The Rastakhan’s Rumble expansion is just about to release, so we gathered up all of the information you are going to need to know prior to launch. We’ve got release times, what you are getting free with the expansion, tips if this your first expansion launch, pre-purchase information, as well as a look at all the new stuff that is coming once the expansion launches!
What time of day is Rastakhan’s Rumble set to release/launch?
The times below are now official from Blizzard! These should be looked at like estimated times, it could be launched slightly earlier or later.
- NA: December 4th, 10AM PST
- EU: December 4th, 10AM PST / December 4th, 7PM CET
- Asia: December 4th, 10AM PST / December 5th, 3AM KST / December 5th, 2AM CST
- CN: December 4th, 3PM PST / December 5th, 7AM CST
When is the Rumble Run set to release/launch?
Rumble Run is Rastakhan’s Rumble single-player mode! If you have played either Dungeon Run or Monster Hunt in the past, you will be very familiar with this type of play. The release of these single-player only modes are generally staggered with the release date and this one is no different. Rumble Run is set to release on December 13th, 2018, which is actually a bit sooner than the usual two weeks we normally have to wait! To learn more about this exciting mode, check out our Rumble Run Guide!
What am I Getting for Free?!
For a limited time after the expansion is released you will be able to login and claim six Rastakhan’s Rumble packs for free! Players will also receive a Legendary Loa (learn more about these in the “new stuff” section) minion and two copies of the Spirit card of the same class.
DON’T FORGET TO PICK A TEAM! Rastakhan’s Rumble is the celebration of rooting for your chosen class/team, and if you head to this link and choose one to root for you will earn a free Rastakhan’s Rumble pack! This ends on December 4th, 2018 at 12am PDT so be sure to do it right away!
Remember that you will also get one guaranteed legendary in the first 10 packs you open for the expansion!
Rastakhan’s Rumble Expansion Launch Tips
I refer to most of these tips for every expansion and they continue to be useful to this day!
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: 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.
Tip: Don’t Commit to a Deck Immediately
On the first day of most expansions there’s always a deck that stands out from the pack. This does NOT mean it’s going to stick around. I’ve seen versions of Handlock, Tempo Rogue, and even the early Shudderwock Shaman look very strong on the first day, but fall apart in the following days. Don’t invest too much into a deck on day one, because it might not even be good on day two!
Pre-Purchase the Rastakhan’s Rumble Expansion
If you plan on purchasing packs with real money at any point then pre-purchasing is generally always going to be your best bang for your buck! There are two bundles this time around, one budget and one that is pretty standard for pre-purchases.
- The Challenger’s Bundle is one of the cheaper bundles we’ve ever seen, you get 17 packs and the Ready to Rumble! card back for $19.99!
- The Standard Bundle includes 50 Rastakhan’s Rumble packs, a new Shaman Hero: King Rastakhan, and the card back for $49.99!
You can purchase these either on the Battle.net store or the in-game shop. Keep in mind that these are only available prior to the expansions release, so you’ll want to grab one of these ASAP if you want it! You can also only purchase one per account, but you can purchase both bundles.
New Stuff Coming to Rastakhan’s Rumble
There’s some new stuff to get excited about in the new expansion! We’ve got the Overkill keyword that will trigger an effect if you do extra damage to a minion on your turn. You can learn more details on the mechanic with our Overkill Guide! There are 9 powerful Legendary Loa, one for each class, as well as the spirit cards that synergize with them!
Check out our Rastakhan’s Rumble card list to get up to speed on the new expansion!
These are like the mascots for each of the Rumble teams but far more powerful and less cuddly.
- Druid: Gonk, the Raptor
- Hunter: Halazzi, the Lynx
- Mage: Jan'alai, the Dragonhawk
- Paladin: Shirvallah, the Tiger
- Priest: Bwonsamdi, the Dead
- Rogue: Gral, the Shark
- Shaman: Krag'wa, the Frog
- Warlock: Hir'eek, the Bat
- Warrior: Akali, the Rhino
These cards have great synergy with the Legendary Loa and largely support whatever archetype it would fit into.
- Druid: Spirit of the Raptor
- Hunter: Spirit of the Lynx
- Mage: Spirit of the Dragonhawk
- Paladin: Spirit of the Tiger
- Priest: Spirit of the Dead
- Rogue: Spirit of the Shark
- Shaman: Spirit of the Frog
- Warlock: Spirit of the Bat
- Warrior: Spirit of the Rhino
Decks to Try in Rastakhan’s Rumble
We’ll be posting a ton of decks on the site when the expansion hits, but be sure to check some of our theorycraft deck guides prior to the release to get some great ideas for decks.
That’s it for now, keep an eye on this guide as the expansion grows closer to launch. We’ll be updating it with any important details that come out before the release!