After teasing new Hearthstone content the past few weeks, Blizzard confirms Mean Streets of Gadgetzan as the next expansion at BlizzCon 2016.
Hearthstone‘s fourth expansion will take us into the Mean Streets Gadgetzan. However, this isn’t the same Gadgetzan we all know from World of Warcraft. As previously teased, Gadgetzan has been overridden with gangs and criminals galore. Team Five continues to bring their own fun, unique twist on Warcraft lore that effects the game not only thematically but mechanically as well.
The city is now run by three separate crime families, and each Hearthstone playable class falls into one of these three factions. Hunters, Paladins, and Warriors are apart of the Grimy Goons, the brutes and enforcers of Gadgetzan. The Kabal faction is filled with mana-hungry spellcasters, and will encompass the Mage, Priest and Warlock classes. Druid, Rogue, and Shaman belong to the stealthy assassins of the Jade Lotus, who draw lots of thematic elements from Pandaren.
These factions are more than just class affiliations: each of the three factions has their own unique twist on the game, “allowing them to utilize special tricks of the trade unavailable to rival families.” A new tri-class card mechanic has also been introduced, which enables certain neutral minions to be played only by certain classes.
For example, the Kabal Courier is a neutral minion that can only be played in decks by members of the Kabal faction: Mage, Priest, and Warlock. Some of these tri-class cards also include the Discover keyword and allow you to discover cards that are not apart of your class. Imagine a Secret Paladin with Eaglehorn Bow!
One of the most interesting cards they revealed is the legendary Kabal tri-class card Kazakus, which allows you to create a custom spell if your deck contains no duplicates. This sets off a series of discover mechanics, allowing you to choose this spell’s mana cost along with two effects of your choice. Both this create spell mechanic and tri-class cards are a substantial differentiation from traditional Heathstone game mechanics, breaking class barriers that would be expected more from a Tavern Brawl than a full expansion.
The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion is set to go live early this December, and is playable on the BlizzCon 2016 floor this weekend. As always, card packs for this expansion are purchasable with either real money or in-game gold at the same prices as Hearthstone’s other card packs. Starting today and up until the release of the expansion, players can pre-purchase Mean Streets of Gadgetzan card packs in a special 50-pack bundle available for $49.99.