Everything we know about Hearthstone’s next expansion, Scholomance Academy

Discover the history of the powerful lich Kel’thuzad with dual-class cards and the newest keyword, Spellburst.

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Blizzard has entered the second phase of Hearthstone’s Year of the Phoenix with the announcement of its upcoming set, Scholomance Academy.

This expansion is the game’s 19th set and continues using Warcraft’s historied tales by bringing back a past popular character, the lich that once ruled Naxxaramas, Kel’thuzad. Scholomance Academy looks to show off the past of the character before he became the fearsome lich that everyone knows.

With Hearthstone’s Patch 17.6 now live, those who are interested in the newest set can pre-purchase Scholomance Academy in the client and their online store right now. The Scholomance Bundle is $49.99. It contains 55 packs, a golden legendary from Scholomance Academy, and a Kel’thuzad Cardback.

The Scholomance Academy Mega Bundle is $79.99. It comes with 80 packs, a random golden legendary from Scholomance Academy, a Kel’thuzad Mage hero, four Arena tickets, Battleground Perks, and, for the first time, five golden packs from Scholomance Academy.

Here’s everything we know so far about Hearthstone’s next expansion.

When can you expect it to drop?

While the official release date for Scholomance Academy isn’t confirmed yet, players who log in now will get two free copies of the epic card Transfer Student (until Oct. 20). This card has 25 different effects depending on the game board you’re playing on.

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  • Orgrimmar: Deal two damage
  • Stranglethorn: Stealth and Poisonous
  • Stormwind: Divine Shield
  • Pandaria: Give a friendly minion +1/+2
  • Naxxramas: Deathrattle: Add a random Deathrattle minion to your hand
  • Goblins vs Gnomes: Battlecry and Deathrattle: Add a Spare Part to your hand
  • Blackrock: At the end of your turn, reduce the Cost of a random card in your hand by (two)
  • Grand Tournament: Inspire: Draw a Card
  • League of Explorers (Excavation): Battlecry: Add a random weapon to your hand
  • League of Explorers (Museum): Battlecry: Discover a new Basic Hero Power
  • Whispers of the Old Gods Stormwind: Battlecry: Spend all your mana, summon a minion of that cost
  • Karazhan: Add a Karazhan portal spell to your hand
  • Mean Streets of Gadgetzan: Battlecry: Give a random minion in your hand +2/+2
  • Un’Goro: Battlecry: Adapt.
  • Frozen Throne: Deathrattle: Add a random Death Knight card to your hand.
  • Kobolds and Catacombs: Battlecry: Recruit a minion that costs (2) or less.
  • Witchwood: Echo, Rush
  • Boomsday: Taunt. Battlecry: If you have 10 mana crystals gain +5/+5.
  • Rastakhan’s Rumble: Rush, Overkill: draw a card.
  • Rise of Shadows : Battlecry: Add a Lackey to your hand.
  • Saviors of Uldum (Feet): Reborn
  • Saviors of Uldum (Windmill): Battlecry: Add an random Uldum plague spell to your hand.
  • Descent of Dragons: Battlecry: Discover a dragon.
  • Ashes of Outland: Dormant for two turns, then deal three damage to two random enemy minions

Blizzard’s website says the expansion will come out in “early August.” This article will be updated when the official release date becomes available.

Dual-class cards

With Hearthstone finally having an even number of classes, dual-class cards are entering the game. While multi-class cards aren’t entirely new thanks to the tri-class cards in Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, this is the first time that a key mechanic will make up a notable amount of the collection of the set. Dual-class cards will take up 40 cards of the set, which gives each set of class pairings four different cards.

Here are the class pairings:

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  • Druid/Hunter
  • Hunter/Demon Hunter
  • Demon Hunter/Warlock
  • Warlock/Priest
  • Priest/Paladin
  • Paladin/Warrior
  • Warrior/Rogue
  • Rogue/Mage
  • Mage/Shaman
  • Shaman/Druid

New cards

New keyword and mechanic theme, Spellburst and Study

Every Hearthstone set always brings a new keyword and themed cards to the table. The keyword coming to Scholomance Academy is Spellburst, while the themed named cards are Studies.

With Spellburst, the first time a minion or weapon with the keyword sees you cast a spell, its Spellburst ability will be activated.

Studies allow you to Discover a card immediately and also reduce the mana cost of the next card you play of that type. Similar to Demon Hunter’s Raging Felscreamer and Paladin’s Dragon Consort, this cost reduction effect doesn’t last until the end of turn. This can help you put combos together over a couple of turns.

Upcoming new mode

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In conjunction with Hearthstone’s Year of the Phoenix, an entirely new game mode is coming in addition to the solo content and new Battlegrounds features. While exact details have yet to be revealed, Blizzard said more information on the development of these features will be shared in the coming months.