Scholomance Academy

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Scholomance Academy banner.jpg

"Hail to thee, oh Scholomance, the magic school of yore. Your legacy of glory shines, may thee stand forever more. Take your place where magic bends to your will, but you'll have to study hard. So many clubs (and cults! Excuse me, I misspoke...), take your pick out in the yard! Test your brains and brawn, there's spells for us all, double-major honor rolls! Just make sure to stay upstairs in the halls, else Kel'Thuzad will steal your soul. (They're kidding, of course.) Dear magic school, we vow to stay right and true, oh Scholomance, we love you! (Hey! Hey! Go, S.A.!)"

Scholomance Academy is Hearthstone's fifteenth expansion, featuring 135 new collectible cards. The expansion was released on August 6, 2020.

Set in the magical school of Scholomance, run by headmaster Kel'Thuzad at a time before he became an evil lich, the expansion sees aspiring young champions of every class studying in this prestigious academy. However, beneath the halls of Scholomance in a secret chamber lies an evil cult.

Scholomance Academy introduced the new Spellburst keyword, an effect that triggers the first time you cast a spell with the minion on board. It also added dual-class cards, double majors that can be used by either class and combine themes and mechanics from each other.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Scholomance-pack.png

Scholomance Academy cards are available through the following options:

  • Scholomance Academy card packs are purchasable through the Shop, with the usual prices and purchasing options.
  • Scholomance Academy cards are craftable for the usual amounts of Arcane Dust.
  • For as long as Scholomance Academy 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 Scholomance Academy packs.
  • The Highest Rank Bonus chest has a chance to award golden Scholomance Academy cards.
Pre-order
  • Prior to the expansion's release, players were able to purchase one or both of the following bundles:
    • Scholomance Academy Bundle costs $49.99 USD; it came with 55 Scholomance Academy card packs, a random Legendary card from Scholomance Academy, and the unique Kel'Thuzad card back.
    • Scholomance Academy Mega Bundle costs $79.99 USD; it came with 80 Scholomance Academy card packs, 5 Golden Scholomance Academy card packs that guarantee Golden cards, a random Golden Legendary card from Scholomance Academy, the unique Kel'Thuzad card back, and the alternate mage hero Kel'Thuzad.

Cards[edit | edit source]

This expansion features 135 collectible cards. To make up for their status as a new class, Demon Hunters received a larger number of Common and Rare cards than other classes. As compensation, there are fewer Neutral cards than in previous sets.[1] Scholomance Academy cards can be recognized with a special watermark (an open book) behind the card text, not found on other cards.

Neutral[edit | edit source]

Common (19 cards)
Desk Imp(329981).png
Animated Broomstick(329973).png
Intrepid Initiate(330001).png
Pen Flinger(329900).png
Tour Guide(329972).png
Manafeeder Panthara(329951).png
Sneaky Delinquent(330003).png
Wandmaker(329904).png
Wretched Tutor(329869).png
Crimson Hothead(329977).png
Divine Rager(330004).png
Fishy Flyer(330005).png
Lake Thresher(329984).png
Ogremancer(330007).png
Steward of Scrolls(329957).png
Onyx Magescribe(329862).png
Smug Senior(329997).png
Sorcerous Substitute(329954).png
Plagued Protodrake(329979).png
Rare (3 cards)
Cult Neophyte(329866).png
Voracious Reader(329956).png
Robes of Protection(329976).png
Epic (3 cards)
Transfer Student(211502).png
Educated Elekk(329938).png
Enchanted Cauldron(329992).png
Legendary (5 cards)
Sphere of Sapience(329906).png
Lorekeeper Polkelt(329907).png
Headmaster Kel'Thuzad(329877).png
Vectus(329909).png
Keymaster Alabaster(329918).png
Uncollectible
For the Uncollectible versions of Transfer Student, see its page.
Mr. Bigglesworth(330044).png
Plagued Hatchling(330041).png
Risen Skeleton(330120).png
Spectral Delinquent(330118).png
Spectral Flyer(330117).png
Spectral Senior(330119).png
Choice cards
A New Fate(330054).png

Class cards[edit | edit source]

Demon Hunter[edit | edit source]

Double Jump(329955).png
Marrowslicer(329924).png
Vilefiend Trainer(329959).png
Soulshard Lapidary(329926).png
Fel Guardians(329952).png
Magehunter(329902).png
Shardshatter Mystic(329928).png
Glide(329895).png
Cycle of Hatred(329880).png
Ancient Void Hound(329944).png
Star Student Stelina(329901).png
Uncollectible
Soul Fragment(330067).png
Snarling Vilefiend(330116).png
Soulfed Felhound(330086).png
Spirit of Vengeance(330053).png

Druid[edit | edit source]

Nature Studies(329870).png
Gibberling(329989).png
Partner Assignment(329988).png
Twilight Runner(329983).png
Survival of the Fittest(329905).png
Forest Warden Omu(329942).png

Hunter[edit | edit source]

Carrion Studies(329968).png
Wolpertinger(329969).png
Overwhelm(329963).png
Bloated Python(329960).png
Krolusk Barkstripper(329962).png
Professor Slate(329935).png
Uncollectible
Hapless Handler(330072).png

Mage[edit | edit source]

Lab Partner(329921).png
Firebrand(329949).png
Cram Session(329953).png
Wyrm Weaver(329948).png
Combustion(329876).png
Mozaki, Master Duelist(329890).png

Paladin[edit | edit source]

First Day of School(329863).png
Judicious Junior(329986).png
Goody Two-Shields(329867).png
Blessing of Authority(329990).png
Argent Braggart(329936).png
Turalyon, the Tenured(329913).png

Priest[edit | edit source]

Draconic Studies(329980).png
Frazzled Freshman(329874).png
Power Word- Feast(329971).png
Initiation(329993).png
Cabal Acolyte(329889).png
Mindrender Illucia(329978).png

Rogue[edit | edit source]

Plagiarize(329991).png
Vulpera Toxinblade(330002).png
Self-Sharpening Sword(329994).png
Shifty Sophomore(330000).png
Secret Passage(329903).png
Infiltrator Lilian(329879).png
Uncollectible
Forsaken Lilian(330089).png

Shaman[edit | edit source]

Rune Dagger(329996).png
Tidal Wave(329999).png
Diligent Notetaker(329868).png
Molten Blast(330013).png
Totem Goliath(329894).png
Instructor Fireheart(329934).png
Uncollectible
Molten Elemental(330057).png

Warlock[edit | edit source]

Demonic Studies(329975).png
School Spirits(329930).png
Boneweb Egg(329883).png
Shadowlight Scholar(329927).png
Void Drinker(329925).png
Archwitch Willow(329898).png
Uncollectible
Soul Fragment(330067).png
Boneweb Spider(330035).png

Warrior[edit | edit source]

Athletic Studies(329995).png
In Formation!(329998).png
Reaper's Scythe(329964).png
Troublemaker(329864).png
Playmaker(329897).png
Rattlegore(329871).png
Uncollectible
Ruffian(330071).png

Dual-class[edit | edit source]

Demon Hunter/Hunter[edit | edit source]

Blood Herald(329958).png
Demon Companion(329950).png
Trueaim Crescent(329946).png
Ace Hunter Kreen(329891).png
Uncollectible
Kolek(330100).png
Reffuh(330098).png
Shima(330099).png

Hunter/Druid[edit | edit source]

Adorable Infestation(329915).png
Teacher's Pet(329961).png
Guardian Animals(329945).png
Shan'do Wildclaw(329873).png
Uncollectible
Marsuul Cub(330110).png
Choice cards
Rile the Herd(330103).png
Transfiguration(330102).png

Druid/Shaman[edit | edit source]

Lightning Bloom(329861).png
Groundskeeper(329911).png
Runic Carvings(329919).png
Speaker Gidra(329939).png
Uncollectible
Treant Totem(330108).png
Choice cards
Alarm the Forest(330107).png
Call to Aid(330106).png

Shaman/Mage[edit | edit source]

Primordial Studies(329947).png
Trick Totem(330009).png
Devolving Missiles(329865).png
Ras Frostwhisper(329910).png

Mage/Rogue[edit | edit source]

Wand Thief(329872).png
Brain Freeze(329940).png
Potion of Illusion(329937).png
Jandice Barov(329917).png

Rogue/Warrior[edit | edit source]

Cutting Class(330006).png
Coerce(329966).png
Steeldancer(329878).png
Doctor Krastinov(329899).png

Warrior/Paladin[edit | edit source]

Shield of Honor(329967).png
Commencement(329987).png
Ceremonial Maul(329892).png
Lord Barov(329943).png
Uncollectible
Honor Student(330092).png

Paladin/Priest[edit | edit source]

Wave of Apathy(329985).png
Gift of Luminance(329914).png
Devout Pupil(329922).png
High Abbess Alura(329941).png

Priest/Warlock[edit | edit source]

Raise Dead(329974).png
Brittlebone Destroyer(329882).png
Flesh Giant(329888).png
Disciplinarian Gandling(329885).png
Uncollectible
Failed Student(330028).png

Warlock/Demon Hunter[edit | edit source]

Spirit Jailer(329923).png
Soul Shear(329929).png
Felosophy(329896).png
Soulciologist Malicia(329931).png
Uncollectible
Soul Fragment(330067).png
Released Soul(330114).png

Dual-class cards[edit | edit source]

Dual Class Chart Scholomance.png

Scholomance Academy is the first expansion to feature dual-class cards, which are similar to the Tri-class cards introduced in Mean Streets of Gadgetzan but much more numerous.

For game purposes, dual-class cards count as belonging to either of the corresponding classes. This allows heroes of any of those classes to include them in their decks. Class-related cards treat them as belonging to either of those classes, such as allowing Wand Thief to be Discovered by Messenger Raven or Devolving Missiles to be cast by Solarian Prime. However, they will not be considered cards from a different class as long as one half matches your class, preventing unfair synergies with cards like Bazaar Burglary or stopping cards like Lightforged Crusader from working.[2] Dual-class cards are found in both respective class sections in the collection manager.

There are ten total dual-class pairings in this set, with each class having two classes paired to them. Classes are related by thematic ties, and share effects and even keyword abilities usually exclusive to one class. Each pairing can be seen on the chart to the right. Unlike the sparingly-used tri-class cards, each pairing has four cards for a total of forty cards, including ten dual-class Legendary minions.

Dual-class cards are identified by a unique cross-section split on the card, denoting the two classes. Golden dual-class cards are identified by a split the colored ribbon.

The following lists the dual-class pairing themes which relate the two classes of a dual-class pairing together:[3]

  • Icon Druid 16.pngIcon Hunter 16.png — Druid & Hunter — Beasts
  • Icon Hunter 16.pngIcon Demon Hunter 16.png — Hunter & Demon Hunter — Hunt
  • Icon Demon Hunter 16.pngIcon Warlock 16.png — Demon Hunter & Warlock — Fel
  • Icon Warlock 16.pngIcon Priest 16.png — Warlock & Priest — Bones
  • Icon Priest 16.pngIcon Paladin 16.png — Priest & Paladin — Light
  • Icon Paladin 16.pngIcon Warrior 16.png — Paladin & Warrior — Honor
  • Icon Warrior 16.pngIcon Rogue 16.png — Warrior & Rogue — Blades
  • Icon Rogue 16.pngIcon Mage 16.png — Rogue & Mage — Tricks
  • Icon Mage 16.pngIcon Shaman 16.png — Mage & Shaman — Elements
  • Icon Shaman 16.pngIcon Druid 16.png — Shaman & Druid — Nature

Themes[edit | edit source]

Lightning Bloom full.jpg

Dual-Class[edit | edit source]

Are you ready to wield the power of dual classes? Take advantage of these magical mashups, including some class-crossing new Legendaries, and unlock board-bending new possibilities for every class.[4]

Spellburst[edit | edit source]

Wretched Tutor full.jpg

Minions with the new Spellburst keyword will trigger a one-time additional effect when a spell is played. These effects can turn your board of middling minions into a pyrotechnic display of card-generating and opponent-devastating mayhem.[4]

Studies[edit | edit source]

Master the magical arts with these fantastical new spells. When played, Studies will Discover a card of a specific type, like Spells or Demons, then reduce cost of the next card of that type..[4]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

Lore[edit | edit source]

In World of Warcraft[edit | edit source]

The entrance to Scholomance in World of Warcraft

From Wowpedia:

Following the Second War, the fortress at Caer Darrow was restored. The manor was the Barov's primary residence amidst their far-reaching empire which comprised Caer Darrow, Brill, Southshore, and Tarren Mill, but as the years closed to the Third War, the aristocrats became depressed, greedy, and rageful. After decades of rule, in order to preserve their fortune and hold of the land well past their lifespan, the Barovs made a deal with Kel'Thuzad, leader of the Cult of the Damned. The once opulent keep of Caer Darrow secretly became the horrific Scholomance, a school of necromancy.
Six months passed and the keep became decrepit and inhabited by dark undead beings. Acolytes of the Cult learned their craft, while the family servants were used as experiments for the Plague of Undeath. Finally, while the Scourge did not even yet fully exist in Lordaeron, the plague was unleashed from Scholomance and ravaged Caer Darrow before a visit from Uther the Lightbringer was scheduled. The first abominations were also created in the catacombs of Scholomance from unearthed corpses that were hacked apart and pieced together.
After the Third War, the Barovs remained as undead monsters. One of Kel'Thuzad's mightiest agents, the Ravenian, also lived within the recesses of the school — ever ready to devour those students who showed any sign of weakness. The lich Ras Frostwhisper ruled over the site guarding it for the Scourge, until he was destroyed. The mortal necromancer, Darkmaster Gandling, serves as headmaster of the school, succeeding Araj the Summoner who was headmaster after Kel'Thuzad. Constructs, spirits, and demons are allowed to roam the halls untended, which is unexpected for such practiced necromancers.

In Hearthstone[edit | edit source]

Greetings, aspiring adept! We’re thrilled to welcome you to Scholomance Academy! Within the lofty halls of this fabled magic college, the (mostly) good Headmaster Kel’Thuzad and the rest of our faculty are here to guide the next generation of greats, from Warlocks to Warriors and everything between. We encourage the pursuit of double majors and offer a plethora of cross-over studies. Whatever flavor of major you favor, Scholomance has the training grounds to suit your needs!
Just... don’t go exploring those dusty crypts beneath the schoolgrounds. There’s no reason at all to be concerned about what Kel’Thuzad and the Cult of the Damned are stirring up down there...

History[edit | edit source]

Teasers and leaks[edit | edit source]

On July 13th, 2020, the official Hearthstone Twitter account posted a teaser animation of a deck of cards with a new cardback with the topmost card flying up and releasing energy, along with the text "Tomorrow, unleash the magic within! #MasterTheUnexpected"[5] On the same day, Italian website multiplayer.it mistakenly posted the Italian version of the of the Scholomance Academy logo, which was quickly taken down.[6]

On the day of the announcement, a Chinese press document was leaked, detailing information about the expansion including the Kel'Thuzad hero portrait and card back, Transfer Student login reward, and new additions to Battlegrounds added in Patch 17.6.0.53261.

The expansion was officially announced on July 14th with the Scholomance Academy Announcement Trailer, with Dave Kosak, Liv Breeden, and Alec Dawson showcasing the expansion presented as them going through Kel'Thuzad's old laptop.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This is the first expansion/adventure to have no Legendary minions with tribes.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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