The Old Gods might be dead in World of Warcraft but Blizzard is bringing them back in Hearthstone's upcoming Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion.
Launching on November 17, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire will expand Hearthstone's already impressive card collection with 135 new additions.
These include "surprising new forms" for legendary minions such as C’Thun and Yogg-Saron, powerful spells in the shape of Old Gods Artifacts, alongside the new Corrupt keyword that strenghtens the cards bearing it when a higher cost card is played.
Hearthstone Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Expansion
Alongside the Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion, Hearthstone is also set to receive the new Duels PvP mode.
Blending elements from Arena and Solo Adventures, Duels sees players aiming for reaching 12 wins before losing 3 times while having them start with custom decks built using cards in their own collections.
After each match, players will be able to draft new cards and "game-changing Treasures", further enhancing their decks.
The base version of Duels will be free. Its Heroic version – which rewards "in-game gold, cards, card packs, and Arcane Dust" – requires an entry ticket that costs 150 gold or £1.99 or your regional equivalent.
The mode will evolve across seasons, refreshing its pool of cards, heroes, hero powers and adding new content.
Pre-ordering Hearthstone's Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion gets you early access to Duels between October 22 and November 11. All players will be able to sample the mode starting with November 12, prior to it entering beta and kicking off Season 1 on November 17.
November 12 will also bring a major systems overhaul to the free-to-play collectible card game. Here's what you can expect, as detailed in an emailed press release:
- The new Achievements system tracks players’ statistics and in-game accomplishments. New achievements will be added with every expansion, as well as future game modes, and major updates.
- The Reward Track allows players to earn in-game gold, card packs, cosmetics, and more – with bonus rewards for players who purchase a Tavern Pass. Every expansion will introduce a new Reward Track, and players progress through its 50 levels by accumulating experience points from Quests, achievements, and play.
- The revamped Quest system adds robust and rewarding Weekly Quests to the regular rotation of Daily Quests and the special event-driven Legendary Quests that accompany expansions and content updates.
- Players will be able to view their progress through all of these systems via the new profile page, which will track lifetime stats across a player’s account, including ranks, ratings, and wins.
Hearthstone's Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion is now available for pre-order.
The regular bundle costs £34.99 or your regional equivalent and grants 5 packs from the expansion, one random Legendary Card, the N’Zoth card back, and, as mentioned above, early access to the new Duels mode.
There's also a Madness at the Darkmoon Faire Mega Bundle which costs £69.99 and comes with 85 card packs from the expansion – 5 of which are Golden – alongside one random Golden Legendary card.
It also includes the N’Zoth Warlock Hero and N’Zoth card back but also perks for Hearthstone Battlegrounds that last until the next expansion, and early access to the Duels mode.
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