The second expansion of the year for Blizzard's digital card game Hearthstone, called The Boomsday Project, is coming on August 7th. Expect explosions and lab experiments gone awry as the title's next 135-card set brings the usual goodies: New keywords, an empowered card type and a couple twists on familiar elements. Have you yearned for an exciting career in SCIENCE? If you answered yes, you're hired! Announcing Hearthstone's newest expansion: The #Boomsday Project! Boomsday introduces two new card keywords. If you have a minion of the 'mech' type, playing a card with the Magnetic tag will combine them into a bigger, stronger creature (kind of like an ad-hoc mechanical version of Deathstalker Rexxar's build-a-beast power). The second, Omega, empowers cards later in the game: Once you've gained ten mana crystals, playing a card with this keyword gives it a bonus effect. From an early look, this makes weaker cards more versatile, empowering them to go toe-to-for with higher-cost minions and spells. There are also 'Project' cards, spells that affect both players. There's a new card type, too: Legendary-rarity spells. Presumably, they'll have wondrous and specific effects, especially since you can only have one in your deck: The example shown, Myra's Unstable Element, draws the rest of your cards. Obviously this is foolish to play early on, but as the match winds down, this Hail Mary may just give players the right tools to secure a win. Also coming in the set are legendary minions -- excuse me, scientists -- that promise interesting interactions, like double-casting the next spell you play. Just like the last two expansions, Boomsday comes with a free player-vs-computer mode. Puzzle Lab is a dive into the Warcraft character Dr. Boom's laboratory, where players face bosses warped with gadgets and mad science. The previous Adventure-style excursions in December's Kobolds & Catacombs and April's The Witchwood were decent fun and open to all players, so it's nice to see Blizzard continuing the tradition. Before the new set comes out in early August, the Hearthstone team will start revealing cards on a livestream at 10AM PT on July 23rd on the game's official Twitch channel.
Blizzard Entertainment announced Hearthstones next expansion this morning: The Boomsday Project. It will launch for the PC and mobile digital card game on August 7. The set and its 135 cards will be the first to focus on mechs since Hearthstones first expansion, Goblins & Gnomes, which released in 2014. Hearthstone is the king of the digital card game market, and new expansions give players a reason to buy more packs. Card games are an important and growing market in video games worth $1.3 billion in 2017, research firm Superdata reports, and should hit $1.7 billion in 2019. Blizzards Hearthstone rules, making 3.3 times more than its closet competitorThe set includes new mechanics, like the Magnetic keyword. This will combine cards to share stats and powers. Thematically, the set focuses on Dr. Boom, a character introduced in Goblins & Gnomes. He has a reputation for being one of the games stronger minions ever. Now he has a new lab set up in the Netherstorm, a fragmented place stuck in a magical storm in Warcrafts Outland. Each class is also getting a Legendary Spell. Weve seen Legendary Minions and Weapons, but this is a first time spells are getting the treatment. Myras Unstable Element. Meanwhile, Omega cards will have extra powers if you play them when you have 10 mana crystals, ensuring that you may want to hold them until youre late in a game. The expansion also adds a new solo experience, The Puzzle Lab. Blizzard will reveal more info on this campaign later. The Puzzle Lab. This is the second Hearthstone expansion of 2018. Blizzard groups these sets into themed years, with this being the Year of the Raven. Well have one more expansion later in 2018. Once the first expansion of 2019 comes out, well see a Standard Rotation, which will make older sets ineligible in the games Standard modes.