Hearthstone: Announcing the Knights of the Frozen Throne


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Cause it’s not “architecture.” No, it’s clearly “arch” You have Archbishop of Canterbury you have Archduke Ferdinand
-Action! Well met. My name is Ben Brode. And I am Jason Chayes. And we are here to announce Hearthstone’s newest expansion coming this August. That’s right.
Last time we were all together was when we announced
the Journey to Un’Goro. We’re now mid way through
the year of the mammoth and we’re very excited
to share with you guys where we’re going next.
Where’re we going next? We put a graphic out
before the year of the mammoth started detailing the whole year. We left some clues there for enterprising players
to decipher our next expansion. A few of you guys thought
we were going to go to Dalaran next. So, Brode, are we going to Dalaran? No, we’re not going to Dalaran. We are going… …to Northrend. Northrend is the frozen north
of Azeroth. Is very cold.
It’s the home of the Undead Scourge. And if you’re brave enough
to make it all the way through the Scourge at the very heart of Northrend sits Icecrown Citadel. You can work your way up to
the very top spire of Icecrown there sits the Frozen Throne. And sitting inside the Frozen Throne is the Lich King. The Lich King is one of the most iconic and tragic figures in Warcraft history. And that was kind of a big challenge
for us. How do we take a powerful
tragic and very dark character like the Lich King and bring him into the fun
light hearted and whimsical world of Hearthstone. So, we have an idea. What if for Icecrown if Hearthstone… What if… Everybody dies. Knights of the Frozen Throne! That was incredible. It’s been forever since
we’ve been talking about trying to make the trip to Northrend. I’m so excited.
The heroes of Hearthstone have turned into Death Knights! We’re going to be bringing out
the magic of the Death Knights the unholy power of the Death Knights to all 9 classes. And the way we’re going
to be doing that is we’re introducing a new card type. The hero card. It’s the first time we’ve ever done that. We have minions, spells
and weapons but this is the 4th card type
the hero. Hero cards cost mana. They take the place of the hero
you already have. They give you a little bit of bonus armor. They have a battlecry. And the kicker is… they give you a brand new hero power
as well. So let’s take a look
at our first hero card Deathstalker Rexxar with a battlecry that does 2 damage
to all enemy minions. He’ll bring out
5 additional armor for you but most importantly
his hero power is going to change to build a beast. Brode, what does
build a beast do? You get to craft a custom
“zombeast” and that means
you get to choose from 1 of 3 beasts and then choose again
from 3 different beasts and then stitch them together into a horrible abomination. You combine the mana cost,
the attack, the health and the text boxes. And you can do
some really disgusting things when you jam 2 of these
beasts together. This is taking Rexxar
one of the greatest hunters across all of Azeroth and figuring out what happens
when he harnesses the power of the undead and becomes a Death Knight
to do amazing things with his beasts
across the world. We also have a recurring theme
of deathrattle that you’re going to see
coming back with a lot of the minions. What is one of our first
deathrattle minions? I’m excited about
Shallow Gravedigger And the way she works is that she comes into play
with a deathrattle effect when she dies, she’ll bring a random
deathrattle minion into your hand. We’ve got a lot of cool
deathrattle cards in the set. In fact, the set’s got a lot
of death in it. But it also has a little bit of life. And it is a keyword in
Knights of the Frozen Throne called Lifesteal. You may have seen
some things like Lifesteal before the way Lifesteal works is that any time a minion does damage
with Lifesteal on it you heal back that amount of damage
back to you as the hero. The Chillblade Champion
for example comes to play with Charge
but also Lifesteal every time he hits
a minion or the opponent you’ll be taking that health
back into your hero. Lifesteal is a great keyword if you’re trying to play
a control-style game and keep yourself alive
against an aggressive strategy. Also, this set is the first time
we’re seeing this mechanic on a spell. Let’s check out
Spirit Lash. Spirit Lash is a priest spell that deals 1 damage to all minions but also heals whatever damage you deal back to your hero. Imagine a board with 14 minions that’s 14 health! It’s incredible. It wouldn’t be Hearthstone
without a few additional surprises. So we have one more card
we want to share with you guys today. And that is
Prince Keleseth. The way the Prince Keleseth works is that he comes into play
with a battlecry that if you have no other 2-cost cards
in your deck at all. he’ll buff every single other minion
waiting in your deck with +1 / +1. This card seems crazy! It is crazy!
I don’t know what we were thinking. I don’t know either. You have just seen lots of awesome stuff.
Tons of new Cards. We got even more to come. So, with Knight of the Frozen Throne you will be climbing to the very top spire
of Icecrown Citadel Along the way you will encounter eight bosses
that will be a great challenge. These will actually be harder missions than any of the missions
you have seen before as you have been playing Hearthstone. And all the mission
that you will see this time will be free. And if you played
through World of Warcraft’s Icecrown Citadel,
you’ll remember a lot of the characters like Blood-Queen Lana’thel, Sindragosa,
Lord Marrowgar we’ve got Professor Putricide and of course at the very top
the Lich King himself. For those of you
who are brave enough to venture into Icecrown Citadel
there is a special reward waiting for you. After you complete the first mission
of Icecrown Citadel we’ll have a special legendary
hero card Death Knight waiting for you. -Do you like Death Knights?
-I love Death Knights. Cool. So, the set comes out in August and we are excited
to continue revealing new cards starting on July 24th. And it all kicks off later today,
when we begin the pre-purchase for the Knight of the Frozen Throne
Expnasion. And it come with a card back. It does.
It comes with the Frostmourne card back. Frostmourne
is one of the great legendary artifacts of Azeroth and is the sword
of the Lich King himself. The Hearthstone team has been having
so much fun exploring Northrend and turning our legendary heroes
into Death Knights. And we can’t wait
to share the set with you when it comes out next month. Thanks to all of you,
for joining us here today and we’ll see you online. Thanks for watching. We have a lot of great positions
open right now on the Hearthstone team. If you are interested check out
jobs.blizzard.com.

100 thoughts on “Hearthstone: Announcing the Knights of the Frozen Throne

  1. All that matters is Artha's return to the Frozen Throne in WoW. We, his faithful Death Knights, stand eternally loyal to the Scourge. The Lich King shall reign once more.

  2. I keep thinking its Knights of the Frozen North ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  3. I've been wanting/requesting for a death knight class since the beginning of hearthstone, a little sad to not see it happen :/ hope the expac turns out well tho

  4. Blizzard makes a new hearthstone expansion based on Wrath of the Lich King
    Everybody in the game re-rolls to a Death knight.
    Historically accurate

  5. Hello my name is Buddy Collins and I think you should make a idea for the expansion to command large armies what do you think of my idea? Love ya Blizzard. Yours sincerely Buddy Collins

  6. jaina: "the righteous and the meek may recoil at its cost, but they have no vision! Power alone is not to be feared, fear those who wield it!"

    literally every warlock: we've been saying this for over a decade but ok

  7. Well this pretty much confirms next wow expansion. Rise of the Lich Queen. Jaina Proudmoore goes and takes over the frost thrown after being kick out of Dalaran.

  8. Actually Hero type cards are the 5th type of cards, not the 4th, if we count the missions as missions and not simple spells

  9. Vicious Fledgling + Stonetusk Boar. 4 mana 4/4 Charge. Whenever this minion attacks, Adapt.

    There, l said it. Someone had to point it out, right?

  10. Hello everyone, I've got a few interesting class legendaries suggestions for the upcoming expansion on my channel. Come on over and check them out ^^

  11. Best warlock card: Change your hero class with your opponents hero class. Now your opponent is playing warlock and you are playing whatever they where playing. 100%win-chance against all decks except warlocks.

  12. i hope there are some secret beast combinations when building a zombeast. imagine some special two card combos having unique card art and text!

  13. I want a new hero, Arthus the Death Knight class, be like Warrior but have the hero power Death Coil-2 dmg to a minion.

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