Blizzard officially announced the next expansion for Hearthstone Monday and unveiled a new keyword, spell type, the return of Quests, and the promise of other new and returning mechanics.
The expansion, titled Saviors of Uldum, will continue the story that started with the previous expansion, Rise of Shadows, and feature the League of Explorers facing off against the League of E.V.I.L. The expansion will release as expected in August and will include the standard 135 new cards.
The new keyword, Reborn, means that the minion will resurrect the first time they are destroyed but with only 1 health. Of all the resurrection effects available in the game, this keyword is closest in effect to the Paladin trap "Redemption." It is a strong effect that gives the minion the benefit of being very sticky. The first Reborn minion, called "Restless Mummy," is a 4/3/2 Warrior minion with Rush - now that's value.
The new spell type, Plagues, are powerful spells that affect the entire board. Like Schemes in the previous expansion, Plagues belong to the 5 League of E.V.I.L classes, so you will only find these spells on Shaman, Warlock, Priest, Rogue, and Warrior. The featured Plague card, "Plague of Death," is a Priest card that silences and destroys all minions - sorry, Mechrattle Hunters.
Finally, Quests will be making their first appearance since they were introduced in Journey to Un'Goro three years ago. Quests are 1 cost spells that start in your hand and, once certain conditions have been met, reward you with a major advantage. In this new iteration, all Quests will reward you with an upgraded hero power specific to your class. There were two new Quest cards featured: a Druid Quest, called "Untapped Potential," which will change your hero power to "Your choose one cards have both effects combined" once you have floated mana four times, and a Warlock Quest, "Supreme Archaeology," that changes your hero power to "Draw a card. It costs (o)" once you have drawn 20 cards.
Uldum, the setting of the new expansion, is a region in Kalimdor that was first introduced during Cataclysm. Uldum is a desert that closely resembles Egypt and is flush with ancient relics of an advanced civilization, the Tol'vir. It is the perfect location to reintroduce the League of Explorers who have hardly been seen since their own expansion four years ago.
Reno Jackson was an exciting and meta-defining card that introduced the "no duplicate" deck type to the game. It will be exciting to see if the new Reno will have the same staying power as the original. You can also look forward to a new Brann Bronzebeard, Sir Finley, and a third version of Elise Starseeker.
The expansion launches August 6, 2019, and can be pre-ordered now. There are two options, 50 packs, a golden legendary, and a card back for $50 or 80 packs, a golden legendary, a card back, and an Elise hero portrait for $80.