Tonight, Blizzard Entertainment announced Knights of the Frozen Throne, a new expansion coming to its hit digital card game Hearthstone. The announcement cam out of the Hearthstone Championship Tour in Shanghai. Knights of the Frozen Throne brings forth legendary Hero Cards that, when played, transform players into fearsome Death Knights.
Those familiar with the lore of Warcraft are going to love this expansion. In Knights of the Frozen Throne, Azeroth's greatest heroes are called to Northrend to battle the Lich King in the tavern. The adventurers are raised as Death Knights, wielding otherworldly powers and stealing life from their opponents, and ultimately end up ascending Icecrown Citadel to claim the Frozen Throne—and 135 frosty new cards—for themselves.
The Lich King has also decided to bestow players with a new power from beyond the grave: "Lifesteal," a chilling new keyword, heals players for damage dealt. Those not content with merely serving at the Lich King's behest can challenge him directly in a series of free missions that Knights of the Frozen Throne will offer to all players. Step into Icecrown Citadel in the prologue mission, then venture through the citadel's two wings as you fight iconic bosses like Professor Putricide and Sindragosa on your way to a final epic showdown against The Lich King himself. After completing the prologue mission, players will receive a random legendary Death Knight Hero Card.
Coming to Windows, iOS, and Android platforms, Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone's Arena mode and purchasable with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone's other card packs. Starting today and up until the expansion is released, players eager for an audience with the Lich King can pre-purchase Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs in a special 50-pack bundle, on any platform, for a one-time price of $49.99 (one purchase per account). Those who do so will be granted a unique themed card back from the Lord of the Scourge himself.
You can check out some of the new cards below.
There's also an announcement video, if you'd like to hear the news straight from Blizzard in a rather lengthy 8 minute reveal trailer which you can find below.