It’s that time of year again. Not only has Blizzard dropped a bombshell on its Overwatch community with the release of the highly anticipated new hero Doomfist, but its also churned out a massive new expansion for Hearthstone, its wildly successful and popular strategy card game. Enter Knights of the Frozen Throne. The expansion is slated for release in mid-August of this year, giving you plenty of time to pre-purchase the massive Frozen Throne card pack.
The heroes of Hearthstone have been offered a terrible choice. Resist the Lich King? Or embrace the power of the Death Knight?
Boasting 135 new cards, the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion also comes with brand new bosses, card packs, abilities and game modes to flesh it out. Something exciting for players will be the new Lifesteal keyword. Now every class has access to life-stealing minions and any damage done by these minions is restored directly to your hero’s health. Another exciting addition to the card repertoire are the Death Knight cards. Your heroes have fallen under the Lich King’s sway, losing their souls but gaining formidable powers. When played, these Legendary new Hero cards transform your normal heroes into terrifying Death Knights and grant them special undead abilities. Hero cards are an entirely new card type that are neither spell, minion, nor weapon. When played, each Death Knight Hero card replaces your hero, casts a Battlecry, dons some hefty armor, and provides a new Hero Power. While each Death Knight hero is different, they all offer possibilities that can transform the way you play Hearthstone. For example, here is the Death Knight Hero card for the Hunter, Rexxar. When played, “Deathstalker” Rexxar fires a flurry of arrows—dealing 2 damage to all enemy minions—and replaces your hero, granting five armor and changing your Hero Power to Build-a-Beast. Build-a-Beast allows Deathstalker Rexxar to stitch together a horrifying new Zombeast by “discovering” pieces of two former animal friends. The new creation combines all the stats of both creatures he’s sewn together: mana cost, attack, health, and card text. The beastly abomination is then added to Deathstalker Rexxar’s hand to later be unleashed on a hapless foe.
Who is the Lich King?
If you’ve not played Warcraft at all, then you might not be familiar with the harrowing stories and legends of Arthas Menethil or the Scourge. There’s an entire World of Warcraft expansion dedicated to this terrifying character, and arguably, I would say that it’s still one of the best expansions that Blizzard have ever released for the game. It’s certainly my favourite!
However, I digress. The tale of the Lich King is a tragic one. It’s the story of a young hero willing to take any risk and employ the most extreme measures to save his people. His fear and desperation drove him to take up the cursed runeblade Frostmourne. While he did gain great power in the process, the promise of power was a trap. The evil in the blade consumed him, setting him on the path to become one of the most powerful and horrifying beings in existence: the Lich King.
As the Lich King, he manifests his strength in the physical realm as the strongest of the Death Knights, commanding power over mortal blood, freezing ice, and unholy corruption. When combined with the soul-devouring hunger of Frostmourne, he’s an unstoppable, armor-clad juggernaut. If that weren’t enough, he also controls the vast undead army known as the Scourge from his Frozen Throne atop Icecrown Citadel. All told, the Lich King and his minions represent one of the greatest threats to life on Azeroth. Foremost among those minions: the Death Knights! Icecrown Citadel: New single-player content
The first steps you’ll take to join the Knights of the Frozen Throne will be within Icecrown Citadel. There you’ll be faced with eight Missions, which are all new single-player content for Hearthstone. Beginning with the Prologue, and then proceeding through grueling battles with Icecrown Citadel’s mightiest denizens, your trial will culminate in a showdown with the Lich King himself. These single-player Missions are free to play and have some great rewards.
After completing all the Missions, you’ll receive a total of three Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs. Completing the Prologue mission will also add a random Legendary Death Knight Hero card to your collection!
If you’re not up for purchasing the card parks, never fear! All players will be receiving a free Legendary, free Solo Missions and free cards just for turning on the game after the expansion has launched. However, if you do purchase the Knights of the Frozen Throne card pack, be aware that your packs will become available in-game just after the expansion launches, and you’re guaranteed to get at least one Rare card per pack (you could even get Epic or Legendary cards).
You can pre-purchase Knights of the Frozen Throne here.