The two new keywords the expansion is going to introduce are Echo and Rush. Echo cards can be played multiple times in one turn as long as you have the mana to do it, while Rush minions can attack enemy minions on the same turn they are summoned but not your opponent's "face". Another new type of cards has the following text "each turn this is in your hand, swap its Attack and Health".
There are also plenty of exciting new legendary cards including Baku the Mooneater and Genn Greymane which require you to build your deck around their odd or even mana costs requirement, as well as the only new Hero card which is the Shaman's "Hagatha the Witch". You can see all 135 new cards on the official Witchwood website.
The devs from Blizzard haven't forgotten about the PvE lovers either. The dungeon run-like mode, Monster Hunt, will be available two weeks after the launch of the expansion. After choosing a custom hero, you will take your stand against increasingly difficult bosses while building up your deck for the final encounter against Hagatha.
With the introduction of the new expansion and the official beginning of the Year of the Raven old sets of cards are also rotating out of Standard. You will only be able to play the cards from Whispers of the Old Gods, One Night in Karazhan and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan in games using the Wild format from now on.
Of course we also asked our Hearthstone players about their first impressions of the new cards. Zetalot unsurprisingly focused on the Priest ones saying "I'm excited about the addition of cards like Divine Hymn, Nightscale Matriarch and Quartz Elemental. I think these cards can justify bringing back Injured Blademasters to Control Priest decks. Another archetype I can't wait to test is Deathrattle Priest with the inclusion of the new Coffin Crasher card. I really think that this card has potential".
Bunnyhoppor has set his sights on the Mage legendary Toki, Time-Tinker and the Paladin's rare card Paragon of Light as his initial favourites of the set. I think we will see a shift in the meta game, since Murloc Paladin and Combo Priest get significantly weaker. While Cubelock is feared to be the most dominating deck, I hope that some other Deathknight based archetypes can become more prominent, said Bunny.
We're eager to see whether our players' predictions turn out to be true and what new decks they will come up with. Stay tuned for more Hearthstone content centered around "The Witchwood" in the upcoming weeks and we wish you good fortune during your pack opening!
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