Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Blizzard
Developer: Blizzard
Release Date: 2014

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'Hearthstone' Will Roll Out v25.4 Update Next Week, Adds 38-card March of the Lich King Mini-Set, Final Mercenaries Update And More

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2023 @ 4:34 p.m. PST

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play strategy card game where players build card decks centered around one of nine iconic Warcraft character classes and duel each other for fun, glory, and the chance to win awesome new cards.

Deceptively simple in design but epically engaging, Hearthstone will be instantly accessible to players regardless of their familiarity with Warcraft or collectible card games. Whether players prefer to wield magic or arms in battle, strike from the shadows or head on—or have never given any of that much thought—they’ll be able to jump right in, create a deck, and get in on the card-slinging action.

In addition to honing their skills in practice matches against the computer and taking on their buddies via their Battle.net friends list, players can challenge each other in two competitive game modes. “Play Mode” features traditional head-to-head battles, with players facing off for a chance to increase their medal ranking and earn card packs along the way. And for a different type of challenge, players can enter “The Forge,” where they start each match by building a deck from a new set of cards, and then use that deck to duel other Forge participants. Aside from winning new cards, players will be able to round out their collections by purchasing new card packs or disenchanting some of their existing cards to craft the ones they’re missing.

With hundreds of cards to choose from, featuring a wide range of colorful Warcraft spells, weapons, and characters, players will have limitless possibilities for developing and fine-tuning their deck-building strategies.

On February 14, patch 25.4 launches the 38-card March of the Lich King Mini-Set, Return to Naxxramas, including four powerful Legendary minions, seven new dual-type minions, and a Location card for the Death Knight class. Plus, boss fights ratchet up to mythic status in the final update for Mercenaries. 


  • The battle for Silvermoon gains even more momentum as the dread necropolis Naxxramas joins the March of the Lich King! The 38-card Mini-Set premiers four unique Legendary minions, including Frost Queen Sindragosa headlining as the first Death Knight minion to hold mixed Runes. Players will also gain entry to the Construct Quarter, a new Location for the Death Knight class, and synergize with seven freshly added dual-type minions. But don’t worry—there are plenty of cards to help the Blood Elves fight back!


  • Mercenaries gains six all-new mercenaries, plus a Mythic Boss Rush end game system, reaching completion of the game mode. Players can add six new Mercenaries to their parties and challenge them with an onslaught of bosses to earn Renown. Mythic Boss Rush will refresh weekly, unlocking a new Boss every day, giving players plenty of opportunity to earn and spend Renown beyond max level. Learn more here.

  • Mercenaries get Faction identities when new dual-types arrive in the mode, allowing players to fully synergize their parties of Human-Undead, Celestial-Beasts, and more. In addition, many Mercenaries will also be gaining new faction flags to announce their allegiance with the Explorers, Legion, Empire, Scourge, or Pirates. These new faction flags are in conjunction with Horde and Alliance labels, allowing players extra synergies for their Abilities, Equipment, and Treasures.


  • Players can show off their love for their adorable corgi companions with brand new cosmetics! Darion leads the Corgle team with a Death Knight bundle, and Nemsy shows off a corgi mascot with her Warlock bundle—both bundles will be available in the shop. 

As the Battle for Silvermoon rages on, a massive shadow blots out the sun. To their horror, the Blood Elves see a floating necropolis, Naxxramas, approaching their fair city. This evil entity is unnatural, but something about it feels familiar. They brace themselves and call for help. This is the March of the Lich King Mini-Set, Return to Naxxramas!

Return to Naxxramas, launching worldwide on February 14, consists of 38 new cards: 4 Legendary cards, 1 Epic card, 17 Rare cards, and 16 Common cards. Those new cards can either be opened in March of the Lich King Packs or purchased as a complete 72-card set.* Normal versions of the Mini-Set can be purchased in-game only, for 2000 Gold or 1500 Runestones. The all-Golden version can be purchased for $69.99 or, for the first time ever, 10,000 Gold. The Golden Mini-Set option also includes a bonus Diamond Legendary!

Includes one copy of each Legendary card and two copies of each other card.

Naxxramas Holds Untold Monstrosities

Return to Naxxramas unlocks Death Knight’s full potential with the class’s first Location and Colossal cards! But the Lich King isn’t the only one getting support. The Mini-Set also includes all-new Dual-Type minion creations, advanced synergies, and a terrifying new way to win the game! Check out the official Hearthstone Card Library for a full reveal calendar as the necropolis draws near.

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