Kobolds & Catacombs is the Next Hearthstone Expansion - BlizzCon 2017 Opening Ceremony

Note: Coverage of the Hearthstone Expansion will continue in our "What's Next" Live Panel Recap.

Kobolds & Catacombs is the Next Hearthstone Expansion

The newest Hearthstone expansion is Kobolds and Catacombs!

  • You can pre-order the new expansion already on Battle.net.
  • The official new site is up.
  • Dungeon Runs are a new single player content being added to Hearthstone.
    • When your Dungeon Run starts, you’ll choose a Hero and receive a starting deck consisting of 10 cards. You’ll use it to overcome eight encounters of increasing difficulty (chosen randomly from a huge pool of 48 possible encounters!) to clear the run. 
    • Completing a dungeon run with each of the nine classes gives you the Candle King card back.
  • Recruit: Cards with the Recruit keyword immediately summon minions from your deck and put them into play. Some cards recruit minions that match certain conditions; others recruit randomly chosen minions.
  • Every class is getting a Legendary Weapon in the new set!
  • UNIDENTIFIED MAGIC ITEMS – These mysterious cards gain new powers when they enter your hand. (Awaiting more information!)
  • SPELLSTONES – Play your Spellstone immediately, or empower it by fulfilling specific actions for a greater effect. (Awaiting more information!)
  • Marin the Fox is being given out to all players for free starting on Monday.
  • BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders will be getting Marin's golden version for free.

New Card Reveals

Blizzard oops'd hardcore. Marin the Fox has been revealed already via a promotional email.



Opening Ceremony Live Recap

Below are our notes from the opening ceremony.

Quote from HearthPwn


  • Ben Brode is on the Hearthstone Stage!
  • "This is going to be the best BlizzCon yet!" - Ben Brode 2017
  • "This has been an awesome year for Hearthstone"
  • The new set comes out in December.
  • We're being taken back to the roots of classic fantasy. Dungeon crawling vibe.
  • There's a song!
  • The new expansion is "Kobolds and Catacombs"
  • Everyone who logs into Hearthstone starting Monday gets Marin the Fox for free.
  • BlizzCon attendees (And virtual ticket holders) will receive a golden version of Marin the Fox.
  • Recruit: Cards with the Recruit keyword immediately summon minions from your deck and put them into play. Some cards recruit minions that match certain conditions; others recruit randomly chosen minions.
  • All classes are getting a Legendary Weapon! Everyone gets a free weapon at launch.
  • A brand new single player mode is being added called the Dungeon Run.
  • You will collect loot and level up your heroes.
  • The most replayable single player content ever.
  • Dungeon Runs are completely free - you don't need any cards to play!


  • Mike Morhaime is doing his usual greetings to everyone.
  • An Esports video played showcasing the past year of Blizzard Esports.

World of Warcraft

  • J. Allen Brack is on stage to talk about World of Warcraft.
  • World of Warcraft Classic is coming back.
  • They are committed to bringing back the game.
  • Shadow plushie is coming to the store. Proceeds going to world disaster relief.
  • Over the years, 15 million dollars has been donated to charitable causes.
  • World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth


  • Jeff Kaplan is on stage from the Overwatch Arena to talk about Overwatch.
  • Blizzard World is a new theme-park themed map.
  • The new map is coming out next year. It's part assault and part payload.
  • Moira is a new hero coming to Overwatch.
  • A new Reinhardt Cinematic!

Starcraft II

  • Starcraft II is FREE TO PLAY starting November 14.
  • You will get the Wings of Liberty Campaign for free.
  • Competitive ladder will be free.

Heroes of the Storm

  • Kaeo Milker is on stage to talk about Heroes of the Storm.
  • They've doubled the amount of Heroes since last BlizzCon. It's been a busy year.
  • Alexstrasza is being added to the game. She is a ranged support that can manipulate life energy to heal her allies.
  • Hanzo is being added to the game. He is a ranges assassin who can serve as a scout for his team.
  • New Features Coming:
    • Peformance Based Matchmaking - Rethinking matchmaking based on how you do in the game vs your entire team.
    • Voice Chat
    • Rework to Stealth.
    • Evolved Battleground Mechanics.
  • The new heroes and changes are playable on the show floor.

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Watch Live

The Opening Ceremony is available for free to those without a Virtual Ticket. If you want to watch the panels though, you'll want to buy a Virtual Ticket.

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