New Hearthstone Expansion 'Journey To Un'Goro' Adds Quests To Matches

Hearthstone® Players to Embark on a Journey to Un’Goro™ in April

This will be the ninth set of cards Blizzard has released since Hearthstone's launch in 2014. Today, Blizzard has confirmed that the rumor was correct in spirit if not exactly in name: The next expansion for Hearthstone is titled Journey to Un'Goro, and it will arrive sometime in April. Whether players prefer to wield magic or arms in battle, strike from the shadows or head on-or have never given any of that much thought-they'll be able to jump right in, create a deck, and get in on the card-slinging action. If you have one of these in your deck, it will always be in your opening hand.

Quests are a new type of card, but should be very familiar to players of the WoW Trading Card Game. As a reward, they receive the legendary minion Amara, Warden of Hope.

Amara is extremely powerful. Pull that off and the Reward for the lucky Priest is a 5-Mana 8/8 card that also sets your Health to 40 when played. Quests show up on player's Hero Portrait once you played.

Finally, the expansion will add a new tribe called Elemental, and some existing cards will have the Elemental tribal tag placed onto them.

Blizzard demonstrates Adapt with Verdant Longneck, a five-mana 5/4 Beast for Druid.


The idea of setting your life total higher than 30 came up quite a few times when we ran the Priest card design competition a year ago, so it'll be cool to see how that plays out. Now, it's not true that there have been no mechanic changes, but generally, Blizzard has shied away from making new keywords, essentially making new mechanics with card text rather than a single descriptor. This "allows a minion to become infused with elemental power, granting it new properties". Three of these examples are Flaming Claws, which just add three attack, Crackline Shield, which applies divine shield, or Liquid Membrane which causes your minion to not be able to be targeted by spells or hero powers.

Pyros is the only card shown off so far. These primordials of earth, wind, fire, and water have new effects and ways that they will interact. It's also worth noting that Blizzard classifies Pyros as an Elemental. A small handful of these have been revealed, including the five-mana Shaman card Volcano, which randomly deals 15 damage split between all minions. There are a couple of important caveats, however.

With hundreds of cards to choose from, featuring a wide range of colorful Warcraft spells, weapons, and characters, players will have limitless possibilities for developing and fine-tuning their deck-building strategies.

Card pack prices are the same as the previous expansions. Factors that could cause Blizzard Entertainment's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

"Travel to the forbidding jungles of Un'Goro Crater, where primordial creatures from the dawn of time roam".

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