Only July 22 (Tuesday next week), Blizzard will be implementing the very first expansion to its wildly popular card based game, Hearthstone. Curse of Naxxramas is a five wing expansion, with a wing opening each week, that represents one of Blizzards most popular raids instances, Naxxramas.
Curse of Naxxramas will be a pay as you play type of expansion, where players can use in game gold to unlock wings, or actual money. Players will be able to buy all the wings in a complete package for $24.99 or $6.99 for each individual wing. However, if you should have 700 in game gold lying around, you can use that to purchase the wings as they open. The first wing of the expansion will be free for the first month.
There are 15 bosses in total, of which players will play them in order. Here’s a list of each wing and the bosses included.
|The Arachnid Quarter |
|Grand Widow Faerlina|
|The Plague Quarter |
|Noth the Plaguebringer|
|Heigan the Unclean|
|The Military Quarter |
|Gothik the Harvester|
|The Four Horsemen|
|The Construct Quarter |
|Frostwyrm Lair |
Blizzard has not officially stated that there will be a special in game (World of Warcraft) reward, like when the game first launched and players received the Hearthsteed. However, they have said that once all the bosses are defeated and the player has collected all the unique boss cards, there will be “a reason” to replay through.
Six of the 21 neutral cards have been revealed.
There are also 9 new class-specific cards, one for each class.
There will also be a new battlefield implemented for the expansion, which reflects what the actual in-game Naxxramas looks like in World of Warcraft.
As a long-time player of World of Warcraft and as a fan of Hearthstone, I am excitedly looking forward to this expansion. Naxxramas was one of my favorite raid instances, both the original that was implemented in Vanilla WoW, and its later incarnation in Wrath of the Lich King. My one hope is that there will be an in-game reward for completing all the bosses, something like a Naxxramas themed mount would be fantastic!
What do you think? Will you be playing the Curse of Naxxramas? Let me know in the comments below.