The next Hearthstone expansion is called The Boomsday Project.
As the name implies, this new expansion will focus on the scientific works of Dr. Boom. It seems that the good doctor has built some hidden labs in the Netherstorm and has been busy churning out a variety of experiments. Naturally, those experiments come in the form of 135 new Hearthstone cards.
What can you expect from those cards? First off, there’s a new mechanic called “Magnetic” that lets you combine Mech-type minions or play them on their own. For instance, there’s a 2/2 Spider Bomb card that destroys a random enemy minion when it dies. You can play that by itself, or you can give its stats and deathrattle to another friendly minion that is already on the board. Joining Magnetic are Projects; an old mechanic with a new name. Projects are spells that affect both players in some way but may yield certain advantages based on how you choose to strategically use them.
Boomsday Project will also be the first Hearthstone expansion to properly feature legendary spells (aside from the legendary quest cards featured in Journey to Un’Goro). Like other legendary cards in the game, you can only run one copy of a legendary spell in your deck. That means that you can expect these spells to utilize unique – or simply devastating – effects. The first legendary spell card that Blizzard has revealed, a Rogue spell that lets you draw your entire deck for just five mana, should give you an indication of what kind of madness these legendary spell cards will introduce to the game.
Speaking of madness, this expansion will also introduce Omega cards. Omega cards are cards of various mana costs that do things that are pretty standard for that mana cost. However, if you play that Omega card when you have 10 mana crystals, it gains some incredible enhancement that is usually worth waiting for. Rounding out the Boomsday package is a mysterious new adventure called The Puzzle Lab. We don’t know much about this single-player experience at the moment, but you can expect to hear more about it in the coming weeks.
The Boomsday Project is set to release on August 7 for all devices that run Hearthstone. Those who choose to pre-order will be able to choose between a 50-pack bundle that includes a golden class legendary card and the Mecha-Jaraxxus card back ($49.99) or a new 80-pack Mega Bundle that gives you the 50-pack bonuses plus a new Warlock hero; Mecha-Jaraxxus.