Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstones latest expansion, will soon be available. As per usual, we've prepared a Welcome Guide to provide you with all of the information you could possibly need. This post covers release times in the different regions, deck lists to play, crafting recommendations, a rundown of the new mechanics and card types, and more.
When Does Knights of the Frozen Throne Come Out?
Americas Region: August 10 12:00 PM PDT
Asia Region: August 11 07:00 AM KST
Europe Region: August 11 05:00 AM CEST
In addition, the Prologue and Lower Citadel wings from the adventure content will also be available at these times. Upper Reacher and The Frozen Throne release a week and two weeks later, respectively.
The new Icecrown Citadel mission content will also be available with the release of Knights of the Frozen Throne, in the form of three parts. One part will release each week, at the estimated release times indicated below:
What to Play
We have four decks to recommend to you from our Frozen Throne Theorycrafting - Four Decks For The New Expansion! article.
Have some extra Arcane Dust and are unsure what to do with it? Honestly, it's probably best to craft the epics that you need for archetypes you want to run. But if you have your mind set on legendary minions like we do, we have a few pieces of advice.
Hold off on crafting class legendaries. Even if they seem fantastic they could end up not seeing play and you may end up wasting your arcane dust.
Don't disenchant a legendary just because you think it's bad. Pro players and streamers didn't think Dr. Boom was all that great and he ended up being the best minion ever released.
In addition, the new no duplicate legendary rule means that disenchanting a "bad" legendary opens you up to opening another copy.
Craft the safest neutral legendaries possible. With Frozen Throne, that's pretty much just The Lich King.
Tips & Tricks
You can no longer reset your weapon attacks by switching heroes. No more attacking, playing Lord Jaraxxus, and then attacking again.
Lifesteal is an all new ability coming to Hearthstone with the launch of Knights of the Frozen Throne. A card with this keyword will heal your Hero for any damage dealt. While the keyword itself is new, the effect is not. "Damage dealt by this minion also heals your hero," is the antiquated way of saying it and this is actually the exact same effect as Mistress of Pain which was part of Goblins vs Gnomes back in December of 2014. More recently Wickerflame Burnbristle had the same card text with Mean Streets of Gadgetzan in December 2016.
To make the keyword clearer, Blizzard has given cards with its effect a broken heart underneath their art when they're on the battlefield.
As has always been the case, it does not matter whether or not the minion with Lifesteal is attacking or not, any damage it deals heals you.
Make sure to be careful when playing against these classes! There are new secrets now in Standard.
How Do I Get Arthas?
Paladins are getting a Prince Arthas hero skin. Unfortunately, he isn't available to unlock until after the final Knights of the Frozen Throne wing releases. At that point, you'll need to beat The Lich King with all nine classes and you'll unlock him.
Who to Watch
At work? Can't play Hearthstone right now? Here are some streamers we recommend watching to scratch that itch for a while.
New Card Types
Hero cards are an all new type of Hearthstone card being introduced in Knights of the Frozen Throne. They are the only new card type to have been introduced after the game's release joining minions, spells, and weapons. Each hero card comes with its own Battlecry, five Armor, and a new hero power.
Hero cards will not take into account your class or hero skin. Playing Deathstalker Rexxar as Alleria, Anduin, or Jaina will result in you becoming Deathstalker Rexxar.
Hero cards will be available in the Arena and each comes with all new emotes to spam.
Death Knight Cards
Every Frozen Throne Card
Knights of the Frozen Throne
Want to learn more about Hearthstone's upcoming Knights of the Frozen Throne? Head on over to our expansion guide.
Sometime in the past, the Hearthstone community realized that Blizzard's algorithm, which rewards cards when you open packs, are tuned such that as you approach 40 packs in a row without a legendary, the odds become increasingly likely. To a lesser extent, there is also one for epics, but most use the tool just to keep track of when they're overdue for a legendary since each pack type is tracked independently.
It requires you to enter each pack manually but that isn't a big deal unless you're adding a ton of packs at once. Doing so allows you to view your pack opening history and the site even allows you to sort by various criteria. We've included our ten best packs in terms of dust value since we started using the service.
So make sure to keep track for the new set so you know when you're getting close to a legendary draw!