Blizzard has announced that the Rise of Shadows expansion will be coming to Hearthstone on April 9th.
“Under the leadership of Arch-villain Rafaam, notorious ne’er-do-wells from across Hearthstone’s history have heeded the call and banded together under the decidedly unsubtle but exceptionally fitting moniker—the League of E.V.I.L.,” the developer explains. “After years working on their own and constantly being foiled, flustered, beaten, and bested, these masters of mischief have cooked up a scheme sure to bring them out of shame and into infamy! Their target? The magical floating city of Dalaran…”
The 135-card expansion introduces “Lackeys”, 1/1 minions that are generated by EVIL cards and feature helpful Battlecrys, and “Schemes”, which are powerful spells that become even more powerful the longer they stay in the player’s hand. For example, Hagatha’s Scheme deals one damage to all minions when drawn, but gains damage every turn it’s held in hand.
In addition to the above, Rise of Shadows introduces the Twinspell keyword. Cards with this keyword will add a copy of themselves to the caster’s hand when played.
Finally, a new Solo Adventure for the expansion will be released in May. The first episode will be free for all players, with subsequent chapters being unlocked for a one off price of $19.99, or 700 Gold per chapter.
Two Rise of Shadows bundles are available to prepurchase now: the 50-pack Rise of Shadows Bundle, which is priced at $49.99 and includes the Jewel of Lazul card back and a Legendary card, and the 80-pack Mega Bundle, which includes the Madame Lazul Priest Hero, the Jewel of Lazul card back, and a Golden Legendary card for $79.99.