Online card game Hearthstone is celebrating the Year of the Dragon with the release of Descent of Dragons, the new 135-card expansion released today. Descent finds the League of Explorers – Hearthstone’s plucky band of treasure-hunting heroes, engaged in battle with Archvillain Rafaam’s nefarious League of E.V.I.L. that takes them to the skies.
As a dragon-themed set, Descent of Dragons features new dragon minions for players to include in their decks with new abilities. In addition, the five “E.V.I.L.” classes – Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, and Warrior — can transform into Galakrond himself through one of five new Hero cards, each with a class-appropriate Battlecry and Hero Power.
The set also introduces a new keyword: Invoke. Minions and spells with the new Invoke keyword will trigger the effect of Galakrond’s Hero Power. Invoking multiple times upgrades Galakrond into his deadlier forms, the mightiest of which is “Galakrond, Azeroth’s End”: armed with a quadruple-strength Battlecry and a powerful claw attack.
Starting today, Hearthstone players who log in will receive three Descent of Dragons card packs and all five Galakrond Hero cards free, along with two neutral Shield of Galakrond minions featuring the new Invoke keyword. Players can also rack up an epic assortment of rewards upon completing a series of six new Legendary daily quests—five additional Descent of Dragons card packs, two Rise of Shadows card packs, two Saviors of Uldum card packs, and 200 gold in total.
On-going beta testing: Hearthstone: Battlegrounds
Hearthstone: Battlegrounds is a free, standalone experience that doesn’t require a card collection. Players will be able to unlock optional bonus features for this mode when they acquire card packs—including free packs, those acquired with in-game gold, and those purchased with real money from the most recent Hearthstone expansion (starting with Descent of Dragons). At 10 packs, players unlock comprehensive stat-tracking in Hearthstone: Battlegrounds; at 20 they can choose their hero from among three different options instead of two at the start of each match; and at 30, players unlock the ability to playfully communicate with their opponents using a visual emote system.
Descent of Dragons and Hearthstone: Battlegrounds are available today on Windows and Mac PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android tablets; and mobile phones. Descent of Dragons card packs are winnable in Hearthstone’s Arena mode, and players can purchase them with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone’s other card packs.
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