Journey to Un'Goro features new 'Adapt' and 'Quest' mechanics

Azeroth's finest scholars and explorers have today begun preparing for Journey to Un'Goro, the new expansion coming to Hearthstone, Blizzard Entertainment's smash-hit digital card game, in April Those fearless or at least curious enough to embark on an expedition to a land of primordial wonder will encounter ancient elementals, frightening flora, and some of the fiercest predators to ever inhabit Azeroth-all while unearthing 135 new Hearthstone cards to add to their collections! Moving eternal deck staples such as Ragnaros, Sylvanas and the trusty Azure Deck to the Wild format forces deckbuilders to find deck-relevant choices rather than "automatic" cards that work well regardless of the situation.

Fans should also look forward to a new tribe called "Elemental".

"Journey to Un'Goro" will introduce 135 new cards that include spells and minions. Specifically, Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers will leave Standard. Blizzard hasn't confirmed a specific release date, but did announce that the expansion would drop in early April, with card reveals getting underway on March 17.

There's a fresh mechanic, Adapt, for bolstering minions with a number of upgrades. Players can include one Quest card in each deck and it is guaranteed to land their opening hand. The single player campaign has you venture into this region completing challenges in hopes of unlocking powerful and rare cards.

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Coming to Windows and Mac PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android™ tablets; and mobile phones, Journey to Un'Goro card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone's Arena mode and purchasable with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone's other card packs.

Blizzard showed this off with the card Awaken the Makers, which challenges you to spawn seven Deathrattle minions. Volcano is a five mana, overload 2 that deals 15 damage randomly split among all enemies. Specifically, you can choose one of the six below.

The Hearthstone blog description reveals that the new expansion has Elise Starseeker and her junior explorers set on an expedition into the Un'Goro crater which is an uncharted territory. Whenever Adapt activates, a player picks one of three random Adaptation cards and uses it to buff the minion in question. You can get the former back as a stronger card every time its final form dies. Obviously, without the Adapt mechanic, this would be a below-average card, i.e. a worse Booty Bay Bodyguard, but you can choose the additional effect best suited to the board state. This was shown off with the 2/2 creature Pyro which costs two mana to play. Of significance but not really talked about by Blizzard is that Pyros comes with a new Tribal name, Elemental.

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