Hearthstone: The Witchwood adds Monster Hunt mode

Details are still thin on the ground, however, it appears that a new rogue dungeon adventure is on the cards.

Blizzard is also promoting the game by offering gamers three free packs and a random Class legendary card, both of which will be from the expansion, just by logging into the game after the expansion has been released.

With hundreds of cards to choose from, featuring a wide range of colorful Warcraft spells, weapons, and characters, players will have limitless possibilities for developing and fine-tuning their deck-building strategies. Dark magic has twisted the creatures of the forest and set them loose upon the Gilnean capital in Azeroth, but King Genn Greymane and his lycanthropic subjects won't make for easy prey.

Hearthstone: The Witchwood will launch in mid-April.

Witchwood card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone's Arena mode, and players can purchase them with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone's other card packs. (So a 2/4 will be a 4/2 the following turn and then a 2/4 after that and so on.) Additionally, a new "Rush" keyword works a lot like Charge, but Rush minions can only instantly attack minions the turn that they're played- Not heroes.

As the Hearthstone team promised while outlining the 2018 schedule, The Witchwood will come with its own single-player content: Monster Hunt. The first, Echo, allows you to play as many copies of a card as you have the mana for. Additionally, at certain intervals you get to add special cards to your deck that improve your unique hero power or otherwise synergize with your hero in a powerful way. The Witchwood also marks the beginning of a brand-new Hearthstone Year: The Year of the Raven.

Elsewhere, Worgen cards swap attack and health each turn they're in your hand, so you can play them at different times for different results.

The Witchwood doesn't have a big, flashy new card type like last year's expansions so far. Blizzard has released a wacky Blair Witch-inspired trailer for The Witchwood, which includes an introduction to six of the new cards (Azalina Soulthief, Genn Greymane, Baku the Mooneater, Phantom Militia, Pumpkin Peasant, and Militia Commander).

Vanessa Coleman