Hearthstone's newest expansion sends players to The Witchwood

Something spooky is stirring at the heart of The Witchwood™ the next expansion for Hearthstone® Blizzard Entertainment’s smash-hit digital card game

Coming in April to PC and Mac; Windows, iOS, and Android tablets; and mobile phones, The 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. We still don't know if this card will be included in the Adapt effects rotation though.

It's been a while since we've seen a new addition to the Hearthstone universe, but we figured it would only be a matter of time before Blizzard brought something new to the party.

Set in the Worgen-cursed city of Gilneas, the Witchwood expansion will feature 135 new cards, a few of them found conveniently hanging in a tree by Hearthstone head guy Ben Brode.

The Witchwood is themed around witches and the Worgen, the Warcraft universe's take on werewolves.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure those Hearthstone guys in the video are actually perfectly OK, so you can stop worrying about them and have a look at the first of the new cards down below. The below Pumpkin Peasant will switch from 2 attack and 4 health to stats of 4/2.

To help them survive the night, players can draw on an arsenal of new tricks, including the eerie new Echo keyword.

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The Echo keyword, when shown in a card allows you to add a spectral copy of this card to your hand until the end of your turn, which can be played any number of times if you have the mana for it.

It also adds the Rush keyword.

In addition to honing their skills in practice matches against the computer and taking on their buddies via their Battle.net friends list, players can challenge each other in two competitive game modes.

Also introduced in The Witchwood expansion is a single-player Monster Hunt mode, which is very similar to the Dungeon Run mode found in Kobolds and Catacombs. Like Dungeon Runs, it has you going up against bosses, up to eight, and you can supplement your deck with new cards after victories. Monster Hunt gives players one of four unique heroes, each with special hero powers.

If that news wasn't enough to wet your whistle, Blizzard have also revealed that a new single-player experience is on the way.

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