The brand new Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, has finally been announced! Whispers of the Old Gods is an expansion centered around the Old Gods of Azeroth, which are primordial sorts of gods that are buried within the planet itself and have much control over the Twisting Nether, which is a vast void of nothingness that houses some of the creepiest thing the world of Warcraft has to offer. This expansion is called that because the old gods tend to communicate in whispers, which can actually be experienced in the game Hearthstone is based upon, World of Warcraft during certain instances of the game.
Whispers of the Old Gods are centered around buffing a specific minion; in the examples given during the reveal of Whispers of the Old Gods, C’thun was the minion given. Cards have the text of “Give your C’thun plus (whatever), wherever it is” – that means that when you eventually play the minion that is being buffed, it will be all that much more powerful. This will probably serve to create a new meta based around milling/card draw. C’Thun’s card itself has the effect of “Battlecry: Deal damage equal to this minion’s Attack randomly split among all enemies.” and is a 10-cost with 6/6 base.
There are, however, four legendary Old God cards that the expansion will be based around. C’Thun, Yogg-Saron, Y’Shaarj, and N’Zoth will all be collectible and playable in Hearthstone. Only the details of C’Thun were given, and it is presumed that more details will be released as we get closer to the launch date, which is said to be “by late April/early May.” Whispers of the Old Gods cards will also be immediately playable in arena, and available on all platforms that Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is playable on; Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android devices.
Certain minions now also have a corrupted variant; one example given was the Corrupted Healbot, which has the effect of “Deathrattle: Restore 8 health to the enemy hero.” but costs 5 mana and is a 6/6 minion. Corrupted minions have been rumored to be affected by spells or playable; for example, each minion would be assigned an archetype of a card and should a corruption effect happen to it, it would transform into one of a few types of card, depending on what was assigned to it; mechs would be one archetype, for example. The corrupted minions are generally much stronger than their non-corrupted counterparts, and typically have reversed effects; for example, deathrattles are turned into battlecries, heals are turned into damage effect, and effects that target your hero or one of your minions would now target your enemy hero or one of his/her minions.
During the live stream, some additional announcements were made, one of which was that two years ago today (March 11, 2016), Hearthstone was officially launched to the public! Nine more deck slots will also be available coming this Monday, March 14th.
Blizzard is also offering a neat card back, which has a moving eye that darts around rapidly. This card back is available for pre-ordering 50 of the new card packs.
More information about Whispers of the Old Gods is coming March 21, available on the Whisper of the Old God’s website and until the reveal of the expansion fully, Blizzard will be revealing new cards on the official Hearthstone Facebook.
Author’s Note: If you’re smart, and do the math, you can actually save a lot of money on pre-purchasing 50 packs prior to the launch of Whispers of the Old Gods. Amazon coins are a discounted currency and can be used on Hearthstone packs, and give a rebate as well – use those to purchase your Hearthstone packs, and you’re looking at spending $41 on around 50 cards with the 20% rebate.