for cards from a specific class, click on it below:





Malygos, Aspect of Magic Upgraded Spells



Galakrond Upgrades + Hero Power


Galakrond Upgrades + Hero Power



Galakrond Upgrades + Hero Power







New Lackey card

Key Art

Cinematic Stills


A Hearthstone player and writer from Poland, Stonekeep has been in a love-hate relationship with Hearthstone since Closed Beta. Over that time, he has achieved many high Legend climbs and infinite Arena runs. He's the current admin of Hearthstone Top Decks.

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  1. LegendaryBot
    November 21, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Shouldn’t there have been a reveal today? I didn’t get anything yet…

  2. Nickus89
    November 21, 2019 at 2:06 am

    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.

  3. H0lysatan
    November 13, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Will there be another adventure with this expansions?
    like Dalaran Heist & Tomb of Terror?

    • H0lysatan
      November 13, 2019 at 5:45 pm

      nevermind. I just read the comments. It will be better than another dungeon run. Even though I’m not so sure about that.

  4. Phobetor
    November 11, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    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? 😀

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 13, 2019 at 10:43 am

      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 🙂

  5. Jed
    November 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Welcome back to expansion season bois, it’s good to see everyone.

  6. Lluadian
    November 6, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    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.

  7. Tuscarora87
    November 6, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I’ve heard we get one free class dragon legendary on the release day. Is that true or just false rumors?

    • OldManSanns
      November 6, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      You get free Galakrond (legendary hero card) for priest, warrior, shaman, rogue, and warlock–5 total.

      I haven’t heard of anything beyond that.

      • Stonekeep - Site Admin
        November 8, 2019 at 8:37 am

        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.

        • LegendaryBot
          November 8, 2019 at 9:42 am


        • Tuscarora87
          November 8, 2019 at 1:31 pm


        • LegendaryBot
          November 9, 2019 at 3:58 am

          Only on the release day or just within 90 days?

        • LegendaryBot
          November 9, 2019 at 3:59 am

          Only on the release day or just within 90 days after the expansion Is live?

          • Stonekeep - Site Admin
            November 9, 2019 at 8:41 pm

            I don’t know how long exactly, but definitely not only the first day.

        • Tuscarora87
          November 15, 2019 at 8:40 am


          [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.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 8, 2019 at 8:37 am

      I’m 99% sure that it’s true.

  8. LegendaryBot
    November 4, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Is deathwing a bad Guy? Cus he Eats a ship from the leauge of evil

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 5, 2019 at 5:16 am

      Deathwing was always the “bad guy”! He nearly destroyed the entire world (Azeroth).

      • LegendaryBot
        November 5, 2019 at 5:29 am

        Hè used to be neltharion, one of the five aspects and helped deafeat galakron until hè went crazy

        • Stonekeep - Site Admin
          November 5, 2019 at 5:38 am

          Yeah, but technically he wasn’t “Deathwing” yet back then 🙂

          • LegendaryBot
            November 5, 2019 at 5:45 am

            So, They resureccted a bunch of Dragons so he might not be crazy anymore 😉

  9. RoNiN2X
    November 4, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    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?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 5, 2019 at 5:14 am

      Those are not examples – those are ALL the spells Malygos can give you 🙂

  10. Repellista
    November 4, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I have to say that after the downside that hearthstone is facing right now, this new expansion looks super promising.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 5, 2019 at 5:13 am

      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).

      • PPAP
        November 5, 2019 at 8:11 am

        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.

  11. Salim594
    November 4, 2019 at 9:29 am

    When will the preorder be available in-game? So i can preorder using Amazon coins

    • JoyDivision
      November 5, 2019 at 1:54 am

      Same question here. There needs to be an update patch I guess – which hopefully will also solve those annoying Android problems. :/

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 5, 2019 at 4:50 am

      Yep, we will have a patch today and pre-orders should be available in-game too.

  12. Mircean
    November 4, 2019 at 6:11 am

    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 shop, or is this unknown at the moment?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 5, 2019 at 5:01 am

      It will be available after the patch rolls out, so today! (Might be a little bit delayed on mobile)

  13. ViperRobert
    November 3, 2019 at 6:34 am

    is a bundle giveaway scheduled for this expansion?
    All hail Galakrond!

  14. A person who reacts to this
    November 3, 2019 at 2:14 am

    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.

  15. H0lysatan
    November 2, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    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.

    • H0lysatan
      November 2, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      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.

      • Stonekeep - Site Admin
        November 2, 2019 at 6:05 pm

        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 🙂

        • Libertydan
          November 6, 2019 at 7:03 am

          Do you know if Galkarond will be dustable?

          • Stonekeep - Site Admin
            November 6, 2019 at 8:12 am

            The five free copies won’t be dustable.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 2, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      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.

  16. PrimeTyne
    November 2, 2019 at 7:26 am

    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.

  17. Sieradzky
    November 2, 2019 at 12:34 am

    If you thought K&K was busted then better fasten your seatbelts ;d

    • Skoopy
      November 2, 2019 at 5:41 am

      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.

  18. H0lysatan
    November 1, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    No new menu segment for Descent of Dragons?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 1, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      We’ll have one soon, I just can’t update it alone (need dev help).

  19. Spidermannerdlikeme
    November 1, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    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

  20. Skoopy
    November 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Simple question with simple answer for sure:
    every class is getting a Galakrond?

    • Cursore1610
      November 1, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      Only the League of EVIL classes.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      November 1, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      EVIL Classes – Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior. And we’re getting all five for free.

  21. Smasher101
    November 1, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    So what does the new mechanic do?

    • OldManSanns
      November 1, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      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.

      • Skoopy
        November 2, 2019 at 5:37 am

        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?

        • Zuko
          November 4, 2019 at 12:45 am

          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

  22. Quester
    November 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    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

  23. H0lysatan
    November 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    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.

    • H0lysatan
      November 1, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      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.

      • Spidermannerdlikeme
        November 1, 2019 at 4:47 pm

        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)

      • Spidermannerdlikeme
        November 1, 2019 at 5:27 pm

        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)