Everything You Need to Know for the Knights of the Frozen Throne Launch This Thursday

Knights of the Frozen Throne Launches This Thursday!

Hearthstone's newest frosty expansion launches on Thursday (Friday EU) and we're here to give you all the details in one easy place!

  • 135 new cards have been added to the game.
  • Datamined client data shows there is 3 Free Frozen Throne Packs waiting for you when you login!
  • The expansion contains mission content for free. These missions can earn you Frozen Throne packs.
  • Four mission bosses will be available the first week, with another three opening up the week after.
  • The Lich King boss fight will be available during week 3.
  • Don't forget you can use Innkeeper to track your collection on the site to find decks easier that you can craft!

Global Launch Times

  • Americas - LIVE
  • Asia - LIVE
  • Europe - LIVE

Your Launch Day Goal

  1. Craft any golden Legendaries you really want. This is important due to the new no duplicate legendaries rule.
  2. Login and complete The Prologue to get a free Death Knight card.
  3. Open any Frozen Throne packs you have acquired. You get a guaranteed Legendary within your first 10 packs.
  4. Play Hearthstone!
  5. Share your awesome decks with everyone on HearthPwn via or Deckbuilder.

New Keyword: Lifesteal

Hearthstone's taken one of the previously seen effects on cards and turned it into a new keyword.

  • Damage dealt by cards with Lifesteal will also restore that amount of Health back to your hero.
  • All minions with Lifesteal have a broken heart at the bottom of their portraits when on the gameboard.
  • The Keyword appears on 16 collectible cards.

Here are some Lifesteal cards that you can find in the game. You can find all collectible Lifesteal cards right here.


The Death Knights

Each of Hearthstone's primary nine heroes has died! These new collectible cards can go into your deck and give your hero new Hero Powers when played.

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Death Knight Class Cards

A set of Death Knight class cards has been added to the game! These cards aren't in anyway tied to the Death Knight heroes but instead are generated through the effects of The Lich King and his little borker, Arfus.

Wild Set Rotations

There are no sets rotating out to wild with the release of the new expansion. Set rotations only happen at the beginning of a new Hearthstone year which usually happens in April which means we've got another 8 months to go.

Icecrown Citadel Adventure Missions

A free adventure is included with the Frozen Throne expansion, and future ones too!

  • You earn free card packs for completion of wings. First wing gives you a DK Hero Card instead.
  • The first week will see The Prologue open up and the Lower Citadel which contains 3 bosses.
  • Don't forget you're able to share your decks that helped you beat bosses by using our deckbuilder.
  • We'll have more information on the adventure content in an upcoming post!

These are the current guides we have up for the new adventure

New Playable Hero: Prince Arthas

A new hero has arrived! Prince Arthas is the new Paladin hero and can be yours provided that you can defeat the Lich King with all nine of Hearthstone's classes. Prince Arthas will not be available until the third week of the Frozen Throne as that is when The Lich King boss fight activates.

Hero Voiceovers

Background Music

Theorycraft Frozen Throne Decks

Our community here on HearthPwn has been busy throughout the reveal season creating new ideas with the Un'Goro cards. Check out some of our favourites below and be sure to share your ideas in the comments. We've also included a set of decks courtesy of TrumpSC.

Share your own decks using our deckbuilder tool.

Community Decks

Deck Author Cost
 Treachery Combo Warlock simonsald 11960
 KFT Hemet N'Zoth DK Priest Ellstrom44 14960
 [KotFT] Shadow Word: Combo XIII 10660
 KFT C'thun druid Hakkene 8160
 Thief Rogue w/ Lilian Voss and Valeera the Hollow seksireturns 10700
 [KFT] Ultimate Control Mage HaruAritaRAM 13480
 [EXTENSIVE] Digging up Rexxar Aeneas80 5000
 Kelesath-Idea Buffadin Riicochet 13280

Trump's Decks

Deck Cost
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - EZ Big EZ Jade 9120
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Corpsetaker Control 14520
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Classic Control 10320
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Overload Control 8920
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Penguin OTK 14380
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Handbuff 10860
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Miracle 12920
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Greedy Control 11380
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Slower Midrange 5220
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Glacial Secrets 3540
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Elemental 7700
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Quest 7620
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Divine Shield Aggro 6260
 Trump's Frozen Throne Theorycraft - Prince Zoo 5440

Frozen Throne Deck Recipes

Blizzard has added in 9 new deck recipes to the game with this week's patch which feature some of the new cards.

Deck Cost
 Pestilence - Druid Deck Recipe 8120
 The Eternal Hunt - Hunter Deck Recipe 10920
 Fire and Ice - Mage Deck Recipe 7560
 Shields of the Light - Paladin Deck Recipe 9800
 Shadowreaper's Revenge - Priest Deck Recipe 8400
 Jades of Death - Rogue Deck Recipe 11560
 Remorseless Winter - Shaman Deck Recipe 4900
 Merciless Sacrifice - Warlock Deck Recipe 3120
 No Pain, No Gain - Warrior Deck Recipe 6800

Share Your Own New Decks

Have you created a deck using cards from the new expansion that you're finding success with? Head on over to our deckbuilder and share it with us! Click the banner below to go to the deckbuilder. Don't forget to write a short description to let people know how it works!

Share Your Pack Openings

We'd love to see what you crack open whether that is out of those pre-order packs or from all that gold you've been saving up for months. Check out our two dedicated threads for sharing your openings, one that is for opening videos and the other for screenshots. 

Open a Simulated Card Pack

Compete on our site leaderboard with simulated pack openings now featuring Frozen Throne cards!

Visit Our Frozen Throne Guide

If you want to take a look at everything the set has to offer, you should head on over to our guide where you can take a visual look!

Get Cheaper Packs!

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Although you can't make use of this offer for the new packs yet, you can collect cards on the cheap from expansions by using Amazon Coins. It does require an Android device though since you need to install the Amazon Underground Appstore in order to get the correct Hearthstone app that lets you redeem the coins.

So go buy some Amazon Coins at a discount to get cheaper packs! You can save your coins for the launch or spend them on older packs now. Be sure to visit our guide to learn more about Amazon Coins. 

Global Launch Times Blue Post

Quote from Aratil


There’s a chill in the Tavern as we prepare for the launch of Knights of the Frozen Throne! We’re excited to get Hearthstone’s latest expansion in your hands as quickly and as smoothly as possible. The expansion will roll out on a region-by-region basis, beginning with the Americas. After we ensure that everything is running smoothly, we will then roll out the expansion to Asia, followed by the Europe region. We estimate that Knights of the Frozen Throne will be available for play by the following times:

Americas Region: August 10 12:00 PM PDT
Asia Region: August 11 07:00 AM KST
Europe Region: August 11 05:00 AM CEST

The new Icecrown Citadel mission content will also be available with the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne, in the form of three parts. One part will release each week, at the estimated release times indicated below:

Rise of the Knights of the Frozen Throne: Prologue & Lower Citadel
Americas Region: August 10 12:00 PM PDT
Asia Region: August 11 07:00 AM KST
Europe Region: August 11 05:00 AM CEST

Battle For Icecrown Citadel: Upper Reaches
Americas Region: August 17 10:00 AM PDT
Asia Region: August 18 05:00 AM KST 
Europe Region: August 18 12:01 AM CEST 

Showdown with the Lich King: The Frozen Throne
Americas Region: August 24 10:00 AM PDT
Asia Region: August 25 05:00 AM KST 
Europe Region: August 25 12:01 AM CEST

Don’t forget to shake off your boots before coming into the Tavern -- We’ll see you soon!


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