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Every new card from Hearthstone’s Galakrond’s Awakening adventure

Published: 13/Jan/2020 14:45 Updated: 3/Feb/2020 16:08

by Connor Bennett

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Blizzard has begun revealing all the new cards for Hearthstone’s newest expansion, Galakrond’s Awakening. So, here’s what you need to know about what you’ll be able to add to your decks.

The first adventure for Hearthstone in 2020 is set to wrap up the Year of the Dragon saga that kicked off with The Dalaran Heist and ran right through to Descent of Dragons

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In Galakrond’s Awakening, players will be met with a linear single-player adventure that will see 35 new cards added to the game through various chapters. This means that Hearthstone fans will have to wait until Blizzard has dropped all chapters. 

BlizzardGalakrond’s Awakening is the first piece of DLC for Hearthstone in 2020.

These chapters in question will begin rolling out on January 21 and conclude on February 11, so players will get new, weekly content. In addition to the new cards, will likely be highly sought after, Hearthstone fans will be able to choose a side in these chapters.

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Each chapter will contain two sides to the story – one for the League of Explorers and another the League of E.V.I.L – giving players the chance to release their inner evil or fight for everything that is good. 

Each chapter will also have three encounters, where players will take control of a hero or villain that has been added during the Year of the Dragon. On normal mode, Hearthstone will do the job for you and provide premade decks. However, for those players who opt for Heroic mode, you’ll be needing to sort the cards out for yourself. 

As of writing, 35 of the brand-new cards from the adventure have been released, with Blizzard opting for their usual route of releasing one a day over a period of time. 

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Below, you’ll be able to keep up with all the confirmed cards as and when they are announced by Blizzard, so be sure to check back on a regular basis to get an up-to-date overview.

Players can pre-purchase the complete adventure in Hearthstone for $19.99 and will be given access to a Golden Pack that can be opened right away.

Anyone who just wants to dip their toe in, however, can purchase individual chapters for $6.99 or 700 in-game gold each. Yet, completing the full adventure in heroic mode will give you an exclusive card back so it might be worth it after all.

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Hearthstone finally adding dual-class cards in Scholomance Academy

Published: 15/Jul/2020 5:07 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 7:06

by Isaac McIntyre

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Blizzard has confirmed Hearthstone will finally be adding dual-class cards in its upcoming expansion, Scholomance Academy, which is set to be released in early August according to the collectible card game developers.

Hearthstone has just unveiled its next major expansion, a wizarding school-themed set that evokes the world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise. The August expansion will be the second to be added in the Year of the Phoenix, following ‘Ashes of Outland.’

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There are a few new features Blizzard are planning on bringing to their long-standing online trading-card game in the next expansion, they confirmed on July 14. Chief among them are “dual-class cards,” a first for Hearthstone.

Scholomance Academy feature image for Hearthstone expansion.
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Blizzard just unveiled its next Hearthstone expansion, Scholomance Academy, set to be released in August.

It’s not the first time the base classes have shared limited cards; the title’s fourth expansion ‘Mean Streets of Gadgetzan’ added “tri-class cards” to the pool all the way back in December 2016. There were only nine classes back then, however.

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Dual-class “Double Major” cards

With the addition of Demon Hunter at the start of Year of the Phoenix, Blizzard can now split cards into five groups, each with two related classes. There will be ten dual combos all up in the August expansion release:

  • Druid/Hunter
  • Hunter/Demon Hunter
  • Demon Hunter/Warlock
  • Warlock/Priest
  • Priest/Paladin
  • Paladin/Warrior
  • Warrior/Rogue
  • Rogue/Mage
  • Mage/Shaman
  • Shaman/Druid

Each class pairing will be given four of the 40 dual-class cards on the menu in Scholomance Academy, Blizzard revealed. The devs also confirmed each of the ten pairings would also get a Legendary ‘professor’ minion as well.

New mechanic: ‘Spellburst’

The “Double Major” cards won’t be the only new addition for Hearthstone in the upcoming August expansion either. As per usual, the devs will also be slapping a new mechanic on the table; this time, it’s called “Spellburst.”

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Basically, it’s a delayed spell power for minions and players alike. The new effect warns that it will “trigger a one-time additional effect when a spell is played.” It’s almost like a trap card from rival series Yu-Gi-Oh!, but built into minions.

Hearthstone mage casts a Spellburst spell at a dummy in Scholomance Academy.
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Hearthstone fans will be able to pull off tricky spell traps with the new “Spellburst” cards.

New spells: ‘Studies’

The final new Hearthstone change for players to wrap their heads around for Scholomance Academy is a new spell type, “Studies.” These cards have Discover-only effects, but allow you to tutor up a specific type of card, like Demon or Mech.

Once you’ve collected your card, it will reduce the mana cost of the next card you play of that type. It certainly seems like a must-pick card for themed decks. The first that springs to mind is Paladin Murloc, which has run rampant in the Year of the Phoenix so far.

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Murlocs charge forward in Hearthstone.
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The super-aggro Hearthstone deck “Murloc Paladin” will love to get its hand on the new Studies cards.

So there you have it; everything we know about Blizzard’s upcoming Hearthstone expansion Scholomance Academy. Keep your eyes peeled on Dexerto for more details on all 135 new cards set to be released in the August set.

The next Year of the Phoenix release is expected to drop in mid-August. Ahead of the official expansion release, fans can get an “Academy Bundle” for $49.99 USD, or book themselves a whopping 80 packs with the $79.99 “Mega Bundle.”

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