Blizzard will launch Hearthstone‘s next expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, with several major game changes and a few ways to earn some free card packs.

Hearthstone‘s latest expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, will change a lot about what players are accustomed to. Not only will there be 134 new cards added to the collection, but some long-standing cards will be tweaked in order to balance the game. Additionally, the game will be split into two modes, Standard and Wild.

To adjust to these changes, Blizzard is offering Hearthstone players the chance to earn free cards by winning games during the expansion’s launch week. Players who pre-ordered their cards will finally be able to savor opening all fifty packs when the expansion drops tomorrow, April 26th.

Since its launch in 2014, Hearthstone has become a wildly successful free card game based on the equally successful MMO World of Warcraft. In a mere two years, the game has released two expansions, three adventures, and numerous rewards to keep people playing. To learn more about what the game has to offer, check out our Hearthstone review. While already not lacking in content, Blizzard is now releasing a third expansion that is sure to shake things up for current and returning players, while offering exciting game experiences for anyone new.

Whispers of the Old Gods should breathe some new life into the game with 9 class legendaries, 14 neutral legendaries, and a myriad of spells, minions, and weapons that make up the rest of the 111 cards. The most appealing part of this expansion is the inclusion of four Old Gods cards, which are incredibly powerful and will help players wreak untold destruction upon their opponents. For example, the Old God C’Thun will build up strength in your deck as minions are played to enhance him. Then, when he is finally unleashed, C’Thun deals massive amounts of damage.

Old Gods Hearthstone C'Thun

Hearthstone’s third expansion is introducing some big gameplay changes as well. Two new gameplay modes will be added that will split up the main game, while the additional game modes, Adventure mode and Tavern Brawl, will remain the same. Which is probably for the best since Tavern Brawl is already chaotic enough.

The first new mode is dubbed Standard mode and it will limit decks to cards released in the current and previous year, as well as allowing Basic and Classic cards. While Wild mode will continue to be the Hearthstone everyone already knows, where there is no limit to what cards can be used. Players in either mode will be matched with players of that same mode.

For those who have not played in a while, or those who feel intimidated by having to collect a whole new set of cards, Blizzard is offering numerous ways to catch up. During the first week of the expansion’s release, players can earn free packs just by playing the game. If a player wins two games in Standard mode, they can earn five packs, plus five more if they win seven games. To make it even easier, those who simply log in during the first week will receive three free cards, which includes the powerful Old God C’Thun.

Whispers of the old gods legendary cards

Additionally, Blizzard will be implementing a few game balances and card nerfs. Beloved cards such as Big Game Hunter, Ironbeak Owl, and Hunter’s Mark will all have their mana costs increased, much to the chagrin of some, but a much needed change for others. There are also some changes in card attack power and tweaks to abilities, such as the removal of charge from Force of Nature. For the complete list of changes, check Hearthstone main site for full patch notes. 

With so many changes and free rewards, it’s worth taking the time to check out what’s new in Hearthstone when the expansion launches tomorrow, April 26th, in North America and April 27th in Europe and Asia for PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices.

Source: GameSpot