Blizzard Entertainment have announced that the next Hearthstone expansion will be released on December 4th. The expansion will be called Rastakhan’s Rumble and players will fight for glory in the Gurubashi Arena.
Once per generation, the troll tribes of Azeroth make a pilgrimage at King Rastakhan’s behest to participate in a no-holds-barred smackdown for the ages. This year, nine teams have formed around their mightiest combatants—Legendary Troll Champions who each represent a Hearthstone class. The teams enjoy the blessings of the Loa, the ancient spirits worshipped by the trolls, who have manifested themselves in the form of powerful Legendary minions. Players can also seek the aid of Spirits—a new kind of class-specific minion, each with impressive effects that synergize with the Loa.
Watch the Rastakhan’s Rumble announcement trailer below:
DRUID – WARDRUID LOTI – CHAMPION OF GONK’S RAPTORS
Loti keeps her distance from the other Rumble competitors, preferring the company of her dinosaur loa Gonk and other scaled companions. Druids will discover that she’s a master of shapeshifting and claw-to-hand combat.
HUNTER – ZUL’JIN – CHAMPION OF HALAZZI’S LYNXS
Warlord Zul’jin is reckless, bitter, and has a chip on his shoulder that’s even bigger than his blade. He’s is more than willing to unleash the primal power of Halazzi the Lynx loa upon his competitors, but he’s got a special knack for the mystical side of the hunt.
MAGE – MALACRASS – CHAMPION OF JAN’ALAI’S DRAGONHAWKS
The fury of Jan’alai the Dragonhawk loa fuels Malacrass’s fire on the Rumble field. Despite a flair for the dramatic, Malacrass is a clever opponent. He’ll give Mages who are willing to plan ahead access to useful resources.
PALADIN – HIGH PRIEST THEKAL – CHAMPION OF SHIRVALLAH’S TIGERS
This master fighter is a fan favorite! Wielding the Light as a weapon, he can use his healing energy in ways Paladins haven’t seen before. Confident to a fault, Thekal moves almost as quickly as he talks, dancing around his opponents for the crowd.
PRIEST – PRINCESS TALANJI – CHAMPION OF BWONSAMDI’S ZOMBIES
As princess of the Zandalari Empire, Rastakhan’s own daughter calls the loa of the dead, Bwonsamdi, her companion. Talanji will aid Priests in turning their foes’ own might against them if forced to fight.
ROGUE – CAPTAIN HOOKTUSK – CHAMPION OF GRAL’S SHARKS
This charming and flashy pirate has come ashore to claim her share of glory in the Rumble, and she’ll lie, cheat, and steal to get it! Rogues who choose Captain Hooktusk as their champion will find that she rarely goes anywhere without her loyal crew.
SHAMAN – ZENTIMO – CHAMPION OF KRAG’WA’S FROGS
The crowd finds this witch doctor mysterious, quiet, and more than a little unsettling. He’s content to let his giant frog loa, Krag’wa, do the fighting while he helps Shamans master channeling elemental magic.
WARLOCK – HIGH PRIESTESS JEKLIK – CHAMPION OF HIR’EEK’S BATS
The shrieking, shadow-skulking aspirant of the bat loa Hir’eek revels in the boos she gets from the crowd. Warlocks willing to make the right sacrifices will find Jeklik a useful champion who seems to be everywhere at once.
WARRIOR – WAR MASTER VOONE – CHAMPION OF AKALI’S RHINOS
Voone finds kindship in the rhino loa Akali. He’s a simple troll—he loves loud drums, a roaring crowd, and a raucous after-party—but his former employment by the Black Dragonflight will give Warriors special insight into the ways of dragons.
It won’t just be King Rastakhan’s favor that players will compete for—the raucous crowd must also be entertained! Players looking to exhibit their gladiatorial prowess with flashy, over-the-top finishes can do so with Overkill—a new gameplay mechanic that rewards players for dealing excess damage to enemy minions.
Soon after the launch of Rastakhan’s Rumble players will also be able to test their might against Azeroth’s strongest troll champions in Rumble Run, a new single-player Hearthstone experience.
Watch the Rastakhan’s Rumble cinematic trailer below:
The expansion is coming to Windows and Mac PCs; Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Rastakhan’s Rumble card packs will be winnable in Hearthstone’s Arena mode, and players can purchase them with in-game gold or real money at the same prices as Hearthstone’s other card packs. Starting today and up until the expansion is released, aspiring combatants can pre-purchase Rastakhan’s Rumble card packs in two different bundle options: the 17-pack Challenger’s Bundle includes the Ready to Rumble! card back, while the 50-pack Rumble Bundle also includes a new playable Shaman Hero—King Rastakhan. These bundles are available on any platform for £16.99 and £44.99, respectively—one of each can be purchased per account.
Check out the official Rastakhan’s Rumble website for more information.