Hearthstone Heats Up in the Year of the Phoenix

The new Hearthstone year kicks off with the debut of the Demon Hunter, the first entirely new class added since the game’s launch. Available for pre-purchase now with special bonuses, the upcoming Ashes of Outland™ expansion explores one of Azeroth’s most storied locales and introduces 135 fel-infused new cards

The Year of the Phoenix will bring monumental changes to Hearthstone, including a thorough overhaul of ranked play, updates for Battlegrounds, and more

The Year of the Phoenix will rise in Hearthstone® on April 8 bringing monumental changes to Blizzard’s smash-hit digital card game. This fiery new era will commence with the introduction of the Demon Hunter, the first all-new class to be added to Hearthstone since the game’s launch. All players will get the Demon Hunter class and corresponding Illidan Stormrage Hero free, as well as 30 of the class’s specially tailored cards—and even be able to dive right into the action with a pre-built decklist using those cards. Coinciding with this grand debut is Ashes of Outland™, the first expansion in the Year of the Phoenix, which takes players beyond the Dark Portal and into the war-torn realm that was the setting for 2007’s World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade®. Additionally, Hearthstone will see a staggering array of features, updates, and in-game events—including substantial additions to the Battlegrounds game mode.

“We’re excited to kick off the Year of the Phoenix by introducing Hearthstone’s first all-new class together with the epic Ashes of Outland expansion,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “The Demon Hunter is iconic to Warcraft®, and the class is a natural fit for Hearthstone. When you look at everything coming to the game in April, and everything we have planned for 2020—this is going to be the best year yet for Hearthstone players.”

Introducing: The Demon Hunter

The fearsome Demon Hunter, Hearthstone’s first ever all-new class, is coming free for all players who complete the free Demon Hunter Prologue campaign, which retells the origin story of the iconic Warcraft hero (and original Demon Hunter) Illidan Stormrage. All Hearthstone players can embark on the prologue campaign starting April 3. By completing the prologue, players will also earn access to 30 Demon Hunter class cards, and a convenient pre-built starter Demon Hunter deck using those cards.

The Demon Hunter and the new Demon Hunter class cards will enter Hearthstone on April 8 alongside the launch of Ashes of Outland, the first expansion of the year.

For more information on the Demon Hunter, visit www.playhearthstone.com.

The Year of the Phoenix introduces Hearthstone’s first new hero class since launch: The Demon Hunter. Driven by fury and vengeance, the Demon Hunter excels at unbridled aggression, exemplified by its Hero Power Demon Claws, a one mana-cost single-turn boost to the Hero’s Attack, designed around robust synergies with its class cards. They also wield cards with the Demon Hunter-exclusive Outcast keyword, which makes cards more powerful when they are played from the right- or leftmost position in your hand.


Illidan Stormrage, the newest playable Hero in Hearthstone, embodies the Demon Hunter’s unique class identity and play style. He’s an aggressive attacker who leads his fel-infused forces into the fray, rending his foes with weapons and claws. Where other Heroes may focus on buffing and healing their minions, Illidan is less concerned with keeping them alive—as he is more than willing to make difficult sacrifices to defeat those who stand in his way.

The Demon Hunter is a full-fledged class, free for all Hearthstone players. He’ll be introduced on April 3 in a new prologue campaign, a four-part series of story-focused single-player missions, which retells Illidan Stormrage’s origin story from his perspective . . . and with a Hearthstone twist. Players will also receive, for free, all 10 Demon Hunter Basic cards as well as a 20-card set of Demon Hunter Starter cards. Starting with Ashes of Outland, players can expand their collections with 15 additional Demon Hunter cards from each of this year’s expansions—45 in total across the Year of the Phoenix.

The Demon Hunter prologue goes live on April 3 and the Demon Hunter joins Hearthstone on April 8.

  • New Demon Hunter Hero: Illidan Stormrage
    Hero Power – Demon Claws:
  • Hero Power – Demon Claws: 1 Mana cost; +1 Attack this turn
  • Demon Hunter Class Identity: Aggressive attacker who can dominate the early game with glaives and claws, replenishing his health with lifesteal - Or control the battlefield with devastating soul magic and powerful demons; Wield powerful fel and soul magic; sacrifice your minions to claim victory
  • New Keyword – Outcast: Powerful bonus when played from the left or rightmost position in your hand
  • Demon Hunter Cards: 10 Basic (free), 20 Starter set (free), and 15 more in Ashes of Outland card packs; players will earn a golden Basic Demon Hunter card every two levels from 22-60 (20 golden cards total)
  • Illidan Hero in the Battlegrounds: Outcast (passive ability): Your left- and rightmost minions attack first
Are you prepared for…the Demon Hunter?

Ashes of Outland Expansion Set

Ashes of Outland takes Hearthstone beyond the Dark Portal into the shattered, war-torn realm that was the setting for 2007’s World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. Illidan Stormrage, the original Demon Hunter, has proclaimed himself Lord of Outland. Along with the Illidari—Illidan’s elite cabal of fellow Demon Hunters and their motley thralls and allies—he serves as the last bastion of hope against the dreaded Rusted Legion.

Coming April 8 Ashes of Outland introduces 135 collectible cards that aim to shake up Hearthstone with novel mechanics. Starting March 18 players can pre-purchase the Ashes of Outland Mega Bundle for $79.99. The Mega Bundle includes 90 Ashes of Outland card packs, one random Ashes of Outland Golden Legendary card, the Lady Vashj Shaman Hero, the Serpentine card back, four Arena tickets, and Descent of Dragons bonuses for the Battlegrounds game mode, which upgrade to Tavern Pass bonuses* at the launch of Ashes of Outland. For $49.99, players can get the Pre-Purchase Bundle, which includes 55 Ashes of Outland card packs, one random Ashes of Outland Legendary card, and the Serpentine card back. One of each bundle can be purchased per account.

Visit www.playhearthstone.com for more details on Ashes of Outland.

Ashes of Outland™, Hearthstone’s next expansion and the first in the Year of the Phoenix, brings Blizzard’s smash hit digital card game to the shattered and war-torn world of 2007’s World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade®. The legendary Illidan Stormrage, self-proclaimed Lord of Outland, stands along with his cabal of Demon Hunters against the hazards of this broken world. Gangs of raiders and demons scour the land clad in scrap iron armor, assailing the scattered pockets of civilization—including those taking refuge in the slums of the once-proud Shattrath City. Prepare to take a stand alongside Illidan as one of the last Demon Hunters when Ashes of Outland launches April 8.


Are you prepared? The Year of the Phoenix will introduce Hearthstone’s first new class since launch: The Demon Hunter. Driven by fury and vengeance, the Demon Hunter excels at unbridled aggression, exemplified by its Hero Power Demon Claws, a one mana-cost single-turn boost to the hero’s Attack, designed around robust synergies with its class cards. Demon Hunters also have access to cards with the Outcast keyword, which become more powerful when played from the right- or leftmost position of your hand.

The Demon Hunter is a full-fledged, permanent class free for all Hearthstone players who complete the Demon Hunter Prologue missions, which retells Illidan Stormrage’s origin story from his perspective . . . and with a Hearthstone twist. Players will also receive, free, all 10 Demon Hunter Basic cards, as well as a 20-card Demon Hunter Starter set. Starting with Ashes of Outland, players can expand their collections with 15 new Demon Hunter cards, with 45 in total being planned for the Year of the Phoenix across the year’s upcoming three expansions.


New to Ashes of Outland, Primes are powerful minions who shuffle a vastly-upgraded version of themselves back into your deck when they’re taken off the board. Every class save the Demon Hunter has its own unique Prime, like the Warrior minion Kargath Bladefist. An aggressive 4 mana 4/4 with Rush in his starting form, Kargath upgrades into Kargath Prime, an 8 mana 10/10 with Rush, who grants you 10 armor whenever he kills an enemy minion.


Ashes of Outland also introduces Imprisoned Demons, who come into play “dormant” for two turns. Initially unable to attack and impervious to any threats, these powerful minions unleash tempo-shifting effects once they’re activated, with the potential to swing the outcome of a match.

Kael’thas Sunstrider, a Legendary neutral minion, is also breaking free in Ashes of Outland, will enter Hearthstone a month early! All players can log in on March 18 to receive the Lord of the Blood Elves and harness his unique power—with Kael’thas in play, your third spell every turn is free.


Ashes of Outland is available for pre-purchase now through April 7 from the Blizzard Shop. As a pre-purchase bonus, players will receive the Serpentine Card Back and a random Golden Legendary from Ashes of Outland. The Mega Bundle includes the new Lady Vashj Shaman Hero, and other additional bonuses. Visit the official site for more info.

Year of the Phoenix Updates

The Year of the Phoenix will be an explosive one for Hearthstone, with a vast roadmap of expansions, features, updates, and in-game events in the works. Here’s a peek at what players can expect:
  • Ranked Mode Overhaul—The ranked ladder is seeing substantial improvements in the new year, including reworked matchmaking and a fun progression system loaded with meaningful rewards.
  • New and Returning Player Experience—New players who ascend through the beginner ranks—as well as those returning to Hearthstone after an absence—will receive a free competitive deck of the class of their choice†. In addition, they’ll get to play some all-new single-player missions to get back into the swing of things.
  • Battlegrounds UpdatesHearthstone: Battlegrounds continues to evolve in the Year of the Phoenix, starting with the addition of Illidan to the roster, ahead of Ashes of Outland.
  • And More! There’s plenty to look forward to in the Year of the Phoenix, including new card additions to the Hall of Fame, substantial updates to the Priest class as well as a nonstop barrage of new content, such as in-game events, free Solo Adventures, and much more!
For more information on everything coming to Hearthstone in the Year of the Phoenix, please visit https://blizzard.gamespress.com/Hearthstone.

Join the Demon Hunters! Complete pre-registration and claim special goodies featuring free packs!

Hearthstone will welcome its first new hero class, The Demon Hunter, in the Year of the Phoenix alongside with its next expansion, Ashes of Outland. With a focus on unbridled aggression, the Demon Hunter jumps straight into the fray, harnessing pure demonic fury and a host of wicked new mechanics.

In celebration of its upcoming arrival to the tavern, players from Southeast Asia region* will be eligible to participate in a regional specific campaign and receive at least three free Hearthstone packs!

Starting today until April 7th, players who complete the pre-registration through the official campaign website (https://goblizzard.tw/hearthstone/ashesofoutland) can claim free special goodies, which include card packs from Classic set or Year of the Dragon expansions.
  • Pledge your allegiance to Illidan alongside the Demon Hunters and claim your goodies now!
  • To learn more about Join the Demon Hunters campaign information, please visit: https://goblizzard.tw/hearthstone/ashesofoutland
  • *Eligible countries include Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Terms and conditions apply.

About Hearthstone

With more than 100 million players worldwide, Hearthstone is Blizzard Entertainment’s internationally acclaimed, free-to-play digital card game designed for novice and veteran card-slingers alike. Players can choose from ten powerful hero classes and customize their decks with minions, spells, and weapons based on the unique fantasy of the Warcraft® universe. Featuring a variety of game modes ranging from epic head-to-head duels to story-driven Solo Adventures, Hearthstone offers a vibrant and rewarding experience stacked with strategy, personality, and fun. Hearthstone is available globally for Windows and Mac PCs.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone, Overwatch®, the Warcraft, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty-two #1 games** and numerous Game of the Year awards. The company's online gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest online-gaming services in the world, with millions of active players.

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