Blizzard announces just now, March of the Lich King, the third expansion of the Year of the Hydra. This one brings Death Knights as a new playable class, but also undead, dual-types, the Mana Thirst keyword, the return of Reincarnation, and more. Find all the info below.
The Lich King returns in Hearthstone, along with his undead army and the new death knight class to lead the assault on the elven city of Silvermoon! The blood elves won’t give up, they crave battle as much as they crave the magic of the Sunwell from which they draw their power. As the corpses pile up, the ranks of the death knight army swell, and so begins March of the Lich King.
March of the Lich King will be released worldwide on December 6 and will contain 145 new cards! Find the complete schedule of presentation of March of the Lich King and all cards already revealed in the card catalog. Come back to this page regularly; the list will be updated to include the latest revealed cards!
New Death Knight Class!
The death knight will permanently join the ranks of Hearthstone and will appear with March of the Lich King. Death Knights control the undead with their new Hero Power: Assaulting Ghoul. For 2 Mana Crystals, summon a 1/1 Ghoul with Charge that dies at the end of your turn! This ghoul has another advantage: death knights gain a corpse each time a friendly minion dies. They can then use these corpses to strengthen their other cards!
The Death Knight class is powerful, versatile, and powered by three runes: Blood, Frost, and Unholy. The death knight’s willful devotion to these runes determines which cards he can put in his deck. To find out all the information about the effects of this new class and the special rules for creating decks, please see the Death Knight overview article.
New minion types: undead and two-type minions
The Lich King controls the undead Scourge, and this unholy cohort is the new type of servant of Hearthstone : Undead ! In March of the Lich King, undead minions will spawn as neutrals and in classes serving the Lich King. Many cards synergize with Undead, triggering the “if an ally Undead dies after your last turn” bonus effect, i.e. either on your opponent’s last turn or sooner on your current turn.
In March of the Lich King, some minions will have two types! For undead minions, this can be a second type to represent what they were before becoming undead. These additions will be retroactive, so Undead and the second types of minions will be added to many old minions as well as those in this expansion.
Return of the keyword: Reincarnation
Some undead possess Reincarnationa returning keyword that will now be part of the game. When a minion with Reincarnation dies for the first time, it resurrects with 1 HP: the perfect keyword to represent those pesky minions undead, and to blow up your corpse counter!
New Keyword: Mana Thirst
The longer the Blood Elves resist the advancing Scourge, the more power they can draw from the Sunwell. Cards with Mana Thirst gain power when you reach a certain amount of Mana Crystals. You don’t need to spend that mana to empower cards, you just need to have access to it.
Sunwell Login Reward Available Now!
Blood Elves aren’t the only ones who can draw power from the Sunwell. Login to Hearthstone and get ready for March of the Lich King with your legendary spell “The Sunwell” offered!* The Sunwell is the first neutral collectible spell from Hearthstone. Although some struggle to control its power, the Sunwell’s wild magic can give you anything your heart desires. Add it to your collection and find out what the Sunwell has in store for you!
* Limited to one copy per account. After Update 25.6, “The Sunwell” will be awarded by opening your first March of the Lich King card deck, not by logging in.
New Signature Cards and Golden Signature Packs
Starting with Update 25.0, maps will be able to have a new ornamental, “signature” quality (e.g. gold or diamond), with stylized artwork that covers the entire map. In March of the Lich King, the signature cards will all feature an icy sepia style as a nod to the Lich King’s powers over Frost and Undead. The art style of each set’s signature cards will match the style of their respective set, and the frame of future signature cards may also change from time to time. This means that the signature cards of future sets will be different from these, in order to evoke different tones and styles.
Signature cards cannot be crafted or disenchanted; they can only be obtained from card packs or by special means. A total of 18 signature cards will accompany the release of March of the Lich King, including 15 legendary cards. Two of the Legendary cards will be available with the Tavern Ticket, and the three non-Legendary cards can be obtained for free through an event when the expansion releases. After the release of March of the Lich Kingthe other 13 Signature Legendary Cards will be obtainable from Standard Packs, Class Packs, March of the Lich King and the new golden signature packages of March of the Lich King. Golden Signature Decks are similar to current Golden Decks, but have a chance to include Signature Cards rather than just Golden Cards, and have a much better chance of containing a Legendary Card!*
The pre-purchase megapack of March of the Lich King includes 2 random legendary signature cards from March of the Lich King and 5 golden signature packets of March of the Lich King ! Golden Signature Bundles will also replace Golden Bundles in the in-game store for all future expansions, starting with March of the Lich King.
* Check out the full odds and info on the publishing website.
Pre-purchase March of the Lich King
The megapack of March of the Lich King includes 80 card decks March of the Lich King5 decks of golden signature cards from March of the Lich King2 random legendary signature cards from March of the Lich Kingthe entire Path of Arthas* card set, and the Lor’themar Hunter Hero Skin and Lor’themar card back.
The pack of March of the Lich King includes 60 card decks March of the Lich King2 random legendary cards from March of the Lich King and the Lor’themar card back!
For the first time ever, both pre-purchase packs of March of the Lich King will also be available for one week after the expansion is released! You can grab them now to enjoy your new card back immediately or get them after the expansion releases, whichever suits you best.
*The Way of Arthas is a special set of 49 death knight cards consisting of: 3 legendary cards, 3 epic cards (x2), 9 rare cards (x2) and 11 common cards (x2), which combine with cards from the foundational set to form three death knight starter decklists that you can use directly in ranked games! For more on the entire Path of Arthas, check out the article All About Death Knight.
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