Rise of Shadows

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Rafaam: So you're probably wondering why I gathered you here. Let me take a moment and break it down. We've been given black eyes by the good guys. But that's about to change! Those meddlesome mortals who've mucked up our missions, will finally feel some of our pain! You see, I have a devious plan that requires a demonstrative fist. And each of you will have your dreams come true as a fiendish finger of this!
Dr. Boom: What?
Rafaam: All right. Let me try this again. Alone all our dreams went...
Dr. Boom: Uh, ka-kaboom?
Rafaam: Yes! But united we'll take all...
King Toggwaggle: ... all their candles?
Rafaam: No! Think bigger!
Madame Lazul: I'm seeing what you want to do.
Rafaam: Let me hear it!
Hagatha: We'll come together so we can dismantle!
Rafaam: Now here's the plot to capture your greed and intrigue. We'll take Dalaran for all that it's got...
All: As we form an evil league!

Rise of Shadows is Hearthstone's eleventh expansion, featuring 135 new collectible cards and the alternate priest hero Madame Lazul. The expansion was released on April 9, 2019.[1] Like the previous expansions, this one will include a single-player content and like the old Adventure mode, it will be released in wings.

The expansion introduced one new keyword: Twinspell, which creates a copy of a card to the player's hand. Also a new kind of minion, Lackey, is introduced; powerful 1/1 minions with Battlecry that are generated by other cards.

As the first expansion of 2019, the release of this expansion ended the previous Standard year, the Year of the Raven, and started the new one, Year of the Dragon.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Rise of Shadows cards will be available through the following options:

  • Rise of Shadows card packs are purchasable through the Shop, with the usual prices and purchasing options.
  • Rise of Shadows cards are craftable for the usual amounts of Arcane Dust.
  • For as long as Rise of Shadows is the latest expansion, the guaranteed card pack from each Arena run is from the expansion. Once the next expansion comes out, second card packs will have a chance to be Rise of Shadows packs.
  • The Highest Rank Bonus chest has a chance to award golden Rise of Shadows cards.
Pre-order
  • Prior to the expansion's release, players are able to purchase one or both of the following bundles:[1]

Cards[edit | edit source]

Neutral[edit | edit source]

Common (22 cards)
Potion Vendor(90626).png
Toxfin(90652).png
Arcane Servant(90677).png
Dalaran Librarian(90627).png
EVIL Cable Rat(90574).png
Hench-Clan Hogsteed(90594).png
Mana Reservoir(90636).png
Spellbook Binder(90662).png
Sunreaver Spy(90643).png
Faceless Rager(90670).png
Flight Master(90669).png
Hench-Clan Sneak(90668).png
Proud Defender(90634).png
Soldier of Fortune(90633).png
Travelling Healer(90580).png
Violet Spellsword(90657).png
Dalaran Crusader(90674).png
Eccentric Scribe(90671).png
Safeguard(90651).png
Violet Warden(90656).png
Heroic Innkeeper(90667).png
Burly Shovelfist(90675).png
Rare (10 cards)
Arcane Watcher(90628).png
Spellward Jeweler(90550).png
Hecklebot(90603).png
Portal Keeper(90665).png
Recurring Villain(90663).png
Sunreaver Warmage(90642).png
Mad Summoner(90639).png
Exotic Mountseller(90623).png
Tunnel Blaster(90660).png
Underbelly Ooze(90659).png
Epic (8 cards)
Magic Carpet(90638).png
Hench-Clan Hag(90620).png
Azerite Elemental(90676).png
Portal Overfiend(90664).png
Unseen Saboteur(90610).png
Batterhead(90588).png
Whirlwind Tempest(90655).png
Big Bad Archmage(90561).png
Legendary (5 cards)
Archmage Vargoth(90615).png
Barista Lynchen(90622).png
Chef Nomi(90545).png
Archivist Elysiana(90621).png
Jepetto Joybuzz(90595).png
Uncollectible
Amalgam.png
Hench-Clan Squire.png
Imp (Rise of Shadows).png
Vengeful Scroll.png
Felhound Portal.png
Felhound.png
Gryphon.png
Vault Safe.png
Greasefire Elemental.png
Lackey minions
Ethereal Lackey.png
Faceless Lackey.png
Goblin Lackey.png
Kobold Lackey.png
Witchy Lackey.png

Class cards[edit | edit source]

The expansion features 90 collectible class cards in total. Each class receives 3 commons, 3 rares, 2 epics and 2 legendaries.

Druid[edit | edit source]

Acornbearer(90589).png
Crystal Power(90601).png
Blessing of the Ancients(90645).png
Dreamway Guardians(90563).png
Lifeweaver(90564).png
The Forest's Aid(90547).png
Crystalsong Portal(90586).png
Crystal Stag(90600).png
Keeper Stalladris(90585).png
Lucentbark(90566).png
Uncollectible
Spirit of Lucentbark.png
Crystal Dryad.png
Squirrel (Acornbearer).png
Treant (The Forest's Aid).png
Choice cards
Healing Blossom.png
Piercing Thorns.png

Hunter[edit | edit source]

Rapid Fire(90650).png
Ursatron(90653).png
Marked Shot(90613).png
Shimmerfly(90619).png
Hunting Party(90666).png
Unleash the Beast(90584).png
Nine Lives(90583).png
Arcane Fletcher(90678).png
Oblivitron(90557).png
Vereesa Windrunner(90593).png
Uncollectible
Thori'dal, the Stars' Fury.png
Wyvern.png

Mage[edit | edit source]

Ray of Frost(90607).png
Magic Dart Frog(90637).png
Messenger Raven(90576).png
Magic Trick(90579).png
Conjurer's Calling(90625).png
Kirin Tor Tricaster(90641).png
Mana Cyclone(90608).png
Power of Creation(90570).png
Khadgar(90568).png
Kalecgos(90544).png

Paladin[edit | edit source]

Never Surrender!(90590).png
Lightforged Blessing(90582).png
Bronze Herald(90597).png
Desperate Measures(90616).png
Mysterious Blade(90644).png
Call to Adventure(90617).png
Dragon Speaker(90596).png
Duel!(90612).png
Commander Rhyssa(90606).png
Nozari(90609).png
Uncollectable
Bronze Dragon.png

Priest[edit | edit source]

EVIL Conscripter(90592).png
Hench-Clan Shadequill(90629).png
Unsleeping Soul(90632).png
Forbidden Words(90548).png
Convincing Infiltrator(90630).png
Mass Resurrection(90598).png
Lazul's Scheme(90555).png
Shadowy Figure(90611).png
Madame Lazul(90560).png
Catrina Muerte(90614).png

Rogue[edit | edit source]

Daring Escape(90673).png
EVIL Miscreant(90549).png
Hench-Clan Burglar(90578).png
Togwaggle's Scheme(90553).png
Underbelly Fence(90565).png
Vendetta(90581).png
Waggle Pick(90631).png
Unidentified Contract(90581).png
Heistbaron Togwaggle(90569).png
Tak Nozwhisker(90562).png
Uncollectible
Assassin's Contract.png
Lucrative Contract.png
Recruitment Contract.png
Turncoat Contract.png

Shaman[edit | edit source]

Mutate(90649).png
Soul of the Murloc(90647).png
Walking Fountain(90605).png
Sludge Slurper(90599).png
Underbelly Angler(90648).png
Hagatha's Scheme(90552).png
Witch's Brew(90654).png
Muckmorpher(90604).png
Scargil(90646).png
Swampqueen Hagatha(90554).png
Uncollectible
Drustvar Horror.png

Warlock[edit | edit source]

EVIL Genius(90591).png
Rafaam's Scheme(90556).png
Aranasi Broodmother(90551).png
Plot Twist(90587).png
Impferno(90635).png
Eager Underling(90577).png
Darkest Hour(90672).png
Jumbo Imp(90640).png
Arch-Villain Rafaam(90546).png
Fel Lord Betrug(90602).png
Uncollectible
Imp (Rise of Shadows).png

Warrior[edit | edit source]

Improve Morale(90558).png
Vicious Scraphound(90658).png
Dr. Boom's Scheme(90575).png
Sweeping Strikes(90661).png
Clockwork Goblin(90573).png
Dimensional Ripper(90618).png
Omega Devastator(90559).png
Wrenchcalibur(90572).png
Blastmaster Boom(90567).png
The Boom Reaver(90624).png

Themes[edit | edit source]

League of E.V.I.L.[edit | edit source]

The League of E.V.I.L. unites villains from previous single-adventures, in a coalition that has cooked a devious scheme to take Dalaran.[2]

Schemes[edit | edit source]

Scheme cards grow stronger the longer they remain in your hand. It’s the three P’s of villainy: planning, patience, and pterror![2]

After each turn, these cards effect will become more powerful.

Callbacks[edit | edit source]

Each member of the League of E.V.I.L. brings their own unique twist calling back to the expansions which first introduced these characters.[2]

Twinspell[edit | edit source]

Spells so nice, you cast them twice! When you cast a twinspell, a copy of that spell is added to your hand (without the twinspell keyword).[2]

Lackeys[edit | edit source]

What is a villain without an army of disposable henchcreatures? As a promising villain in training you will have access to lackeys, 1/1 minions with devious battlecries.[2]

Lackeys are 1-mana, 1/1 minions with powerful battlecries. All lackeys are uncollectible, generated by other cards like EVIL Miscreant. More lackeys will be introduced through the Year of the Dragon.

Cards that generate Lackeys or have synergies with them:

Lackeys themselves:

Spell Damage[edit | edit source]

With deeply magical city of Dalaran being the center of the expansion, some cards either have Spell Damage themselves, or give the player a bonus effect if the Spell Damage bonus is active.

The Great Dalaran Heist[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Great Dalaran Heist
Coming Soon.

As a low-ranking member of the newly-formed League of E.V.I.L., impress your new bosses by helping them subdue the magical, treasure-filled city of Dalaran!

Teasers[edit | edit source]

Year of the Dragon announcement[edit | edit source]

A sneak peek at the content released during the Year of the Dragon.

On February 28th, 2019, Blizzard announced the changes and new content planned for the Year of the Dragon, the fourth year of standard format. The announcement blog post and accompanying video included a teaser image for the planned three expansions of the year, with the first expansion being denoted with a purple object surrounde by purple runes.[4]

Teaser videos[edit | edit source]

Beginning on March 5th, 2019, Blizzard released a series of teaser videos for the 11th expansion.

  • The first video, The Fortune Teller, depicts a female troll (later revealed to be Madame Lazul, previously seen in the Whispers of the Old Gods trailer) scrying with five cards. The first card, a crystal ball, represents her; she explains that she is joining a team, "the masters of plotting and scheming", and "the others", represented by the other cards, "will come by and by". She reveals the second card, which depicts a scale, crown, treasure, and candle.
  • In the second video, The King, Lazul reveals that the second teammate is King Togwaggle, and turns over a third card, depicting a totem with a skull.
  • In the third video, The Witch, Lazul explains that the third team member is Hagatha the Witch, and reveals a fourth card, which she says represents the last teammate, "a fella who makes things go 'boom'!"
  • In the fourth video, The Scientist, she reveals that the last teammate is Dr. Boom. The fifth card, it turns out, represents the ethereal who called the team together; as we learn in the cinematic trailer, this is Arch-Thief Rafaam.

Card reveals[edit | edit source]

Following the initial expansion announcement, small amounts of cards from the set began being revealed through official Blizzard blog posts. Card reveals kicked off in earnest on March 25 in a card reveal livestream [5]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The idea of an expansion featuring past villains coming together has been in the works since Team 5 pitched the One Night in Karazhan adventure, over 3 years prior to the release of Rise of Shadows.[6]
  • Unlike previous expansions, Rise of Shadows does not feature a hero card. According to Peter Whalen, this is because—with the hero cards from Knights of the Frozen Throne rotating to Wild—it felt like a good time to take a break and only have the three hero cards from the Year of the Raven in Standard. Furthermore, the team wanted the set to revolve around the League of E.V.I.L. as a whole and for each member to shine in their own space, rather than have one member "steal the show" by being a hero card.[7][8]
  • Team 5 deliberately chose not to specify where Dalaran is located during the events of Rise of Shadows.[9] Consequently, the expansion features cards that reference both the Wrath of the Lich King version of the city (when it was located above Northrend) and the Legion version (when it was located above the Broken Isles).
    • Many of the set's druid cards take inspiration from Crystalsong Forest, the Northrend zone that Dalaran hovers over in Wrath of the Lich King.[9] Since the only druid-related character in WoW's Dalaran is Applebough, a treant who serves as a fruit vendor, the team had to get creative when deciding how druids would help the city. They eventually decided that since Crystalsong is a beautiful and unique blend of nature and magic, druids would pull from there to aid Dalaran.[10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Blizzard Entertainment (2019-03-14). Join us for the Rise of Shadows!. Retrieved on 2019-03-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Rise of Shadows - Hearthstone. Retrieved on 2019-03-14.
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/b2rr8k/_/eiutvmo/?context=1%C2%A0
  4. Blizzard Entertainment (2019-02-28). Light It Up in the Year of the Dragon. Retrieved on 2019-02-28.
  5. Rise of Shadows. Retrieved on 2019-03-20.
  6. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2019-03-14). 
  7. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2019-03-14). 
  8. Peter Whalen on Twitter. (2019-03-14). 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dave Kosak on Twitter. (2019-03-18). 
  10. Steven Asarch (2019-04-01). ‘Hearthstone’ Rise of Shadows Card Reveal: Lucentbark Makes Restoration Druid Work (EXCLUSIVE). Newsweek. Retrieved on 2019-04-01.