Class will officially be in session early August with the arrival of Scholomance Academy, the next expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s smash-hit digital card game HearthstoneTM. Within the hallowed halls of this fabled college of magic, Students will encounter 135 all-new cards, designed to supercharge the game with sorcerous synergies and dazzling displays of arcane splendor.
At Scholomance Academy, students will immerse themselves in a range of magical disciplines designed to empower their continued success in Hearthstone. This mystical curriculum is best represented by Dual-Class cards, usable by two classes (the ultimate double major) and designed around mechanics and strategies they both share. Hunter and Druid students, for example, both have an affinity for beasts and will learn of new ways to harness their wild power. There are 40 Dual-Class cards in Scholomance Academy, including 10 signature Legendary professor minions—one for each of the unique class pairings.
To achieve the highest marks, Scholomance Academy pupils will also have to master the Spellburst keyword, found on minions and weapons, which triggers a powerful one-time effect the next time the player casts a spell. In addition, Studies allow players to Discover a card (select one card from three choices to add to your hand) immediately and reduce the mana cost of the next card they play of that type.
“We love introducing new twists and mechanics to Hearthstone, and Scholomance Academy is one of our most inventive expansions to date,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “This is Hearthstone at its best, and we can’t wait to see what players do with the new Dual-Class cards and all the other tools and tricks we’re adding.”
Students looking to prepare for the academic year can pre-purchase the Scholomance Academy Mega Bundle for $79.99 USD, which comes with 85 Scholomance Academy card packs—5 of which are Golden Card Packs (containing all Golden Scholomance Academy cards)—plus one random Scholomance Academy Golden Legendary card; the Kel’Thuzad Mage Hero; the Kel’Thuzad card back; and a Tavern Pass, unlocking time-limited perks for Hearthstone Battlegrounds® and granting four Arena Tickets, which are good for a free run in the game’s Arena mode. Also available is the Scholomance Academy Bundle for $49.99 USD, which includes 55 Scholomance Academy packs, one random Scholomance Academy Golden Legendary Card, and the Kel’Thuzad card back.
Since July 15, players can log in to receive two free copies of the epic neutral minion card Transfer Student.