E.T.C. is gathering the greatest musicians from all over Azeroth to put on the biggest music festival in history. From rock to hip-hop, and from metal to pop, every class is putting on a show. Start tuning your instruments and working on your harmonies, the next act is the Festival of Legends!
- Release Date – April 11, 2023
- 145 New Cards
- New Standard Year + Core Set Rotation (not announced yet)
- New Keyword – Finale
- New Priest Class Keyword – Overheal
- Each Class is Themed After a Different Music Genre
- Signature Cards Redesign
Festival of Legends Key Art
New Keyword/Mechanic – Finale
Finale is a new mechanic in Festival of Legends expansion. It’s actually quite simple – it triggers when you spend all of your remaining mana on a card. For example, let’s say that you want to play Ghost Writer and triggers its extra effect, but you’re at 7 mana. You first need to spend 2 mana or something and then play the 5 mana minion to trigger its Finale.
Finale is an interesting mechanic that seems to be mostly balanced by the fact that you can only really play one Finale card per turn (other than performing some mana restore shenanigans). Or rather, you can play multiple, but only one will trigger the extra effect. Finale cards don’t synergize with each other and you don’t want to run too many because playing them without the extra effect will likely be a really low value/tempo play.
New Class Keyword/Mechanic – Overheal
It’s not common for a class to get a unique keyword in an expansion, but it looks like we have one this time! Overheal is a mechanic exclusive to Priest and it really fits their general gameplay theme. While the effect is released in this expansion, it will be an evergreen keyword featured in the Core Set and future expansions.
Overheal triggers (as the name suggests) when you heal the minion above its max health. For example – Heartbreaker Hedanis has 8 health, but will start with 4 because of the Battlecry. If you now restore 5 or more health to it, you will trigger its effect. Then it should trigger for every time you heal it again at full health.
The expansion also features a variety of smaller, non-keyworded mechanics:
Each class will have a different music genre tied to them. The genre will be referenced in the general class theme for the expansion, such as the card names and artwork.
Legendary Musicians and Songs
Each class will get a unique musician (Legendary minion) and their most popular song (Legendary spell).
Every class gets a special weapon with Deathrattle that improves when the weapon is equipped.
Harmonic/Dissonant is a series of spells that swap their effect between two values each turn. The effects aren’t necessarily stronger or weaker, they simply might come in handy in different scenarios.
Signature Cards Redesign
Signature cards were first released in March of the Lich King expansion, but they weren’t received very well. Most of the players felt like they were a missed opportunity – while having a “full artwork” on display is a great idea, that expansion’s cards were bleak and pretty boring. Blizzard has committed to changing that some time after their release, and it looks like they delivered this expansion.
New Signature Cards will feature bright-colored artwork and animations. They will also have thinner frames and no card text at all – it will be shown by a tooltip when you hover over the card. This way the new full artwork can be the center of new cards. Following Patch 26.0, Signature Cards opened in card packs will also become disenchantable at the rate of Golden cards (but still not craftable, because Blizzard wants them to be more unique).
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:
Festival of Legends Pre-Purchase Bundle ($49.99)
- 60 Festival of Legends Card Packs
- Two Random Legendary cards from Festival of Legends
- Hedanis Card Back
Festival of Legends Mega Bundle ($79.99)
- 80 Festival of Legends Card Packs
- 10 Golden Festival of Legends Card Packs
- Two Random Golden Legendaries from Festival of Legends
- Hedanis Priest Cosmetic Hero
- Hedanis Card Back
Pre-purchase will be available until the Festival of Legends launch, so be sure to get it at least a day before the expansion goes live just to be sure.