Rise of Shadows Hearthstone Expansion Guide! Release Date, Card Spoilers, Pre-Purchase Info, New Mechanics And More!

Hide all of your valuables and then run, because a new team of super villains has risen to power!

Rise of Shadows is the first expansion for the Year of the Dragon! Our expansion guide will feature a card spoilers list, general information, explanation of new mechanics, artworks, card backs, and more! We’ll be updating this guide immediately following the release of any new information.

Rise of Shadows represents the 11th full set Hearthstone expansion and the first expansion of 2019 (Year of the Dragon). It will be followed by a Standard rotation, with all of the 2017 (Year of the Mammoth) sets rotating to Wild. It will be interesting to see how things shape up, given that rotating expansions had a very high power level and dominated the playing field for a long time.

General Information

  • Release Date – April 9, 2019
  • 135 New Cards
  • New Mechanics – Twinspell, Lackeys, Schemes + Callback Cards (read more below!)
  • Two Pre-Purchase Tiers – 50 Rise of Shadows Card Packs + Jewel of Lazul Card Back + Random Rise of Shadows Legendary for $49.99 and 80 Rise of Shadows Card Packs + Jewel of Lazul Card Back + Madame Lazul Priest Hero + Random Golden Rise of Shadows Legendary for $79.99 (you can buy each of them once)
  • Shadow Bundle – Available for the first week of expansion, includes 9 card packs + Arena Ticket for $9.99

Announcement & Cinematic Trailer

Most Recently Revealed Cards from Rise of Shadows


Druid Tokens










Neutral cards for new expansions aren’t always consistent in their rarities.


Chef Nomi Tokens




New Mechanics

  • New Keyword – Twinspell. When you cast a spell with Twinspell, it adds another copy of itself to your hand (but this time without Twinspell). So you can cast them twice in total. Unlike Echo, they don’t have to be played during the same turn. The Forest's Aid is an example of Twinspell card:

  • New Token Cards – Lackeys. Because every evil mastermind needs a lackey! Lackey are new Token cards. You can’t put them into your decks, they are only generated by other Rise of Shadows cards. There are five lackeys in total, one related to each of the villains. They are all 1 mana 1/1 minions with helpful Battlecries. They will be generated by many different cards, and EVIL Miscreant is just one of them.



  • New Mechanic – Schemes. Scheme cards are spells that start weak and grow stronger each turn they’re in your hand, increasing a number on them each turn. For example, Hagatha's Scheme starts as one point of AoE damage for 5 mana, but if it’s held for three more turns, it will be four AoE damage for 5 mana.
  • Callback Cards. All of our villains were around for quite some time, so some of the new cards might be familiar. Callback will be using mechanics from the past expansions, such as the Priest’s Forbidden Words, which uses “Forbidden” mechanic from Whispers of the Old Gods, that spent all of your remaining mana (e.g. Forbidden Shaping).

Solo Adventure Content

While we can’t say much about the solo content yet, one thing is sure – it will be bigger than ever! It will release in May, roughly a month after the expansion. It will feature 5 chapters, just like some of the old adventures, but there will be much, much more to do! You will start your adventure with only a single class with a single Hero Power, but you will unlock more as the time goes by. Each class (represented by a new, unique Hero) will have 3 different Hero Powers, with different play styles. You will fight against 75 different bosses in three different modes – Normal, Heroic and Anomaly. Completionists will also be happy with the fact that progress tracking will be much better than previously, letting you know how far you’ve got with each of the Class/Hero Power combinations.

First chapter will be free, while the other four will cost 700 gold per chapter (or $19.99 for all four). All five chapters will give you 15 Rise of Shadows Card Packs, a single Golden Classic Pack and a Golden version of Zayle, Shadow Cloak (which works like Whizbang the Wonderful, but gives you one of the five new decks at random).

We’ll share more information with you as soon as possible!


There are two Pre-Purchase tiers this time around. The cheaper one costs $49.99 and gives you 50 Rise of Shadows Card Packs + Jewel of Lazul Card Back + Random Rise of Shadows Legendary.

The second, more expensive one, costs $79.99 and gives you 80 Rise of Shadows Card Packs + Jewel of Lazul Card Back + Madame Lazul Priest Hero Portrait + Random Golden Rise of Shadows Legendary.

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 four years of playing and three years of writing about the game, he has achieved infinite Arena and multiple top 100 Legend climbs.

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  1. TheMessenJah
    March 19, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I’m going to make a sugestion: each time an update is made there should be some mentioned what the update is.
    In long posts that get updated sometimes i can’t find the update.

    This is not a critic, is a sugestion!
    Tkx for the good work STONEKEEP

  2. Shurchil
    March 19, 2019 at 3:02 am

    One might think if Blizzard want’s you to spend 80 bucks on their imaginary digital card game, they would at least include the solo content in this package. I mean you kiddin’?
    80 bucks for the packs & hero and another 20 for the solo content. I mean just the fact that they charge you 20 bucks for solo content in a card game is absurd but sum it up and you can spend at least 100€/$ to get normal (!) value out of it.
    Dont be naive and think the 50 packs are enough to be competitive on the ladder. The cards you get out of it and the dust from the duplicates is statistically just not enough to compete. The 80 packs is minimum to be competitive and then you want the solo content because it is part of this expansion.
    I dont know man…people are hating about EA, Bethesda ans other companies to release unfinished games with DLC content which shoulve been in the game in the first place but with Hearthstone no one seems to care even though it is actually the same. Why charge 20 bucks for the mediocre solo content? I dont understand it. And people dont let Blizzard pay for those absurd decisions. You guys pay for it.

    @haters: dont be bothered to reply. I know you can buy EVERYTHING with gold as F2P player. But Hearthstone Mathematician (YouTube) made a calculation on this. You have to save gold for 1 1/2 years straight, have luck with the quests and you need to play beyond the quests to get this amount of gold to get everything you need and want “for free”. Saving gold for over 1 year means you have to skip 2 expansions. Doesnt sound like a good deal to me.
    And no, I dont spend money on this game. At least not regularly. I bought expansions twice in my whole Hearthstone playtime. Old Gods and Rasta.

    • SlapLaB
      March 19, 2019 at 5:06 am

      Not hating but… although I get mostly what you’re saying ($80 is a lot + solo not free), I disagree with the rest…

      I mean, in terms of number of hours HS is by far the game I play the most… and I want them to continue developing it. So yeah, paying for a few cards every now and then seems fair enough.

  3. Holcrol
    March 19, 2019 at 2:23 am

    The RoS Pre-Release page says we can make private gatherings – but the private gatherings instructions page says we aren’t eligible for celebration campaigns.

    Do you know if we’ll get to access the pre-release at private gatherings?

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  5. Chicrala
    March 18, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Is there any hint that blizzard intends to further improve rewards improving the game f2p aspect during the year of the dragon?

  6. Jed
    March 18, 2019 at 4:33 am

    You know man, if you want to splurge and go for the big daddy again this time, you can since the 80 dollar bundle is back.

    • Jed
      March 18, 2019 at 4:55 am

      At least this time Stonekeep wrote it this time so we don’t have a repeat offense.

      • Jed
        March 18, 2019 at 7:15 am

        I have been informed Evident is no longer here to write those posts, sorry to hear he’s gone 🙁

  7. JoyDivision
    March 18, 2019 at 12:22 am

    It would be very nice if there was something like a change log for those kinds of articles – so that one can easily track what was changed or added.

  8. Stormer236
    March 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    At the beginning where it says “Rise of Shadows represents the 11th full set Hearthstone expansion and THE THE first expansion of 2019 (Year of the Dragon).” there is a typo. But more importantly, is it better to buy the solo for 2800 gold and 15 packs? Or is it better to buy 28 packs for 2800 gold?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 18, 2019 at 2:59 am

      It’s better to buy packs if you want full value. But buying solo content gives you… hours of fun with solo content if that’s your thing.

      But if you’re spending real money, it’s worth it. 15 packs cost $19.99 anyway.

      • TheTekin
        March 18, 2019 at 4:38 am

        I’ve never bought solo content. I started to play the game when Karazhan was about to finish, so didn’t bother to buy Karazhan’s solo stuff, because I wouldn’t be able to play in standart with the cards I get from there; wish I could though, really liked the characters and the storyline.

        I was thinkin about to get 28 packs for 2800G, but I feel like this expansion’s story will be really good. And the fact that it’ll take a year to finish the story, I think it’s best option to get the solo content to keep up with 2 upcoming expansions. So I’m buying it with the golds I saved. About 3000 so far, but worth it. I am no good in The Arena anyway 😀

        So to sum up, in my opinion, players who considering to buy packs with gold should reconsider buying the solo content.
        “Why not both?” also an option as well, but since currency is f’d up in Turkey, it is not a good option for me now.

        • Stormer236
          March 18, 2019 at 11:16 am

          That’s a good point. I am definitely interested in seeing how the story would be told

  9. Gladious999
    March 16, 2019 at 4:11 am

    is there going to be a card list sorted by class like in the old expansions card reveals ?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 17, 2019 at 10:11 am

      I was really busy over the weekend, but I finally found some time to update it. It’s now displayed just like the previous expansions were (sorted by class with latest on the top) 🙂

      • Gladious999
        March 17, 2019 at 1:44 pm

        great work admin i always liked your work in the card reveals since the beginning of this site keep going ????
        you’re the best ????????????

        • Gladious999
          March 17, 2019 at 1:46 pm

          ps: the question marks were emotes not question marks :p

          • Stonekeep - Site Admin
            March 17, 2019 at 3:48 pm

            Good to know, I was wondering why did you put them 😀 But thanks a lot!

  10. Nickus89
    March 15, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Do we know when is the first reveal stream going to be? Usually the reveal season lasts for at least 2 weeks, followed by a week until release. Since the release is in 3 weeks, the stream should be soon-ish.

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 17, 2019 at 9:45 am

      We don’t know that yet, but probably soon. My guess would be reveal stream next either upcoming Friday (22nd) or Monday (25th) and then reveal season right after until April 7th.

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  12. Aprilblues
    March 14, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Do we get a log-in rewards (free legendary & some packs) this time? They were always mentioned in the new-expansion release update but not this time

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 14, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      While it was not officially said anywhere, I believe that we should. It would be really weird if we didn’t.

    • Skoopy
      March 15, 2019 at 6:04 am

      We 100% will get a free legendary. We will get one like Marin the Fox before. You can already use it before the expansion releases.

  13. Eduardo_a2j
    March 14, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    $50 for a bunch of Common dupes and ~3 Legendaries + 1400 Dust. Mehhhh…
    $80 for a lot of bunchs of Common dupes and ~ 5 Legendaries + 1600 DUST and a Hero. Buuuuuu…..

  14. Adam99
    March 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Please where can i get the key art in full version and the image with invation to PvE mode thank 😀

  15. Crash
    March 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Do we know if we can purchase both the 50 and the 80 dollar one?

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 14, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Yes, we can.

    • Whyteoutt
      March 14, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      Right there, under bullet point “Two Pre-Purchase Tiers”, at the very end in parentheses, it reads:

      (you can buy each of them them once)

      Typo and all. But, hey, tl;cr

  16. ChaosBreaker
    March 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    You guys rock, thanks for all the info in one spot 😀

  17. Thrombin
    March 14, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Typo in the intro says this is the first expansion of 2019 (Year of the Raven)

    It should, of course, say Year of the Dragon!

  18. Skoopy
    March 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I like the new Priest Hero, for those who never got the chance to get Tyrande. Also really like the new mechanics! So some kind of Aggro/Value Rogue might be a thing. I mean 6 stats for 3 mana is really nice. If the Lackeys where spells they can deal like 2 damage and also put a 1/1 on the board, i.m.o. its really valuable and can snowball the early boardcontrol really well. The content of the first single player chapter is huge too! 15 packs, one golden pack, one golden hero card (3200 dust if you wanna craft it).
    Iam really hyped, really excited. Looking forward to get into the new meta after i didnt played much in February cause of Baku. Blizzard made a huge decision with the Hall of Fame moves they showed. They are listening to us and i think the community is really happy right now. And maybe this will become one of the most hyped expansions so far. For me iam playing since the middle of Wichwood. I cant wait to see more cards. Actually love all of the recent revealed ones!
    Thanks also for the good work on this site! Really love to klick this page and read every single article i possibly can. Keep it up!

  19. Tdizelos
    March 14, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Does the 80 dollar version come with a normal legendary and a golden or just the golden ?

  20. Kartigan
    March 14, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Might be worth mentioning that there is a third “shadow bundle” available during the first week that gives 9 packs and an Arena ticket for $9.99.

    • Mawile
      March 15, 2019 at 3:55 am

      is there any official news about this bundle? i can’t find any proofs.

      • Skoopy
        March 15, 2019 at 6:08 am

        I hit some sites where they said the same. I think you can be 100% sure about that. First week, 9 packs, one Arena Ticket for 9,99.

  21. TheMessenJah
    March 14, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Take my money! I’m in 🙂

    I just would like the new portrait was for Rogue instead of Priest 😐

  22. James
    March 14, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Just so you’re aware you listed that the $50 pre-purchase includes a free golden legendary, but to my knowledge it only gurantees a regular legendary. Only the $80 bundle includes a guaranteed golden.

  23. The Walrus
    March 14, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I hope Lazul is as snarky as Anduin

    • SInjin
      March 14, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Nothing beats destroying someone as a priest and saying, “not quite what was planned” or that passive aggressive, “Thank you.”

  24. Salim594
    March 14, 2019 at 10:28 am

    it says on the shop pre-purchase page :
    Hearthstone®: Rise of Shadows releases on or before April 30th 2019

    and here it says April 9 please correct it .

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      March 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

      April 9 is before April 30th. They have to account for potential delays when selling you something.

      • Salim594
        March 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm

        ok thanks for the clarification . then i guess i should preorder before april 9

  25. Thanatos
    March 14, 2019 at 10:14 am


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