The next Hearthstone expansion is a troll-themed battle known as Rastakhan’s Rumble. This expansion will dive into the war culture of the trolls by covering a very special event that sees every class in Hearthstone send a troll champion to Stranglethorn Wilds in order to gain the blessing of their associated animal spirits as well as the acclaim of the troll king Rastakhan. As you’ve probably guessed if you’ve played a fair bit of Hearthstone in the past, these nine troll warriors will be represented in the game via class legendary cards.
We got a little taste of what those warriors will look like with the reveal of the new Paladin legendary, Shirvallah the Tiger. This beast’s base cost is an absurd 25 mana, but that cost is reduced by one for each mana you’ve spent on spells throughout the game. That means that you’ll need to spend 15 mana on spells to make this card playable (unless you have the coin).
We also know that every hero will have access to a special spirit card that seems to come equipped with a unique ability, a 0/3 stat line, a “Rare” designation, and the ability to remain in stealth for one turn. Each of these cards will also supposedly synergize with the class-specific legendary minions introduced by this expansion. That’s very interesting to hear in the case of the Rogue spirit card, Spirit of the Shark: a minion that lets all your battlecries and combo effects trigger twice.
This expansion will also introduce the Overkill keyword to the game. This keyword will trigger some kind of additional effect whenever you kill a minion with more damage than what was required. The example of this that we saw at BlizzCon was a weapon that theoretically lets you attack multiple times in a turn if you manage to trigger the Overkill effect on each kill.
Finally, there’s a new solo mode called Rumble Run that will see players help a young troll become champion. We don’t know much about that mode at this time, but further details are coming.
Rastakhan’s Rumble is set to release on Dec. 4 for every platform that supports Hearthstone. Pre-orders are currently available.
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