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Ben Brode Announces Next HS Expansion: Year of the Raven with Lunara as the New Hero

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The next Hearthstone expansion has been named. Called Year of the Raven, the new content is named for one of the heavenly bodies surrounding Azeroth. Year of the Raven comes with changes to both Standard and Wild game types and will include three new expansions to the card set. In addition, some of the Classic set will be inducted into the "Hall of Fame" and will be usable only in Wild ruleset games. 

Standard format games will include the ability to use cards from the following sets:

  • Basic
  • Classic
  • Journey to Un’Goro
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne
  • Kobolds & Catacombs
  • The first 2018 expansion

Wild format games will be able to choose cards from:

  • Whispers of the Old Gods
  • One Night in Karazhan
  • Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

In addition to changes in Wild and Standard format games, players will be able to participate in quicker quests. Requirements are being reduced to make them faster to complete and gold rewards will increase from 40 to 50. Quests that awarded more than 50 gold will remain unchanged, though with reduced requirments.

There will also be a new feature added that will allow players to run their own personal Hearthstone tournaments whether at home or by creating their own Fireside Gathering. 

The expansion's new hero is none other than Lunara, fresh out of the Heroes of the Storm Nexus:

Lunara is the eldest daughter of the demi-god Cenarius. While her sisters, the dryads, embody peace and the serene beauty of nature, Lunara’s apple didn’t fall far from her father’s tree—she’s a relentless defender of the wilderness and immortal proof that nature is red in claw and thorn.

When your dad is a demi-god, and your grandparents are the goddess of the Moon and a god of the Wild, you’ve got a reputation to uphold. Lunara is more than up to the task.

The Hearthstone team will be on hand for a special live stream to showcase The Year of the Raven. You can check it out on the Hearthstone Twitch channel on March 2nd at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern.

Read more on the Hearthstone site.


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom