Blizzard's surprise Hearthstone announcement should shake up the show floor of PAX East. Introducing the Curse of Naxxramus expansion, a single-player (single-player!) adventure broken into sections for players to surmount one by one. Each "wing" of the dungeon will reward the player with cards, of which the expansion includes 30 new. Curse of Naxxrammus is planned to launch at the same time on PC, Mac, iPad, but currently has no announced release date or window.
Let's get the business side of this announcement out of the way. See, Curse of Naxxramus' five wings will be released over a period of five weeks. The first wing, The Arachnid Quarter since everyone loves spiders, will be absolutely free for everyone. Each wing released from week two on will cost the player an amount of either in-game gold or real money. Time to save up that Arena lunch money, folk! If return on investment is a big deal, keep in mind finishing each wing rewards a legendary card.
Cards! That's what everyone plays Hearthstone for, right? Curse of Naxxramus will include 30 new cards, six of which Blizzard has shown with this announcement. Here are the bloody things, sure to change the game and make me an even worse player. Or I'm just being bitter, because I'm terrible at Hearthstone:
- Undertaker (Costs 1, 1/2) - Whenever you summon a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1/+1.
- Shade of Naxxramus (Costs 3, 2/2) - Stealth. At the start of your turn, gain +1/+1.
- Nerubian Egg (Costs 2, 0/2) - Deathrattle: Summon a 4/4 Nerubian.
- Dancing Swords (Costs 3, 4/4) - Deathrattle: Your opponent draws a card.
- Baron Rivendare (Costs 4, 1/7) - Your minions trigger their Deathrattles twice.
The sixth card revealed is a boss' unique card, meaning it's only unlockable by defeating Heigan the Unclean specifically. Heigan's personal Hero Skill is named "Eruption" which allows him to deal 2 damage to the player's left-most minion. As for his card:
- Mindocalypse (Costs 2) - Both players draw 2 cards and gain a mana crystal.
Apparently being unclean is highly profitable for all those involved, which should come as unwelcome news for PAX East show floor participants this weekend.
30 new cards, an all new game board exclusive to Curse of Naxxramus with interactive corners as yet unseen, nine Class Challenges that "put a difficult twist on existing encounters" with all-new class specific cards for a reward. Plus, plenty of epic bosses each with their own Hero Skill and card. "[T]he oversized arachnid Maexxna, the fungal horror Loatheb and the shambling abomination Patchwerk are just a few of the horrors that await your challenge."
Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramus single-player expansion has yet to have its release date or window announced, nor has the pricing of the four premium wings of the dungeon been said. Expect more details in the months to come, but for now check out the cards currently shown in the gallery.