Announcing March of the Lich King, Hearthstone’s Next Expansion!
The Lich King returns to Hearthstone, leading his Undead army and the new Death Knight class in an all-out assault on the elven city of Silvermoon! The Blood Elves won’t go down easily; they are as thirsty for combat as they are for the magic of the Sunwell that they draw power from. As the Corpses pile up, the Death Knights’ army swells, and so begins the March of the Lich King.
March of the Lich King will launch worldwide on December 6, with 145 new cards! You can find the full March of the Lich King reveal schedule, and all cards that have already been revealed, by visiting the card library here. Check back frequently—the page will be updated with new cards as they’re revealed!
New Death Knight Class!
The Death Knight is a new permanent addition to Hearthstone, coming with March of the Lich King. Death Knights command the Undead with their new hero power: Ghoul Charge. For two mana, summon a 1/1 Ghoul with Charge that dies at the end of your turn! That Ghoul does double-duty, because Death Knights gain a Corpse whenever a friendly minion dies. They can then spend those Corpses to power up their cards!
Death Knight is a powerful, flexible class, powered by three Runes: Blood, Frost, and Unholy. The Death Knight’s chosen devotion to those Runes determines which cards the Death Knight can put in their deck. You can learn all the details about this new class effects and special deckbuilding rules in the dedicated Death Knight introduction article.
New Minion Types: Undead and Dual-Type Minions
The Lich King commands the Undead Scourge, and these unholy masses will be Hearthstone’s next new minion type: Undead! In March of the Lich King, Undead minions will appear in Neutral and in the classes that have aligned with the Lich King. Many cards synergize with Undead, triggering bonus effects “if a friendly Undead died after your last turn,” meaning either on your opponent’s last turn, or earlier on your current turn.
In March of the Lich King, some minions will have two minion types! For Undead minions, this might be a second type to represent what they were before they became Undead. These will be retroactive additions, with both Undead and second minion types being added to many older minions as well as those in this expansion.
Returning Keyword: Reborn
Some Undead have Reborn, a returning keyword mechanic that will now be a regular part of the game going forward. The first time a Reborn minion dies, it is resummoned with 1 Health remaining—the perfect keyword for representing pesky Undead minions, and for pumping up your Corpse counter!
New Keyword: Manathirst
The Blood Elves draw more power from the Sunwell the longer they hold off the Scourge advance. Cards with Manathirst get more powerful once you reach a specified amount of mana. You don’t have to spend that mana to power up the cards, you just need access to it.
The Sunwell Login Reward Available Now!
The Blood Elves aren’t the only ones able to draw power from The Sunwell. Log in to Hearthstone to start preparing for the March of the Lich King with your complimentary The Sunwell Legendary spell!* The Sunwell is Hearthstone’s first collectible Neutral spell. Though there are those who struggle to control its power, The Sunwell’s wild magic can offer you anything your heart desires. Add it to your collection and see what The Sunwell has in store for you!
* Limited one per account. After Patch 25.6, The Sunwell will be granted upon opening your first March of the Lich King pack, instead of upon logging in.
New Signature Cards and Signature Golden Packs
Signature is a new cosmetic quality that cards can have (like Golden or Diamond), with stylized full-art images, starting in Patch 25.0. For March of the Lich King, the Signature cards will all feature an icy sepia style, evoking the Lich King’s powers over Frost and the Undead. The art style of Signature cards within each expansion will match their respective expansion’s style and the card frame for future Signature cards might also change from time to time. That means Signature cards from future sets will look different from these ones, to evoke different tones and styles.
Signature cards can’t be crafted or disenchanted; they can only be opened in packs or earned through special means. There are a total of 18 Signature cards coming with the launch of March of the Lich King, including 15 Legendary cards. Two of the Legendary cards will be available on the Tavern Pass, and the three non-Legendary cards will be earnable for free as part of an event with expansion launch. After the launch of March of the Lich King, the other 13 Legendary Signature cards can be opened in Standard Packs, class packs, March of the Lich King Packs, and new March of the Lich King Signature Golden Packs. Signature Golden Packs are like current Golden Packs, but they have a chance to include Signature cards instead of only Golden cards, and they have much better overall odds of opening a Legendary card!*
The March of the Lich King Pre-Purchase Mega Bundle includes 2 random March of the Lich King Signature Legendary cards and 5 March of the Lich King Signature Golden Packs! Signature Golden Packs will also replace Golden Packs in the in-game Shop for all future expansions, starting with March of the Lich King.
* See full odds and disclosures on the disclosure site.
Pre-Purchase March of the Lich King
The March of the Lich King Mega Bundle includes 80 March of the Lich King card packs, 5 Signature Golden March of the Lich King card packs, two random March of the Lich King Signature Legendary cards, the entire Path of Arthas set,* and the Lor’themar Hunter hero skin and card back.
The March of the Lich King Bundle includes 60 March of the Lich King card packs, two random March of the Lich King Legendary cards, and the Lor’themar card back!
This time, for the first time ever, both March of the Lich King pre-purchase bundles will also be available for one week following the launch of the expansion! You can get them now to start rocking your new card back right away or get them after the expansion goes live—whatever works best for you.
* 11/10 Correction: The breakdown of Path of Arthas card rarities is 3 Legendary cards (1x), 3 Epic cards (2x), 8 Rare cards (x2), and 12 Common cards (x2) for 26 distinct cards and 49 total cards—that combine with Core Set cards to make up three Death Knight starter deck lists you can immediately take onto the ladder! You can learn more about the Path of Arthas set in the Death Knight Deep Dive.