Ashes of Outlands, Hearthstone’s newest expansion was announced on 17th March, bringing with it a new single-player adventure, highlighting the back story of Illidan Stormrage and a pool of cards to compliment Hearthstone’s brand new class - The Demon Hunter.
The developers, Blizzard said in the Hearthstone 2020 showcase that Demon Hunters will be an “in your face” class that utilizes “huge demon allies” and a new keyword mechanic called Outcast which will power up cards when they are played from either the far-left or far-right side of your hand.
This unique class will also bring with it a new hero power called Demon Claws: an ability which gives your avatar +1 attack, with the twist being it costs only one mana to activate, another Hearthstone first.
The adventure will be released on 2nd April 2020, bringing with it the new class as well as a Demon Hunter starter deck to give players access to the new pool of cards.
Ashes of Outland will be released a week later, bringing with it powerful new Legendary Minions minions for every class known as Primes, powerful units with a Deathrattle effect that shuffles them back into your deck as a more powerful minion.
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In addition to the plethora of new content, Blizzard will be further balancing the Priest card pool to make it more purely controlling, enable less combo and one-turn kill strategies, and to de-homogenize late-game win conditions, all of which will be executed via Hall of fame changes, Namely Prophet Velon, Northshire Cleric, and shadow form.
Priest cards won’t be the only ones entering the Hall of Fame, however; there will also be five iconic cards entering the Hall of Fame, including Acolyte of Pain, Mountain Giant, and Leroy Jenkins.
Amidst other big changes, Blizzard Announced a shake-up to the ranked ladder progression system. The new system will feature five divisions, beginning at bronze and topping out at diamond, all with ten ranks each.
Developers stated that there will be more bonus stars after the monthly rank reset, however, addressing concerns that the new system would have a much slower progression. Rewards will also be greater, be awarded immediately upon reaching the required rank, and will switch to card packs rather than gold in cards in most cases.
The new expansion, Ashes of Outland is available to pre-order today and will be available for purchase on 7th April 2020.
You can find all of the revealed cards in the official announcement here.