Ashes of Outland brings us the Demon Hunter and heralds a new era in Hearthstone.

A new expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s hit digital card game is now available to take us to one of the most popular locations in Azeroth with 135 new cards infused with vileness.

The Year of the Phoenix officially kicks off with the release of Ashes of Outland, the new expansion to Blizzard’s hit digital card game Hearthstone. Ashes of Outland invites players to venture beyond the Dark Portal into a brutal and war-torn realm. In addition, this expansion turns Hearthstone upside down with 135 new cards featuring twisted monstrosities, sinister characters, and the vile-infused spells and artifacts of this shattered world.

Along with Ashes of Outland today comes the Demon Hunter, Hearthstone’s first completely new class since its launch. Bursting with chaotic fel energy and capable of performing fearsome feats with soul magic, the Demon Hunter has a unique play style that encourages unbridled aggression and focuses on direct hero attacks and powerful demon minions. The Demon Hunter class, its hero Illidan Stormrage, and 30 class-specific cards are available for free to players who complete the four-part Prologue with single-player Demon Hunter missions.

Ashes of Outland brings us the Demon Hunter and heralds a new era in Hearthstone

Ashes of Outland comes with 135 new cards including Supreme, a new type of Legendary minion designed to have a lasting effect in games. In its initial form, a supreme is a powerful and inexpensive minion, ideal for entering the game early or mid-game. However, when removed from the board, it returns to the player’s deck in a much higher version. Players will also have to deal with imprisoned demons. These powerful minions are inactive for two turns, unable to attack or take damage, but when activated, they unleash effects capable of turning the tables on a game.

The Year of the Phoenix begins

The Year of the Phoenix brings to Hearthstone some of the biggest changes the game has seen to date (and they won’t be the only ones):

Ashes of Outland brings us the Demon Hunter and heralds a new era in Hearthstone

Ranged mode redesign. The new year kicks off with an improved ranked play experience, a re-allocation of matches, and a fun rewards-packed progression system.
Experience for new and veteran players. New players who advance through the beginner ranks and those who return to Hearthstone after a period of absence will receive a free competitive deck of their chosen class.

Improved experience with letter packs. The popular “do not duplicate legendary” rule now applies to cards of all rarities. Players will no longer get more than two copies of any Common, Uncommon, and Epic card until they get two copies of all cards of that rarity in the set.

Ashes of Outland brings us the Demon Hunter and heralds a new era in Hearthstone

Free Single Player Adventure. Later in the expansion cycle, players will receive a free single-player adventure that takes place in the shattered world of Outland. Join the iconic Illidan Stormrage and his group of elite demon hunters as they fight the fearsome Rusty Legion.

Priest class redesign. We have implemented some important changes to the priest to reinforce his class identity. Six of his cards have passed into the Hall of Fame and we have added new ones to replace them.
Battlegrounds updates. Hearthstone Battlegrounds continues its evolution in the Year of the Phoenix with the recent addition of Illidan to the roster of available heroes.

Ashes of Outland brings us the Demon Hunter and heralds a new era in Hearthstone

Players who log in to Hearthstone will be able to complete a quest chain to obtain up to six card packs: three from Ashes of Outland and one from Descent of Dragons, Saviors of Uldum and Rise of Shadows. The first mission in the chain is now available, while the second and third will be on the 8th and 9th, respectively. Additionally, all Hearthstone players will receive the Legendary Minion Kael’Thas Sunstrider for free if they log in between now and June 29.