Become the Most Powerful Dragon in Hearthstone in Descent of Dragons

Galakrond, the mightiest dragon of all time, threatens to raze the surface of Azeroth in Descent of Dragons, the new 135-card expansion released today for Blizzard Entertainment’s smash-hit free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone®. This action-packed card set sends players to the skies above Dragonblight for a thrilling aerial battle between the League of Explorers—Hearthstone’s plucky band of treasure-hunting heroes—and Archivillain Rafaam’s nefarious League of E.V.I.L.

In Descent of Dragons, players will draw on the power of dragons—lots and lots of dragons. They’ll summon all-new Legendary Dragons, lay waste to the battlefield with their breath weapons, and power-up by embarking on heroic Sidequests. In addition, the five “E.V.I.L.” classes—Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, and Warrior—can transform into Galakrond himself through one of five new Hero cards, each with a class-appropriate Battlecry and Hero Power.

Minions and spells with the new Invoke keyword will trigger the effect of Galakrond’s Hero Power. Invoking multiple times upgrades Galakrond into his deadlier forms, the mightiest of which is “Galakrond, Azeroth’s End”—a world-shattering monstrosity armed with a quadruple-strength Battlecry and a powerful claw attack.

Will Rafaam succeed in his plot for world domination? Will Reno Jackson stay out of trouble long enough for the League of Explorers to emerge triumphant? These answers and more will come in the corresponding Descent of Dragons Solo Adventure, a story-driven epic finale to Hearthstone’s first-ever year-long story line to be released in January.

Starting today, Hearthstone players who log in will receive three Descent of Dragons card packs and all five Galakrond Hero cards free, along with two neutral Shield of Galakrond minions featuring the new Invoke keyword.* Players can also rack up an epic assortment of rewards upon completing a series of six new Legendary daily quests—five additional Descent of Dragons card packs, two Rise of Shadows card packs, two Saviors of Uldum card packs, and 200 gold in total.

Descent of Dragons is full-blown fire-breathing fun, and filled with the vibrant personality and strategic decision-making Hearthstone is known for,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. We think players will have a blast building decks around the five powerful new Galakrond Hero cards—or finding clever ways to keep him from taking over the game.”

Hearthstone: Battlegrounds—A Free Fast-Paced Fun New Way to Play 

Descent of Dragons launches during the ongoing beta test for the popular new game mode Hearthstone: Battlegrounds, a raucous eight-player auto-battler featuring 24 unique Heroes, in which players will recruit minions, strategically position them, and watch them battle each other for supremacy. Following last month’s debut at BlizzCon®, millions of players flocked to the tavern to take part in the Battlegrounds early access period and open beta test. That momentum has continued, with Battlegrounds fueling ongoing excitement for Hearthstone among veterans and new players alike.

Hearthstone: Battlegrounds is a free standalone experience that doesn’t require a card collection. Players will be able to unlock optional bonus features for this mode when they acquire card packs—including free packs, those acquired with in-game gold, and those purchased with real money—from the most recent Hearthstone expansion (starting with today’s launch of Descent of Dragons).** At 10 packs, players unlock comprehensive stat-tracking in Hearthstone: Battlegrounds; at 20 they can choose their hero from among three different options instead of two at the start of each match; and at 30, players unlock the ability to playfully communicate with their opponents using a visual emote system.

Descent of Dragons and Hearthstone: Battlegrounds are available today on Windows® and Mac® PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android™ tablets; and mobile phones. Descent of Dragons card packs are 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.

Jim Smale

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