Rise of Shadows Card Spoilers & Expansion Guide

The first expansion of Year of the Dragon is Rise of Shadows! Hearthstone's 11th expansion released on April 9th 2019 - Patch Notes


Expansion Overview

  • New Mechanic - Twinspell adds another copy of the card (without Twinspell) to your hand.
  • Lackeys - Special token minions which are randomly generated through other particular cards. They are 1/1 minions with "devious" battlecries.
  • Schemes - These cards grow in power each turn they are in your hand!
  • Some old mechanics are returning!

Freebies

  • The first chapter of the Dalaran Heist adventure. (Unlock additional chapters for 700 gold each, or purchase the entire experience for $19.99 USD.)
  • A legendary card before pre-release begins, playable before the expansion launches.
  • A quest chain rewarding multiple free packs for Rise of Shadows and Year of the Raven expansions.

Pre-Order Bonuses

There are two bundles available for pre-orders. The Mega Bundle contains a Priest Hero!

Rise of Shadows Bundle

  • Costs $49.99 USD.
  • 50 Rise of Shadows card packs.
  • The Jewel of Lazul card back.
  • A random Legendary from Rise of Shadows.

Rise of Shadows Mega Bundle

  • Costs $79.99 USD.
  • 80 Rise of Shadows card packs.
  • The Jewel of Lazul card back.
  • A random Golden Legendary from Rise of Shadows.
  • Madame Lazul, Priest Hero (available now!).

Madame Lazul's Emotes

  • Greetings - "Welcome! Care to hear ya fortune?"
  • Well Played - "Yes, yes. Well played!"
  • Thanks - "Thank you."
  • Wow - "By de Old Gods!"
  • Oops - "Oops, dat will be a story to tell."
  • Threaten - "Your fate is sealed!"

Shadow Bundle

During the first week of the expansion’s release, the Shadow Bundle will be available, containing nine Rise of Shadows card packs and an Arena ticket for $9.99 (players can purchase the bundle only once per account).


The Lackeys

There are 5 uncollectible Lackey cards in this set. More will be added throughout the Year of the Dragon, and all will be available from cards that generate them.

Ethereal Lackey Card Image Kobold Lackey Card Image Goblin Lackey Card Image Faceless Lackey Card Image Witchy Lackey Card Image


The Dalaran Heist

A new solo adventure, The Dalaran Heist, was released 5 weeks after the card set on May 16th 2019 that takes us through 5 chapters of lore and challenges.

  • This adventure uses the framework of Dungeon Run with many new features.
  • The first chapter is free! Unlock additional chapters for 700 gold or $6.99 USD each.
  • Purchase the entire experience for $19.99 USD.
  • The Adventure was initially released with the first two chapters
  • Remaining Chapters were released over the next few weeks.
  • Each chapter comes with new heroes to play.
  • Every hero has unique hero powers and starting decks to unlock.
  • All heroes are usable against 75 new bosses including heroic and anomaly modes.
  • Defeating the first 5 bosses of each chapter awards three RoS card packs.
  • Completing all five chapters awards a special card back and a golden Classic pack.
  • Purchasing the entire adventure unlocks a golden Zayle, Shadow Cloak card.

 

 


Year of the Dragon

This new Standard year will move three sets to the Wild format, as well as some additional cards moving to the Hall of Fame; as is tradition. This Standard year will begin in April 9th 2019 and was announced February 28th 2019.

Sets Leaving Standard Format:

This year, nine cards in total will become part of the Hall of Fame:


Divine Favor Card Image

 

 

Developer's Notes: Over the past several years, we’ve seen a number of strong, aggressive Paladin decks. While we like Paladin’s identity as a minion-summoning and minion-buffing class with a fair amount of resource generation, card draw doesn’t also need to be one of the Paladin’s strengths. Divine Favor is one of the most cost-effective draw spells in the game, so to better emphasize other classes’ strengths and to provide better control over the power level of future aggressive Paladin decks, we are moving Divine Favor to the Hall of Fame.

 

 


Doomguard Card Image

 

 

Developer's Notes: As masters of Demons, Warlocks have long been a powerful board-control class. While we like that minion combat is as much a part of the Warlock’s identity as destructive magic, we want to acknowledge and embrace the class’s weaknesses when they lose control of the board. To that end, we want to limit the amount of damage a Warlock can deal from their hand. As a powerful Charge minion, Doomguard pushes against the Warlock class identity, so we are moving it into the Hall of Fame.

 

 


Naturalize Card Image

 

 

Developer's Notes: Druids have always had excellent flexibility and a number of different tools when it comes to generating mana, cards, and minions, but have long struggled to remove their opponent’s large minions. Naturalize effectively nullifies that weakness, giving Druids a powerful option in matchups where card advantage doesn’t matter. Moving it into the Hall of Fame enforces the Druid’s weakness in removing large minions, maintaining its class identity.

 

 


 

Baku the Mooneater & Genn Greymane
Baku the Mooneater Card ImageGenn Greymane Card Image
Developer's Notes: Baku and Genn are powerful cards that have promoted new strategies since their introduction in the metagame. Those strategies have been more prevalent than we’d intended in Standard, and we felt that they might end up overshadowing what we’re going to introduce in the Year of the Dragon. In order for set rotation to breathe new life into Standard and maintain overall health of the ladder, we are rotating Baku and Genn into the Hall of Fame a year earlier than normal.

 

Odd & Even Cards
Black Cat Card ImageGlitter Moth Card ImageGloom Stag Card ImageMurkspark Eel Card Image
Developer's Notes: As they were complementary to the Even-Odd mechanic that Baku and Genn introduced, Gloom StagBlack CatGlitter Moth, and Murkspark Eel will also join the Hall of Fame.

Year of the Dragon Announcement Blog


Revealed Cards

Druid

Hunter

Paladin

Priest

Rogue

Shaman

Warlock

Warrior

Mage

Neutral


Card Backs & Packs


Card of Shadows

Jewel of Lazul

Card Pack


Rise of Shadows Announcement Video


Initial Reveal VOD


Final Reveal VOD

Comments

  • Hypnotizing's Avatar Registered User 1 Posts Joined 03/20/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Really excited for this expansion, time for a fresh meta

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    • Trzyq's Avatar Registered User 1 Posts Joined 04/01/2019
      Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

      Amazing

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    • Aleixor's Avatar Registered User 1 Posts Joined 04/02/2019
      Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

      #Hype

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    • shokel2111's Avatar Registered User 1 Posts Joined 04/03/2019
      Posted 2 months, 1 week ago
      Quote From Hypnotizing

      Really excited for this expansion, time for a fresh meta

      fshokel2111shokel2111

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    • Darkanathema's Avatar Registered User 1 Posts Joined 04/04/2019
      Posted 2 months, 1 week ago

      Can't wait to try the new cards

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    • noshlo's Avatar Registered User 1 Posts Joined 04/04/2019
      Posted 2 months, 1 week ago

      So time for a fresh meta. Can't wait!

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  • SteinerD's Avatar Registered User 1 Posts Joined 03/20/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Being a wild player so far this expansion looks boring and I don’t think will likely change much at all.

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    • ElCoche's Avatar Registered User 13 Posts Joined 03/28/2019
      Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

      Being a Wild Player, I see interesting cards that are at least worth testing before jumping to conclusions.

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    • ImLikeWhoaaa's Avatar Registered User 2 Posts Joined 04/01/2019
      Posted 2 months, 1 week ago
      Quote From SteinerD

      Being a wild player so far this expansion looks boring and I don’t think will likely change much at all.

      This is how Wild works...dont expect many cards to be good in wild every expansion.

       

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  • xlpower900's Avatar Registered User 1 Posts Joined 03/19/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Kalecgos ftw

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  • MoonEevee's Avatar Registered User 19 Posts Joined 03/19/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Really a nice work! So useful

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  • Elric's Avatar Registered User 55 Posts Joined 03/19/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    This is so well done ! Bravo Team!

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  • Konf's Avatar Registered User 19 Posts Joined 03/19/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Truth be told I wasn't expecting to see all 5 villains embodied as Legendary cards outside of Rafaam, because I thought all of them are represented either as existing playable cards or a portrait, but I'm glad I was wrong. Loving the feel villains bring in so far (a bit sad with Rafaam just being a Golden Monkey re-print, though), looking forward to seeing the rest of them.

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  • LennyDredful's Avatar Registered User 2 Posts Joined 03/19/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Looks awesome!

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  • vitzex's Avatar Registered User 25 Posts Joined 03/16/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Your layout makes me want the black-and-white card-back. RetroStone.

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  • jagu's Avatar Registered User 18 Posts Joined 03/19/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    I have a feeling that this expansion will have a KoFT powerlevel. I'm excited.

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  • anchorm4n's Avatar Registered User 79 Posts Joined 03/13/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Really hoping for a low cost neutral magnetic minion for my Boom Hunter. A mech would be even better, but that I'm pretty sure that won't happen... 

    Thanks for the guide, it's really nice!

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    • sinti's Avatar Global Moderator 163 Posts Joined 10/20/2018
      Posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

      Pretty sure if it would have Magnetic, it would automatically be a Mech :)

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  • MrJustice's Avatar Registered User 2 Posts Joined 03/18/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Holy this site looks so amazing I like the layout how there are no bugs or slow reaction when I click on things and it seems updated to date

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  • TheDude's Avatar Registered User 16 Posts Joined 03/16/2019
    Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    This is awesome! I really like this guide, it's so detailed. And I can't wait for the other cards of the expansion to be revealed. I'm actually very hyped about it and I think the last time I felt like that was before the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. So let's hope it's as fun and gamechanging as that expansion has been. Keep up the good work with this site, I'm really loving it, thanks :)

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