As previously teased by Blizzard, the upcoming Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion pack for Hearthstone will see the return of solo adventures.
The Battle for Icecrown will be absolutely free of charge. It will feature a prologue and two wings with three bosses, followed by a grand showdown against the Lich King.
Completing the prologue mission will reward players with a free random legendary hero card, while surviving the remaining wings will net a single Knights of the Frozen Throne card pack each.
Besides the lord of the Scourge, expect to face Blood Queen Lana’thel, Professor Putricide, Sindragosa, Deathbringer Saurfang, Lord Marrowgar, and Lady Deathwhisper.
“You may find that these are unlike the battles you’ve fought in the past,” warns the announcement. “The forces of Icecrown Citadel are dangerous, and only the determined will prevail.”
Earlier today, Blizzard revealed legendary hero cards as a new mechanic being introduced with the next expansion pack. They replace the current nine playable heroes with powerful Death Knight versions. These grant new modified abilities and can essentially turn the tide of battle.
The Deathstalker Rexxar legendary hero card, for example, replaces Rexxar by dealing 2 damage to all enemy minions. An accompanying new Zombeast hero power grants the ability to merge two randomly chosen beast cards into an abomination and unleash it on the board.
Knights of the Frozen Throne will feature 135 new cards and is scheduled to release in mid-August. The Blizzard Shop has already started taking pre-orders. For $49.99, you will receive 50 card packs of the new expansion. In addition, owners will get access to the “soul-devouring” Frostmourne card back.