Rise of Shadows Launches Today! Here's Everything You Need to Know + Theorycrafted Decks

Rise of Shadows Launches Today! Here's Everything You Need to Know + Theorycrafted Decks

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Hearthstone's newest expansion launches today, April 9. Everything you need to know to get through today can be found below.


  • The new Adventure will be available in May with no date confirmed.
  • Another 135 new cards have been added to the game.
  • For the next week you can purchase the "Shadow Bundle". It contains 9 cards packs and an Arena Ticket for $10 USD.
  • You can view all the new cards in our dedicated visual guide to Rise of Shadows.
  • You can come kill time with me and some HearthPwners on Discord.


  • One Archmage Vargoth on login (if you haven't logged in and received him yet).
  • A quest chain with card packs.
  • The first wing of the new "Great Dalaran Heist" adventure, delivered in May.

Launch Day Goals

  • Login to get your free stuff outlined above.
  • Craft any golden Legendaries you really want. This is important due to the no duplicate legendaries rule.
  • Open up your packs! You get a guaranteed Legendary within your first 10 packs.
  • Share your awesome decks with everyone on HearthPwn via or DeckbuilderDon't forget to write a guide!

New Mechanics

We have three core mechanics in Rise of Shadows.

  • Twinspell adds another copy of the card (without Twinspell) to your hand.
  • Lackeys - Special token minions which are randomly generated through other particular cards. They are 1/1 minions with "devious" battlecries.
  • Schemes - These cards grow in power each turn they are in your hand!


Year of the Dragon Begins

New year, new you! For those that play Standard, say goodbye to friends from the past. The following Hearthstone sets are now WILD ONLY.

  • Journey to Un'Goro
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne
  • Kobolds and Catacombs

A reminder that this is the only set rotation that is happening this year, as always. The next rotation will take place in April 2020 and you can learn more about how set rotations work in this post from just over a year ago.

In addition to the sets above, the following cards have been sent to Wild as they were moved to the Hall of Fame set.

Arena Changes

The Arena is getting a massive change with the start of Rise of Shadows.

  • We will now have rotating card sets for the Arena.
  • The initial rotation of card sets will include cards from Basic, Classic, Naxxramas, Old Gods, Gadgetzan, Witchwood, and Rise of Shadows.

Reveal Day Stream

Theorycrafted Decks From RegisKillbin

Regis has been hard at working building ideas for the new expansion. Check out his concepts and expansion stream where we may see some of them evolve.

Deck Author Cost
 Midrange Dragon Paladin RegisKillbin 6400
 Bomb Control Warrior RegisKillbin 8520
 Thief Rogue RegisKillbin 7640
 Khadgar Summoner Mage RegisKillbin 8360
 Tempo Mage RegisKillbin 3880
 Mech Deathrattle Hunter RegisKillbin 5960
 Control Hagatha Shaman RegisKillbin 16160
 Lucentbark Heal Druid RegisKillbin 6680
 Vereesa Spell Hunter RegisKillbin 4140
 Tempo Togwaggle Rogue RegisKillbin 8000
 Big Warrior RegisKillbin 6320
 Betrug Portal Warlock RegisKillbin 6360
 Silence Priest RegisKillbin 1040
 Demon Zoo Warlock RegisKillbin 7120
 Secret Paladin RegisKillbin 6600
 Murloc Shaman RegisKillbin 4680

Theorycrafted Decks From Kripparrian

Deck Author Cost
 KRIPP Bomb Midrange Warrior Kripparrian 12960
 KRIPP Jepetto Spell Hunter Kripparrian 9900
 KRIPP Silence Lady Priest Kripparrian 7080
 KRIPP Malygos Jepetto Shaman Kripparrian 13140
 KRIPP Undatakah Paladin Kripparrian 10420
 KRIPP Mecha'thun NOT DEAD Warlock Kripparrian 11040
 KRIPP Token Aggro Druid Kripparrian 2800

Theorycrafted Community Decks

We're shining the light on some theorycrafted community goodness.

Deck Author Cost
 [RoS] Control Fatigue Value Shaman Ontes 17600
 Rise of Shadows | Aggro Secret Pally kiwiinbacon 6040
 [Rise of Shadows] Khadgar Mage Inquixty 11880
 Pogo-hopper Rogue WillPwn 4800
 Bomb Rush Tempo [Rise of Shadows] FunkiMonki 10560
 RoS Malygos Rogue Ulstrup 6220
 [F2P] Budget Tempo-Steal Rogue (RoS) Superkowboj1 1300
 [Rise Of Shadows] Resurrect Priest NanaKwame 9440
 [RoS] Secret Spell Hunter Jeleniowatyy 9520
 RoS Zoolock Solem 6960
 [RoS] Freeze mage Atramentar 8160
 ROS Control Dragon Mage LilIpecac 9360
 Day One Bomb Tempo Warrior Dekkster 13420
 Day One Silence Tempo Priest [Budget] Dekkster 1440
 Day One Murloc Cult Cycle Shaman Dekkster 4740
 Day One Dragon Midrange Paladin Dekkster 8880
 Day One Super Secret Paladin Dekkster 7280

Rise of Shadows Expansion Guide

Learn more and see all the cards in our dedicated expansion guide.

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