The Rise of Shadows Pre-Release Looms Over Dalaran!

The Rise of Shadows Pre-Release Looms Over Dalaran!

It’s Pre-Release season once more, and it feels like the shadows are creeping up on us. There’s certainly something villainous in the offing—scowls and menacing looks abound as the unmistakable scent of E.V.I.L. fills the air.

Embrace the E.V.I.L. this Pre-Release season by hosting a Pre-Release party! The Rise of Shadows Pre-Release will run from 10 a.m. PDT on April 5 to 10 a.m. PDT on April 8. (Secret passwords at the door are recommended for maximum effect.)

If you haven’t attended a Pre-Release party before, click here for a refresher on what to expect.

Rise of Shadows Pre-Release Parties

Pre-Release parties are no longer limited events. This means that anyone can host a Pre-Release, whether you’re an established innkeeper, college student or campus organizer, or simply someone who wants to set up an exciting weekend activity for your family and friends.

In addition to opening your packs early, the Rise of Shadows Pre-Release will also feature Fireside Brawls that will let you play with your shiny new cards before the official release.

  • In the Rise of Shadows: No Cards Barred! Brawl, you’ll be able to construct decks using the cards that you open during the Pre-Release event. There are no restrictions on class or duplicates, so go crazy!
  • - There’s also An E.V.I.L. Recipe, a pre-constructed Brawl that will include new deck recipes from the upcoming set for you to play with. You won’t need to have pre-purchased packs in order to play this Brawl, though you might want to do so to maximize your Pre-release experience!

Host a Rise of Shadows Pre-Release Party

Kick things off by heading over to FiresideGatherings.com. Be sure to indicate if your event will be open to the public, or unlisted for just close friends and family. Public events will be approved automatically.

For those who want to host private Fireside Gatherings, detailed instructions are available here. If you’re a college student or campus organizer who is ready to pick up the innkeeper’s apron, you can sign up to host a special Tespa Pre-Release party here. All Fireside Gatherings hosted during the Pre-Release window, whether they’re public or unlisted, will have access to the Pre-Release features.

If you’re hosting your own event, here’s some art you can use to welcome potential attendees:

Once your event is approved, you can do any or all of the following:

  • Share your event on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with our nifty poster generator.
  • If your event is private, download the poster and send it directly to friends you want to invite.
  • Pre-purchase Rise of Shadows card packs to open during your Pre-release event.
  • Make sure you have enough chairs by the hearth.
  • Let the Shadows Rise!

Dalaran Needs You!

To help the League of E.V.I.L. with their recruitment needs, we’ve put together some Blizzard-supported Pre-release parties for you to pledge your swords (and shields, and axes) to. More importantly, you’ll also be able to take home some special Rise of Shadows goodies! Supplies are limited, so make sure you get there early!

These Pre-release events will all take place from April 5–8. Click on an event below for more details.
Pawn and Pint
Kansas City, MO
My Parents Basement
Avondale Estates, GA
GameNite at
Parmer Lane Tavern
Austin, TX
Esports Arena
Orange County, CA
Vancouver Street Battle
Vancouver, Canada
Meltdown Montreal
Montreal, Canada
Community Gaming at
General Assembly

New York City, New York
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
University of Conneticut
I.T. Engineering Bldg
Storrs, Conneticut
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio
Rutgers University
Piscataway Twp
New Jersey
Washington State

Pullman, Washington
Rochester Institute
of Technology

Rochester, New York
Univeristy of New York
Stony Brook

Brookhaven, New York
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario

We’ve also partnered with Microsoft to bring you even more Fireside Gatherings across North America this Pre-release season. Every Microsoft Store will be hosting their own Pre-release, and you’ll be able to find those events on FiresideGatherings.com.

We can’t wait for you to try out the new cards, so look for a Pre-Release party close to you . . . and get in there!

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