The first Hearthstone expansion of 2017 has been given a name and date. Journey to Un’Goro will add 135 new cards to the popular digital card game when it arrives in April.
Journey to Un’Goro pulls its cards and themes from the Un’Goro Crater from World of Warcraft, a classic Land of the Lost remote wilderness filled with giant prehistoric creatures.
To reflect their evolutionary superiority, Journey to Un’Goro adds the new Adapt mechanic. Adapt is a new ability found on minions that lets you choose from three options. Examples include adding Taunt or Divine Shield, or just boosting its base attack. This gives you some flexibility each time you play an Adapt card.
Journey to Un’Goro will also add new legendary cards called Quests. Quests are always available in your opening hand, but require a certain scenario to happen before you’re rewarded with a powerful card. Quests work a bit like Secrets while they wait for trigger – but unlike Secrets your Quests are public information. An example Quest would be to Summon Seven Deathrattle Minions. Quests add another layer of strategy while playing each match.
As a reminder, this new expansion officially brings an end to last year’s Year of the Kraken. Journey to Un’Goro marks the beginning of the Year of the Mammoth. New years reset the Standard format. Older cards are ushered into the Wild format, while Standard will include only the base set and the new cards of that year.
Once Journey to Un’Goro begins, last year’s card sets (Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorer’s) will move from Standard to Wild.
You can pre-purchase a Journey to Un’Goro bundle of 50 card packs for $49.99 and receive a bonus Fossil card back. The expansion will arrive sometime in early April. Stay tuned to Hearthstone’s social channels to more card reveals throughout the month of March.